oops! Missed that. It would probably be a rear seam.
I just picked up a Red painted M1 fire control helmet with R3 written in front. I believe it is a Navy helmet. any ideas or thoughts what my new aquisition might be?
I got a helmet with U-SCH-85/6 stamped in yellow lettering. any suggestions?
that means its a foreign made euro clone helmet in the style of the US M-1 helmet.
RAD .... The Red M1 with the R3 is, as you stated, most likely a US Navy issue. The R3 likely stood for Repair Locker 3, ships had many repair lockers on them, that's where the fire fighting and battle damage repair gear is stored. I was in the US Navy in the 80's and we marked all the Repair Locker equipment, so that it was easy to identify where it belong, when we were all done playing our fire fighting drills. From what I have gathered, reading various formum posts and looking at examples of Navy lids, there is no rhyme nor reason as to how one might be painted, it was basically up to the ships command.