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We specialize in WW2 R.A.F. and U.S.A.A.F. kit as well as supplying items from the Royal Flying Corps, Luftwaffe and other Air Forces, from WW1 to the present day.

Typical stock includes flying helmets, goggles, oxygen masks, boots, jackets, uniforms and other aviator clothing; parachutes, escape and evasion equipment and survival kit; aviation related documents and paperwork.

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Extremely rare and very nice WWII Imperial Japanese Army Air Force lightweight 2-piece summer flying suit. Style favoured by fighter pilots. Jacket is OD greenish brown gabardeen, unlined with aluminium buttons t front (all original), zip fasteners to sleeves in good working order. There is wear to the cuffs and a few thin spots in the fabric which you would expect, but no serious wear or damage. Large ink stamp with Japanese characters inside is quite faint but still legible (doesn't show up well in the picture, but it is there). Reinforced leather slit to left side which I would guess is for the plug lead in the event an electrically heated liner is worn. Waist belt and buckle present. Matching trousers of exact same fabric with button front and zippers at ankles with similar ink stamp in waist. but on white so much more legible. Right leg zip has separated but runner is still present and could probably be coaxed to work again. Both leg zippers have runners but lack pullers. Overall wear. A great piece that was really there and the unlined suits are much rarer to find
U.S.A.A.F. Modified R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (late patt.) Stores Ref. 22c/879, (7 1/8 - 7, 3/8). Size 3. The leather is completely supple and in very good condition. All straps are good and retain the majority of the original coatings on the press studs. War department broad arrow marked. The lining is cleaner than average but does have a few small holes to the crown area (see photos). Whilst the chinstrap is faded and it does retain good elasticity. This example has been modified for use by the US Army Air Forces. It is wired with a standard AAF 'Y' loom, PL-354 jackplug and ANB-H-1 receivers that are taped into position in the rubber receiver carriers. These have then been painted white - a typical treatment on such modified helmets. A good '+' to very good used example of this rarely found helmet. Stock code H19040.
'Theatre Made' Sweetheart Fighter Brooch Nicely made alloy brooch in the form of a fighter aircraft. Approximately 70mm span. Well made with quality brass pin fixing rivetted to the back. Faintly engraved beneath this is 'TED 4 EVA' This was probably made in an RAF workshop by an airman for his sweetheart. Excellent condition. Stock code M19417.
'V' Victory Pin Delicate 'V' for Victory pin badge. Approx. 11mm diameter. It isn't obvious how this was worn - presumably mounted on a ribbon or strap of some sort. Came in with the medals and paperwork of an RAF and WAAF couple some years ago. Stock code M16896.
**** Top Secret Memo****** 16th May 2013 ***** Message Begins***** A new tour of 'Ops' has been scheduled to begin tomorrow, Friday 17th 2013 at 1630 hrs. (BST). All aircrew should report for duty at that time and remain vigilant at their postion until 2030 hrs. (BST). New stock will be added to the website at random intervals during this first mission. We strongly advise keeping eyes peeled for bandits. Intelligence reports suggest at least 50 will be approaching during that period. If you decide to 'bag' an item we suggest paying 'as you go'. Any excess postage incurred from multiple orders will be refunded once the items are packed ready for delivery. Any orders bagged will be packed in order of receipt from Tuesday. I'm afraid we have some secret reconnaisance missions to complete in the intervening period.... Good luck everyone and be ready to 'scramble' over and out Rabbit Leader Cheerio... ***** Message Ends******** David & Team The Historic Flying Clothing Company - Established 1993
1920s Air League Lapel Badge By The Birmingham Medal Co. Air League lapel badge. Gilt brass and enamel with pin backing. Approx. 25mm diameter. One-piece construction with stamped eagle surrounded by a dark blue enamelled ring border. The central eagle surmounts a light blue enamelled globe. Text in gold lettering around the border ring reads "AIR LEAGUE IN COELO IMPERIUM". The Air League of the British Empire was established in 1909 to further the cause of aviation in Britain. Excellent used condition. Stock code M18928.
1920s/30s French Flying Goggles By Polo or 'Polo' model? Lightweight nickel plated frames backed with a very fine knitted blue silk having a blue 'fur' edge trim. Chamois backed leather sidepieces and simple strap with brass clasp. The frames are good and marked 'Depose Polo' to the hinge points. There is damage to the knitted backing on one side and the strap is very ragged indeed. Fitted with very good clear plastic lenses. These come in a rigid wood/card box embossed with the name 'Andrew J Lloyd Company Opticians, Boston'. We've had these for years and never listed them! Believed to be early French flight goggles. Stock code GDF1AA.
1920s/30s Private Purchase Flying Helmet Unlabelled. Small size. Typical 1930s private purchase helmet in soft light tan leather with a blanket lining. Press studded folding 'peak' and leather earflaps for use with Gosport earpieces/tubes. Leather chinstrap with press stud fastenings. The leather is in very good supple condition but feels a little dry. The lining is reasonably clean and in quite good condition. A good/good '+' used example.
1930s Private Purchase Lewis Flying Helmet By S Lewis 'of Racing, Flying & Motor Clothing Fame'. Small size. Typical 1930s private purchase helmet in dark brown/black leather with chamois lining. Adjustable buckled forehead strap and chinstrap. Press studded leather earflaps for use with Gosport earpieces/tubes. The leather is in quite good supple condition although a bit grubby and with some surface flaking/wear in places - mainly to the crown area (see photos). The metal componants have surface corrosion and the lining, whilst grubby, is in good condition. Fitted with chromed metal Gosport earpieces. A clean up and some leather dressing should work wonders on this decent used example. Relisted (again) due to a customer with long arms but short pockets..... Stock code H16393.
1930s Private Purchase Lewis Flying Helmet By D Lewis Ltd. Motor & Aviation Equipment. Small to medium size. Typical 1930s private purchase helmet in dark brown leather with chamois lining. Adjustable buckled forehead strap and chinstrap (velvet backing of the chinstrap is missing towards the tip - see photo). Press studded leather earflaps for use with Gosport earpieces/tubes. The leather is in good supple condition with just a few minor areas of flaking - (see photos). The metal componants have minor surface corrosion and the lining is both clean and in good condition. A decent example of this classic helmet. Stock code H16857.
1944 Dated 'D-Day' Lifebelt Inflatable grey rubberized cotton lifebelt with oral inflation tube/valve and various cotton webbing straps/tying tapes to secure around the waist. War department broad arrow markings, 1944 date and other inspection marks etc. Some soiling/marking but remains in excellent flexible condition and would probably still inflate (not recommended as this will introduce potentially rotting moisture into the 'bladder'. This type of lifebelt was issued to many of the troops involved in the D-Day landings. Stock code M17483.
1970s US Airline Aircrew Uniform By Jacob Reed's Sons. Black polyester single breasted jacket with flapped false skirt pockets, gold braid at the cuffs with one rank star. Felt patch to left breast - pierced ready to accept a wing. Part lined with internal pockets. Named to J Denison and dated 11/73. With matching trousers. All in good used condition. Unfortunately we are unsure as to which airline company this uniform was worn by.
A.T.C. Cap Badge Air Training Corps badge. Approx. 38mm diam. Chromed metal with twin lug fixings to rear. Worn on berets and the field service cap. Very good used condition. No split pin. Stock code U18533.
A.T.C. Supporter Lapel Badge Circular, pin-backed brass badge, approx. 2cm diam. Has the RAF/Air Training Corps eagle and wording 'Supporter A.T.C.' This is the first of these I have ever come across. Must be a rarity. Excellent condition. Stock code U15155.
A.V.R.O. Flight Engineer Notes For The Lancaster Notes for the Lancaster Aircraft, AVRO Type '683' Mk. 1. & III. Published by A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd, Manchester, March 1941. Card cover, 15 x 22 cms. Approx. 76p plus around 11 pullout diagrams plus charts at the back (instrument panel, controls, hydraulics, fuel system, turret hydraulics, electrical & oxygen systems etc.) Each copy of this book has an individual reference number (6385). Covers fuel and oil systems; aeroplane controls; engine controls; handling; operating data; emergency procedures etc. A little dog-eared and the spine of the cover is detached from the pages. Good used condition. Stock code P15546.
Acme Thunderer Ditching Whistle English made solid brass 'snail' whistle with chromed split ring and cork 'pea'. Engraved 'The Acme Thunderer'. Direct from the old owner of a government surplus shop first opened in the 1920s! As used on the Mae West and Battledress - not all aircrew used the official whistle. Acme Thunderer's seemed to be particularly popular with USAAF 8th AF crews. Shows age and use with tarnishing. Minor corrosion of split ring. Would clean up very well if desired. Good to very good used. Approx. a third of the price of an AM marked whistle. Stock code MW19481.
Advent Update Today Friday 6th December........Christmas Present Ideas! NOTE : NEW TIMES We have just received intelligence of another raid.... We will be adding a few items of new kit to the website today, Friday 6th December from 2pm (GMT) and continuing at random until around 8pm (GMT). We suggest you watch the website carefully during that period. Once the kit is being loaded be prepared to refresh your browser regularly to view the stock as it is added. Remember that an item is not 'safe' until you have completed checkout. We recommend completing checkout and/or paying as you view. We will always refund any overpayment of postage once the order/s is/are processed. Current Upload Qty. Approx. 45 items ***Over & Out*** David & the Team The Historic Flying Clothing Company - Official Suppliers to Father Christmas Since 1993
Air Cadet League of Canada Uniform Buttons By Scully Ltd. of Montreal. Large brass uniform buttons with central eagle/albatross surmounted with a Maple leaf. Wording to edge reads 'AIR CADETS CANADA'. These are suitable for the main front uniform buttons (not the pockets). Some tarnishing but generally very good. The price quoted is per button. The photograph shows a typical sample of those held in stock. Low stock levels.
Air Ministry Air Diagram 3726 - Ventura Fuel System AD3726. Ventura I, II, IIA & V Fuel System. Approx. 98 x 66cms. Prepared by The Ministry Of Aircraft Production for Promulgation by the Air Ministry. Printed for HM Stationary Office by Flemings, Leicester. Dated March 1944. Marked as 'Restricted' & 'For Official Use Only'. Large colour poster printed on medium weight paper. Show the front half of the fuselage of the Ventura aircraft in semi-cutaway form to illustrate the fuel system and its position. Also has inset pictures and diagrams that depict the fuel controls within the cockpit and a plan layout of the fuel systems. Folded and has small edge tears and dog-eared edges/corners etc. Also has some smallish tears/holes and general creasing (see photos). Fair condition. Impressive display piece. Stock code P16401.
Air Ministry Air Diagram Mitchell II Fuel/Heating System AD3766A. Mitchell II Series II - Fuel & Heating Systems. Approx. 100 x 68cms. Prepared by The Ministry Of Aircraft Production for Promulgation by the Air Ministry. Printed for HM Stationary Office by Flemings, Leicester. Dated Feb. 1944. Marked as 'Restricted' & 'For Official Use Only'. Large colour poster printed on medium weight paper. Shows the forward fuselage & wings of the Mitchell bomber in semi-cutaway form to illustrate the fuel & heating systems. Folded and has some small edge tears and dog-eared edges/corners etc. (see photos). Good used condition. Rare & impressive display piece. Stock code P16535.
Air Ministry Aircrew 'Longjohns' By Wolsey Ltd. Size 3, 1941 dated. Cream coloured wool knit 'unshrinkable' underwear. Button fly. Some soiling/marking and a little fraying to the top centre rear gusset, otherwise in good used condition. Air Ministry King's Crown labelled. Very hard to find! Stock code U15653.
Air Ministry Chaplain's Communion Holy Water Bottle Hand made glass bottle approx. 11cm tall with solid sterling silver screw top lid marked with A.M. & King's Crown. Hallmarked London 1939. Light wear to lid and hallmarks. The lid does not screw all the way down the thread but there does not appear to be any damage to the threads on the bottle mount or inside of the lid. The glass bottle is free from blemishes and the lid still retains the inner cork seal. Very good used condition. Used as part of the RAF Chaplain's portable Communion set that was housed in a purpose made leather case. Rare to find. Stock code C17375.
Air Ministry Constabulary Cap Badge Rare enamelled version of the AMC cap badge. Approx. 5 x 4.5cm. 'Chrome' finish white metal with enamel infill. Twin lug fixings to rear (no split pin). Loss of enamel around the lettering of 'Air Ministry' & wing edges otherwise good used. Stock code U17579.
Air Ministry Dividers By Thornton. Air Ministry King's Crown marked and 1939 dated. Chrome plated 'bow' dividers for use by navigators when map plotting. Approx. 18cm in length. Excellent used condition. Stock code M17149.
Air Ministry Douglas Combined Protractor / Parallel Rule By The London Nameplate Mfg. Co. Ltd. Stores ref. 6B/47*. Douglas Combined Protractor And Parallel Rule, 5". Approx. 13 x 13cm. Clear perspex tool marked with degrees around the edge. Air Ministry King's crown and War Department broad arrow marked. Used by navigators. Light surface scratching and wear. Good '+' used. Stock code M.
Air Ministry Emergency Flying Ration Mk.II Stores Ref. 27P/7. Approx. 11 x 8.5 x 2.8cm. Gilt metal box - much like an old tobacco tin. Printed with A 'Crown' M to lid and with contents list to the base. Originally held Barley Sugar sweets, Chewing Gum, Malted Milk Tablets and Energy Tablets. The inside of the lid is printed with instructions for use. The tin has a little surface corrosion but is generally very good and all text is legible. Retains remnants of the original tape seal. The rubber lid seal is also in tact. Faintly dated to the base 3/43. These rations were officially issued as part of the dinghy survival kit but saw wider distribution. Empty. Stock code S18013.
Air Ministry Emergency Flying Ration MK.II Stores Ref. 27P/7. Approx. 11 x 8.5 x 2.8cm. Gilt metal box - similar in size/shape to an old tobacco tin. Printed with A 'Crown' M to lid and with contents list to the base. Originally held Barley Sugar sweets, Chewing Gum, Malted Milk Tablets and Energy Tablets. The inside of the lid is printed with instructions for use. The tin has some surface corrosion but is generally quite good and all text is legible. The rubber lid seal is also in tact. These rations were officially issued as part of the dinghy survival kit but saw wider distribution. Empty. Stock code S19051.
Air Ministry Emergency Flying Ration MK.II - Full Stores Ref. 27P/7. Approx. 11 x 8.5 x 2.8cm. Gilt metal box - much like an old tobacco tin. Printed with A 'Crown' M to lid and with contents list to the base. Contains Barley Sugar Sweets, Chewing Gum, Malted Milk Tablets and Energy Tablets. The inside of the lid will be printed with instructions for use. The tin has surface corrosion to the base but all text is reasonably legible. Retains remnants of the original tape seal - this has been split in places but the tin has not been opened. These rations were officially issued as part of the dinghy survival kit but saw wider distribution. Rare to find with contents. Stock code S14992.
Air Ministry Emergency Flying Ration, MK.II Stores Ref. 27P/7. Approx. 11 x 8.5 x 2.8cm. Gilt metal box - much like an old tobacco tin. Printed with A 'Crown' M to lid and with contents list to the base. Originally held Barley Sugar sweets, Chewing Gum, Malted Milk Tablets and Energy Tablets. The inside of the lid is printed with instructions for use. The tin has surface corrosion but all text is legible. Retains remnants of the original tape seal. The rubber lid seal is still largely in tact. Faintly dated to the base 5/43. These rations were officially issued as part of the dinghy survival kit but saw wider distribution. Empty. Stock code S17359.
Air Ministry Funnel - 1940 By J Feaver Ltd. One pint capacity steel funnel with hanging loop to one side of top rim. War department broad arrow and Air Ministry King's Crown marked with clear 1940 date. Somewhat mishapen and with dents/wear. Appears to have been coated in waxoil or similar for preservation purposes. Could have been used when working on aircraft engines or RAF station vehicles during WW2. Unusual curio. Stock code M18964.
Air Ministry Handbell, 1940 Cast brass handbell with turned wooden handle and heavy chain/ball clapper. Approx. 25cm tall. Nice Air Ministry and King's Crown markings on the brass collar. Also marked with a 1940 contract number. Shows use and wear but in very good condition overall. The use of these was probably varied and may have included service as fire bells, calling men to order for lectures/briefings, air raid alerts or even to help 'scramble' fighters for a sortie. Stock code M16210.
Air Ministry Instructions For Flying/Stealing The Junkers 88 A.M. Pamphlet 114D. OP/b, 15x24cms. 4/42 print date. 6p plus diagrams. Gives general information on the aircraft & then slightly more specific information on inspection of aircraft & operations to be carried out before starting. Section III covers starting the engine with IV & V dealing with take-off and flying. Landing & stopping of the egines is covered in section VI. All the information given is cross-referenced to an annotated pull-out photo sheet of the cockpit. The reverse of this has a diagrammatic layout of the cockpit instruments. This sheet is housed in a small pocket at the back of the notes along with a drawing of the Ju88. Condition is not good. The cover is creased and has some staining with a partially split spine/fold. The inner pages are detached and have had repairs using gummed paper. The cockpit layout/photo sheet has also been rather crudely repaired with gummed tape with further stabilising repairs to this and the drawing sheet made using a high quality acid-free archive tape. This is not a fully detailed flying manual or pilot's notes but a very rare pamphlet issued to enable pilots to familiarise themselves with the German aircraft. This would put them in a good position to steal one should the occasion arise whilst evading capture in enemy held territory. Stock code P17003.
Air Ministry Medical Department Otoscope By J. Weiss & Son Ltd. Small chromed metal otoscope/auriscope. The handle would house the battery and a separate headpiece houses a light source with an integral lens and an externally mounted adjustable smaller auxiliary lens. Comes with 2 spare ear speculae in a velvet lined fitted hard case with gold blocked 'A.M.' & King's Crown to the lid. The instrument itself is WD broad arrow marked. Appears to be in good condition but is untested. Otoscopes/Auriscopes are medical devices used to look into the outer ear and middle ear. Part of the kit used by doctors of the RAF Medical Department in WW2. Very interesting item. Stock code M18151.
Air Ministry Mess Forks By L.H.N.S. Electro plated nickel silver (silver plated) dinner forks as used in RAF station messes. A.M Crown stamped and 1941 dated to reverse of handle. Good used condition. Only one remaining. Stock code C16992.
Air Ministry Napkin Ring Electroplated nickel silver (EPNS) straight sided napkin/serviette ring engraved with A.M. & King's crown. In need of a quick polish but otherwise in excellent used condition. Good useable item! One only. Stock code M17940.
Air Ministry Press Photo - Inspection of Bomber Engines Press Photo. B+w, approx. 25 x 20cms. Shows two RAF groundrew mechanics undertaking a last minute engine inspection on a Stirling bomber prior to a raid on Berlin. Captioned to rear and dated Sept. 1943. Some creasing and with dog-eared corners and very small edge tears. Stock code P14999.
Air Ministry Protractor/Parallel Rule By The London Nameplate Mfg. Co. Ltd. Stores ref. 6B/47*. Douglas Combined Protractor And Parallel Rule. Approx. 13 x 13cm. Clear perspex tool marked with degrees around the edge. Air Ministry King's crown marked. Used by navigators.
Air Ministry Provisional Pilot's Notes - Spitfire F21 AP2816A - PPN. Approx. 17 x 21cm. 22p. October 1944 with amendments to April 1946 (F21 & F.22). Covers basic information on fuel & coolant systems, hydraulics and electicals, controls, cannons, reflector sight, camera gun, bomb release controls etc. Appears to be complete but not as detailed as the contents would suggest due to the amendments that call for the removal of some pages. Provisional pilot's notes are not as comprehensive as the usual ones and do not have illustrations or photos of the cokcpits etc. Reasonable condition although some pages have come loose from the corner staple. Rare. Stock code P18235.
Air Ministry Publication - 'Bag The Hun!' A.P. 2580A. Bag The Hun! - Estimation of Range & Angle Off - 'Try This Series Of Exercises & Improve Your Shooting'. (For Official Use Only). P/b, 18 x 15cm. 48p, Air Ministry, April 1943 - reprinted June 1943. A booklet explaining the various factors to be taken into account when firing at enemy aircraft. Written in easily understandable language with cartoon drawings etc. A little grubby with dog-eared corners and a hole punched in the top left corner (for hanging?). An excellent little booklet. Stock code P17336.
Air Ministry Recognition Handbook of German Aircraft - Ex. 227 Sqdrn. A.P.1480B. H/b, 20 x 15cm, 11/41 dated. Looseleaf format. Contains information on many German aircraft including single and twin engined monoplanes, three and four engined monoplanes, biplanes and seaplanes. Shown in silhouette and photo format. Includes many famous wartime variants such as the Me109, Fw190, Do217, He111 and so on. Pages are a little dog-eared and some are loose with minor wrinkling/damp damage. Some annotations in ink. Named to owner, Sergeant Pilot C.W. 'Freddie' Hulance, 1621825, Lancaster Pilot with 227 Squadron. He took part in the infamous Dresden raid amongst many others. We will be listing more of his items in coming weeks. Stock code P19202.
Air Ministry Scissors By R. Mather & Son. Sheffield. Pair of steel scissors approximately 19cm in length. A Crown M marked with clear 1941 date. Also War Department broad arrow stamped. Show wear and use but remain in good working condition. Amongst other uses these were issued with the aircraft first aid outfit and multi-man dinghy first aid kits. They are nearly always missing from the kits and are now incredibly rare to find. Stock code S19475.
Air Ministry Split Second Stopwatch, Mk.VA Stores ref. 6B-129. This stopwatch has a split-second chronograph action and was used to perform complex performance tests, bombing runs and for navigational use. White metal case approx. 6cm diameter. White dial with twin subsidiary dials measuring seconds from 1-60 and minutes from 1-30. Arabic numerals. It has a 17-jewel keyless eight-hour keyless Swiss movement with beats to one fifth of a second and two centre second hands rated to one revolution per minute. It is provided with two control knobs. Successive pressings of the large central knob start, stop and reset both centre hands of the chronograph as well as operate the 30-minute counter gear. When the side knob is pressed the lower centre second hand stops enabling the user to make interim timings. This knob has no control of the 30-minute counter. If the pendant knob were first pressed so as to bring the centre seconds hand into action, a sequence of pressings on the side knob causes the lower centre seconds hand alternately to stop and then fly into sync with the upper second hand. Pressing the pendant knob again then stops both centre hands and a further depression will reset them. The case is in good used condition with King's Crown, Air Ministry markings, reference numbers and 1938 date code. It also engraved 'University of Liverpool'. I have been told that this where these were developed but cannot confirm this. Both knobs function correctly and the watch bow is original. The dial is in excellent condition. The back cover is hinged and a hinged dust cover sits beneath. There is some scratching/burring where the latter has been opened. The movement works correctly although the centre second hands are not quite directly in line with each other - see photos. Was recently serviced. A high quality timepiece. Stock code C19053.
Air Ministry Wristwatch Stores Ref. 14A/1102. In 1940 the Air Ministry began to issue 'economy' (brand-less) watches to be used where the usual Longines/Omegas could not be justified. Built to the same specification with a Dennison case, 15 jewel Swiss movements, cream dial and sweep seconds hand. Engraved to the rear with A.M markings and reference codes. The official description for this reference code is a watch for 'reconnaissance duties'. These are now quite rare as supplies of brand-named watches continued albeit in alloy economy cases. This example is in very good used condition. The dial has minor marking and the crystal has light scratching. A new black leather strap has been fitted. Appears to be keeping good time. Considerably cheaper than buying the same watch by a known Swiss maker! Stock code C16100.
Air Ministry 'Scramble' Bell Approx. 30cm tall, 27cm diameter nickel silver plated bell with distinctive 'Crown' top. Engraved with Air Ministry (A.M.) , King's Crown and 1942 date. The bell has been coated in a yellowish varnish at some stage but the plating appears to fine beneath. As always there are various knocks, scratches and pock marks from use. Complete with the often missing clapper. In addition there is a screw-in hanging eyelet to the top. Amongst other roles these were used to 'scramble' fighter pilots to their aircraft and can be seen in many period films and photographs. An excellent addition to any collection. Very heavy. Stock code M14842.
Air Training Corps Buttons - Large By Cheney Ltd. Birmingham and J.R. Gaunt of London. Large chrome finish uniform buttons with central eagle/albatross surmounted with the lettering 'A.T.C.'. These are suitable for the main front uniform buttons (not the pockets). Some tarnishing but generally very good. The price quoted is per button. The photograph shows a typical sample of those held in stock. Low stock levels. Stock code U19425.
Air Training Corps Buttons - Small By J R Gaunt of London. Small chrome finish uniform buttons with central eagle/albatross surmounted with the lettering 'A.T.C.'. These are suitable for uniform pockets. Some tarnishing but generally very good. The price quoted is per button. The photograph shows a typical sample of those held in stock. Low stock levels. Stock code U19425A.
Air Transport Auxiliary Ferry Pilot Notes H/b ring bound flip cards. Approx. 11x 15cms. June 1941. Marked 'For Official Use Only' and subject to Section 1 of the Official Secrets Act, 1920 and the Defence Regulations. Produced for ferry pilots by the chief technical officer, HQ, ATA. As Ferry pilots had to deliver a wide range of different aircraft types these were designed to be a memory aid for use 'after the pilot has made himself familiar with the particular type of aircraft by careful study of the ATA Handling Notes or Air Ministry Instructions to Pilots before the flight'. Cards for different aircraft could easily be added as necessary. This set includes amongst others the 'York I', 'Wildcat', 'Wellington', 'Walrus I & II' , 'Whitley', 'Warwick', 'Ventura', 'Tempest', 'Traveller I', 'Skua', 'Typhoon', 'Mustang', 'Mosquito', 'Liberator', 'Stirling', 'Swordfish', 'Metoer IV' etc. Amended upto May 1946. Some ink annotations. Shows wear and use but in good overall condition. Rare to find. Stock code P15243.
Air Transport Auxiliary Pilot Wing Superb, heavily padded bullion ATA wing. The ATA was the organisation responsible for ferrying aircraft from the manufacturing factories to RAF units across the country. Loveley rare item in excellent used condition. Stock code U13717.
Aircraft Service School - Lightning MK.s 3/6 Electrical Course Notes P/b, 29 x 23cm, 2.5cm thick. Issued by British Aircraft Corporation Preston Division, Aircraft Service School, Warton Aerodrome to a Squadron Leader G L Perry, 11 Sqdn. (11 Sqdn flew Lightnings at RAF Binbrook beteweek 1967 & 1988). Marked as 'Restricted'. Lots of information on power supplies, warning systems, airframe services,engine services, armament electrics etc. The book has some excellent diagrams throughout. The cover is soiled and dog-eared but the pages are generally very good. Stock code P16868.
Aircrew Kneeboard/Stopwatch Holder Aluminium construction. Allows a roll of paper to be used for continuous note taking/plotting. Incorporates a stopwatch holder at the top - this is the same type normally found within wartime aircraft. Has two sorbo rubber pads to the rear in order to make it more comfortable to wear. Fastens around the thigh using an adjustable leather strap that incorporates a fabric covered sprung section similar to those found on MK.III/IIIA goggles. Name plate riveted to the bottom 'Lieut. P.I. Normand'. Well made item. Very good used condition. Stock code M17924.
Airgunner Gloves Dark brown leather airgunner type gloves/mittens with separate trigger finger/thumbs. Knitted lining. Labelled 'A.B.L. 1968, GAUVIN, ATH 9'. Possibly postwar Canadian/Australian? Light marking and soiling but otherwise in very good used condition.
American Airlines Uniform By R & R Uniforms Inc. Black/very dark blue polyester/wool mix single breasted jacket with faux skirt pockets. Silver/gold braid at the cuffs. Polyester lining with internal pockets. With stores tag attached to jacket - new/unused although a little crumpled. Size petite. With matching trousers (possibly slightly used). I have it on very good authority that this is current issue with AA.
Australian Forces Slouch Hat By Mountcastle of Australia. Size 51 (small). Classic olive drab felt slouch hat. 1994 dated. Excellent condition. Stock code M16259.
AVRO Lancaster Instructional Course Handbook Instructional Course Handbook for the Lancaster Aircraft, AVRO Type '683' Mk. 1., II, III & X. Published by A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd, Manchester, June 1944. Card cover, 15 x 22 cms. Approx. 64p plus around 20 pullout diagrams/charts at the back (equipment arrangement, rigging instructions, controls, hydraulics, fuel system, oil systems, turret hydraulics, electrical & oxygen systems, jacking points etc.) Intended to provide a short instructional course for squadron personnel on the operation and maintenance of Lancaster aircraft and covers such things as the fuselage, hydraulics, engine controls, gun turret hydraulics, electrical systems, wireless equipment, vacuum system, cabin heating, bomb gear, engine instruments, handling on the ground etc. Marked 'Confidential' and for use of recipient only under the official secrets act. Each copy of this book has an individual reference/issue number (4073). A little dog-eared around the edges of the cover but otherwise in good used condition. Named to a Corporal Victor Tibbles of 7 Sqdrn, Oakington, Cambridgeshire c.July 1944. Stock code P17709.
B.O.A.C. Life-Jacket By Beaufort Air-Sea Equipment Ltd. Mark. 5C, C.1970s. Vintage British Overseas Airways Corporation passenger life jacket in orange proofed nylon. Simple over the head 'bib' design with webbing tapes to tie around the body. Printed with user instructions in English, French & Spanish. Complete with CO2 cylinder and pull knob (cylinder assumed to be primed and ready to use and would appear to the be the same/similar type used in the Frankenstein MK.4 RAF mae wests); oral inflation tube/valve; Beaufort marked distress/location whistle; lamp with battery pack and original packaging/storage bag. Excellent unused condition with storage soiling/wear only. BOAC merged with British European Airways (BEA) to become British Airways in 1974. Stock code M18297.
B.O.A.C. Pattern Life Jacket By Beaufort Air-Sea Equipment Ltd. Mark. 5C, dated June 1970. Vintage British Overseas Airways Corporation passenger life jacket in orange proofed nylon. Simple over the head 'bib' design with webbing tapes to tie around the body. Printed with user instructions in English, French & Spanish. Complete with CO2 cylinder and pull knob (cylinder assumed to be primed and ready to use and would appear to the be the same/similar type used in the Frankenstein MK.4 RAF mae wests); oral inflation tube/valve; Beaufort marked distress/location whistle and original packaging/storage bag. Excellent unused condition with storage soiling/wear only. BOAC merged with British European Airways (BEA) to become British Airways in 1974. Stock code M18300.
Battle of Britain Merlin Engine Piston Ashtray Polished alloy ashtray created from the piston from a Rolls Royce Merlin engine as used in the Battle of Britain. Engraved with part of Churchill's famous speech 'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few' and with engraved Churchill signature. Also has the RAF/RCAF crest to the centre. Nice period collectable. Rarer English made RAF/RCAF version. Most found are RAF only. Excellent condition. Stock code M18251.
Boeing Model B-17F Field Service Manual H/b, 21 x 14cm. May 1943. With issue stamp of March 24th 1944, copy number 4153. 561p plus index. The book was prepared with the object of presenting pertinent data on B-17F aircraft in a condensed and covenient form. Intended primarily for the use of Boeing field service representatives and supplemented the information contained within AAF Technical Order Handbooks. Superb comprehensive manual illustrated with drawings and diagrams throughout. Includes instrumentation, oxygen system, bombing and gunnery equipment, radio system, electrical and hydraulic systems etc. Marked 'Restricted' and 'For Official Use Only.' Some soiling and wear with staining to inner rear pages. Good used overall. The cover is very poor with soiling, creasing and loss of paper. A superb reference work with fantastic information and a godsend to anyone interested in the Flying Fortress. A fascinating insight into this fabulous aircraft. Even the modern reprints cost around £60... Stock code P17078.
Book : British Leather Use In WW2 - RAF Clothing Interest British Leather - A Record of Achievement by H. Pearl Adam. H/b, d/j, 1946, 1st edition, 82p. Tells the story of the achievement of the British Leather Industry between 1939 and 1945. 'It is the story of an industry's adaptation of peace-time routine to the urgent needs of war.... a story of improvisation, of making-do and of finding methods whereby the Forces and the civilian population, the Civil Defence Services, and many sections of Allied Forces might be adequately equipped and adequately shod, while making the most economical use of the materials available'. This is a superbly illustrated book with excellent photos and colour drawings of all aspects of leatherwork during the war years. It includes references to flying kit including Irvin jackets, RAE boots, escape boots and helmets etc. There is one super photo of two airman in wired Irvinsuits and RAE boots. If you inspect this closely you can see that one is using an E-type mask (not E*) fitted with a type 20 microphone that would normally be associated with D-type masks. A good read! The dustjacket is a bit tatty but otherwise in good order. Stock code P
Boulton Paul Defiant Desk Model Nicely detailed chromed metal model of a 'Defiant' . 'C' shaped stand and black marble base. Approx. 16cm wingspan. Total height approx. 14cm. Excellent condition. Stock code M10175.
Boulton Paul Defiant Undercarriage Gauge Undercarriage Deflection Pressure Gauge, Defiant MK.I. Alloy, approx. 17 x 17cm when fully extended. Marked with callibrations for pressure from 215 to 700 lbs/square inch. Undercarriage height is the distance between the lowest point of the landing gear (bottom of the tyre) and the attachment point to the aircraft. When landing this distance decreases as the tyre compresses and any shock absorbing within the gear reacts. This simple tool was presumably used to measure the deflection of the landing gear to assess the amount of 'travel' at given levels of pressure, allowing for adjustment where necessary. Various indistinct numbers and inspection stamps marked to rear 'BP91012 E70' ? Shows use and wear but in good condition overall. Stock code M18965.
Bristol Type Record - Beaufighter II Fighter Specifications Manual Produced by The Bristol Aeroplane Co, Ltd. Card backed/loose leaf format, 23 x 34cm. 1941 dated. Superb official Bristol/Rolls Royce document for the Bristol Beaufighter II, Air Ministry Spec. 17/39. Essentially a 'Type Record' is the definitive guide for that aircraft. Has sections on the airscrew and engine installation; estimated & actual weights and centre of gravity (used for strength calculations); summary of aerodynamic data/performance; summary of engine mounting and nacelle structure with 22 sheets of Rolls Royce Merlin information (stamped Rolls Royce, Derby Sept./Oct. 1941); strength summary of control circuits; diagram of fuel and oils sytems; diagrams of the hydraulic system; control ranges and rigging diagram etc. Large pull-out diagram (see photo 10). N.B 3 of the sections have no contents (they do not appear to have been included). Very good condition bar wear to the cover. A superb and rare period document.. Stock code P16201.
British Army Airborne 'Pegasus' Patch Approx. 7 x 8cm. Printed on cotton. The famous 'Pegasus' divisional formation sign was used by members of the 1st and (later) 6th Airborne divisions. Designed by the artist Edward Seago and depicting the ancient Greek hero Bellerophon riding the mythical winged horse Pegasus. This example is in very good used condition and came to us directly from an RAF Air Commodore who was given it by the original veteran, Derek Craven of Boston around 1950. This is not one of the many copies and is guaranteed original. Stock code U19130.
British Army Glider Pilot Wings Queen’s Crown flat wing with crown and rampant lion. This was obtained by a pilot who flew in the 50s, 60s and 70s, retiring as an air rank officer. He collected pilot wings during his many postings and appointments around the world. This is a genuine 'issue' wing, not a reproduction or copy. Lovely unused example. Stock code U19151.
British Emergency Ration - Sealed Gilt metal tin approx. 11 x 8 x 2.5cm. Contains a large block of chocolate. Package date on the label is 3/44. Text on the lid reads 'Emergency Ration - Purpose of Contents - To be consumed only when no other rations of any kind are procurable. To Open - Strip off band. Insert coin in corner groove and turn. Notice - not to be opened except on order of an officer'. Surface wear amd light corrosion. Still sealed with contents and retains outer band and parts of the manufacturer's label. Used by the RAF and other armed forces during WW2. Stock code S17239.
British Press Photo - Boulton Paul Defiant Approx. 26 x 20cm / 10 x 8". Captioned to rear 'Re-issue 14.5.40, Britain's Latest Fighter In First Battle. It is stated that Britain's latest fighter aircraft, the Boulton-Paul ''Defiant'' went into action for the first time over the Dutch coast during the weekend, and won ''hands down'', against a German Junkers 88. ''Defiant'' is the first fighter to be equipped with a power-controlled gun-turret.' Also date stamped to rear 14 May 1940 and with London News Agency stamp. The photo shows a Defiant on the ground. Good clear image. Some light creasing and dog-eared corners. Small edge tear to right edge, repaired using acid-free archival tape. Stock code P19418.
British War Department Boot Sizer By U.W.W. Co. Birmingham. Attractive guage comprising a base marked with sizes, a fixed upright to one end and a sliding end piece at the other. When the new recruits were being kitted out at the quartermaster's store they would put their feet onto this guage in order to select the correct size of flying boot, shoe or whatever. Nicely made in boxwood with brass pinned joints and solid brass 'slider'. Marked with British War Department braod arrow. Shows use and wear but in good overall condition. That said, the measurements do not seem to correspond too accurately to some boots I have tried! Boots shown for illustrative purposes only and not included in the sale. Stock code M16687.
Brunei Air Force Pilot Wing Lovely padded pilot wing with studs for fastening at the rear (1 missing) This wing was obtained by a pilot who flew in the 50s, 60s and 70s, retiring as an air rank officer. He collected pilot wings during his many postings and appointments around the world. This is a genuine 'issue' wing, not a reproduction or copy. Lovely unused example. Stock code U19145.
Canadian Red Cross P.o.W. Parcel Box Canadian Red Cross Society Kriegsgefangenenpost prisoner of war parcel box. Basically a cardboard box, 34 x 23 x 12cm printed wtih Red Cross information and a basic list of contents ' Kriegsgefangener fur austeilung (for distribution) - Food 15 Packets, Soap 1 Piece'. These boxes held the contents sent by the Red Cross into German POW camps - the items usually being packed in straw within the box. It is documented that POW relied on the food contained in these parcels to supplement their often meagre rations and that without them many would have starved. Whilst the box is a little soiled/stained it is in very good overall condition. Empty. Stock code M12533.
Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer - Sheet Music 21 x 27.5cm. 1943. One of the wartime classics with an illustration of a bomber flying through clouds on the cover. Light soiling and creasing. Stock code P6562.
Czechoslovakian Pilots Badge - Miniature #2, English Made Distinctive badge having a winged wreath bisected with a sword and rampant lion crest. Produced in brass with British type pin fastening to rear. Approx. 2cm top to bottom and 2.5cm span. Miniatures were very popular among pilots as gifts for fellow pilots and comrades. One can be seen on the airman's pocket in photo no.5. Good condition. Rare. Stock code U19598.
Czechoslovakian Pilot's Badge Distinctive badge with a winged wreath bisected with a sword and lion crest. Produced in 800 silver with gilt washed wings - marked 'K 800' to rear. Three pronged fixings soldered to the back (one missing). Wear to the gilt wash otherwise in very good used condition. Extremely rare. Stock code U14349.
Czechoslovakian Squadron Leader Pilot's Christmas Card Alois Kubita (CBE) 1892 - 1954. Kubita fought in the First World War, being wounded three times. In February 1918 he completed the Air Observers course only to be shot down later the same month, falling into Italian captivity until the end of the war. He graduated as a pilot in the early 1920s and in 1927 became military and air attaché in Great Britain. In February 1932 he returned to combat units, where he commanded several squadrons. In 1940 he escaped through France to Britain and joined the RAF where he controlled the Czech Air Force Transport Pool and worked mainly as a liaison officer at the headquarters of the RAF Transport Command. In 1945 he returned to Czechoslovakia, was promoted to brigadier general and in 1949 to divisional general. Kubita retired in 1950 & died in 1954. He was one of the few "Western pilots" to avoid communist persecution. This is the personal Christmas card of Kubita, approx. 13 x 9cm with gold embossed Czech pilot wing and script. Red, white and blue ribbon decoration to spine/fold. Greeting to internal page. Unused. Light soiling and marking. Stock code P17987.
Czechoslovakian Squadron Leader Pilot's Christmas Card Alois Kubita (CBE) 1892 - 1954. Kubita fought in the First World War, being wounded three times. In February 1918 he completed the Air Observers course only to be shot down later the same month, falling into Italian captivity until the end of the war. He graduated as a pilot in the early 1920s and in 1927 became military and air attaché in Great Britain. In February 1932 he returned to combat units, where he commanded several squadrons. In 1940 he escaped through France to Britain and joined the RAF where he controlled the Czech Air Force Transport Pool and worked mainly as a liaison officer at the headquarters of the RAF Transport Command. In 1945 he returned to Czechoslovakia, was promoted to brigadier general and in 1949 to divisional general. Kubita retired in 1950 & died in 1954. He was one of the few "Western pilots" to avoid communist persecution. This is the personal Christmas card of Kubita, approx. 13 x 9cm with gold embossed Czech pilot wing and script. Red, white and blue ribbon decoration to spine/fold. Greeting to internal page. Unused. Light soiling and marking. Stock code P17988.
Czechoslovakian Squadron. Leader's. Christmas Card Alois Kubita (CBE) 1892 - 1954. Kubita fought in the First World War, being wounded three times. In February 1918 he completed the Air Observers course only to be shot down later the same month, falling into Italian captivity until the end of the war. He graduated as a pilot in the early 1920s and in 1927 became military and air attaché in Great Britain. In February 1932 he returned to combat units, where he commanded several squadrons. In 1940 he escaped through France to Britain and joined the RAF where he controlled the Czech Air Force Transport Pool and worked mainly as a liaison officer at the headquarters of the RAF Transport Command. In 1945 he returned to Czechoslovakia was promoted to brigadier general and in 1949 to divisional general. Kubita retired in 1950 & died in 1954. He was one of the few "Western pilots" to avoid communist persecution. This is the personal Christmas card of Kubita, approx. 13 x 9cm with gold embossed Czech pilot wing and script. Red, white and blue ribbon decoration to spine/fold. Greeting to internal page. Unused. Light soiling and marking. Two available. Priced individually. Stock code P1784/5.
De Havilland Mosquito Cockpit Access Ladder Stores Ref. 26B/3786. Part No. S98103.A. 'Telescopic' alloy ladder used for the crew to access the cockpit of the famous Mosquito aicraft. When fully extended the ladder is approx. 1.7m in length & 20cm wide. Fully closed the ladder is approx. 56cm in length. It retains a good deal of the original drab green paint as well as the stores tag. The part number is stamped into the ladder. Some fairly minor corrosion in places but in excellent overall condition. Please note that the photograph showing the ladder 'open' does not show it fully extended. A rare chance to own a piece of the famous 'Wooden Wonder' - albeit one of the metal parts! Stock code M15417.
Die Luftwaffe der Welt By Dr. Eichelbaum, a major in the Luftwaffe. Printed by Junker and Dünnhaupt Verlag, Berlin, 1940. Hardcover. Linen bound with dust jacket, approx. 20 x 27 cm, 96 pages with 137 images. Foreword by Reichsmarschall Hermann Goring. Early WW2 produced book on the airforces of the world. Some excellent photos. Torn dustjacket with some missing pieces. Wear to the cover and yellowing of pages but in reasonable overall condition. Stock code P14413.
Dinky Hawker Hurricane MK.IIC 1:72 scale metal model. Introduced by Dinky in 1972 and withdrawn in 1975. I believe this was available as a finished dieceast metal model and as a metal kit. I suspect this may be the latter as the paint finish appears to be hand done. Reasonably good overall condition although there is loss to some decals and one blade of the airscrew (propeller) is severed (replacements available on the net for a couple of pounds). Folding/retractable undercarriage and 'realistic' gunfire sound when the knurled wheel behind the cockpit is turned. Rare. Stock code M10082.
Early Flying Gauntlets Brown leather gauntlets similar in style to the 1941 pattern but faced in thick light tan faux fur on the backs and gauntlet areas. This fur extends iside to the wrist but the glove area has a knitted woollen lining. No labels or markings. Typical of prewar/interwar commercially available flying gauntlets. Some wear to the exposed leather but generally in very good used condition. Stock code GA18291.
Escape Compass - Bakelite Button Brown bakelite button with integral magnetised section. Small dots on the reverse of the button indicate North & South. When suspended by a thread the button could aid a downed airman to neutral territory. Very good condition. Stock code E16082.
Escape Compass - Bakelite Button Black bakelite button with integral magnetised section. Small dots on the reverse of the button indicate North & South. When suspended by a thread the button could aid a downed airman to neutral territory. Very good condition. Stock code E15637.
Escape Compass - Collar Stud An ingenious method of hiding a compass inside a collar stud that could have been worn by many aircrews with their RAF shirt/collar. Made using a cheap gilt metal collar stud with integral compass pivot and rotor. The glass top would have originally been painted white to hide the compass beneath but this has been scraped off. Unusual compass design in this one. Interesting to note that many of the studs used for this purpose were actually purchased from Woolworth. When downed in enemy territory this could help the unfortunate airman back to safety. Very good condition. Stock code E16542.
Escape Compass - Standard Standard 0.5" diameter painted brass cased compass with star 'rotor'. These were issued to aircrews with other escape and evasion equipment. Very good used condition. Stock code E16083.
Escape Compass - Two-Piece Fly Button Brass fly buttons as used on R.A.F. battledress trousers etc. One has a small 'spike' to the domed centre on which the second magnetised button can be balanced. Small luminous dots on this button indicate North & South. Issued to aircrews to aid escape and evasion. Unissued condition. We have 1 remaining in stock as the photo but loose from the card. Stock code E16107.
F.A.A. / Naval Air Supply Instructions Manual H/b, loosebound. Approx. 19 x 25cm. 140p, Late 1945 dated. Naval Air Storekeeping Manual giving instructions for the guidance of Officers and others in matters relating to Naval Air Storekeeping in H.M. Ships and Royal Naval Air Establishments. A very comprehensive manual covering all aspects of stock-keeping, storing periods, supply of initial outfit of stores; issue, receipts and transfers of kit/parts/aircraft/engines; air publications; loss, damage and deterioration; fuels and oils; flying clothing & safety equipment - includes demands and stockholding considering operational losses, deterioration due to climatic conditions, changes in number of flying personnel etc. Also details the percentages of the varying sizes to be ordered when replenishing supplies of flying suits, helmets, oxygen masks and so on. A complex manual ideal for anyone setting up their own FAA supply depot or wanting to organize their collection in an 'official' way! The covers are worn/soiled, otherwise very good. Stock code P17386.
F.A.A. / R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet Size 2. The leather is in excellent overall condition, clean and fully supple. Good straps and all press studs retain virtually all of their brown coatings. The chinstrap has good colour and retains elasticity. Excellent zipped earpieces with fully functioning zips, both having their leather puller tags in place. The lining is exceptionally clean suggesting very little, if any use. Fitted with the original rubber receiver carriers c/w fittings for Gosport tubes. An excellent example. Sold unwired and without receivers - we can provide these items at extra cost. Photographed with sponge cushions within the earpieces that are not included in the sale. Stock code H15370.
F.A.A. / R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early pattern) Extremely rare early pattern zip-eared C-type. The leather is generally in good condition - clean, very supple and undamaged. Fitted with 4 goggle straps in good condition and with most of the original press stud coatings remaining. Very good chinstrap complete with metal end tip but the Bennett buckle has lost all of the leather covering. The zip-ear pieces are in very good condition with working zips c/w leather pull tags. The rubber receiver carriers have been carefully unstitched from inside the earpieces. The lining has average soiling but is undamaged. Clear FAA Crown/Anchor stamp on the outerside of the chintab. Sold unwired and without receivers. A very good used example of a very rare helmet variant. Stock code H17602.
F.A.A. Mae West Lamp By Easco. Small black painted cylindrical battery chamber attached via wiring loom to a crocodile clothing clip having an integral bulb holder with red lens/cover. Shows wear and use but in good overall condition. These Easco pattern lamps were used by Fleet Air Arm crews.
F.A.A. N-Type Flying Helmet (Early Patt.) Often incorrectly referred to as the FAA D-type and now known to be the N-type. Size unknown but would guess a 3. Intended for use in tropical/desert climates in the Middle East, Mediterranean, North Africa etc and incorporating a neck flap at the rear to provide sun protection. The material is in excellent condition bar a small mark/nick on the forehead panel (see photo). The straps, in one-up/one-down format are good although the press studs have lost most of their original coatings. This being a Fleet Air Arm helmet it is fitted with zipped leather earpieces - both of these are in very good condition with excellent zips retaining their leather puller tags. The earpieces are complete with original bakelite receiver carriers in place and a pair of excellent RCAF marked rubber cushions. The satin lining is has average soiling and a couple of smallish holes - nothing too serious. Early, externally wired example with leather chinstrap (minus metal end tip) and Bennett buckle. Unwired. Marked to the rear of the neckflap with the owner's initials 'JD'. Stock code H15146.
F.A.A. N-Type Flying Helmet (Early Patt.) Often incorrectly referred to as the FAA D-type and now known to have been designated as the N-type. Size unknown but would guess a 3. Intended for use in tropical/desert climates in the Middle East, Mediterranean, North Africa etc and incorporating a neck flap at the rear to provide sun protection. The material is in excellent condition bar very light marking. The straps, in one-up/one-down format are very good, two of the studs retain 90% plus of the original coatings and the remaining two well over 50%. This being a Fleet Air Arm helmet it is fitted with zipped leather earpieces - both of these are in very good condition with excellent zips retaining their leather puller tags. The earpieces are complete with original rubber receiver carriers in place. The satin lining is in excellent used condition - really quite clean. There is some abrasion, small holes in one of the inner donuts. The felt of the forehead pad and chintab has some mothing - the latter being most affected. Early, externally wired example with leather chinstrap (complete with metal end tip) and Bennett buckle lacking the leather covering. Fully wired with mid tan coloured loom, early brown cased jackplug and receivers and type 25 microphone. A very good '+' used example of this desirable helmet. Stock code H15538.
F.A.A. N-Type Flying Helmet (Intermediate Patt.) Often incorrectly referred to as the FAA D-type and now known to be the Type N. Size unknown but would guess a 3 or 4. Intended for use in tropical/desert climates in the Middle East, Mediterranean, North Africa etc and incorporating a neck flap at the rear to provide sun protection. The material is in excellent condition apart from light soiling. The straps, 2 rear goggle straps only, are very good and retain most of their original coatings. This being a Fleet Air Arm helmet it is fitted with zipped leather earpieces - one is excellent but the other has some loss of chroming and surface abrasion. They both have excellent zips. The earpieces are complete with original receiver carriers in place and are padded with home-made foam rubber cushions. The satin lining has average soiling and has pulled away from the studs in a few places and has a small stiched repair (see photo) nothing serious. This is an intermediate pattern helmet having an elasticated webbing chin strap (stretched and lacking elasticity) but utilizing external wiring (not present). Studded for use with early Type D oxygen masks as well as the later E, G & series masks. Marked to the rear of the neckflap with the owner's name. Also has a clear FAA King's crown and anchor mark the back of the helmet. Good '+' to very good used overall. Stock code H15887.
F.A.A. Pilot Wing Padded bullion Fleet Air Arm pilot's wing. Approx. 95mm span. Fine cloth backing. Very good '+' used condition. Stock code U17380
Fall In And Fly - Dedicated To The R.A.F. Sheet music. 25 x 31cm. 1938. Picture of a couple of biplanes to cover. Some creasing/soiling but in good used condition. Stock code PBO712.
First Aid And Early Treatment Of Burns In the R.A.F. A.M. Pamphlet 168, 1st edition, May 1941. P/b, 13 x 21cm. 17p. Produced for the advice of medical officers, particularly those at squadrons and in the field, who had to deal with cases at the scene of the accident. Covers avoidance of burns and gives clear photographic evidence of the protection afforded by gloves, helmets and goggles etc. Also deals with 'burn shock' and how seriously burnt aircrews could seem well and initially fare better than less seriously burnt men. Burn shock victims later deteriorated rapidly if not treated appropriately. The pamphlet lists the burn centres within the UK, including the Queen Victoria Hospital at East Grinstead, made famous by pioneering plastic surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe and his 'Guinea Pigs. Gives advice on transportation of burn cases and first aid treatment/dressing. A truly fascinating document but please note that this contains graphic images of severe burns. The cover is creased/dog-eared and the centre pages are loose. Stock code P15910.
First Aid Outfit For Aircrews, MK.II Olive drab rubberized cotton pouch approx. 15 x 15cm. Printed on both sides with a list of contents including Ampoules, Anti-Burn Mittens, Anti-Burn Jelly, Wound Dressing and Safety Pins. Fully Air Ministry markings. Complete, sealed and with full contents. The pack is opened by tearing in from the corners and a couple these have been partially torn (see photos). This does not affect the contents. Some soiling/stains but in very good overall condition. This is the earlier and rarer MK.II version. Stock code S17347.
First Aid Outfit For Aircrews, MK.III Olive drab rubberized cotton pouch approx. 15 x 15cm. Printed on both sides with a list of contents including Ampoules, Anti-Burn Gloves, Anti-Burn Cream, Wound Dressings and Safety Pins. Fully Air Ministry markings. Complete, sealed and with full contents. Some soiling/stains but in very good '+' overall condition. Stock code S16419.
Fly, Seek, Destroy - The Story Of The XIX TAC (9th AAF) P/b, 10 x 13cm. Printed in Paris c. 1945. 32p. Illustrated with photos and drawings. Colour map center spread. "Banned by censor for mailing home" printed inside front cover. The history of the XIX Tactical Air Command against Germany in Europe. MInr marking/staining. Light creasing. Very good used. Stock code P14796.
Free French Forces Cigarette Papers Small card packet of cigarette papers (Papiers A Cigarettes) illustrated with the FFF Cross of Lorraine badge to one side and 'FFF' to reverse. A further illustration inside depicts a FFF man smoking. Marked with a price in sterling so presumably sold in Britain to raise funds. Mint unused condition. The Free French Forces (Forces Francaises Libres in French) were French fighters who decided to go on fighting against Germany after the Fall of France and German occupation and to fight against Vichy France in World War II. 1 more of these available now. Priced per item.
French Air Force Flight Map - Lyon Carte Aeronautique De La France. Sheet 4, 1 : 1000,000 Linen backed paper. Approx. 68 x 68cm. 1934 dated. Centred on Lyon with Marseilles on the lower edge of the map. Marked with period air bases in this area of France. Also has flight routes marked in chinagraph pencil. Marked 'Service Geographique De L'Armee'. Folded/creased. Light wear on some folds and edges. Supplied by the famous map firm Stanfords of Whitehall. Good used overall. Stock code P6708.
French Airaile Flying Helmet & Gosport Tubes c.1940 By E. Gueneau & Cie of Paris. Size 58. French Airaile flying helmet from the interwar/early WW2 period. The helmet is made from a hard shell covered in chromed leather and has soft padded leather flaps extending below this to house Gosport tubes or radio receivers. Lacing within the crown of the helmet and to the rear provides minor size/comfort adjustment. Press studded goggle straps are also provided at the rear of the helmet. Excellent unissued condition without wear, soiling or damage. Lovely clear label in the crown with clear January 1940 date. Also comes with an excellent set of Gosport communications tubes/earpieces. Although somewhat outdated these helmets were used during the1930s and into the early part of WW2 by the French Air Force, Free French and Paratroop units. Beautiful quality and condition. Stock code H17827.
French L'Armee de L'Air Summer Uniform (Czech Used) Tunic physically measure approx. 40" Trousers, approx 28" wt, 29" leg. Unlined white cotton drill jacket with flapped pockets, epaulettes and faux turn-back cuffs. Fitted with correct L'Armee de L'Air gilt buttons. Matching trousers with button fly. This style of uniform is often seen in photographs worn by Czech fighter pilots in the L'Armee de L'Air in the early stages of the war and during the Battle of France. Photo Nos. 7 - 10 show some Czech pilots at the end of Spring 1940 on the way to England - some wearing just the jacket and others the trousers in combination with the dark blue uniform. There is some soiling and light wear but considering the colour this is in remarkably good condition and displays very well. Also comes with a L'Armee de L'Air sidecap in very poor heavily mothed condition. Rare to find. Stock code U19599.
German Army 'Trigger Finger' Gloves, c.1943 Size 8. Green cotton gauntlets with leather faced palm, thumb and forefinger. Gussetted cuff section with twin tightening straps, adjustable by means of a two-position press stud (Prym studs). Fleece lined hand section with unlined cuff. Marked inside 'Hans Chiba (?), Aberthan, 8, 1943'. They show only light wear and use. Excellent overall condition. Stock code GA7622.
Gosport Communiation Tubes / Earpieces Unusual pink rubber Gosport tubes with a soft cotton covering. White metal 'Y' connector at the bottom and earpieces that resemble standard RAF receivers in shape and size making these suitable for use in C-type, D-type & E-type helmets with ease. The cover plates on these earpieces are loose (only taped on) but the tubes are completely flexible and in good used condition. Stock code H18092a.
Grimsby Air Raid Welfare Badge Type 1 County Borough Of Grimsby Raid Welfare badge. Circular pin backed badge approx. 25mm diameter. Crimson enamel on gilt metal. Has the county coat of arms to the centre with wording around the edge. Very good condition. Worn by those helping victims of Luftwaffe bombing raids in the northern English coastal town of Grimsby. Small quantity available. Priced per badge.
Grimsby Air Raid Welfare Badge Type 2 County Borough Of Grimsby Raid Welfare badge. Circular button hole backed badge approx. 25mm diameter. Crimson enamel on gilt metal. Has the county coat of arms to the centre with wording around the edge. Very good condition. Worn by those helping victims of Luftwaffe bombing raids in the northern English coastal town of Grimsby. Small quantity available. Priced per badge.
GVIR Bakelite Salt And Pepper Set Blue bakelite/early plastic cruet. The pepper pot is approximately 9cm tall. The salt dish approximately 9cm diameter and 3cm tall. Both have a large elaborate King's Crown George VI cypher to the base. The type of thing that would have been used in the NAAFI or RAF Station mess. Shows some wear but in perfectly useable condition. Direct from the old owner of a recently closed government surplus shop first opened in the 1920s! Stock code M19492.
GVIR Bakelite Salt And Pepper Set Green bakelite cruet. The pepper pot is approximately 9cm tall. The salt dish approximately 9cm diameter and 3cm tall. Both have a large elaborate King's Crown George VI cypher to the base. The type of thing that would have been used in the NAAFI or RAF Station mess. Shows some wear but in perfectly useable condition. Direct from the old owner of a recently closed government surplus shop first opened in the 1920s! Stock code M194927.
Handwritten Signed Letter From Sir Arthur T 'Bomber' Harris Handwritten letter on 'Henningham & Hollis' watermarked writing paper. Headed 'From Marshall Of The Royal Air Force, Sir Arthur T Harris, BT, GCB, OBE, AFC, LLD.' and with his full address in Goring on Thames. It was sent by Harris to his optician in 1980 with reference to having an up to date pair of lenses fitted in his spectacles. Written in blue fountain pen ink and signed Arthur T Harris MRAF. Harris was a WW1 RFC pilot but is of course best known as Commander in Chief of Bomber Command during WW2 (1942 - 1945) and his outspoken views on 'area bombing' and the bombing of German cities. Harris didn't believe that bombing specific targets like oil was the swiftest way to end the war. The area bombing campaign was supported by Churchill and the War Cabinet until almost the end of the war, culminating in Churchill’s demand that Bomber Command attack Berlin and other large cities in East Germany. After the war Churchill issued a memo criticising ‘acts of terror and wanton destruction’ in reference to the attack on Dresden. Both the Air Ministry and Harris were stunned by this, as it had been Churchill himself who instigated the raid. Churchill did later withdraw the memo but it was a sign of things to come. Harris was made Marshall of the RAF in 1946 and retired the same year. He died on 5 April 1984, eight days before his 92nd birthday, at his home in Goring. Stock code P18878.
