Between 1935 and the end of the war in 1945, the Luftwaffe developed approximately 10 versions of the Oxygen Mask, with almost all being based on the same design with small modifications. The 2 primary manufactures were Dräger and Auer. Adopted by the Luftwaffe in 1939, the 10-67 replaced the earlier 10-69 design which often had problems with freezing moisture from the exhaled air. Manufactured by Auer in Berlin the 10-6701 was designed for use with the LkpN101 and other flying helmets modified for 2-point mask attachment. Due to its light-weight construction and compact size, it found favour amongst many fighter and fighter-bomber pilots. This mask and hose connected directly to the oxygen regulator, which was located on the starboard side of most aircraft, including the Me109, Fw190, Me262, Do355, Ta152, Go229, Ju87, He72 He219, Ju88, He-111, Me163, and others!
Erwin Laskowski (27 May 1914 – 13 October 1983) was a German Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. During his career Erwin Laskowski was credited with 46 aerial victories in 300+ missions. He served with JG51 and JG11.
This near PERFECT used example Oxygen Mask is made primarily of moulded green and black rubber, with leather, plastic, and aluminum accessories. Unlike most masks you encounter, this example features the ORIGINAL suede leather internally (almost all you find nowadays are replaced/refurbished as these have dried up or rotten away). Designed to fit snugly over the wearers mouth and nose, it also includes the original elasticized cotton strap, which allowed for secure fitting. Being a 2-point O2 mask, it was made specifically for fighter pilots, and attaches to the 2-point flight helmets. Complete with hose and clip (which was designed to clip to the pilots flight jacket or suit), these are also the originals to this mask.
Being made earlyier in the war…rather than having manufacture information moulded into the mask, it features ink stamps (some have faded).. All rubber is still sold and soft, with NO cracking. Though there is some dirt and wear, there is NO damage, rust, or corrosion! Marked as a “Size 2.”
A corrugated rubber tube extends from the lower section of the mask includes the original “crocodile” clip, and BOTH are in perfect condition. Sadly, the last end of the hose has broken away. However, as the rubber is still quite soft, it should be an easy repair (there is a flexible rubber glue available that would repair this almost perfectly). I will leave that to the winning bidder to rectify.
This is an AMAZING piece of history, it would make a PERFECT addition to any Collection or Display!
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