Kit, First Aid, Aeronautical, Medical Department, Item No. 9776500
Genuine WWII US Aeronautical empty first-aid kit with Kwick zipper.
Well marked Medical Department U.S.A.
All military aircraft carry first aid equipment. In the case of fighter or small bomber aircraft, the Packet, First Aid, Parachute was attached to the parachute webbing of each crew member. On larger aircraft, cargo planes, or aircraft carrying paratroopers, a one or more larger first aid kits were also installed on the aircraft for emergency use.
The Kit, First Aid, Aeronautical (Medical Department Item No. 9776500) was a canvas bag constructed with four lift the dot fastener (LTD) female connectors on its four corners. LTD studs were permanently attached to the C-47 aircraft fuselage bulkhead so the First Aid Kit could be easily snapped down or pulled off for use.
The Kit, First Aid, Aeronautical was issued in a series of patterns. Early in World War II the kit was made of khaki canvas, had a zipper around three sides to fully open the kit, and was marked with a red cross on the left front plus the nomenclature Kit, First Aid, Aeronautic, US in block letters to the right front. A later pattern was of olive drab canvas, with the full zipper, marked only with Medical Department, USA in black block letters. A third pattern was also khaki canvas, with a horizontal zipper that separated a smaller top compartment from a larger bottom compartment, not the three sided, full opening zipper of the others. Some models of the kit had a fabric carrying strap for use when dismounted from the wall.
Inside the bag of the Kit, First Aid, Aeronautical, the contents were held in divided compartments. The arrangement differed in the three patterns but all had multiple dividers for the contents packages plus a sleeve to store the instruments.
Contents of the Kit, First Aid, Aeronautical, Item No. 9776500:
Small first-aid dressing, 3 boxes
Halazone tablets, one bottle
Sulfanilamide, one box
Adhesive bandages, one box
Scissors, 4 inch
Iodine applicator, 10
Morphine syrette, one box
Sulfadiazine, two tubes
Eye dressing unit
Like other first aid kits of the World War II period, the contents of the aircraft first aid kit varied as supplies and technology changed.
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