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Chinstrap codes, what does it mean?

Article about: The chinstrap that came with my recent M40 purchase has the following code stamped into it. It looks like: RFNI 0/0494/0008 I assume the code must signify something...manufacturer? date? ser

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    Default Chinstrap codes, what does it mean?

    The chinstrap that came with my recent M40 purchase has the following code stamped into it.

    It looks like: RFNI 0/0494/0008

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    I assume the code must signify something...manufacturer? date? serial number?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers
    Glenn

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    Default Re: Chinstrap codes, what does it mean?

    For safety reasons the manufacturer name was replaced by RF/Rb code , a similar code was used on the linerbands. Probably this practice started around 1943.
    Knowing the manufacturer and town was beneficial to the British bombing campaign.

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    Default Re: Chinstrap codes, what does it mean?

    Thanks! Good information!

    So the 0/0494/0008 is just a serial number?

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    Default Re: Chinstrap codes, what does it mean?

    No it's a unique code that specifies the manufacturer.

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    Default Re: Chinstrap codes, what does it mean?

    OK, so who is the manufacturer?

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