Handwritten, Signed Note From Lady Harris 14 x 9cm. Card printed with the name, address and telephone number of Lady Therese Harris, wife of Sir Arthur T Harris, better known as 'Bomber' Harris. Harris was Commander in Chief of Bomber Command from 1942 until the end of the war. Written and signed by hand in blue fountain pen ink to her optitian regarding her new spectacles. Lady Harris died in 1987. The card is a little creased. Rare. Stock code P18872.
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Horlicks Tablet Ration Tin Metal box approx. 11 x 8 x 2.5cms. Printed to the lid "Horlicks Tablets - A Complete Food - 24 Hour Ration - As Supplied To The Air Ministry". Interesting to note that there are at least two versions of this size of tin each with slightly differing text. Shows use and wear but in good overall condition. Empty. Stock code S18236.
Horlicks Tablets 24 Hour Ration Tin - Full Metal box approx. 11 x 8 x 2.5cms. Printed to the lid "Horlicks Tablets - A Complete Food - 24 Hour Ration - As Supplied To The Air Ministry". Interesting to note that there are at least 2 slightly different versions of this size of tin each with slightly differing text. This example has been opened but still contains all of the tablets. The tin shows some wear but is in good overall condition. These were issued as part of some of the RAF survival packs in WW2. Stock code S17729.
Horlicks Tablets Ration Tin Metal box approx. 11 x 8 x 2.5cms. Printed to the lid "Horlicks Tablets - A Complete Food - 24 Hour Ration - As Supplied To The Air Ministry". Interesting to note that there are at least 2 slightly different versions of this size of tin each with slightly differing text. Shows use and wear but in good overall condition. Empty. Stock code S16903.
Horlicks Tablets Tin - Early WW2 Issue Approx. 8 x 5 x1.5cm. Empty Horlicks tablets tin. Marked to lid 'The Stand-By In 1914-18 And Again Today'. This particular tin dates from the early part of WW2. Shows wear but in good used condition overall. Stock code M18153.
How The Gun Works - Caliber .50, M2 Browning Machine Gun, 1943 Prepared by General Motors War Products Training Service. P/b, 13 x 9cm. 33p. March 1943. Information for members of the US armed forced on the .50 Browning and the three different types of barrels used for different applications including the air-cooled aircraft version. Cut-way diagrams showing the firing, recoiling, counter-recoiling, cocking, automatic firing, feeding and extracting/ejecting mechanisms of the gun. Very good used condition. Stock code P17090.
Imperial Japanese Army Air Force Summer Flying Suit Two-piece summer issue flying suit in an unlined medium weight brown wool gabardine material. The jacket has an internal 'windflap' & concealed button fastening at the front and incorporates two large zipped pockets. Standard collar with buttoned/tab fastenings. Zip fasteners at each cuff. An integral belt channel is provided at the waist (no belt). Cloth hanging strap at the neck. Ink stamped label/kanji. Matching trousers with high waist, buttoned fly and lightweight webbing belt/fastening. Pleated open pockets on both legs. Zipped side-entry slits/pockets. Zipped/gussetted ankles for easy donning. Ink stamped label/kanji to inner waistband. Other than a slight colour difference between the jacket and trousers this suit is in excellent unused condition. No wear, damage or soiling. All zips fully working and complete with cloth puller tags. A superb example. Stock code S15334.
Indian Air Force Pilot Wing - Tropical Super, heavily padded IAF pilot wing with brass plate and pin fastening sewn to the back. This wing was obtained by a pilot who flew in the 50s, 60s and 70s, retiring as an air rank officer. He collected pilot wings during his many postings and appointments around the world. This is a genuine 'issue' wing, not a reproduction or copy. Lovely example. Stock code U19139.
Irish Air Force Pilot Wing Lovely padded bullion pilot wing for the Irish Air Force. Embroidered onto a piece of green uniform fabric. This was obtained by a pilot who flew in the 50s, 60s and 70s, retiring as an air rank officer. He collected pilot wings during his many postings and appointments around the world. This is a genuine 'issue' wing, not a reproduction or copy. Lovely example. Stock code U19169.
Japanese Army Fighter Pilot's Winter Flying Helmet The Kanji mark indicates this as a size 'large'. Typical Japanese Army flying helmet in mid chestnut coloured leather. Pressed hardened leather earcups and rabbit (?) fur lining. Two press stud fastened goggle straps and an adjustable leather strap at the rear of the helmet. Fitted with a circle of leather to the forehead on which the Army 'star' would have been sewn (star gone, stitch holes visible). The leather is in reasonably good condition if a little marked and with variable patina. Unfortunately the chinstrap has been damaged/severed and replaced with another section of leather stitched in place. The strap retaining rings (chin and rear straps) have surface corrosion and there is quite extensive loss of the fur lining (not obvious when displayed). Various stamps inside the earcups. A little tatty inside but a good display piece. Priced accordingly. Stock code H15438.
Japanese Army Winter Flying Suit One-piece electrically wired winter issue flying suit in a heavy olive drab wool gabardine material. It has a zip fastener from the crotch to the neck and a concealed buttoned fly entry. Both sleeve and legs have zip closures. Buttoned collar flap and 'open' pleat fronted knee pockets. Zipped side 'entry' pocket slits at the waist. Belt with white metal pronged buckle. Large zipped pockets on each side of the chest. Lined with a soft short-pile wool fleece. Dense genuine animal fur collar. The material is in super condition - very clean and with only a few small slits/cuts at the back of the right leg (see photo for example). All zips are original, retain their original cloth tabs and are in good working order. Light moulting to the lining. Excellent collar. Whilst the belt is of the correct pattern it is a different shade of green - possibly not original to this suit? The buckle has surface corrosion. This suit is wired for use with electrically heated gloves and boots. It is fitted with leather panels having press stud connectors at the inside of the wrists and ankles (see photos). The main wiring loom has been cut off where it exits the suit (right rear near waist - see photo). There are ink stamped Kanji marks inside the main front zip flap but they are difficult to decypher. Overall this is in excellent lightly used condition. A superb display piece in what appears to be a relatively large size. Stock code J16505.
Japanese Naval Summer Flying Suit One-piece summer issue flying suit in a heavy brown/green tint wool gabardine material. It has a zip fastener from the crotch to the neck, concealed in use with a buttoned fabric wind flap. Both sleeve and legs have zip closures. Buttoned collar flap and buttoned pleat fronted knee pockets. Side 'entry' pocket slits (again buttoned) at the waist. Belt loops but no belt. Buttoned patch pocket to the left breast & with cloth name patch sewn above (no name). Lined with a semi-padded/quilted black cotton. Overall condition is good. The material is sound with only a few small holes/nicks etc. It is faded and quite stained in places - these look like water marks and it might improve with a careful wash. All zips are original. The main works freely about half way and might go further with care and attention. The slider on one leg zip has come off one side of the tape - this is quite an easy fix. All the other zips appear to be fully functioning and all of the buttons are present. Aside from a few small holes the lining appears to be very good and complete with size/date tag sewn inside. The kanji translating to size large and a 1944 date. A nice example of this suit and a relatively large size. Stock code J15448.
Knitting for The Royal Air Force Issued by Bestway. Approx. 18 x 24cm. 4p. Patterns for gloves, mittens, helmet and flying gloves. Illustrated throughout and with photographs of the finished articles. 'Designed and Approved by the RAF Comforts Committee'. These Comforts Committee Volunteer knitters made garments that were distributed to airmen throughout the country. Folded and very creased with a couple of small tears but in perfectly useable condition. Stock code P16713.
Large Format Official Photograph - Blackburn Firebrand Approx. 50 x 32cm (20 x 12"). Shows the Firebrand on the ground with wings 'folded'. The single seater fighter was introduced in 1943 and underwent trials with the FAA but did not enter service. The photo has dog-eared edges and corners with some marking/soiling. Reasonable overall condition. Stamped to rear faintly with Blackburn Aircraft Ltd. info. Stock code P17745.
Large Format Official Photograph - Blackburn Firebrand #2 Approx. 50 x 32cm (20 x 12"). Shows the Firebrand on the ground. The single seater fighter was introduced in 1943 and underwent trials with the FAA but did not enter service. The photo has dog-eared edges and corners with some marking/soiling - mainly to right edge area. Reasonable overall condition. Stock code P17739.
Large Wedding Photo - AAF / RAF Pilot Lovely large b+w wedding photograph depicting 2 couples. One of the grooms is wearing a USAAF four-pocket tunic that has both AAF & RAF pilot wings visible. Approximate image size is 18 x 23cm. The photo is mounted within a card folder (original), the overall size being approx. 29 x 39cm. Stock code P15506.
Leather Cream 125ml. Letap Leather Cream Preservative. This is a superior leather dressing that can be applied very easily and gives a great finish to flying helmets, jackets, gloves etc. I can highly recommend this for use when a helmet or other leather items that would benefit from a light surface treatment rather than the 'heavier' treatement provided by Pecard leather dressing. As with most leather treatments, a little goes quite a long way.
Luftwaffe Aircraft Cockpit Clock By Junghans. Black painted alloy cased clock with a chronograph movement, activated using the oval knob beneath the winder, Black dial with Arabic numerals. Subsidiary minute dial registering to just 15 minutes. Longer time spans could be measured using the rotating bezel which is marked upto 60. Externally the clock is in good condition with relatively minor paint chipping and wear. Indistinct reference numbers marked on the case. Inside the movement is partially loose and non working. I have no idea if the movement is complete and the clock is sold as non-working and for spares or repair. Stock code C18618.
Luftwaffe AK-39 Armbandkompass By Kadlec. Luftwaffe reference FL23235. Issued to all aircrews and worn at the wrist or often seen attached to the schwimmweste. 1st pattern with solid black base. Works well but does have a bubble in the fluid. With the original straps in good order. Nicely stamped. Light marking and scratching to the case but generally in very good used condition. Stock code S18933.
Luftwaffe Chest Type Parachute Harness FL 30215. This is the second pattern improved harness with an R.A.F. style quick release box. Fawn coloured webbing with the quick release box mounted on a wide webbing canvas waist-belt (similar to those found on R.A.F. seat type parachute harnesses). Large spring loaded clips for attaching the pack on to and a 'salt and pepper' backpad cushion. The harness is labelled but the text is indistinct. The reference number can be made out and the date appears to be August 1939. The rear of the QR box is engraved with reference numbers and manufacturer's details etc. Aside from some surface corrosion on the chest clips the harness is in excellent condition. This was apparantly taken from a Luftwaffe airman who baled out over Somerset. He landed in a tree and had to be rescued by the local Fire Brigade. The harness was kept by the chief fire officer at the station where it remained until a few months ago. I am awaiting full details of the aircraft, airman and dates it was shot down etc. and these will be forwarded to the buyer. Stock code M14524.
Luftwaffe FK34 Summer Flying Helmet Size 56. By Schultz & Co. Danzig. The same basic helmet as the K33 without provision for internal avionics. Differs in being produced in lightweight 'salt & pepper' flecked brown reed linen and lined in pale tan satin. Suitable for 3-strap oxygen masks having flat hooks to either side and an integral forehead strap. The helmet is clean but does have surface corrosion on metal parts & light soiling of the top strap. Labelled. Very good lightly used condition. Stock code H17676.
Luftwaffe Flying Gauntlets Dark brown chromed leather gloves with a stiffer leather gussetted cuff section. Leather straps with press stud fasteners at the wrist and cuff end. Lambswool fleece lining within the glove section but unlined at the cuffs. Nicely marked inside with LBA proof stamps. 1939 dated. Overall condition is very good. They are supple and undamaged bar a small split on the left thumb (see photos). They do show wear and use and are a little soiled/marked in places. The wrist straps are good but the press studs and metal componants have surface corrosion. The lining of the right glove is partially unstitched at the edge. This pattern of glove was most popular with bomber and reconnaisance crews. See p 140 'Luftwaffe Vs RAF'. Stock code GA19272.
Luftwaffe Flying Gloves Size 8. Fine grey soft leather gloves with a stiffer dark grey leather cuff section with a side gussett. Leather wrist strap with press stud fasteners. Unlined. Nicely marked inside with RB number and LBA proof stamps. 1944 dated. Overall condition is very good. They are supple and undamaged although a little soiled/marked in places. The wrist strap is a little stiff and the press studs and metal componants have surface corrosion. Whilst they would benefit from some light leather dressing these are in very good used condition. This pattern of glove was most popular with bomber and reconnaisance crews. See p 140 'Luftwaffe Vs RAF'. Stock code GA16080.
Luftwaffe Flying Gloves - Fighter Pilot Pattern Fine soft grey leather gloves lined with incredibly soft dense fur. There is a gussett on the inner side, adjustable at the wrist by means of a leather strap and press stud fasteners. Barely used. Super condition throughout. This style was popular with fighter pilots. See p. 141 'Luftwaffe Vs RAF' for a similar pair. Stock code GA15633.
Luftwaffe K33 Flying Helmet Size 55. By karl Heisler of Berlin. Basic helmet without provision for internal avionics. Suitable for 3-strap oxygen masks having flat hooks to either side and provision for an integral forehead straps (missing). This example is in the rarer grey leather lined in lambskin fleece. These grey ones may have been intended for elite Me262 squadrons who were issued with grey leather flying suits. Other than the missing top strap this helmet is in super, clean unused condition. Stock code H16880.
Luftwaffe LKpN101 Netzkopfhaube The famous 'net' or 'mesh' top flying helmet. This proved popular with Luftwaffe aircrews as it was designed for comfort and without a chinstrap. This example is the earlier variant having attachment points for just the 2-strap oxygen masks. It has dark brown leather earcups and banding with lighter tan 'mesh'. The neckline has integral spring elastication to improve fit. All of the leather parts are very good and the netting on ly has a few small holes. The avionics are complete with the longer type wiring loom, round Mi4c magnetic type throatmicrophones and four-pole break coupling. One of the plastic 'soundboards' is missing. An excellent helmet. Stock code H16162.
Luftwaffe LKpN101 Netzkopfhaube Flying Helmet The famous 'net' or 'mesh' top flying helmet. This proved popular with Luftwaffe aircrews as it was designed for comfort and without a chinstrap. This example, by HDR is the earlier variant having attachment points for just the 2-strap oxygen masks. It has dark brown leather earcups and banding with matching dark 'mesh'. All of the leather parts are very good and the netting/mesh is complete and undamaged. Unfortunately there is minor damage to the binding tape at the nape of the neck (see photo). The avionics are complete with the longer type wiring loom, oval Mi4b magnetic type throatmicrophones and four-pole break coupling/plug - the latter appears to be non-standard. Both of the plastic 'soundboards' are missing. Some were to the shearling lining on one side (see photo). A good display helmet. Stock code H19430.
Luftwaffe LKpS101 Summer Weight Flying Helmet By Siemens. Size 57. Manufactured in a flecked brown reed linen cloth with a green satin lining and lambswool inner 'earpieces'. This example has the usual brown leather covered earphones and is fitted with hooks/strap for the three-strap oxygen masks. Fully wired with LHB 1 (Mi 4a) magnetic throat microphones, loom and four-pole break coupling. It also fitted with receivers and plastic soundboards. The cloth is in excellent clean condition bar a tiny repair to the front edge forehead area. All straps and buckles are very good although the metal components do have minor surface corrosion. The lining is equally good and complete with nice labels and stamps. Excellent avionics. A really good example. Stock code H16160.
Luftwaffe LKpW101 Winter Flying Helmet By Siemens. Size 58. Standard winter pattern helmet from the 101 series. Has the usual lambswool lining. The brown goatskin leather is in excellent supple condition. All but one of the straps are good and the buckles have only light corrosion in places. The strap that runs front to back on the crown of the helmet for the oxygen mask suspension 'hook' is a bit fragile and part of the adjuster buckle is missing (see photo). The lining is very good but the forehead chamois is quite rubbed and partially unstitched at the back (see photo). The avionics are complete with the longer type wiring loom, oval Mi4b carbon type throatmicrophones and four-pole break coupling. Also fitted with receivers and plastic 'soundboards' - the latter showing damage (see photos). Labelled. A very nice helmet overall and an excellent display piece. Stock code H16159.
Luftwaffe Luftnavigationskarte - British Isles / French Coast Luft - Navigationskarte In Merkatorprojektion. Blatt. Nr.1 Approx. 70 x 55cms. Scale 1 : 2000 000. Printed on thick plastisized type cloth. Printed by Berliner Lithographisches Institut, Berlin. Shows the British Isles upto the Edinburgh area plus Ireland and parts of the French, Belgian and Dutch coastline. The latest print date is 1941. Large Luftwaffe eagles/swatikas printed on the top edge. Has been folded and is quite creased and lightly soiled but looks great. The rear has quite a lot of graffitti where a child has drawn swastikas, aircraft and so on - non visible on display. Excellent display piece. Stock code MP13973.
Luftwaffe Match Case Two-piece maroon coloured bakelite match case. Unscrews to reveal an integral striker inside one section. Contains approx. 25 (the case is full) of the original special long burning matches which have unusual domed heads. See p.96 of Mick Prodger's 'Luftwaffe Vs RAF' for an identical item. Excellent condition throughout. Stock code M13959.
Luftwaffe Parachute Harness Quick Release Buckle FL30232. Anodised white metal 'quick release' buckle as used on the majority of Luftwaffe harnesses during WW2 - (some pre-war harnesses using spring clip fastenings were still being used in the early stages of the war). Engraved with user instructions and with detailed production information to base. Shows use and wear but in working condition and excellent for display purposes. Stock code M17512.
Luftwaffe Schwimmweste, 10-30 B-2 Manufactured by Auergesellschaft. Later war example of the 10-30 B schwimmweste with plastic fittings for the inflation tube and CO2 bottle mounting. The rubberized canvas is in very good clean condition. It is a bit faded and shows some wear on exposed edges/seams. All of the straps are present -both the waist and main back strap show edge tears and the waist strap also has a repair/patch. Complete with oral inflation tube/valve and Co2 bottle which has a '43' (date?) stamp. Nice clear label with Fl Nr. etc. and faint 7 42 date stamp. Good '+'/very good used condition and an excellent display piece. Stock code MW15667.
Luftwaffe Schwimmweste, Type 10-30 B-2 FL30154-2. Manufactured by Auergesellschaft of Oranienburg, Germany. Later war example of the 10-30 B schwimmweste with plastic fittings for the inflation tube and Co2 bottle mounting. The rubberized canvas is in quite good overall condition but is a bit faded and rather grubby. It would also seem that some of the internal rubberisation is shedding (can be heard inside when moved) but this does not detract externally. All of the straps are present but again are grubby and the metal componants have surface corrosion. Complete with very good oral inflation tube/valve and Co2 bottle, FL30153-1 which has a 1941 date mark. Unfortunately the fabric sleeve that holds the bottle is frayed/worn at the end (see photo). Nice clear linen label with Fl Nr., manufacturer details etc. Painted panel to rear 'S12'. A little 'tired' looking but in reasonably good order and an excellent display piece. Stock code MW19050.
Luftwaffe Schwimmweste, Type 10-76B-1 FL.30156. Kapok type. Comprised of a number of kapok filled cotton canvas rolls bound together with thick cord to form a basic waistcoat. This second pattern was introduced in 1943 and had an 'open' back designed to prevent instability problems found with the earlier full-backed version. A large collar provided head support that could be adjusted with the use of press studs on each side. The vest fastened at the front using basic wooden toggles and cord. The cotton 'sausages' are in good condition. There is some staining and fading but no damage bar one small frayed area (see photo). All straps are present - again with some staining, fading and rusting of metal componants - the worst are photographed. There is a small stitched repair to the cord holding one of the metal strap rings (see photo). The collar press studs have verdigris deposits and the painted covers have flaked (see photos). These might improve with careful cleaning. No label and faint markings. Well used but in good condition and an excellent display piece. Stock code MW19270.
Luftwaffe Sommerfliegerkombi One-piece flying suit manufactured in a heavy brown/white flecked cotton commonly referred to as 'salt and pepper'. Fitted with a long diagonal zip fastener from waist to shoulder and with zips at the sleeve and leg ends. It also features zipped leg pockets and side entry slits along with concealed elasticated inner cuffs. This is an 'intermediate' pattern in that it has the later ring-pull emergency release cord that was introduced so that the wearer could removed the suit quickly without the need to undo any zips. However it still has the earlier horizontal fly zip. Overall condition is fairly good but there is a patch near the top of one leg zip (same material) and a few small repairs and darns. Perhaps more significant is some damage/repairs around the fly zip where there are two 5cm repairs. In addition the fly zip has been replaced (with another of the correct type) and has been covered with a 'flap' also made of the original suit material. This is fairly crudely done and perhaps a field repair/modification. The elastic in the cuffs appears to have been replaced and the leather oxygen mask clip attachment points have been removed from the front of the suit. These could fairly easily be refabricated and replaced. All the zips are original ZIPP brand and are complete with leather puller tabs. The suit retains the original quick release ring pull and cord. All other poppers and straps appear to be in good order. No label. Despite the repairs the overall appearance of this suit is good and it would make a super display piece. Stock code S15273.
Luftwaffe Sommerfliegerkombi Size unknown but generous. Physically measures 44" pit to pit (laid flat and zipped). A comfortable fit for me over other clothing (6'1", 38/40" chest). One-piece flying suit manufactured in a heavy brown/white flecked cotton commonly referred to as 'salt and pepper'. Fitted with a long diagonal zip fastener from waist to shoulder and with zips at the sleeve and leg ends. It also features zipped leg pockets and side entry slits along with concealed elasticated inner cuffs. This is an 'intermediate' pattern in that it has the later ring-pull emergency release cord that was introduced so that the wearer could removed the suit quickly without the need to undo any zips. However it still has the earlier horizontal fly zip. Overall condition is good to very good bar a few small fray holes at the back and a larger darned area on the back of the left leg (see photos). Some fading and soiling - notbaly to the front of the left leg. All the zips are original ZIPP brand and are most are complete with leather puller tabs. The suit retains the original quick release ring pull and cord - the latter possibly being a replacement. The leather collar strap has surface cracking/crazing and the label is washed out/illegible. Also stamped '39' & '0'. The overall appearance of this suit is very good and it would make a superb display piece. Furhter photos available on request. Stock code S19431.
Luftwaffe Target Map/Documents - Scampton 3 sheets, 31 x 33cms. October 1940 dated an all sheets. Luftwaffe intelligence photo/map of R.A.F. Scampton (later base of the Dam Busters 617 Squadron). The front sheet has location notes and details about the site and buildings. It notes iron and masonary construction with massive barracks, residential buildings, ammunition buildings and radio station. It also notes barrage balloons being used between Lincoln & Kirton in Lindsey and potential anti-aircraft fire in the region. Another line comments on the lack of recent identification pictures as these were taken before the war. The map & related photograph sheet both clearly show the RAF airfield/station outlined in red. The sheets are have light creasing and very minor edge damage in places but are in very good overall condition. Stock code P17772.
Luftwaffe Target Maps/Documents - AVRO Factory 3 sheets, 31 x 33cms. October 1939 dated. Luftwaffe intelligence photo/map of the A.V. Roe (AVRO) aircraft factory at Chadderton, Manchester. The front sheet notes that this factory was being used to produce parts for Spitfires and Blenheims, that it consists mainly of a large factory building of about 80 000 sqm and offers an excellent flat target. The map (sheet 12) & related photograph sheet both clearly show the factory/target outlined in red. The sheets are a bit creased and have been folded but are in good overall condition. Stock code P16079.
Luftwaffe Target Maps/Documents - Vickers Works 3 sheets, 31 x 33cm. 19391940 dated. Luftwaffe intelligence photo/map of the Metropolitan Vickers Electrical Co. at Manchester (Salford). The front sheet notes that this factory was being used to produce numerous parts for aircraft (names Spitfires), that it consists mainly of a large square factory building with facilities for Air Raids. It also notes the area offers an excellent flat target. The map (sheet 12) & related photograph sheet both clearly show the factory/target outlined in red. The sheets are a bit creased and lightly soiled but are in very good overall condition. Stock code P16078.
Luftwaffe Type Hand Operated Torch Brown bakelite torch/flashlight with integral dynamo generator operated by means of a lever on the top. Unfortunately part of the top of the main casing is broken/missing & there are some cracks a small chip in the bottom (priced accordingly). The damage does not affect the use of the torch which is fully functional with the original bulb. See p.96 “Luftwaffe Vs RAF” by Mick Prodger for a similar type of torch. Stock code M11640.
Luftwaffe Winter Flying Trousers Dark brown leather sheepskin lined trousers with large flapped patch pockets on the thighs. Zipp branded zip fasteners at the fly and leg ends. Integral braces similar to those used on Irvin trousers. These show light use and wear but are undamaged, strong and flexible. Possibly/probably private purchase. A very nice pair. Stock code S15449.
Luftwaffe 'Channel' Jacket, Winter Weight Measures 44" so should fit 40" comfortably. Dark blue fleece lined cloth jacket with dense dark brown fur collar. Complete with collar strap, press studded twin front pockets, map pocket adjacent to front zip, internal adjustment straps at the waist, sleeve zips and cuff straps. The cloth is generally in good condition although a bit faded and soiled. There are a few nicks, small frays holes/minor repairs here and there and a small tear in the right sleeve. The lower hem has lost its stirching for about 10cm. The front pockets and cuffs have been re-inforced with leather binding at some stage. This is old and could be period but it is impossible to be certain. The leather oxygen mask attachment 'straps' have been removed. Fitted with original 'ZIPP' sleeve fasteners c/w their original leather puller tabs. The main zip is an old replacement 'ZIPP' fastener. The collar is in good condition with only minor loss of fur on the 'fold'. The fur lining is cream/brown and in very good order. No label but some indecipherable markings to hem. Good display piece. Stock code J15447.
Luxor Flying Goggles Unknown model number. Smallish "egg" shaped lenses (approx. 5x4cms. max.) with chromed frames having inset mesh side ventilation. Chunky black tubular rubber cushions with "Luxor" in moulding. White elastic strap. Fitted with prescription lenses. Excellent condition apart from the strap, which is rather stretched. Stock code G5396.
Luxor Style Flying Goggles High quality chromed frames with central 'barrel' screw adjuster. White foam rubber cushions and tinted triplex marked lenses. Simple grey elasticated strap with metal clasp. Although not Luxor marked these are certainly of Luxor quality and share some very strong similarities with the barrel adjuster and the strap metalwork. The frames are a little pitted/worn but the lenses and rubber cushions are both very good. The strap retains good elasticity. They come in a faux leather covered rigid case. A lovely set of goggles typical of the private purchase style favoured by many RAF pilots during the interwar and early WW2 period. These would appear near identical to those in Mick Prodger's 'Vintage Flying Helmets' book, p183 & 185. Stock code G18455.
Mechs of the Air Corps - Sheet Music 31 x 23cm. 1942. AAF winged propeller device to front cover. Pages loose/separated ad punched for spiral binding. Interesting lyrics 'The army air force is famous, of course and so are the men who fly; but think of the men, the enlisted ten, no aeroplane can defy! We rev up the motors, we change the plugs and all of the jets we drain, we know very well when she's running swell, you'll crack her up again!' Rare stuff! Stock code PBO1906.
Meet The Squadron Mascot New to Rabbit Squadron, Stella (14 weeks) is the new girl on our team. As Squadron mascot she takes her job very seriously modelling new stock. Nice pair of MK.VIIIs......
Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, Veselé Vánoce, Hyvää Joulua, Frohe Weihnachten, Nollaig Shona, Buon Natale, メリークリスマス, God Jul, Wesołych Świąt, С Рождеством. We would like to wish all of our customers a very Merry Christmas. Thank you for your valued custom over the past 12 months and we hope that Father Christmas brings something to fill a gap in your collection. Please note that the office will be closed from 12 noon, Thursday 22nd December until 9.30am, Thursday 5th January 2012. Customers are welcome to place orders during this period but must be aware that they will not be despatched until the office re-opens. Best wishes David The Historic Flying Clothing Company - Official Suppliers To Father Christmas Since 1993.
Messier Equipment Handley Page Halifax Service Manual Messier Aircraft Equipment Ltd. Warrington, Lancs. P/b., 22 x 26cm. Service Sheets for various components of the Halifax MK.I, II & III bomber aircraft. It covers the undercarriage and associated components with detailed illustrations and diagrams and text guiding the user through dissembly, repair/replacement and assembly etc. A comprehensive period manual. The cover is rather creased/worn and dog-eared. The internal pages are generally good. Stock code P17983.
Miles Aircraft Limited Timer Wall Clock Bakelite cased wall clock approx. 17cm diameter. White dial with Arabic numerals in black marked from 5 to 60. Single seconds hand. Marked to lower edge of dial 'MILES AIRCRAFT LIMITED - READING - ENGLAND'. Metal plate to rear with hanging slot. Spring loaded 'interupter' knob at the top of the case. Contains an electric movement and is wired to a 3 pin plug (the latter is evidently a more modern addition). Good overall condition and does appear to work if plugged into the mains. That said, the wiring is similar to 'bell-wire' and the buyer should consult a qualified electrician if intending to to use. Miles Aircraft Limited produced aircraft at their factory in Reading between 1919 and 1948. The designs include many well known modelsused by the RAF including the Hawk, Kestrel, Master Trainer & Master Fighter, Martinet & Monitor Target Tug etc. Nice period piece from this long lost company. Stock code M15632.
Mission Briefing......Op begins in a minute or so..... scramble now Scramble now chaps - bandits at 2 0'clock....... 100 + Incoming
Mission Complete - Return to base. Rabbit Leader - returning to base. Mission complete, repeat, mission complete.... Good hunting chaps.... This completes the latest update. All recent orders will be processed in order of receipt from Monday. Over & out David & the Team The Historic Flying Clothing Company - Established
Mission Complete - Return to base. Rabbit Leader - returning to base. Mission completed in record time, repeat, mission complete.... Good hunting chaps.... This completes the latest update. All recent orders will be processed in order of receipt from Monday. Over & out David & the Team The Historic Flying Clothing Company - Established
Mission Complete - Return to base. Rabbit Leader - returning to base. Mission completed in record time, repeat, mission complete.... Good hunting chaps.... This completes the latest update. All recent orders will be processed in order of receipt from Tuesday 22nd. Over & out David & the Team The Historic Flying Clothing Company - Established
Mission Complete..... This completes the latest small update. All recent orders will be processed in order of receipt from Monday. Good Hunting David & the Team The Historic Flying Clothing Company - Established 1993
Mission Complete..... Rabbit Leader - returning to base. Mission complete, repeat, mission complete.... Good hunting chaps.... This completes the latest small update. All recent orders will be processed in order of receipt from Tuesday. Happy Easter Everyone.... Over & out David & the Team The Historic Flying Clothing Company - Established 1993
Naval Action Ration Tin Small olive drab painted tin with hinged lid. Marked to lid 'NAVAL ACTION RATION'. Approx. 8 x 5 x 1.5cm. Empty. Shows wear and use. These were issued to the Navy & FAA crews. Stock code M13596.
Naval Action Ration Tin Small olive drab painted tin with hinged lid. Marked to lid 'NAVAL ACTION RATION'. Approx. 8 x 5 x 1.5cm. Empty. Shows wear and use but in fairly good overall condition. These were issued to the Naval and FAA crews. Stock code S18924.
New Book : Goldfish, Caterpillars & Guinea Pigs By Colin Pateman, H/b, 16 x 24cm, 320p. Just published by Fonthill Media. Priced at £20. 'Accounts Of Pilots And Air Crews From The Second World War'. This brand new book covers the formation of the non-official clubs celebrating the courage and survival of airmen in the midst of disaster. 'Goldfish' (lives saved by the use of personal life preservers and dinghies), Caterpillars (lives saved by the use of parachutes) and Guinea Pig (lives saved by pioneering surgery conducted by Archibald McIndoe at the Queen Victoria Hospital Sussex) recounts the remarkable feats that pilots and aircrews underwent to become members of these exclusive and prestigious clubs. Personal accounts, flying logbooks, medal records and original photographs combine to make a unique and truly inspiring picture of the extraordinary heroism and sense of duty that pervaded the ranks of the RAF during the Second World War'. I''m about half way through the book and some of the 'incidents' described really are remarkable. Colin knew many of these men personally and the first hand accounts they gave provide information beyond 'heresay' evidence. For anyone interested in these clubs this has to be worth a look. We don't actually sell the book but is available now from all good book retailers.
New Listings Almost Ready Please note that Rabbit Squadron has now been remustered. All leave has been curtailed in preparation for the next 'big push'. In short, all personnel are now engaged in finalising the new listings to be loaded on the website. These could begin anytime from Monday 23rd but will definitely be no later than Friday 27th September. Information will also be posted on the home page and here in the online shop as available. Register for updates (on the home page) and you'll even be sent details direct to you inbox. over and out Rabbit Leader The Historic Flying Clothing Company Established 1993
New Update Coming On Tuesday 17th December - More Christmas Present Ideas.... Lots more ideas for Christmas presents coming on Tuesday 17th December. We will be uploading new items from around 14.30hrs GMT for roughly one hour. Prices from a couple of pounds to £1000+. Still time for delivery before Christmas if you are quick! Remember to refresh your browser frequently to view the new stock as it is loaded. The Historic Flying Clothing Company - Official Suppliers to Father Christmas since 1993
Next Mission Scheduled - 'Ops' Tonight - Engine Trouble! Stop Press - Engine Trouble will delay take off by a few minutes. Please stand by....... Night Ops.... Planning is now almost completed for the next 'Op'. We will be adding new kit to the website later today, Friday 18th October beginning at 7pm/1900 Hours (BST). The upload will go on for as long as it takes - out current estimation is between 30 minutes and one hour. We suggest you be prepared and refresh your browser regularly to view the stock as it is added. Remember that an item is not 'safe' until you completed checkout. We recommend completing checkout and/or paying as you view. We will always refund any overpayment of postage once the order/s is/are processed. Current Upload Qty. Approx. 60 items+ Over & out David & the Team The Historic Flying Clothing Company - Established 1993
Official AVRO Photo - 707A Research Aircraft 21x16cms. Shows a 707A bomber in flight. Taken from the side. Designed in 1949 alongside the Vulcan. Printed to rear “AVRO 707A - An AVRO Photograph by staff photographer Paul Cullerne - Issued with the compliments of A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd., Manchester - England….”. VGC. Stock code P12459.
Official AVRO Photo - 707B Research Aircraft 21x16cms. Shows a 707B bomber in flight. Taken from the upper/side. Designed in 1949 alongside the Vulcan. Printed to rear “AVRO 707B - An AVRO Photograph by staff photographer Paul Cullerne - Issued with the compliments of A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd., Manchester - England….”. VGC. Stock code P12461.
Official AVRO Photo - 707C Research Aircraft 21x16cms. Shows a 707C bomber in flight. Taken from the upper/side. Designed in 1949 alongside the Vulcan. Printed to rear “AVRO 707C - An AVRO Photograph by staff photographer Paul Cullerne - Issued with the compliments of A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd., Manchester - England….”. VGC. Stock code P12460.
Official AVRO Photo - Deltas (Vulcans) 21x16cms. Shows a formation of 6 Vulcan bombers in flight. Printed to rear “AVRO Deltas - An AVRO Photograph by staff photographer Paul Cullerne - Issued with the compliments of A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd., Manchester - England….”. VGC. Stock code P12462.
Official Boeing B-50 Superfortress Photograph Boeing Airplane Company Photo - P-8157. Approx. 50 x 40cms (20x16"). Printed on thin card. Large format photograph of Boeing's '400mph standard production medium bomber' in flight. The aircraft first flew in 1947. There is creasing, some minor marking/foxing and edge tears. Fortunately the actual image area is largely very good and if a new mount was added this would hide virtually all of the damage. Attached Boeing Aircraft Company Caption. Would look great re-mounted or framed. Stock code P17746.
Official Boeing Photograph - Boeing B-1 (1919) Approx. 50 x 40cms (20x16"). Printed on thin card. Large format photograph of Boeing's first flying boat, the B-1 of 1919. This was an all-wooden aircraft that carried the first contract international airmail between Seattle and Victoria, B.C. Canada. There is creasing, some marking/foxing and edge tears. Fortunately the actual image area is largely very good and if a new mount was added this would hide all the damage. Attached Boeing Aircraft Company Caption. Would look superb re-mounted or framed. Stock code P17740.
Official Boeing Stratocruiser Photograph Boeing Airplane Company Photo - P-8185. Approx. 50 x 40cms (20x16"). Printed on thin card. Large format photograph of Boeing's 'New Double-Deck Stratocruiser' in flight. The aircraft first flew in 1947 and is similar in appearance to the B-29 & B-50 Superfortress from which it was developed. There is creasing, some marking/foxing and edge tears. Fortunately the actual image area is largely good and if a new mount was added this would hide virtually all of the damage. Attached Boeing Aircraft Company Caption. Would look great re-mounted or framed. Stock code P17743.
Official Boeing XB-47 Stratojet Photograph Boeing Airplane Company Photo P-8814. Approx. 50 x 40cms (20x16"). Printed on thin card. Large format photograph of Boeing's 'B-47 Stratojet' that first flew in 1947 and was then the fastest bomber in the world. There is creasing, some marking/foxing and edge tears. Fortunately the actual image area is largely good and if a new mount was added this would hide virtually all of the damage. Attached Boeing Aircraft Company Caption. Would look great re-mounted or framed. Stock code P17744.
Official F.A.A. HMS Ravager Photos x 2 B+w. 12 x 9cm. Two photos showing a Fairey Fulmar fighter that appears to have belly landed on the deck of HMS Ravager. Ravager was built in the USA in 1942 as an Attacker class escort carrier. The ship was transferred on loan to the Royal Navy on 26th April 1943. HMS Ravager saw war service in the Atlantic during 1943 with 835 (Wildcat) and 804 (Hellcat) squadrons. Later being used mainly as a deck landing training carrier operating in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland. Both photos have official markings to the rear. Stock code P17747.
Official F.A.A. HMS Ravager Spitfire Photo B+w. 12 x 9cm. Photo showing a crash damaged Spitfire on the deck of HMS Ravager. Ravager was built in the USA in 1942 as an Attacker class escort carrier. The ship was transferred on loan to the Royal Navy on 26th April 1943. HMS Ravager saw war service in the Atlantic during 1943 with 835 (Wildcat) and 804 (Hellcat) squadrons. Later being used mainly as a deck landing training carrier operating in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland. With official markings to the rear. Stock code P17747A.
Official F.A.A. HMS Ravager Spitfire Photo #2 B+w. 12 x 9cm. Photos showing a Spitfire that appears to have crash landed on the deck of HMS Ravager. Ravager was built in the USA in 1942 as an Attacker class escort carrier. The ship was transferred on loan to the Royal Navy on 26th April 1943. HMS Ravager saw war service in the Atlantic during 1943 with 835 (Wildcat) and 804 (Hellcat) squadrons. Later being used mainly as a deck landing training carrier operating in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland. Official markings to the rear. Stock code P17747B.
Official Press Photo - 35 Sqdrn. Lancasters Official WW2 press photo. B+w, approx. 15 x 20cms. Shows Lancasters of 35 Squadron flying over London (St. Bride's Spire in foreground) after a 15,000 mile 'good-will' tour of the USA. Good condition. Captioned to rear. Stock code P17260.
Original Eisenhower D-Day Message Paper, 15 x 23cm. An original copy of the message written by Dwight Eisenhower and given to the troops of the allied invasion force on the eve of the Normandy landings, 6th June 1944. Each solider, airman and sailor would hopefully have been encouraged and inspired by this message. Condition is excellent bar minor creasing and disclouration of the paper. Guaranteed to be original. Stock code P13060.
Original Luftwaffe Base Sign Drawing Original pencil design for the sign for the Field Post building at Vaernes Luftwaffe base in Norway. Approx. 80 x 75cm overall. Pencil on thick tracing/layout type paper. Vaernes (Trondheim) airfield was surrended to the Germans in April 1940 and used throughout the war. This and other drawings and Luftwaffe lit/equipment were 'liberated' by a RAF Spitfire/Mustang/Hurricane pilot stationed at Vaernes at the end of the war and purchased directly from him around 18 years ago. Truely unique and guaranteed original. This was a working sketch/drawing and has been folded/creased. It has some edge tears but is generally in good condition.
Original Luftwaffe Base Sign Drawing Original pencil design for the sign for the Building Works block at Vaernes Luftwaffe base in Norway. Approx. 70 x 70cm overall. Pencil on thick tracing/layout type paper. Vaernes (Trondheim) airfield was surrended to the Germans in April 1940 and used throughout the war. This and other drawings and Luftwaffe kit/equipment were 'liberated' by a RAF Spitfire/Mustang/Hurricane pilot stationed at Vaernes at the end of the war and purchased directly from him around 18 years ago. Truely unique and guaranteed original. This was a working sketch/drawing and has been folded/creased. It has some edge tears but is generally in good condition.
Original Photograph : Firebrand MK.III Approx. 50 x 33cms (20x13"). Large original wartime photograph of a Blackburn Firebrand III fighter with wings folded. Designed as a new two-seat short range carrier-borne fighter aircraft to replace the Blackburn Skua and Fairey Fulmar. The first production version of the Firebrand was the T.F. Mk III (T.F. standing for Torpedo Fighter). The Firebrand III was fitted with a teardrop style canopy giving a similar appearance to the Republic Thunderbolt. Twenty-seven T.F. Mk IIIs were completed, and most were used for testing. The main production version was the later T.F. Mk 4. There is creasing, some marking and small edge tears. Fortunately the actual image area is largely good and most of the problems are at the edges of the image. If a mount was added this could hide much of the damage. Would look superb mounted or framed. Stock code P17745.
Original Photograph : Firebrand MK.III Approx. 50 x 40cms (20x16"). Large original wartime photograph of a Blackburn Firebrand III fighter. Designed as a new two-seat short range carrier-borne fighter aircraft to replace the Blackburn Skua and Fairey Fulmar. The first production version of the Firebrand was the T.F. Mk III (T.F. standing for Torpedo Fighter). The Firebrand III was fitted with a teardrop style canopy giving a similar appearance to the Republic Thunderbolt. Twenty-seven T.F. Mk IIIs were completed, and most were used for testing. The main production version was the later T.F. Mk 4. There is creasing, some marking and edge tears. Fortunately the actual image area is largely very good and most of the problems are at the edges of the image. If a mount was added this could hide much of the damage. Would look superb mounted or framed. Stock code P17739.
Original Unique Battle of Britain Pilot Photograph Approx. 35 x 35mm. This is a photographic studio contact strip photograph of Battle of Britain spitfire pilot Sergeant Clarence William Francis in his Sergeant Pilot Uniform. His wings can be seen clearly. Francis was posted to 74 Squadron at Rochford on June 24th 1940. This was the satellite station for Hornchurch. He was commissioned in January 1942, eventually leaving the RAF in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant. Francis was a private individual who did not seek attention or attend RAF reunion functions etc. As such, items relating to him are extremely rare. There isn't even a photo of him in the excellent 'Men of the Battle of Britain' book. This photograph was purchased originally some years ago - directly from the family along with various other items of his kit. Some of these are in my own collection. It is in excellent condition. Sold with a photocopy of the RAF route document authorizing Francis to travel from No. 7 Operational Training Unit,Hawarden to No. 74 Squadron Hornchurch, dated 15th July 1940. Stock code P17527.
Out Of The Office We are currently out of the office. Whilst you are welcome to place orders please be aware that they will not be despatched until the week beginning 4th August. Apologies for any inconveniance caused. David The Historic Flying Clothing Company Established 1993
Out of the office We will be out of the office from 12 noon today, Thursday 17th April until 9.30am Tuesday 6th May. Orders received during this period will be sent as soon as possible after we re-open on 6th May. Any orders that were received prior to the 17th will be processed as normal once payment has been received. We will only be checking emails periodically during this period so responses may be delayed. We are continuing to buy and sort new stock and good progress is finally being made on new listings. Thank you for your continued interest and custom. More news to follow very soon.... Happy Easter! David & team The Historic Flying Clothing Company (Est. 1993)
P.M.R.A.F.N.S. Ward Dress Head Veil Worn by Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service nurses as part of the ward dress. This white cotton head veil is approximately 85 x 85cms and has a pierced decorative line 5cm in from the edge. Blue embroidered R.A.F. wings to one corner. Shows use and wear with some relatively light marking and a couple of small fray holes. Named to original owner. Very rare find. Stock code U16622.
Pakistani Air Force Navigator Brevet Lovely heavily padded PAF 'N' brevet. This was obtained by a pilot who flew in the 50s, 60s and 70s, retiring as an air rank officer. He collected pilot wings during his many postings and appointments around the world. This is a genuine 'issue' wing, not a reproduction or copy. Lovely unused example. Stock code U19133.
Pakistani Air Force Pilot Wing Lovely, heavily padded PAF pilot wing. This was obtained by a pilot who flew in the 50s, 60s and 70s, retiring as an air rank officer. He collected pilot wings during his many postings and appointments around the world. This is a genuine 'issue' wing, not a reproduction or copy. Lovely unused example. Stock code U19142.
Photo - RCAF National Exhibition, Toronto, 1930 Framed/glazed photograph showing officers of Nos. 1 and 2 Squadrons RCAF, Camp Borden, and their Gipsy Moth Aircraft. Dated September 2nd 1930. Presented with the compliments of the de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd. Approx. 33 x 32cm. Actual image size approx. 24 x 20cm. The top section shows the aircraft on the flightline, the middle section shows the officers in front of one aircraft and the lower section was intended for signatures. Strangely, these have been done using chinagraph pencil or similar and written directly onto the surface of the glass. Over the years some of these have faded/worn a bit and care would be needed to clean the glass without removing them completely! Would appear to have never been out of the frame in the last 82 years. Some minor knocks to the frame but in good overall condition. Stock code P16966.
Pilot's Notes - Halifax III A.P. 1719C. Original copy dated 4/44. 46 pages with pullout diagrams/photos. Covers a general description of the aircraft, plus information on handling, operating data, emergencies etc. Named inside to Warrant Officer J Neale. Official amendment sheet glued to inside rear cover dated June 1944. The cover is a little soiled and is dog-eared/creased with some small edge tears. Pages generally good bar light soiling. Quite good used condition. Stock code P15908.
Pilot's Notes For The Harvard IIB A.P. 1691D. Original copy dated 10/44. 24 pages with pullout diagrams/photos. Covers a general description of the aircraft, plus information on handling, operating data, emergencies etc. Various official amendment sheets pasted in throughout. Named on cover. Shows use and wear with some soiling and small edge tears on the cover. Good used condition. Stock code P16017.
Pocket Compass - Ex 8th AAF Pilot By Wittnauer. Circular compass in a white metal casing. Approx. 45mm diameter with hinged lid and top ring for a lanyard or strap. A small push-button opens the compass lid to reveal the compass markings and swinger. Light wear only. In order to fasten the lid when closing it requires the push-button to be depressed. These were included in the B-1, B-2, B-4, E-5 , E-10 and F-1 emergency kits. This example is part of the effects of a B-17 / B-24 pilot with the 490th Bomb Group (Heavy), 848th Bomb Squadron (H). 1st Lieutenant Edward C. Kinzler was born on January 29th 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He enlisted on June 23rd 1942. His basic training was completed at Coffeyville, Kansas and Advanced Flying School, Altus Field in Oklahoma as a 2nd Lieutenant. Temporary promotion was granted to 1st Lieutenant in April 1944. He arrived in Britain on 5th May 1944 as a B-24 pilot flying from R.A.F. Eye (AAF Station 134) near Stowmarket, Suffolk. He flew 22 operational flights (combat missions) on B-24s and a further 13 after changing to B-17s in August 1944. Targets included Hemmingstedt, Frankfurt, Nurenberg, Arnhem, Ludwigshafen, Munster, Berlin and Cologne. He also flew training missions whilst with the 8th. Kinzler left England in November, arriving back in the USA on 28th November 1944. For his service flying missions in the European Theatre of Operations (ETO) flying missions over Normandy, Northern France and Germany he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters and the ETO medal. He was relieved from active service on June 3rd 1945. Having survived a tour of operational flying he was killed in 1947 in a cruel twist of fate during a crop dusting flight. Check out the other items relating to this veteran. Stock code M18660. .
Pocket Reference Guide to U.S. Insignia P/b, approx. 11 x 15cm. 11p. Supplement to the March 1943 Reader's Digest. Pocket guide to WW2 US Army, Navy & Marine Corps insignia. Full colour illustrations. Shows wear and use. Taped spine repair. Fair used. Stock code P17480B.
Postal Charges Royal Mail and Parcelforce have increased their prices significantly from today, 30th April - in some cases by 30%. We have no choice but to adjust our postal charges a little but will always endeavour to get your order to you safely/efficiently at the best possible price. To help us do this we now use various couriers in addition to Royal Mail. The automated postal pricing system on our website is usually quite accurate but in circumstances where significant overpayment is made we always refund the difference. Further information on our postal charges/delivery options can be found in the terms and conditions. This will be updated in the next few days.
Pre WW1 R.F.C. 'used' Mapboard/Compass By Aston & Mander Ltd. London. Dated 1909. Beautifully made boxwood mapboard approximately 19 x 26cm (max) with inset compass at the top. Blued brass metal spindles each side onto which a map or sheet of paper can be wound and then 'moved' across the board in order to view different sections. The back of the board is fitted with an inset inclinometer for calculating angles/slope and a leather strap with leather covered pronged buckle used to attach the board to the wearer's arm. This could then be used by a navigator when seated in the cockpit. These were also issued to Cavalry officers and this example was presumably made for such use initially as it predates the RFC. That said, it could have seen use in the air. It is clearly marked with manufacturer details/date and has a less distinct war department arrow stamp. One of the spindles is slightly bent, the graduations/marks on the inclinometer are tarnished (could be removed and cleaned quite easily) and two screws are protruding at the base but otherwise this is in excellent condition and over 100 years old. A really lovely item. Stock code M19604.
Precautions To Be Taken In The Event Of Capture Folding Card. Approx. 10 x 13cm closed, opening to 31 x 10cm. Published by The War Office, 15th April 1942 and marked as 'Not To Be Published'. Advice on the precautions to be taken by British personnel in the event of capture. Clearly marked in bold type 'This Document Must Not Fall Into Enemy Hands'. Gives advice on what to do if captured - give only name, rank and number. Goes onto discuss what the enemy will try and find out from the captive and how they might go about it. Advises not to carry letters, documents or marked maps, to be aware of hidden microphones when being held with other prisoners and not to discuss experiences with each other. It also has basic advice on the rights of prisoners with reference to the Geneva Convention and what to do should the prisoner suceed in escaping. Somewhat soiled but otherwise in good used condition. Stock code P18914.
Press Photo - U.S.A.A.F. Eagle Squadron FTS, 1940 Approx. 21 x 16cm. Photo shows three types of RAF & advanced trainers used by members of the American Eagle Squadron at their Flying Training School in England. Aircraft shown are a Miles Master, Fairey Battle & Airspeed Oxford. Full caption to rear. Also has a press and censorship bureau stamp dated 16 October 1940. Light soiling and creasing at the corners and edges. Good used overall. Stock code P17946.
R.A.A.F. / R.A.F. 1932 Pattern 'Tropical' Mae West 'Waistcoat, Life-Saving, Stole Pattern, Tropical'. By The Dunlop Rubber Co., Australia, 1943 dated. Rare tropical version of the 1932 pattern Mae West. The waistcoat was manufactured from a linen fabric, dyed pale grey and rubberized externally (unlike RAF ones that have internal rubberising). A zip fastener at the back of the neck section allowed access for the internal components. The tropical pattern is essentially 'backless' in order to reduce weight and, help prevent the wearer from overheating. The back consists of just a narrow strip of material through which a couple of webbing tapes pass in order to join the back to the front lobes. The tapes can be threaded through various fabric 'loops' to achieve a comfortable fit. Both front lobes are clearly stencilled with the usual 'user' instructions 'Front' and 'Before Use InflateTube By At Least One Breath'. The material is in very good overall condition and without damage. There is wear/abrasion to the rubberising in places but no serious problems. The 'Lightning' zip fastener is in working condition but would benefit from lubrication. Extremely rare item in good good '+' to very good overall condition. See p.33 'Luftwaffe Vs RAF, Vol.2' for a very similar example. Far cheaper than buying a 1932 pattern 'termperate' version. Stock code MW8395.
R.A.A.F. Bomb Aimer Brevet Flat 'B' brevet in the distinctive dark blue felt with pale blue wreath. Fine black cotton backing cloth. Good used condition. Stock code U152738.
R.A.A.F. Medical Branch Collar Badges (Pair) Medical Branch collar badges in white metal with a blackened finish. Each badge features the Caduceus of Mercury with wings to the top and surmounted with a King's Crown. Twin lugs to the rear for split pin fixings (2 per badge). Slight bending of the badges but in very good overall condition. Complete with brass split pins. The only difference between these and the standard RAF variant is the blackened finish. Stock code U15200.
R.A.A.F. Medical Branch Collar Badges (pair) Medical Branch collar badges in white metal with a blackened finish. Each badge features the Caduceus of Mercury with wings to the top and surmounted with a King's Crown. Twin lugs to the rear for split pin fixings (2 per badge). Very good overall condition. Complete with brass split pins. The only difference between these and the standard RAF variant is the blackened finish. Stock code U17678.
R.A.A.F. Medical Branch Collar Insignia (Pair) Medical Branch collar badges in white metal with a blackened finish. Each badge features the Caduceus of Mercury with wings to the top and surmounted with a King's Crown. Twin lugs to the rear for split pin fixings (2 per badge). Slight bending of the badges but in very good overall condition. Complete with brass split pins. The only difference between these and the standard RAF variant is the blackened finish. Stock code U15197/9.
R.A.A.F. Other Ranks Field Service Cap Badge Blackened/bronzed cap badge as fitted to the other ranks sidecap. No split pin. Very good used condition. Stock code U16153.
R.A.A.F. Service Dress Tunic By M.TX (Melbourne Textiles), Size 12, 1944 dated. Classic dark blue officer rank SD jacket with black plastic buttons and belt buckle. Has Flying Officer rank lace, a lovely heavily padded Airgunner brevet and overseas service chevrons. Labelled and dated. Appears quite small. Very minor soiling and small moth (?) nip to rear (see photos), otherwise in excellent condition. Stock code U18899.
R.A.E./R.A.F. Glass Transparency - D-Type Mask/Type 19 Microphones Royal Aircraft Establishment Negative No. 32936. This is a b+w glass transparency (slide) with card edges. Approx. 8x8cms (3x3"). The image shows what appears to be some kind of aircraft fuselage style compression tank used for testing purposes. Various pieces of equipment can be seen as well as an aircraft gun mounted on a table. There is a 'target' a few feet beyond. Hanging from the ceiling is a row of type-D oxygen masks fitted with type 19 microphone assemblies. Very interesting image. Stock code P14459a.
R.A.E./R.A.F. Glass Transparency - D-Type Mask/Type 19 Microphones Royal Aircraft Establishment Negative No. 32938. This is a b+w glass transparency (slide) with card edges. Approx. 8x8cms (3x3"). The image shows 2 airmen in uniform within some form of compression chamber. Both are wearing headphones and type-D oxygen masks with type 19 microphone assemblies. The masks are being used with an unusual head-harness. One man is operating a aircraft gun - apparantly 'firing' at some kind of electrically wired 'target' a few feet ahead of him. The second man is operating some form of equipment relating to the target/gun. Both men have medical branch collar dogs. I would assume that the slide was used as part of some oxygen deprivation testing or similar. Very interesting image. Stock code P14459.
R.A.F 1940 Pattern Flying Boots Stores Ref. 22c/438. Size 8. The brown suede uppers are in very good '+' condition with only minor rubbing and soiling. The rubber “galosh” section is also very good - 99% complete, quite flexible and with virtually no cracking or perishing. Very good 'W' zips with A.M. stamps. Original soles and heels are in good worn condition. Some very minor loss of fur at the top of the lining of the right boot, otherwise good. Complete with insoles. Broad arrow marked zip tongues. Please note that these are genuine 1940 pattern boots, not 1941 pattern with the ankle straps removed. A rare find these days. A decent used pair. Stock code B17268.
R.A.F 1941 Pattern / K-type Dinghy Heliographs Stores Ref. 27H/2107. Correct steel signalling mirror with attached foresight contained in a well marked white calico bag. Issued for the 1941 pattern Mae West and also found as part of the equipment issued with the K-type survival dinghy. Excellent condition. The price is for one heliograph in the same condition as those photographed. Stock code MW13667/9/71.
R.A.F Flight Map - Essen, Germany Sheet M.32/1, 1 : 250,000 Europe (Air). 1st edition. Linen backed paper. Approx. 65 x 75cm. 1939 dated. Marked with period air bases. Covers Essen, Dortmund, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Munchen-Gladbach etc. Has not been folded and has only relatively minor creasing. Some spot marking although this is more obvious on the rear of the map. Good used condition overall. Will be sent rolled in a card tube. Stock code P19009.
R.A.F MK.IIIA Flying Goggles Stores ref. 22c/62. One of the classic 'Battle of Britain' pattern goggles. The frame retains virtually all of the original paint finish with only very minor rubbing. All of the frame screws are original and both of the frame 'stops' remains in place. The velvet backing is lovely and clean and the padding remains flexible. The lenses have only light marking and surface scratching and are very good overall. The strap springs are all complete/undamaged and the leather strap section is equally good, faintly A.M. stamped with a 1939 date. Excellent used goggles. Stock code G15762.
R.A.F Oxygen Mask Tube / Connectors Standard wartime pattern corrugated rubber oxygen tube complete with screw-threaded top connector for attaching to a G-type or H-type mask . Fitted with a brass Air Ministry MK.IV (6D/526) bayonet connector c/w cadmium plated crocodile clothing clip at the bottom of the tube. The hose is in excellent used condition. 'Twine bound' connectors. Stock code O19115.
R.A.F Pilot's Notes - Spitfire IIA and IIB A.P. 1565B. Original copy dated December 1941 with various amendments to August 1942. Approx. 22 pages plus pullout diagrams/photos. Loose-leaf format. For the MK.IIA and IIB Spitfire fitted with the Merlin XII engine. Covers a general description of the aircraft, plus information on fuel and oil systems; aircraft controls; engine controls; cockpit accomodation and equipment; operating equipment and controls; navigational, signalling and lighting equipment etc. The cover is a bit faded and some of the pages have pulled out from the string binding. Named to a Sqdrn. Leader Barber on the cover. Good used overall. Stock code P15741.
R.A.F Type G Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/645. Size Medium. The rubber is generally in excellent condition. It is reasonably clean but does have some discolouration/spot marks. The only 'issues' are minor cracking at/near the nose-wire retaining lugs and minor stress cracks around the inspiratory valve. The overall shape is very good. The harness retains good colour and quite good elasticity. The brown suede lining is in excellent clean condition. Fitted with a type 48 microphone assembly (type 25 microphone, loom and socket - all excellent) making it suitable for all internally wired helmets. A very good to excellent used example. Stock code O15763.
