Flack Helmets

US M3 #4
US M3 #4 - The shell is an original WWII M3 Aircrew ‘Flak’ helmet. There was no heat- stamp visible when the helmet was stripped back to bare metal. The shell is fitted with two hinged ear flaps; one O/D felt pad was present but not attached and there was rust in their place. New pads were installed after restoration. The shell and ear flaps are in excellent condition. When acquired, the original finish had blackened with age; the inner surface still showed a little evidence of the felt-like ‘flocking’. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in olive-drab with a textured outer surface. The helmet retains its original triple-weave OD3 web lining and head band. It is in good condition. The original OD3 web chinstrap has been retained and is in fair to good condition. The helmet has the emblem for the United States Army Air Corps stencilled at the front-centre. $530 AUD
US M5 #5
US M5 #5 - The shell is an original WWII M5 Aircrew ‘Flak’ helmet. No heat-stamp found; not sure if they have one; I would have thought so. The shell is fitted with two hinged ear flaps; longer than the M3 type with a tapered end and the chinstrap loops on the inner surface. The M5 evidently does not come fitted with the O/D felt pads on the inner surface of the ear flaps. The shell and ear flaps are in excellent condition. When acquired, the entire helmet was painted white with blood red streaks and runs, weird. The shell cleaned back very nicely; there was no damage and no rust at all. The helmet was stripped to bare metal, primed then painted in olive drab with a texture outer. The helmet retains its original triple-weave OD3 web lining and attached head band. Some repair work was done where the leather part of the sweatband joins the web lining. The leather is brittle with age and sweat but stable. The original adjustable neck strap remains. The web lining combined with the adjustable sweatband is a weird setup. The M3 setup is similar to the M1 and far more practical. The original chinstrap would have been leather and was missing. I have fabricated an adjustable OD3 web chinstrap for this helmet quite similar to that of an M3 flak helmet. $520 AUD
US M3 #6
US M3 #6 - The shell is an original WWII M3 Aircrew ‘Flak’ helmet. The heat-stamp is partially obscured by the liner retaining band but appears to be 309A. The shell is fitted with two hinged ear flaps; there was no O/D felt pads present; these have been replaced. When acquired, the outer shell and ear flaps were painted in thick black enamel; the inner shell retained its original O/D finish and felt-like ‘flocking’; this was in poor condition. The shell was stripped to bare metal, primed and painted in olive-drab with a textured outer surface. The helmet retains its original triple-weave OD3 web lining in fair to good condition; there was no headband; a replacement headband has been fitted. Only the short ends of the original OD3 web chinstrap were present; one with the male end of the snap and the other with the adjustment buckle. These were in poor condition so a new adjustable chinstrap has been fabricated from an M1 OD3 chinstrap. The helmet has the emblem for the United States Army Air Corps stencilled at the front-centre. $530 AUD
US M3 #7
US M3 #7 - The shell is an original WWII M3 Aircrew ‘Flak’ helmet. The heat- stamp was not evident. The shell is fitted with two hinged ear flaps; there was no O/D felt pads present; these have been replaced. When acquired, the outer shell and ear flaps had evidence of the original paint; the inner shell was in poor condition but no serious rust. The shell was damaged at the crown with dints; this has been smoothed out with filler. The shell was stripped to bare metal, repaired, primed and painted in olive-drab with a textured outer surface. There was no original liner present. The liner webbing has been replaced with a brand new OD3, M1 type triple weave harness; this has been modified and adapted to fit the M3. A new sweatband has also been fitted. A new OD3 chinstrap set has been fabricated and fitted with male and female snaps to connect the ends per originals. The helmet has the emblem for the United States Army Air Corps stenciled at the front-centre. $530 AUD