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WWII flying hat? Anyone know what type?

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    Hi all,
    I was hoping you could help me. I have inherited this flying hat and am wondering its origins, and what it may be worth as I believe it would be better in the hands of a collector than sitting in my shed draw. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers

    The Hoff
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    Hi Hoff looks like a type C Or even a D Tropical Helmut it has had Gossport Tube added to it which were not standard

    Greg

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    Hi Hoff, welcome to the forum!

    I would agree with Greg. British issue.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Hello, It looks to be a WW2 RAF D-type 'tropical' flying helmet with gossport tubes as stated by Studly. The flap at the back is to offer protection from the sun and these are quite often removed.
    I have never seen one with gossport tubes added, these suggest that it has been used in a training enviroment (biplanes, etc).
    As for value, they are not as expensive as their leather counterparts (albeit rarer). On Ebay they command a price around the 80 - 150 mark, dealers charging 150 - 200+. Usually items from a training enviroment command a lower value, however, as I have never seen a tropical helmet with Gossports you may get a bit more. (As with anything militaria if you can add to the history of the item (with proof!!) with details of who it belonged to, photographs, etc it will make it more desirable, hence, more expensive)

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    i Have seen These D Type Helmets issued to Fleet Air Arm Pilots as well, i have some pics somewhere i will have to dig up

    Greg

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    Thank you everyone for your assistance. Unfortunately the only person who may have been able to give me some history departed us when I was a boy. He was a crazy Dutchman who imigrated to Australia in the 50s or 60s I think. I never knew his family or his history as they were all in Holand. So I guess the origin is a mistery, however there is some faint serial numbers on it, I wonder if they might give some origins to it.


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    Hello, It looks to be a WW2 RAF D-type 'tropical' flying helmet with gossport tubes as stated by Studly. The flap at the back is to offer protection from the sun and these are quite often removed.
    I have never seen one with gossport tubes added, these suggest that it has been used in a training enviroment (biplanes, etc).
    As for value, they are not as expensive as their leather counterparts (albeit rarer). On Ebay they command a price around the 80 - 150 mark, dealers charging 150 - 200+. Usually items from a training enviroment command a lower value, however, as I have never seen a tropical helmet with Gossports you may get a bit more. (As with anything militaria if you can add to the history of the item (with proof!!) with details of who it belonged to, photographs, etc it will make it more desirable, hence, more expensive)

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    You guys nailed it........here is a photo from m.prodgers book vintage flying helmets..page 209.......................dave h
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