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Royal Air Force 1932 pattern "Mae West" life preserver
This model life vest became synonymous with the Battle of Britain in 1940 as it was seen worn by Spitfire and Hurricane pilots aswell as bomber crews. The vest was introduced in 1932 and was so referred to as the 1932 pattern, the official RAF name was "Waist, life saving, stole pattern temperate"
It got its nickname " Mae West" by Pilots during WW2 because someone wearing the inflated life preserver often appeared to be large-breasted like the US actress Mary Jane "Mae" West who was very famous at the time. Colours varied from manufactures in WW2 from a light tan to olive green and Kay canvas have based this colour on an original in their collection.
The vest consists of
Made by Kay Canvas