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Harnessuit
« on: July 28, 2016, 12:50:31 PM »
Hi all, here is my latest acquisition, an Observer type harnessuit. Hope you enjoy. :)

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Re: Harnessuit
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2016, 05:31:10 PM »
Hi John, nice item in great condition.  What is the date on it?

In WWII these type of harnessuits were converted for Polish Airborne Troops.



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Re: Harnessuit
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2016, 05:44:17 PM »
Thats strange.........this one just popped up on my saved searches page!!  ???

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RAF-GQ-OBSERVER-HARNI-SUIT-1940-/222198554500
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Re: Harnessuit
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2016, 06:17:37 PM »
Very nice John ;) A great addition to your collection!
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Re: Harnessuit
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2016, 02:02:46 AM »
Very interesting. A piece of kit I'm not at all familiar with!
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Re: Harnessuit
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2016, 10:15:02 AM »
Hi John, nice item in great condition.  What is the date on it?

In WWII these type of harnessuits were converted for Polish Airborne Troops.



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Hi Tug, this one is dated March 1940.
The one you have shown is the Dual Purpose type,  i.e. by use by pilots using detachable seat chute or Observer quick attachable. There are 3 versions in total, observer, pilot and dual purpose

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Re: Harnessuit
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2016, 02:27:46 PM »
Interesting item.  What was it worn for?

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Re: Harnessuit
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2016, 02:57:06 AM »
The harnessuit in its various versions was worn by medium to heavy aircraft crews. The system consisted of the suit itself, an internal parachute harness and life saving stole.
Here is a picture of a Wellington crew wearing the harnessuit

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Re: Harnessuit
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2016, 03:14:20 AM »
The harnessuit in its various versions was worn by medium to heavy aircraft crews. The system consisted of the suit itself, an internal parachute harness and life saving stole.
Here is a picture of a Wellington crew wearing the harnessuit

What year do you think the picture was taken Nimisie ??
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Re: Harnessuit
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2016, 03:36:49 AM »
I would say late 1940 early 41

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Re: Harnessuit
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2016, 04:15:59 AM »
I would say late 1940 early 41

Sorry to go off subject , but what footwear is the guy on the far left as we look at the photo ,wearing ?? 
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Re: Harnessuit
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2016, 07:57:46 AM »
They are Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) heated boots.
These are mine

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Re: Harnessuit
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2016, 10:36:53 AM »
Cool !! Never seen a pair of those before  :o
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Re: Harnessuit
« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2016, 06:10:03 AM »
Well they are like buses, never see one and then two turn up.
Considering how rare/scarce the Observer type is, I feel privileged to own two.
I saw this exact one on a forum a few years ago.
http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?114648-Info-sought-on-1940-Observer-Jacket
Came all the way from South Africa.

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Re: Harnessuit
« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2016, 08:46:18 PM »
Nice one John ;) Love the suits and I love the analogy ;D
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