R.A.F. Coverall, Air Ventilated, MK.2c By GQ Parachutes Ltd. Stores ref. 22c/1300607. Size 6 (Ht. 5'11" - 6'4", Ch. 48). 1962 dated. More commonly known as the 'Fairy' suit, the air ventilated suit was produced to afford relief from the discomfort of high cockpit temperatures by conveying moving air to the wearer's skin through a number of tubes. It is a simple one-piece 'suit' produced in nylon and fastened with tapes tied at the wearer's back. The air tubes are made of PVC and routed through nylon channels. Commencing at a large inlet tube the system divides into smaller tubes fanning out over the body. There are a total of 144 tubes in the system. Worn in conjunction with various outer flying suits including the MK.2 & 2A in the Lightning and other jet aircraft. Light soiling/marking otherwise in excellent condition throughout. These suits are now very difficult to find in any condition. Stock code S17816.
R.A.F. First Aid Outfit For Aircrews - MK.V Olive drab rubberized cotton pouch approx. 10 x 10 cms. Printed to the front with a list of contents including Ampoules Morphia (syringe), Burn Cream (in silk container), Wound Dressing, Adhesive Dressing (2 sizes) & Safety Pin. The rear of the container is marked with instructions for use. Fully Air Ministry King's Crown marked. Has been opened but retains most of contents with 1944 and 1945 dates (morphia not present - see photos for contents). This is the smaller, later war outfit. Much rarer than the slightly larger MK.II, III & IV kits. Stock code S15912.
R.A.F. Helmet, Inner, Type G Stores ref. 22c/1301767. Size 3, 1975 dated. The green cloth helmet shell is in excellent condition with only very minor wear/soiling. Fully wired with loom, receivers and NATO plug. Some shedding of the rubber coating on the wires leading to the receivers. Good, fairly clean soft leather earpads. A good '+' used example. Stock code H14455.
R.A.F. Helmet, Inner, Type G Stores ref. 22c/1732. Size 4. 1967 date code. The blue cloth helmet shell is in excellent condition. Fully wired with loom, receivers and NATO plug. Good clean soft leather earpads - colour mismatched but worn like this by owner. Fitted with MK.4 oxygen mask harness/hooks. An excellent used example. Stock code H19109.
R.A.F. Helmet, Inner, Type G Stores ref. 22c/1729. Size 1, 1967 dated. The blue cloth helmet shell is in good condition although rather grubby and marked - notably the forehead panel. Fully wired with loom, receivers and NATO plug. There is deterioration of the rubber covered wiring to the receivers and the jackplug sheath. Shedding can be seen in the photographs. The soft leather earpads are a little soiled and have surface abrasion in places but remain in good condition. These are also 1967 dated. Fitted with a 'flat hook' for use with masks such as the H-type. A reasonable used early example. Stock code H13578.
R.A.F. R Type Oxygen Mask Size medium. Dated 4/62. Fitted with the earlier type 57 microphone and the adjustable metal 'horseshoe' harness for use with flying helmet hooks (G-helmets/bonedomes). No exhilation valve fitted. The rubber is in excellent condition with only a little cracking on the harness retaining points and around the microphone. Quite clean externally and the pearl grey chamois lining is also quite clean. The harness is very good as is the microphone, loom and socket. Similar in design to the H-1A mask in having the metal suspension mechanism but differs in having no inspiratory valve fitted in the cheek section. An excellent used example of this less common Type H variant retaining very good overall shape. With thanks fto Steen Hartov for additional information. Stock code O7639.
R.A.F. 'Beadon' Flying Suit Stores ref. 22c/1050, Size 4 (ht. 5'4" - 5'7", ch. 37-41", wt. 33-37", St. 38 -42"). The 'Beadon' suit, or as it is correctly termed, 'Lightweight Flying Overall', was introduced late in the war as a replacement for the Sidcot suit. Manufactured in a grey gabardine this one-piece suit has a full front zip fastener from waist to neck and has twelve pockets for the stowage of survival/medical equipment & rations, much of which is similar to that carried in the tropical survival kit. The material is generally in good condition and reasonably clean bar some rust (?) spot marks on the right thigh (see photos). All the zips are original, WD broad arrow marked and function correctly. Some do have light verdigris deposits and would benefit from lubrication. Two or three of the pocket/sleeve poppers have come adrift and most have verdigirs deposits. The knitted collar and cuffs have a little moth damage but are generally in good order. Complete with integral belt, inner back pocket, cloth hanger and label. Overall this is a good '+' used suit. These are surprisingly hard to find now - many having been used as overalls after the war. Stock code S18559.
R.A.F. 'Beadon' Flying Suit Stores ref. 22c/1051, Size 5 (5'8" - 5'11", 34-37"chest). The 'Beadon' suit, or as it is correctly termed, 'Lightweight Flying Overall', was introduced late in the war as a replacement for the Sidcot suit. Manufactured in a grey gabardine this one-piece suit has a full front zip fastener from waist to neck and has twelve pockets for the stowage of survival/medical equipment & rations, much of which is similar to that carried in the tropical survival kit. The material is generally in good to very good condition and reasonably clean. There is an old patched repair to the lower part of the right leg and a few small stitched repairs but nothing serious (see photos). All the zips are original and work well. The knitted collar and cuffs have suffered with moth damage. The collar is the worst but even this isn't too badly affected. The belt is missing. Overall this is a good '+' used suit. These are surprisingly hard to find now - many having been used as overalls after the war. Stock code S17757.
R.A.F. 'Claw Foot' Ice Tongs By Walker & Hall. EPNS (silver plate) ice tongs. Approx. 14cm in length. RAF King's Crown crest to handle and striking birds claw ends. 1935 date code. Very good used condition. Stock code M18148.
R.A.F. 'Claw Foot' Ice Tongs EPNS (silver plate) ice tongs by GG & SS. Approx. 15.5cm in length. RAF King's Crown crest to handle and striking birds claw ends. Very good used condition. Stock code M18148.
R.A.F. 'Gosport' Communication Tubes & Earpieces Stores ref. 6F/154. Used for communication between pilot and co-pilot - usually within biplane cockpits. The fabric covered flexible metal tubes are in excellent condition. The earpieces are of the smaller bakelite type, each marked with A.M. King's Crown and reference numbers. Excellent, lightly used condition throughout. Stock code H18972.
R.A.F. 'Gosport' Communication Tubes & Earpieces Stores ref. 6F/154. Used for communication between pilot and co-pilot - usually within biplane cockpits. The fabric covered flexible metal tubes are in very good condition. The main alloy socket is stamped 6F/154. The earpieces are of the smaller bakelite type, each marked with A.M. King's Crown and reference numbers. Very good used condition throughout. Stock code H18547.
R.A.F. 'Gosport' Communication Tubes/Earpieces Stores ref. 6F/154 (tubes). Used for communication between pilot and co-pilot - usually within biplane cockpits. The fabric covered flexible metal tubes are in very good condition bar minor fraying at one end (see photos). The main alloy socket is stamped 6F/154. The earpieces are of the larger 'flat' chromed metal type, marked 'DH Type Earphone' and are in good used condition. Stock code H15762.
R.A.F. 'Lapel' Bar Compass Flat bar type compass in a rounded diamond shape. Luminous dots to indicate North and South. There is a hole to the centre to enable the user to tie the compass to a piece of thread. When hung in a glass of water the compass is steadied and will point North. These were intended to be hidden inside the shirt collars or jacket lapels of airmen to provide a useful escape or evasion tool in enemy territory. Possibly not too practical given the compass is only stable in water! Single. Very good used condition. Stock code E16774.
R.A.F. 'Mosquito' / Desert Pattern Flying Boots Size 10. Unlined brown suede calf length boots with leather soles. These are the correct 'all-suede' boots, not the type with a black leather shoe section often passed off as 'Mosquito' boots. The suede is generally quite clean and in very good condition bar some scuffing and a few small cuts - see photos. One boot retains the drawstring at the top - these were used to enable a secure fit in order to prevent insect attack. The original soles and heels show relatively light use and wear. As is often the case there are no obvious Air Ministry markings on these. Although this pattern of boot was used by aircrews it was really intended for ground personnel/wear. This correct pattern 'Mosquito' boot is difficult to obtain and often found in poor condition. Good to very good used condition and in an unusually large size. Stock code B18193.
R.A.F. 'Observer's' Pocket Watch Stores ref. 6E/340, redesignated 6E/50. Swiss made 16-jewel movement. White metal case approx. 5cms. diameter. White dial with non-luminous black Arabic numerals and hands plus subsidiary seconds dial. Screw backed case with 'A.M.', reference and serial numbers engraved. The dial has some minor marking and the blued steel hands have surface corrosion. Has a plastic 'crystal' - again with minor marks only. The case has normal wear and tear but no damage. Has been cleaned and tested recently and appears to be in good working order. Pocket watches like these were preferred by navigators who found it easier to place the watch on their maps and charts whilst working. Stock code C19422.
R.A.F. 'Observers' Pocket Watch Stores ref. 6E/50. Swiss made 16-jewel movement. White metal case approx. 5cms. diameter. White dial with non-luminous black Arabic numerals and hands plus subsidiary seconds dial. Hinge backed case with A.M. G.S. 6E/50 and serial number engraved. The dial has some marks and a small section near the '5' is lifting - (see photo). Replacement plastic 'crystal' that does not fit properly - it is too big and does not seat correctly (see photo) The case has normal wear and tear but no damage. Appears to be in good working order. Pocket watches like these were preferred by navigators who found it easier to place the watch on their maps and charts whilst working. Stock code C16150.
R.A.F. 'Prestige' White Flying Suit By D. Lewis Ltd., Great Portland Street, London. Physically measures approx. 46" at chest and waist so probably OK for 40 - 43". Height perhaps 5'10 - 6'. Ask if more detailed measurements are required. Favoured by the pre-war University Air Squadrons and Royal Auxiliary Air Force, many RAF pilots wore these distinctive white flying suits at the start of the war as a mark of status. There were quite a few different variations produced by several manufacturers. This D.Lewis version is produced in medium weight white cotton twill with a short 'stand' collar, full front brass “Lightning” zip, flapped breast pockets with concealed buttons and belt loops for a waist belt (sadly missing as is often the case). The suit has adjustable brass buckled straps at the wrist and ankles, side-seam pockets and side-seam openings. There is also a single open rear pocket (top left requires minor restitching) and tool/ruler pocket - see photo 4. Integral RAF buttoned epaulettes. Pocket buttons are of the early “vegetable” based type. The overall appearance is extremely good, relatively clean and with only light fraying in places - mainly to cuff ends and straps (see photos). Linen label (worn). A good example of these rare and sought after suits in a reasonably large size. Displays very well. Stock code S19049.
R.A.F. 'Rear Gunner' Oxygen Mask Tube / Connectors Rare oxygen tube specially designed for wartime rear gunners with more exposed positions. Manufactured from thicker rubber less prone to freezing these look almost identical to the standard tube, but can be identified by the 1" white band painted around them. This example is from my own collection following some upgrading. The tube is cracking within the folds of the rubber and the upper connector is attached with cloth tape rather than the usual twine. This is probably an original wartime modification. The white band is not terribly obvious being faded and dirty (see photo). The brass MK.IV bayonet connector and 'crocodile' clothing clip are tarnished /have surface corrosion. Overall in fair condition only but extremely rare to find. Stock code O13384.
R.A.F. 'Style' Prestige Flying Suit By Paisley's Ltd. of Glasgow. Size 36. 100% Pre-shrunk cotton. Physically measures 21" from armpit to pit (42") and 38" at the waist. 31" inside leg. White cotton one-piece overall/boiler suit with standard collar/lapels. Full (concealed) buttoned front. Flapped pleated chest pockets. One long (spanner/ruler?) pocket on the side of the leg, one rear pocket and side seam/side entry pockets at the waist. Belted at the waist. All buttons are removeable via split rings so the chest pockets could have brass RAF buttons added. Unused new old stock with original stores tag stating 'Style : 100 007 RAF B/SUIT & Size Chest 91cm 36 inch'. Super condition and generally extremely clean but does have very minor storage marks. Similar in style to the famous RAF white prestige flying suits but appears to have little age. Thought to be a commercially available product manufactured to RAF standards/style. Ideal for display or possibly for re-enactment. A fraction of the cost of a genuine 1930s prestige suit. Stock code S17650.
R.A.F. 'Taylor' Bouyancy Flying Suit 'Suit, Flying, Bouyant'. Stores ref. 22c/740. Size large (Ht. 5'11 - 6.2", Ch. 40 - 42, Wt. 35 - 38"). Yellow one-piece double breasted suit designed to give maximum comfort, bouyancy in water and a certain amount of fire protection - supposedly without causing too much restriction of movement of the wearer or the essential rapid removal in an emergency. Produced in a heavy 'aerocord' material and designed to be worn with a flame-proof kapok liner along with flotation pads in knee and breast pockets and in the collar. Internal braces relieved pressure on the wearer's shoulders from the weight of the suit. Press studs and quick-release zip fasteners promoted rapid removal. The material is in excellent overall condition bar minor fraying at the cuffs and ankles. It is remarkably clean with very little marking at all. Certainly one of the cleanest suits we've had. Yellow was chosen to aid visibility in the sea but was not the most practical colour for use within oily airframes. The extensive/long zips and other metalwork on these suits are prone to verdigris and corrosion. In this case the press studs do have minor hard verdigris deposits in places and a few have been replaced (three wired wrist connectors - see photos). Both leg and sleeve zips and the fly zip have been replaced but do not detract too much. The main chest zip is original. The lining appears to be in fairly good order and the braces are present. There is minor damage and some repairwork - mainly to the channels that house the braces (see photo). Fully legible label. This example is the earlier variant of the suit without the flotation lamp pocket at the waist. A very clean example of what are now quite rare suits. A big one too! Bulky and very heavy. Further photos available on request. Stock code S19054.
R.A.F. 'Taylor' Partial Pressure Helmet Type E Instruction Manual Facsimile photocopy of the manual produced by Baxter Woodhouse and Taylor Ltd. Approx. 20 x 25cm. Card covers. Originally would have been spiral bound but this copy has loose pages. 43p (including illustrations). Gives a full description, use and servicing instructions and advice on testing. Excellent book with super photos of the helmet being 'donned', worn, removed and tested. Also shows the available improvements/modifications including ventilated linings, rear crash protection panels etc. Also has information of the B.W.T. Nitrometer which was used as a test rig. New facsimile copy produced from an original - just needs binding. Excellent reference material. An original would cost around £85. Stock code P.
R.A.F. 'Taylor' Partial Pressure Helmet, Type E, Instruction Manual Produced by Baxter Woodhouse and Taylor Ltd. Approx. 20 x 25cm. Card covers. Spiral bound. 43p (including illustrations). Gives a full description, use and servicing instructions and advice on testing. Excellent book with super photos of the helmet being 'donned', worn, removed and tested. Also shows the available improvements/modifications including ventilated linings, rear crash protection panels etc. Also has information of the B.W.T. Nitrometer which was used as a test rig. Light soiling and wear to the front cover otherwise in ver good used condition. Another rare find. Stock code P14977.
R.A.F. 'Used' Blood Chit Rayon blood chit, approx. 28 x 50cms. Manufactured from two pieces of rayon stitched together. Printed in red, blue and black. For use by British aircrews flying missions over Asia. Printed with the Union flag plus wording in 17 languages stating the owner to be an allied fighter only wating to harm the Japanese. Excellent condition. Very light marking only. Has been folded/is creased. Hemmed edges. Scarce. Stock code E14185.
R.A.F. 'Used' Blood Chit Rayon blood chit, approx. 28 x 50cm. Printed in red, blue and black. For use by British aircrews flying missions over Asia. Printed with the Union flag plus wording in 17 languages stating the owner to be an allied fighter only wanting to harm the Japanese. Excellent condition. Very light marking only. Has been folded/is creased. Hemmed edges. Scarce. Stock code E15909.
R.A.F. 'Used' Blood Chit Silk blood chit, approx. 27 x 40cm. Single sided and printed in red and blue (not the red,blue and black version). For use by British aircrews flying missions over Asia. Printed with the Union flag plus wording in 17 languages stating the owner to be an allied fighter only wating to harm the Japanese. According to Robert Baldwin's excellent book on blood chits this pattern was designed by Major Wilcox and S/Ldr. Vint of E Group. Light marking and fading only Raw/unhemmed edges have slight fraying. Has been folded/is a little creased. Rare. Stock code E18595.
R.A.F. 'Used' Luxor 12 Flying Goggles By E.B. Meyrowitz (EBM). French made. 1930s. Nickel plated vented frames with adjustable nose bridge. Flat laminated glass lenses, black rubber cushions with raised 'Luxor' marks and elasticated strap. These were the finest quality goggles of the day and the preferred choice of many pilots at the beginning of WW2 and into the Battle of Britain. The '12' model was made famous by the iconic photograph of P/O Keith Gillman used on the front cover of Picture Post at the height of the Battle in August 1940. The frames are in good condition but there is wear to the nickel plating at the front of the goggles revealing the brass beneath. Luxor 12 markings to both sides of the frame. The clear glass 'xxx' (Triplex) marked lenses are excellent but the rubber cushions have suffered a bit over the years and are a bit mishaped with small cracks and relatively minor perishing. They are slightly tacky to the touch in some areas but do remain quite supple and flexible in most areas. The strap is stretched and has lost elasticity. The clasp attachments at each end are 'E.B.M.' marked and the strap is also labelled. These are not in excellent condition but are reasonably good to good used. Luxor goggles are not common to find and the '12' is one of the rarest. We sold this pair to a client approximately 10 years ago and recently purchased his entire collection. Stock code G19254.
R.A.F. 'Used' Throat Microphone, Boxed 'Microphone Throat, Low Level No.2, MK.II, ZA19734'. I believe these were issued to tank crews but some were also used by aircrews operating at low level without need for oxygen. Indeed some have come direct from veterans in the past to confirm this. Twin microphone in a lozenge shape, approx. 5 x 2 x 2cm each, leather faced and joined together via a simple hinged metal loop. Adjustable elastic neck strap. Wiring loom with 2-pin socket attached for use with the standard WW2 flying helmet integral 2-pin plug. This example is in very good condition bar normal wear and age. It comes with the original issue box. Stock code H2A.
R.A.F. (South Africa) Navigator Service Dress Tunic Standard four pocket tunic by Austin Reed of Regent Street, London. Complete with a very fine padded 'N' brevet, Flying Officer rank lace, 'South Africa' nationality shoulder titles, pathfinder type badge (bendy blades type) and ribbons for the 1939-45 star, Africa star, war medal and the Africa Service medal. A few loose stitches where the belt is attached otherwise in very good used condition. Named on the label Stock code U15113.
R.A.F. / A.M. Stereoscope Type D. Stores ref. : 14B/746. Used by photo-reconnaisance staff to view aerial photographs for interpretation purposes. The use of these helped to acertain accuracy of bombing, pinpointing targets and so on. The viewer is in two sections - the main body has twin lenses set in flat metal plate with pivoting legs either side. These fit into a base plate, with notches on the legs permitting height adjustment. Air Ministry marked. Overall condition is good with just normal use and wear. Complete with the original fabric case of issue. This is in good order although a bit grubby and with some ink annotation. Stock code M15234.
R.A.F. / Air Ministry Mae West 'Ditching' Whistle Type 3 The less commonly found 'tube' whistle used by wartime aircrew. Period photos show these hanging from the 1941 pattern Mae West or aircrew blouse. Chromed brass. Air Ministry King's Crown markings and reference numbers '293/AA/22 CON.14C'. Light wear, surface scratching and a few small dents but in good used condition overall. Stock code MW15424.
R.A.F. / Air Ministry Mae West 'Ditching' Whistle The classic 'snail' whistle often seen hanging from the 1941 pattern Mae West or aircrew blouse. Chrome plated brass. Air Ministry King's Crown markings and reference numbers '23/230' to one side. Further reference numbers to other side '293/14/L1795'. Some loss of plating to exposed edges but in good '+' used condition overall. Stock code MW15195.
R.A.F. / Air Ministry MK.IIA Cockpit Clock Stores Ref. 6A/1002. Black painted metal case. Approx. 6cm diameter. Self starting keyless 1-day movement with centre second hand. The clock is wound by rotating the bezel and hands set by pressing a spring loaded lever projecting from the upper left corner whilst rotating the bezel. Black dial with white Arabic numerals. The dial is part luminous and is marked with reference numbers and 1943 date. The case is paint chipped but undamaged. Good dial, hands and glass. The backplate is A.M. (Air Ministry) marked. Appears to be in good working order although in the interests of not overwinding has been tested for approximately 16 hours periods only. This type of clock was used in some models of Ansons, Battles, Beaufighters, some Spitfires, Beauforts, Sunderlands, Austers, Lancasters and Mosquitos. Stock code C16539.
R.A.F. / Air Ministry MK.IIC Cockpit Clock Stores Ref. 6a/1104. Metal cased and approx. 5.5cm diameter. Self starting 8-day movement. The bezel is screwed on and red-painted dummy hour and minute hands are suspended inside the cover glass. These hands can be set by turning two knurled knobs in the centre of the glass. The clock is wound and hands set with a spring loaded knob projecting from the lower right corner. Black dial with white Arabic numerals. The dial is part luminous. Some paint chipping & minor surface corrosion, otherwise in very good order. Not fully wound to avoid damage to the mainspring but has been test run for 24 hour periods and keeps good time. Air Ministry marked and 1942 dated. This type of clock was used in some models of Ansons, Battles, Beaufighters, some Spitfires, Beauforts, Sunderlands, Austers, Liberators, Tiger Moths and Mosquitos. Stock code C16600.
R.A.F. / Air Ministry MK.IID Cockpit Clock Stores Ref. 6a/1150. Bakelite cased and approx. 6cm diameter. Self starting 8-day movement with a centre second hand (missing). The bezel is screwed on and red-painted dummy hour and minute hands are suspended inside the cover glass. These hands can be set by turning two knurled knobs in the centre of the glass. The clock is wound and hands set with a spring loaded knob projecting from the lower right corner. Black dial with luminous Arabic numerals. Shows light wear and use but in very good condition. Air Ministry marked and 1941 dated. Has not been fully wound to avoid damaging the mainspring but test run for 24 hour periods and keeping good time. This type of clock was used in some models of Battles, Beaufighters, some Spitfires, Beauforts, Sunderlands, Austers, Liberators, Tiger Moths and Mosquitos amongst others. Stock code C16601.
R.A.F. / Air Ministry Oxygen Bayonet Union Socket, MK.IIIB -Boxed Stores Ref. 6D/112. Manufactured by The Automatic Light Controlling Co. Ltd. Bournemouth. This solid brass bayonet connector socket was connected to the oxygen supply in every crew position in wartime bombers. Each crewman could then plug in his oxygen tube using an extension tube ending with a 6D/101 plug (see code 12991). Painted in its original semi-gloss black finish. Mint unissed condition in the original issue box. A.M. marked. Stock code O17922.
R.A.F. / Air Ministry Stereoscopic Viewer Type D. Stores ref. : 14B/746. Used by photo-reconnaisance staff to view aerial photographs for interpretation purposes. The use of these helped to acertain accuracy of bombing, pinpointing targets and so on. The viewer is in two sections - the main body has twin lenses set in flat metal plate with pivoting legs either side. These fit into a base plate, with notches on the legs permitting height adjustment. Air Ministry marked. Missing one screw (see photo) otherwise overall condition is very good with just normal use and wear. Complete with the original fabric case of issue in good order. Stock code M18596.
R.A.F. / British Forces Pacific 24-Hour Ration - Sealed/Full Pacific 24-Hour Ration - Breakfast. Metal tin approx. 14 x 13 x 4.5cm. Dark olive drab painted and marked with instructions for opening on the lid. Fully sealed and complete with original contents. Issued as part of larger ration kits including lunch and supper. Shows some surface wear and corrosion, small dents etc but in good overall condition. Issued with survival kits on multi-engined aircraft in the Far East. Rarely found. Stock code S18352.
R.A.F. / F.A.A. 1941 Pattern Floating Torch By G.E.C. Less commonly found variant of the floating “torch” for the 1941 patt. Mae West. This type doesn't have a separate wooden bulb holder, the lamp being an integral part of the battery container. This cylindrical metal container has its original drab blue-grey paint finish and the bulb and red cover are attached to the top. A red lens would suggest FAA use for this example. Complete with string lanyard to attach to the Mae West. Also has original paper label attached dated May 1943. The paint finish on the battery case is very good although there light paint chipping and surface corrosion and the label is part missing/torn/stained. Stock code MW16624.
R.A.F. / F.A.A. 1941 Pattern Mae West Flotation Lamp By G.E.C. This is a rarer variant of the floating “torch” for the 1941 patt. Mae West. This type doesn't have a separate wooden bulb holder, the lamp being an integral part of the battery container. This cylindrical metal container has its original drab blue-grey paint finish and the bulb and red cover are attached to the top. A red lens would suggest FAA use for this example. Complete with string lanyard to attach to the Mae West. Also has original paper label attached dated May 1943. The paint finish on the battery case is very good although there light paint chipping and minor surface corrosion and the label is worn/stained. Also comes with the original card issue box in well worn condition and lacking end flap. This comes from my own collection following an upgrade. Stock code MW8111.
R.A.F. / F.A.A. C-type Flying Helmet - Modified Stores ref. 22c/452. Size 4. Extremely rare and unusual helmet based on a standard early 2-stud C-type (E-series masks). Predates the 'factory made' FAA C-type. Early versions of that helmet are modified C-types like this one with the rubber receiver carriers removed and replaced with zipped earpieces. In this instance RCAF earpieces have been added. In addition the helmet has been adapted for use with the MK.IV series goggle and has the metal guide plates rivetted into position around the earpieces. The leather is in very good overall condition, clean and fully supple. There is some minor abrasion on exposed points but this does not detract from the overall appearance. Reference numbers partially visible near base of left 'ear'. The earpieces are in typically paler leather and remain in good condition although the right one is partially unstitched (see photos). Good straps and although the press studs have lost most of their brown coatings. The chinstrap is good and retains the metal end tip. The Bennet buckle is a little rubbed but has fullleather covering. The lining is cleaner than the average helmet with relatively light rubbing on the chamois donuts and at the nape of the neck. Fitted with a reasonably good pair of foam rubber inserts. Some chips & minor distortion to the black painted brass helmet plates. Unwired. A good/ good '+' used example of this rare and unusual helmet in the largest size. This helmet has been in my collection for around 20 years and has been released following a reorganization. Stock code H73.
R.A.F. / F.A.A. C-Type Immersion Suit Flying Helmet This is a version of the standard late pattern F.A.A. C-type with zipped earpieces. Originally these formed part of a complete one-piece immersion suit which were both bulky and unpopular - hence many helmets were separated/cut off and worn alone. Made of unlined white leather and very similar in appearance to the standard late pattern C-type bar minor wiring channelling variations. Marked as a size 2 but seems bigger. The leather is in very good condition and apart from some staining to the right earpiece is also remarkably clean (for a white helmet!). It is fully supple and free from damage or notable wear. Both earpieces are good with excellent zips - each complete with the original leather puller tags. The inside of the helmet is also very clean and shows only light wear and use. The inner chamois donuts are also quite clean. All of the straps are good and retain virtually all of the original brown coatings on the press studs. Excellent chin strap retaining a good deep colour and full elasticity. Internally wired with full mid tan loom, black cased jackplug and receivers. The earpieces also have sponge rubber ear cushions in place (these feel a bit hard) and the receiver carriers are suitable for use with Gosport tubes too. A rare helmet in in very good '+' used condition. Stock code H14727.
R.A.F. / F.A.A. Irvin Flying Jacket Physically measures approx. 42 - 43” so should be OK for around a 38” chest. Early to mid war pattern with two panel front sections and a single rear seam. Classic hooded Irvin jacket - designed to give added protection & visibility to the wearer. The leather is generally in sound condition - good and strong though lacking much of the original chromed finish leaving the surface suede-like in some areas. It also has mildew spot staining but this and the general appearance can be improved with leather dressing. There are a few repairs on the right shoulder to note (See photo). There is another small stitched repair to the left sleeve. The right sleeve zip is lacking the slider; the left sleeve zip is stiff but works with care (metal puller tag missing). The main zip is also broken at the bottom but can be zipped/meshed with extreme care as shown in the photos. Very good mid-length medium brown fur lining with moderate wear to the cuffs but little to the waist. There is minor fur loss at the top of the zip flap. Retains the original belt, chain hanger (detached at one end) & most of the yellow paint on the outside of the hood. Worthy of a little work. A good display jacket. Stock code J15263.
R.A.F. / F.A.A. Irvin Flying Jacket (Dated) Physically measures approx. 45” so should be OK for around a 40” (42” max). Late war triple panelled front sections with a more standard 4-panel rear. Classic hooded Irvin jacket - designed to give added protection & visibility to the wearer. The leather is in very good overall condition retaining much of the original chromed finish. There are no tears, damage or repairs. It retains original A.M. marked sleeve zips c/w leather puller tags. The main zip is a fairly old replacement (lacking zip tab) but still works fine. Excellent mid-length medium brown fur lining with some wear to the right cuff, more to the left cuff but virtually no wear to the waist. There is minor fur loss at the top of the zip flap. Retains the original belt, leather hanger & most of the yellow paint on the outside of the hood. Interestingly the hood has had small eyelets fitted around the edge into which a tightening cord has been added. This is probably a period modification to help keep the hood up in windy conditions? Very neatly/professionally done. Please note that the hood can be turned in on itself to form a collar if required. The jacket also has its original label with broad arrow marking & space for name, size of jacket etc (not filled out). There is also a clearly printed 1945 date. A good quality jacket in very good used condition. Stock code J13466.
R.A.F. / Handley Page Victor Photo Approx. 25x20cms. Good clear air to air shot of a Victor crescent winged bomber front front/topside. VGC.
R.A.F. / R.C.A.F 1932 Pattern Mae West Stole (Bladder) Size large. Temperate pattern. The rubber stole was manufactured from best quality red (but also found in grey, orange, salmon pink or brick red) sheet rubber of .03” thickness and had two ‘lungs’ with a connecting portion at the neck, and was fitted with an oral inflation tube with a screw topped valve at the end enabling the user to add air as required. This example was produced in Canada by the Dominion Rubber Company in a very dark reddish brown colour rubber. It is very flexible and completely undamaged and without cracking or perishing. The inflation tube is good although this is a little stiff and inflexible. It bends a little with care but is essentially in the position it would be used in when inside the Mae West. The chromed valve has surface pitting/marking but opens and closes with ease. The stole is marked with manufacturer's marks, 2/42 date (inspection?) and Candian WD inspection stamp. A very good used example of these rare and sought after stoles. Stock code MW18635
R.A.F. / R.C.A.F. 1932 Pattern 'Battle of Britain' Mae West RCAF Stores Ref. 22C/22, RAF Stores Ref. 22c/ *55 (actual jacket technically 22c/240). Manufactured by The Dominion Rubber Company Ltd. Size large. The fabric is in excellent condition throughout retaining good deep colour and virtually no soiling/marking. Clearly printed to the front lobes with user instructions. C/w excellent original chromed 'DOT' zip, original buttons and tying tapes/buckles. Earlier style that was never fitted with leg tapes. Fully labelled with RAF and RCAF 22c codes and with Jan 1945 inspection date stamp. The internal rubberisation appears to be excellent. A superb, almost certainly unused example. This would be extremely difficult to upgrade and is a much cheaper option than buying one of the green versions! Stock code MW16628.
R.A.F. / R.C.A.F. Battledress Blouse - Pilot War Service Dress Blouse. Size 13 (Ht. 5'11-6'0", Ch. 37-38", Wt. 34"). By J Compton Sons & Webb, Ltd. 1945. Standard battledress blouse with Flying Officer rank lace and nice flat RCAF pilot wing and woven 'Canada' shoulder titles. Looks very good but closer inspection reveals some moth damage to the edges of one pocket and other fairly minor moth trailing. Good/good + used condition. Not from the original owner - may have been 'badged up using original insignia. Stock code U15120.
R.A.F. / R.C.A.F. Shoulder Eagles (Pair) Early Canadian manufacture. Red woven eagles on drab green cotton backing cloth. Worn by the RCAF and commonwealth training scheme RAF aircrews in Canada on tropical SD jackets etc. Mint uncut pair. Stock code U13323.
R.A.F. / R.C.A.F. Shoulder Eagles (Pair) Early Canadian manufacture. Pale blue woven eagle on black cotton backing. Worn by the RCAF and commonwealth training scheme RAF aircrews in Canada. Mint uncut pair. Stock code U13322.
R.A.F. / R.N.Z.A.F. Pilot's Battledress Blouse War Service Dress Blouse. By S.R. Goldman (Ldn.) Ltd. Size 9 (Ht. 5'7" to 5'8", Br. 39" - 40", Wt. 35"). 1945 dated. Standard battledress blouse with superb heavily padded Royal New Zealand Air Force pilot wing. Flight Sergeant rank with very good stripes and matched crowns. New Zealand nationality titles to each shoulder. The blouse is in excellent condition with no moth holes and little moth trailing to the pile of the fabric. All insigia very good to excellent. Named to a Flight Sergant Burke. Whilst we have no reason to suspect this to be 'badged-up' we cannot guarantee that all the insignia is original to the blouse. That said, all componants are certainly original. A super battledress with one of the nicest wings you could hope to find. Stock code U15121.
R.A.F. / S.A.A.F. Type A Flying Helmet Size 6, ?. 'Helmet, Cork, Aviation'. Stores ref. 22c/13. Issued to aircrews based East of Malta. First issued in the 1920s and remained in service until superseded by the cotton drill D-type flying helmet in 1941. Manufactured from lightweight cork and in the form of a pith helmet normally covered in light khaki coloured cotton drill. Has earflaps in the same material, backed with chamois leather to which a chinstrap with pronged buckle closure is attached. The earflaps have pockets to take Gosport fittings or receivers. This very unusual example is manufactured in a 'blue' cotton drill (blue/khaki fleck). Stamped internally with indistinct size details, manufacturer's markings (??, London) and 1928 (38?) date. The helmet is fitted with a brass South African Air Force cap badge and felt unit flashes attached to the grey puggaree. Light overall soiling/grime with some light mothing to the exterior. The 'earflaps' have more moth damage (see photos) and loss of some of the small 'eyelets'. The interior of the helmet is soiled and two of the webbing suspension tapes loose. Makes an excellent display piece. This is the first example of a 'blue' Type A helmet I have ever seen and is of extreme rarity. Stock code H15337.
R.A.F. / S.O.E. 'Locket' Type Escape Compass Standard 0.5" escape compass encased in a small plastic pouch to seal against humidity. A simple cotton tape was added so the compass could be worn as a locket around the neck. Could be used by an evading or escaping airman to head for neutral territory. Some light soiling but in very good working condition overall. Stock code E16537.
R.A.F. / S.O.E. Escape Button Compass Brown bakelite button with integral magnetised section. Small dots on the reverse of the button indicate North & South. When suspended by a thread the button could aid a downed airman to neutral territory. Very good condition. Stock code E17405.
R.A.F. / S.O.E. Escape Button Compass Black bakelite button with integral magnetised section. Small dots on the reverse of the button indicate North and South. When suspended by a thread the button could be used by an evading or escaping airman to head for neutral territory. Excellent condition. Stock code E18516.
R.A.F. / S.O.E. Escape String Vest By Lillywhites. Size 2. 1943 dated. Broad arrow marked. Very coarsely 'knitted' heavy string vest with broad cotton shoulder straps. These were issued to some aircrews as an escape aid. If needed the vest could be unravelled and plaited to form a strong rope to aid escape. One assumes that for a decent length of rope the escaper would have to use a fellow prisoner's vest.... Very good condition. Labelled/dated. Stock code E16092.
R.A.F. / S.O.E. Quarter Inch Escape Compass Tiny cylindrical brass cased compass with single disc rotor having a luminous dot to indicate North. Glass cover. Approximately 1/4" diameter. These were often hidden inside objects carried by aircrews including fountain pens, pencils and pipes. Far rarer than the standard 0.5" escape compass. Excellent used condition. Stock code E18229.
R.A.F. / S.O.E. Two-Piece Fly Button Compass Brass fly buttons as used on R.A.F. battledress trousers etc. One has a small 'spike' to the domed centre on which the second magnetised button can be balanced. Small luminous dots on this button indicate North & South. Issued to aircrews to aid escape and evasion. Excellent condition and working although appears to have lost a little of its magnetism. Stock code E18224.
R.A.F. / U.S.A.A.F. 'Grow' Anti-Flak Helmet Manufactured by Wilkinson Sword. Designed by General Malcolm Grow who was surgeon general of the 8th AAF during WW2. Although intended initially for those aircrews in confined spaces such as ball and top turrets it was more widely issued within the AAF and also used by RAF crews flying American aircraft such as the B-17 and Hudson. Designed to fit over a C-type or A-11 helmet with a cut-out for the earpieces. Chromed leather over a steel helmet. Chamois linining and leather chinstrap with a pronged buckle fastening. There is some wear to the leather on exposed edges and a few nicks and areas of minor peeling etc. The lining has a few cuts/minor tears but remains fairly good and quite clean. Faint manufactuer marks to the rear and marked 'FRONT' on the opposite side. Surface corrosion on the buckle. Good strap. An extremely rare helmet to find. We have had only two or three of these in over 25 years. Please note that the flying helmet in the photos is for display purposes only and not included in the sale. Stock code H15339.
R.A.F. / U.S.A.A.F. Dinghy Radio Wire Wooden reel/spool approx. 7cm x 3cm diameter. Wound in 4 separate sections with fine wire - two green and two yellow. Unsure as to the exact purpose but these came with other dinghy radio equipment so is assumed to be related. Very good unused condition. Stock code S17942.
R.A.F. / U.S.A.A.F. Gibson Girl Kite Signal Lamp Signal Lamp M-308-B. Small bakelite/plastic lamp with clear domed lens/cover, fabric covered wiring loom and 2-pin plug. Fabric webbing strap attached. This is for use with the 'Gibson Girl' radio included with the multi-man dinghies. The lamp is for use at night and can be keyed manually or automatically from the radio. Comes in the waxed card box of issue. With spare bulb. Very good condition. Stock code S14624.
R.A.F. / U.S.A.A.F. M-357-A Dinghy Radio Kite Box kite constructed of tubular aluminium and cotton. Used to hoist the aerial cable for the 'Gibson Girl' radio issued with multi-man dinghies. Marked with 'user instructions' to the sailcloth. Excellent condition - no wear or damage. Comes with the issue canvas pouch and one of the Hydrogen Generator tubes (for use with a balloon issued with the radio). The pouch has the original instruction label attached. The nicest kite we've seen for a long time. Stock code S16118.
R.A.F. / U.S.A.A.F. M-357-A Dinghy Radio Kite Box kite constructed of tubular aluminium and cotton. Used to hoist the aerial cable for the 'Gibson Girl' radio issued with multi-man dinghies. Marked with 'user instructions' to the sailcloth. Reasonable used condition - the cloth has light soiling and a few small holes. There is also minor damage / repair to one of the strut joints (see photo). No canister or bag. Stock code S17923.
R.A.F. 1930 Pattern Sidcot Collar Stores ref. 22c/298. Size 3. Technically 'Suits, Flying, 1930 pattern, collars, fur, Type A Size 3'. Removeable collar used with the 1930 pattern 'Battle Of Britain' flying suit. This example has superb, soft dense honey coloured fur on the same rubberized cotton backing that the suit is manufactured in. Shows only very light use & wear. Very clean. Has A.M. King's crown, AID & size markings. The sizing of these collars is not an exact science and sometimes collars with the same markings differ in size. In our experience most collars will fit at least one size either way of the indicated size. Excellent overall condition. Stock code S19568.
R.A.F. 1930 Pattern Sidcot Flying Suit Stores Ref. 22c/315. Size 6 (Ht. 5'11"-6'1", Br. 40/42", Wt. 36-38", Seat 41-45", Leg 31.5"). Early wartime version of the Sidcot produced in grey green rubberised cotton as used for the 1932 pattern Mae West. The material is in good overall condition although faded and with some fairly light soiling and marking. The internal rubberising is shedding as usual and there are some small holes dotted around the suit (4 near the top of the left leg zip, 1 under the map pocket and 1 in the left sleeve) but these don't really detract at all. Two buttons are missing from the fly flap (we may be able to supply replacements). All of the Air Ministry marked chromed zips are in working condition but would benefit from lubrication. The main lacks the puller tag but the rest have both the tag and attached cloth puller tabs. The lining has a few small holes but is generally good. Complete with belt, cloth hanger, label with 1940 date code and matching size 6 1930 pattern collar. Overall this is a good used example of this scarce suit in a rarely found large size. Stock code S15808.
R.A.F. 1930 Pattern Sidcot Flying Suit Stores Ref. 22c/311. Size 2 (Ht. 5'5\"-5'6", Br. 33/35", Wt. 30-32", Seat 35-38", Leg 28"). Early wartime version of the Sidcot produced in grey green rubberised cotton as used for the 1932 pattern Mae West. The material is in very good overall condition - a little faded in places and with some light soiling and marking. The rear belt has been cut short (see photos) and the internal rubberising is shedding a bit as usual. The suit retains its cloth hanger, 1940 date coded cloth label and all of its buttons. One leg zip has a a few teeth missing and lacks a slider but all the remaining zips are original chromed Air Ministry/Lightning and are c/w cloth pull tags. The lining appears to be in very good clean condition . Overall this is a very good lightly used example of the scarce 1930 pattern 'Battle of Britain' suit. It is being sold without a collar but we can provide a suitable example at extra cost. Stock code S17259.
R.A.F. 1930 Pattern Sidcot Flying Suit Stores Ref. 22c/313. Size 4 (?). Early wartime version of the Sidcot produced in grey green rubberised cotton as used for the 1932 pattern Mae West. The material is in very good overall condition - a little faded in places and with some light soiling and marking but no damage. The internal rubberising is shedding a bit as usual. The suit retains its cloth hanger and all of its buttons but lacks the label. There is a faded '4' and 'A.M.' marks to the lining. All zips are original Air Ministry/D-o-T and are in good condition. The lining also appears to be in very good clean condition. This example has been personalized with the name 'Middleton' neatly painted or stencilled to the rear - very unusual to find. Overall this is a very good used example of the scarce 1930 pattern 'Battle of Britain' suit. It is being sold without a collar but we can provide a suitable example at extra cost. Stock code S18590.
R.A.F. 1930 Pattern Sidcot Flying Suit Collar Stores ref. 22c/298. Size 3. Removeable collar used with the 1930 pattern 'Battle Of Britain' flying suit. This example has beautiful soft dense honey coloured fur on the same rubberized cotton backing that the suit is manufactured in. Shows no real use or wear. Very clean and good original colour. Size , AID & King's Crown marks. The sizing of these collars is not an exact science and sometimes collars with the same markings differ in size. In our experience most collars will fit at least one size either way of the indicated size ( interesting to note that this example is bigger than the chocolate fur size 3 also listed). Example example. Stock code S11974.
R.A.F. 1930 Pattern Sidcot Flying Suit Collar Stores ref. 22c/297. Size 2 (approx). Removeable collar used with the 1930 pattern 'Battle Of Britain' flying suit. This example has dense soft light tan coloured fur on the same rubberized cotton backing that the suit is manufactured in. Shows light use & wear only. Very clean and good original colour. Has AID marks. The sizing of these collars is not an exact science and sometimes collars with the same markings differ in size. In our experience most collars will fit at least one size either way of the indicated size. Very good '+' example. Stock code S12247.
R.A.F. 1932 Pattern Mae West Stole (Bladder) Temperate pattern. The rubber stole was manufactured from best quality red (but also found in grey, orange, salmon pink or brick red) sheet rubber of .03” thickness and had two ‘lungs’ with a connecting portion at the neck, and was fitted with an oral inflation tube with a screw topped valve at the end enabling the user to add air as required. This example is in grubby/chalked salmon pink rubber. It is very flexible and completely undamaged and without cracking or perishing. The inflation tube is good although a little stiff. The stole is marked with the word 'SARMGOLD' and numbers '2' and '423'. A very good used example of these rare and sought after stoles. Stock code MW15300.
R.A.F. 1932 Pattern Mae West Stole (Bladder) Tropical pattern. The rubber stole was manufactured from best quality red (but also found in grey, orange, salmon pink or brick red) sheet rubber of .03” thickness and had two ‘lungs’ with a connecting portion at the neck, and was fitted with an oral inflation tube with a screw topped valve at the end enabling the user to add air as required. This example is manufactured in grey rubber encased in a fine/closely woven cotton. The covering is almost certainly intended to help prevent perishing of the rubber. Silk coverings were also used in the same way. The stole has some dye marker staining but is very flexible and appears undamaged and without cracking or perishing. The rubber can be seen in places at the edges where the covering is slightly unstuck. The stole is marked 'D.P.D. A.F. 16'. The inflation tube is equally good and has a freely turning valve. I have one exactly the same in my own collection that came inside a standard RAF 1932 pattern Mae West even though they are probably of commonwealth manufacture. A very good used example of these rare and sought after stoles. Stock code MW17565.
R.A.F. 1933 Pattern Flying Gauntlets 'Battle of Britain' flying gauntlets. Size 8.5. One is 1939 dated, the other 1940. Good, though not perfect colour match - left and right gloves were manufactured in separate factories to combat theft. The leather is in very good condition showing fairly light use and wear. No real damage but some soiling and light scuffing. Brass 'Lightning' zips are both excellent and complete with leather pull tabs. The linings to both gloves have average soiling. Each glove is A.M. King's Crown marked and have A.I.D. marks and various names inked inside. A good to very good used pair of gloves. Stock code GA15075.
R.A.F. 1933 Pattern Flying Gauntlets Size 9. Stores Ref. 22c/265/270. 'Battle of Britain' flying gauntlets. Excellent, though not perfect colour match. The leather, which has a pronounced 'grainy' finish, is in excellent condition showing just very light use and wear. White metal Air Ministry marked zips are both very good and complete with leather pull tabs. The linings to both gloves are clean and well marked with A.M. and AID inspection marks. Unusually these have matching serial /inspection codes and both are1941 dated. A very nice pair of gloves. Stock code GA16243.
R.A.F. 1933 Pattern Flying Gauntlets Size 8.5. Stores Ref. 22c/265/270. 'Battle of Britain' flying gauntlets. Good, though not perfect colour match. The leather is in very good condition showing just normal use and wear. Brass 'Lightning' zips are both excellent and complete with leather pull tabs. The linings to both gloves are reasonably clean and well marked with A.M. and AID inspection marks. 1940 dated. Each glove has the initials 'A.B.' A very nice pair of gloves. Stock code GA15948.
R.A.F. 1933 Pattern Flying Gauntlets Size 9. Stores Ref. 22c/266/271. 'Battle of Britain' flying gauntlets. Unusually these are a very good colour match - probably due to the gloves having matching 1938 contract/serial numbers. The leather is generally in very good condition showing normal use and wear. There are however a few areas where the chromed surface of the leather has been lost - mainly on the left glove and notably on the forefinger and little finger (see photos). Matched brass 'Lightning' zips are both excellent and complete with leather pull tabs. The linings to both gloves are reasonably clean and well marked with A.M. inspection marks and 1940 dates. Each glove is named to 'M A Butler'. Good to good '+' used overall . Stock code GA17959.
R.A.F. 1936 Pattern Flying Boots Stores Ref. 22c/80. Size 10. 1938 dated. The leather is in good overall condition bar scuffing, surface crazing and some cuts. The foot sections and toes are a bit worn and the ankles are a little 'crushed' in appearance and feel rather 'stiff' internally at this point . One of the leather straps is shorter than the other - probably broken and cut down. The leather soles and rubber heel plates are period replacements with the rubber type - evidently many years ago. The linings are a bit grubby but appear to be largely free of moulting apart from the usual wear at ankle level. The original insoles are still in place. The puller tags in both boots have clear Air Ministry King's Crown markings & 1938 date code. In addition there are faint A.M. Crown and A.I.D. marks embossed on the exterior of each boot. Good used pair of these rare early boots in a decent size. Excellent display item. Stock code B18214.
R.A.F. 1936 Pattern Flying Boots Stores Ref. 22c/80. Size 8. 1939 dated. The leather is in excellent overall condition bar the odd small surface nick and very light scuffing. Original leather soles are worn but good. The heelplates may have been replaced at some stage. The linings appear to be very good and are c/w insoles. Complete with clear Air Ministry King's Crown markings and 1939 date code in each boot. Named to the owner and marked with his service number. A very good pair of these rare early boots. Stock code B17116.
R.A.F. 1936 Pattern Flying Boots Stores Ref. 22c/80. Size 7. 1937 dated. The leather is in very good condition bar the odd small surface nick, very light scuffing and minor paint splatters. Original leather soles are worn but good. The heelplates may have been replaced at some stage. The linings are the only problem area of these boots with moulting at the top section of the right boot more extensive moulting at the top of the left boot. The remaining parts of the lining are actually quite good/complete but would probably be unstable for use. They also have the insoles fitted. Complete with clear Air Ministry King's Crown markings and 1939 date code in each boot. A good pair of these rare early boots suitable for display. Had the linings been better they would have ranked as very good '+'. Stock code B16256.
R.A.F. 1936 Pattern Flying Boots Stores Ref. 22c/80. Size 7. 1937 dated. The leather is in very good overall condition bar normal 'wear & tear'. The original soles & heels have been replaced with rubber types - evidently many years ago. The linings are a bit grubby and do have some moulting. This is largely out of sight but there is a little closer to the top of the right boot (see photos). The original insoles are still in place. The puller tags in both boots have clear Air Ministry King's Crown markings, 1937 date code & are marked with the owner's name. Good/good '+' used pair of these rare early boots. Stock code B17849.
R.A.F. 1936 Pattern Flying Boots Approx. size 9. The leather is in good overall condition bar normal 'wear & tear' and considerable surface crazing to the rear heel area of the left boot (see photo). The left boot strap has also been repaired. The original soles have been replaced with rubber types - evidently many years ago. Brand new heel plates have been added recently. The linings are a bit grubby and do have some moulting a the top of the left boot. The original Air Ministry marked insoles are still in place but the Air Ministry puller tag labels have been carefully unpicked and removed from both boots but there is no doubt whatsoever that this is an official issue pair rather than the private purchase type. Good used condition overall. Had the AM tags still been in place these would have been a lot more expensive. Stock code B17714.
R.A.F. 1936 Pattern Flying Boots - History Stores Ref. 22c/80. Size 10/11. 1938 dated. The leather is generally in very good condition apart from a surface cut across the top of the right boot (see photo). The linings are very good - much better than most found in '36 patt. boots - minor moulting only. They also have the insoles fitted. Re-soled and with new heelplates. Complete with clear Air Ministry King's Crown markings and 1938 date code in each boot. A very good 'pair' of these rare early boots. These were purchased directly from the daughter-in-law of the owner. Interestingly they are not a true pair, one being a size 10, the other an 11. The vendors hadn'd even noticed and the boots have evidently always been worn like this. They belonged to a Fl. Lt. John 'Johnnie' Reginald Robinson. He flew as a navigator on Mitchells having trained at USN Air Station Pensacola in the USA. He appears to have been over there from around late 1941 until mid 1942. The boots come with some handwritten notes from the family, some photocopy photos of him in the USA and photocopies of a 1941 Thanksgiving Dinner for British Flight Students at Pensacola etc. I have found details in the London Gazette that refers to him being promoted to the rank of Sgt. in May 1943 and in November 1943 from pilot officer (probation) to flying officer (on probation - war subs). Overall a good '+' to very good pair of these early boots in a large size. Stock code B15330.
R.A.F. 1936 Pattern Flying Boots - History Stores Ref. 22c/80. Size 8. 1939 dated. The leather is in very good overall condition bar the usual nicks and cuts around the foot area. The original soles have been replaced but the previous owner has had them done properly using stitched leather. The heelplates appear to be original. The linings are somewhat grubby and there is loss in the ankle area of the left boot. Complete with insoles. The puller tags have quite clear Air Ministry King's Crown markings and 1939 date code in each boot. The boots were purchased directly from the grandaughter of the orignal owner, Roy Craighead. Roy trained in Canada at the No.1 Service Flying Training School, graduating as a pilot in October 1941 and becoming a Sergeant bomber pilot. Before the war he raced motorcycles/sidecars on grass and was a succesful speedway rider in post-war years, competing at tracks all over Europe. A very nice pair of these rare early boots. They come with a few photocopied documents relating to the owner including a graduation ceremony programme and news clippings regarding his death in 2007. Stock code B16581.
R.A.F. 1937 Pattern Webbing Ammunition Pouches By M.W. & S. Ltd. MK.III basic pouch for carrying two bren gun magazines or other ammunition. The MK.111 pouch differs from the MK.1 & II being slightly deeper in order to accommodate sten gun magazines. We have several of these available. All are in excellent condition with clear 1942 dates. Several available. Priced individually.
R.A.F. 1939 Pattern Flying Boots Stores Ref. 22c/227. Size 7. Classic Battle of Britain boots identical in pattern to the earlier 1936 pattern but with vulcanized canvas uppers. The leather shoe section is in very good condition with only minor wear and tear plus some paint splattering. The canvas uppers are in good overall condition but do have the usual abrasion/wear marks at the ankle and are really rather dirty/greasy. Careful washing would probably help improve this. This pair is fitted with the canvas type top strap rather than the black leather version. The linings are very poor with significant moulting and fur loss in both boots although this is not apparant at the top and does not detract when on display. The original soles and heels are worn but undamaged. Unfortunately the original leather puller tags have been removed but these boot were purchased directly from the daughter of the veteran who was with 610 Squadron for part of the war and are guaranteed 'issue' boots. Name and brief details supplied to buyer. Stock code B16764.
R.A.F. 1939 Pattern Flying Boots Stores Ref. 22c/229. Size 9. 1940 dated. Classic Battle of Britain boots identical in pattern to the earlier 1936 pattern but with vulcanized canvas uppers. The leather shoe section is in very good condition with only minor wear and tear. The canvas uppers are also very good with only light soiling and wear. This pair is fitted with the earlier canvas type top strap rather than the black leather version. As with most '39 pattern boots, the linings are moulting - some near the top and more further down the legs. This is not particularly noticable until you actually look into the boots and is not a problem when displayed. Fitted with the original insoles. Good period 'Goodyear' soles - probably applied over the original leather soles. Complete with clear Air Ministry King's Crown markings and 1940 date code in each boot. A good/good '+' pair of these rare early boots. I have had these for well over 15 years and they were bought directly from the widow of a 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron member. Stock code B22.
R.A.F. 1939 Pattern Flying Boots Stores Ref. 22c/228. Size 8. 1940 dated. Classic Battle of Britain boots identical in pattern to the earlier 1936 pattern but with vulcanized canvas uppers. The leather shoe section is in very good condition with only minor wear and tear and a little surface crazing around the edges. The canvas uppers are also very good with only light soiling and the usual wear at the ankles. This pair is fitted with the earlier canvas type top strap rather than the black leather version. The linings are much better than most '39 pattern boots with very little moulting or fur loss. Fitted with the original insoles. The original soles are worn but undamaged whilst the heelplates may have been replaced at some point. Complete with clear Air Ministry King's Crown markings and 1940 date code in each boot. A very good '+' to excellent used pair of these rare early boots. Stock code B16313.
R.A.F. 1939 Pattern Flying Boots Stores Ref. 22c/229. Size 9. Classic Battle of Britain boots identical in pattern to the earlier 1936 pattern but with vulcanized canvas uppers. The leather shoe section is in good condition with relatively minor wear and tear. The canvas uppers are in good overall condition but grubby and do have the usual abrasion/wear marks at the inner ankle area. This pair is fitted with the earlier leather type top strap rather than the canvas version. These have surface cracking but are otherwise in good condition. Unfortunately the linings are badly moulting with very significant loss. That said, this is not really apparant once displayed on a mannequin. They have very old/period replacement soles stitched into place and have had very little wear since. Complete with the original leather puller tags - both with Air Ministry/AID markings. A good pair of these rare 'Battle of Britain' boots let down by the linings. Priced accordingly. Stock code B18838.
R.A.F. 1939 Pattern Flying Boots - Exhaust Heated Mod. Stores Ref. 22c/228. Size 8. Classic Battle of Britain boots identical in pattern to the earlier 1936 pattern but with vulcanized canvas uppers. The leather shoe section is in very good condition with only minor wear and tear. However, they have some unusual 'modifications' with a small 'patch' at the heel and inset panel at the toe. This has been done extremely well and clearly by a talented cobbler. New research suggests that these were originally manufactured as 'Exhaust Heated Flying Boots' that would have had flexible pipes stitched to the sides and entering the boot where the inset toe panel is located. Warm air from around the engines being piped to the various crew positions. Photographic evidence shows identical modifications to some 1939 pattern boots (complete with exhaust inlet pipe see photo no.10) and closer inspection of our boots reveals tell-tale stitch marks where the inlet 'pipe' would have been fastened. As to why the boots were 'de-modified' is open to debate but presumably the trials were deemed unsuccessful and the design was shelved. The canvas uppers are in good overall condition and quite clean but they do have some of the usual abrasion/wear marks. This pair is fitted with the canvas type top strap rather than the black leather version. These are in good condition other than some verdigris deposits on the buckles. The linings appear to be good with only minor moulting/fur loss. The soles have been replaced at some stage but the heel plates look to be original. Complete with the original leather puller tags - both with Air Ministry markings and 1940 date code. (The one in the left boot is hanging loose from the fabric backing). A good pair of previously unknown modified boots. As these are no longer 'standard' 1939 pattern boots we have adjusted the price accordingly. Stock code B18556.
R.A.F. 1940 /41 Pattern Sidcot Flying Suit Collar Stores ref. 22c/355. Size 3. Technically 'Suits, Flying, 1940 pattern, collar fur, size 3'. Removeable collar used with both the 1940 and 1941 pattern Sidcot flying suit. This example has soft dense mid brown coloured fur on the same thick cotton canvas backing that the suit is manufactured in. Shows light use and wear. Quite clean and good deep colour. Marked with reference numbers, size and 1941 dated. The sizing of these collars is not an exact science and sometimes collars with the same markings differ in size. In our experience most collars will fit at least one size either way of the indicated size. Good used example. Stock code S19558.
R.A.F. 1940 /41 Pattern Sidcot Flying Suit Collar Stores ref. 22c/355. Size 3. Technically 'Suits, Flying, 1940 pattern, collar fur, size 3'. Removeable collar used with both the 1940 and 1941 pattern Sidcot flying suit. This example has soft dense dark chocolate brown coloured fur on the same thick cotton canvas backing that the suit is manufactured in. Shows light use and wear. Quite clean and good deep colour. Marked with A.M. & King's crown, size and 1941 dated. The sizing of these collars is not an exact science and sometimes collars with the same markings differ in size. In our experience most collars will fit at least one size either way of the indicated size. Good used example. Stock code S19562.
R.A.F. 1940 /41 Pattern Sidcot Flying Suit Collar Stores ref. 22c/355. Size 3. Technically 'Suits, Flying, 1940 pattern, collar fur, size 3'. Removeable collar used with both the 1940 and 1941 pattern Sidcot flying suit. This example has dense chocolate brown coloured fur on the same thick cotton canvas backing that the suit is manufactured in. Shows light use and wear. A bit soiled/stained. Named to 'P.P. Siegfried, 133719'. Marked with A.M. & King's crown, size and 1941 date. The sizing of these collars is not an exact science and sometimes collars with the same markings differ in size. In our experience most collars will fit at least one size either way of the indicated size. Good used example. Stock code S19560.
