B-Type distributionJanuary 26 2009 at 8:18 PM
|Neil Bonnick (Login bonnickeng)|
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Response to B Type dates
This is interesting.
Based on we know about modern military kit manufacture, storage and distribution - the Air Ministry would have orderd "X" amount of B-Types to be in storage at Aerodromes. Obviously these brand new helmets would be distributed to new aircrew and also used for replacement kit if someone damaged their B helmet and for reissue too. Reissue would be for a person who was rendered unfit for air operations, so if his kit wasn't damaged, it would have been turned back into the store for reissue. (That just begs the question - would they have re-issued kit after it had been turned in after someone was killed? I suppose it could have happened!) Also, some poor bloke would have had to use a B-type that had its ear cushions set up for the previous wearer.
In 1940, apart from flying kit already issued (pre-1940 dated), there would also be pre-1940 dated kit that still remained unissued, in the store. So we can assume that there would have been a mix of pre-1940 dated AND 1940 dated in store. From that we can assume there would have been many more Pre-war dated kit than 1940 dated during the Battle of Britain.