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After many a year, I finally "found" a item that I have always wanted:

The Luftwaffe "survival at sea" skull cap.

This cap was worn over the flight helmet via four little clips.

It came as a reversible cap, yellow on one side and red on the other.

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It's a six part construction, made of a light denim style material.

The four clips resemble scissors, with the ends bent inwards.

I think the yellow side would have been much brighter, this cap is very faded.

The stamps is I believe L.B.A. 1940 (?)

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I also think that it comes as a "one size" cap, fitting all the flight helmets.

I thought this cap would need stretching to fit the flight helmet, but it fitted quite easily.

In fact, it's baggy in some places, meaning it could fit a bigger size helmet.

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I have been told yellow is for "flight over sea", if a plane was ditched in the sea, the yelow cap would be seen by a rescue plane/boat.

The red side, is for tropical operations, and again, being seen against desert back drop from the air.

It was designed to fit around the ear and neck microphones.

Whether these were popular with aircrews or of any actual use, I have no idea.

It does seem that the caps were worn earlier in the war, then discontinued.

I don't have any idea where these caps were carried or stored..

I'm delighted to finally get to own, one of these rare caps.

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Look at the time and effort that would have been used to produce this, no wonder they lost!

LBA = Luftwaffe Bekleidung Amt which I am sure you already knew, similar to the KM.

Shame the rest is unreadable.

Rich

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I think it's 1940 Richard, when you look at it closely, you can see bits of the "40".

I believe "19" can very, very slightly, be made out??

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