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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 15:20 pm 
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hi all,

Just been doing some research about the lend lease side of things to the Russians in WW2. Would it be right to say that Aircrew wore Russian, British and US equipment (Parachutes, flying helmets, etc).


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Thank you.


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I have found a few items but nothing solid,

Any help out there??


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Hi Shaun, Soviet aircrew certainly wore some items of British flight clothing such as the "Irving" sheepskin flying jacket.

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They certainly used British seat harnesses as well, even on some Soviet aircraft. (The Yak-1 springs to mind)

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Lovely cheers both!!

With refernace to the flying helmets, i understand radios werent put into Soviet Aircraft until late on in the war, what helmets would you guys recormend??


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Hi Shaun, you really need the 1936 pattern VVS flying helmet. These came in a summer and winter versions, made of brown leather and fastened up with a D ring and strap. No headset was fitted. The ears were covered with a flap secured by a strap. Good luck in finding one of these.

I have seen pics of Soviet Hurricane pilots wearing the British "B Type" flying helmets.

There was also a later war VVS pattern of flying helmet, I do not know the designation, but this had the ears covered with a black rubber (?) cups which were rather flat looking, not dissimilar to those found on Luftwaffe and US flying helmets.

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I just remembered seeing these on a Russian dealers website. The pics are very good and better than any of those in books.

http://ww2.ru/eng/store/section.php?SECTION_ID=2835

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wow lovely stuff cheers for the help!!


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