WORLD WAR II
Helmet

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Description Model A-11 Flight Helmet: leather six piece construction; chamois lining; four steel snaps on front edge for attachment of oxygen mask; padded ear cups and opening on each side; plastic radio receivers on each side; electrical cord attached to receivers with plug on end; leather chin strap at bottom with steel buckle; hand-written in ink on interior of flap: 'APRIL 3 - 45 / MED".

This helmet does not conform completely to the A-11 Flight Helmet and may incorporate changes made near the end of the war. It is unknown if this particular helmet is a prototype that may not have been massed produced. Mondl Manufacturing Company of Oshkosh made leather aviator helmets under government contract during World War II (1941-1945). The helmets contained a built-in radio headset and they were worn by aircrews and pilots.
Dimensions H-6 W-9 D-8 inches
Year Range from 1945
Event World War II
Year range to 1945
Made Mondl Manufacturing Corporation
Material Leather/Rubber/Plastic/Steel
Object ID 1998.41.1
Object Name Helmet
Place of Origin Oshkosh, WI
Related Publications Larson, Bradley G. "Voices of History 1941-1945". Oshkosh Public Museum, 2003.
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