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Just thought i would post this little gem that i snagged on Ebay last month

 

It looks un-issued to my rookie eye , it also came with a AF shipping slip attached

 

The chamois ear cups and brow flap have no signs of wear or staining at all , no receivers installed either

 

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Hard to find helmet!

Basis of issue: one each to exposed gunners in heavy and very heavy bombardment aircraft and when requested by Air Force Commander.

40,000 were procured in October 1943

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Hard to find helmet!

Basis of issue: one each to exposed gunners in heavy and very heavy bombardment aircraft and when requested by Air Force Commander.

40,000 were procured in October 1943

Thanks Dustin for the info , when they say "exposed" waist gunners i presume on B24's and B17's ?

 

Most of these types of helmets i have seen ,dont show any Oxy masks press studs ???? Know of a reason why ???

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I suspect any position exposed to the elements.

Cannot answer the question about the O2 studs but the helmet is joint army/navy specification AN-H-16 drawing number AN-6543. This helmet was cancelled in October 1944 meaning no further procurements were made after that date. The procurement quantity I gave you was as of September 1944 so that number is probably the actual quantity total manufactured.

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Thanks Nige, nice looker you got there buddy !!! :D did you pick yours up here in the UK to ??? mine came from an antiques dealer in Scotland

 

LB

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Carl,

 

Not to hijack your thread but here are a couple of photos of my AN-H-16 helmet. Excellent condition and was obviously issued as the rear has affixed a leather name tag (same as on flight jackets) to a JB McKenna.

 

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Thanks Nige, nice looker you got there buddy !!! :D did you pick yours up here in the UK to ??? mine came from an antiques dealer in Scotland

 

LB

 

I Did matey Mine came from Herefordshire in the UK . :P

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Carl,

 

Not to hijack your thread but here are a couple of photos of my AN-H-16 helmet. Excellent condition and was obviously issued as the rear has affixed a leather name tag (same as on flight jackets) to a JB McKenna.

 

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Paul , nice to see one with the Oxy masks snaps added !! sweet looking helmet ,with a name tag too !!

 

As for hijacking Paul , nahhh the more the merrier !!! would be nice to know how many of these helmets have survived !!

 

LB

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