R.A.F. 1940 Pattern Flying Boot By Manfield & Sons. Stores Ref. 22c/439. Size 9. The brown suede upper is in excellent overall condition with only very minor rubbing and soiling. The rubber “galosh” section is perishing/hardened with crystalization and loss. Excellent early style Air Ministry marked 'D-o-T' zip of the longer style that finishes slightly closer to the toe than the later 1940 pattern boots. Original 'Itshide' sole and heel is in excellent condition showing virtually no wear or use at all. Minor soiling of the dense fur lining which is otherwise in excellent condition. No insole. A.M. King's crown marked zip tongue (AM & Crown inked over but visible on the reverse side) has become partially unstitched at the top. Please note that this sale is for the right boot only! One can only speculate as to what happened to the other. Still makes a good display piece. When pushed for space the use of one boot of each pattern makes an effective display. Alternatively use for spares. The early zip alone is valuable. A genuine early style 1940 pattern boot, not the more commonly found 1941 pattern with the ankle strap removed. A rare find these days. Stock code B13442.
R.A.F. 1940 Pattern Flying Boots Stores Ref. 22c/438. Size 8. The brown suede uppers are in excellent condition with only very minor rubbing and soiling. The rubber “galosh” section is very good - no cracking or perishing, complete and quite flexible. Very good 'W' zips with A.M. stamps. Original soles and heels are in excellent condition showing very little wear. Some loss of fur at the top of the lining of the left boot, otherwise good. No insoles. A.M. King's Crown marked zip tongues. Please note that these are genuine 1940 pattern boots, not 1941 pattern with the ankle straps removed. A rare find these days. Super very lightly used condition. Stock code B15846.
R.A.F. 1940 Pattern Flying Boots Stores Ref. 22c/438. Size 8. The brown suede uppers are in excellent condition with only very minor rubbing. The rubber “galosh” section is very good - no cracking or perishing, complete and quite flexible. Very good 'W' zips with A.M. stamps. Original soles and heels are quite worn but fine for display. Excellent clean linings complete with insoles. For some reason the zip tongues are not stitched in along their length but are well stamped with King's Crown and A.M. markings etc. Please note that these are genuine 1940 pattern boots, not 1941 pattern with the ankle straps removed. A rare find these days. Super. lightly used condition. Stock code B14948.
R.A.F. 1940 Pattern Flying Boots Approx. size 8. The brown suede uppers are in very good condition with only minor rubbing and soiling. The rubber “galosh” section is very good - no cracking or perishing, complete and retaining some flexibility. Very good 'W' zips with A.M. stamps. This pair has had rubber 'stick-a-soles' added (might peel off with care). Good clean linings but insoles removed. For some reason the inner leather zip tongues have been carefully removed but these are not visible in use. Please note that these are genuine 1940 pattern boots, not the more commonly found 1941 pattern with the ankle straps removed. A rare find these days. Very good used condition overall. Stock code B16314.
R.A.F. 1940 Pattern Flying Boots Stores Ref. 22c/437. Size 7. The brown suede uppers are in very good '+' condition with only minor rubbing and soiling. The rubber “galosh” section is also very good - complete, reasonably flexible and with virtually no cracking or perishing. Very good 'W' zips with A.M. stamps. The original soles and heels show little use or wear. Some minor loss of fur near the tops of the linings, otherwise good and complete with insoles. Broad arrow marked zip tongues. Please note that these are genuine 1940 pattern boots, not 1941 pattern with the ankle straps removed. A rare find these days. A very good used pair. Stock code B18828.
R.A.F. 1940 Pattern Flying Boots Stores Ref. 22c/438. Size 8. The brown suede uppers are in excellent condition with only very minor rubbing and soiling. The rubber “galosh” section is very good - no cracking or perishing, complete and reasonably flexible. Very good 'W' zips with A.M. stamps. Original soles and heels are in excellent condition showing very little wear at all. Some loss of fur at the top of the lining of the left boot, otherwise good. No insoles. A.M. King's Crown marked zip tongues. Please note that these are genuine 1940 pattern boots, not the more commonly found 1941 pattern with the ankle straps removed. A rare find these days. Super very lightly used condition. Excellent display item. Stock code B15846.
R.A.F. 1940 Pattern Flying Gauntlets Extremely rare and sought after 'chemically heated' gauntlets. Manufactured in untreated suede/sheepskin with a shearling fleece lining. Chromed leather on the thumbs and gussets between the fingers. An adjustable press-studded strap runs adjacent to the cuffs. A proofed cotton pocket inside each glove was used to hold the chemical 'Everhot' bag which when dampened would provide heat for upto six hours. On the downside the gloves proved to be rather bulky in use and chemical burns were not uncommon. The suede outer of the these gloves is really quite clean and in very good condition bar a small 'U' shaped 'tear' in the skin (see photo). Please note that the longer snaking line on that glove is merely patination in the suede and not damage. One of the straps is a little stiff but both are complete and undamaged. The cotton pockets remain in place in both gloves. A very good pair. Stock code GA18898.
R.A.F. 1940 Pattern Flying Gauntlets - Variant These would appear to be an unusual variant of the rare chemically heated gauntlet introduced during the summer of 1940. Manufactured to the same pattern in the same 'raw' sheepskin shearling with chromed leather thumbs. They have a leather strap towards the end of the 'cuff' section, adjustable by means of press studs. They differ from the standard gauntlets in having no provision for the 'Everhot' chemical pouches with the usual inner pockets having never been fitted. In addition they have a set of small eyelets fitted to the end of each finger/thumb. I have no idea why this would have been done. Ventilation is one possibility but rather defeats the purpose of a warm glove! Unfortunately this is not a true pair. What we have here is a 'pair' of right hand gauntlets. When placed in a display this isn't particularly obvious and having never seen a true pair of this variant I doubt you will find one. The gloves show some wear and soiling but are not too dirty considering the unchromed leather. The straps are good and A.I.D marked. The strap studs have some soft verdigris, ome of which has transferred to the body of the gloves. The main female stud is marked 'Worcester Make' and one glove has a small label inside 'Mens Large'. Worcester has a long established reputation for glove making. Very interesting item. Stock code GA16233.
R.A.F. 1940 Pattern Sidcot Flying Suit & Collar Size 3. Stores Ref. 22c/362. (Ht. 5'7"-5'8", Ch. 34-36", Wt. 30-32", Seat 36-39". Leg 29"). The material is in very good condition with only light soiling and marking - mainly to the back. No repairs or damage. Verdigris on the belt adjusters and two buttons are missing - original replacements will be provided. Good original zips complete with cloth puller tabs. All in working condition but would benefit from lubrication. With cloth hanger, belt and label. Also fitted with a very good matching collar. Far rarer than the wired 1941 pattern suit. Stock code S15240.
R.A.F. 1940 Pattern Sidcot Flying Suit & Collar Unknown size but larger than the size 4 1941 pattern we currently have listed. It would seem to suitable for someone around 6'0 tall and 38/40" chest. The material is in very good condition with only light soiling and marking. No repairs or damage but a small modification to the edge of the 'fly' opening behing the buttoned flap. This has been reinforced with grey material. Close inspection reveals no damage to this so it is a mystery as to why the modification was done. All but the leg zips are original to the suit and most have their cloth puller tabs. The leg zips have been carefully replaced using modern brass ones. Fortunately these do not detract too much. With cloth hanger and belt but lacking the label. Complete with correct 1940/41 pattern collar in good order. Far rarer than the wired 1941 pattern suit. Displays very well. Stock code S18823.
R.A.F. 1940 Pattern Sidcot Flying Suit, Modified Size 6. Stores Ref. 22c/365. (Ht. 5'11"- 6', Ch. 40-42", Wt. 36-38", Seat 41-43". Leg 31.5"). The material is in very good condition with only light soiling and marking. No repairs or damage but possible fitted with additional fur trim at the cuffs at some point - mow removed and leaving tell-tale marks. Verdigris evident on the belt adjusters. Original zips - all but the legs complete with cloth puller tabs. The main zip has quite a few teeth missing but will still work from top to bottom with care (photo 9). Both sleeve zips have verdigris deposits but are functioning (photo 8). The side entry zips have considerable verdigris and are probably best left closed. Unfortunately both leg zips have also have substantial verdigris and loss of teeth (photo 7). Both are semi-closed and one lacks the slider. With cloth hanger, belt, label & A.M. Crown stamp. This suit has been officially modified for use with electrically heated clothing underneath with provision for the egress of a three pin plug and lead (AP2450, Vol.1. S1.Ch1, para 14). The suit is modified by cutting a slit tow inches long in the gabardine to allow the emergence of the main supply lead from the electrically heated waistcoat or lining. This can be seen in photo No.5, protected by a flap of 3" square gabardine. Far rarer than the wired 1941 pattern suit. A good suit let down a bit by the zips. Large size. Displays well. Stock code S18563.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Flying Boots Stores Ref. 22c/750. Size 7. Brown suede uppers are in very good condition with only fairly minor marking and soiling. There is a small section of loose stitching near the base of the right boot zip (nothing serious at all). The rubber 'galosh' section is complete and quite flexible with no cracking, perishing or loss. Excellent broad arrow marked 'W' zips. Original 'Itshide' soles and heels. Surface cracking of the ankle straps in places but in good sound condition and with excellent brass buckles. Good linings but insoles missing. Air Ministry King's Crown and A.I.D. marked zip tongues. A very good used pair of boots. Stock code B15945.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Flying Boots Stores Ref. 22c/751. Size 8. The brown suede uppers are in very good condition but do have some soiling and show use/wear. There is a small section of loose stitching on the foot seam near the base of the left boot zip (nothing serious at all). The rubber 'galosh' section is complete and quite flexible with no cracking, perishing or loss. Excellent broad arrow marked 'W' zips. Original 'Itshide' soles and heels - some minor detachment of sole to uppers in places - not serious. Good ankle straps with excellent brass buckles. The linings are equally good and complete with insoles. War Department broad arrow and A.I.D. marked zip tongues. I was told these belonged to an aircrew Navigator and have his name. However, I cannot prove this. A good/good '+' used pair of boots. Stock code B17646.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Flying Boots Stores Ref. 22c/752. Size 10. The brown suede uppers are in very good condition but do have some soiling and show use/wear with minor rubbing. The rubber 'galosh' section appears complete but is an unusual brown colour with varying texture and may have been treated with something? It is reasonably flexible but peeling away from the suede slightly in places. Excellent brass 'Lightning' zips. Original 'Itshide' soles and 'Harefoot' heels. The ankle straps are good bar some cracking at the front. Excellent brass buckles. The linings are equally good and complete with insoles. There are markings on the zip tongues but they are so faint as to be illegible. These would appear to be a size 10 (when compared with a marked pair of 1936 Patt. boots) but would be a 9 at worst. A good '+' used pair of boots. Stock code B18523.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Flying Boots Stores Ref. 22c/750. Size 8. The brown suede uppers are in very good condition showing little wear and only minor soiling and spot marking. The rubber 'galosh' section is complete with no perishing or loss. It remains very flexible around the sides and toe areas. The heel sections are rigid but this is normal and how they were manufactured. Excellent brass 'Lightning' zips with War Department broad arrow mark. Original 'Itshide' soles and 'Harefoot' heels in good order. The ankle straps and brass buckles are excellent. The linings are very good and complete with insoles. Clear Air Ministry King's crown markings on the zip tongues. A very good '+'/excellent used pair of boots. Stock code B16269.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Flying Boots - Boxed Stores Ref. 22c/753. Size 10. Brown suede uppers are as new without wear or deterioration. The ankle straps are excellent bar soft verdigris deposits on the brass buckles - easily cleaned off with metholated spirits). The rubber 'galosh' section is complete and quite flexible around the front of the boots. However, unfortunately these have suffered from heat and have reacted to this with some discolouration and hardening - mainly around the heel area - this would appear to be stable now. I have owned these boots for six years and nothing has changed in that timespan. Excellent 'Lightning' zips. Original 'Itshide' soles and heels showing no wear whatsoever. Excellent linings and complete with insoles. Broad arrow and A.I.D. marked zip tongues. These boots come with the original issue greasepaper wrappings with stores label attached and with the original card box. Aside from the rubber damage this is a stunning pair. Overall this is still a very good used pair of large sized boots and excedingly rare to find with the issue box. Stock code B11005.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets Size 10. The leather is excellent showing only light use and wear. The gloves are clean, a reasonable colour match and have nice Air Ministry markings inside. Very good zips (although not the same manufacturer) - both complete with leather pull tabs. A very nice pair of gloves in a large size. Stock code GA16624.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets Size 9. The leather is excellent showing very little wear with only the odd small nick/blemish. They are good and supple and also a fairly good colour match. The only slight downside is that they have been over-applied with leather dressing applied at some stage and are slightly tacky in places. This is not really a problem and has improved since I bought them. A.I.D.and A.M. marked. Good working A.M. marked zips - both retaining leather puller tabs. Different coloured lining leather in each glove (lefts/rights were made in separate factories to combat theft). A very good lightly used pair. Stock code GA14841.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets Size 9.5. The leather is excellent showing only light use and wear. The gloves are clean, a good colour match and have nice Air Ministry and A.I.D. markings inside. Very good A.M. marked zips (although not the same manufacturer) - both complete with leather pull tabs. Light damage/wear to linings/cuff edge. A very nice pair of gloves. Stock code GA18836.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Gauntlets Size 10. The leather is very good to excellent showing only light use and wear. The gloves are clean, a good colour match and have nice Air Ministry markings inside. They are also marked with various names and are 1942 dated. Very good zips (although not the same manufacturer - one brass and one nickel) - both complete with leather pull tabs. A very nice pair of gloves in a large size. Stock code GA15249.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Inflation Lever - 1st Patt. Chromed metal 'lever' used to operate the CO2 cartridge within the bladder (stole). The inflation lever consists of a 'J' shaped handle that pivots between lugs on the lever body. The Co2 cylinder is screwed directly into this assembly and secured within the bladder using a hose clip around the base of the lever assembly (available separately). Air Ministry and Crown stamped. In excellent used condition. This is the earlier style of lever assembly. Later versions have a locknut, and an adaptor, or sleeve, with a cutaway skirt. Also suitable for Harnessuits. Stock code MW19216.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Stores ref. 22c/447. Size medium. The cloth is in very good condition if a little faded and grubby in places. The mae-west retains all the leg straps, grab handles, tying tapes, buttons, inflation lever flap, skull cap/heliograph pocket, flotation lamp pocket, fluorescene flap and strap, lifeline and toggle. Good original A.M. marked zip. Fully labelled (WD broad arrow marked). A very good example. Stock code MW115807.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Stores ref. 22c/447. Size medium. The cloth is in very good condition and retains good colour with less than average soiling. There is minor verdigris on some press studs and the eyelet for the whistle lanyard is pulling throught the fabric slightly (see photo). The mae west retains all the leg straps, grab handles, tying tapes, buttons, inflation lever flap, skull cap/heliograph pocket, flotation lamp pocket, fluorescene flap and strap, lifeline and toggle. Good original A.M. marked zip ( a little stiff but fully functioning). Fully labelled with WD broad arrow markings. A very good/very good '+' used example. Stock code MW16616.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Stores ref. 22c/448. Size Large. The cloth is in very good condition and retains good even colour only light soiling. The mae west retains all the leg straps, grab handles, tying tapes, buttons, inflation lever flap, skull cap/heliograph pocket, flotation lamp pocket and fluorescene flap and strap. Good original Lightning zip. Fully labelled with Air Ministry King's crown markings. The eyelet for the whistle lanyard has pulled away/is missing otherwise this is a very good '+' to excellent used example. Stock code MW15445.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Stores ref. 22c/447. Size Medium. The cloth is generally in excellent condition and retains good even colour and only relatively light soiling. The Mae West retains all the leg straps, grab handles, tying tapes, buttons, inflation lever flap, skull cap/heliograph pocket, flotation lamp pocket and fluorescene flap and strap. Good original brass Air Ministry marked zip. Fully labelled/stamped with War Department broad arrow markings (label faded). Very good '+' to excellent used. Stock code MW18482.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Stores ref. 22c/447. Size Medium. The cloth is in excellent overall condition and retains good even colour. It is however a little soiled and has a small nick on the right lobe (see photo). The Mae West retains all of the leg straps, the grab handles, buttons, inflation lever flap, skull cap/heliograph pocket, flotation olamp pocket, lifeline/toggle and fluorescene flap and strap. Good original brass 'Lightning' marked zip. Fully labelled with war department broad arrow. and stamped with Air Ministry King's Crown markings. A very good used example. Stock code MW18853.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Stores ref. 22c/447. Size Medium. The cloth is generally in excellent condition and retains good even colour and only relatively light soiling. The Mae West retains all the leg straps, grab handles, tying tapes, buttons, inflation lever flap, skull cap/heliograph pocket, flotation lamp pocket and fluorescene flap and strap. Good original brass Air Ministry marked zip. Fully labelled/stamped with War Department broad arrow markings. In addition there is an incorrect/fake added stamp with the reference for a pair of MK.VII goggles (22c/826) and 1940 date. This particular stamp was commonly seen 15 years or so ago on paper labels accompanying MT drivers goggles that were being passed off as MK.II flying goggles! I should stress that the Mae West is 100% genuine but someone has decided to try and make it more appealing by adding the extra stamp and in this case, impossible date. Very good '+' to excellent used. Stock code MW15356.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Stores ref. 22c/44/7/8. Size unknown as the label is missing but a medium or large. The cloth is generally in very good condition although faded and with some staining to the lower left front lobe. There are a few very minor fray holes in places but nothing serious whatsoever. The Mae West retains all the leg straps, grab handles, tying tapes, buttons, inflation lever flap, skull cap/heliograph pocket (stencilled '271), fluorescene flap and strap but the flotation lamp pocket has been neatly unstitched/removed. The zip is a carefully executed replacement. Good used overall. Stock code MW17616.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Stores ref. 22c/447. Size Medium. The cloth is in excellent condition and retains good even colour but is a little soiled - mainly to the front lobes. The Mae West retains all the leg straps, grab handles, tying tapes, buttons, inflation lever flap, skull cap/heliograph pocket, lanyard and toggle, flotation lamp pocket and fluorescene flap and strap. Good original brass 'Lightning' marked zip. Fully labelled and stamped with Air Ministry King's Crown markings. Stencilled '127' above the label. Loss of coating on the press stud closure of the skull cap pocket and chips on the eyelet intended for whistle attachment (see photos). Only let down slightly by a little soiling and in very good '+' to excellent used condition. Stock code MW15850.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Stores ref. 22c/447. Size Medium. The cloth is generally good but does have some marking and is evenly faded. In addition there are some small nicks/holes (see photos). The Mae West retains all the leg straps, grab handles, tying tapes, two of the three buttons (missing one has left a small hole - pic 5), inflation lever flap, skull cap/heliograph pocket (press stud fastening is rusted and has partly pulled through the material - see photo 6) , lifeline and toggle, flotation lamp pocket and fluorescene flap and strap. The zip slider is missing but could possibly be replaced. The whistle lanyard eyelet has been replaced and many of the press studs have verdigris deposits. Labelled/stamped with War Department broad arrow markings. Not a brilliant example but quite presentable and could be tidied up quite easily. Stock code MW16254.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West / K-type Dinghy Heliograph Stores Ref. 27H/2107. Correct steel signalling mirror with attached foresight – all contained in a marked white calico bag. Issued for the 1941 pattern Mae West and also found in the packs with the K-type survival dinghy. Excellent overall condition with light storage wear only. The price is for one heliograph in the same condition as those photographed. A few more are now in stock. Stock code MW13667/9/71.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Bladder (Stole) Stores ref. 22c/72. Grey rubberized cotton stole for the '41 pattern Mae West. The material is generally very good and flexible with just minor staining and a few small edge tears (not serious - see photos). The oral inflation tube is also quite flexible and the valve opens and closes freely. There is no inflation lever or CO2 bottle fitted. Air Ministry King's crown marked but undated.. Would possibly still inflate but we never recommend this as doing so introduces moisture and can promote internal rotting. A very good example. Stock code MW16840.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West CO2 Bottle Tester By Baird & Tatlock (London) Ltd. Stores Ref. 6D/421. Tester, Leakage For Valves Of H.P. Gas Cylinders MK.II & VIIA. Glass testing tube with internal glass 'swan necked' tube. Used to test for leaks in the CO2 bottles of 'the '41 pattern Mae West, Harnessuit, airborne lifebelts etc. The rubber bung and washer have 'stuck' to the glass but may loosen if placed in warm water. Otherwise in excellent unused condition in the issue box. complete with instruction leaflet. One for the serious collector! Please note that the Co2 bottle shown in photograph 3 is not included in the sale. Stock code O18009.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West CO2 Cylinder First pattern, straight sided CO2 gas inflation bottle. The cylinder is fully charged/unused. Has surface corrosion. Extremely difficult to find now. Also suitable for Harnessuits. Airborne life-vests were issued with a substantially longer version of this cylinder. Available to UK customers only due to postal restrictions. Stock code MW18531.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West CO2 Cylinder First pattern, straight sided CO2 gas inflation bottle. The cylinder is fully charged/unused. Extremely difficult to find now. Also suitable for Harnessuits. Airborne life-vests were issued with a substantially longer version of this cylinder. Available to UK customers only due to postal restrictions. Stock code MW16644.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Floating Torch (Boxed) Stores Ref. 5c/2728. The correct 2-piece “torch” for the 1941 patt. mae-west. The cylindrical metal battery container has its original pale drab blue-grey paint finish and the bulb and clear cover are attached to the top of the wooden floating section. The wiring loom is in very good/excellent overall condition retaining flexibility and all of the original rubber covering with only minor cracking. The battery case has a good paint finish and is clearly stamped with A.M. King's Crown marking and reference numbers. With the fully marked original issue box. Not to be confused with the “Easco” lamps which are not correct for the pocket on the mae-west. A very good example. Stock code MW16321.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Inflation Lever White metal 'lever' used to operate the CO2 cartridge within the stole (bladder). The inflation lever consists of a 'J' shaped handle that pivots between lugs on the lever body, a locknut, and an adaptor, or sleeve, with a cutaway skirt. The CO2 cylinder is screwed into this assembly and secured within the bladder using a hose clip around the base of the lever assembly (available separately). Marked '1150'. Very good used condition. These levers also fit stoles fitted within Irvin/GQ harnessuits etc. Stock code MW18960.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Inflation Lever & CO2 Cylinder Chromed metal 'lever' used to operate the CO2 cartridge within the stole (bladder). The inflation lever consists of a 'J' shaped handle that pivots between lugs on the lever body, a locknut, and an adaptor, or sleeve, with a cutaway skirt. The CO2 cylinder is screwed into this assembly and secured within the bladder using a hose clip around the base of the lever assembly. Air Ministry and King's Crown stamped. Excellent condition througout. Comes with a 2nd pattern CO2 gas cylinder. These have a pinched 'waist' section roughly half way along the cylinder designed to even out the flow of gas to the stole. The cylinder is empty/discharged. The copper thread to the top of the cylinder has been glued back in place in order to allow its refitting to the lever. Extremely difficult to find now. Also suitable for Harnessuits. Stock code MW16466.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Inflation Lever (2nd Patt.) Brass (not the more commonly found chromed) metal 'lever' used to operate the CO2 cartridge within the bladder (stole). The inflation lever consists of a 'J' shaped handle that pivots between lugs on the lever body, a locknut, and an adaptor, or sleeve, with a cutaway skirt. The CO2 cylinder is screwed into this assembly and secured within the bladder using a hose clip around the base of the lever assembly (available separately). War Department broad arrow stamped. Excellent condition. These levers also fit stoles fitted within Irvin/GQ harnessuits etc. Stock code MW17536A.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Inflation Lever - 1st Patt. Chromed metal 'lever' used to operate the CO2 cartridge within the bladder (stole). The inflation lever consists of a 'J' shaped handle that pivots between lugs on the lever body. The CO2 cylinder is screwed directly into this assembly and secured within the bladder using a hose clip around the base of the lever assembly (available separately). The end of the Co2 cylinder copper thread remain in the lever. I can easily remove this if required. Slight distortion/curve on the lever handle (see photo) otherwise in excellent used condition. This is the earlier style of lever assembly. Later versions have a locknut, and an adaptor, or sleeve, with a cutaway skirt. Also suitable for Harnessuits. Stock code MW18227.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Inflation Lever - 1st Pattern Chromed metal 'lever' used to operate the CO2 cartridge within the bladder (stole). The inflation lever consists of a 'J' shaped handle that pivots between lugs on the lever body. The CO2 cylinder is screwed directly into this assembly and secured within the bladder using a hose clip around the base of the lever assembly (available separately). The end of the Co2 cylinder copper thread remains in the lever. I can easily remove this if required. Air Ministry and Crown stamped. In excellent used condition. This is the earlier style of lever assembly. Later versions have a locknut, and an adaptor, or sleeve, with a cutaway skirt. Also suitable for Harnessuits. Stock code MW18051.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Inflation Lever - Type 1 Chromed metal 'lever' used to operate the CO2 cartridge within the bladder (stole). The inflation lever consists of a 'J' shaped handle that pivots between lugs on the lever body. The CO2 cylinder is screwed directly into this assembly and secured within the bladder using a hose clip around the base of the lever assembly. Air Ministry and King's Crown stamped. Light tarnishing and loss of chroming but in very good used condition. This is the earlier style of lever assembly. Later versions have a locknut, and an adaptor, or sleeve, with a cutaway skirt. Also suitable for Harnessuits. Stock code MW15806.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Inflation Lever - Type 2 & CO2 Bottle Chromed metal 'lever' used to operate the CO2 cartridge within the bladder (stole). The inflation lever consists of a 'J' shaped handle that pivots between lugs on the lever body, a locknut, and an adaptor, or sleeve, with a cutaway skirt. The CO2 cylinder is screwed into this assembly and secured within the bladder using a hose clip around the base of the lever assembly. Air Ministry and King's Crown stamped. Excellent condition. Comes with an earlier style straight sided CO2 gas cylinder (empty/discharged). There is just sufficient copper thread remaining to enable this to be connected to the lever assembly. The bottle shows surface paint loss/corrosion. Extremely difficult to find now. Also suitable for Harnessuits. Stock code MW15759.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Inflation Lever Circlips Wire circlip with brass collar & with nut/screw bolt fixing. Used around the neck of the bladder to hold the inflation lever in position. Hard to find when you want one! Good condition. Stock code MW10141.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Kapok Pads - Set Stores ref. 22c/93. Full set of three pads. Calico cotton pads stuffed with kapok. The neck and one side pad is clearly Air Ministry & King's Crown marked. Some minor soiling and stains but undamaged, complete and in very good used condition overall. Guaranteed original. Each mae-west had two side pads and another smaller pad for the neck area. Increasingly difficult to source. Stock code MW18484.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Kapok Pads - Type 1 (Set of 3) Stores ref. 22c/93. Full set of three pads. These are the first pattern pads for the 1941 Mae West produced using a proofed/rubberized cotton (internally) similar to those used in the 1932 pattern. Kapok filled. All clearly marked with stores numbers and King's Crown Air Ministry stamp. Each mae-west had two side pads and another smaller pad for the neck area. Generally in very good condition although with some fairly minor soiling and stains and a small split near the end of one side pad (see photos). Extremely rare to find, these earlier pads are normally associated with the 'Flap Type' variant of the '41 Mae West. Guaranteed original. Stock code MW8580.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Lifeline Stores Ref. 22c/1046. 'Lifelines With Toggles For Waistcoats-Life Saving - 22C/447'. Thick cord lanyard approx. 2.3m in length (7'6"). Wooden toggle to one end. These form part of the equipment of the 1941 pattern Mae West. Normally found sewn into the left 'pocket' with the toggle just protruding out at the bottom and held into place with a few easily broken stitches. In use the toggle end would have been pulled out from the pocket and used to attach the 'downed' airman to a dinghy or other aircrew members. Often missing. Useful to complete a mae-west. Excellent, unissued condition. Stock code MW14828.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Skull Caps Yellow glazed cotton skull caps with white tying tapes. Crisp A.M. Kings crown markings. Mint, unissued condition. Superb find. Limited stocks remaining. None better. Stock code MW13283/320.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Skull Caps We've found a few more of these lovely yellow glazed cotton skull caps with white tying tapes. Crisp A.M. Kings crown markings. Unissued and in super condition. Very light storage marking only. Stock code MW13283/320.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Stole (Bladder) Gold/yellow silk covered version of the standard rubberized cotton stole (bladder) for the '41 pattern mae-west. The material is generally clean and very flexible. The oral inflation tube is also completely flexible and the valve opens and closes freely. There is no inflation lever or CO2 bottle fitted but the securing circlip is in place. Air Ministry and King's Crown marked and dated 5/41. Whilst these silk covered bladders were intended for tropical use they undoubtedly saw service over Europe too. Also suitable for the Harnessuit. A lovely example. Stock code MW15994.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Stole (Bladder) Stores ref. 22c/72. Pale grey/white rubberized cotton stole for the 1941 pattern Mae West. The material is generally quite flexible but does have a few areas that are 'wrinkled' and stiffer/less flexible. There is also staining/pink spot discolouration and some fraying arround some of the glued edges (see photos.) The oral inflation tube is good and flexible and the valve opens and closes freely. There is no inflation lever or CO2 bottle fitted but the circlip remains in place. Air Ministry stamped with a manufacture date of 6/43. There is also a later test date of 10 JUN 1944. We don't know if this would still inflate but never recommend this as doing so introduces moisture and can promote internal rotting. Reasonable overall condition. Stock code MW18049.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Stole (Bladder) Gold/yellow silk covered version of the standard rubberized cotton stole (bladder) for the 1941 pattern Mae West. The actual stole appears to be in very good flexible condition but the silk covering is stained and is coming away in places - see photosmaterial is generally clean and very flexible. The oral inflatio. The oral inflation tube is also completely flexible and the valve opens and closes freely. There is no inflation lever or CO2 bottle fitted but these can be supplied separately if required. Air Ministry and King's Crown marked and dated 1/41. Whilst these silk covered bladders were intended for tropical use they undoubtedly saw service over Europe too. Often found in the 'Flap-Type' Mae West. Stock code MW19215.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Stole (Bladder) Stores ref. 22c/72. Grey rubberized cotton stole for the 1941 pattern Mae West. The material is very good, clean and flexible. The oral inflation tube is also flexible and the valve opens and closes freely. Fitted with a circlip for the inflation lever but neither that or CO2 bottle are present. These are currently available for purchase separately. War department broad arrow marked and with 6.45 manufacture date. Also has later 1950 inspection dates. This would almost certainly still inflate but we never recommend this as doing so introduces moisture and can promote internal rotting. An excellent example. Stock code MW17631.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Stole (Bladder) Stores ref. 22c/72. Grey rubberized cotton stole for the 1941 pattern Mae West. The material is generally very good, clean and flexible. There are a couple of small edge/seam tears (see photos) but no serious damage. The oral inflation tube is also flexible and the valve opens and closes freely. Not fitted with a circlip, inflation lever or CO2 bottle but these are currently available to purchase separately. King's Crown Air Ministry marked and with 7.43 manufacture date. This would probably still inflate but we never recommend this as doing so introduces moisture and can promote internal rotting/perishing. An excellent mid war example. Stock code MW19190.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Survival Backpack Stores ref. 22P/25. (Arctic). Issued to aircrews operating over enemy or uninhabited territory or over great expanses of water. Introduced in 1945, each pack was worn attached to the back of the 1941 pattern Mae West or parachute backpad (if a Mae West was not being worn) using lightly tacked red cotton thread. Two versions of these were produced, the Tropical and the Arctic. In the event of the crew ditching the contents supplemented the rations in the emergency packs. Made in waterproof gabardine and shaped to fit the back of the Mae West. It was also fitted with a webbing carrying handle and 'rip' handles to the top and sides to aid removal once on the ground. Inside there are numerous pockets for survival equipment that for the arctic version included an arctic type fishing kit, snow goggles, mosquito repellent, sun hat & mosquito net, various rations, heliograph, snare wire, matches, compass, razor blades, knife and sewing kit, water purification tablets, a burning lens, first aid outfit and so on. Versions exist made with bright yellow material to one side (for ground/air visibility to aid rescue chances) and drab green to the reverse for camouflage purposes. This example is a light tan colour throughout and is marked with reference numbers and various additional stencilled markings. Condition is excellent bar light soiling. Empty. Stock code MW16474.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Survival Pack Stores ref. 22P/24. (Tropical). Issued to aircrews operating over enemy or uninhabited territory or over great expanses of water. Introduced in 1945, each pack was worn attached to the back of the 1941 pattern Mae West or parachute backpad (if a Mae West was not being worn) using lightly tacked red cotton thread. Two versions of these were produced, the Tropical and the Arctic. In the event of the crew ditching the contents supplemented the rations in the emergency packs. Made in waterproof gabardine and shaped to fit the back of the Mae West. It was also fitted with a webbing carrying handle and 'rip' handles to the top and sides to aid removal once on the ground. Inside there are numerous pockets for survival equipment that for the tropical version included fishing lines, mosquito repellent, sun hat & mosquito net, rations, heliograph, rabbit snare, matches, compass, razor blades, knife and sewing kit, water purification tablets, a burning lens, first aid outfit and so on. Versions exist made with bright yellow material to one side (for ground/air visibility to aid rescue chances) and drab green to the reverse for camouflage purposes. This example is a light tan colour throughout, is WD and broad arrow marked with reference numbers marked and various additional stencilled markings. Condition is excellent bar light soiling and marking. Empty bar once small pack of razor blades found inside. Stock code MW16473.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Whistle The classic 'snail' whistle often seen hanging from the 1941 pattern Mae West or aircrew blouse. Chrome plated brass. Air Ministry King's Crown markings and reference numbers '23/230' to one side. Further reference numbers to other side '293/14/L1795'. Some minor loss of plating and partial loss to the cork 'pea' but in good '+' used condition overall. Stock code MW16855.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Whistle The classic 'snail' whistle often seen hanging from the 1941 pattern Mae West or aircrew blouse. Chrome plated brass. Air Ministry King's Crown markings and reference numbers '23/230' to one side. Further reference numbers to other side '293/14/L1795'. Some very minor loss of plating but in excellent used condition overall. Stock code MW17113.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Whistle (Plastic) Oatmeal coloured plastic tube whistle issued for the 1941 Pattern mae-west. Unmarked (as always). These were issued later in the war. It is generally regarded that this was done to prevent the possibility of metal whistles freezing to the lips in extreme conditions. Overall condition is quite good although there is some age or heat related deterioration of the plastic in places - see photos. Still functions. .
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Whistle - Plastic Oatmeal coloured plastic tube whistle issued for the 1941 Pattern mae-west. Unmarked (as always). These were issued later in the war. It is generally regarded that this was done to prevent the possibility of metal whistles freezing to the lips in extreme conditions. With original cord. Overall condition is quite good although there is some age or heat related deterioration of the plastic in places - see photos. Stock code MW16204.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Whistle - Plastic Oatmeal coloured plastic tube whistle issued for the 1941 Pattern mae-west. Unmarked (as always). These were issued later in the war. It is generally regarded that this was done to prevent the possibility of metal whistles freezing to the lips in extreme conditions. Overall condition is quite good although as usual there is some age or heat related deterioration of the plastic in places - see photos. Stock code MW16084.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West Whistle - Tube By J Hudson & Co. The less commonly found 'tube' whistle used by wartime aircrew. Period photos show these hanging from the 1941 pattern Mae West or aircrew blouse. Chromed brass. Air Ministry King's Crown markings and reference numbers '293/W102'. Light wear but in very good to excellent used condition overall and complete with closed link chain lanyard. Stock code MW16834.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae West 'Tropical' Issue Skull Caps Yellow cotton caps with tying tapes & with additional neck flap to protect wearer from the sun. Very good, possible unused condition. Light soiling only. Some faintly 1944 stamped. Commonwealth manufacture. Stock now running low. When they are gone, they're gone.... Stock code MW5107.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Mae-West Stores ref. 22c/447. Size medium. The cloth is in very good condition and retains good colour although it is a bit soiled and stained in places and stencilled to the back 'MCU No.12'. The front heliograph pocket is also marked 'Leuchars 22 6'. The mae-west retains all the leg straps, grab handles, tying tapes, buttons, inflation lever flap, skull cap/heliograph pocket, flotation lamp pocket, fluorescene flap and strap, lifeline and toggle. Good original A.M. marked zip. Fully labelled (WD broad arrow marked). A good '+' example. Stock code MW15221.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Sidcot Flying Suit Size 4. Stores Ref. 22c/776. (Ht. 5'8"-5'9", Ch. 36-38", Wt. 32-34", Seat 38-40"). Electrically wired version of the Sidcot for use with heated gloves and boots etc. The material is generally in excellent condition. There are a couple of very minor holes and a small 'L' shaped repair to the righ leg. Other than some light white marking to the knee areas the suit is exceptionally clean. All wiring is complete as are the press stud connectors. One leg zip has been replaced but all the rest are good working original Broad Arrow marked examples complete with cloth puller tabs. With cloth hanger, belt, label (with added info/tipex??) and A.M. King's Crown ink stamp. Also fitted with a very good matching collar (22c/356, size 4). Although there are few small niggles this is a lovely suit. One of the cleanest you will find. Stock code S16164.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Sidcot Flying Suit Size 6. Stores Ref. 22c/778. (Ht. 5'11"-6'1", Ch. 40-42", Wt. 36-38", Seat 42-44". Leg 31.5"). Electrically wired version of the Sidcot for use with heated gloves and boots etc. The material is in quite good used condition. There is some soiling, marking, general wear and tear with small nicks and frays but no serious issues. All wiring is complete as are the press stud connectors and sleeve plugs for the RAE gloves. All zips are functional and appear original to the suit - the main and sleeve zips are Air Ministry marked (one lacking puller tag). The leg zips are 'Lightning' brand as are the side entry zips - the latter with original cloth puller tags. Good original Air Ministry marked zips complete with cloth puller tabs. With cloth hanger, belt and Air Ministry marked label. A decent used suit in a large size. Stock code S16248.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Sidcot Flying Suit & Collar Size 4. Stores Ref. 22c/776. (Ht. 5'8"-5'9", Ch. 36-38", Wt. 32-34", Seat 38-40"). Electrically wired version of the Sidcot for use with heated gloves and boots etc. The material is in good to very good overall condition. There is a small tear at the top of the 'wind flap' adjacent to the collar (see photo) but this could easily be repaired. In addition there are some pulled stitches on the wiring exit point flap (see photo) and a few loose stitches elsewhere. The suit is remarkably clean indicating little use. All wiring is complete as are the press stud connectors and 'lift-the-dot' posts for use with RAE 'Irvin' gloves. Whilst the zips are all functional and original to the suit they would benefit from some lubrication. All are Air Ministry marked and complete with their cloth puller tags. With cloth hanger, belt and Air Ministry marked label. Also fitted with good collar marked with reference numbers/AID stamps etc. A very good lightly used example. Stock code S18505.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Sidcot Flying Suit & Collar Size 4. Stores Ref. 22c/776. (Ht. 5'8"-5'9", Ch. 36-38", Wt. 32-34", Seat 36-40". Leg 29.5"). Electrically wired version of the Sidcot for use with heated gloves and boots etc. The material is in good overall condition. There is some soiling - largely to the lower legs, general wear and tear and a couple of small repairs to the backside but no serious issues. All wiring is complete as are the press stud connectors. All zips are functional and original to the suit - all but the leg zips are Air Ministry marked. The leg zips are 'Swift' branded. With cloth hanger, belt and fading/worn label. Also fitted with good size matched collar marked with reference numbers/AID stamps etc. A good used example. Stock code S18071.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Sidcot Flying Suit And Collar Size 3. Stores Ref. 22c/775. (Ht. 5'7"-5'8", Ch. 34-36", Wt. 30-32", Seat 36-38"). Electrically wired version of the Sidcot for use with heated gloves and boots etc. The material is in good condition. There is some soiling and marking but no damage or repairs. All wiring is complete as are the press stud connectors. Good original Air Ministry marked zips complete with cloth puller tabs. All in good working condition except for the leg bottom zips where the sliders are missing - zip tape/teeth are good so if you can source the sliders they should work fine. With cloth hanger, belt and nice Air Ministry marked label. Also fitted with a very good matching collar. Stock code S15102.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Survival Back Pack Stores ref. 22P/24. (Tropical). Issued to aircrews operating over enemy or uninhabited territory or over great expanses of water. Introduced in 1945, each pack was worn attached to the back of the 1941 pattern Mae West or parachute backpad (if a Mae West was not being worn) using lightly tacked red cotton thread. Two versions of these were produced, the Tropical and the Arctic. In the event of the crew ditching the contents supplemented the rations in the emergency packs. Made in waterproof gabardine and shaped to fit the back of the Mae West. It was also fitted with a webbing carrying handle and 'rip' handles to the top and sides to aid removal once on the ground. Inside there are numerous pockets for survival equipment that for the tropical version included fishing lines, mosquito repellent, sun hat & mosquito net, rations, heliograph, rabbit snare, matches, compass, razor blades, knife and sewing kit, water purification tablets, a burning lens, first aid outfit and so on. Versions exist made with bright yellow material to one side (for ground/air visibility to aid rescue chances) and drab green to the reverse for camouflage purposes. This example is a light tan colour throughout, is WD and broad arrow marked with reference numbers marked and various additional stencilled markings. Condition is excellent bar light soiling and marking. Empty. Stock code MW16475.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern Whistle/Chain - Tube Type 2 By J Hudson & Co. The less commonly found 'tube' whistle used by wartime aircrew. Period photos show these hanging from the 1941 pattern Mae West or aircrew blouse. Chromed brass. Air Ministry King's Crown markings and reference numbers '293/W102'. Light wear but in very good to excellent used condition overall and complete with original closed link chain lanyard. Stock code MW16005.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern 'Flap Type' Mae West Stores Ref. 22c/448. Size Large. ‘Waistcoat, Life-saving, inflatable, stole pattern - flap type‘. One of the incredibly rare 'Flap-Types' with the extra back panel attached at the neck, this having a kapok stuffed pocket around the edges. This was intended to float behind the wearer’s head and increase visibility for rescue crews but in practice could be dangerous as it had a tendency to float over the head rather than behind. The cloth is in very good overall condition although it is a bit soiled/grubby and has a small area of damage near the neck. The flap also very good. The zip is a brass Air Ministry marked replacement and the press studs and metal parts have some verdigris deposits. Being an early Mae West this example was never fitted with leg tapes or the later grab handles, skull cap pocket, torch pocket etc. Far more basically equipped having just the fluorescene dye flap, front tying tapes and metal fastening buttons. Beautiful large 1941 dated Air Ministry label. Interesting to note that this example was made by Aristoc Limited at Long Eaton, Notts. This firm is still going today produsing Lingerie/Hosiery. A rare chance to obtain a good example of this seldom seen Mae West. Stock code MW15805.
R.A.F. 1941 Pattern 'Flap-Type' Mae-West Stores ref. 22c/447/8. Originally manufactured as one of the incredibly rare 'Flap-Types' but sadly modified with the removal of the flap. Remnants of the flap can just be seen where it was attached to the back of the mae-west and it also has the tell-tale press studs on either side of the waist to which the flap was fastened. The cloth is in very good overall condition although it is a bit soiled in places. The mae-west retains all the leg straps, grab handles, tying tapes, two of the early brass buttons, inflation lever flap, skull cap/heliograph pocket, flotation lamp pocket and fluorescene flap and strap. Appears never to have been fitted with the lifeline and toggle. Good original D-O-T marked zip. It is also fitted with three dinghy lanyard connectors (some surface corrosion). The label is missing. Named on the rear to G. Speechley and bought directly from his son. Speechely was actually in the Royal Navy in WW2 but his brother who was in the RAF procured this for him as they thought them to be superior to the Naval issue life-jackets. I would imagine the flap may well have been removed immediately as it would soon have become snagged on parts of a ship. A good '+' example. Stock code MW15410.
R.A.F. 1943 'Escape' Pattern Flying Boot Knife Original knife as used with the 1943 pattern boots. This was inserted into a small pocket in the right boot and used in the event of evasion to cut the shoe section of the boots away from the suede uppers leaving the wearer less conspicuous in enemy occupied Europe. This is the larger & less commonly found of the two scarce knife patterns produced. The original blued finish is largely gone and the knife has some surface corrosion. The blade is the correct length (not shortened or broken) but has been well sharpened. A rare and sought after item. Stock code B18096.
R.A.F. 1943 'Escape' Pattern Flying Boots Approx. size 8. The suede uppers are excellent with only minor rubbing and light soiling. One is faintly marked with the initials 'GJD'. Both Air Ministry and 'W' marked zips are very good. The shoe sections are also very good with only minor marking and nicks etc. Original leather soles and heels with added metal studs. The linings also appear very good overall albeit with minor fur loss at the top of the boots (see photos). A very good to excellent used pair. Stock code B16888.
R.A.F. 1943 'Escape' Pattern Flying Boots Approx. size 10 (Same size as a pair of labelled S10 1936 pattern boots in stock & I take a 10 but they are a snug fit on me so perhaps a generous 9). The suede uppers are excellent with virtually no rubbing or soiling. Both Broad Arrow and 'W' marked zips are very good. The shoe sections are also very good with only minor marking & wear. Original heels but the re-soled with the 'Phillips' rubber type - they appear to have been unworn since resoling. The linings also appear to be in very good overall condition. An excellent used pair. Stock code B18113.
R.A.F. 1943 Pattern 'Escape' Flying Boots Approx. size 7 (Same size as a pair of labelled S7 1936 pattern boots in stock). The suede uppers are excellent with virtually no rubbing or soiling. Both the Air Ministry 'W' marked zips are very good. The shoe sections are also very good with just fairly minor marking and wear. Original heels and soles. The linings also appear to be in very good overall condition bar a small 'bare' area near the top of the right boot. An excellent used pair. Stock code B17341.
R.A.F. 1943 Pattern 'Escape' Flying Boots Approx. size 8 (same size as a pair of labelled S8 1936 pattern boots in stock) The suede uppers are truly excellent with virtually no rubbing or soiling. Both Broad Arrow 'W' marked zips are very good. The shoe sections are excellent indicating little use. Original soles and heels. Lovely clean thick fur linings. An excellent lightly used pair of boots. Stock code B18232.
R.A.F. 1943 Pattern Escape Boot Knife Original knife as used with the 1943 pattern boots. This was inserted into a small pocket in the right boot and used in the event of evasion to cut the shoe section of the boots away from the suede uppers leaving the wearer less conspicuous in enemy occupied Europe. This is the smaller of the two knives produced. The original blued finish is largely gone and the knife has some surface corrosion. The blade is the correct length (not shortened or broken) but has been well sharpened. A rare and sought after item. Stock code B15345.
R.A.F. 1943 Pattern Flying Boots Approx. size 9. The suede uppers are very good with only minor rubbing and light soiling. Both Air Ministry and 'W' marked zips are very good. The shoe sections are also good with only minor marking and nicks etc. Original soles and heels. The linings appear very good overall albeit a little grubby and with very minor fur loss at the top of one boot. A very good to excellent used pair. Stock code B16599.
R.A.F. 1943 Pattern Flying Boots Approx. size 8 (same size as a pair of labelled S8 1936 pattern boots in stock) The suede uppers are truly excellent with virtually no rubbing or soiling. Both Broad Arrow 'W' marked zips are very good. The shoe sections are excellent indicating little use. Original soles and heels. Lovely clean thick fur linings. An excellent lightly used pair of boots. Stock code B18232.
R.A.F. 1951 Pattern Flying Suit/Scarf 'Overalls, Flying, Lightweight - 1951 Pattern. Stores ref. 22c/1139, Size 3 (ht. 5'4" - 5'7", br. 33 - 36"). This was the first of the 'modern' style post war general purpose flying suits, predating the Mk.1 suit & designed to replace the 'Beadon' suit. It was manufactured in blue-grey windproof gabardine and used rubber buttons throughout. Fitted with flapped patch breast pockets and various leg pockets. Adjustable buttoned tabs are fitted at the ankles with press stud adjustment at the cuffs. The waistbelt is channelled through the suit to prevent its catching on the aircraft. Condition is superb. The suit shows no use or wear and is extremely clean. It is a manufactured in a slightly heavier gabardine than the previous example and retains the removeable scarf at the back of the neck. These early post-war/jet-age suits are becoming increasingly sought after and difficult to find. A fabulous suit. Stock code S18020.
R.A.F. 1952 Pattern 'Escape' Flying Boots Size approx. 8 or 9 Stores ref. 22c/1400-1415 (depending on size). Classic early 1950s 'escape' boot based on the earlier 1943 pattern boot. It has a shoe section at the bottom with a polished leather upper section that could be removed if evading in enemy territory. Unlined and with the early variation leather sole - later examples have a one-piece rubber sole/heel). Unfortunately, due to the generous proportions of the uppers on these boots there was a tendancy for them to fall off during high speed ejections! Very good used condition. The original owner was a DFC winner Mosquito night fighter pilot with 2 kills. Stock code B17684.
R.A.F. 1965 Pattern Flying Boots Stores ref. 22c/1229224. Size 7M. Black leather flying boots with one-piece moulded rubber sole. Very good used condition. Perfectly useable. Stock code B17782.
R.A.F. 24' Parachute Canopy 24 panel high grade white silk/rayon parachute canopy (appears to be silk). Has some soiling/marking in places. Some small tears and one larger tear - see photo, otherwise in good condition. Rigging lines have been removed. Well stamped with AID stamps and Air Ministry King's Crown markings in several places. Ideal for display or padding out an RAF parachute pack. Quite heavy. Stock code M14479.
R.A.F. Aeronautical Inspection Division Badge Manufactured by "Roden", London. Approx. 20 x 16mm. Enamelled "A.I.D" badge. Pin backed. Excellent condition.
R.A.F. Air Electronics Brevet Lovely, heavily padded 'AE' brevet. This was obtained by a pilot who flew in the 50s, 60s and 70s, retiring as an air rank officer. He collected pilot wings during his many postings and appointments around the world. This is a genuine 'issue' wing, not a reproduction or copy. Lovely unused example. Stock code U19135.
R.A.F. Air Gunner Brevet Flat 'AG' brevet. Excellent used condition. Stock code U17791.
R.A.F. Air Sea Rescue Sleeve Insignia As worn by members of the RAF ASR service. Later issue woven version in excellent used condition. Stock code U17193.
R.A.F. Air Sea Rescue Sleeve Insignia As worn by members of the RAF ASR service. Rare early printed version in excellent unused condition. Guaranteed original. Stock code U15405.
R.A.F. Airbase Light Switch / Aircraft Cockpit Switch Stores Ref. 5C/621. White ceramic ceramic base with brown bakelite covers & switches. Nicely marked with A.Crown M. & ref. codes 5C/621. Mounted onto a metal plate but easily removed if required. Look great in a collection room but do consult a qualified electrician if you intend to use it. I have been advised by someone more knowledgeable then me on these that they may be aircraft switches. Apprarantly they were used in aeroplanes from the same period (1930s/40s) for use with electrical systems. They go as far back as the Great War, although 5C reference numbers are a later detail & the swithces may have been revised a time or two since then. A bit dusty but vgc.
R.A.F. Airbase Light Switch / Aircraft Cockpit Switch Stores Ref. 5C/621. By Crabtree. White vitreous enamelled porcelain base with brown bakelite cover & toggle switch. Nicely marked with A.Crown M. & reference code 5C/621. This would look great in a collection room but do consult a qualified electrician if you intend to use it as a lightswitch. I have been advised by someone more knowledgeable then me on these that they may be aircraft switches. Apparantly they were used in aeroplanes from the same period (1930s/40s) for use with electrical systems. They go as far back as the Great War, although 5C reference numbers are a later detail & the switches may have been revised a time or two since then. Very good used condition. Stock code M16139.
R.A.F. Aircraft 'Sutton' Harness Stores ref. 6F/182 (?). Webbing harness that was used to secure the pilot into the seat of his fighter aircraft. Sutton harnesses were used in many wartime and pre-war aircraft including the Spitfire & Hurricane (see photo 8). Complete with adjuster straps but lacking the triangular 'pin-release' buckle. Various markings and inspection stamps. Very good used condition bar rust staining and light soiling. This example also includes the 'tail' straps from the metal end brackets that actually fastened the airframe/seat. This is the last one from a small batch we found last year. Stock code M17070.
R.A.F. Aircraft 'Sutton' Harness Stores ref. 6F/182 (?). Webbing harness that was used to secure the pilot into the seat of his fighter aircraft. Sutton harnesses were used in many wartime and pre-war aircraft including the Spitfire and Hurricane. Complete with adjuster straps but lacking the triangular 'pin-release' buckle. No obvious markings. Rather grubby but in good used condition. This example also includes the rare 'tail' straps from the metal end brackets that actually fastened the airframe/seat. Stock code M19535.
R.A.F. Aircraft 'Sutton' Harness Didn't know we had another of these! Stores ref. 6F/182 (?). Webbing harness that was used to secure the pilot into the seat of his fighter aircraft. Sutton harnesses were used in many wartime and pre-war aircraft including the Spitfire and Hurricane. Complete with adjuster straps but lacking the triangular 'pin-release' buckle. Some indistinct markings. Rather grubby but in good used condition overall. This example also includes the rare 'tail' straps from the metal end brackets that actually fastened the airframe/seat. Stock code M19546.
R.A.F. Aircraft Accumulator Carrying Strap Stores ref. 5J/3164. RAF Handles, Carrying, Type 2, Accumulator. Leather strap approx. in length with black painted metal fittings to each end. Embossed with the reference number 5J/3164. Apparantly these were used for many wartime aircraft including Spitfires and Hurricanes etc. Shows use and wear but in good solid overall condition. Stock code M19516.
R.A.F. Aircraft Crash Axe Stores ref. 27/N. Steel axe with insulated rubber covered handle. Air Ministry and crown markings. These were placed in wartime bombers and also used by crashcrews to aid the exit/removal of aircrew in emergency situations. Some rubber loss at the top and bottom of the handle but in quite good overall condition. Nice cllear marks. Stock code M16907
R.A.F. Aircraft Crash Axe By Chillington. Stores ref. 21F/1. Steel axe with insulated rubber covered handle. Air Ministry, crown markings and 1940 date. These were placed in wartime bombers and also used by crashcrews to aid the exit/removal of aircrew in emergency situations. Good to good '+' used condition. Nice clear marks. Stock code M16309.
R.A.F. Aircraft First Aid Outfit Bag By H.E Curtis & Son Ltd. King's crown Air Ministry stamped and 1942 dated. Green cotton canvas bag approx. 19 x 7 x 20cm. Simple webbing strap and friction buckle closure. Brass 'D' rings to each side for attaching a shoulder strap or to the airframe. Various internal dividers/compartments for the medical equipment that would have included bandages/dressings, aspirin tablets, cathartic tablets, chalk and opium tablets, quinine, iodine capsules, morphine ampoules, tourniquet, scissors etc. depending on where the kit was to be used. This example is empty but in excellent used condition with clear markings and date. Stock code S19474.
R.A.F. Aircraft First Aid Outfit Bag - Empty By G & S Ltd. King's Crown Air Ministry stamped and 1943 dated. Green cotton canvas bag approx. 19 x 7 x 20cm. Simple webbing strap and friction buckle closure. Brass 'D' rings to each side for attaching a shoulder strap or to the airframe. Various internal dividers/compartments for the medical equipment that would have included bandages/dressings, aspirin tablets, cathartic tablets, chalk and opium tablets, quinine, iodine capsules, morphine ampoules, tourniquet, scissors etc. depending on where the kit was to be used. This example is empty. It is faintly marked to the flap 'O.S' referring to 'Overseas Service' as apposed to H.S (Home Service). It has also been written on in several places 'do not remove scissors' and 'First Aid Satchell For Aircraft...'. A bit grubby but in good solid condition. Nice clear date and markings. Stock code S15239.
R.A.F. Aircraft Marshalling 'Wands' - Priced Individually Stores ref. 5A/3392. Grey painted metal torches that have solid perspex rods extending from the end of the housing containing the bulb. Sliding switch to side. Unscrews to take a couple of 'D' battery cells. Some wear and pitting - possibly repainted at some point? Faint reference numbers on both. Very good overall condition and would probably still work. Used by groundcrews to direct taxiing aircraft on airfield runways. Two available as per photos - priced per item. Stock code M17648/9. NB Only one now remaining.
R.A.F. Aircraft Recognition Silhouette Cards - Full Set Published by the Air Ministry in July 1941. Instructional recognition silhouette or 'spotter' cards in a full set of four packs, each denoted by colour - 'Red Pack' (denoting the card backs as red and depicting silhouettes of single-engined aircraft), 'Blue' pack -silhouettes of multi-engined aircraft (single rudder); 'Orange' pack -silhouettes of multi-engined aircraft (twin rudders) and 'Green' pack -silhouettes of miscellaneous aircraft. Each pack comprises 53 card with four distinct/separate views of each aircraft, plus a joker, and the four views represent 'suits', and are as follows: 'General perspective view'; 'Front view'; 'Plan view'; 'Side view'. The Joker shows three or four views of each aircraft on one card. Comes with a folded 'key' sheet for each pack that shows the cards complete with details for each aircraft. Marked 'For Official Use Only'. The cards cover allied and axis aircraft and are in excellent condition whilst their boxes have age related soiling. The 'key' sheets are complete but a little stained/dog-eared and the main box is worn with repairs and a section of the lid missing. Nevertheless, this is a very good set overall and quite rare to find complete. Note also that different sets were produced in different years throughout the war. Stock code P17682.
R.A.F. Aircrew Anti-Glare Glasses, Type E-2 By Levers Optical, Stores ref. 22G/1087. EPNS wire frames with circular blue-grey tinted glass lenses, wrap around side-arms and leather side-shields. Light tarnishing to the frames. Excellent lenses and good side-shields (minor verdigris on the rivets holding these on). Complete with metal tin of issue having Air Ministry markings etc. Very good '+' used overall. Stock code G16691.
R.A.F. Aircrew Flying Boot Socks 'Stockings, White' worn with most flying boots. More of a creamy white colour really. In excellent unused condition with storage wear only. There is a fading War Department broad arrow stamp to the foot of one sock with a 1943 date beneath. We recently unearthed a few pairs of these rare socks. Don't miss them.... Stock code B14586.
R.A.F. Aircrew Flying Boot Socks 'Stockings, White' worn with most flying boots - except these are the black version! By J & D. McG. Size 1, 1944 dated. Approx. 9" from heel to toe. Black woolIen socks in excellent used condition. They appear to have little if any wear and no damage or repairs. Please note that only one is labelled. Extremely rare socks. Don't miss them. Stock code B19034.
R.A.F. Aircrew Survival Hood Stores ref. 22P/1301213. Dated June 1990. Green, waterproof nylon hood with large neck flange and drawstrings at the neck and around the face opening. Lined with a soft wool fleece. Fully labelled. I presume these were issued with some of the survival dinghies or kits. Obviously intended to keep the airman dry and warm in extreme conditions. Excellent condition. Does not include display head shown.
