"Battle of Britain” period RAF B-type flying helmet by G Waddington & Son, privately named “1179990 Purcell” and attributed to Sergeant Flight Engineer Douglas John Purcell, 78 Squadron, who was killed over Nurnberg on 28th August 1943.

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Product ID: LMC/5004
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“Battle of Britain” period RAF B-type flying helmet by G Waddington & Son, privately named “1179990 Purcell” and attributed to Sergeant Flight Engineer Douglas John Purcell, 78 Squadron, who was killed over Nurnberg on 28th August 1943. RAF  B-type flying helmet with maker’s label for G Waddington & Son Ltd, No. 1 6 1/2 – 6 3/4, additionally ink stamped ‘A.M.’ with crown and ‘22C/65’, fitted with zipped earpieces in good condition with working original ‘Dot’ zips fitted with a super set of AM marked rubber cushions inside the earpieces.. The chinstrap retains the metal end piece and the Bennett buckle retains its leather covering. The backstrap is good and rear Bennett buckle with leather covering. The chamois lining shows signs of light wear and marked ‘1179990 Purcell’ in black ink to lower back of helmet. 1179990 Sergeant Douglas John Purcell, Royal Air Force, son of George and Gladys Jane Purcell, was Flight Engineer of 78 Squadron Halifax II JD414 EY-M which took off from Breighton at 2100 on 27 Aug 1943 to bomb Nuremberg. The aircraft exploded over the target area following a fire in the main fuel tanks. Only one of the crew survived, the remainder, including Purcell, were killed and are interred in the Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany. 674 aircraft took part in the Nuremburg raid of 27/28 August 1943 and 33 of these aircraft were lost. Condition: Good original finish and leather supple.  


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