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Old 18th March 2020, 21:15
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Bottle oxygéne

Hello,
Any idea on this "oxygen cylinder"?
RAF or USSAF?
Bottle length 24 cm, total length 32 cm
height 6 cm, diameter 20 cm
R2 41
G104 or 6104
ARE 2 14
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Old 19th March 2020, 23:17
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Re: Bottle oxygéne

Hello

Your bottle looks RAF, but not for oxygen. More probably CO2, for the inflation of the K type dinghy attached to the flying gear of the fighter pilots.

Bonjour

Il ne s’agit pas d’une bouteille d’oxygene, mais plus probablement de CO2 destinée à gonfler le dinghy des pilotes de chasse de la Royal Air Force

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Old 20th March 2020, 11:30
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Re: Bottle oxygéne

As Jean wrote, K type dinghy, we can see the CO2 cylinder:
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Old 20th March 2020, 20:41
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Re: Bottle oxygéne

Hello,
Thank you for your information. I hadn't thought of a CO2 bottle.
In addition, this bottle was found in the forest.
How is it possible ?
Was the dinghy on the plane or with the pilot when he jumped?


Bonjour,
Merci pour vos renseignements. Je n'avais pas pensé à une bouteille de CO2.
De plus, cette bouteille a été retrouvé en pleine forêt.
Comment cela ést-il possible ?
Le dinghy se trouvait dans l'avion ou avec le pilote quand il sautait ?
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Old 21st March 2020, 09:08
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Re: Bottle oxygéne

First, a little background of the find may help... as such as location.

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Old 21st March 2020, 11:22
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Re: Bottle oxygéne

life raft should be carry for overwater flight, may be the airplane came from an airfield on other side of sea? the K type and could be attached to parachute harness and was used as seat cushion or stowed in airplane.
Pour tout vol au dessus de l'eau, le canot pouvait être emporté, attaché au harnais de parachute ou rangé à portée de main selon le type d'appareil.
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Old 21st March 2020, 13:49
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Re: Bottle oxygéne

Hello

The carrying of a raft for fighter aircraft became usual from 1942 onwards, and it was attached to the parachute harness. Main reason, outside the lack of a specific storage area, was that the ditching of a Spitifire or so was absolutely not recommended, due to the lack of float ability of the plane. So the standard procedure was bailing out, with the dinghy. (Same for the Mustang). Since about every RAF fighter mission in Europe until the second half of 1944 implied flying over water (Channel or North Sea), the dinghy was present on every flight.

Bonjour
Le dinghy était attaché au harnais du parachute. En effet, les chasseurs monoplaces (Spitfire par exemple) flottaient extrêmement mal, et l’amerrissage était formellement déconseillé, le pilote, s’il avait le temps de sortir, n’aurait jamais eu le temps d’extraire un radeau de la carlingue. De plus, il n’y avait pas, contrairement aux appareils plus gros, d’endroit pour loger un radeau. Le saut en parachute était la procédure recommandée en cas de problème au dessus de l’eau, et il fallait que le radeau sorte en même temps que le pilote sans qu’il ait à s’en préoccuper. L’emploi du dinghy se generalisa à partir de 1942. Toutes les missions de la RAF en Europe impliquaient un survol de la Manche ou de la Mer du Nord jusqu’à la mi 1944 au moins, quand les premières installations en Normandie purent être mises en service.

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Old 21st March 2020, 14:36
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Re: Bottle oxygéne

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Please made posts in English unless quoting from an original wartime document.
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