R.A.F. Airgunner Brevet Lovely heavily padded 'AG' brevet. White cotton backing. Excellent unsed condition. Stock code U19122.
R.A.F. Airgunner Facemask / Windhood By Windak. Pale green cotton mask/hood. Held to the early pattern C-type flying helmet using the front goggle straps & press studs to the rear. Zipped to one side for a snug fit & with hole at the front to allow the oxygen tube to pass through. Other than light soiling and some verdigris on the back of the press studs this is in excellent used condition. Pictured in Mick Prodger`s Vintage headgear book, p.205. Used by rear gunners in particular although these saw limited service use. Stock code H14387.
R.A.F. Airgunners Facemask Pale green cotton mask/hood. Held to the C-type flying helmet using the front goggle straps & press studs to the rear. Zipped to one side for a snug fit & with hole at the front to allow the oxygen tube to pass through. Good used condition although soiled & with some verdigris on the zip. Pictured in Mick Prodger`s Vintage headgear book, p.205. Used by rear gunners in particular although saw limited service use. Stock code DRF/AG1
R.A.F. Airgunner's Facemask Pale green cotton mask/hood. Held to the C-type flying helmet using the front goggle straps & press studs to the rear. Zipped to one side for a snug fit & with hole at the front to allow the oxygen tube to pass through. Excellent used condition although lightly soiled & with some verdigris on the zip. Air Ministry marked zip slider and AID marked cloth. Pictured in Mick Prodger`s Vintage headgear book, p.205. Used by rear gunners in particular although saw limited service use. Stock code H15442.
R.A.F. Airman Service And Release Book R.A.F. Form 2520A. Issued to a Corporal Moses who served between August 1939 and June 1945 as a Motor Transport Driver. He is noted as having 'very good' character, 'superior' proficiency and as 'an efficient mechanical transport driver with experience of store keeping'. Complete but rather grubby and a bit dog-eared and tatty around the edges. Stock code P13401.
R.A.F. Airman's Service and Pay Book - Unissued Form 64 (formerly Book 64). This is the document in which all the airman's details are put - name, personal details, medical details, rank and RAF trade. It also has space for record of medals received; record of woollen 'comforts' supplied; certificate by air-crew selection board; identity and permits issued and so on. The print date in the book is 7/44. In a pocket at the back it contains the Airman's Pay Book Form 64 (part II). The print date in this part is 4/45. This item is in very good unused condition. Never filled out/completely blank. Ideal for the re-enactor who wants to use original paperwork or for the collector who wants unissued items. Rare to find like this. Stock code P
R.A.F. Anti-Glare Glasses, Cased EPNS wire frames with circular blue-grey tinted glass lenses, wrap around side-arms and leather side-shields. Light tarnishing to the frames. The brow bar has come unsoldered on one side (see photo) - easy to repair/solder or even superglue! Excellent lenses and good side-shields (minor verdigris on the rivets holding these on). Complete with metal tin of issue having King's Crown and Air Ministry markings etc. Very good '+' to excellent used. Stock code G14703.
R.A.F. Armourer's Oil Can By T. E Bladon & Son Ltd. Solid brass oil can with long curved spout. Missing the screw in stopper from the spout end. Some small dents and tarnishing but would come polish up very nicely. Air Ministry King's Crown marked and 1938 dated. I have seen period photos of these in use by aircraft armourers but probably saw general use by mechanics/fitters on base. Stock code M
R.A.F. ASR 1941 Pattern Mae West This unusual and relatively rare variant of the 1941 pattern Mae West was produced for the use of R.A.F. Air Sea Rescue launch crews. They are of similar design to the standard 1941 Pattern but of more basic construction without grab handles, dye marker or torch pockets etc. Variants also exist with no provision for inflation at all, reliant on kapok pads alone. Others, like this example, were intended for use with a standard inflatable stole (bladder) - although this had to be inserted into the waistcoat/outer through the bottom of the lobes as no zipped access was provided at back of the neck. It is likely that these 'stripped down' versions were introduced to save valuable raw materials towards the end of the war. The cloth is generally in excellent condition and retains good even colour and only moderate soiling - mainly seen on the left front lobe.. The mae west retains the original tying tapes. A very good example. Stock code MW15618.
R.A.F. B-type Flying Helmet By G. Waddington & Sons Ltd. 1939. Size 3 (7 1/8 - 7 3/8). The overall appearance is quite good and the leather is supple with good original finish. The zipped earpieces are good and complete with nice A.M markings. Unfortunately both zips are pulling away from the zip tape - they look good (closed) but would have to be left like this or replaced with better zips if you wanted to access the earpieces to fit receivers etc. The helmet retains its receiver carriers and appears to be fitted with part of some Gosport earpieces in addition to sponge rubber earpieces. All straps are generally good and both Bennett buckles are also good. The metal end-piece is missing from the chinstrap. The chamois lining is quite soiled with more on the donuts and back of the neck as usual. The velvet forehead panel has a few holes. Nice large linen manufacturer's label. Unwired. A decent displayable helmet. Stock code H14461.
R.A.F. B-type Flying Helmet By Frank Bryan Ltd. 1941. Size 2 (6 7/8 - 7). The overall appearance is very good and the leather is supple with good original finish. One zipped earpiece is very good, the other has some light scuffing and surface wear/damage. The zips are both in good working order and one retains the original leather puller tag. The helmet also has its receiver carriers. The straps are all very good & both Bennett buckles are also very good. Internally the chamois is really quite clean and bright. Fully Air Ministry labelled/dated. Photographed with sponge rubber earpieces fitted - these are NOT included in the sale. Unwired. An very good '+'/excellent used helmet. Stock code H13946.
R.A.F. B-type Flying Helmet Unlabelled (missing) but almost certainly by Frank Bryan. Size approx. 2 or 3. The overall appearance is very good and the leather is supple with good original finish. The zipped earpieces are generally good but do show more wear and one has a very small cut in it (approx. 5mm). The zips are both in good working order and retain the original leather puller tags. The helmet also has its receiver carriers. The straps are all good - the chinstrap retains the metal end tip. The main Bennett bcukle has lost some of its leather binding, the rear buckle is very good. Internally the chamois has average even soiling. Fitted with an excellent pair of R.C.A.F. marked sponge rubber earpieces. Unwired. A very good '+'/excellent used helmet. Stock code H14075.
R.A.F. B-Type Flying Helmet By Frank Bryan Ltd. 1940. Size 2 (6 7/8 - 7). The overall appearance is excellent and the leather is supple with good original finish. The zipped earpieces are good as are the zips - both of which retain the orginal leather puller tabs. The helmet retains its receiver carriers is fitted with a set of sponge rubber ear cushions - these show wear but are completely flexible. All straps are generally good and both Bennett buckles have their leather covering. The chin strap is also very good and retains the metal end-piece. The chin strap Bennet buckle is particularly good. The chamois lining shows average soiling - more on the donuts as usual. Fully labelled. Unwired but fitted with a pair of reproduction 10A/7063 'B-type' receivers. Interestingly this helmet also features a rare original 'mascot' in the form of the Lincoln Imp. This is a small brass/gilt metal 'figure' sewn to the centre of the forehead panel. An excellent helmet. Stock code H14739.
R.A.F. B-Type Flying Helmet By Frank Bryan. Size 3 (7 1/8 - 7, 3/8). 1940 dated. The overall appearance is good to very good. The leather is supple with reasonably good original finish although lightly scuffed in places and with a small hole (4mm max) at the edge of the forehead panel. Both zipped earpieces are equally good, have faint reference markings and good working original zips. Both rubber receiver carriers are still in position and the earpieces retain a pair of crusty original sponge cushions. The chinstrap has an interesting period field modification where the Bennet buckle has been removed and replaced with a male press stud. In addition, the leather strap has had a matching female press stud added and elasticated section inserted (see photos). The strap still retains the metal end piece. The backstraps are all very good although the remaining Bennett buckle lacks the leather covering. The chamois lining has just average soiling. Other points to note are some broken stitches at the top of the rear vent (very easy to re-sew if required) and a split along the front of the velvet forehead strip (see photos). Complete with 1940 dated label, A.I.D stamp, faint AM crown stamp and owner's number. Unwired. Wiring, receivers, microphones and jackplugs can be supplied at extra cost if required. Overall this is a good/good '+' used helmet with an interesting and potentially unique modifcation. Stock code H17064.
R.A.F. B-Type Flying Helmet By Frank Bryan Ltd. 1941. Size 4 (7 1/2 - 7 3/4). The overall appearance is very good and the leather is supple with good original finish. There are a few small nicks to the forehead panel and crown area plus some loss of chroming where the chinstrap attaches (see pics). Both zipped earpieces are good although there is a small hole in the left one. They are faintly A.M. stamped and have good zips and are fitted with an excellent set of RCAF marked sponge rubber earieces. The receiver carriers have been removed. All straps are very good as are both Bennett buckles. Internally the chamois is fairly clean. Fully Air Ministry labelled/dated. The zipped earpieces have been sewn on quite crudely. The look fine but close inspection on the inside suggests the squadron tailor was either tired or not up to much as the stitching is all over the place! The holes cut to take the earpieces were also made considerably larger than necessary - all completely original, just not particularly well executed. Unwired. Overall this is a good '+'/ very good used helmet. Stock code H14825..
R.A.F. B-Type Flying Helmet By The Reliance Manufacturing Co.G. 1939-40. Size 1 (6 1/2 - 6 3/4). The overall appearance is reasonably good and the leather is generally supple with a decent original finish on most areas. However, the leather is a little dry and there are some areas where the surface is rubbed and has minor surface damage. The zipped earpieces are good and complete with faint A.M markings. Both zips are good and are c/w leather puller tags. The helmet retains its receiver carriers and a pair of rather crusty sponge cushions. The helmet straps are complete although the chinstrap is rather thin, dry, and lacks half of the metal tip piece. The main Bennett buckle has lost the leather covering whilst the rear example is very good. The chamois lining is quite soiled with more on the donuts and back of the neck as usual. Both chamois donut earpieces have small splits. Nice large linen manufacturer's label. Unwired. A somewhat 'tired' but decent displayable helmet. Please note that this helmet is not as shiny as the photographs suggest! Stock code H15606.
R.A.F. B-type Flying Helmet Size 2 (6 7/8 - 7). The overall appearance is very good and the leather is supple with good original finish. There are a few small nicks and areas of surface lifting but nothing too serious or detrimental. The leather is perhaps a little dry to the touch and would probably benefit from a light application of leather dressing. Both zipped earpieces are equally good, faintly A.M. stamped and have good zips c/w original leather tags. The receiver carriers have been removed. All straps are very good and both Bennett buckles retain the leather covering. Internally the chamois has just light soiling. The label has been removed - probably as a result of the A.M. order to help prevent German bombing of the factories that produced them. The stitch holes reveal the label to have been a large diamond shaped example, typical of the earlier helmets by Reliance, Sterling, Bednall etc. The lining retains its A.M. King's crown ink stamping done at the time the label was removed. Unwired. Overall this is a good '+' to very good used helmet. Stock code H16569.
R.A.F. B-type Flying Helmet By Reliance Manufacturing Co. Size 2 (6 7/8 - 7). Dated 1939-40. The overall appearance is excellent and the leather is supple with good original finish. Both zipped earpieces are equally good, faintly A.M. stamped and have good zips c/w original leather tags. The earpieces are padded out with a super set of RCAF stamped sponge cushions. Both receiver carriers are still in position one rubber, the other bakelite. All straps are very good and both Bennett buckles retain the leather covering although the metal tip is missing from the chinstrap. Internally the chamois has just average soiling with more at the back of the neck and chamois donuts as usual. Large manufacturer's linen label with unusual date (1939-40). Unwired. Wiring, receivers, microphones and jackplugs can be supplied at extra cost if required. Overall this is a very good '+' to excellent used helmet with the magic date. Stock code H14248.
R.A.F. B-type Flying Helmet By B Sterling & Co. Ltd. Size 2 (6 7/8 - 7). Dated 1939. The overall appearance is excellent and the leather is supple with good original finish. Both zipped earpieces are equally good, faintly A.M. stamped and have good zips c/w original leather tags. Interestingly both earpieces have had wiring loom entry 'slots' cut into them (properly done with oversewn edges) indicating that the owner may have adapted the helmet for later 'internal' wiring. Alternatively he may have just wired his helmet in a different way! The earpieces are padded out - one with a somewhat crusty A.M. sponge cushion, the otehr with some shaped foam. Both rigid bakelite receiver carriers are still in position. The chinstrap has some surface cracking but is reasonably good and retains the metal end piece. The backstraps are all very good. Both Bennett buckles show wear but retain all of the leather covering. Internally the chamois has just average soiling with more at the back of the neck and chamois donuts as usual. The velvet brow piece has come unstitched in parts along the front edge (easy repair if required). Small manufacturer's linen label in the crown. A.I.D stamped and with owner's name (hard to read). Unwired. Wiring, receivers, microphones and jackplugs can be supplied at extra cost if required. Overall this is a very good '+' to excellent used helmet with the magic date. Sterling manufactured helmets are harder to find that the more common Frank Bryan & Waddington helmets. Stock code H14129.
R.A.F. B-type Flying Helmet Label removed but almost certainly manufactured by Frank Bryan. Approx. size 3. The overall appearance is good to very good. The leather is supple with good original finish although lighly scuffed in places. Both zipped earpieces are equally good with working original zips c/w original leather tag on the right side. Both rubber receiver carriers are still in position. The chinstrap retains the metal end piece but has a small 'nick' towards the tip (see photo). The backstraps are all very good. Both Bennett buckles are excellent and c/w full leather covering. Internally the chamois has just average soiling with more at the forehead, back of the neck and chamois donuts as usual. No internal markings visible. Unwired. Wiring, receivers, microphones and jackplugs can be supplied at extra cost if required. Overall this is a very good used helmet. Please note that it is photographed with rubber cushions inside the earpieces - these are not included in the sale. Stock code H17407.
R.A.F. B-type Flying Helmet By Frank Bryan. Size 1 (6 1/2 - 6, 3/4). 1938 dated. The overall appearance is very good. The leather is supple with excellent original finish. That said, the triangular left-side forehead panel appears to be an extremely well executed replacement. The colour match is very good and it is barely discernable. There has been no alteration to the lining as a result of this. Small slit hole adjacent to one of the oxygen mask studs (see photo 10). Both zipped earpieces are equally good, one have quite clear reference markings. The zips on both are in good working order c/w leather puller tags. Both bakelite receiver carriers are still in position (one has a section of the ring missing) and the earpieces retain a pair of original sponge cushions - one excellent RCAF, the other a crusty Air Ministry example. The chinstrap is good and c/w metal end tip. The Bennett buckle retains its leather covering. Good rear strap and although worn, the rear Bennett buckle has its leather covering too. The chamois lining is quite clean with less than average soiling. There is a small hole to one inner 'donut' cushion. Complete with 1938 dated Air Ministry label & A.I.D stamp. Unwired. Wiring, receivers, microphones and jackplugs can be supplied at extra cost if required. Overall this is a very good used helmet. Stock code H16250.
R.A.F. B-type Flying Helmet By Reliance Manufacturing Co. Size 2 (6 7/8 - 7). 1939 - 40 dated. The overall appearance is very good. The leather is supple with good original finish although lightly scuffed in places and with a little surface 'lifting' to the left side forehead panel (as viewed from the front). There is also minor seam separation at either side of the forehead panel opening (see photos). Fitted with RCAF type zipped earpieces in good condition and with good working original zips. Appears to have never been fitted with receiver carriers. The chinstrap still retains the metal end piece but the Bennett buckle has lost the leather covering. The backstraps & rear Bennett buckle are all good. The chamois lining has average soiling. Unusually mis-matched chamois donuts - one being considerably larger in diameter than the other although there is no doubt that they are both original to the helmet. Complete with large silk 1939 - 1940 dated label. Unwired. Wiring, receivers, microphones and jackplugs can be supplied at extra cost if required. This helmet was presumably shipped to Canada as part of the Empire Training Scheme and had the earpieces fitted when in the country. An interesting B-type variant. Photographed with rubber cushions inside the earpieces - these are not included in the sale. Overall this is a good/good '+' used helmet. Stock code H18474.
R.A.F. B-type Flying Helmet By Frank Bryan. Size 4 (7 1/2 - 7 3/4). 1941 dated. The overall appearance is fair/tatty. The leather of the main panels has some cracking, minor nicks and surface wear but is generally quite sound and supple. It does however lack the 'sheen' of the chromed finish and is rather 'dull' to look at. The zipped earpieces are worn, particularly the left side which has severe surface loss and a tear. Both zips remain in good working order. Retains rubber receiver carriers (one damaged). The chinstrap is sound but lacks the metal end piece and the Bennett buckle has no leather covering. The backstraps are good but again, the Bennett buckle has no leather covering. The chamois lining is undamaged and has average soiling. Complete with label. Manufacturer's details have been inked out as per Air Ministry orders to prevent potential bombing of their factories. Unwired. Wiring, receivers, microphones and jackplugs can be supplied at extra cost if required. A rather worn, somewhat tired example. Ideal 'entry level' helmet. If this fails to sell it will be withdrawn and broken down for spares. Stock code H18474.
R.A.F. B-type Flying Helmet (With Modifiers) By The Reliance Manufacturing Co. 1941. Size 3. The overall appearance is very good and the leather is supple with good original finish. Both zipped earpieces are good, faintly A.M. stamped, have good zips and are fitted with an excellent set of RCAF marked sponge rubber earieces. The rubber receiver carriers are both still present although not stitched in place. All straps are very good as are both Bennett buckles. The chinstrap is lacking the metal end tip. Internally the chamois is quite soiled - particularly in the crown area. Unfortunately both of the inner chamois 'donut' earpads have been carefully removed. This is not an issue when displayed as these are not visible when worn. Nice large manufacturer's label. Fitted with 'modifiers' - metal guide plates rivetted to the helmet and used in conjunction with the MK.IV series goggles. It is relatively unusual to find B-types fitted with these. Unwired. A nice looking helmet. Stock code H14743.
R.A.F. B-type Flying Helmet - 'Ace' History By Frank Bryan. Size 2 (6 7/8 - 7). 1938 dated. The overall appearance is very good. The leather is supple with excellent original finish. Both zipped earpieces are very good and have faint Air Ministry markings. The zips on both are in good working order and one is complete with its leather puller tag. Both bakelite receiver carriers are still in position and the earpieces retain a pair of original, though crusty, grey sponge cushions - probably Air Ministry examples. The chinstrap is good and c/w metal end tip. The Bennett buckle has lost some of its leather covering. Good rear strap and rear Bennett buckle. The chamois lining has average soiling with more at the nape of the neck and donuts. There is a small hole adjecent to one donut - see photo. Complete with 1938 dated Air Ministry label. Named to 'Morgan'. Unwired but fitted with a reproduction pair of early 10A/8543 receivers. Wiring, original receivers, microphones and jackplugs can be supplied at extra cost if required. This example belonged to John Milne Morgan who was commissioned in the RAF in July 1937. Details of his early career are unknown but he was serving with 238 Squadron flying Hurricanes in the Western Desert as a Pilot Officer in October 1941. On 23rd November he damaged two Ju87s, and early in 1942 was posted to 92 Squadron as flight commander initially on Hurricanes, later on Spitfires. He saw considerable action with this unit shooting down a Ju87 and damaging a second on the 4th July. From then until the end of his tour he met only BF 109s, destroying one on the 27th and damaging another a month later. On 2nd September he shot one down and damaged two more, and claimed another on the 26th. He probably destroyed one on the 9th October, and on the 22nd destroyed another, being awarded a DFC. The citation reads 'Flight Lieut. Morgan has shown great courage and considerable skill as a leader both of a flight and of the squadron. He has personally destroyed five enemy aircraft and has materially assisted in the successes achieved by the squadron. Flight Lieut. Morgan has at all times set a splendid example by his courage and devotion to duty.' Morgan claimed another 109 on the 29th October, with another damaged on the 8th December - around the time that he was promoted to command the squadron. On 7th January 1943 he shot down is sixth Bf 109 bringing his total score to 7, and also damaging another one. His tour ended soon after, and he received a Bar to his DFC. He began a second tour in October 1943 with 274 Squadron, leading the unit on ground attack missions over Italy in support of the 8th Army. His aircraft was hit by ground fire whilst strafing near Termoli and began to stream glycol. Morgan had to bale out of his stricken aircraft and finished his wartime service as a PoW. John Milne Morgan ended the war with a total of 7 a/c destroyed and 1 shared destroyed, 1 shared probable and 8 damaged making him an 'Ace' . The helmet comes with photocopies of letters from the Air Council and Society For The Protection Of Life From Fire dated March/Aug 1939 relating to his gallantry and perseverance displayed in attempting to rescue another pilot following an aircraft accident at Bletchley. In addition there are photocopies of his hand written diary for the period 5th - 16th Nov. 1942 (18p). A very nice helmet in very good '+' condition and excellent history. Originally purchased from the veteran by Michael Young who many will recognise as 'the' main source of high quality RAF kit sourced from veterans in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and early 90s. We will be also be listing Morgan's MK.VA spectacles during todays update. Stock code H19226.
R.A.F. B-type Flying Helmet - Modified, History By Frank Bryan. Size 2 (6, 7/8 - 7). 1941 dated. The overall appearance is only fair to reasonable. The leather is a little dry and has some surface abrasion and cracking in areas, the worst of which are photographed. The zipped earpieces are sound bar some minor re-stitching and the lower part of the right earpiece zip that requires a few stitches. Both zips remain in working order. The helmet retains both bakelite receiver carriers which are currently housing Air Ministry marked bakelite Gosport earpieces (6F/154). The chinstrap is good and complete with the metal end piece. Unfortunately the Bennett buckle lacks any leather covering and the chin tab at that point is rather worn. The backstraps and rear Bennett buckle are quite good. This helmet is fitted with plates for the MK.IV series goggles. These are riveted above and below each earpiece and were used in conjunction with small press studs fitted to the large 'spring' loops of the MK.IV series goggle strap. Technically the plates were intended for use with the Mk.IVA only but was also used with the Mk.IV & IVB in practice. The helmet's chamois lining has quite heavy soiling but remains sound. It is labelled with the manufacturer's details, date and is also named to the owner 'Dimmock' from whom we purchase this a few years ago. Acting Squadron Leader Peter Dimmock joined up in 1939 wanting to be a fighter pilot and initially flew long and short nosed Blenheims before bursting an eardrum on a training flight. He was eventually allowed to return to flying as an elementary instructor and also did a short spell at Cambridge flying a Mosquito testing the newly installed radar. He also did some part time instructing at Panshanger and Biggin Hill and was later sent to the Air Ministry Directorate of Flying Training and had an Anson for personal use at Gatwick for vip's. Dimmock left the RAF in 1946 and joined the BBC, later becoming the first presenter of the well known sports programmed 'Grandstand.' The helmet is offered unwired. Wiring, receivers, microphones and jackplugs can be supplied at extra cost if required. Quite worn and a in need of some attention but displays well and relatively unusual to find with the helmet plates fitted. Stock code H16394.
R.A.F. B-type Flying Helmet - Pilot KIA History/Documents By G. Waddington & Son Ltd. Size 2 (6, 7/8 - 7). 1940 dated. The overall appearance is very good. The leather is fully supple with lovely original chromed finish. Minor scuffs and wear only. Fitted with RCAF type zipped earpieces - both are in good condition and with good zips. The helmet would appear to have never been fitted with receiver carriers. The chinstrap is good and complete with the metal end piece. Both Bennett buckles are equally good. The helmet's chamois lining has relatively light soiling and remains in good condition. It is labelled with the manufacturer's details, date and is also named to the owner 'V.C Ely, AUS426221'. Vivian Clive Ely was born in Australia in 1921. He joined up in May 1942 and trained for as a pilot on the Empire Training Scheme in Canada gaining his wings in July 1943 as a probationary Pilot Officer. By January 1944 he was a Flying Officer with No.14 SFTS at Aylmer, Ontario. He went via RAF Snitterfield, Warwickshire to join 462 Squadron RAAF flying Halifax bombers from Foulsham in Norfolk. On the night of 24th/25th February 1945 Halifax MX461 took off with Ely at the controls on a bombing raid on Neuss in the Ruhr area of Germany. The aircraft, along with a further 9 from the squadron, failed to return and he and the crew were presumed dead. Captured documents later established that Ely's Halifax was shot down at 1950hrs on 24th Feb at Anrater, near Krefield, Germany. All of the crew were killed. Flying Officer Ely is commemorated on the Runnymede memorial, panel 283. The helmet is offered unwired but does have RCAF foam rubber cushions fitted. Wiring, receivers, microphones and jackplugs can be supplied at extra cost if required. It is assumed that this helmet was issued to F/O Ely on commencement of his training in Canada and that the earpieces were added at that stage. Clearly he had been issued with another helmet at some stage - probably when he moved from Canada to the UK in 1944. The helmet comes with a reasonably comprehensive selection of documents from the Australian National records office detailing Ely's enlistment, RAAF/RCAF/RAF career/movements etc. A very nice helmet worthy of more research. Stock code H19471.
R.A.F. B-type Helmet Size 2 (6 7/8 - 7). The overall appearance is excellent and the leather is supple with good original finish. Both zipped earpieces are excellent, faintly A.M. stamped and have good zips c/w original leather tags. The helmet is fitted with an excellent set of RCAF marked sponge rubber earieces. The receiver carriers have been removed. All straps are very good as are both Bennett buckles. Internally the chamois has average soiling and 3 small holes. Fully Air Ministry labelled but has no date. Unwired. Overall this is a very good used helmet. Stock code H14741.
R.A.F. B-type Helmet (A.T.A. Named) By Frank Bryan Ltd. 1939. Size 1 (6 1/2 - 6 3/4). The overall appearance is very good '+' to excellent and the leather is supple with good original finish. There is some light scuffing in places - mainly to the central panel and edges of the helmet. The zipped earpieces are very good with clear A.M. markings. The zips are also very good and both have the orginal leather puller tabs. The photographs indicate the unusal positioning of the earpieces with the zips being almost horizontal. The helmet retains its receiver carriers is fitted with a set of grey sponge rubber ear cushions - these show wear and are a bit dry and 'crispy' but retain some flexiblity. All straps are generally good and both Bennett buckles have their leather covering. The chin strap is also very good and retains the metal end-piece. The chamois lining is reasonably clean - more on the donuts as usual. Fully labelled. Unwired. Named inside to 2nd Officer R Reis??? ATA'. The inside of the earpieces are also faintly named 'W.O.House'. A very good '+' helmet. Stock code H15067.
R.A.F. Back Type Pack Parachute Harness/Pack Stores Ref. 15A/512. 'Parachute, Single-point, Quick-release, Back type pack'. Intended for use by all members of an aircrew in Lancaster and Halifax heavy bombers. It consists of a harness of medium webbing similar to the 'Observer' or 'Seat-type'. The pack is attached to the harness and is carried on the back, acting as a cushion when the wearer is seated. The main difference in construction between this and 'Observer' and ' Seat-types' is the larger quick release box with six connectors instead of the usual four and a slightly different strap arrangement. The rip-cord passes over the left shoulder, and the handle and pocket are carried by a sleeve on the left hand chest strap. Being somewhat cumbersome these parachutes were less popular than than the 'Observer/Chest' types and were thus produced in relatively small numbers and are now extremely rare to find. A wartime period photograph is shown in Mick Prodger's excellent book on flying equipment of WW2 - presumably as a contemporary example could not be found. The webbing is in good order although a bit soiled and with some fraying at the edges. It is labelled 'Type B5 Harness, Ref. 15A/512' and has broad arrow and A.I.D markings. The pack is in the usual sand coloured cotton canvas and is in very good used condition. The fabric is a little soiled and one of the two horizontal metal 'formers' is protruding from the end of it's sleeve - not detrimental and easily fixed if desired. The long, zipped flap that covers the rip cord is excellent as is the rip-cord channel tube. The pack has a large fabric label with broad arrow and 'Parachute Back Type (B5), Stores Reference No. 15A/512'. There is also a serial number andand AID mark but no date. The pack is complete with full canopy/rigging lines, drogue 'chute, rip-cord and handle that appears to have remained unopened for years. The bungee elastics on the pack are rather stretched. Overall this is a good '+'/very good used example of an extremely rare parachute. This one is only for sale following an upgrade in my own collection. Stock code M14379.
R.A.F. Back Type Parachute Harness, Pack & Canopy - 1945 Type B5. Stores Ref. 15A/512. 'Parachute, Single-point, Quick-release, Back type pack'. Intended for use by all members of an aircrew in Lancaster and Halifax heavy bombers. It consists of a harness of medium webbing similar to the 'Observer' or 'Seat' types. The pack is attached to the harness and is carried on the back, acting as a cushion when the wearer is seated. The main difference in construction between this and 'Observer' and ' Seat' types is the larger quick release box with six connectors instead of the usual four and a slightly different strap arrangement. The rip-cord passes over the left shoulder, and the handle and pocket are carried by a sleeve on the left hand chest strap. Being somewhat cumbersome these parachutes were less popular than than the 'Observer/Chest' types and were thus produced in relatively small numbers and are now extremely rare to find. A wartime period photograph is shown in Mick Prodger's excellent book on flying equipment of WW2 - presumably as a contemporary example could not be found. The webbing is in very good order with only minor soiling and a few lightly frayed edges. It is labelled 'Type B5 Harness, Ref. 15A/512 G & T.L.' and has broad arrow & serial number. The harness is 1945 dated across one of the back straps and it is interesting to note that all of the B5 harnesses I have seen have been 1945 dated. The pack is in the usual sand coloured cotton canvas, is clean and in very good used condition. The long, zipped flap that covers the rip cord is excellent as is the rip-cord channel tube. The pack was manufactured by JECCO & has a large fabric label with broad arrow and 'Back Type Parachute (B5), Ref. No. 15A/512'. There is also a serial number and clear printed 1945 date. The pack is complete with full canopy and rigging lines. The canopy appears to be silk and has clear Air Ministry markings. The pack has no bungees fitted and the actual rip cord and handle are missing. Significantly (and unusally) all the components of this assembly are clearly marked with matching serial numbers indicating that it is an original item and not put together using 'parts'. Overall this is a very good used example. Far rarer than the seat-type assembly but around half the price. Stock code M15383.
R.A.F. Back Type Parachute Harness/Pack/Canopy Stores Ref. 15A/512. 'Parachute, Single-point, Quick-release, Back type pack'. Intended for use by all members of an aircrew in Lancaster and Halifax heavy bombers. It consists of a harness of medium webbing similar to the 'Observer' or 'Seat-type'. The pack is attached to the harness and is carried on the back, acting as a cushion when the wearer is seated. The main difference in construction between this and 'Observer' and ' Seat-types' is the larger quick release box with six connectors instead of the usual four and a slightly different strap arrangement. The rip-cord passes over the left shoulder, and the handle and pocket are carried by a sleeve on the left hand chest strap. Being somewhat cumbersome these parachutes were less popular than than the 'Observer/Chest' types and were thus produced in relatively small numbers and are now extremely rare to find. A wartime period photograph is shown in Mick Prodger's excellent book on flying equipment of WW2 - presumably as a contemporary example could not be found. The webbing is in very good order with only minor soiling and a few lightly frayed edges. It is labelled 'Type B5 Harness, Ref. 15A/512 E.E.-B.P.' and has broad arrow, A.I.D markings and a 1945 date. All of the back type harnesses I have seen have been 1945 dated. The pack is in the usual sand coloured cotton canvas and is in very good used condition. The fabric has light soiling but no damage. The long, zipped flap that covers the rip cord is excellent as is the rip-cord channel tube. The pack has a large fabric label with broad arrow and 'Back Type Parachute (B5), Ref. No. 15A/512 E.E.-B.P.'. There is also a serial number and AID mark but no date. The pack is complete with full canopy and rigging lines plus the drogue 'chute. The canopy appears to be silk and is Air Ministry marked and dated April 1941. No bungees fitted and the actual rip cord and handle are missing. Significantly (and unusally) all the components of this assembly are clearly marked with matching serial numbers indicating that it is an original item and not put together using 'parts'. Overall this is a very good used example of an extremely rare parachute. Stock code M15380.
R.A.F. Battledress Blouse - Navigator War Service Dress Blouse. Size 8 (Ht. 5'7-5'8", Ch. 37-38", Wt. 33"). By Sindall Bros. & Co. Ltd. 1945 dated. Standard battledress blouse with Pilot Officer rank lace (pinned in position), brass 'Volunteer Reserve' badges (lugged type) and a nice padded Navigator brevet. Overall appearance is good although there are a few smallish, unobtrusive moth holes. Clean with light wear only. Stock code U14592.
R.A.F. Battledress Trousers War Service Dress Trousers. Size 7 (Ht. 5'7"-5'8", Wt. 30/1", Leg 29.5"). Label missing. Standard battledress trousers with single buttoned front thigh pocket. These show use and wear and have a few small moth holes to the inside legs (crotch area). Good used condition overall. Stock code U15111.
R.A.F. Beadon Flying Suit Cigarette Container Stores ref. 27P/22. Small olive drab painted screw topped aluminium container. Marked to lid '27P/22 7 CIGARETTES'. This rare container was issued as part of the survival equipment with the Lightweight Survival Flying overall better known as the 'Beadon' suit. Excellent condition. Stock code S16420.
R.A.F. Beadon Flying Suit Folding Machette Stores ref. 1B/4665. By Cutler (?). War department broad arrow marked and 1944 dated. Large machette with single folding blade. Black plastic grips with metal loop to the end through which a leather wrist thong could be attached. Overall size (opened) is approx. 40cm and 29cm when closed. Pitting and wear to the metalwork and blade which has also been sharpened. The plastic grips have some cracks adjacent to fixing rivets. No blade guard (removeable metal cover). Clear WD markings and date. These knives were issued as part of the Beadon Flying Suit (Lightweight Flying Overall) and carried in the lower pocket on the left leg. Stock code S14844.
R.A.F. Beadon Flying Suit Match Container Stores Ref. 12D/460. Screw topped cylindrical aluminium container which houses a second aluminium tube into which large-headed long burning matches were placed. The inner-side of the outer container is coated with a 'striking-surface'. The overall size is approx. 6.5 cm x 3 cm diameter. Most of the original Air MInistry marked transfer printed label remain & read '12D/460 Nestor Waterproof Match Container - Striker Surface Inside Outer Screw-Off Cover. Matches In Inner Pull-Off Cover'. These were issued as part of the 'Lightweight Flying Overall', better known as the Beadon flying suit, which was issued to replace the Sidcot suit towards the end of WW2. Quite good used condition with 20 original matches remaining. Quite a scarce item. Stock code S15918.
R.A.F. Bonedome/Oxygen Mask Hooknut Assembly By Airmed Ltd. Hooknut Assembly. Adjustable metal hooknuts as used on bonedomes for securing and adjusting the fit of the oxygen mask in use. We believe these fit MK.2, 3 & 4 bonedomes. Mint unisued old stock. This is the complete assembly for one side of the bonedome. Stock code H15609.
R.A.F. Bonedome/Oxygen Mask Hooknut Assembly By Airmed Ltd. Stores Ref. 22c/2969. Dated Feb. 1971. Hooknut Assembly (Right Hand) . Adjustable metal hooknuts as used on bonedomes for securing and adjusting the fit of the oxygen mask in use. Mint unisued old stock still sealed in the original packaging. We have opened one for the photographs but any purchased will be sealed. Stock code H15608.
R.A.F. British West Indies Nationality Titles - Pair Pair of other ranks 'B.W. Indies' shoulder titles in light blue lettering on a black background. Good matched pair. Appear unused but do have some stitch holes at the rear (?). Also some light glue residue where removed from a display board/album. Stock code U17187.
R.A.F. Brize Norton NCO Club Blazer By Alexandre of Oxford Street London. Dark/bottle green wool flannel with rayon lining. Embroidered badge to pocket - not sewn onto the pocket but actually part of the pocket. Gilt buttons to front and cuffs. Single vent to rear. Light fading in places and a few very small moth holes. Wear to the gilded buttons. Unusual item. Probably circa 1970s. Stock code M17433.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early Late Patt.) Stores Ref. 22c/879. Size 3. The leather is in excellent, very clean, supple condition. Fitted with 2 rear goggle straps and the usual central buckled strap. The press studs retain most of the original coatings. Very good chinstrap retaining good colour and elasicity. The lining is really quite clean - certainly much better than average. Excellent receiver carriers. Fully wired with a mid tan loom, early brown cased jackplug and 10/13466 receivers. An excellent helmet. Stock code H14553.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early Late Patt.) Stores Ref. 22c/878. Size 2. The leather is in very good clean, supple condition with fairly minor marking and scuffing only. Fitted with just 2 rear goggle straps and the usual central buckled strap. The press studs retain a reasonable amount of the original coatings. The chinstrap is a little ragged but has some elasticity remaining. Excellent lining - really quite clean and much better than average. Very good receiver carriers. Fully wired with a pink flecked, dark brown loom, jackplug and matched receivers (10A/13466). The previous owner used it recently for flying and informed us that the avionics are in full working condition but we have not tested them. A very good used helmet overall. Stock code H14838.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early Late Pattern) Stores Ref. 22c/877, Size 1. The leather is in super condition - completely supple and without damage or wear. All straps are good and retain most of the original coatings on the press studs. The lining is really very clean. The rubber receiver carriers are both complete and undamaged but have stiffened a little bit. The chinstrap retains excellent colour and elasticity. Fully wired with a brand new old stock mid chocolate coloured loom, receivers and black bell jackplug. This is the early pattern internally wired C-type of definite wartime manufacture. An excellent used example. Stock code H15415.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early Late Pattern) Stores Ref. 22c/879, Size 3. The leather is completely supple but is a little crumpled and has 2 splits/areas of damage - one to the forehead panel and the second on the side of the crown (see photos). It is fully embossed with ref nos. and stamped internally with the original owner's serial number. All straps are good and retain most of the original coatings on the press studs. The lining is reasonably clean but has some holes near one chintab. The rubber receiver carriers are both complete and undamaged but have hardened a bit. The chinstrap has faded but retains some elasticity. Fully wired with a mid tan coloured loom, matched receivers and black bell jackplug. Although the loom is of wartime origin it may have been re-done at some point as it is sheathed in rubber at the exit point of the helmet and to the receivers. This is the early pattern internally wired C-type of definite wartime manufacture. A decent used example in a good size. Stock code H16498.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early Late Pattern) Stores Ref. 22c/880, Size 4. The leather is completely supple but does have minor scuffing and wear and feels slightly dry. It would certainly benefit from a light leather dressing. It is fully embossed with ref nos. and stamped internally with size information. All straps are good and retain most of the original coatings on the press studs. Early brass studs rather than the nickel plated type. The lining is reasonably clean bar some verdigris marks. The rubber receiver carriers are both complete but have hardened a bit and the left side is slightly mishaped (see photos). The chinstrap retains some colour and elasticity. Fully wired with a good chocolate brown coloured loom, matched receivers (type) and bell jackplug. This is the early pattern internally wired C-type of definite wartime manufacture. A decent used example in the largest size made. Stock code H17417.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early Patt.) Approx. size 2 or 3. The leather is generally in very good condition - clean,supple and undamaged. Fitted with 4 goggle straps only - all in good condition and with the majority of the original press stud coatings remaining. Very good chinstrap complete with metal end tip. The Bennett buckle shows light rubbing and use but does retain all the leather coating. Excellent rubber receiver carriers. The lining is really quite clean showing little use or wear. has less than average soiling but there is some damage to Fitted with 3 press studs to each side making it suitable for 'E' series and G-type masks masks. A 'flat-hook' has been fitted to one side. No obvious A.M markings but does have a faint broad arrow ink mark to the lining. Sold unwired and without receivers. Very good “+” to excellent overall. Stock code H15582.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early Patt.) Stores ref. 22c.451. Size 3. The leather is generally in very good “+” condition - clean and quite supple. There are a few small nicks and some surface cracks on the forehead panel but nothing too serious. Fitted with 2 pairs of goggle straps (plus central buckled strap) in good condition and with very good press studs retaining most of the original coatings.The chinstrap has its metal end tip. The Bennett buckle is lacking its leather covering. The rubber receiver carriers look good and are in tact but have hardened a bit - certainly not a problem if you leave the receivers in place. The lining is extremely clean and has a lovely label in the crown. Fitted with 3 press studs to each side making it suitable for E and G-series masks. Fully wired with a pink flecked light tan loom, early brown cased jackplug and 10A/13466 receivers. It also has an excellent type 26 microphone wired in place - complete with rubber sealing ring and rear gauze plate. Excellent used condition overall. Stock code H14606.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early Patt.) Stores Ref. 22c/452, size 4. The leather is generally in good condition - clean and supple. There is surface rubbing and a few small nicks but nothing too serious. Unfortunately the leather appears to have been 'treated' with shoe polish at some stage giving a red/brown tinge. Fitted with 4 goggle straps only (plus central buckled strap) - all in good condition. The press studs have lost some of the original coating but the majority remains on two. The surface chroming of the chinstrap is cracked but the strap is fairly although minus the metal end tip. Excellent Bennett buckle retaining all of the leather coating. Excellent, flexible rubber receiver carriers. The lining has average even soiling. Fitted with 3 press studs to each side making it suitable for E-series & G-type masks. Has faint A.M. markings and ref. codes on the chintab. Sold unwired and without receivers. Good used overall. Stock code H14729.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early Patt.) Stores reference 22c/451. Size 3. The leather is generally in very good condition - clean, quite supple and undamaged bar the odd small nick. Fitted with 4 goggle straps only - all in good condition (one part unstitched) and with the majority of the original coatings remaining on 3 of the 4 press studs. Good chinstrap complete with metal end tip although this is severed at the end (see photo). The Bennett buckle is very good and retains all of the leather coating. Excellent rubber receiver carriers. The lining is reasonably clean showing only light use or wear. Fitted with 3 press studs to each side making it suitable for 'E' series and G-type masks masks. A 'flat-hook' has been fitted to one side. Faint referenece markings to the leather. Sold unwired and without receivers. Good “+” overall. Stock code H15354.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early Patt.) Stores Ref. 22c/450, size 2. The leather is generally in excellent condition - clean and supple. There is no damage whatsoever. Fitted with 2 goggle straps only (plus central buckled strap) - all in very good condition. The press studs have most of the original coatings. The chinstrap is a bit mishaped and the metal end tip has verdigris deposits. Good Bennett buckle retaining most of the leather coating. Excellent, flexible rubber receiver carriers. The lining is really very clean - much better than most. Appears to have been fitted with the slightly larger, more oval shaped inner chamois donuts - possibly a relatively recent retro-fit? Fitted with 3 press studs to each side making it suitable for E-series and G-type masks. Has superb crisp A.M. markings and ref. codes on the chintab. Sold unwired and without receivers. Nice helmet. Stock code H14730.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early Patt.) Stores Ref. 22c/451, size 3. The leather is generally in very good condition - clean and supple. No damage. Fitted with 4 goggle straps only (plus central buckled strap) - all in good condition. The press studs have most of the original coating remaining. The surface chroming of the chinstrap is a little cracked but the strap is good and retains the metal end tip. Excellent Bennett buckle retaining all of the leather coating. Excellent, flexible rubber receiver carriers. The lining has average even soiling (named to owner). Fitted with 3 press studs to each side making it suitable for E-series and G-type masks. Has good A.M. markings and ref. codes. Fully wired with an excellent dark chocolate/purple loom, early brown jackplug and receivers (10A/13466, 10A/1443). A very good used overall. Stock code H14296/518.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early Patt.) Stores Ref. 22c/449. Size 3. Indian made example by Phelps & co. Ltd. The leather is generally in very good condition - clean,supple and undamaged. A small section of one seam at the back is partially unstitched (see photo) and the leather does have a somewhat two-tone appearance. Fitted with 4 goggle straps only - all in good condition but lacking almost all of the original press stud coatings. Very good chinstrap complete with metal end tip. The Bennett buckle is also very good. The rubber receiver carriers are generally good but one has a split near the 'U' opening. This would probably glue well if required but isn't really a problem anyway. The lining has average even soiling. Fitted with 3 press studs to each side making it suitable for 'E' series and G-type masks masks. A 'flat-hook' has been fitted to one side. Labelled inside which is relatively unusual for C-types. Sold unwired and without receivers. Good '+' to very good used overall. Stock code H15671.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early Patt.) Stores ref. 22c/452. Size 4. The leather is generally in very good condition - quite clean,supple and undamaged bar minor abrasion and nicks etc. Fitted with 4 goggle straps in one-up one down configuration. These are in good condition although there is some loss of the original press stud coatings. Very good chinstrap complete with metal end tip. The Bennett buckle is also very good. Excellent rubber receiver carriers. The lining is in good condition but quite soiled, particularly at the back of the neck and chamois donuts. Early version fitted with just 2 press studs to each side making it suitable for 'E' series masks. Faint A.M King's crown and reference number markings. Also marked faintly with the owner's name/number. Sold unwired and without receivers. Good '+' /very good used overall. Stock code H15213.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early Patt.) Stores ref. 22c/449. Size 1. The leather is generally in very good condition - quite clean,supple and undamaged apart from minor wear. Fitted with 4 goggle straps in one-up one down configuration. These are in good condition although the press stud coatings are worn. Very good chinstrap complete with metal end tip. The Bennett buckle is also very good. Excellent rubber receiver carriers - the edge of the right cup has edge cracking when flexed but this isn't a serious or obvious problem. The lining has average soiling and some damage (see photo). Named to owner inside. Early version fitted with just 2 press studs to each side making it suitable for 'E' series masks. Fitted with a 'flat hook' for later E* masks and G-masks etc. Faint A.M King's crown and reference number markings. Sold unwired and without receivers. Good used overall. Stock code H16329.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early Pattern) By Phelps & Co. Ltd (Indian Manufactured). Stores ref. 22c/449. Size 1. The leather is generally in excellent condition - clean,supple and showing only light use/wear. Fitted with 4 goggle straps. These are in good condition although there is loss of the original press stud coatings. Good chinstrap complete with metal end tip. The Bennett buckle is also very good. One of the rubber receiver carriers (left as worn) is flexible but does have a small split at the base of the 'U' opening - see photo No. 9. The right rubber receiver carrier appears to be a good replacement. The helmet lining is in very good, relatively clean condition and is complete with linen label. Early version fitted with just 2 press studs to each side making it suitable for 'E' series masks (one is a replacement). Please note that three additional new press studs have also been added to the lower edge of the helmet to display this with an Airgunners' windhood. Sold unwired and without receivers. Good '+' /very good used overall. Stock code H15646.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (EarlyPatt.) Stores Ref. 22c/451, size 3. The leather is generally in reasonably good condition - clean and quite supple. Unfortunately there is some damage to one panel (top/rear) where there are a couple of tears. Some if this damage extends to the lining but it is not as extensive inside. In addition there is minor damage to the seam edge near the chin-tab. All of the goggle straps arel in very good condition and the press studs have most of the original coatings. The chinstrap is also very good and c/w the metal end-tip. The Bennett buckle has lost its leather coating. Good flexible rubber receiver carriers. The lining has average soiling and minor damage to the crown area as previously mentioned. Fitted with 3 press studs to each side making it suitable for E-series and G-type masks. Good A.M. markings and ref. codes stamped into the leather and also labelled inside with a nice woven label. Unusually this helmet has some 'artwork' to the front panel where the name 'Tich' can be seen in yellow paint. Sold unwired and without receivers but with a fitted 'flat hook' for oxygen mask use. Stock code H15212.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Late Patt.) Stores Ref. 22c/878, Size 2. The leather is completely supple and in very good overall condition, fully embossed with ref nos. and broad arrow. There are a few small nicks and scuffs but nothing of note. All straps are good and retain most of the original coatings on the press studs. One of the male press studs to the left side of the helmet (as worn) is missing and the others have some verdigris deposits. The lining is reasonably clean but does have a few smallish holes - nothing too serious. The rubber receiver carriers are both excellent and the chinstrap retains good elasticity. Fully wired with a mid tan coloured loom, 10A/13466 receivers and an early brown cased bell jackplug. A good '+'/very good used helmet. Stock code H14180.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Late Patt.) Stores Ref. 22c/879, Size 3. The leather is completely supple and in very good overall condition, fully embossed with ref nos. and broad arrow. There are a few small nicks and scuffs but nothing of note. All straps are good and retain most of the original coatings on the press studs. The lining has less than average soiling - more on the donuts and back of the neck as usual. There are a couple of tiny holes in the lining - no problem whatsoever. The rubber receiver carriers are both excellent and the chinstrap retains good elasticity. Fully wired with a pink flecked mid tan coloured loom (very minor fraying), 10A/13466 receivers and a black cased bell jackplug. A very good used helmet. Stock code H14636.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Late Patt.) Stores Ref. 22c/879. Size 3. The leather is completely supple and in excellent condition, fully embossed with ref nos. and broad arrow. The straps are excellent and retain all of the original coatings on the press studs. The lining is extremely clean - generally speaking it is bright yellow with very very minor storage/handling marks only. The rubber receiver carriers are both excellent. The chinstrap is like new. Fully wired with a mid tan loom, A.M. marked receivers and large black cased bell jackplug. The loom still retains its paper label 'Connector Type 2091, Ref. 10H/4487. A.M.' Superb unissued condition - just like it has come straight out of the box. Good size. Stock code H14979.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Late Patt.) Stores Ref. 22c/1148, Size 4. The leather is al little dry to the touch but completely supple and in excellent overall condition, fully embossed with ref nos. and broad arrow. All straps are good and retain most of the original coatings on the press studs. The lining has light, fairly even soiling and is very good bar a few small holes. The rubber receiver carriers are both excellent and the chinstrap retains good elasticity and colour. Fully wired with a mid tan coloured loom, 10A/13466 receivers and black cased bell jackplug. A very good post WW2 produced example. The C-type was redesignated after the war and given new reference numbers. Stock code H15391.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Late Patt.) Stores Ref. 22c/879, Size 3 (7 1/8 - 7 3/8). The leather is completely supple and in excellent condition, fully embossed with ref nos. and broad arrow. All straps are good and retain all of the original coatings on the press studs. The lining is much cleaner than average with notable soiling on the inner donuts and back of the neck only. The rubber receiver carriers are both excellent and the chinstrap retains excellent elasticity. Fully wired with a mid tan coloured loom, matched 10A/13466 receivers and bell jackplug (loom retaining loop unstitched from rear of helmet - not an issue). An excellent example in the largest size. Stock code H13454.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Late Patt.) Stores Ref. 22c/879, Size 3 (7 1/8 - 7 3/8). The leather is completely supple and in very good to excellent condition, fully embossed with ref nos. and broad arrow. All straps are good and three of the four retain most of the original coatings on the press studs - the fourth has around 60% remaining. The lining is cleaner than average with notable soiling on the inner donuts and back of the neck only. The rubber receiver carriers are both excellent and the chinstrap retains excellent elasticity & good colour. Fully wired with a purple flecked mid tan coloured loom, matched 10A/13466 receivers (one with cracked cover) and bell jackplug. An very good example in a good size. Stock code H16615.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Late Pattern) Stores Ref. 22c/880, Size 4 (7 1/2 - 7 3/4). Faint reference markings only. The leather is completely supple and in excellent overall condition. All straps are good and retain the majority of the original coatings on the press studs. The lining is cleaner than average but does have a couple of small holes behind the oxygen mask press studs (see photo). The rubber receiver carriers are both excellent. Whilst the chinstrap is faded and a little ragged at the edges, retains some elasticity. Fully wired with a mid tan coloured loom, matched 10A/13466 receivers and black cased bell jackplug. The loom is very good although the oxygen mask plug isn't stitched in place and the jackplug spring has surface rusting (see photo). A very good used example in the largest size produced. Stock code H16215.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Late Pattern) Stores Ref. 22c/880, Size 4 (7 1/2 - 7 3/4). The leather is completely supple and in excellent condition. All straps are good and retain virtually all of the original coatings on the press studs. The lining is cleaner than average. The rubber receiver carriers are both excellent and the chinstrap retains excellent elasticity and reasonably good colour - it is however, a little twisted (perhaps ironing it might flatten it out). Fully wired with a purple flecked mid tan coloured loom, 10A/13466 receivers and black cased bell jackplug. An excellent used example in the largest size produced. Stock code H17545-15214.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Late Pattern) Stores Ref. 22c/879, Size 3 (7 1/8 - 7 3/8). The leather is completely supple and in very good to excellent condition. All straps are good and retain most of the original coatings on the press studs. The lining is cleaner than average. The rubber receiver carriers are both excellent and the chinstrap retains excellent elasticity and reasonably good colour. Fully wired with a purple flecked mid tan coloured loom, 10A/13466 receivers and bell jackplug. Named to owner inside. A very good example in a good size. Stock code H16507.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (1st Late pattern) Stores Ref. 22c/878, Size 2 (indistinct marks so this is approximate). The leather is generally in very good supple condition although there are a few small areas of surface abrasion - notably where the loom exits the helmet at the back and in places along the lower edge seam of the helmet. . All straps are good with almost no loss to the press stud coatings. The lining is really quite clean. The rubber receiver carriers are both complete and undamaged but have stiffened a little. The chinstrap retains some colour and elasticity but has been modified in that one section has been stitched to another such that it is no longer adjustable. Fully wired with a very thick chocolate coloured loom, matched receivers and early brown cased bell jackplug. This is the early pattern internally wired C-type of definite wartime manufacture. A very good used example. Stock code H17756.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (early late patt.) Stores Ref. 22c/880. Size 4. The leather is in very good clean, supple condition. Minor marking & scuffing only. Nicely embossed with A.M. Crown & Ref. Nos. Fitted with 2 rear goggle straps & the usual central buckled strap. The press studs retain most of the original coatings. Excellent chinstrap retaining deep colour & elasicity. The lining is really quite clean - certainly much better than average. Very good receiver carriers - although one has split at the base of the "U" shaped opening where the wiring exits (not serious & hardly noticeable). Fully wired with a pink flecked, dark brown loom, jackplug & receivers (10A/13466). A very good "+" used helmet overall. Stock code H13223.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early Late Pattern) Stores Ref. 22c/879. Size 3 Indistinct markings but a decent size). The leather is in very good clean, supple condition. Light marking and scuffing only. Fitted with 2 rear goggle straps and the usual central buckled strap. The press studs retain about 50% of the original coatings. Good chinstrap retaining good colour and elasicity. The lining has average even soiling - more at the back of the neck and ears as usual. Very good receiver carriers. Fully wired with a mint mid tan coloured loom, jackplug and matched A.M. marked receivers. A very good "+" used helmet overall. Stock code H13223.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (early pattern) Approx. size 3. The leather is generally in good “+” condition - clean & quite supple. There are a couple of small nicks but nothing serious at all. Fitted with 2 rear goggle straps only (plus central buckled strap) in good condition & with decent press studs retaining most of the original coatings. Chinstrap has metal end tip & the Bennett buckle is very good too. The rubber receiver carriers are in tact but have hardened a bit & show surface cracking/crazing - not a problem if you leave the receivers in place. The lining has average soiling - more on the inner chamois donuts & at the back of the neck as usual. Fitted with 3 press studs to each side making it suitable for E & G-series masks. Also fitted with a 'flat-hook' ready to take an oxygen mask. Fully wired with a mid tan loom, early brown jackplug (chipped) & receivers. It also has a type 26 microphone wired in place - good condition with rubber sealing ring & a chipped backplate. Good “+” overall. Stock code H13026.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early Pattern) Stores Ref. 22c/450, size 2. The leather is generally in very good condition - clean and supple. There is a small rubbed area just behind the forehead panel where some of the surface chroming has been lost. Fortunately this does not appear to be peeling. There is also a crease in the forehead strip. Fitted with 4 goggle straps only - in 'one up, one down' configuration (plus central buckled strap) - all in good condition. The press studs have lost some of the original coating but the majority remains. Very good chinstrap complete with metal end tip. The Bennett buckle shows rubbing and use but does retain all the leather coating. The rubber receiver carriers are in tact but one has a small repaired split to the base of the 'U' where the wiring exits. I do not think this will cause any problems when receivers are fitted. The lining has less than average soiling but there is some damage to the velvet strip near the forehead (frayed tear of approx. 2cm). Fitted with 2 press studs to each side making it suitable for E-series masks. Has faint A.M. markings and ref. codes. Sold unwired and without receivers. Good “+” overall. Stock code H13650.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early Pattern) Stores Ref. 22c/451. Size 3. The leather is generally in very good condition being clean and supple. There are a couple of very small nicks but nothing serious at all. Clearly embossed with Air Ministry King's Crown markings and ref. nos. Fitted with 4 goggle straps only (plus central buckled strap) in good condition and with decent press studs retaining most of the original coatings. Chinstrap has the metal end tip and the Bennett buckle is good too. Fitted with 3 press studs each side making it suitable for E & G-series masks. The rubber receiver carriers are very good and flexible and are fitted with matching A.M. marked 10A/13466 receivers. The lining has average soiling but also some darker marks in places. In addition there are a couple of smallish holes in the lining and one of the chamois donuts is partly unstitched (easily repair). Fully wired with a light tan loom and early brown jackplug (chipped). It also has a type 26 microphone wired in place - fair condition with hardened rubber sealing ring and a chipped backplate. Good “+”/very good overall. Stock code H14089.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Early Pattern) Stores ref. 22c/451. Size 3. The leather is generally in excellent condition - clean,supple and showing only light use/wear. Fitted with 4 goggle straps. These are in good condition and the press studs retain most of their original coatings. Very good chinstrap complete with metal end tip. The Bennett buckle is also very good. The rubber receiver carriers are in good shape and remain quite flexible. Average soiling to the lining and some verdigris deposits on inner studs. The helmet lining is in very good, relatively clean condition and is complete with linen label. Sold unwired and without receivers. Very good '+' to excellent used overall. Stock code H17643.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Late Pattern) By Aviakit. Stores Ref. 22c/879. Size 3. The leather is generally very good and supple. There is minor marking to one of the rear panels (see photos). The straps are good and most retain most of the original coatings on the press studs. The lining has average soiling - more at the back of the neck & donuts as usual. Has an 'Aviakit' label inside and also has reference numbers embossed into the leather. The rubber receiver carriers are very good & flexible. The chinstrap is a bit grubby/worn but retains good elasticity. Fully wired with 10A/13466 receivers and a mid tan loom (frayed near the receivers) and jackplug. A good '+' used helmet. Stock code H13956..
