RAF parachute bags

Discussion in 'Related Gear' started by flyboy, Oct 6, 2015.

  1. flyboy

    flyboy Member

    Messages:
    776
    Location:
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    We all know the USAAF parachute bags - but did RAF have similar bags for their aircrews during WWII?
    And if so - has anybody got any pics? What did they look like?
    Or even better - where do I get hold of one? (Orginal or repro doesn't matter)
    Thanks gents.
     
  2. jack31916

    jack31916 Member

    Messages:
    251
    Location:
    Zoetermeer The Netherlands
    Hi Sören,

    The RAF did have khaki coloured parachute bags. Originals shows up every now and then on Ebay.

    Here's a link for a copy parachute bag:

    http://www.stby.com/airdigger/repro.htm

    I believe this is the Canadian version (but not sure...)

    Unfortunately "out of stock" but maybe this guy can point you in the good direction.

    Good luck and regards,

    Jack
     
  3. Andrew

    Andrew Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,561
    Location:
    Sunshine Coast, Australia
    I have an original Soren, but no pics handy unfortunately. Its pretty much like these though, but mine has two parallel zips along the top and some covering flaps inside. Pretty sure mine has an AM stamp on it too. I don't use it much but i do like it. I havent seen any for sale since i bought this years ago but im sure they are around. My Dad used to work with a Lawyer back in the '70's who was ex Bomber Command and he used to carry all his legal files around in it. Said it served him well throughout the war so would keep doing it through the courts.

    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=raf+ ... 58&bih=849
     
  4. flyboy

    flyboy Member

    Messages:
    776
    Location:
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Thanks Andrew and Jack!
    Just needed to be sure. Now I am! :)
     
  5. fleet16b

    fleet16b Member

    Messages:
    276
    Location:
    Aerodrome of Democracy - Canada
    Yes that is a Canadian RCAF version
    They were also identical to the bags used by the Switlack Parachute Co.
    I own examples of both and one is my fathers actual parachute bag that he had in WW2
     
  6. fleet16b

    fleet16b Member

    Messages:
    276
    Location:
    Aerodrome of Democracy - Canada
  7. jack31916

    jack31916 Member

    Messages:
    251
    Location:
    Zoetermeer The Netherlands
    blackrat2 likes this.
  8. flyboy

    flyboy Member

    Messages:
    776
    Location:
    Copenhagen, Denmark
  9. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    I have several original ones Soren. The earliest is dated 1939 and has an early Dot zip. I use it to store my original IAC seat parachute. The RAF parachute bags tend to be smaller than the Canadian ones.
     

Share This Page