WWII aircrew helmet

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WWII aircrew helmet

Post by BOLOMK1 » Tue Apr 20, 2021 2:28 pm

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Ran into this at flea market Friday Owner was flogging it as a "Navy" flak helmet. I had brain freeze until I got home and looked it up. It is actually Army Air Corps and even with the liner etc is not worth the $350.00 he was asking. I guess watching "12 O'Clock High" was good for something!
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Re: WWII aircrew helmet

Post by Niner » Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:57 pm

I wouldn't be a buyer at any price that couldn't be met with a $10 bill, but some of those military helmets bring some fairly large money apparently. Take a look at IMA. Somebody no doubts collects stuff like what you saw. The problem is that a flea market in a small market probably won't be where that guy who owned it will find a customer. Check out the offerings on ima-usa.com. They don't have one like you saw listed at the moment.
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Re: WWII aircrew helmet

Post by Niner » Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:42 pm

Bingo...I found an example. IMA where overpriced military stuff is sold. What you got is called a M3 Flak helmet. There was also an M5 with more pointy ear flaps.

https://www.ima-usa.com/products/origin ... 1912669061
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Re: WWII aircrew helmet

Post by BOLOMK1 » Mon Apr 26, 2021 9:09 pm

Yes, IMA is spendy but they seem to have a market for their stuff!
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