Virtual Museum - Survival
and Escape Items
746. 1943 PATTERN "ESCAPE" BOOTS Stores reference Number 22C/917-924
RAF . Escape boots consisted of a lace up, black leather walking
show with an attached, zip-up black leather legging. In the event
of landing in enemy territory, the wearer separated the leggings
from the shoe section using a folding pocket knife concealed inside a
pocket of the right boot. It was believed the walking shoe would
be less obvious and more comfortable for the wearer to escape.
547. BAILOUT BREATHING OXYGEN. Circa 1940’s. In kharki-coloured canvas
pouch. Pouch printed with “U.S. Airforce Bailout Breathing Oxygen Dwg.
No. 42G7365.” Bottle steel and painted green. Marked “Aviator’s
Breathing Oxygen.” Also stamped on bottle “ICC 3E 1800 H1 AC 6-42
1902”. No valve fitted. Bottle 330mm long.