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[REF] Chest, Ambulance, Airplane

Posted: Sun May 18, 2008 18:37
by TenthA86
Recent find: 97517 Chest, Aircraft, Ambulance - 90% intact - marked with civilian shipping info front & back, incorrect hasp added at some point, and what appears to be 4 small wooden braces removed from the bottom tray.

This appears to be a portable chest for aircraft ambulance use. Anyone have specs or info on this item? No maker mark, date or other details present. Top of case is marked "TOP"

(images deleted - old data)

Outer case - while closed - note unusual latch mechanism (appears original)

Posted: Sun May 18, 2008 19:08
by GauzeBandage
Wow, that is pretty cool! Especially the containers inside! Even your cat seems to like it! :D

Posted: Sun May 18, 2008 20:02
by Ben
Thanks for sharing this great find with us! It's quite rare to find them with all of the compartments. As you may have noticed in our Photo Galleries, the following actually shows one of these Chests in use:


As far as I have been able to ascertain, it was contained in evacuation aircraft and used for administering treatment to patients enroute to the Hospital.

I do have a list of contents for this item dated 1944, and should you be interested in a copy, let me know and I will post the contents for your Chest on this thread.
Thanks for sharing this!
Ben ;)

Posted: Sun May 18, 2008 20:30
by TenthA86

Thanks for the photo link (I missed that one!) and I would love a list of the contents. While it appears to have minor differences from the photo, I believe it will be "close enough for government work". Maybe the contents list will help me figure out what part is missing in the bottom tray.

Posted: Sun May 18, 2008 21:05
by Ben
Hi Dave,

Glad that you liked the photograph. Here's the contents list that I have (dating to 1944). Item # shown in bold, nomenclature in regular text and the quantity in parentheses:

9751800 - Chest, Ambulance, Airplane, Empty (1)
1012200 - Acid, Boric, Ointment, 4 oz (1 Jar)
1174700 - Ephedrine Sulphate, 12 Ampules (1 Box)
1245200 - Jelly, Lubricating, 4 oz (1 Jar)
1300805 - Neosynephrin Hydrochloride Jelly, 12 Tubes (2 Tubes)
1463600 - Sulfanilamide, Crystalline, 12 5-Gm Envelopes (1 Box)
2004000 - Bandage, Gauze, Roller, 2-Inch by 6 Yards, 12 (1 Box)
2013000 - Cotton, Absorbent, Compressed, 1 oz (2 Packages)
2035000 - Plaster, Adhesive, Surgical, 3-Inch by 5 Yards (1 Spool)
3110000 - Catheter, Urethral, Rubber, 22Fr (1)
3468000 - Scissors, Bandage (1)
3844000 - Syringe, Luer, 2-cc (2)
3845000 - Syringe, Luer, 10-cc (1)
3849000 - Syringe, Luer, Needle, 23-Gage, 3/4-inch Canula, 12 (1 Box)
3852000 - Syringe, Luer, Needle, 17-Gage, 3-inch, Canula, 12 (1 Box)
3868500 - Tube, Colon, 30Fr (1)
3870509 - Tube, Duodenal, 16Fr (1)
5189000 - Cup, Paper, Non-Collapsible, 100 (24 Cups)
7178000 - Towel, Hand (6)
7493000 - Soap, White, Floating, 6 oz (1 Bar)
7717000 - Bedpan (1)
7868000 - Paper,Toilet (1)
7935400 - Tissues, Cellulose, 75 (1 Box)
7944000 - Urinal, Enamelware (1)
9102500 - Ammonia, Aromatic, 10 Ampules (2 Boxes)
9115500 - Morphine Tartrate, 5 Tubes (5 Boxes) (see here :P)
9205000 - Dressing, First-Aid, Large, White (3 Boxes)
9206000 - Dressing, First-Aid, Small, White (5 Boxes)
9378000 - Tourniquet, Field (1)
9772000 - Container, Metal, No. 12, 1-pt: 1 each for the following:
1048000 - Alcohol, Ethyl, 1 qt (1 Pint)
9108000 - Cresol, Saponated Solution, 1 qt (1 Pint)