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Late pattern) Stores Ref. 22c/879, (7 1/8 - 7, 3/8). Size 3. The leather is completely supple and is generally in very good condition although it has a few small areas of surface nicks/peeling - near the oxygen mask flat hook and surrounding area. Nothing too serious - see photos. All straps are good and retain the majority of the original coatings on the press studs. Two of the straps have been dliberately 'notched' for some reason (see photos). The lining is cleaner than average and named to the owner. The rubber receiver carriers are both excellent. Whilst the chinstrap is faded and soiled it does retain some elasticity. Fully wired with an excellent light mauve flecked pale tan coloured loom, receivers and black cased bell jackplug. A good '+' to very good used example. Stock code H17706.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Late pattern) Stores Ref. 22c/878, (6 7/8 - 7). Size 3. The leather is excellent condition - completely supple and very clean. All straps are good and retain all of of the original coatings on the press studs. There is a little verdigris on some studs but nothing of note. The lining has one tiny hole (see photo) but is remarkably clean. Named to the owner but I doubt it was ever actually worn. The rubber receiver carriers are both excellent and completely flexible. Excellent chinstrap with deep original colour and full elasticity. Fully wired with an excellent light pink flecked dark tan coloured loom, receivers and black cased bell jackplug. An excellent helmet. Stock code H18041.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet (Late Pattern) - Boxed Stores Ref. 22c/879. Size 3. By Patterson & Stone Ltd. The leather is completely supple and in excellent condition, fully embossed with ref nos. & broad arrow. The straps are excellent and retain all of the original coatings on the press studs. The lining is very clean - generally speaking it is bright yellow. There are a few storage/handling marks only. The rubber receiver carriers are both excellent. The chinstrap is like new. Fully wired with a mid tan loom, matched, A.M. marked 10A/13466 receivers and large early brown bell jackplug. The loom still retains its paper label 'Connector Type 2091, Ref. 10H/4487. A.M.' Comes in its original issue box with worn/faded labels and internal waxed paper wrappings. A super helmet in a good size. Excellent unissued condition overall. Stock code H14182.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet - 1st Late Pattern Stores Ref. 22c/879, Size 3. The leather is in very good supple condition although a little crumpled in appearance. All straps are good with most of the press stud coatings remaining. The lining is really quite clean and is named to the owner. The rubber receiver carriers are both complete and undamaged but have stiffened a little. The chinstrap retains some colour and elasticity. Fully wired with a light tan coloured loom, matched receivers and black cased bell jackplug. This is the early pattern internally wired C-type of definite wartime manufacture. A very good used example. Stock code H18620.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet - Early Pattern Stores ref. 22c/451. Size 3. The leather is generally in excellent condition - clean, quite supple and showing only light use/wear. Fitted with 4 goggle straps. These are in good condition although the press studs lack most of their original coatings. Good chinstrap complete with metal end tip. The Bennett buckle is also very good. The rubber receiver carriers are in good shape and remain fully flexible. Average even soiling to the lining. There is minor damage to the chamois at the nape of the neck (see photo). Fitted with original 'flat hook' for oxygen mask use. Sold unwired and without receivers. Very good '+' used overall. Stock code H17861.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet - Late Pattern Stores Ref. 22c/880, Size 4, (7, 1/2 - 7, 3/4). The leather is good to very good condition - a little dry to the touch perhaps but supple and quite clean. Minor wear in places and a couple of small surface nicks to the crown area (see photo). All straps are good and retain most of the original coatings on the press studs. The lining has average soiling with more on the donuts and nape of the neck. There are couple of small and insginificant holes. Named to the owner. The rubber receiver carriers have lost some flexibility and the receivers would be best left in place. The chinstrap is rather grubby and has only a little elasticity remaining. Fully wired with a mid tan coloured loom, receivers and early brown cased bell jackplug. Overall this is a good/good '+' used example in the largest size produced. Stock code H18956.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet - Late Pattern Stores Ref. 22c/879, Size 3 (6, 7/8 - 7) . Size is approximate as the markings are indistinct. The leather is good to very good condition - a little dry and but supple and clean. No damage or serious wear. All straps are good and retain most of the original coatings on the press studs. The lining has less than average soiling and is named to the owner with other indistinct marks ' 318 ???'. The rubber receiver carriers are good but have lost some flexibility.. The chinstrap is a little grubby but retains some colour and reasonably good elasticity. Fully wired with a mid tan coloured loom, matched 10A/13466 receivers and black cased bell jackplug. Overall this is a good '+' / very good used example in a decent size. Stock code H18552.
R.A.F. C-type Flying Helmet, Early Patt. - History Stores ref. 22c/450. Size 2. (7, 7/8 - 7). The leather is in excellent overall condition - clean, quite supple and showing only light use/wear. Fitted with 2 goggle straps. These are in good condition although one of the press studs lack most of the original coating. Good chinstrap complete with metal end tip. The Bennett buckle is also very good. The rubber receiver carriers are in good shape and remain flexible. Unusually the helmet has been fitted with bakelite 'Gosport' earpieces and these have been secured into position with adhesive fabric tape. Fairly light even soiling to the lining which has the original owner's name marked. Fitted with original 'flat hook' for oxygen mask use. Air Ministry King's Crown embossed marks on the chin tab and with stitched size label inside. Sold unwired but fitted with the Gosport earpieces and tubes as shown. This was sold by the daughter/grandson of the original owner, Matthew Leighton-Hall. The details regarding his wartime service are sketchy but he appears to have been with the Glider Pilot Regiment at some point but also flew with the RAF. It is believed he may have flown on the Varsity raid. Post war he flew with the Lakes Glider Club which he co-founded in 1956. A serious flying accident in the 1960s curtailed his flying but the club still awards a trophy inhis name, the Leighton-Hall trophy for the year's most outstanding flight. He died in 2001. Very good '+' used overall. Stock code H19229.
R.A.F. Canadian Nationality Title Single other ranks shoulder title in white lettering on a black background. Excellent, probably unissued. Stock code U17195.
R.A.F. Canberra Photo Approx. 25x20cms. Air to air shot of a Canberra from the side/underside. Issued by English Electric. Printed details to rear. Good.
R.A.F. Chamois Leather Flying Gloves Stores Ref. 22c/433. Size 9. Fine creamy yellow chamois gloves. Unlined. Marked inside the size and faint AID inspection stamps. Very clean overall. These are of basic construction and would not have lasted long in combat. Consequently they are now quite rare and sought after. This pair has seen only light use and is in excellent used condition. Stock code GA15792.
R.A.F. Chamois Leather Flying Gloves Stores Ref. 22c/431. Size 8. Fine creamy yellow chamois gloves. Unlined. Marked inside the size, reference numbers, War Department broad arrow and matched serial numbers. Very clean overall. These are of basic construction and would not have lasted long in combat. Consequently they are now quite rare and highly sought after. There is a small unobtrusive glued repair on the left glove (see photos) but this pair has seen only light use and is in very good '+' used condition. Stock code GA18657..
R.A.F. Chaplain's Collar Badge By J. R. Guant. Collar badge as worn by the RAF Padre. Black cross pattee with central gilt laurel wreath and RAF lettering, all mounted on gilt wings. Pin backed. Very good used condition. Stock code U15389.
R.A.F. Chemically Heated Ankle Pouches - Pair Containers, Ankle'. Stores ref. 22c/454. Small light tan coloured rubberized fabric pouches, approx. 10 x 13cms, with twin press-studded folding flap closure. Elastic straps would have been stitched on each side of the pouch and at the base linking them together such that a pouch was worn on either side of the wearer's ankle. The side straps have been removed and bottom (underfoot straps) have been cut. A chemical 'Everhot' bag would have been placed inside each pouch (stores ref. 22c/453 - pads, heater, chemical, 1940 patt. gauntlets/boots). These chemical bags were activated with a small amount of water and would then provide heat for several hours. They were not popular with aircrews who often complained of chemical burns. The pouches are quite clean but are a little crumpled. Clearly Air Ministry marked with reference numbers and King's Crown. Easy to replace the elastic if you wanted to restore them. Please note that you are buying 4 pouches - 2 for each leg. Stock code B14202a.
R.A.F. Chemically Heated Flying Boot Pouch/Container (Pair) I have obtained further information regarding these pouches which has revealed that 2 pouches were worn on each leg rather than one as previously thought. This sale is therefore for containers for one leg only.... Containers, Ankle'. Stores ref. 22c/454. Small chocolate brown coloured rubberized fabric pouches, approx. 10 x 13cms, with twin press-studded folding flap closure. Elastic straps would have been stitched on each side of the pouch and at the base of the pouches. These have been removed. I imagine that originally they would have been long enough to go around the wearer's ankle to hold the pouch in place. Each pouch would have been strapped to the ankle and a chemical 'Everhot' bag placed inside (stores ref. 22c/453 - pads, heater, chemical, 1940 patt. gauntlets/boots). The 'Everhot' bag was activated with a small amount of water and would then provide heat for several hours. These were not popular with aircrews who often complained of chemical burns. The pouches are quite clean but are a little crumpled. Clearly Air Ministry marked with reference numbers and King's Crown. These are the first of these I have ever seen in 30 years - bought recently with a few other pairs. I have kept the best pair for my own collection. The remaining few pairs are for sale. Incredibly rare. This pair are the same colour as much of the electrically heated clothing used by the RAF. Now I need to locate the 'Everhot' bags! Stock code B14202.
R.A.F. Chemically Heated Waist Belt White cotton canvas belts fitted with two of the chemically heated ankle pouches. The belts are similar to those found on some Prestige flying suits and have brass buckles and eyelets. The pouches are sewn such that they rest on either side of the wearer. I can only assume that this is an unofficial field modification done to add warmth around the waist of the wearer. Some soiling and wear but in good used condition overall. Last one available.
R.A.F. Club Tea/Water Pot Electroplated Nickel Silver (EPNS/Silver Plated) teapot/water pot/coffee pot. Approx. 11cm tall. Hinged lid with ball knob. Pierced hollow handle to dissipate the heat from the body of the pot. Engraved to side with King's Crown Royal Air Force Club crest. Manufactured by William Hutton & Sons in Sheffield. Shows use, wear and a few minor 'dings' but is in good overall condition. This has not been cleaned and shows typical 'blackening' associated with plated items. A quick buff with some silver polish will transform it. The Royal Air Force Club was founded in 1918 and is situated in Piccadilly, London. Stock code C18918.
R.A.F. Coathanger Stores ref. 21B/835, 1939 dated (indistinct). Classic wooden hanger frame with wire hook. Air Ministry King's Crown marked with ref. nos. etc. Good used condition although marked in ink as per photos. This might clean off with care. Great item for your treasured wartime uniforms and suprisingly uncommon. Stock code M15561.
R.A.F. Combined Pattern Flying Suit/ 'Irvin' Harnessuit - 1940 Dated Stores Ref. 15A/277. Size Medium. Dated 28 August and 4 September 1940. Manufactured by Irving Air Chute Ltd. Dual Purpose type with provision for clip-on seat or chest type parachute packs. Manufactured from heavy olive drab cotton with twin front zip opening and zipped pockets. The suit is in excellent, probably unissued condition, is very clean and without wear or damage. Complete with the detachable fabric stole that would contain the bladder but without the actual harness (these never ever turn up) or bladder. Excellent large Air Ministry and A.I.D marked label. Chain hanger. A superb piece of kit and useful for filling a mannequinn as it negates the need for a separate parachute harness and mae-west. Stock code S15323.
R.A.F. Combined Pattern Flying Suit/Harnessuit - 1940 Dated Size Large. Dated 4th & 12th October 1940. Manufactured by Irving Air Chute of Great Britain Ltd. Dual Purpose type with provision for clip-on seat or chest type parachute packs. Manufactured from heavy olive drab cotton with twin front zip opening and zipped pockets. The suit is in excellent, probably unissued condition. The only thing to note is relatively minor damage to the bottom of the zip tape of the right zip (see photo). This does not affect careful use of the zip. The suit is very clean and without wear or damage. Complete with the detachable fabric stole that would contain the bladder but without the actual harness (these never ever turn up) or bladder. Excellent large Air Ministry and A.I.D marked label. Chain hanger. A superb piece of kit and useful for filling a mannequinn as it negates the need for a separate parachute harness and mae-west. Stock code S17638.
R.A.F. Comforts Committee Approved Knitting Pattern Issued by Weldon. Approx. 22 x 30cm. 19p. Patterns for pullovers, knitted helmets, wristlets and gloves, scarves and socks. Illustrated throughout & with photographs of the finished articles. 'Worked out in the closest collaboration' with the RAF Comforts Committee'. These Comforts Committee Volunteer knitters made garments that were distributed to airmen throughout the country. Folded and creased but in perfectly useable condition. Stock code P18263.
R.A.F. Comforts Committee Approved Knitting Pattern Issued by Bestway. Approx. 18 x 24cm. 4p. Patterns for a sleeveless pullover and a classic polo neck pullover. With photographs of the finished articles. 'Designed and approved' by the RAF Comforts Committee' and with information on the back page on how to qualify for the RAFCC voluntary worker badge. The knitters made garments that were distributed to airmen throughout the country. Folded and creased but in perfectly useable condition. Make your own 'frock-white'! Stock code P18309.
R.A.F. Comforts Committee Voluntary Worker Lapel Badge By Tomas Fattorini, Birmingham. Approx. 2cm diameter. Chromed white metal with dark blue enamelling. One piece construction with stamped eagle to centre and circular enamelled ring border. Text within reads 'R.A.F. Comforts Committee'. Banner beneath reads 'Voluntary Worker.' These were issued to working parties and individuals who comnpleted their woollen 'comforts' garments such as jumpers, scarves, gloves etc and forwarded them to the Committee's headquarters in Berkley Square, London. Some period knitting patterns make reference to obtaining these badges. Very good used condition. Stock code M18929.
R.A.F. Connector Type 10113/2 - NATO Adaptor Loom Stores ref. 10HA/14841. Wiring loom used to enable a modern NATO headset to be used in a vintage aircraft with the larger avionics socket. Comprises a length of rubber covered wiring with large bell type jackplug (10H/10091) at one end and a NATO socket at the other end. Shows use and wear but in good used condition overall. Stock code H17931.
R.A.F. Course & Speed Calculator MK.IIA Stores Ref. 6B/125. By H.T.A. (1928) Ltd. Metal construction with sliding scale of airspeed and scales to allow for drift and distance etc. A bit worn and soiled. The lower part of the perspex 'rule' marked in degrees is missing. Sold for spares/repairs/display. Stock code M9752.
R.A.F. Course & Speed Calculator MK.IIA Stores Ref. 6B/125. By H.T.A. (1928) Ltd. Metal construction with sliding scale of airspeed and scales to allow for drift and distance etc. A little worn and soiled. The perspex 'rule' marked in degrees is has a section missing (near the top) and a loose piece that could be glued back into place (see photo). Sold for spares/repairs/display. Stock code M14786.
R.A.F. Course & Speed Calculator MK.IIA Stores Ref. 6B/125. By H.T.A. (1928) Ltd. Metal construction with sliding scale of airspeed and scales to allow for drift and distance etc. Rather worn and dirty. The perspex 'rule' marked in degrees is largely missing. Sold for spares/repairs/display. Stock code C&S1.
R.A.F. Course & Speed Calculator MK.IIA Stores Ref. 6B/125. By H.T.A. (1928) Ltd. Metal construction with sliding scale of airspeed and scales to allow for drift and distance etc. Rather worn. The lower section of the perspex 'rule' marked in degrees is missing. Sold for spares/repairs/display. Stock code M9753.
R.A.F. Course & Speed Calculator MK.IIA Stores Ref. 6B/125. By W. G. Pye & Co. Ltd. Metal construction with sliding scale of airspeed and scales to allow for drift and distance etc. Show use and wear but in very good overall condition. 1940 date code. In original wooden transit box. This again shows wear and use with some moth damage to the felt lining. Twin clasp closure and single leather carrying handle. Stencilled with manufacturer's markings etc to one end. Used by Navigators to calculate their routes. Stock code FVH/1.
R.A.F. D-Type Flying Gauntlets Stores ref. 22c/767/771, Size 8.5/9. (1 half a size bigger than the other) The leather is in very good supple condition showing little use. A very good colour match. The blanket fleece linings are also very good. Both gloves are Air Ministry King's Crown labelled and have matching A.I.D numbers. Excellent gloves. Stock code GA19035.
R.A.F. D-type Flying Helmet (Early Patt.) Stores ref. 22c/584, size 4. Intended for use in tropical/desert climates in the Middle East, Mediterranean, North Africa etc and incorporating a neck flap at the rear to provide sun protection. The material is in in very good condition bar some soiling and rust staining. Good straps - all the press studs retaining the majority of their original coatings. The rubber receiver carriers on this first pattern helmet are stitched externally and have a large exposed 'flange'. They are in very good condition. The satin lining is good bar light soiling - the inner donuts in this one are also in satin. Both felt panels (inner forehead area and back of chintab) have some moth damage (see photos). The leather chinstrap is in good order and retains the metal end tip. The Bennett buckle is excellent. The helmet is studded for use with both the Type D oxygen mask and later E and G-series masks. Fully wired with pink flecked mid tan 'external' loom, 10A/12443 receivers and excellent brown cased jackplug. No microphone fitted. A.I.D. marked. A very good used early helmet. Stock code H14734.
R.A.F. D-type Flying Helmet (Late Patt.) Stores ref. 22c/971, size 3. Intended for use in tropical/desert climates in the Middle East, Mediterranean, North Africa etc and incorporating a neck flap at the rear to provide sun protection. The material is in in excellent clean condition throughout. Minor soiling only. Good straps - all the press studs retaining virtually all of their original coatings. The rubber receiver carriers are very good and flexible (minor cracking to the extreme edges). The satin lining is good and clean - the inner donuts in this one are chamois - these show some rubbing/soiling but are undamaged. The chinstrap is a little faded and soiled but does retain some elasticity. Unwired. A very good helmet. Stock code H16337.
R.A.F. D-type Flying Helmet - (Late Pattern) Stores ref. 22c/971, size 3. Intended for use in tropical/desert climates in the Middle East, Mediterranean, North Africa etc. and incorporating a neck flap at the rear to provide sun protection. The material is in in very good to excellent condition and is reasonably clean. Good straps with all four press studs retaining virtually all of their original coatings. The rubber receiver carriers are very good/undamaged. The satin lining has average soiling and one small hole where one of the press stud has pulled through (see photo). The inner donuts, in this helmet chamois, also have low to average levels of rubbing and soiling. The chinstrap is a bit faded/soiled and a little frayed at the edge in one place but retains good elasticity. The helmet is fully wired with a light tan loom, jackplug and receivers. A very good '+' used helmet. Stock code H18055.
R.A.F. D-type Flying Helmet, Late Pattern Stores ref. 22c/971, size 3. Intended for use in tropical/desert climates in the Middle East, Mediterranean, North Africa etc and incorporating a neck flap at the rear to provide sun protection. The material is in in excellent condition throughout. Good straps - Two of the the press studs retaining virtually all of their original coatings. The rubber receiver carriers are very good and completely flexible. The satin lining is quite clean. There are a few small holes where the lining has pulled away from the press studs and a few more in the chamois backing to the oxygen mask press studs - nothing serious. Fully wired with a mint mid tan loom, early brown cased jackplug plus good matched, A.M marked receivers. The chinstrap reatins some elasticity but is a little faded/stretched. A very good used helmet. Stock code H14736.
R.A.F. D-type Flying Helmet, Late Pattern Stores ref. 22c/971, size 3. Intended for use in tropical/desert climates in the Middle East, Mediterranean, North Africa etc and incorporating a neck flap at the rear to provide sun protection. The material is in in excellent condition throughout. Good straps - all the press studs retaining virtually all of their original coatings. The rubber receiver carriers are very good and completely flexible. The satin lining is good and clean. Fully wired with a mid tan loom, early brown cased jackplug plus good, A.M marked receivers. The chinstrap reatains some elasticity but is a little faded. A very good '+'/excellent used helmet. Stock code H15332.
R.A.F. D-type Flying Helmet, Wired (Late Patt.) Stores ref. 22c/970, size 2. Intended for use in tropical/desert climates in the Middle East, Mediterranean, North Africa etc and incorporating a neck flap at the rear to provide sun protection. The material is in in excellent clean condition throughout. Good straps - all the press studs retaining virtually all of their original coatings. The rubber receiver carriers are very good and completely flexible. The satin lining is good and clean - the only damage being where the lining has pulled away from the press studs in places. Fully wired with a mid tan loom, black cased jackplug plus good, matched A.M marked 10A/12401 receivers. The chinstrap retains elasticity and excellent deep colour. A very good '+'/excellent used helmet. Stock code H115879.
R.A.F. D-type Flying Helmet, Wired, (Late Patt.) Stores ref. 22c/970, size 2. Intended for use in tropical/desert climates in the Middle East, Mediterranean, North Africa etc and incorporating a neck flap at the rear to provide sun protection. The material is in in excellent condition showing only light soiling and very little wear. Excellent straps - the press studs retaining virtually all of their original coatings. The rubber receiver carriers are very good and completely flexible. The satin lining is quite clean and undamaged. The inner chamois donuts have light to average even soiling. Fully wired with a mint mid tan loom and jackplug plus good receivers. The only real 'downside' of this helmet is the chinstrap which is rather ragged and stretched and lets down what is otherwise a super helmet. Stock code H14090.
R.A.F. D-type Oxygen mask The cloth is generally in very good to excellent condition. As usual there is some moth damage. There are a few small nips to the lower panel and some to the left side of the mask (as worn) but none of these are serious or detrimental to the overall appearance. The lining is really quite clean and undamaged. This is one of the variants where the chamois lining stops before reaching the 6D/117 mount ring leaving exposed hessian/calico at this point (made like this). The mask has been fitted with 'face protector' press stud strips - these being sewn such that the upper edges of the strips protrude above the upper edges of the mask. The microphone mounting ring has a fair amount of paint loss but is in good condition and complete with reference number stamped into the metal. Not fitted with a microphone or wiring but these can be supplied at extra cost if required. The overall shape of the mask is excellent and ideal for display. This is undoubtedly one of the better D-masks available. A very rare find in this condition. Stock code O14725.
R.A.F. D-type Oxygen Mask The cloth is generally in good condition and is clean. As with most D-masks there is moth damage. The worst area is to the left of the 'nose' (as worn) and an area close to the top of the left face protector (as worn). In addition to these there are other small holes over the mask. The two larger areas mentioned have had some similarly coloured green material placed between the outer and inner layers of the mask to reduce the impact of the damage. The lining has some light soiling and a few tiny holes but is very clean and very good overall. The mask has been fitted with a very good pair of 'face protector' press stud strips. The microphone mounting ring is in excellent order without significant paint loss and is fully stamped with reference numbers. Not fitted with a microphone or wiring but these can be supplied at extra cost if required. The overall shape of the mask is excellent and ideal for display. To conclude, this mask has much less mothing than most that turn up these days and is in good used overall condition. An excellent investment. If you require additional photographs please contact us. Stock code O14993.
R.A.F. D-type Oxygen Mask The cloth is generally in reasonable condition and is clean. As with most D-masks this example is peppered with moth damage. There have been patches applied into the worst areas - one in the lower panel, one under the nose and one in the upper right panel. In addition the right side of the the mask has, in my opinion possibly been restitched to the microphone mounting ring resulting in a somewhat lop-sided look to it when viewed from the side. This was possibly done due to moth damage in this area but this is a guess. The lining has some light soiling/staining near the nose but is very clean and very good overall. The mask has been fitted with a very good pair of 'face protector' press stud strips. The microphone mounting ring is in excellent order without significant paint loss and is fully stamped with reference numbers. Not fitted with a microphone or wiring but these can be supplied at extra cost if required. The overall shape of the mask is reasonable and ideal for display. Certainly not the greatest example but not too tatty either. It is our undertanding that the repair work was carried out by Steve Silburn. If you require additional photographs please contact us. Stock code O15244.
R.A.F. D-type Oxygen Mask The cloth is generally in excellent condition although lightly soiled. Unusually there is very little moth damage - this being confined to a tiny 'nip' on the right side and a couple to the lower panel. None of these are remotely serious and are hardly noticeable. The lining is unusual being made of a fine 'silky' cloth rather than the usual chamois. I have had several of these variants over the years and unreservedly guarantee the authenticity - my theory is that they may be of commonwealth manufacture but this is only a guess. The lining has fairly light soiling and a few more obvious marks but remains very good and is undamaged. It is stamped with 'No.2' (size) and with an A.I.D. inspection mark. This is one of the earlier variants where the lining stops before reaching the 6D/117 mount ring leaving exposed hessian/calico at this point (made like this). The mask has been fitted with a very good pair of 'face protector' press stud strips - these being sewn such that the upper edges of the strips protrude slightly above the upper edges of the mask. The microphone mounting ring has some paint loss but is in good condition and complete with reference number stamped into the metal. Not fitted with a microphone or wiring but these can be supplied at extra cost if required. The overall shape of the mask is excellent and ideal for display. This is undoubtedly one of the better D-masks available. A very rare find in this virtually moth-free condition. Stock code O15069.
R.A.F. D-type Oxygen Mask The cloth is generally in reasonable condition and is clean. As with most D-masks this example is peppered with moth damage. There has been some makeshift repairwork undertaken in the worst area - notably to the right of the nose (as worn) where there is rather crude darning. That side of the mask has a few other small 'snagged' areas but nothing serious. The lower panel has a few small frayed areas but again, nothing serious. The left side of the mask (as worn) has a smallish darned area on the cheek and a few small frayed spots. The lining has a few small holes but is generally clean and in very good condition. The mask has been fitted with a very good pair of 'face protector' press stud strips. There would appear to be minor fraying/damage to the edges of the mask beneath these. The microphone mounting ring is in excellent order, without significant paint loss and is fully stamped with reference numbers. Not fitted with a microphone or wiring but these can be supplied at extra cost if required. The overall shape of the mask is very good and ideal for display. Whilst not the greatest example it isn't too tatty either and it should be possible to improve the larger darned repair to improve further. For additional photographs of this item please contact us with specific requirements. Stock code O19052..
R.A.F. D-type Oxygen Mask - Early Variant The cloth is generally in excellent clean condition. Unusually there is little moth damage - this being confined to 2 small holes on the side of the 'nose' and another in the 'bottom' panel. Other than this there are just a few areas of fraying. None of these are too serious and do not detract greatly from the overall appearance and excellent shape of the mask. The chamois lining is reasonably clean and completely undamaged. As with early variants the chamois stops short of the microphone mounting ring where the hessian/calico interlining can be cleary seen. The mask has been fitted with 'face protector' press stud strips at some stage but these have been carefully removed (stitch holes remain). The microphone mounting ring is in excellent condition and complete with reference number stamped into the metal. Not fitted with a microphone or wiring but these can be supplied at extra cost if required. The overall shape of the mask is excellent and ideal for display. This is undoubtedly one of the better D-masks available. Stock code O15182.
R.A.F. D-type Oxygen Mask Connector Stores ref. 6D/101, MK.IIIB brass connector. Has a short length of heavily perished/cracked plain black rubber tubing attached. The connector is grubby/tarnished but should clean up. A. Crown M. stamped. This could be a section of rare D-mask hosing or part of the extension pipe used to link an E-series, G-type or H-type mask to a portable oxygen bottle. Stock code O12075.
R.A.F. D-type Oxygen Mask Connector Stores ref. 6D/101, MK.IIIB* brass connector. Has a very short length of original plain black rubber tubing attached. This could be a section of rare D-mask hosing or part of the extension pipe used to link an E-series, G-type or H-type mask to a portable oxygen bottle. The connector is a bit grubby/tarnished and has a dent to one end (see photos). A. Crown M. stamped. Stock code O15304.
R.A.F. D-type Oxygen Mask Face Defenders Stores Ref. 22c/68. Commonwealth produced. These are essentially the same as the Air Ministry chamois backed canvas webbing strips with 2 male press stud fasteners attached. However, they have leather backing in place of the canvas. These can be sewn to the sides of a D-type mask to enable its attachment to a B-type helmet. Show used and wear but in fairly good overall condition. Please note that some Commonwealth 'defenders' have slightly differently spaced studs to the standard RAF ones. If in doubt check measurements first. Centre to centre these studs are approx. 64mm apart. Stock code H13527.
R.A.F. D-type Oxygen Mask Hose Approx. 5' length of original beige rubber oxygen hose as used with the cloth D-type oxygen masks. The colour and dimensions appear identical to the braided examples in my own collection (see comparison photos). Condition is variable - most of the length has some cracking/crazing and there are areas of hardening but much of the hose is still quite flexible and can be unrolled straight(ish) with a few kinks in it. A rare opportunity to buy original D-mask oxygen hose. Stock code
R.A.F. D-type Oxygen Mask Hose And Connector An original example of the later pattern, unbraided, all rubber 5 foot long oxygen hose and 6D/101 connector for the D-type oxygen mask. The tube is still full length although rather distorted and bent with surface cracking/crazing. Some of this distortion might improve with careful application of heat (buyer's risk). The 6D/101, MK.IIIB* connector is clearly A.M. & King's Crown stamped with a 1939 date. Extremely rare to find in any condition. Stock code O16155.
R.A.F. D-type Oxygen Mask Tube & Connector Part reproduction. 5' / 60" /153cm length of black and yellow flecked, cotton braided black rubber tubing. A friend of mine had this made up approximately 12 years ago and due to the size of the minimum production run had far too much for his requirements. I bought some of the tubing and I believe Steve Silburn and Ivan Hiller also had some. When reproduction tubing turns up it tends to be from this batch. Whilst not a perfect match to the original hose/braiding it is good and pretty close to the original specifications. If anything the rubber hose is very slightly thicker than my own original examples. Condition is excellent with light soiling only. It is fitted with an equally good original MK.IIIB*, 6D/101 connector. The chances of obtaining an original tube is almost non existant. This is as good as you will find. Stock code O15245.
R.A.F. D-Type Oxygen Mask Type 54 Adaptor Stores Ref. 10A/13425. Black rubber adaptor ring which enabled the use of the type 25 (10A/12570) and type 27 microphone (10A/12572) with the Type-D oxygen mask. This example is in poor condition - hardened, cracked and not very flexible at all. Whilst it remains largely complete it is suitable only as an example of its type and would not be good enough to fit to a mask. A rare item to find. Stock code O7898.
R.A.F. Dental Branch Collar Inignia Pair of brass 'DB' Dental Branch collar badges with lugged fixings/split pins to rear. These have a slight colour/pattern variation and are not a perfectly matched pair. Stock code U18525.
R.A.F. Dinghy First Aid Outfit Manufactured by V.S. Simpson Ltd. in Pretoria. Brown canvas pack with simple cotton tape closure. Marked with red cross and stencilled 'DINGHY FIRST AID OUTFIT'. Approx. 20 x 15 x10cms. Dated 1943. Empty. Very good used condition.
R.A.F. Dinghy First Aid Outfit Manufactured by V.S. Simpson Ltd. in Pretoria. Brown canvas pack with simple cotton tape closure. Marked with red cross and stencilled 'DINGHY FIRST AID OUTFIT'. Approx. 20 x 15 x 10cm. Dated 1943 (all markings faint). Empty. Excellent used condition. Stock code M17311.
R.A.F. Dinghy First Aid Outfit Manufactured by V.S. Simpson Ltd. in Pretoria. Brown canvas pack with simple cotton tape closure. Marked with red cross and stencilled 'DINGHY FIRST AID OUTFIT'. Approx. 20 x 15 x 10cm. Dated 1943. Empty. One tape strap missing and a little grubby but in good used condition. Stock code M19554.
R.A.F. Dinghy Sea Water Desalting Kit Stores ref. 27C/2119. By The Permutit Company Ltd. Clear perspex/acetate box approx. 75 x 75 x 120cms. Inside the main section of the box is a rubberized fabric bag with a cord and 'hook' attached whilst the lid contains the 'purifier bag'. There are full instructions/diagrams - most of which can be read without removal. Has various 1941/2 patent numbers. Very good unused condition. Issued with the larger mulit-man bomber dinghies to make sea water safe for drinking. First of these to turn up in 5 years. Stock code S16425.
R.A.F. Dinner Forks - Early Electro plated nickel silver (silver plated) dinner forks as used in RAF station messes. These are early RAF with pilot wing type stamps to the handle ends. Marked to rear of handle 'M & Co. S (?) EP A1' A1 being the higher grade EPNS. These will date from the 1920s. Six available in good used condition. Priced individually. Stock code C17621.
R.A.F. Dinner Forks - Early Electro plated nickel silver (silver plated) dinner forks as used in RAF station messes. These are early RAF with a pilot wing emblem stamped into the end of the handles. Marked to rear of handle 'M & Co. S (?) EP A1' A1 being the higher grade EPNS. These will date from the 1920s. Three more now available in good used condition. Stamps a little indistinct. Priced individually. Stock code C17613.
R.A.F. Dropped 'Window' Small card box containing a spool of aluminium 'tape' attached to a paper parachute. These were thrown out of RAF bombers to jam German radar signals and help enable our aircrews to get to their targets without interception. Excellent unused example. Stock code M17680.
R.A.F. E Series Oxygen Mask Hose Clip Correct cadmium plated sprung wire clip used to fasten the upper end of the oxygen tube onto the aluminium inlet pipe of the E series oxygen masks. Rare to find separately. Light surface corrosion in places. Two available priced individually. Stock code O17620/1.
R.A.F. E* Type Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/624. This is the later pattern variant of the E-mask complete with anti-suffocation/inspiratory valve and having an elasticated webbing harness. The rubber is generally in excellent condition and very supple although there is minor stress cracking where the microphone is secured and very slight deterioration around the edges in places. No loss of rubber at the edges. The overall shape is very good. The chamois inner edging is complete and clean. The harness remains complete but is quite faded and has lost most of its elasticity. The press-studded leather section is very good. The mask is fitted with an excellent type 26 microphone wired to a good mid tan external wiring loom having a light purple fleck througout and an early brown cased bell jackplug. A very small section of the original oxygen tube remains attached. Very good '+' overall. Helmet used for display purposes only and is not included in the sale. Please note that this mask is guaranteed 100% original and should not be confused with the 'hybrid' masks being offered elsewhere that have original metalwork and harnesses but brand new rubber facepieces. The microphone and loom may have been added to the mask as some point but again, are 100% original items. Stock code O18317.
R.A.F. E*-type Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/473 (redesignated 6D/624). This is the later pattern variant of the E-mask complete with anti-suffocation/inspiratory valve & having an elasticated webbing harness. The rubber is in very good condition with no cracking although here is very, very minor loss at the edges of the mask & the overall shape is a bit flattened through storage. The rubber remains pliable & can be flexed into shape quite easily. The chamois inner edging is complete although a bit dry & with light even soiling. The harness is in very good order retaining decent colour & elastication. The press-studded leather section is excellent. The mask is fitted with a wooden blanking plate (as issued) & is ready to be fitted with a microphone. Stock code O13648.
R.A.F. E*-type Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/473 (redesignated 6D/624). This is the later pattern variant of the E-mask complete with anti-suffocation/inspiratory valve and having an elasticated webbing harness. The rubber is in very good overall condition with no major cracking although there is minor rubber loss at the edges of the mask.The rubber remains pliable and can be flexed into shape quite easily in most places. The overall shape is pretty good although the conical tube is offset to one side through storage. This can be bent back easily and with care could be permanently straightened. The chamois inner edging is complete although dry and with average even soiling. The harness is in good order and although fading retains some elasticity. The mask is fitted with a bakelite blanking plate (as issued) and is ready to be fitted with a microphone. Stock code O14097.
R.A.F. E*-Type Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/473 (redesignated 6D/624). This is the later pattern variant of the E-mask complete with anti-suffocation/inspiratory valve and having an elasticated webbing harness. The rubber is in very good condition with only minor cracking around the edges of the mask - no rubber loss. The overall shape is reasonable. It appears somewhat squashed due to poor storage but the rubber is so flexible that it can be re-shaped easily - see photos. The chamois inner edging is complete and apart from some soiling is in good order. The harness is quite good but rather faded and with some loss of elasticity. The press-studded leather section is good. The mask is fitted with an excellent type 27 carbon microphone (no wiring). Good '+' to very good used. Helmet used for display purposes only and is not included in the sale. Stock code O15735.
R.A.F. E*-type Oxygen Mask/Tube Stores Ref. 6D/473 (redesignated 6D/624). This is the later pattern variant of the E-mask complete with anti-suffocation/inspiratory valve and having an elasticated webbing harness. The rubber is in very good condition with only minor cracking around the anti-suffocation valve and very, very minor loss at the edges of the mask in places. The overall shape is also good and the rubber remains pliable. The chamois inner edging is complete and apart from some soiling is in good order. The harness is quite good but rather faded and with loss of elasticity. The press-studded leather section is good. The mask is fitted with an excellent type 25 microphone (no wiring) and the correct thinner diameter corrugated rubber oxygen tube. The tube has cracking within the folds but is in sound condition complete with bayonet connector/crocodile clip (some surface corrosion). The upper spring clip fastener is missing. Good '+' to very good used. Stock code O15346.
R.A.F. E-series Oxygen Mask Tube Connector Clip Galvanised wire circlip used to attach the oxygen tube to the aluminium inlet pipe within the conical rubber tube of the E-series oxygen masks. Unique to these masks and rare to find loose. Ideal if yours is missing. Excellent used. Stock code O15891.
R.A.F. E-Type Flying Helmet (Early Patt.) Stores Ref. 22c/746. Size 3. Extremely rare early, externally wired version of the E-type helmet with a leather chinstrap and Bennet buckle fastener. The aertex cloth is generally in excellent condition showing light use and soiling only. There is one repaired/darned area to the crown area (approx. 2 x 2cm - see photo). Both rubber earpieces are in excellent flexible condition and the interior of the helmet/inner chamois donuts are very good. The chinstrap is very good and retains the metal tip whilst the Bennet buckle is excellent. Interestingly the chinstrap has had the velvet chin-pad from an American AAF flying helmet attached so perhaps this may have been used by the 8th AAF? The goggle straps are all very good and the press stud poppers have virtually all of the original brown coatings. Air Ministry, King's Crown and reference number plus AID marked. A very good helmet. Unwired. Undoubtedly one of the rarest helmets to find. This is only the 4th or 5th example we've had in 25 years. Unwired. Stock code H14981.
R.A.F. E-Type Flying Helmet (Late Patt.) Stores Ref. 22c/974. Size 2. (6 7/8 - 7). The aertex cloth is in excellent condition showing light use and soiling only. There are a couple of tiny 'snags' in the material but nothing of any consequence. Both rubber earpieces are in excellent flexible condition and the interior of the helmet/inner chamois donuts are very good - donuts soiled as usual. The chinstrap is a little faded but retains good elasticity whilst all the goggle straps are very good and the press stud poppers have virtually all of the original brown coatings. Broad arrow stamped with reference number markings etc. Fully wired with light tan loom, 10A/13466 receivers and early brown cased jackplug. A very good '+' used helmet. Stock code H14736.
R.A.F. E-Type Flying Helmet (Late Patt.) Stores Ref. 22c/976. Size 4. (7 1/5 - 7 3/4). The aertex cloth is in excellent condition showing light use and soiling only. Both rubber earpieces are in excellent flexible condition and the interior of the helmet/inner chamois donuts are equally good. The chinstrap is excellent retaining deep original colour and full elasticity. All the goggle straps are very good and the press stud poppers have virtually all of the original brown coatings. Broad arrow stamped with reference number markings etc. Fully wired with light tan loom, receivers and early brown cased jackplug. An excellent example. Possibly unused. Stock code H15511.
R.A.F. E-Type Flying Helmet (Late Pattern) Stores Ref. 22c/975. Size 3. (7 1/8 - 7 3/8). The aertex cloth is in excellent overall condition showing light use and soiling only. There is a small tear where the 2-pin oxygen mask microphone plug exits the helmet - the plug requires some restitching (see photo). Both rubber earpieces are in good flexible condition and the interior of the helmet/inner chamois donuts show only light use. The chinstrap has faded and lost some elasticity and some press studs have verdigris deposits. All the goggle straps are good and the press stud poppers have virtually all of the original brown coatings. Broad arrow stamped with reference number markings etc. Fully wired with a mid tan loom, receivers and jackplug with unusual 'blunt' end. A very good example. Stock code H15331.
R.A.F. E-type Flying Helmet - Intermediate Patt. Size 1 (6,1/2 - 6, 3/4). Extremely rare intermediate, externally wired version of the E-type helmet. This has features of the early pattern (externally wired and with extrenally stitched receiver carriers) along with those of the later internally wired helmets (elasticated webbing chinstrap and removal of the front goggle straps). The aertex cloth is generally in excellent condition showing light use and soiling only. Both rubber earpieces are in excellent flexible condition and the interior of the helmet is very good bar soiling of the chamois donuts . The chinstrap is retains some colour and very good elasticity. The rear straps are all very good and the press stud poppers have virtually all of the original brown coatings. Faint Air Ministry, King's Crown marks to exterior. A very good helmet. Unwired. Undoubtedly one of the rarest helmets to find. Originally purchased from Michael Young many years ago and released from my own collection following an upgrade. This is only the 3rd or 4th example we've had in 25 years. Stock code HDF/1.
R.A.F. E-Type Flying Helmet - Late Patt. Stores Ref. 22c/975. Size 3. The aertex cloth is in excellent condition showing only soiling only. Both rubber earpieces are in very good flexible condition and the interior of the helmet/inner chamois donuts are equally good. The chinstrap is faded and retains a little elasticity. All the leather straps are good and the press stud poppers have virtually all of the original brown coatings. Broad arrow stamped with reference number markings etc. Fully wired with mid tan loom, receivers and black cased jackplug. A very good used example. Stock code H18603.
R.A.F. E-type Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/473. This is a “true” E-mask, not the later issue, more commonly found E* version. As such it has no anti-suffocation/inspiratory valve on the left cheek & a leather strap/harness rather than the later blue-grey webbing variety. The rubber retains quite good shape & is generally reasonably flexible, though with a fair amount of cracking/crazing in places & repairs where the rubber has been pierced. In addition the conical tube that exits from the base of the mask was severed & has been carefully re-attached. The tube is firmly bonded & the external join is neat. The straps are very good - c/w Bennett buckle etc. The chamois is intact although dry & a bit grubby. The edge of the mask has A.M. ref codes moulded into it. In addition the mask is fitted with a good type 26 microphone with an excellent early wiring loom & early brown cased jackplug. Overall I'd say this mask is in fair “++” to quite good used condition & is an excellent display piece. These masks are extremely rare - probably the rarest of all the WW2 oxygen masks & certainly much rarer than the coveted D-mask. In over 25 years of collecting I have only had 3 of these (1 is in my own collection). Stock code O12562/5089.
R.A.F. Early Pattern Flying Helmet Wiring Loom Mid tan coloured braiding. Very good unused condition but the terminals have some verdigris deposits and a couple of them have broken (easily replaced) . No plug fitted. Suitable for all early RAF flying helmets including B-types and early pattern, externally wired C, D, E, FAA C and N-type helmets. Unused old stock. Storeage wear only. With original greaseproof paper wrapping.
R.A.F. Early Pattern Flying Helmet Wiring Loom & Type 20 Microphone A 'Type 21' Assembly. Fully fitted loom with jackplug and type 20 microphone for the “Battle of Britain” D-type oxygen mask. The braiding is light/mid tan coloured with a pale lilac fleck running through it. Excellent condition. Complete with all terminals etc. The loom has the fully rounded cords to the receiver terminals as normally used with the B-type helmet. Fitted with an early brown cased bakelite bell plug in excellent condition. Wired with a very good type 20 microphone (10A/11994) with light paint chipping only c/w its rear rubber band - in somewhat perished condition as usual. A very good '+'/excellent set-up suitable for fitting to a cloth type-D oxygen mask. Stock code H10937.
R.A.F. Early Pattern Flying Helmet Wiring Loom & Type 21 Microphone Fully fitted loom with jackplug & type 21 microphone for the “Battle of Britain” D-type oxygen mask. The braiding is light tan coloured with a pink fleck running through it. Excellent conditionood condition. Complete with all terminals etc. The loom has the fully rounded cords to the receiver terminals as normally used with the B-type helmet. Fitted with an early brown bakelite bell plug in excellent condition. Wired with a very good type 21 microphone (10A/11994) with light paint chipping only c/w its rear rubber band (perished condition as usual). An excellent set-up suitable for fitting to a cloth type-D oxygen mask. Stock code H10409.
R.A.F. Egg Cup By Globe Pottery - North Staffordshire Pottery Co. Ltd. White china egg cup with King's Crown 'R.A.F.' crest to one side. Maker's marks to base. One of the rarest items of RAF china to find. Small chip on the rim and has lumps in the glaze (from manufacture - not damage) otherwise in very good used condition. Stock code C17323
R.A.F. Egg Cup By Grafton China ( A B Jones) . White china egg cup with King's Crown 'R.A.F.' crest to one side. Maker's marks to base. One of the rarest items of RAF china to find. Officers' pattern. Excellent condition. Stock code C16405.
R.A.F. Egg Cup By Crown Staffordshire Pottery. Leadless glazed white china egg cup with 'R.A.F.' markings to base and clear 1941 date mark. One of the rarest items of RAF china to find. Very good used condition. Stock code C18103.
R.A.F. Egg Cup By George Jones & Sons Crescent China. White china egg cup with King's Crown 'R.A.F.' crest to one side. Maker's marks to base. One of the rarest items of RAF china to find. Excellent used condition. Stock code C16613.
R.A.F. Electrically Heated Bootees, Type H Stores ref. 22C/1017. Size large. 24 volt. Green cotton blanket lined bootees with an integral electrical heating element. Designed to be used with other parts of the Type H clothing range including the waistcoat and one-piece lining. Probably unused/unissued and excellent externally but these have minor moth damage to parts of the lining. Not an exact colour match. Good clear labels. Rare to find. Stock code B17143.
R.A.F. Electrically Heated Hand Muff MK.II, 24 Volt. Olive drab cotton canvas muff with integral heating element. Knitted 'cuffs' to keep out the draughts. Cotton covered wiring loom and twin bladed plug. Labelled and war department broad arrow marked. Apart from light storage soiling and a small split in one of the cuffs (see photo) this is in excellent unissued condition. Used by the RAF & AAF alike, most of these were produced by Windak. See p105 of Mick Prodger's Luftwaffe vs. RAF Vol1. There is an illustration of one there. This is the second we've had in over 20 years. Stock code M18796.
R.A.F. Electrically Wired Irvin Flying Jacket Physically measures approx. 46” so should be OK for around a 42” chest. Classic early wired example with single panel fronts and just one centre seam on the back of the jacket. The leather is in very good overall condition retaining much of the original chromed finish and flexibility. There is a small stitched patch (7 x 8cm) on the right arm (see photo) - This could probably be improved upon with a more sympathetic repair. Other than this minor problem there are no tears, damage, holes or repairs. All of the stitching and seams appear good and tight. Excellent short dense pale tan coloured fur. The cuff fur shows wear but there is still some 'trim' remaining. The waist fur trim is still quite good. The only downside is a small bald patch on the collar fur (see photo). The jacket retains original 'D-o-T' marked zips all with the original leather pull tags. The belt is also in very good condition. This example has a chain hanger (appears to have been re-riveted), collar strap/rings and eyelets to the rear of the collar for the elastic 'collar strap' (not present). The jacket was manufactured as an electrically wired example with leather channels housing the wiring that enabled connection to heated gloves etc. Unfortunately the wiring has been stripped out, along with the leather channels. This can be seen in the rows of stitch holes over the jacket. The removal has been carefully executed and this does not detract. The metal 'posts' on the sleeve ends intended for securing RAE heated gloves remain in place. Overall this is a very good early war example in a decent size. Available once more thanks to an indecisive customer! Stock code J16351.
R.A.F. Electrically Wired Irvin Flying Jacket -1940 Dated Stores ref. 22c/109. Size 7 (next to largest available). Physically measures approx. 48” so should be OK for around a 44” chest. Classic early wired example with single panel fronts and a 'four-piece' back. The leather is in very good overall condition retaining much of the original chromed finish and flexibility. Other than a tiny hole in the left arm (less then the end of a pencil) there are no tears, damage, other holes or repairs. All of the stitching and seams appear good and tight. The finish and appearance could no doubt be enhanced further with a light application of leather dressing. Excellent short dense pale tan coloured fur. The cuff fur shows quite a bit of wear - particularly at the back (see photos). The waist fur trim is still quite good. The jacket retains original brass 'D-o-T' marked zips all with the original leather pull tags. The belt is also in good condition. This example has a chain hanger, collar strap/rings and eyelets to the rear of the collar for the elastic 'collar strap' (not present). The jacket was manufactured as an electrically wired example with leather channels housing the wiring that enabled connection to heated gloves & via matching wired trousers, to electrically heated boots/boot liners. The wiring is still in place under the leather 'channels' but the 'pig-tail' connection leads and plugs have been carefully removed. The metal 'posts' & 2-pin plugs on the sleeve ends intended for securing RAE heated gloves remain in place. Nice Air Ministry label with 1940 date code. Overall this is a very good early war example in a rare large size. Available once more due to buyer's unforseen circumstances. Stock code J16351.
R.A.F. Emergency Flying Ration MK.III Stored Ref. 27P/19. Approx. 10.5 x 8 x 2.8cm. Gilt metal box - much like a sardine tin. Printed with instructions to the top 'Immediately Opened Transfer Contents To Waterproof Bag : Bury Empty Container In Jungle Or Throw Away In Sea Away From Dinghy....' With Galvanized 'key' to open it. Unused/complete with contents. The tin has some small dents but nothing serious. Dated to base 6/45. These rations were issued with the 'Beadon' flying suit and as part of other escape/survival packs. Excellent example from my own collection due to a minor upgrade. Stock code S16889.
R.A.F. Emergency Flying Ration MK.III Stored Ref. 27P/19. Approx. 10.5 x 8 x 2.8cm. Gilt metal box - much like a sardine tin. Printed with instructions to the top 'Immediately Opened Transfer Contents To Waterproof Bag : Bury Empty Container In Jungle Or Throw Awat INSea Away From Dinghy....' With Galvanized 'key' to open it. Unused/complete with contents. The tin has a couple of small dents but nothing serious. Wrapped with cloth tape to help retain the key. These rations were issued with the 'Beadon' flying suit and as part of other escape/survival packs. Excellent example. Stock code S14744.
R.A.F. Empire Central Flying School Plaque Painted wooden plaque/crest for the RAF Empire Central Flying School. Approx. 20 x 15cm. Hand painted on plywood. Small loss to the motto area (lower right), otherwise in reasonably good condition. The Empire Central Flying School (ECFS) was based at RAF Hullavington from 1942. It worked to maintain and improve flying training standards at the flying schools operating throughout the world. It was renamed the Empire Flying School in 1946 and disbanded in 1949. Stock code M9723.
R.A.F. Engineer / Flight Engineer Paperwork/Photos Paperwork/photos from the estate of Corporal Walter Anthony Brown who served between 1940 and 1946 as an engine fitter. His widow stated that as he had previous experience with engines and was apprenticed to Rolls Royce and then sent to No.1 'City of London' Squadron to work on Spitfires. Later in the war he was sent to India Typed slip stating he left the Cheriton Platoon HG in July 1940 to join the RAF; VE Celebration events menu, Kolar ; MT driving permit/licences, S& R book, Service & Pay book; personal clothing/equipment lists; movement orders; mucky poem; christmas menu 1944; receipts and tickets; permission slip/certificate for him to carry any type of firearm and to 'fly in all aircraft on-test or otherwise, to act as airgunner, and may take control if the need arises'; notebooks/coursework illustrated with engine parts/details; 6x4"photo of 'The Doodle Bug Kings of Detling & Brenzett' - staff of 1 Sqdrn on a Spitfire ; 2 x photos of A.F.D.U. Wittering, 1943 in front of the hangar doors and a copy photo of crew/groundcrews etc in front of a Liberator in India. Cpl Brown is apparantly holding the squadron dog...., small photos and negatives of him/his friends in india as well as local scenes etc. Lots to sift through and look at. Interesting lot. Quite heavy. Stock code P19545.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Buckle Compass This cleverly concealed escape compass is based on a standard battledress belt buckle. The central bar of the buckle has a small sliding metal sleeve over it. When this is moved it reveals/releases a small flat metal compass pointer to one side and a pivoted metal fulcrum to the other. The user would balance the pointer on the fulcrum to create a working compass. When the buckle was attached to the blouse the actual compass was completely hidden from view. This is one of the rarer and more ingenious of the wartime escape compasses that were developed by Clayton Hutton and his team at MI9. Excellent condition. Stock code E17406.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Buckle Compass This cleverly concealed escape compass is based on a standard battledress belt buckle. The central bar of the buckle has a small sliding metal sleeve over it. When this is moved it reveals/releases a small flat metal compass pointer to one side and a pivoted metal fulcrum to the other. The user would balance the pointer on the fulcrum to create a working compass. When the buckle was attached to the blouse the actual compass was completely hidden from view. This is one of the rarer and more ingenious of the wartime escape compasses that were developed by Clayton Hutton and his team at MI9. Excellent condition. Stock code E17708.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map Sheet 44C/D. Large double sided colour silk/rayon map, approx. 97 x 61cm. 1 : 1000,000. Covers Burma, Siam (Thailand & French Indo China). One side also has an inset map showing an index of '44' series maps giving the relative positions of adjacent territories and outlying islands. Unhemmed edges with light fraying. Folded/creased. Excellent strong clear colours. Probably unused. Excellent. Stock code E15556.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map Sheet 44N/O. Very large double sided colour silk/rayon map, approx. 83 x 114cms. Covers South and North Hunan, South Kinaingsi, East Kwangtung, Fukien, Formosa (Taiwan) etc. Dated 5/45. Unhemmed edges with light fraying. A bit crumpled/wrinkled otherwise very good. Stock code E12006.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map Sheet F/G. 'Scandinavia and the Baltic'. Double sided - mainly black and white with colour highlights. Silk/rayon. Approx. 45 x 55cms. A very nice map showing the boundaries upto 1940. Superb condition. Folded. Stock code E5757.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map Sheet 44N/O. Very large double sided colour silk/rayon map, approx. 83 x 114cm. Covers South and North Hunan, South Kinaingsi, East Kwangtung, Fukien, Formosa (Taiwan) etc. Dated 5/45. Unhemmed edges with just very light fraying. Folded and creased but essentially in superb unissued condition. With note on Marshall & Snelgrove headed paper regarding washing instructions prior to use. Stock code E12007.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map Sheet 44C/D. large double sided colour silk/rayon map, approx. 97 x 61cms. 1 : 1000,000. Covers Burma, Siam (Thailand & French Indo China. One side also has an inset map showing an index of 44 series maps giving the relative positions of adjacent territories and outlying islands. Unhemmed edges with very light fraying. A bit crumpled/wrinkled otherwise excellent. Stock code E15557.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map Sheet 44J/K. Large double sided colour silk/rayon map, approx. 95 x 65cms. 1 : 1000,000. Covers French Indo China (Central & South), Siam (Thailand - East & other parts), Burma, Siam (Thailand & French Indo China. One side also has an inset map showing an index of 44 series maps giving the relative positions of adjacent territories and outlying islands. Unhemmed edges with light fraying. Folded/creased, otherwise excellent. Stock code E16786.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map Sheet A. Scale 1 : 2000,000. Single sided - mainly black, red and white with colour highlights. Silk/rayon. Approx. 47 x 50cms. A very nice map showing areas of Holland, Luxembourg, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Switzerland etc. Raw edged with some fraying. Folded/creased/crumpled. Light soiling. Very good condition. Stock code E16548.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map Sheet 43C/D. Large double sided colour silk/rayon map, approx. 70 x 70cms. 1 : 1000,000. Covers large areas od Holland, Belgium, France,Germany & Switzerland. It also has an enlargement of the German-Swiss frontier & the new Belgian/German frontier. Hemmed edges. Folded/creased, otherwise in excellent condition. Lovely map. Stock code E16605.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map Sheet 44L/M. Large double sided colour silk/rayon map, approx. 93 x 55cm. 1 : 1000,000. Covers parts of French Indo China and has an inset indicating where this sheet fits with other '44' series maps in the region. Raw/unhemmed edges with very light fraying only. Folded and creased but in excellent overall condition. Stock code E19603.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map - European Theatre Sheet 43A/B. Large double sided colour silk/rayon map, approx. 73 x 73cm. 1 : 1000,000. Covers North West France, West & Central Belgium, parts of Holland and has insets of The Pyrenees (1: 500,000). 'B' shows South West France and Northern Spain with an inset of the German-Swiss frontier (1 : 300, 000). Raw/unhemmed edges with light fraying. Good strong clear colours. Folded/creased, otherwise in excellent unused condition. Lovely map. Stock code E14434.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map - European Theatre Sheet T1/T3. Double sided black and white map with colour boundaries and major routes. Silk/rayon map, approx. 55 x 45cm. 1 : 3000,000. Covers parts of Russia and Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, Syria and Iraq etc. Neatly hemmed edges. Folded/creased, otherwise in excellent unused condition. Lovely map. Stock code E11755.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map - European Theatre Sheet 43K. Large double sided colour silk/rayon map, approx. 55 x 50cm. 1 : 1000,000. Covers Portugal (North) and Spain (North West) to one side and North Eastern Spain and South Western France on the reverse. Unhemmed edges with some fraying. Light soiling and some fading. Folded/creased/crumpled. Stock code E15394.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map - European Theatre Sheet 43K/L. Large double sided colour silk/rayon map, approx. 52 x 60cm. 43K (West) -1 : 1000, 000 shows Portugal (North), Spain (North West). 43K (East) shows Spain (North East) & France (South West). Raw/unhemmed edges. Folded/creased, otherwise in excellent unused condition. Lovely map. Stock code E17110.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map - European Theatre Sheet 43A/B. Large double sided colour silk/rayon map, approx. 73 x 73cm. 1 : 1000,000. Covers North West France, West & Central Belgium, parts of Holland & has insets of The Pyrenees (1: 500,000). 'B' shows South West France & Northern Spain with an inset of the German-Swiss frontier (1 : 300, 000). Raw/unhemmed edges with light fraying. Folded/creased, otherwise in excellent unused condition. Lovely map. Stock code E17412.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map - European Theatre Sheet 43C/D (1943 series map). Large double sided colour silk/rayon map, approx. 70 x 70cms. 1 : 1000,000. Covers large areas of Holland, Belgium, France,Germany & Switzerland. It also has an enlargement of the German-Swiss frontier & the new Belgian/German frontier. Hemmed edges. Folded/creased and with light even fading. Lovely map. Stock code E18466.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map - European Theatre Sheet A. Scale 1 : 2000,000. Single sided - mainly black, red and white with colour highlights. Silk/rayon. Approx. 47 x 50cm. A very nice map showing areas of Holland, Luxembourg, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Switzerland etc. Raw edged with minor fraying. Clean but has been folded and is creased/crumpled. Very good condition. Stock code E19302.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map - European Theatre Scale 1 : 633,600 or 10 miles/inch. Double sided - mainly black, red and blue on white. Silk/rayon. Approx. 45 x 55cm. A very nice general map of Ireland. One side is shows Northern Ireland and the Southern Ireland down to Galway Bay. The reverse shows the remaining part of Southern Ireland. Although Ireland was officially neutral during WW2, and didn't declare support for either side, in practice Luftwaffe pilots crash-landing within the country were interned. RAF and other allied airmen were often allowed to cross the border into British territory although some were also interned. This map was presumbly intended for allied crews who wanted to ensure a swift passage back to British soil. Hemmed edges. Clean but has been folded and is a little creased/crumpled. Excellent condition. Stock code E19305.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map - Zones of France Sheet 'Zones of France'. Second Edition. Large single sided colour silk/rayon map, approx. 58 x 60cm. 1 : 2000,000. With inset of frontiers. This was the map issued to troops on D-day as well as to RAF aircrew. Marked I.S.9 (WEA) MAR 44. Raw/unhemmed edges. Folded/creased, otherwise in excellent unused condition. Lovely map. The one everyone wants! Stock code E17109.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map - Zones of France Sheet 'Zones of France'. Second Edition. Large single sided colour silk/rayon map, approx. 55 x 55cm. 1 : 2000,000. With inset of frontiers. This was the map issued to troops on D-day as well as to RAF aircrew. Marked I.S.9 (WEA) MAR 44. Raw/unhemmed edges. The map is a little soiled but does retain quite strong colour. The edges are a bit ragged in places and there are a number of small holes/frayed areas (see photos). These do not detract too much as none are large. Folded/creased. This is the map that everyone wants! Stock code E18081.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Map - Zones of France Sheet 'Zones of France'. Second Edition. Large single sided colour silk/rayon map, approx. 62 x 68cm (framed). 1 : 2000,000. With inset of frontiers. This was the map issued to troops on D-day as well as to RAF aircrew. Marked I.S.9 (WEA) MAR 44. Raw/unhemmed edges. The map is soiled and rather faded in parts and has some loss of detail and clarity as seen in the photos. There don't appear to be any holes or damage but the map does appear rather crumpled. This example has been framed and glazed. The back of the frame has not been removed but we are assuming the map is not attached to any backing material and could therefore be removed easily if desired. Due to the size and fragile nature of the frame this cannot be posted but if the buyer asks we will remove the map and send that alone. Otherwise the buyer must collect. This is the map that everyone wants! Would be almost double this price in better condition. Stock code E15104.
