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Posted 1 year ago

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petey
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Rare British Expeditionary Force WWII steel helmet. Helmet manufactured for WWI, with sharp edged rim. Re lined prior to 1939, its original WWI insignia scraped off and a decal of WWII Royal Artillery Anti-Aircraft Unit applied, showing a falling German Dornier 17. Helmet has late war quick release chin strap, obviously replaced by owner later in the war. Decal quite appropriate as they have just recovered the only known surviving Do17 from the English Channel!

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  1. tinlid, 1 year ago
    The flash looks very similar to the 8th anti-aircraft Div, but it had an red 8 pointed star to indicate a shell burst. The 5th AA Div had 5 flames coming from a crashing plane.
    Got to be one of them I would have thought being artillery,the strap would not of been on this helmet, doubt whether those straps saw service before wars end.
    M stamped on shell was for J&J Maxfield & Sons.
    Nice Mk1*
  2. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    I had never heard of the German Dornier 17 so had to look it up & found these two links, very interesting!
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22380915

    http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/things-to-see-and-do/dornier-17-conservation.aspx
    The last link has a video that shows the plane being lifted from the water.
    A very interesting link to the past.
  3. petey petey, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the loves walksoftly, tinlid, pops52, gargoylecollector, mikelv85, PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, kerry10456, vetraio50, and SEAN68!
  4. petey petey, 1 year ago
    Thanks tinlid for the info, I like the look of your website by the way!
  5. petey petey, 1 year ago
    Thanks walksoftly for your comment, I love your links, I find recovery and restoration of these sort of things fascinating!!
  6. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    So do I, It was amazing to see it come out of the water, in that shape it should have fallen into pieces. It will be interesting to see it restored.
  7. petey petey, 1 year ago
    Thanks OCAD for the love.

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