RAF Kit Bag rope

RAF Kit Bag rope

Joined: August 7th, 2004, 9:37 pm

June 18th, 2008, 5:21 pm #1

Hi,
Does anyone know what type of rope was used for tying up the opening on the RAF Kit Bag?.
Many thanks
Howard.
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Joined: February 28th, 2004, 3:00 pm

June 18th, 2008, 8:39 pm #2

I dont think it was rope that was used Howard, I think it was a handle, threaded through the eyelet holes in the top, and secured by a padlock. Theres nothing to say individual airmen used rope of some sort to aid carrying though.

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Joined: August 4th, 2004, 3:23 am

June 19th, 2008, 2:25 pm #3

Hi,
Does anyone know what type of rope was used for tying up the opening on the RAF Kit Bag?.
Many thanks
Howard.
Hi Howard,

Here is a kit bag that is currently on Ebay. It has a couple good photos of the type of rope this airman used on his kit bag. Hope this is of help.

Paul O

http://cgi.ebay.ca/RARE-WW2-CANADIAN-AI ... dZViewItem
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Joined: August 7th, 2004, 9:37 pm

June 19th, 2008, 7:18 pm #4

Alex and Paul O.,
Many thanks for the replies.
Howard.
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Joined: February 28th, 2004, 3:00 pm

June 19th, 2008, 10:25 pm #5

Howard

I'd say the rope on the advertised kitbag was not standard and possibly a post war addition. As stated its also not a 'kitbag' as such, the type used by an airmen travelling from station to station or to a posting abroad, in which he'd carry all his worldly possessions. The standard was the handle and padlock, for the simple reason that if an airmen threw his kitbag in the back of a truck, an aircraft or the hold of a ship, he'd want to make sure the thing could not be opened by anyone (unless they made it obvious by slitting the canvas bag itself). As previously stated, rope might have been used on a temporary basis for carrying or for quick closure, but for transit it was the handle and lock. There is one currently on ebay http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... TQ:GB:1123
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June 19th, 2008, 10:26 pm #6

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July 4th, 2008, 11:50 pm #7

Heres another if its of interest to anyone

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/A-WW-II-RAF-Kit-B ... 286.c0.m14
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