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Article about: Picked this up today it's a small parachute marked 1943 and maker info. Can someone tell me what it was for please any info would be good. Eric

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    Picked this up today it's a small parachute marked 1943 and maker info.
    Can someone tell me what it was for please any info would be good.

    Eric
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    [h=3]e plu·ri·bus u·num[/h]

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    Wow, never seen one like it! But it is

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    Quote by ez1969 View Post
    Picked this up today it's a small parachute marked 1943 and maker info.
    Can someone tell me what it was for please any info would be good.

    Eric
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    Hi Eric, Very nice , maybe for supply drop?

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    Thanks Guys is it possibly a drogue chute?

    Eric
    [h=3]e plu·ri·bus u·num[/h]

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    Flare or is that what you said above. Looks unissued or at least never used.
    I'm waiting for the day you post a elephant with markings under it's left hind leg.

    Rudy
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    Quote by Rudolf Karl View Post
    Flare or is that what you said above. Looks unissued or at least never used.
    I'm waiting for the day you post a elephant with markings under it's left hind leg.

    Rudy
    Proper elephant markings are under right hind leg

    Eric
    [h=3]e plu·ri·bus u·num[/h]

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    Its a flare parachute , i have a more modern one from the 70s, we used to pick them up all over the training areas, very unusual to see a mint 40s one though

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    Thanks Dave I agree found some more info it had a spring loaded steel frame that folds up and opens the chute automatically when it is deployed like this one.

    Eric

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    I have in my collection, two small german chutes with spring loaded frames. Similar to the chute in the last picture. I have been told that the purpose of these chutes, was to help to drag the main chute out of the pack. In Norway we call these chutes "pilot skjermer", or pilot chutes.

    Stig Erik

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    It is US-made and the fixing loop would suggest it was designed to be attached to something rather more permanent than a flare i.e. as a drogue chute (not very likely - generally a more modern invention) or for dropping small supply panniers.

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