9773300 - Container, Paper, 1 1/2 by 2 1/2-Inch: 1 each for the following:
1010000 - Acid, Acetylsalicylic, 1000 Tablets (50 Tablets)
1241000 - Ipecac and Opium, 500 Tablets (50 Tablets)
1403100 - Seconal Sodium, 500 Capsules (24 Capsules)

9773400 - Container, Paper, 1 1/2 by 4-Inch: 1 each for the following:
1418000 - Sodium Bicarbonate and Peppermint, 1000 Tablets (50 Tablets)
1462200 - Sulfadiazine, 1,000 Tablets (50 Tablets)

9924700 - Emesis Sack, 5-lb (30)
9941000 - Pad, Heat, Complete (12)

That's the complete list. I hope that it will be of some use to you :)

Posted: Sun May 18, 2008 22:37
by sgtpeter
Hi David - that's another great find. I'm thinking I need to move back to CO just to help you find stuff :lol:

Posted: Sun May 18, 2008 22:39
by sgtpeter
BTW - is that the trained OD sniffing cat you take out on patrol?

Posted: Mon May 19, 2008 03:25
by TenthA86

CO isn't the great hunting it once was, but there are still deals to be had. I'm working on one that will rock the whole board if I can pull it off - but I'm 2+ years into it and it still isn't a done deal.

That cat is Buddy, good-for-nothin' except when your feet are cold in the sleeping bag - that's when he wants to sit on ya! There are others not pictured: Panzer - feldgrau color, bad attitude and likes to attack from ambush (MY cat!) and his sister Alley, named for her previous home. Neither one will wear the 1914 Iron Cross I tried to put on their collar...

The dog is Kiska, a sled-dog reject, named for the Islands the 10th Mountain troopers visited. He is working on his own display - he has a GI dog collar, a signal corps messenger collar, GI dog snow boots and a dog coat (although the coat is too big for him). Now I need a GI muzzle and we are good to go.

Posted: Mon May 19, 2008 09:58
by Alain
Hi Dave,
Where in hell, do you dig up all those medical GOODIES ? Congrats for your find !
I can tell you, there's not much left over here in my country - Belgium !
The medical equipment was either used to its limits by the Armed Forces, limited numbers were stocked and ultimately given away to some 'third world countries', or auctioned to dealers/vendors . The tidbits left over mainly come from private collectors, some vendors, and trickles here and there at militaria shows ...
All the best,
Alain :)

Posted: Mon May 19, 2008 17:29
by TenthA86

This chest came from an old gun collector (old guns - old guy), who bought it surplus in the 1950's and used it for a portable workbench. Here in the States there is a lot of that around here. 20 years ago our surplus stores still had WWII uniforms for sale, and lots of items from storage depots.

Today supplies have dried up, but occasionally things are found. I dig in corners, ask mindless government workers, ask at Army bases, ex-army bases and anywhere that might have ever seen a use for these items. I found a WWII Link trainer (flight simulator) that way, and a small town road crew had a complete Bailey Bridge they saved for "emergency use". I work with our Army museum system, and occasionally (rarely) am offered goodies. I have 2 cartons of post-WWII Atropine that were found in an active base hospital - sitting in a closet for 50+ years.

Best thing to do is ASK - the worst that happens is I get told to get lost, but occasionally I find things.

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 04:29
by TenthA86
Here's one on E-bay - relatively CHEAP!! It's nicer than mine

eBay Link

Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 03:35
by docdean64
David, I have one of these that is complete, however it is at my storage facility about 50 miles from where I live. I can take some pics of the lower area that your missing some items from. They are spring steel clamps and could easily be fabricated if desired. Let me know.

Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 04:05
by TenthA86
Thanks for the offer - I think I'll send mine on to someone who needs it - I'll trade for something I need for an aid station...

Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 08:18
by Ben
Hi Dave,
I've sent you a message. Let me know what your thoughts are!
Ben ;)

Re: [REF] Chest, Ambulance, Airplane

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 20:10
by WS-G
An old post with expired links, but absolutely an interesting one!, especially as this falls within my own specific area of interest (aviation medicine and aeromedical evacuation). Any possibility of getting some updated links to the images?