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Very Nice Old WW2 Military NZ / British RAF RNZAF Survival Dingy Flare Tin

Reff: K 1079

Measures: 15 cm high

This tin was part of the RAF & RNZAF hand held dinghy distress system.

An original WW2 British military issue tin for 6 signalling flares, These were used by RAF, Army & Navy and each different coloured flare denoted a different signal and meaning such as red for danger, wounded men, damaged aircraft, vehicle, ship etc. The tin is in excellent condition with a few minor storage scratches in places, it is 1945 to the side and the inside is in excellent clean condition.

One of the dangers of air travel, whether in wartime or not, is that of being forced to ditch in a remote area. Once an aircraft came down it was often hard to find any survivors and search aircraft needed pilots and observers with very sharp eyesight to spot a single figure on the ground. To increase the chances of finding missing aircrew, distress signals were packed with the survival equipment carried on board an aircraft. For most of the war these signals were carried in canvas pouches, but in the final year of the war the RAF introduced an updated dinghy survival kit and the survival signals were packed in tins instead to reduce the chances of them getting wet and then not working when needed.

These are of a double star type. This means that when fired 2 balls of light fall from the sky rather than a single one. The signal worked like a roman candle firework and went up 125ft and burned for about 6 seconds.

Great for display, collector or old NZ New Zealand WW1 WW2 Boer War Africa German WWI WWII Army Air Force Airfroce Navy Kings Aviation, Luftwaffe etc, Equipment and Field Gear, Escape & Evasion Items, Ordnance and Weapons Related Items, WW2 Militaria special forces badge military memorabilia enthusiast.

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