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Interesting to see a large bulging pistol or revolver on the outside of the pilot’s right leg.
I know the spitfire especially, were very cramped quarters for the pilot, so I can’t imagine how they would fit that in that position without it impeding their comfort and controls. I also don’t know why such an impediment would be carried on a battle that wasn’t over enemy lines. Do you have any record of how many pilots wore it like that, during the Battle of Britain?
 

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I had seen a photo of a pilot with a flare gun tied to his leg. Having the holster available, I thought I'd put it on him.
The service pistol webbing holster is at the waist belt.
 

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I know the spitfire especially, were very cramped quarters for the pilot, so I can’t imagine how they would fit that in that position without it impeding their comfort and controls. I also don’t know why such an impediment would be carried
My initial thought, when I saw it, was that there was no way he could run to his aircraft when a "Scramble" was ordered, with that strapped to his leg!

( Not to detract from a VERY IMPRESSIVE line-up of exhibits, thanks @Daniele..(y))
 

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Items on mannequin:

  • Jacket "Service Dress" dated 1940
  • Trousers "Service Dress" dated 1940
  • Old silk Scarf
  • Flight helmet 1940
  • Complete Intercom system (earphones, microphone, cables, jack plug)
  • Oxygen mask + tube + connector 1939
  • Flight goggles MkIII 1935
  • Wrist compass
  • Flight gloves 1940
  • Wristwatch
  • Whistle for emergency signals
  • Emergency signal mirror 1940
  • Manual calculator for flight and navigation 1939 with pouch
  • Pistol Holster 1940 + safety lanyard + cartridge holder 1940
  • Holster for signal flare gun 1937
  • Thigh-length folder 1940 + clip + sharpener + pencil
  • Flight boots 1939
  • Maps of Southern England (2) 1939
  • Map of the Pas-de-Calais (France) 1939
  • Life vest 1940
  • Pack of cigarettes + matchbox
  • Dressing packages 1939 (3) + anti-burns cream
 
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