BACKGROUND: The air force of the Independent State of Croatia, which was a puppet state of Germany and Italy, was formed following the German invasion of Yugoslavia in 1941. The Croatian air force, originally a volunteer unit of the Luftwaffe, was sent to Germany for training in 1941 before being sent to the Eastern Front (1941-1943). They formed a fighter and bomber squadron that consisted of 650 aircraft. Due to the fact, they were part of the German Luftwaffe, their uniforms were nearly identical.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A leather flight helmet comprised of four panels, with a panel to each side and a central panel running from the nape of the neck to the forehead section. The seams are covered by a green/grey herringbone twill tape. A small "U" shaped leather ear flap covers each opening by a metal snap marked "PRYM". A strap to the reverse of the helmet holds the goggles in place. There is a tunnel loop that extends around the face with the cord still present. The interior is fully lined in fleece, which bears a manufacture tag for "Knebl & Dietrich", "72, XL, 1941". A portion of the silk tag is torn away. The flight helmet shows light usage and wear.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $650.00 (Or Best Offer)

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