R.A.F. Escape & Evasion Phrase Card Folded card. Approx. 10x12cms (folded), 40x12cms (unfolded). Printed both sides with words and phrases in French, Dutch, German and Spanish alongside the English. Used to help escapers/evaders to get help from locals or pass themselves off as 'natives'. Marked 'Not To Be Produced In Public'. Shows some wear and has a few annotations/scribbles/small ink stains. Quite good used overall. Stock code P15519.
R.A.F. Escape / Ration Box Acetate box approx. 14 x 12 x 2.5cms. The box is the earlier non-curved pattern. It contains the following visible escape/evasion and ration items : a rubber water bag with drawstring top; 20 x Horlicks tablets; chewing gum.; 2 small rolls of sticking plaster; a box of safety matches; 2 bars of chocolate, tube of suncream or condensed milk and standard 0.5" escape compass; paper packet of Halazone water purification tablets; anti-fatigue tablets and paper slip dated 6/43. The box is complete, has never been opened/unpacked and retains the inner box and outer sleeve with remnants of the tape seal. There is some discolouration of the acetate and relatively minor distortion/warping of the outer sleeves as can be seen in the photographs. As is usually the case the box emits a relatively mild smell. The contents appear, on the whole, to be in good condition although there is evidently some leakage/staining from the cream tube and 'sweating' from the Horlicks tablets. These kits were issued individually but also as a componant part of some survival kits. They are extraordinarily rare to find these days, particularly with all of the contents remaining. Don't miss this one. Stock code EDRF/1
R.A.F. Escape/Evasion Tissue Paper Phrase Glossary Printed on tissue onion-skin type paper. Approx. 18 x 43cm. 'Malay Glossary For Airmen'. Essentially a word/phrase sheet to aid airmen who had crash landed or baled out in the Netherlands East Indies. Has basic phrases and phonetic rules for pronunciation. Includes such phrases as 'You will be rewarded', 'I am English/Australian/Dutch/American', 'Are there any other airmen down?'. 'Are there any Japanese nearby?'. 'Help me avoid them' etc. Has more information than is generally found on blood chits. Issued within escape kits. Rare to find. Has fold/crease lines and light staining but in very good used condition overall. Stock code E18341.
R.A.F. Escape/Ration Kit Acetate box approx. 14 x 12 x 2.5cms. The box is the earlier non-curved pattern and is marked 'C.C.-H, MARK III 150M'. It contains the following visible escape/evasion and ration items : a rubber water bag with drawstring top; 20 x Horlicks tablets; chewing gum x 2 pkts.; 2 small rolls of sticking plaster; a box of safety matches; 2 bars of chocolate, tube of suncream or condensed milk and standard 0.5" escape compass. In addition there are almost certainly water purification tablets and anti-fatigue tablets that cannot be seen. The box is complete, has never been opened/unpacked and retains the inner box and outer sleeve with remnants of the tape seal. There is some discolouration of the acetate but no obvious decay or serious distortion/warping often associated with these kits. As is usually the case the box emits a relatively mild smell. The contents appear, on the whole, to be in good condition although there is evidently some leakage/staining from the cream tube to the chocolate wrapper. The original owner was at one time adjutant of 610 Squadron. These kits were issued individually but also as a componant part of some survival kits. They are extremely rare to find these days, particularly with all of the contents remaining. Don't miss this one. Stock code E16765
R.A.F. External Pattern Wiring Loom c/w Type 20 Microphone A 'Type 21' Assembly. Fully fitted loom with jackplug and type 20 microphone for the “Battle of Britain” D-type oxygen mask. Mid tan coloured braiding. Excellent condition bar light fraying in a couple of places (see photos). Complete with all terminals etc. Fitted with an early brown cased bakelite bell plug in excellent condition. Wired with a super type 20 microphone (10A/11994) with almost no paint chipping/rubbing. An excellent set-up suitable for fitting to a cloth type-D oxygen mask. Stock code H12490.
R.A.F. F/G-Type Flying Helmet 'Flat Hook' Twin press stud fastening. These were clipped to the side of the fabric F & G-helmets & used in conjunction with the H-type oxygen mask. Complete with original bolts for semi-permanent fixing. Very good used condition. Also useable on WW2 C-types etc (although not quite the same design).
R.A.F. Fighter Pilot 'Type' Scarf Blue rayon scarf with hand embroidered RAF King's crown crest to one end. Tasselled ends. Approx. 19 x 120cms. Typical of those made from patterns by wives and girlfriends of airman and those worn by fighter pilots to help prevent neck chafing during combat. Light marking but in very good used condition overall. Stock code U17582.
R.A.F. Fighter Pilot 'Type' Scarf Slightly more unusual creamy white scarf in a knitted fine ribbed pattern. Appears to be wool/silk mix and has more weight than the normal silk/rayon types. Tasselled ends. Approx. 27 x 170cms. Typical of those worn by fighter pilots to help prevent neck chafing during combat. Some small holes and spot marking and oil stains in places but in reasonable used condition overall. This one acually came in with RAF kit . Stock code M16340.
R.A.F. Fighter Pilot 'Type' Scarf Plain creamy white rayon finely knitted scarf. Bi-coloured tasselled ends. Approx. 30 x 120cms. Typical of those worn by fighter pilots to help prevent neck chafing during combat. Light spot marking/soiling in places (these don't show too clearly in the photos) but in reasonable used condition overall. Stock code M15273.
R.A.F. Fighter Pilot 'Type' Scarf By Tootal. Green rayon scarf with small white dots. Tasselled ends. Approx. 26.5x120cms. Typical of those worn by fighter pilots to help prevent neck chafing during combat. Excellent condition. Stock code U15687.
R.A.F. Fighter Pilot 'Type' Scarf Blue rayon scarf with hand embroidered RAF King's crown crest to one end. Tasselled ends. Approx. 20 x 114cms. Typical of those made from patterns by wives and girlfriends of airman and those worn by fighter pilots to help prevent neck chafing during combat. Light spot marking/stains in places but in good used condition overall. Stock code U17221.
R.A.F. First Aid Outfit Anti-Sunburn Protective Tubular metal tin approx. 10.5 x 2.5cm. marked with A.M. Crown and instructions for use. Contains remnants of the original tube of anti-burn cream inside. The tin has some surface corrosion in places. Issued as part of various RAF First Aid Outfits in WW2. Stock code M15914.
R.A.F. First Aid Outfit For Air Crews, MK.II Olive drab rubberized cotton pouch approx. 15 x 15cms. Printed on both sides with a list of contents including Ampoules, Anti-Burn Mittens, Anti-Burn Jelly, Wound Dressings and Safety Pins. Fully Air Ministry marked. Complete, sealed and with full contents. Some soiling/staining but otherwise in very good overall condition. Named to 'Macintyre'. Stock code S16909.
R.A.F. First Aid Outfit For Aircrews, MK.II Olive drab rubberized cotton pouch approx. 15 x 15cms. Printed on both sides with a list of contents including Ampoules, Anti-Burn Mittens, Anti-Burn Jelly, Wound Dressings and Safety Pins. Fully Air Ministry marked. Complete, sealed and with full contents. Some soiling/stains but in very good overall condition. Stock code S16051.
R.A.F. First Aid Outfit, Aircraft These were carried in larger multi-man aircraft. The number of kits supplied depending on the number of aircrew aboard. The kit is contained in an OD canvas bag with a friction buckle fastening. The approximate size being 20 x 8 x 15cms. It has a non-standard leather shoulder strap with buckled adjustment. The contents varied depending on the the location it would be used in but most had a selection of bandages, dressings and so on. This example comes with the original list of contents and instructions for use (RAF Form 1203A, Naval Form M257A). This is printed on card dated January 1941 and contained in a greasepaper envelope. The kit includes 3 iodine ampoules in card tubes; ampoules, tubunic, morphine (squeezed) with original metal case; 4oz tube of Gentian Violet anti-burn jelly; tin containing 2yds plaster, adhesive; tourniquet; absorbent lint; absorbent cotton wool (1 of 2 missing); gauze (1 of 2 missing); compressed triangular bandages and a 1939 dated RAF shell dressing. The contents list notes that certain things have been 'cancelled' (chalk & opium, aspirin, cathartic tablets and quinine) & as such these are not included. There should also be labels with the morphine tin, 2 small camel hair brushes & 6 safety pins but these are missing. Having said that the majority of the contents are complete making a nice set-up. Stock code M15929.
R.A.F. First Aid Snakebite Lancet By Gardner Co. London. Chromed metal, round ended cylinder approx. 6cm long x 1 cm diameter. One end unscrews to reveal a small metal blade or lancet used to cut out venom from a snake bite. The other end unscrews to reveal a cavity that housed a potassium permangenate capsule for use on the bite (not present). The cylinder is Air Ministry marked and is also engraved with the manufacturer's details. There is light surface wear/marking and loss of chroning but overall condition is good. These were issued as part of the contents of the tropical survival kit (27P/19) and also part of the kit included with the lightweight flying overall, better known as the 'Beadon' suit. Stock code M14325.
R.A.F. First Aid Snakebite Lancet By George Carsburg Ltd. London. Chromed metal, round ended cylinder approx. 6cm long x 1 cm diameter. One end unscrews to reveal a small metal blade or lancet used to cut out the venom from a snake bite. The other end unscrews to reveal a cavity that housed a potassium permangenate capsule for use on the bite. Unusually this is still in place, albeit empty. The cylinder is Air Ministry broad arrow marked and is also engraved with the manufacturer's details. There is light surface wear/marking but overall condition is excellent. These were issued as part of the contents of the tropical survival kit (27P/19) and also part of the kit included with the lightweight flying overall, better known as the 'Beadon' suit. Stock code M18569.
R.A.F. Flight Engineer Brevet - Tropical Lovely heavily padded 'E' brevet in fawn coloured silky thread on a black felt with a black cotton backing. Has three poppers sewn to the rear for use on tropical uniforms that required more frequent washing. Excellent condition. The presence of both male and female sections of the poppers would suggest this has not been used. Stock code U18864.
R.A.F. Flight Engineer's Log Book / Paperwork / Photos Form 1767. Log book of Sergeant T.L. Kemp. Covers the period from October 1943 to the end of October1944. 'John' Theo Lawrence Kemp applied to the aircrew branch of the Air Ministry to be a pilot. In January 1943 he went to London for his medical and for evaluation. He was accepted for pilot training but told this would not start for another year. Keen to join immediately he was advised that with his engineering background he should apply to become a Flight Engineer as there was only a 3 month delay before training. This he did and 2 weeks later arrived at RAF Cardington where he was kitted out and became an AC2. After a stint of square bashing at RAF Skegness he was posted to St. Athan where, six months later he passed out as a Sgt. Flight Engineer. The log begins at 1654 Conversion Unit (CU) on Halifax IIAs and Lancaster Is. By December of '43 he was posted to 619 Squadron at Woodhall Spa on Lancaster IIIs. The Squadron had been formed a few months prior to his arrival and his first 'Op' was to Berlin on January 2nd 1944. The Squadron was moved to Coningsby on Jan. 9th 1944 where he contracted Impetigo and by the end of the month he was parted from his crew. Unfortunately his 'old' crew were shot down with the loss of all on board. The Squadron moved to RAF Dunholm Lodge in June 1944 and Kemp was recrewed by transfering to 44 (Rhodesian) Squadron. He did a further 22 'Ops' with them before being sent back to Woodhall Spa as part of the HQ staff. Some of the targets he flew to include Berlin, Stettin, Brunswick, La Pernell, Caen, Stuttgart, Criel (Flying Bomb Storage) etc. Some were daylight raids and he ended up with a total of 26 Ops. Post-war he went was eventually posted to HQ Transport Command where he remained in the Motor Transport Dept. until July 1947. The log itself is in quite good condition with monthly summaries tallied and signed off. It also has details of his link trainer exercises noted. Comes with a four page letter written by Kemp detailing his wartime career, a further sheet regarding his crew; a small b+w photo of his first crew plus another of himself in service dress. There are also two letters from the Air MInistry regarding the fate of his crew and which cemetary they were buried in (1948 dated). There is a further letter from the RAF Record Office regarding his medal entitlement (39/45 star, Aircrew Europe Star, France and Germany clasp). Finally there are modern photos of the graves of his first crewmembers, a photostat picture of his first pilot and a modern reprint photo of his aircraft. All this makes a very interesting log. Stock code P14683.
R.A.F. Flight Map - Chieti Sheet N.E.42/14, 1 : 500,000 Europe (Air). Southern Zone Layer System. Linen backed paper. Approx. 62 x 82cm. 1943 dated. Marked with period air bases in this area of Central Italy during WW2. Folded/creased with wear on some folds and edge tears etc. Some soiling and marks. Fair used condition overall. Stock code P7827.
R.A.F. Flight Map - England North East England, North East. Sheet 3, R.A.F. (WAR) 2nd Edition dated 7/42. 1/4" to mile. Paper - linen backed. Approx. 58 x 75cm. Shows wartime air bases operational at the time including Thornaby, Catterick, Leeming, Driffield, Pocklington, Church Fenton, , Leconfield etc. Folded/creased with some small edge tears and light soiling. Good used. Stock code P18381.
R.A.F. Flight Map - England, Eastern Counties (S) England, Eastern Counties (South), Sheet 9, Royal Air Force Edition dated 1938. 1/4" to one mile. Linen backed paper with card covers. Approx. 70 x 54cm (not incl. cover). Shows wartime air bases operational at the time including Cranfield, Northolt, Hendon, Radlett, Hornchurch, North Weald, Mildenhall etc. Also shows the artillery ranges in the area. Some wear and tear to the cover otherwise in very good condition. Named to owner. Stock code P19089.
R.A.F. Flight Map - England, Midlands (N) England, Midlands (North), Sheet 5, Royal Air Force Edition dated 1938. 1/4" to one mile. Linen backed paper with card covers. Approx. 70 x 54cm (not incl cover). Shows wartime air bases operational at the time including Ternhill, Walsall, Desford, Hucknall (of Franz von Werra 'The One That Got Away' fame), Grantham, Hooton Park, Finningley, Hemswell & Scampton (of 617 Dam Buster fame) etc. Also shows the artillery ranges in the area. Some wear and tear to the cover otherwise in very good condition. Named to owner. Stock code P19085.
R.A.F. Flight Map - England, S.E. & London England, South East & London, Sheet 12, R.A.F. Edition dated 1938. 1/4" to 1 mile. Linen backed paper with card covers. Approx. 70 x 54cm (excludes covers). Shows wartime air bases operational at the time of the Battle of Britain including Tangmere, Shoreham, Redhill, Lympne, Hawkinge, Manston, Eastchurch, Hornchurch, Biggin Hill, Northolt & Hendon etc. Also notes artillery, air gunnery and bombing ranges off the coastline. Light soiling. Cover soiled with dog-eared corners. Named to owner. Very good used. Stock code P19092.
R.A.F. Flight Map - England, South England, South, Sheet 11, Royal Air Force Edition dated 1938. 1/4" to one mile. Linen backed paper with card covers. Approx. 70 x 54cm (not incl. cover). Shows wartime air bases operational at the time including Yeovil, Tangmere, Boscombe Down, White Waltham etc. Also shows the artillery ranges in the area. Some wear and tear to the cover otherwise in very good condition. Named to owner. Stock code P19091.
R.A.F. Flight Map - England, South Wales England, South Wales, Sheet 7, Royal Air Force Edition dated 1938. 1/4" to one mile. Linen backed paper with card covers. Approx. 70 x 54cm (not incl cover). Shows wartime air bases & artillery ranges in the area. Some wear and tear to the cover otherwise in very good condition. Named to owner. Stock code P19087.
R.A.F. Flight Map - England, South West England, South West. Sheet 10, AIR 2nd War Revision. Dated 9/44. 1/4" to one mile. Paper. Approx. 75x66cms. Shows wartime air bases operational at the time including Chivenor, Cleave, Okehampton, St Eval, Newquay, Predannack, Bolt Head, Exeter etc. Folded/creased. Some soiling. Dog-eared corners and edge tears. Overstamped 'Graticule Edition'. Very good used. Stock code P12899.
R.A.F. Flight Map - England, South. England, South, Sheet 11, R.A.F. (WAR) 2nd Edition date unknown. 1/4 inch to one mile. Paper - linen backed. Approx. 77x55cms. Shows wartime air bases operational at the time including Cardiff, Filton, Weston Super Mare, Lyneham, Wroughton, benson, White Waltham, Farnborough, MIddle Wallop, Old Sarum, Warmwell, Gosport, Tangmere, West Hampnett etc. Folded/creased with some wear on the folds. Light soiling. The edges of the map have been trimmed slightly. Reasonable used condition. Stock code P1261.
R.A.F. Flight Map - England. Eastern Counties (S) - Named to B-o-B Pilot England. Eastern Counties (S), Sheet 9, R.A.F. Edition dated 1937. 1/4" to 1 mile. Linen backed paper with card covers. Approx. 70 x 54cm (excludes covers). Shows wartime air bases operational at the time of the Battle of Britain including Hornchurch, Northolt & Hendon, Debden, Duxford etc. as well as stations further North including Sywell, Wittering, Mildenhall etc. Also notes artillery and bombing ranges off the coastine. Light soiling. Covers a little creased and soiled. Named to owners including Battle of Britain spitfire pilot Sergeant Clarence William Francis. Francis was posted to 74 Squadron at Rochford on June 24th 1940. This was the satellite station for Hornchurch. He was commissioned in January 1942, eventually leaving the RAF in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant. Francis was a private individual who did not seek attention or attend RAF reunion functions etc. As such, items relating to him are extremely rare. There isn't even a photo of him in the excellent 'Men of the Battle of Britain' book. This map was purchased directly from the family along with various other items of his kit some years ago. Very good used. Stock code P17523.
R.A.F. Flight Map - England. Midlands England - Midlands, Sheet 8, 2nd War Revision Edition dated 5/1944. 1/4" to 1 mile. Paper. Approx. 74 x 54cm. Shows wartime air bases operational at the time including Castle Bromwich, Pershore, Sywell, Upper Heyford, Brize Norton, Witney etc. Folded/creased. Some soiling. Dog-eared corners and edges with small tears etc. Fair used. Stock code P10119.
R.A.F. Flight Map - England. S.E. & London England, South East & London, Sheet 12, R.A.F. Edition dated 1938. 1/4" to 1 mile. Linen backed paper with card covers. Approx. 70 x 54cm (excludes covers). Shows wartime air bases operational at the time of the Battle of Britain including Tangmere, Shoreham, Redhill, Lympne, Hawkinge, Manston, Eastchurch, Hornchurch, Biggin Hill, Northolt & Hendon etc. Also notes artillery, air gunnery and bombing ranges off the coastline. Light soiling. Cover soiled with dog-eared corners. Named to owner. Excellent used. Stock code P17768.
R.A.F. Flight Map - Great Britain Sheet 2, 2nd edition. 1 : 500,000 Europe, Army/Air Style. Linen backed paper. Approx. 87 x 76cm. 1942 dated. General overview of Great Britain including parts of Scotland and Ireland. Folded/creased. Wear on some folds and with dog-eared corners & edges etc. Light soiling and marks. Reasonably good used overall. Stock code P6689.
R.A.F. Flight Map - Kerkyra (Corfu) Sheet N.E.38/18, 2nd edition. 1 : 500,000 Europe (Air). Southern Zone Layer System. Linen backed paper. Approx. 87 x 62cm. 1943 dated. Marked with period air bases in this area of Corfu during WW2. Folded/creased. Wear on some folds and edges with small tears etc. Some soiling and marks. Quite good used overall. Stock code P7843.
R.A.F. Flight Map - Lannion, France Sheet N.E.30/11, 1 : 250,000 Europe (Air). 2nd Edition. Paper. Approx. 76 x 60cm. 1944 dated. Folded/creased with wear on some folds and edge tears etc. Some soiling and marks. Reasonable used condition overall. Stock code P3548.
R.A.F. Flight Map - Midlands & Wales Midlands & Wales, Sheet 5, R.A.F. (WAR) 5th Edition dated 9/44. 1 : 500,000. Paper. Approx. 94x60cms. Shows wartime air bases operational at the time including Burtonwood, Penrhos, Pembrey, Aston Down, Filton, Wroughton, Castle Bromwich, Northolt, Hendon, Bassingbourne, Coningsby, Digby, Waddington, Snaith, Finningley, Hemswell, Scampton (Dambusters), Pocklington, Elvington etc. Folded/creased. Some soiling and with small edge tears and dog-eared corners etc. Good used. Stock code P12890.
R.A.F. Flight Map - Nice Sheet N.E.42/6, 2nd edition. 1 : 500,000 Europe (Air). Southern Zone Layer System. Paper. Approx. 87 x 62cm. June 1944 dated. Marked with period air bases in this area of Italy during WW2. Folded/creased. Dog-eared edges and corners with some small tears. Light soiling and marks. Reasonably good used overall. Stock code P1586.
R.A.F. Flight Map - North Sea North Sea. Sheet 6, R.A.F. (WAR) 5th Edition dated 2/45. 1 : 500,000. Paper. Approx. 108 x 66 cm. Shows the Eastern coastline of England from around Hull down to London and the Dutch coastline. Marked with wartime air bases operational at the time including Northolt, Hendon, Hornchurch, Earls Colne, North Weald, Twinwood, Thorpe Abbots, Woodhall Spa, Coningby and Cranwell etc. Folded/creased. Some soiling & dog-eared corners and minor edge tears. Good used. Stock code P18382.
R.A.F. Flight Map - S.W. England South West England. Sheet 7, RAF (War), 5th edition. Dated 5/44. 1 : 500,000. Paper. Approx. 95 x 60cms. Shows wartime air bases operational at the time including Chivenor, Cleave, Okehampton, St Eval, Newquay, Predannack, Bolt Head, Exeter etc. Folded/creased. Light soiling. Dog-eared corners and edges. Good used. Stock code P10118.
R.A.F. Flight Map - S.W. England South West England. Sheet 7, RAF Edition (War), 2nd edition. 1940 dated. 1 : 500,000. Linen backed paper. Approx. 100 x 70cms. Shows wartime air bases operational at the time including those around London (Hendon, Kenley, Redhill) plus Shoreham, Andover, White Waltham & Cornish bases at Mount Batten, Exeter, Teignmouth etc. Also shows artillery and anti-aircraft ranges off the coastlines. Folded/creased. Light soiling. Dog-eared corners and edges. Good used. Stock code P1259.
R.A.F. Flight Map - Scotland - The Forth & Tay Scotland - The Forth & Tay, Sheet 3, R.A.F. Edition dated 1938. 1/4" to 1 mile. Linen backed paper with card covers. Approx. 70 x 54cm (excludes covers). Shows wartime air bases operational at the time including Montrose, Perth, Leuchars, Renfrew, Turnhouse etc. Also notes artillery and bombing ranges and 'Fleet Exercises' areas. Light soiling. Named to owner. Excellent used. Stock code P17766.
R.A.F. Flight Map - Shetlands Shetlands, Sheet 9, Army/Air 2nd War Revision dated 1/44 with 2/46 print date. 1/4" to one mile. Paper. Approx. 40x68cms. Shows old wartime air bases operational at the time including Sullom Voe, Scatsta, Lerwick and Sumburgh. Folded/creased. Light soiling. Very good used. Stock code P12902.
R.A.F. Flight Map - Strait Of Dover Strait Of Dover. Sheet 8, R.A.F. (WAR) 5th Edition dated 10/43. 1 : 500,000. Paper - linen backed. Approx. 99x62cms. Shows wartime air bases operational at the time including Luton, Hendon, Debden, Earls Colne, North Weald, Kenley, Biggin Hill, Redhill, Gatwick, Shoreham, Lympne, Hawkinge, Manston, West Malling etc. Also shows bases in France and Holland. Folded/creased. Some soiling. Slightly dog-eared corners and minor edge tears. Excellent used. Stock code P12898.
R.A.F. Flight Map - Strait Of Dover Sheet 8, 4th edition. 1 : 500,000 RAF (War). . Linen backed paper. Approx. 100 x 70cm. 1943 dated. Marked with period air bases in South Eastern England and Northern France including Hawkinge, Manston, Northolt, North Weald, Debden, Abbeville, Calais, St. Omer etc. Folded/creased. Notable wear on some folds and edges with smallish tears etc. Some soiling and marks. Has flight routes marked in chinagraph pencil from Manston and heading out to Germany. A little tatty. Stock code P8592.
R.A.F. Flight Map - The Border The Border, Sheet 4, R.A.F. (WAR) 5th Edition dated 5/45. 1 : 500,000. Paper. Approx. 91x64cms. Shows wartime air bases operational at the time including Prestwick, Silloth, Boulmer, Snaith, Elvington, Elsham, Pocklington, Linton on Ouse, Dishforth, Driffield etc. Folded/creased. Very light soiling. Excellent used. Stock code P8284.
R.A.F. Flight Map - Volos Sheet N.E.38/22, 2nd edition. 1 : 500,000 Europe (Air). Southern Zone Layer System. Linen backed paper. Approx. 87 x 62cm. 1943 dated. Marked with period air bases in this area of Greece during WW2. Folded/creased. Wear on some folds and edges. Some soiling and marks. Quite good used overall. Stock code P7844.
R.A.F. Flight Map - Zakynthos (Zante) Sheet N.E.36/18, 2nd edition. 1 : 500,000 Europe (Air). Southern Zone Layer System. Linen backed paper. Approx. 87 x 62cm. March 1943 dated. Marked with period air bases in this area of Greece during WW2. Folded/creased. Wear on some folds and edges. Light soiling and marks. Good used overall. Stock code P7826.
R.A.F. Flight Route Map Routes : UK - Mediterranean. Paper, approx. 28 x 40cm. Dated April 1945 and marked 'confidential'. Shows various route plans from different RAF stations in Southern England to stations in Belgium & France. Folded. Excellent used condition. Stock code P17769.
R.A.F. Flight Sergeant Crowns (Pair) Pair of rarer plastic crowns with backing plates and split pin rear fixings. A proper matched pair. Ex. Flight Sergeant R.A.L. Mackay, 1826470 (Airgunner). Excellent used. Stock code U16750.
R.A.F. Flight Sergeant Crowns (Pair) Pair of pressed brass crowns with split pin rear fixings. A proper matched pair. Excellent used condition. No split pins. Stock code U16211.
R.A.F. Flight Sergeant Crowns (pair) Pair of pressed brass crowns with split pin rear fixings. A close matched pair although there is very minor variation. Excellent used condition. One split pin remains.
R.A.F. Flight Sergeant Crowns - Brass, Pair Pair of pressed brass crowns with split pin rear fixings. A close matched pair although there is very minor variation. Excellent used condition with pins and brass backplates. Stock code U19068.
R.A.F. Flight Sergeant Crowns - Plastic, Pair By A. Stanley & Co. Walsall. Pair of the rarer gold coloured plastic crowns complete with paxolin type backing plates but without split pin rear fixings. A proper matched pair in very good used condition. Stock code U18942.
R.A.F. Flight Sergeant Crowns - Plastic, Pair By A. Stanley & Co. Walsall. Pair of the rarer gold coloured plastic crowns complete with paxolin type backing plates and split pin rear fixings. A proper matched pair in very good used condition. Stock code U18939.
R.A.F. Flight Sergeant Crowns - Plastic, Pair By A. Stanley & Co. Walsall. Pair of the rarer gold coloured plastic crowns complete with paxolin type backing plates and split pin rear fixings. A proper matched pair in very good used condition. Stock code U18941.
R.A.F. Flight Sergeant Pilot's Service Dress Tunic / FS Cap By James Smith & Co. (Derby) Ltd. Size 7 (Ht. 5'7" - 5'8", Ch. 35 - 36", Wt. 32"). 1943 dated. Standard other ranks service dress tunic with a superb heavily padded pilot wing, woven shoulder eagles on black cotton backing, flight sergant rank insignia and ribbons for the 1939-45 star and Africa star with rosette. The tunic is a bit faded and has light soiling. There is light moth trailing in the fabric pile and a small moth hole on the back. Also comes with his Field Service cap with name and service number. This is also a bit faded/soiled with moth trailing and peppered with smallish holes. Belonged to pilot who served late in the war with the Glider Pilot Regiment. In January 1945 he flew in Hotspur II gliders with No. 5 GTS (Glider Training School) During February he flew Horsa I and Hadrian gliders - including some night flights. From April he was with 'K' Squadron of the Glider Pilot Regiment on Horsa I and II gliders but appeared to undertake no operational flying. Stock code U14284.
R.A.F. Flying Boot Insoles Size 9. Lambswool fleece stitched onto a leather sole for wear in all types of flying boot but mainly found in the 1940/41 patterns. Clear Air Ministry and King's Crown markings. Leather soles are good but the fleece is grubby and has some loss and moth/insect damage (old). Possibly unissued. Stock code B13520.
R.A.F. Flying Boot Insoles Size 9. Lambswool fleece stitched onto a leather sole for wear in all types of flying boot but mainly found in the 1940/41 patterns. Clear Air Ministry and King's Crown markings. Leather soles are good but the fleece is grubby and has significant loss of fleece and moth/insect damage (old). Possibly unissued. Stock code B13519.
R.A.F. Flying Clothing Card Form 667B. Issued to an airman at RAF Harrogate - Equipment Section in June 1944. Details the flying kit issued to him (& returned to stores) between 1944 and 1945. A quick scan down the list shows he was issued with a late pattern C-type, G-type mask, MK.VIII goggles, 1941 pattern gloves with silk liners, 1941 pattern boots, 1941 pattern Sidcot suit with liner and collar, a revolver, aircrew whistle and so on. A really interesting read. Creased and a bit soiled but in quite good used condition overall. Stock code P14272.
R.A.F. Flying Clothing Card Form 667B. Issued to an airman at No.8 Maintenance Unit in January 1941. Details the flying kit issued to him including boots, socks, B-type flying helmet plus separate earpieces, gauntlets, linings and silk gloves, D-type oxygen mask, type E microphone mask, revolver and .455 automatic pistol etc. Creased and soiled but in resasonable used condition overall. Stock code P18202.
R.A.F. Flying Helmet / Oxygen Mask 'Flat Hook' Flat hook in white metal. Has twin female press stud fasteners for attaching it to an early type C, D or E helmet thus allowing the use of a type E*, G or H mask. Also for use with modified type-B helmets. Correct wartime pattern and not the later postwar types used with the F & G-type helmets. Very good used. Stock code H1.
R.A.F. Flying Helmet /Oxygen Mask 'Flat Hook' Flat hook in white metal. Has twin female press stud fasteners for attaching it to an early type C, D or E helmet thus allowing the use of a type E*, G or H mask. Also for use with modified type-B helmets. Correct wartime pattern and not the later postwar types used with the G-type helmets. Tiny stress fractures on the press stud sleeves (see pics) but these do not detract or affect the use of the hook. Very good used. Stock code H18319.
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Chamois 'Donuts' A matched pair of original WW2 RAF chamois leather earpieces commonly referred to as 'donuts'. These are the same pattern as those used in the late wartime C, D, E and FAA equivalent flying helmets. Our stock is taken from the earpieces of WW2 RAF headsets that utilised the same receivers and make exact replacements where damaged or removed. Simply glue into postion and sew around the edge if required. This pair is quite clean and in good used condition. Stock code HA.
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Chamois 'Donuts' A matched pair of original WW2 RAF chamois leather earpieces commonly referred to as 'donuts'. These are the same pattern as those used in the late wartime C, D, E and FAA equivalent flying helmets. Our stock is taken from the earpieces of WW2 RAF headsets that utilised the same receivers and make exact replacements where damaged or removed. Simply glue into postion and sew around the edge if required. This pair is quite clean and in good used condition. Stock code HA2.
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Chamois 'Donuts' A matched pair of original WW2 RAF chamois leather earpieces commonly referred to as 'donuts'. These are the same pattern as those used in the late wartime C, D, E and FAA equivalent flying helmets. Our stock is taken from the earpieces of WW2 RAF headsets that utilised the same receivers and make exact replacements where damaged or removed. Simply glue into postion and sew around the edge if required. This pair is a bit grubby and has some splitting to the rear (not seen in use) but in reasonably good used condition. Stock code HA3.
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Extension Cable/Adaptor Connector Type 10113/2. Stores Ref. 10HA/14841. Comprises a rubber covered loom approx. 135cm in length (total). One end has a NATO type rubber covered socket into which any postwar F/G-type helmet loom or bonedome loom plug would fit. The other end is fitted with a wartime pattern bell-plug, 10H/735, 10H/10991. This is the same pattern of plug found on all RAF wartime helmet looms. These cables enable the user to wear a modern NATO wired helmet in an old aircraft. Very good condition throughout. Stock code H13581
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Receiver Boxes, Pair Pair of original boxes for 'Receiver Telephone, Head, Type C', 1750 ohm receivers as used in the Type B flying helmets. These are well marked and have additional labels on the side for later war issue Type 16 receivers. Good used condition. Empty. Great for display.
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Receivers (pair) Stores Ref. 10A/13466. Standard mid to late war receivers suitable for all wartime helmets. Fully A.M. marked (one unmarked). Cases are marked/scratched. Good '+' used overall. Stock code H14627.
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Receivers - For the 'B-type', Pair Stores Ref. 10A/7063. Pair of receivers, or to be precise, 'receivers, telephone, head, type C' as used with the Type B flying helmet and Type D oxygen mask. Maunufactured in plastic/bakelite moulded over a steel shell with a separate screw on bakelite cover. Minor surface scratching to main casings. One screw on cover has a small crack radiating from the sound hole (see photo). Very clean internally. Remarkably difficult to find now. Excellent used condition overall. Stock code H19243.
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Receivers - Pair Stores Ref. 10A/13466. Standard mid to late war receivers suitable for all wartime helmets. Fully A.M. marked. Cases are marked/scratched. Good '+' used overall. Stock code H14163.
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Wiring Loom (external) Stores ref. 10H/10353. Type Q wiring loom suitable for all externally wired helmets including B-types, C-types, D-types and E-types. Mid tan coloured cotton braiding. In very good to excellent unissued condition.
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Wiring Loom - External Stores ref. 10H/10353. Type Q wiring loom suitable for all externally wired helmets including B-types, C-types, D-types and E-types. Dark tan/plum coloured cotton braiding. Slight damage to the tip of one of the microphone leads (see photo), otherwise in excellent condition. Also fitted with a very nice early brown cased jackplug. Stock code H19049.
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Wiring Loom - External Stores ref. 10H/10353. Type Q wiring loom suitable for all externally wired helmets including B-types, C-types, D-types and E-types. Dark tan/chocolate coloured cotton braiding. In very good condition bar some loss to terminal ends (see photos). Stock code H14083.
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Wiring Loom 2-Pin Plug Stores ref. 10H/14206. This is the small bakelite 2-pin plug that is wired into the loom of all internally wired flying helmets. This is used to connect the oxygen mask microphone loom to the helmet loom and can be seen on the lower left side of the flying helmet when fitted. Unissued/unused condition with storage soiling only. Priced individually but we have several in stock. Stock code H17675.
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Wiring Loom Jackplug Stores ref. 10H/10991. Large bell shaped plug that is fitted to the end of all WW2 looms. Brand new unissued wartime stock. Black casings. Superb. The price is for one jackplug. Stock code H13385.
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Wiring Loom Jackplug (Early) Stores ref. 10H/10991. Large bell shaped plug that is fitted to the end of all WW2 looms. Used condition - bakelite casings scratched and some rusting of the spring that protrudes from the rear of the plug. Remnants of the original looms remain where the plugs have been cut off. Early brown casings. The example on the right of the first photograph has been cleaned to show how the plugs can be improved. We will provide a plug in the same condition as the uncleaned examples shown.
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Wiring Looms Mid tan coloured loom with attached 2 pin plug (10H/14206) that connects to the oxygen mask wiring loom. No jackplug fitted but these are available separately. Suitable for any internally wired (late patt.) C-type, D-type, E-type, FAA helmets etc. As new, unissued old stock. Stock code H12517/25/13428/38.
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Wiring Looms - Complete Mid tan coloured loom with attached 2 pin plug (10H/14206) that connects to the oxygen mask wiring loom and 'bell' jackplug. Suitable for any internally wired (late patt.) C-type, D-type, E-type, FAA helmets etc. As new, unissued old stock. Priced per loom. Stock code H17281/92.
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Wiring Looms - Internal Mid tan coloured loom with attached 2 pin plug (10H/14206) and large 'bell' jackplug. The 2-pin plug connects to the loom on the oxygen mask (if used). These are suitable for any internally wired (late patt.) C-type, D-type, E-type, FAA helmets etc. As new, unissued old stock. Priced per loom. Limited supply remaining. Stock code H17290/92.
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Wiring Securing 'Tags' These leather securing tags with a female press stud attached were sewn around the wiring loom and fastened to the press stud beneath the left or right ear cup. We have a couple more original tags in stock. These are in very good unsed condition. The price is for one only. Reproductions are now available but why buy a repro when you can have the real thing?
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Wiring Securing Tags These leather securing tags with a female press stud attached were sewn around the wiring loom and fastened to the press stud beneath the left or right ear cup. We have a small quantity of original tags in stock. These are in excellent used condition. A random selection is shown in the photographs. The price is for one only. Reproductions are now available but why buy a repro when you can have the real thing?
R.A.F. Flying Helmet Wiring Securing Tags - Unused These leather securing tags with a female press stud attached were sewn around the wiring loom and fastened to the press stud beneath the left or right ear cup. We have a small quantity of original tags in stock. These are in unused condition. A random selection is shown in the photographs. The price is for one only. Reproductions are now available but why buy a repro when you can have the real thing?
R.A.F. Flying Helmet, Inner, Type G Stores ref. 22c/1731. Size 3. 1966 date code. The blue cloth helmet shell is in very good '+' condition. Fully wired with loom, receivers and NATO plug. Good, reasonably clean, soft leather earpads - colour mismatched but worn like this by owner. Fitted with MK.5 oxygen mask harness/hooks. A very good used example. Stock code H19107.
R.A.F. Flying Suit Survival Knife Stores ref. 22c/1278106. Approx. 21cm in length. Postwar standard aircrew issue until replaced by the unpopular 'J' cutter tool. Flat profile gravity knife with a composite handle containing a spring lock mechanism activated by two levers on either side of the hilt. This mechanism locks onto a stud on the sheath and so retains the knife. The blade is of stainless steel, curved, and measures approx. 10cm. The knife was worn in a metal scabbard /sheath attached to a cloth patch, stitched upside-down on the flying coverall leg. This enabled the knife to drop out on a lanyard should the wearer need to cut rigging lines of a parachute canopy in an emergency situation. This example is in good used condition but lacks the scabbard. Stock code S18788
R.A.F. Frock, White, Aircrew By S.D. & S. Ltd. Size 1. 1950 Dated. This is the classic and much sought after cream aircrew sweater that is so synonymous with the Battle of Britain. Clearly this is not a wartime example but is nevertheless identical to wartime dated examples and still very rare to find. Quite grubby but appears free of damage or mothing. Ideal alternative to a wartime example (which never turn up) or the modern submariner types often sold on well-known auction sites as 'original'. Stock code M15272.
R.A.F. G-Type Flying Gauntlets Stores ref. 22c/768/771, Size 9/9.5 These are exactly the same as the D-type gauntlets but redesignated for use with type G electrically heated clothing which operated on a higher voltage system. The leather is in very good supple condition showing little use. There is staining and marking - probably caused by poor storage and the colour match could be better. The blanket fleece linings are very good and both gloves are Air Ministry King's Crown labelled and have matching contract numbers. Good used. Stock code GA19041.
R.A.F. G-type Flying Helmet Stores ref. 22c/1730. Size 2, 1966 dated. The blue cloth helmet shell is in very good condition although grubby/marked in places. Fully wired with loom, receivers and NATO plug - all in good order. Good soft leather earpads - also dated 1965/6. Fitted with MK.14 oxygen mask hooks for use with masks such as the P-type. A good used early example. Stock code H17810.
R.A.F. G-type Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/645. Size Medium. The rubber is generally in very good condition although a little grubby. The mask retains reasonably good overall shape and is very flexible. The lower edge is curling inwards a bit as are the areas either side of the nose. Two of the nose-wire retaining lugs have minor glued repairs but these are the only cracks on the mask The harness retains good colour and some elasticity and the brown suede lining is really very clean. Fitted with a type 48 microphone assembly (type 25 microphone with some chipping, loom and socket) making it suitable for all internally wired helmets. Good '+' overall condition. Stock code O14172.
R.A.F. G-type Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/645. Size Large. The rubber is generally in very good condition. The mask retains good overall shape and is very pliable. The edges are curling inwards a bit and there is minor cracking around one of nose-wire retaining lugs and light crazing at the edges. Replacement nosewire. The harness is faded and has lost elasticity. One of the original rubber bands remains. The brown suede lining is reasonably clean but is peeling away from the mask (easily reglued). Fitted with an excellent type 48 microphone assembly (type 26 microphone, loom & socket) making it suitable for all internally wired helmets. Stock code O13858.
R.A.F. G-type Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/645. Size Large. The rubber is generally in very good condition. The mask retains good overall shape and is very pliable with only minor cracking around one of nose-wire retaining lugs. The harness is a bit faded and lightly soiled but retains good elasticity and even has all three of the original rubber bands attached. The brown suede lining is soiled at the nose & has some edge wear but is generally good. Fitted with an excellent type 48 microphone assembly (type 26 microphone, loom & socket) with gauze backplate, making it suitable for all internally wired helmets. The only real downside is the nosewire & harness retainer wire are replacements (harness wire added using new holes) & the oxygen tube attachment point is missing. Stock code O13652.
R.A.F. G-type Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/646. Size Large. The rubber is generally in excellent condition and remarkably clean. The only 'issues' are that two of the nose-wire retaining lugs have split and there is a cut/split in the lower edge of the mask (see photo) with minor crazing adjacent. The rest of the rubber is excellent - even when flexed the rubber doesn't appear to have any surface crazing. The overall shape is also very good. The harness is also very good retaining good deep colour and elasticty. The elastic bands are in place on the harness but these are replacements. The brown suede lining is in excellent clean condition. Fitted with a type 48 microphone assembly (type 25 microphone, loom and socket - all excellent) making it suitable for all internally wired helmets. This mask is probably unissued and is in very good to excellent overall condition. Stock code O15223.
R.A.F. G-type Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/644. Size Small. The rubber is in tatty to reasonable condition. Much of the mask rubber is good but there is quite a lot of cracking and splitting around the nose area and mask edges. Some of these could be sympathetically repaired using clear silicone on the inside. Surprisingly, all of the wiring retaining lugs are still doing their job - albeit with cracks! The overall mask shape is reasonable although the lower edge in particular is curling inwards. In addition the nose area is somewhat squashed, malformed due to the cracking problems. The harness is really quite good, retaining reasonable colour and elasticity plus one of the original elastic bands. The brown suede lining has light to average soiling but is peeling away from the mask edges in places. Fitted with a type 48 microphone assembly (type 25 microphone with some chipping, loom and socket) making it suitable for all internally wired helmets. Tattyish to fair'+' condition. Perfectly displayable but an entry level mask priced accordingly. Stock code O14512.
R.A.F. G-type Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/645. Size Medium. The rubber is generally in excellent condition and without any signs of cracking or perishing. Even when flexed the rubber doesn't appear to have any surface crazing. The overall shape is also very good although the lower edge is curling inwards a bit as usual. The harness is also very good, retaining good colour and elasticity plus one of the original elastic bands. The brown suede lining has only light soiling. Fitted with a type 48 microphone assembly (type 25 microphone, loom and socket - all vg) making it suitable for all internally wired helmets. Very good '+' to excellent used condition. Stock code O14720.
R.A.F. G-type Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/644. Size Medium. The rubber is generally in good condition. The mask retains good overall shape and is very pliable although there is some cracking/repairs at the edges and of the nosewire and harness retaining lugs. The harness is quite faded and has lost elasticity. The brown suede lining is quite good with less than average soiling. Fitted with an excellent type 48 microphone assembly (type 26 microphone, loom & socket), making it suitable for all internally wired helmets. Stock code O15255.
R.A.F. G-Type Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/644. Size Small. The rubber is in tatty to reasonable condition. Much of the mask rubber is in sound condition but there is perishing and loss to the top edge around the nose and quite a lot of cracking and splitting to the usual stress points. The nosewire is missing and the inside of the nose section has been reinforced with tape (see photos). The overall mask shape is reasonable although the lower edge in particular is curling inwards. The harness is faded and stretched,lacking elasticity. The brown suede lining has light to average soiling but is peeling away from the mask edges in places. Fitted with a type 48 microphone assembly (type 25 microphone with some chipping, loom and socket) making it suitable for all internally wired helmets. Tatty overall condition. Perfectly displayable but an entry level mask priced accordingly. Stock code O16545.
R.A.F. G-Type Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/644. Size Small. The rubber is in tattyish to reasonable condition. Much of the mask rubber is in sound condition but there is perishing around the edges and some rubber loss to the top edge near the nose. The nosewire is still in place although it has popped out from one retaining lug. The overall mask shape is quite good bar relatively light inward curling of the edges. The harness is faded and stretched,lacking elasticity. The brown suede lining has light to average soiling and is named/numbered to the original owner. Fitted with a blanking plate in place of a microphone. Tatty around the edges, otherwise fair overall condition. Displayable but an entry level mask priced accordingly. Stock code O14509.
R.A.F. G-Type Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/644. Size Small. The rubber is generally in excellent condition and remarkably clean. The only 'issues' are minor cracking at the nose-wire retaining lugs and a small repaired split near the nose (see photos). The rest of the rubber is excellent - even when flexed the rubber doesn't appear to have any surface crazing. The overall shape is also very good. The harness retains some colour and elasticity along with the original elastic bands. The brown suede lining is in excellent clean condition. Fitted with a type 48 microphone assembly (type 25 microphone, loom and socket - all excellent) making it suitable for all internally wired helmets. An excellent used example. Stock code O16338.
R.A.F. G-type Oxygen Mask & Wiring Loom Stores Ref. 6D/645. Size Large. The rubber is generally in good + condition. The mask retains good shape & is pliable. There is some relatively minor cracking around the nose-wire retaining lugs & the area between these & the edge of the mask. The harness is quite faded & a bit soiled but does retain some elasticity. The brown suede lining is in very good clean condition. Fitted with a good type 26 microphone wired directly to an early, external type wiring loom in good used condition. The loom is connected to a pair of 10A/13466 receivers & the standard 'bell' jackplug (encased in very old dried-up adhesive tape that would probably just chip off if desired). A decent set-up suitable for all early, externally wired helmets. Stock code O13771.
R.A.F. G-Type Oxygen Mask Blanking Plates Stores Ref. 6D/775. Black bakelite cap as fitted to mask when issued, prior to the fitting of a microphone. These also fit the E-series masks. VGC.
R.A.F. G-type Oxygen Mask Gauze Plate Often missing from G-type oxygen masks this is the fine gauze capping piece that goes over the backplate of the type 25 microphone. We have a very small quantity available but these come without the small metal strip (10A/17026) that helps to fix the plate into position. These gauze plates were used to help prevent freezing of the microphone components at high altitude. Get one while stocks last!
R.A.F. Glider Pilot's Flying Log Book / Paperwork Log book of Sergeant Robert G. F. Paton. Begins August 1943 training on Tiger Moth aircraft with No. 25 Elementary Flying Training School, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (with the Empire Training Scheme). By the end of October he was assessed as 'average' as a pilot and navigator. He then continues his training with No.20 SFTS on Harvards with his first solo flight on Oct. 28th 1943 and qaulifying for his wings on 17th March 1944 as an 'above average' pilot and navigator. He then returns to the UK and further training on Tiger Moths with No 21 and 24 EFTS, Booker, Marlow through to November 1944. In January 1945 he is flying in Hotspur II gliders with No. 5 GTS (Glider Training School) being classed as a 'proficient' glider pilot. During February he flies Horsa I and Hadrian gliders - including some night flights. From April he is with 'K' Squadron of the Glider Pilot Regiment on Horsa I and II gliders but appears to undertake no operational flying. The log is fully stamped and signed up with various assessment sheets pasted in place. I also has records of his link trainer practices and a comprehensive record of service at the back. The log has been covered in brown paper. The spine is worn but otherwise it appears to be in good order. Also comes with his original RAFVR call up papers c. July 1940, RAF leave passes (one overstamped with Army AIr Corps Glider Pilot Depot markings); chocolate and sugar confectionary ration coupon card; certificate od deferred service c. 1940; leave forms and a booklet on release and resettlement following discharge from the RAF. In addition there are a substantial number of his training notebooks - handwritten information on signals and R/T procedure, engines, armaments, flight mechanic's (A) course, Airmanship Notes, Theory of Flight, Maintenance, RAF Law Discipline and Administration, Cockpit drill, Airmanship, Navigation, Flight Rigger's Course Notes plus some EFTS examination papers and hand-drawn recognition sheets. An interesting lot worthy of more research. Heavy! Stock code P14270/1.
R.A.F. Goggle, Dark Adaption, MK.1A Stores Ref. 22c/875. Simple soft leather facemask with circular metal lens housings and basic elastic strap. Fitted with dark red filter lenses. These were provided to enable the crews of night flying aircraft to become 'dark adapted' before taking off and thereby to improve their night vision during the early stages of flight. Sadly the effects were instantly reversed once the wearer encountered bright light (exhaust flames, flak, searchlight beams etc). The goggles come with the original waxed wrapper and label and are unused old stock. Time in storage has led to some surface corrosion of the lens housings and strap clips. The lenses have some delamination and are VERY dark. The leather mask is in very good condition and has an inspection stamp. Stock code G15718.
R.A.F. Goggles, Dark Adaption, MK.1A Stores Ref. 22c/875. Simple soft leather facemask with circular metal lens housings and basic elastic strap. Fitted with red filter lenses. These were provided to enable the crews of night flying aircraft to become 'dark adapted' before taking off and thereby to improve their night vision during the early stages of flight. Sadly the effects were instantly reversed once the wearer encountered bright light (exhaust flames, flak, searchlight beams etc). The goggles come with the original waxed wrapper and label and are unused old stock. Time in storage has led to some surface corrosion of the lens housings and strap clips etc but the leather mask is in very good condition and the lenses although dusty, are excellent. Stock code G15717.
R.A.F. Goggles, Dark Adaption, MK.1A Stores Ref. 22c/875. Simple soft leather facemask with circular metal lens housings and basic elastic strap. Fitted with red filter lenses. These were provided to enable the crews of night flying aircraft to become 'dark adapted' before taking off and thereby to improve their night vision during the early stages of flight. Sadly the effects were instantly reversed once the wearer encountered bright light (exhaust flames, flak, searchlight beams etc). The goggles come with the original waxed wrapper and label and are unused old stock. Time in storage has led to some surface corrosion of the lens housings and strap clips etc but the leather mask is in very good condition and the lenses although dusty, are excellent. Stock code G15716.
R.A.F. Ground Gunner Badge "G.G." with wreath below embroidered in blue thread on a black oval felt backing. Good used condition. Stock code U9497.
R.A.F. Ground Gunner Badge "G.G." with wreath below embroidered in blue thread on a black oval felt backing. Good used condition. Stock code U8911.
R.A.F. Groundcrew Brogue Waders Size 12. Air Ministry Spec. 729/NA/1. Air Ministry & war department marked. Unusual and sought after pair of Brogue Wader ankle boots issued along with a special rubberized suit & lifejacket/bouyancy aid to RAF & WAAF groundcrews responsible for bringing flying boats to their moorings. Manufactured in brown leather and stiff canvas with a lace-up front covered by a canvas tongue and secured with twin buckled straps. Leather soles & heels are studded with hob nails. Very heavy boots with strong rigid toe-caps and lower side sections that are vented with eyelets. Minor storage wear and some corrosion to the metal studs. Probably unissued. As seen on display at the RAF museum at Hendon, London. Rare to find. Stock code B16457.
R.A.F. Groundcrew Riggers 'Mitten' Made from thick leather formed into a tube & stitched with a leather thong. Has a cut-out for the thumb to pass through. Worn to protect the palm of the hand when the rigger was adjusting/fastening rigging lines or repairing fabric panels on the airframe. Large A. Crown M. stamping. Light soiling/marking. Very good condition. Stock code GA10051.
R.A.F. Group Captain Rank Service Dress Cap By Bates of Jermyn Street, London. Approx. size 7, 7 1/4. Differs from the standard officer rank peaked cap in having a patent leather/shiny peak with a single row of gold bullion embroidered leaves. The cap has light fading and there are approximately 9 small moth holes on the crown and a few more to the sides. The badge and band are good as are the leather strap and peak. The bullion on the peak has light tarnishing and there is some wear to the underside of the peak. Tan satin lining with greasecloth still in place. The inner leather band is good bar a few loose stitches near the peak. Despite the mothing the overall appearance of this pre--1952 cap is quite good. A decent size too. Stock code U16692.
R.A.F. Group Captain's Service Dress Cap By The Cardinal Hat Co Ltd. of London. Size 7 3/8. Super Group Captain's cap dating from around the 1980s. Excellent overall condition. Purchased directly from the original owner who flew Hercules aircraft. Good size. Stock code U16789.
R.A.F. H-type Dinghy Container Approx. 35 x 50 x 6cm. Rectangular cotton canvas 'bag' with fold-over flaps at each end that fasten using cords. The underside of each end flap has twin elastic straps for secuing some equipment. The rest of the bag forms an open ended rectangle, the sides of which are heavily padded with enclosed tubes of what feels like horsehair. There are two other smaller sections of the rectangle similarly padded - see photos. Unfortunately my reference sources give no indication as to what this container was used for. The Type H dinghy was circular in shape with a seating capacity for five. It was fitted with a Co2 cylinder for inflation and had small rope ladders at the side to improve access from the water. The storage container is in excellent condition. Stock code S17506.
R.A.F. H-type Electrically Heated Flying Gauntlets Stores ref. 22c/1025. Size medium. 24 volt. Soft chestnut brown leather gauntlets. Mid forearm length with gussetted cuff section. Lined with attached, fleece lined brown rayon gloves with integral wiring and twin press stud connectors. Intended for use with other H-type heated/wired clothing. The inner rayon gloves have '24 volt' and broad arrow marked labels. The leather is in good to very good, sound condition. They are completely flexible and supple with fairly minor wear. The palms and fingers show soiling and there are a few minor nicks and a small hole in the right hand little finger (see photo). Good colour match. Good '+' used condition overall. Stock code GA14305.
R.A.F. H-type Oxygen Mask Size small. Dated 4/65. Fitted with the smaller plastic Amplivox 13100 microphone. The rubber is in excellent used condition with only very minor cracking around the harness retaining wire/inlet port. The pearl grey chamois lining is quite clean and named to the owner. Good clean harness that retains elasticity. Excellent microphone, loom and socket. A super used example retaining very good overall shape. Stock code O17592.
R.A.F. H-Type Oxygen Mask - WW2 Dated Size medium. Dated 3-45. (March 1945). Rare wartime dated example of this mask. The rubber facepiece is reasonable condition. It is a bit grubby and has some stress cracking around the edges, nose and inspiratory valve. It retains quite good overall shape - although the lower area is curlng inwards and there is stress cracking on the 'fold' line. The pearl grey lining has average soiling and surface wear and deterioration - I suspect the mask has been wet at some stage. Fitted with a type 57 microphone assembly. Whilst the type 56 microphone is in good order, the tan loom is missing most of its outer braided covering. The plug is in very good condition. The harness is in reasonable condition - a bit dirty and faded but retainining some elasticity. Part of one press stud fastener on the harness is missing. (I can replace with a new one if required). These late war H-masks are very difficult to obtain now in any condition. Considerably rarer than a G-type mask. Reasonable used condition overall and priced accordingly. Stock code O14391.
R.A.F. H-type Oxygen Mask - WW2 Dated Size large. Dated 4-45. (April 1945). Rare wartime dated example of this mask. The rubber facepiece is in very good clean condition and retains good overall shape although the the lower edge is curling inwards slightly. No signs of cracking, crazing or perishing - some odd 'deposits' on the mask but no damage. The pearl grey suede lining is quite clean other than some light spot marking. Fitted with a type 57 microphone assembly and a pink flecked tan loom. The type 56 microphone has minor paint loss. Both loom and plug are excellent. The harness is complete but a bit faded, soiled and with some loss of elasticity. These late war H-masks are very difficult to obtain now in any condition. Considerably rarer than a G-type mask. Very good used overall. Stock code O15087.
R.A.F. H-type Oxygen Mask - WW2 Dated Size medium. Dated 1-45. (January 1945). Rare wartime dated example of this mask. The rubber facepiece is in reasonable condition and retains quite good overall shape although the the lower edge is curling inwards and there is cracking/surface crazing along the 'fold' lines. Other than this deterioration is minimal - stress crazing around the microphone and oxygen tube connector points but that is about it. The pearl grey suede lining is grubby but sound. Fitted with a type 57 microphone assembly and tan loom. The type 56 microphone is paint chipped and the loom is lacking some of the braided cover and the plug. The harness is complete but faded, soiled and lacking elasticity. This mask has probably been wet or damp at some stage. These late war H-masks are very difficult to obtain now in any condition. This January 1945 example is the earliest date we have come across. Although technically these were introduced late in 1944 most found are March or April 1945 dated. Considerably rarer than a G-type mask. Reasonable used overall. Stock code O14394.
R.A.F. H-type Oxygen Mask - WW2 Dated Size medium. Dated 3-45. (March 1945. Rare wartime dated example of this mask. The rubber facepiece is in very good condition. It is quite clean and has only minor deterioration on the very edge of the moulding. It retains good overall shape - although the lower area is curlng inwards slightly. Pearl grey lining is quite clean - partly unstuck at the edges but nothig serious at all. Fitted with a decent type 57 microphone, tan loom and plug. The loom braiding has been bound adjacent to the plug to prevent further fraying (?). The harness is good - a bit dirty but retaining good colour and elasticity plus two of the original rubber bands (hard/cracked). These late war H-masks are ver difficult to obtain now in any condition. Considerably rarer than a G-type mask. Very good used overall. Stock code O13902.
R.A.F. H-type Oxygen Mask - WW2 Dated Size Medium. Dated 3-45. (March 1945). Rare wartime dated example of this mask. The rubber facepiece is in very good, quite clean condition and retains good overall shape. Some cracking of the harness retaining lugs over the nose and shows some stress crazing if flexed. The rubber sheath that covers the wiring loom attachment point is also worn/cracking. The pearl grey suede lining has average soiling. Fitted with a good type 57 microphone assembly and a lightly soiled mid tan loom. The harness is complete but a bit faded, soiled and with some loss of elasticity. These late war H-masks are very difficult to obtain now in any condition. Considerably rarer than a G-type mask. Good '+' used overall. Stock code O15216.
R.A.F. H-type Oxygen Mask Facepiece - Mint Stores ref. 6D/2243568. Size 'R' large. Dated 2/84. Complete rubber moulding with pearl grey chamois lining. Not fitted with expiratory valve (not even pierced), harness or microphone etc. As issued with stores tag attached. Very, very light storage soiling only. Essentially this is in mint, unissued condition. Stock code O14535.
R.A.F. H-type Oxygen Mask, WW2 Dated Size Medium. Dated 4-45. (April 1945). Rare wartime dated example of this mask. The rubber facepiece is in very good condition and retains good overall shape. There is no serious cracking although the surface shows some crazing and more stress crazing is visible if the mask is flexed. The pearl grey suede lining has average soiling and has been marked 'Type H'. Fitted with a good type 57 microphone assembly and a somewhat threadbear (in places) black flecked light tan loom. The harness is complete but rather faded and with loss of elasticity. These late war H-masks are very difficult to obtain now in any condition. Considerably rarer than a G-type mask. Good to good '+' used overall. Stock code O14637.
R.A.F. Halifax Bomber Crash Items These came from the crashsite of Halifax LW172 (HD-F) of 466 Squadron (RAAF). The aircraft was returning to base from a Bomber Command raid on Hamburg on 9th April 1945. On final approach they encountered heavy fog and as the base was not equipped with FIDO they crashed into trees on a nearby farm. Tragically all of the crew were killed. The crew were : F/O Dugald John Watson, P/O R.S. King, F/Lt. W.A.G. Patterson DFC, P/O G.A. Halliday, F/O R.M. Gale, P/O A.J. Damm and F/O W.G. Flynn DFM. Parts were recovered in the early 1980s by the local ATC and we bought a quantity about 7 years ago. We have other pieces to list in future updates. All items are in relic condition unless stated otherwise. Each 'lot' will come with a photocopy sheet briefly detailing the aircraft, crew and crash details. This group comprises an alloy 'spar' section approx. 20cm in length and stamped with a '57' (Halifax code) number and with some original paint remaining. There are also spent/burnt out .303 ammunition cases, pieces of canopy perspex, some bakelite with a 'lift-the-dot' type fastener attached, part of an oxygen system MK.IIID* oxygen connector (6D/101) and the remains of a flying helmet receiver etc.
R.A.F. Halifax Bomber Crash Items These came from the crashsite of Halifax LW172 (HD-F) of 466 Squadron (RAAF). The aircraft was returning to base from a Bomber Command raid on Hamburg on 9th April 1945. On final approach they encountered heavy fog and as the base was not equipped with FIDO they crashed into trees on a nearby farm. Tragically all of the crew were killed. The crew were : F/O Dugald John Watson, P/O R.S. King, F/Lt. W.A.G. Patterson DFC, P/O G.A. Halliday, F/O R.M. Gale, P/O A.J. Damm and F/O W.G. Flynn DFM. Parts were recovered in the early 1980s by the local ATC and we bought a quantity about 7 years ago. We have other pieces to list in future updates. All items are in relic condition unless stated otherwise. Each 'lot' will come with a photocopy sheet briefly detailing the aircraft, crew and crash details. This group comprises various alloy/white metal pipe connectors - some original paint remaining. There are also spent/burnt out .303 ammunition cases, pieces of canopy perspex, a brass electrical componant, fuse with 5c/ number engraved, hydraulic jack data plate, etc.
R.A.F. Handkerchief Approx. 25 x 25 cm. Cream coloured silk hankie with lace border and embroidered RAF King's crown crest . Probably made by the wife/girlfriend of a WW2 airman. Light marking otherwise good.
R.A.F. Harnessuit Parachute Cushion Sandy coloured cotton canvas with brass ventilation eyelets. Central slot for the harness to pass through. This cushion is specific to the seat-type and dual-purpose harnessuit (combined flying jacket) and has a small webbing strap on the left side (as used). This was used to secure the ripcord housing in position as it passed around the parachute pack. This example has a Sorbo rubber filling (other variants use a dense compressed fibre or horsehair). Rather grubby/soiled and there are a few small frayed holes at the corners and a repair to one of the webbing straps/press studs. Marked to one side '37'. An extremely rare cushion. Stock code M19507.
R.A.F. Hawker Hurricane Fighter Control Grip Stores Ref. AH/2040. By CCG (Canadian Carr Foundry). Aircraft 'Spade' grip, 'Pneumatic type, complete with gun firing button, brake lever and parking catch'. This is the early (non Dunlop patent type) magnesium alloy AH2040 grip - later variants had a 'crackle' finish. The main casting in is good overall condition bar corrosion of the Bowden brake cable guide (see photo). The grip's textured coating is also in very good original condition. The grip is fitted with a pneumatically operated brass gun firing button with rotating safety ring for 'Safe' and 'Fire' positions - all in good working order. The brass pipes leading to the button are also present and in excellent condition. There is also an incredibly rare original/correct alloy brake lever, stores reference AHO3513 and an early original plated brass parking catch. This said, the brake lever and parking catch mounting posts, not clearly visible without removing the lever/catch, are copies and not original. The parking catch itself would have had a nickel plate finish but this must have worn over the years as it now sports an aluminium paint finish over the brass. The spade grip is mounted onto a black painted wooden shaft/column which in turn is fitted into part of an aircraft engine piston, modified for use as an ashtray. Scratched faintly into the base of this is the wording 'Tyrhoon, Big Viaduct Of Elvet 194'. Although this grip is technically suitable for all marks of the Hawker Hurricane (by reference number) it could theoretically have been intended for/used in other aircraft including the Fairey Battle, Fairey Fulmar, Westland Whirlwind, Gloster Gladiator, Westland Lysander and North American T6 Harvard (minus brake lever/catch as the aircraft had toe brakes). All in all a lovely spade grip and a superb display piece. Stock code M19432.
R.A.F. Headband Type 'C' Stores ref. 10A/12160. Rubber coated wire headband with integral rubber crown pad and chamois cushioned rubber receiver carriers. Used mainly by transport & coastal command aircrews flying for prolonged periods and often without the need for an oxygen mask. Good used condition overall.
R.A.F. Headgear Equipment Bags Plastic bags with press stud closure. These strong bags were used to carry/store such items as G-type inner helmets and oxygen masks etc. Probably 1970s/80s vintage. Some soiling/marking but no damage evident and still flexible. You get two for the price quoted.
R.A.F. Headover / Balaclava - Postwar Stores ref. VMC SL33c/391. Dated 1990. Labelled. Knitted balaclava - basic tube with ribbed face opening. Very long. Labelled. Some small fray/moth holes. Reasonable condition. Stock code H9643.
R.A.F. Heated Clothing/Equipment Plug/Socket Stores Ref. 5c/591. Small black bakelite/plastic 2-pin socket. Looks very similar to those found on type 48 microphone assembly looms (G-mask microphone) & the electrical connectors in Irvin jackets and RAE heated clothing etc. & does fit the same type of plug. Good used condition
R.A.F. Height & Airspeed Computor, MK.II By The London Nameplate Mfg. Co. Ltd. Stores ref. 6B/131. 1940 date code. Circular white metal instrument. Has rotating discs for setting the ground pressure, temperature, indicated height and airspeed. For use with ICAN calibrated altimeters. Used by Navigators to when plotting routes etc. Very good used condition. Well marked. Stock code M17220.
R.A.F. Height & Airspeed Computor, MK.IIA By The London Name Plate Mfg. Co. Ltd. Stores ref. 6B/166. 1940 date code. Circular white metal instrument. Has rotating discs for setting the ground pressure, temperature, indicated height and airspeed. For use with ICAN calibrated altimeters. Used by Navigators when plotting routes etc. One of the small metal 'feet' is missing (see photo), otherwise in good '+' used condition. Well marked. Stock code M17753.
R.A.F. Height And Air Speed Computor, MK.I By The London Name Plate Mfg. Co. Ltd. Stores ref. 6B/108. 1940 date code. Circular white metal instrument. Has rotating discs for setting the ground barometric pressure, temperature, indicated height and airspeed. For use with isothermic calibrated altimeters. Used by Navigators when plotting routes etc. A bit grubby but otherwise in very good used condition. Well marked early example. Predates the more commonly found MK.II & IIA. Stock code M18702.
R.A.F. Height And Air Speed Computor, MK.IIA Stores ref. 6B/166. Circular white metal instrument. Has rotating discs for setting the ground pressure, temperature, indicated height and airspeed. For use with ICAN calibrated altimeters. Used by Navigators when plotting routes etc. In Excellent unused condition with stores tag and waxed paper wrapping. Well marked. Stock code M17228.
R.A.F. Height And Air Speed Computor, MK.IIA, Boxed By Betta Manufacturing Company, Enfield. Stores ref. 6B/166. Circular white metal instrument. Has rotating discs for setting the ground pressure, temperature, indicated height and airspeed. For use with ICAN calibrated altimeters. Used by Navigators when plotting routes etc. In excellent unused/unissued condition with stores tag, waxed paper wrapping and issue box. Well marked. Stock code M17276.
R.A.F. Hospital Feeder Cup By W. Adams & Sons. Approx. 14 x 14 x 7cms (max. dimensions). Unusual white china feeder or drinking cup as used in wartime RAF hospitals with bed-bound or reclining patients. Clear 'R.A.F.' and King's Crown within a blue circle to one side. The Red Cross version of this cup is relatively common but RAF marked examples are rarely found. Excellent undamaged condition. Stock code C17370.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket Physically measures approx. 46” so should be OK for around a 42” chest. Interesting example with typical late war muliple panelled front and rear sections. The leather is in very good overall condition retaining much of the original chromed finish and flexibility. There is a small tear (approx. 3.5cms) on the top section of the right sleeve near the shoulder seam and relatively minor surface wear on the right elbow and both cuff areas. Generally the stitching is good and tight but a few small seam sections might benefit from a few extra stitches. It retains original 'D-o-T' marked main zip and one original A.M. marked 'Lightning' sleeve zip. The other sleeve has a relatively old replacement zip. Very good mid-length medium/dark brown fur lining with relatively minor wear to the cuffs and waist. Retains the original belt, chain hanger, collar strap/rings and eyelets to the rear of the collar for the elastic 'collar strap'. A nice late war example in very good used condition. Stock code J14119.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket Physically measures approx. 43” so should be OK for around a 38-40” chest. Interesting example with typical late war multiple panelled front and rear sections. The leather is in good '+' overall condition retaining much of the original chromed finish and flexibility. There are no tears/repairs or damaged areas but there is surface wear and scuffing in places. The stitching all seems to be good and tight . It has an old/period replacement 'Lightning' marked main zip but both sleeve zips are original (different, but original). One of these looks fine but the teeth do no mesh when used. and one original A.M. marked 'Lightning' sleeve zip. Very good mid-long length medium brown fur lining with some still left at the cuffs and more still at the waist. Retains the original belt, leather hanger and collar strap/rings. A nice late war example in good '+' used condition. Stock code J14379.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket Physically measures approx. 45” so should be OK for around a 40/41” chest. Classic early mid war example with single panel fronts and a four-panel back. The actual leather is generally in very good condition without damage, repairs or patches. Although strong and supple it does show wear and has lost some of the original chromed finish. This could be improved dramatically with some leather dressing. The main zip is a replacement with neat but rather obvious stitching. Both sleeve zips are 'Lightning' originals. The belt has also been restitched in places - again with neat yet rather obvious stitching. The majority of the jacket stitching and seams appear good and tight bar a couple of small sections beneath the arms (see photo - easy repair if required). Excellent short dense mid brown coloured fur with a decent amount remaining at the waist. The cuff ends show more wear/loss of fur trim. This example has a chain hanger - this has pulled away from one side and there is minor moulting adjacent. It also has the collar strap & rings (the 2 sections of the collar strap are unstitched - see photo) plus the eyelets to the rear of the collar for the elastic 'collar strap' (not present). A decent strong example. Stock code J16428.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket Approx. size 36/38". Triple panelled fronts and each side of the rear centre seam suggesting mid to late war manufacture. The leather of the main body is generally very good and supple retaining a reasonable amount of the original chrome finish. It would improve dramatically with some leather dressing. The sleeves are not so good. While they are still supple and free of damage they have lost a fair amount of chroming leaving a white-ish suede-like finish. Again, this could be improved with leather dressing (even more if you were prepared to dye the leather). The main zip is completely missing having been carefully removed. Both sleeve zips are Air Ministry marked, c/w leather puller tags and in good working order. The dense mid tan fur is excellent and there is still a reasonable amount remaining at the cuffs and waist. The jacket retains its original belt and collar strap/rings in good used condition. Most seams appear good and tight with the exception of the centre collar seam that has 'opened'. With a zip fitted this would be a wearable jacket but it could do with some work to improve the appearance of the sleeves. Stock code J11182.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket Physically measures approx. 44” so should be OK for around a 38-40” chest. Interesting example with typical late war multiple panelled front and rear sections. The leather is in excellent overall condition retaining amost all of the original chromed finish and flexibility. There are no tears/repairs or damaged areas and little surface wear or scuffing. The stitching all seems to be good and tight. All of the zips are original, in very good working condition and complete with their leather puller tabs. Excellent short to mid length dense brown fur lining with superb cuff and waist trim remaining. Retains the original belt, chain hanger and collar strap/rings. A cloth 'label' has the owner's name inked on it ' Lt. Rendall'. A superb late war example. One of the best we've seen for a long time. Relisted as the customer opted for the wired Irvin currently listed instead! Stock code J15100.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket Physically measures approx. 48-49” so should be OK for around a 44-45” chest. Classic early mid-war example with four panel front/back. The leather is in excellent overall condition retaining much of the original chromed finish and flexibility. No tears, damage, holes or repairs. All of the stitching and seams appear good and tight bar the rear centre seam on the collar (see photo). Excellent short dense chestnut tan coloured fur. This is worn at the cuff front area and front waist area but remains very good at the rear waist/cuff hems. The jacket retains original 'Lighting' zips, the main one complete with leather pull tag. The belt is also in very good condition. This example has a chain hanger, collar strap/rings and eyelets to the rear of the collar for the elastic 'collar strap' (not present). Overall this is an excellent example in a good size. It would look even better with a light application of leather dressing. Stock code J16871.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket Physically measures approx. 48” so should be OK for around a 44” chest. Manufactured as a wired example this has the typical early single panel fronts and just one centre seam on the back of the jacket. The original wiring and the channels in which it ran have all been carefully removed. The only evidence of this are the stitch holes and the connector posts at the cuffs for RAE heated gloves. The leather is generally in good condition but has been patched in six places (see photos). The largest is at the lower edge of one rear panel which also has a smaller patch adjacent to the sleeve seam. In addition this panel has a small tear (2.5cm - see photo). The remaining patches are to the main zip binding tape and rear of the right arm which also has a small stitched repair and a small tear/split near the cuff. The leather retains a decent amount of the original chromed finish and good flexibility. All of the stitching and seams appear good and tight. Superb soft short/dense pale tan coloured fur that remains good even at the cuffs and waist. The jacket retains original 'DOT' zips, the main zip complete with leather pull tag. The belt is in very good condition although the right hand part is a replacement (probably by Eastman Leather). This example has a chain hanger and collar strap/rings. Evidence of removal of the eyelets for the rear collar srap. Unusually this irvin is faintly named on the left breast to a 'Sgt. Dowson F/E'. In need of some fairly minor attention this is a fairly good example in a good size. Being sold on commission - please select non card payment and await payment advice. Stock code JRM-1.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket By Wareings. Stored ref. 22c/323. Size 7 (out of 8 sizes), Ht. 6'2-6'4", Ch. 40-42", Wt. 36-38". 1941 dated. Physically measures approx. 48 - 49” (zipped, laid flat and measured pit to pit) so should be OK for around a 44” chest - the measurements given on the label refer to the size when worn over a uniform or similar clothing. The leather is in excellent overall condition retaining much of the original chromed finish and flexibility. Apart from light abrasion, surface crazing and wear there is no damage or repairwork. Some soiling - mainly on the arms. Sadly the windflap behind the front zip has been carefully removed but this could be reinstated using a donor jacket or trousers. All of the stitching and seams appear good and tight. Excellent mid length dense golden tan coloured fur that is still very good at both the cuffs and waist. The jacket retains its chain hanger belt, collar strap/rings and original Air Ministry marked 'D-o-T' and 'Lightning' brand zips, two still complete with with leather pull tag. Lovely large original label complete with size and date details - this would benefit from a little extra stitching. Overall this is a very nice example in one of the largest sizes produced. Would improve further with a light leather dressing. If you are looking for a big Irvin do not miss this one! Stock code J17429.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket - (FAA History) Physically measures approx. 48” so should be OK for around a 44” chest (please note terms and conditions regarding use). Classic early example with single panel fronts and just one centre seam on the back of the jacket. The leather is in very good overall condition retaining much of the original chromed finish and flexibility. There is some rubbing to the back of the arms and the rear of the collar along with some crazing/wear around the top of the back panels but the overall appearance is very good. All of the stitching and seams appear good and tight bar the centre of the collar - inside, where the fur has parted slightly (see photo). This should be a fairly easy repair. Very good short dense pale tan coloured fur - some wear around the edges of the collar (see photo). The cuff fur shows wear with little remaining (see photo). The waist fur is better but still shows wear and balding areas (See photo). The jacket retains original 'D-o-T' marked zips - all with their original leather puller tags. The belt is complete but shows wear. This example had a chain hanger (missing), collar strap/rings and eyelets to the rear of the collar for the elastic 'collar strap' (not present). No label. The jacket belonged to James Northam who flew Swordfish aircraft with 830 Fleet Air Arm Squadron in Malta. He was involved with radar equipped aircraft flying at night to locate and sink enemy shipping. It comes with a typed letter of information about this and how he came to leave the FAA with his Irvin and other flying gear (see photo). Overall a good +/very good early war example in a decent size and with history too. Please note that if this jacket appears familiar it is because it has been 're-stocked'. The customer, who was paying in instalments has been made redundant and can no longer afford to buy it. Stock code J15407.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket - Early Pattern Measures approx. 44" so should fit 40". Classic early example with single panel fronts and just one centre seam on the back of the jacket. The leather is reasonably good and supple although 'dull' with loss of chromed finish in places. This could be improved with leather dressing. All of the zips are original early 'Deco' style DOT brand and in good working condition c/w leather puller tabs. The dense tan fur is excellent although worn at the cuffs and waist. The jacket retains its original belt and collar strap/rings in good used condition. The collar also has the eyelets at the back for the elastic collar strap (strap missing). Some of the seams have been restitched and others are a bit loose and would benefit with more restitching. The original chain hanger is in place as is the Air Ministry marked, 1939 dated label. A nice early jacket with a good used overall appearance. Purchased directly from a 245 Squadron Hurricane/Typhoon pilot. Stock code J15648.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket - Early Pattern Physically measures approx. 46” so should be OK for around a 42” chest. Classic early example with single panel fronts and just one centre seam on the back of the jacket. The leather is in good overall condition retaining much of the original chromed finish and flexibility. There is more abrasion and wear to the sleeves along with some damage - the worst of this is a tear on the upper part of the right sleeve (approx. 8cm) - this has been stitched at some point but the repair has failed and the leather is fragile, requiring patching internally/externally. In addition there are a couple of other repairs to sleeve damage (patches glued from inside - see photo). There is also a small tear near the right cuff (see photo). Excellent short dense pale tan coloured fur. The cuff and waist fur shows considerable wear but there is still some 'trim' remaining. The jacket retains original 'D-o-T' marked zips. The main zip does work but requires patience to enable correct 'meshing'. One sleeve zip is very good, the other functions correctly but has a small section near the top that is unmeshed. This does not affect the use of 90% of the zip length. The belt is also in good condition. This example has a leather hanger, collar strap/rings and eyelets to the rear of the collar for the elastic 'collar strap' (not present). Overall this is a reasonable early war example in a decent size. Unsuitable for use without some repair/remedial treament but fine for display 'as is'. Stock code J5991.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket - Early Pattern Physically measures approx. 46” so should be OK for around a 42” chest. Classic early example with single panel fronts and just one centre seam on the back of the jacket. The leather is in very good overall condition retaining much of the original chromed finish and flexibility. There is a small surface nick in one of the rear panels and some wear/abrasion to the upper part of the right arm. Here there is a hole in the outer skin of the leather but this does not penetrate through to the fur and isn't really a problem (see photos). Other than these minor faults there are no tears, damage, holes or repairs. All of the stitching and seams appear good and tight. Excellent short dense pale tan coloured fur. The cuff fur shows wear but there is still some 'trim' remaining. The waist fur trim is still very good. The jacket retains original 'D-o-T' and Air Ministry marked main zips. The sleeve zips are 'Lightning' marked originals. The belt is also in very good condition. This example has a chain hanger, collar strap/rings and eyelets to the rear of the collar for the elastic 'collar strap' (not present). Overall this is a very good early war example in a decent size. Stock code J
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket - Early Pattern Physically measures approx. 48” so should be OK for around a 44” chest. Classic early example with single panel fronts and just one centre seam on the back of the jacket. The leather is generally in very good condition retaining much of the original chromed finish and flexibility. There is some thinning of the leather at the shoulders and sadly, some damage/tears to the right arm (see photos) plus a small stitched repair to the same arm (see photo). Other than these there are no tears, damage, holes or repairs. All of the stitching and seams appear good and tight. Excellent short dense pale tan coloured fur. The cuff & waist fur shows considerable wear. The jacket retains original 'D-o-T' marked zips all with the original leather pull tags. Unfortunately the lower portion of one side of the main zip is damaged. It can be done up with care but for regular use would certainly require attention. The belt shows wear and use but is undamaged. This example has a leather hanger (unstitched at one end), collar strap (rings are missing), and eyelets to the rear of the collar for the elastic 'collar strap' (not present). Despite the problems this is still a good looking large jacket and would make an excellent display piece. With some attention it could be made suitable for wearing. Stock code J11645.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket - Early Pattern Physically measures approx. 45” so should be OK for around a 40/41” chest. Classic early example with single panel fronts and just one centre seam on the back of the jacket. The leather is in excellent overall condition retaining much of the original chromed finish and flexibility. No tears, damage, holes or repairs. All of the stitching and seams appear good and tight. Excellent short dense pale tan coloured fur that remains good even at the cuffs and waist. Oddly the left side of the collar has a different fur but this isn't particularly obvious and is original to the collar. The jacket retains original Lighting zips', all with leather pull tags The belt is also in very good condition. This example had a chain hanger (only the end rings remain), collar strap/rings and eyelets to the rear of the collar for the elastic 'collar strap' (not present). Named to the rear of the collar. Overall this is an excellent early war example in a reasonable size. From my own collection due to upgrades. Stock code J14378.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket - Early Pattern (History) Physically measures approx. 48” so should be OK for around a 44” chest. Classic early example with single panel fronts and just one centre seam on the back of the jacket. The leather is in very good overall condition retaining much of the original chromed finish and flexibility. There is some rubbing to the back of the arms and the rear of the collar along with some crazing/wear around the top of the back panels but the overall appearance is very good. All of the stitching and seams appear good and tight bar the centre of the collar - inside, where the fur has parted slightly. This should be a fairly easy repair. Very good short dense pale tan coloured fur - some wear around the edges of the collar. The cuff fur shows wear with little remaining. The waist fur is better but still shows wear and balding areas. The jacket retains original 'D-o-T' marked zips - all with their original leather puller tags. The belt is complete but shows wear. This example had a chain hanger (missing), collar strap/rings and eyelets to the rear of the collar for the elastic 'collar strap' (not present). No label. The jacket belonged to James Northam who flew Swordfish aircraft with 830 Squadron in Malta. He was involved with radar equipped aircraft flying at night to locate and sink enemy shipping. It comes with a typed letter of information about this and how he came to leave the RAF with his Irvin and other flying gear. Overall a good +/very good early war example in a decent size and with history too. Stock code J15407.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket - Early Pattern. Physically measures approx. 50” so should be OK for around a 46” chest. Classic early example with single panel fronts and just one centre seam on the back of the jacket. The leather is in very good overall condition retaining much of the original chromed finish and flexibility. There is a relatively small patch under one arm but this isn't really seen in normal use and doesn't really detract. All of the stitching and seams appear good and tight. Very good short dense pale tan coloured fur. The cuff fur shows wear with little remaining to the left sleeve but the waist fur is quite good. The jacket retains original 'D-o-T' marked zips - all with their original leather puller tags. The belt has been shortened on the buckle side and has been fitted with a replacement buckle. This example has a chain hanger, collar strap/rings and eyelets to the rear of the collar for the elastic 'collar strap' (not present). It also has a named, King's Crown marked label. Sadly this is a bit faded so no date or size details. Overall this is a very good early war example. Extremely rare to find in this size. Stock code J14331.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket - History Labelled as Ht. 6'1", Ch. 42", Wt. 38". Physically measures approx. 50” so should be OK for around a 44-46” chest in theory. Classic four panel front and back. The leather is generally in good supple condition with reasonable levels of original chromed finish remaining. It would probably improve further with an application of leather dressing. Unfortunately there is some damage - the worst is on the right arm where there is an old stitched repair and two splits up against the shoulder. Ideally that panel would be replaced. In addition there is a small tear up against the left shoulder seam at the back (see photos). All of the zips are original, in very good working condition and complete with their leather puller tabs. Excellent mid length dense brown fur lining with superb cuff and waist trim remaining. The collar has shorter denser fur and again, is excellent. It retains the one of the eyelets at the back for the collar strap (missing). The jacket retains the original belt, leather hanger and collar strap/rings. Original Air Ministry marked cloth label with 1941 contract date and clear 1942 production date along with hand written size information. Purchased directly from the veteran's widow approximately 10 years ago. He was a Navigator with 10 operational flights to his credit. Name supplied to buyer. With some work this would make a super jacket and is a very good size. More images on request. Stock code J12967.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket - Largest Size Made 'Irvinsuit' jacket by Irving Air Chute of Great Britain. Stores ref. 22c/110. Size 8 (largest available) Ht. 6'2 - 6'4", Ch. 42-44", Wt. 40-42". 1941 dated. Physically measures approx. 50” so should be OK for around a 46” chest - the measurements given on the label refer to the size when worn over a uniform or similar clothing. Classic early war pattern with two-panel fronts/back. The leather is in excellent overall condition retaining much of the original chromed finish and flexibility. Apart from light abrasion and wear there is no damage or repairs but sadly the belt and collar strap/rings have been removed at some stage. All of the stitching and seams appear good and tight. Excellent mid length dense golden tan coloured fur that is still good at both the cuffs and waist. The jacket retains its chain hanger and original 'Lightning' brand zips, the main complete with with leather pull tag. Lovely large original label complete with size and date details. Overall this is a very nice example in the largest size produced. Would improve further with a light leather dressing. If you are looking for a big Irvin do not miss this one! Stock code J17514.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket Collar Strap Black elastic strap with metal attachment clips to each end . These were fitted using the small brass 'eyes' sewn onto the rear of the Irvin collar. These straps are often referred to as spare goggle straps but were in fact used to help pull the collar into the upright position. Very good used condition. Remarkably difficult to find. Sock code.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket Collar Strap Black elastic strap with metal attachment clips to each end . These were fitted using the small brass 'eyes' sewn onto the rear of the Irvin collar. These straps are often referred to as spare goggle straps but were in fact used to help pull the collar into the upright position. Light soiling but retains elasticity. Minor marking/tarnishing of metal parts. Good '+' used condition. Remarkably difficult to find. Sock code J18825.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket Collar Strap Black elastic strap with metal attachment clips to each end . These were fitted using the small brass 'eyes' sewn onto the rear of the Irvin collar. These straps are often referred to as spare goggle straps but were in fact used to help pull the collar into the upright position. An excellent example. Remarkably difficult to find. Sock code SJDF.
R.A.F. Irvin Flying Trousers Unknown size - (Measures Wt. 36",Leg 31.5"). Standard Irvin trousers in mid brown leather with mid tan dense fur lining, flapped knee pockets and integral braces/suspenders. The leather is very good and supple showing light use and wear only. Excellent original Air Ministry/D-o-T marked leg zips c/w leather puller tabs. Good braces retaining some elasticity. This pair was originally wired for use with heated boots/boot liners. The leather sheathing is still in place down the legs but the wiring and plugs have been carefully removed. Not at all obvious unless you know! Very good to excellent overall condition. Stock code S16634.
R.A.F. Irvinsuit Flying Trousers Size 4 - (Wt. 32-34",Seat 38-40", Leg 31.5"). Standard Irvin trousers in mid brown leather with mid tan dense fur lining, flapped knee pockets and integral braces/suspenders. The leather is very good and supple showing only light use and wear. Excellent original Air Ministry/'W' marked leg zips - one c/w leather puller tab. Good braces but they do lack elasticity. Minor restitching required to one side pocket flap (see photos). Good original label with 1937 date. Very good to excellent overall condition. Stock code S16350.
R.A.F. Issue Blood/Ghoolie Chit & Container Single sided 'chit' for use by British aircrews operating over Far Eastern Countries. Printed in colour on thin rayon cloth. Approx. 28 x 46 cms. Has the Union flag and wording ' Dear Friend, I am an Allied fighter. I did not come here to do any harm to you who are my friends. I only want to harm the Japanese and chase them away from this country as quckly as possible. If you will assist me, my Government will sufficiently reward you when the Japanese are driven away'. This text is repeated in various languages including Annamite, Malay, French, Jawi, Haka, Sumatran, Thai, Kachin, Tamil, Burmese, Chinese, Bengali etc. A vital safety 'pass' for British airmen who might find themselves in enemy occupied territory. The chit is folded/creased and has light marking. Hemmed edges rather than the 'raw' edged type. Very good used condition overall. Comes with the very rare plastic/acetate sleeve (approx. 11 x 13 cms.) designed to hold the blood chit such that the allied flag could easily be seen. Has a black rubberized 'tongue' with a cotton neck tape attached. This could also be attached over a service dress or battledress button. The acetate is a bit yellowed and the edge 'folds' are warped. A very nice survival item. Stock code S16415.
R.A.F. Issue Water Sterilising Tablets Small tin with hinged lid, approx. 6 x 6 x 2.5cm. Contains two glass bottles each labelled '50 Sterlising Tablets'. Both bottles appear to have a reasonable quantity remaining (note the bottles do not match and one should contain blue 'Thio' tablets). Instructions for use are printed to the innerside of the lid. These were mainly issued to aircrews in the Far East in conjunction with survival kits and the Lightweight Tropical 'Beadon' flying suit. Stock code S16128.
R.A.F. Issued 'German From Scratch, Bill Und Jock in Deutschland' P/b, 12 x 18cm., 116p, 1942. Modern Languages For The Services, No.2, German From Scratch, Bill Und Jock In Deutschland'. Issued from Chessington & later Cobham RAF Stations. 'Written on unorthodox lines' and 'Intended to enable the adult student of the Forces to acquire an elementary knowledge of German in the shortest possible time'. The book was compiled to enable the British soldier to acquire in about 20 lessons sufficient German to make his way in Germany. Reading the annotations within the pages this particular copy appears to have been used by a member of the occupying forces in Germany post-war but the print date is February 1942 and the library stamp date is also 1942. Some fading and annotation. Good overall. Stock code P16876.
R.A.F. K-type Dinghy 'D' Ring Patches Stores ref. 27C/2111. Small rubberized fabric patches with chromed 'D' ring attached. Approx. 7cm diameter. These were glued to the K-type dinghy around the edges of the bouyant chamber and were used to secure the hood and apron etc. Fresh from storage - unused old stock with light soiling only. We have a small quantity available. Each is in the same condition as those photographed and priced individually. Stock code S17918.
R.A.F. K-Type Dinghy CO2 Cylinder MK.IX. Stores Ref. 6D/535. Wire bound metal cylinder with on/off valve. Marked with A.M. King's Crown and reference numbers. Also marked 'Tropical' although identical to the stnadard temperate cylinders. Dated May 1944. Good used condition. Another hard to find dinghy item. Empty. Please note this item is heavy. Stock code M15430.
R.A.F. K-type Dinghy Compass By T. G. Co. Ltd. Issued with the K-type dinghy, the 'Compass, Magnetic Marching, Mark 1' is approx. 6 x 7 x 2.5cm when closed. Constructed in black bakelite with mirror and sighting slot within the lid. This example is not actually Air Ministry marked but is identical in all other ways. Very good used condition. Stock code S17965.
R.A.F. K-type Dinghy Drogue Stores ref. 27C/1890. Collapsible white cotton sea drogue used to reduce drifting of the dinghy. It looks a bit like a small windsock and has a wire stiffener at the top end, attached to a rope lanyard. Damage free but is rather soiled/stained. One of these was placed in all of the different K-type dinghy pack variants. Stock code S17575.
R.A.F. K-type Dinghy Inflation Bellows - 2nd Pattern Stores Ref. 27C/2083. Orange rubber hand bellows for keeping a dinghy 'topped-up' once inflated with the integral CO2 cartridge. Simple concertina type bellows with integral rubberized fabric handles. Grubby/dusty with storage chalk etc but in good working condition and without damage. With reference marks/inspection. Stock code M18835.
R.A.F. K-Type Dinghy Inflation Bellows - Type 1 Stores Ref. 27C/1904. Black rubber hand bellows for keeping a dinghy 'topped-up' once inflated with the integral CO2 cartridge. Simple string handles. Grubby/dusty with storage chalk etc but in good working condition and without damage. Stock code M15433.
R.A.F. K-type Dinghy Inflation Cylinder Sleeve 'Sleeve Fabric for 'K' Type Dinghy', Stores ref. 27C/2044. Orange canvas sleeve approx. 27 x 10cm used to contain the Co2 inflation cylinder. Press stud fastening to secure around the neck of the cylinder. Marked with text 'Remove This Cover For Check Weigh, Stores Ref. 27C/2044'. Some staining and marks but in good solid condition overall. Stock code S18831.
R.A.F. K-type Dinghy Inflation Cylinder Sleeve - Boxed 'Sleeve Fabric for 'K' Type Dinghy', Stores ref. 27C/2044. Orange canvas sleeve approx. 27 x 10cm used to contain the Co2 inflation cylinder. Press stud fastening to secure around the neck of the cylinder. Marked with a WD broad arrow and text 'Remove This Cover For Check Weigh, Stores Ref. 27C/2044'. Also with inspection stamp. Mint unissued condition still with waxed paper wrapper and original issue box with stores label. Stock code S17891.
R.A.F. K-type Dinghy Inflation Cylinder Sleeve, Boxed 'Sleeve Fabric for 'K' Type Dinghy', Stores ref. 27C/2044. Orange canvas sleeve approx. 27 x 10cm used to contain the CO2 inflation cylinder. Press stud fastening to secure around the neck of the cylinder. Marked with text 'Remove This Cover For Check Weigh, Stores Ref. 27C/2044'. Excellent unissued condition with box of issue and inner waxed paper wrapping. Stock code S18973.
R.A.F. K-type Dinghy Inflation Cylinder Sleeve, Boxed 'Sleeve Fabric for 'K' Type Dinghy', Stores ref. 27C/2044. This item is still boxed/sealed but will contain one orange canvas sleeve approx. 27 x 10cm used to contain the CO2 inflation cylinder. Press stud fastening to secure around the neck of the cylinder. Marked with text 'Remove This Cover For Check Weigh, Stores Ref. 27C/2044'. This item was new when sealed so is assumed to remain in excellent unissued condition but obviously this cannot be guaranteed. Please note that potential buyers are purchasing a 'sealed' box and returns will not be accepted if opened. Stock code S17890.
R.A.F. K-type Dinghy Leak Stoppers Stores Ref. 27c/1903. Set of two rubber stoppers (size 2 & 3). Conical in shape and threaded externally so they could be screwed into punctures in the dinghy. Two sets of two were carried in each of the K-type dinghy packs (A type seat pack, B back pack, C detachable seat pack, D Kidney shaped seat pack & F detachable seat pack). Dusty and some cracking if flexed but in good overall condition. Stock code S16016.
R.A.F. K-type Dinghy Leak Stoppers Stores Ref. 27c/1903. Set of three stoppers (wooden size 1 and rubber size 2 & 3). Conical in shape and threaded externally so they could be screwed into punctures in the dinghy. Two sets were carried in each of the K-type dinghy packs (A type seat pack, B back pack, C detachable seat pack, D Kidney shaped seat pack & F detachable seat pack). Very good overall condition. Stock code S17331.
R.A.F. K-type Dinghy Leak Stoppers 'Stoppers, Leak - Set'. Stores Ref. 27c/1903. Set of three stoppers (wooden size 1 and rubber size 2 & 3). Conical in shape and threaded externally so they could be screwed into punctures in the dinghy. Two sets were carried in each of the K-type dinghy packs (A type seat pack, B back pack, C detachable seat pack, D Kidney shaped seat pack & F detachable seat pack). Excellent unused condition - copiously coated in chalk dust. Two sets available - priced per set of 3 stoppers. Stock code S17897/9.
R.A.F. K-Type Dinghy Mast Stores ref. 27C/2054. The mast consists of seven light alloy metal tubes which telescope to a minimum length of 38cm. When extended, the overall length is approx. 1.69m. Once erected, the sections remain in their extended positions by the provision of internal spring plungers. The mast cannot be collapsed unless these plungers are depressed. The upper end of the mast is fitted with a flange to which three stabalizing guy lines can be fitted. The lower end is plugged and fits into the recess provided for it on the thwart. Shows use and wear but in good overall condition. Stock code M15429.
R.A.F. K-type Dinghy Mast Stores ref. 27C/2054. The mast consists of seven light alloy metal tubes which telescope to a minimum length of 38cm. When extended, the overall length is approx. 1.69m. Once erected, the sections remain in their extended positions by the provision of internal spring plungers. The mast cannot be collapsed unless these plungers are depressed. The upper end of the mast is fitted with a flange to which three stabalizing guy lines can be fitted. The lower end is plugged and fits into the recess provided for it on the thwart. Shows use and wear and lacks the small plungers on 2 sections although this does not matter for display purposes. Otherwise in good overall condition. Stock code M17251.
R.A.F. K-type Dinghy Pack Quick Release Unit Stores ref. 27C/2157. The webbing lanyards of the type A MK.II, III & B pack is fitted with a quick-release unit that consists of 2 sections, part of which is fitted to the Mae West or flying clothing. This is the complete unit manufactured in cadmium plated white metal. Light tarnishing but in excellent used condition overall. Stock code MW18911.
R.A.F. K-type Dinghy Pack, Type A, MK.II Seat Pack, Type A, MK.II. Stores ref. 27C/1899. The single-man Type K dinghy was carried folded and compressed within a variety of different packs and used in conjunction with the airman's parachute equipment. The Type A pack attached to the parachute pack in place of the usual seat cushion on the 'Pilot'/seat type parachute harness. It contained the dinghy and equipment with a readily detachable top panel connected to the dinghy by a painter and to the pilot by a webbing strap. Manufactured in heavy olive drab cotton canvas, broadly rectangular in shape with a separate cover attached with press-studs. The pack has four parachute pack attachment tabs/studs and internal stowage pockets to house the accessories not carried within the dinghy itself. Multi-lingual label stitched to the cover. This is the early MK.II version dating from around 1942 (most wartime examples found are the MK.III). Unusually it has what appears to be an extra side (CO2 cylinder?) pocket similar to that found on the Type B. Possibly a slight variant on the standard type. It is quite heavily soiled externally and the canvas is a bit 'stiff'. That said it displays well when packed out as shown in the photographs. Stock code S19503.
R.A.F. K-type Dinghy Paddles - Pair Stores Ref. 27C/1906. Pair of hand paddles as issued with the K-type one-seater survival dinghy. An unissued pair with storage wear only. Still with the French chalk dusting over them and come wrapped in the original waxed packing paper. As good as they come. Final pair remaining - priced per pair. Stock code S16065/6.
R.A.F. K-Type Dinghy Sail Stores Ref. 27C/2085. Manufactured from cotton fabric, dyed red and in the form of an isosceles triangle. The edges and corners are reinforced and the corners eyeletted. The bow guy line is missing but the the other two corners (termed the steering ends) are fitted with a 135cm length of cord as a steering line. Printed with sailing instructions. Has a few very small holes but is fairly clean and bright and in good '+' overall condition. Stock code M15317.
R.A.F. K-type Dinghy Sail Stores Ref. 27C/2085. Manufactured from cotton fabric, dyed red and in the form of an isosceles triangle. The edges and corners are reinforced and the corners eyeletted for the bow guyline and steering lines (not present). Printed with sailing instructions. Has been stitched to something else at some point and has tiny stitch holes at the edges and centre of the sail (look carefully at the photos and you can see them) but this does not detract. The edge binding tape has come adrift in one place. Fairly clean and bright and in good overall condition. Stock code M17250.
R.A.F. K-Type Dinghy Thwart Stores Ref. 27C/2057. The wooden thwart consists of tow pieces of plywood which slide on upon the other and can be extended so that the extreme ends fit into the thwart pockets provided on the dinghy. When fitted in such a position, two holes, one in each piece, are in line and the base of the mast can be inserted. Quite worn and with rust to the metal componants and loss of the sprung metal locking piece. Incredibly difficult to find these - they just don't turn up. Miss these at your peril! Stock code M15431.
R.A.F. K-type Dinghy Transmitter, Type T.3180, Boxed Stores ref. 10DB/975. The T.3180 ‘Walter MK.1’ was a compact portable homing transmitter designed to help locate downed airman and was issued with some of the K-type dinghy packs as standard equipment. It was fitted with a telescopic aerial mast and integral dry-cell battery power supply that emitted a pulsed signal that could be received over a range of up to 20 nautical miles by airborne ASV Mk. II radar sets or Rebecca Mk. IIb equipment fitted in Coastal Command and Fleet Air Arm aircraft. In use the telescopic mast extended to a height of approx. 6 ft. and was fitted with three guy ropes that secured to the dinghy sides. The lower section of the unit was held between the airman’s knees with a felt pad fitted to the base in order to prevent slipping and damage to the dinghy floor. If provided within the dinghy pack, a flag could also be attached to the aerial mast to aid visibility. To preserve the battery it was recommended that the transmitter be operated for 15 minutes at a time at five-minute intervals and only intermittently until an aircraft or rescue craft was sighted. This example appears to be unissued and has storage related wear and soiling only. It comes with the original card box complete with stores label. A very rare find. Stock code S18283.
R.A.F. K-type Dinghy Water Cushion & Cover By Jecco. Stores ref. 27c/2134 and 27c/2138. Khaki coloured canvas cushion cover (27c/2138) with zip fastener to access the inner rubber cushion (27c/2134) that was used to provide fresh water. These cushions were used in conjunction with the K-type one-man dinghy and is of similar appearance and size to a standard RAF parachute cushion. The rubber insert is flexible and appears undamaged. The cover is good but does have soiling and marking. Faintly stamped with reference numbers and manufacturer's details. With original stores tag. Stock code S15457.
R.A.F. K-Type Dinghy, MK.1 K-type dinghy (for small packs). Stores Ref. 27C/2019. Classic wartime one-man dinghy. Manufactured in orange rubberised cotton. This is the slightly lighter weight/more compact version that was never fitted with spray shields/aprons or provision for a mast or sail. This pattern was intended for use in the small detachable seat pack, type F, for use in restricted cockpits. They were issued with minimal accessories comprising a baler cup, drogue, bellows and leak stoppers - no mast, sail, Walter transmitter etc. The overall appearance is reasonable but there are a few period patched repairs and the non-inflatable base section has a number of nicks, holes/small tears etc. Retains good colour (photos make it appear more yellow than it is) and comes with a good drogue, baler cup and bellows. Has faint reference markings on the base and faint remnants of the multi-lingual user instructions on the sides. Appears to inflate (Co2 bottle valve needs blocking) but cannot guarantee it will hold air for extended periods. Stock code M16094.
R.A.F. King's Crown Uniform Pocket Buttons Kings crown brass tunic buttons - smaller size suitable for service dress tunic pockets (main front buttons are available in the uniform section).. Some tarnishing but should clean up fine. Various manufacturers. The price quoted is per button. The photograph shows a typical sample of those held in stock. Limited supply!
R.A.F. Kings Crown Blazer Buttons - Large Kings crown chromed metal blazer buttons - large front buttons (approx. 22mm diameter. - not pocket size). Very good used condition. The price quoted is per button. The photograph shows a typical sample of those held in stock.
R.A.F. Kings Crown Blazer Buttons - Small Kings crown chromed metal blazer buttons. Smaller size for use on pockets (approx. 15mm diameter). Very good used condition. The price quoted is per button. The photograph shows a typical sample of those held in stock.
R.A.F. Kings Crown Brass Uniform Buttons (Each) Kings crown brass tunic buttons - standard size suitable for service dress tunics (main front buttons - not pockets). Some tarnishing but should clean up fine. The price quoted is per button. The photograph shows a typical sample of those held in stock.
R.A.F. Kings Crown Brass Uniform Pocket Buttons (Each) Kings crown brass tunic buttons - rarer smaller size suitable for service dress tunics pockets (not main front buttons - but these are also available). Some tarnishing and varying degrees of wear but should clean up fine. Various different manufacturers including Gaunt, Firmin, WLM, Maddox & Cheyney. We cannot guarantee which maker you will receive. The price quoted is per button. The photographs shows a typical sample of those held in stock.
R.A.F. Kings Crown Plastic Uniform Buttons - Small Kings crown black plastic tunic buttons - smaller, pocket size suitable for service dress tunic pockets. Very good used condition. The price quoted is per button. The photograph shows a typical sample of those held in stock.
R.A.F. Knife, Pocket, With Spike (Beadon Suit Use) Stores Ref. 22P/11. Sometimes referred to as the R.A.F. 'Clasp' knife. Simple folded sheet steel body with a 'blued' finish. Fitted with two blades - one simple 9.75cm / 3.75" standard single edged spear-point blade and a similar length non edged spike. Many of these were manufactured by George Ibberson and Company. These knives were issued as part of the Beadon Flying Suit (Lightweight Flying Overall) and the Tropical Survival kit. There is also a suggestion that these were sometimes packed in red cross parcels (seems unlikely) or even dropped to Resistance forces. This example is, as many are, unmarked. There is fairly minor loss of the original blued finish and light surface corrosion in places. The blades are in very good condition and 'lock-out' and spring back well. Whilst these were relatively easy to find 10 years ago they have now become quite a rare find. Stock code M16784.
R.A.F. LAC Patch Printed 'Leading Aircraftsman" patch with a blue propeller on black cotton. Unused/unissued old stock. Excellent. Stock code U17377.
R.A.F. LAC Patches - Pair Matched pair of woven 'Leading Aircraftsman" patches with a blue stitched propeller on black cotton. Excellent used condition. One inscribed to rear 'Good Luck - Hope They Bring You Home Quick'. Stock code U16714.
R.A.F. LAC Propeller Badges Woven 'Leading Aircraftsman" patch with a blue propeller on black cotton. Cotton backing. Unused/unissued old stock. One remaining. Priced per badge. Stock code U16443/4.
R.A.F. Lancaster Bomb Jettison Switch Stores Ref. 5D/608. Small black bakelite/plastic box with a sprung flip-up metal flap behind which is a single red push-button switch. Text to the flap reads 'To Jettison Container Lift Flap And Press'. Also marked with A.M., King's Crown and reference numbers. Used condition with wear to the paint and text on the flap. Several rear cover screws are missing. These were used for jettisoning bombs on Lancaster bombers. Stock code M14321.
R.A.F. Lancaster Bomber Magneto Switches/Gate Stores ref. 5C/1252. Set of two twin toggle switches for the Magnetos on Lancaster and other wartime four-engined bombers. Complete with the 'Gate' that worked in conjunction with the undercarriage indicator and prevented the switches from being turned off when the undercarriage was retracted. Light wear/paint chipping and storage soiling only. Boxed but probably repackaged at some stage. Stock code M15491.
R.A.F. Lancaster Magneto Switches / Gate Stores ref. 5C/1252. Set of two twin toggle switches for the Magnetos on Lancaster and other wartime four-engined bombers. Complete with the 'Gate' that worked in conjunction with the undercarriage indicator and prevented the switches from being turned off when the undercarriage was retracted. Light wear and storage soiling. Part of the gate is painted ' S.T1 ELECT 80 EMBOD'. Boxed but probably repackaged at some stage. Stock code M15696.
R.A.F. Lancaster Pilot's Flying Log Book - 576 Squadron R.C.A.F. Form R.95 (R.A.F. 414). Log book of Flying Officer John Tile. Begins April 1943 - training at No.4 BFTS (British Flying Training School) Mesa Arizona on P.T.17A Stearman aircraft, with his first solo flight some two weeks later. He then moved onto AT6A (Harvard) aircraft. His training ended in the USA in Sepember 1943 with Tile rated as 'average'. By May 1944 he was at No.22 EFTS (Elementary Flying Training School) Cambridge (Pre AFU) flying Tiger Moths. In June 1944 he was at No.15 AFU (P) Babdown Farm (Ansons) followed by No.15 AFU (P) Castle Combe on Oxfords. He did a short course at No.1 BAS School (Beam Approach School), Watchfield eventually joining No.85 OTU (Operational Training Unit) Husbands Bosworth on Wellington bombers being rated as a 'proficient' pilot. In January 1945 he went to No.1668 Heavy Conversion Unit (HCU) at Bottesford on Lancaster bombers. He was posted to 576 Squadron (1 Group) at Fiskerton in March 1945 where he managed 5 Ops (Kiel, Plauen, Cuxhaven (abortive - p/outer u/s), Heligoland and Bremen (bombs brought back) and several 'Manna' food/supply dropping Ops over Holland before the end of the war. In June and July he did several 'post mortem' flights over Flensburg and some fighter affiliation & incendiary dumping flights. In September 1945 he was posted to 50 Squadron, Sturgate and in December of the same year he was posted to No.1 Ferry Unit, Pershore, Worcs. flying Lancasters, Oxfords and Dakotas and even a Luftwaffe Ju52. The log ends in December 1946. Towards the back of the book there are good records of his Link Trainer 'flights' and a comprehensive list of his movements in the RAF from Adastral House, London in 1941 to his last unit at Uxbridge in 1946. The log is in good overall condition - showing wear to the spine and edges as usual. It is neatly written and has all the relevant stamps and signatures etc. I have other items from this pilot including his pilot's notes, helmet, goggles and oxygen mask etc. These are listed elsewhere on this site. Stock code P13893.
R.A.F. Lightweight Tropical 'Beadon' Flying Suit Stores ref. 22c/1050, Size 4 (ht. 5'4" - 5'7", ch. 37-41", wt. 33-37", St. 38 -42"). The 'Beadon' suit, or as it is correctly termed, 'Lightweight Flying Overall', was introduced late in the war as a replacement for the Sidcot suit. Manufactured in a grey gabardine this one-piece suit has a full front zip fastener from waist to neck and has twelve pockets for the stowage of survival/medical equipment & rations, much of which is similar to that carried in the tropical survival kit. The material is generally in good condition bar a fwe snagged threads ans a couple of very small holes in one of the pockets (see photo). There is some soiling/staining but it is much cleaner than many we've had. All the zips are original, WD broad arrow marked, have the cloth pull tag fitted and function correctly. The knitted collar is peppered with moth damage/small holes but the cuffs have faired a bit better with only a few holes. Complete with integral belt, inner back pocket, cloth hanger and label named to the owner. Overall this is a good '+' used suit. These are surprisingly hard to find now - many having been used as overalls after the war. Stock code S18155.
R.A.F. Lightweight Tropical 'Beadon' Flying Suit Backpack Stores Ref. 22c/1070. 'Overalls Flying, Lightweight, Packs, Back'. This is the backpack designed for the lightweight flying overall (Beadon Suit) which replaced the Sidcot suit in 1945. Made from the same grey gabardine as the suit and approx. 45 x 45cm with two adjustable webbing shoulder straps and various pockets - one of which has a zip fastening. The pack was used to carry rations and medical supplies etc. This example is somewhat faded and grubby - particularly to one side. One popper is missing on the pocket flap - see photo. No label. Quite a rare item to find. Stock code S18893.
R.A.F. Lightweight Tropical 'Beadon' Flying Suit Scarf Triangular blue-grey 'silk' scarf that should be attached to the back of the neck of the Beadon flying suit. Approx. 125 x 55cm at the largest dimensions. If your suit doesn't have one it has been removed. Rare to find. Shows use, wear and some marking but in good condition overall. Stock code S19064.
R.A.F. M-Type Oxygen Mask / Tubes Stores Ref. 6D/1837. Type M, Mk.2 complete with microphone assembly, type 71, and mask tube assembly, MK.8, incorporating Mod. M326. Black rubber mask with fabric harness. Also fitted with pipe/connectors to attach to a pressure waistcoat. These were used in early Hunters, Javelins, the Canberra PR9, V-bombers and the Lightning. Unissued condition with stores tags still attached. Some storage soiling/marking only. Excellent. Stock code O13439a.
R.A.F. M.K.IID Cockpit Clock Stores Ref. 6a/1150. Bakelite cased and approx. 6cm in diameter. Self starting 8-day movement with a centre second hand. The bezel is screwed on and red-painted dummy hour and minute hands are suspended inside the cover glass. These hands can be set by turning two knurled knobs in the centre of the glass. The clock is wound and hands set with a spring loaded knob projecting from the lower right corner. Black dial with luminous Arabic numerals. Shows only very light wear and use is in very good condition. Air Ministry marked and 1943 dated. Has not been fully wound to avoid damaging the mainspring but test run for 24 hour periods during which the clock runs strongly but loses quite a bit of time. This type of clock was used in some models of Battles, Beaufighters, some Spitfires, Beauforts, Sunderlands, Austers, Liberators, Tiger Moths and Mosquitos amongst others. Stock code C17348.
R.A.F. Mae West Heliograph Signal Mirror - Early Pattern By J & R.O. Ltd. Stores ref. 6E/271. Circular Signalling mirror approximately 10cm in diameter. Black painted brass backing/frame. Adjustable buckled leather hand strap across the back. Engraved with King's crown A.M. markings and 1940 date. Some wear to the mirrored glass and much of the paint around the edges has worn off down to the brass. Good flexible strap. Some say these are the correct heliographs for the 1932 pattern Mae West but I can find no proof of this use. They are evidently intended to be handheld and would certainly make a good signalling mirror. Proof of this use can be seen in photo nos. 9 & 10 showing pilots of 213 Squadron. The chap in the centre has one fastened around the grab handles of his 1941 pattern Mae West. His would appear to be the later bakelite version. A rare piece. Stock code MW19447.
R.A.F. Medical Branch Collar Badges (pair) Medical Branch collar badges in brass. Each badge features the Caduceus of Mercury with wings to the top surmounted with a King's Crown. Twin lugs to the rear for split pin fixings (not present). Good overall condition. Stock code U16570.
R.A.F. Medical Branch Collar Insignia - Pair Medical Branch collar badges in brass or gilt metal. Each badge features the Caduceus of Mercury with wings to the top and surmounted with a King's Crown. Twin lugs to the rear for split pin fixings (2 per badge - no split pins). Very good used overall condition. Stock code U16639.
R.A.F. Mess Cake Forks By Elkington Plate (4) and Gladwin Embassy Plate (2). Electro plated nickel silver (silver plated) cake forks as used in RAF station messes. Nice little 3-pronged forks with RAF King's Crown crest at the end of the handle. Also maker marked to rear of handle. Both Gladwin Plate examples appear to have a 1935 date code. Six available in total, priced individually. Some tarnishing but should clean up well. Stock code C17605.
R.A.F. Mess Coffee Cup & Saucer By Royal Doulton/Grafton. Fine bone china cup complete with RAF Kings's Crown crest. The rim of the cup has a gilt edged dark blue band. Saucer to match although this is by Grafton china. Evidently contracts were placed with different firms and the sets subsequently mixed up at the base. Shows light wear and use but in very nice overall condition. Stock code C17363.
R.A.F. Mess Water Jug Lovatt's Langley Ware. Langley Ware being one of the marketing names used by Lovett's Potteries of Langley Mill, Nottinghamshire. Stoneware/earthenware jug with a brown slip glaze punctuated in the middle with a raised struck band border. The exterior brown glaze ends at the jug opening revealing the natural clay stoneware finish interior. R.A.F. King's Crown marks to lower front. Approx. 23cm/9" tall and 17cm/6.5" at the widest point (excluding the handle). The jug is in excellent condition with minimal signs of wear. There is a small manufacturing 'fault within the raised band where a lump of clay stands proud of the rest - see photo). The bottom of has manufacturer's marks. This is almost certainly a water or milk jug that would have graced the table of the other ranks mess on a RAF base. This is a heavy item so postage is relatively high. Stock code C19023.
R.A.F. MK.1 Flying Suit Stores ref. 22c/1614, Size 6 (ht. 5'8" - 5'11", br. 38 - 41"). This suit replaced the 1951 pattern and was manufactured in grey cotton. Zipped from crotch to neck and with flapped patch breast pockets and various leg pockets. Zipped at the ankles and with press stud adjustment at the cuffs. This example has an additional non-standard knife pocket on the righ thigh and also comes with a blue-grey rayon scarf (unmarked) and original King's Crown 96 Squadron patch. Condition is very good bar light marking and verdigris deposits on some of the press studs. This example belonged to a DFC winning WW2 Mosquito night fighter pilot with 2 kills. He stayed on in the RAF into the late 1950s. These early post-war/jet-age suits are becoming increasingly sought after and difficult to find. Stock code S17696.
R.A.F. MK.1A (M) Flying Helmet/Bonedome Stores ref. 22c/2116. Size 2 Narrow. By Helmets Ltd. of Wheathampstead. 1964 dated. Classic early bonedome worn in conjunction with the type G inner helmet that held the avionics and to which an oxygen mask could be fitted. The MK1A is a basic protective helmet in leather lined fibreglass. It has a simple nylon webbing suspension system fitted inside to give a comfortable fit over the inner cloth helmet (not supplied). An anti-glare visor is fitted, comprising a centre rail attachment and mechanism and a replaceable tinted acylic anti-glare screen. Original silver finish. Good condition bar the usual scratches and odd chip. Some alloy corrosion to metal harness mounts inside. Some cracking of the rubber edge roll. The visor is in good condition and comes with a protective cloth cover. Nice early example. Stock code H16671.
R.A.F. MK.1A (R) Bonedome Stores ref. 22c/2113. Size 1 1/2 Narrow. By Helmets Ltd. of Wheathampstead. 1967 dated. Classic early bonedome worn in conjunction with the type G inner helmet that held the avionics and to which an oxygen mask could be fitted. The MK1A is a basic protective helmet in leather lined fibreglass. It has a simple nylon webbing suspension system fitted inside to give a comfortable fit over the inner cloth helmet (not supplied). An anti-glare visor was fitted, comprising a centre rail attachment and mechanism and a replaceable tinted acylic anti-glare screen. This example appears to have the original silver finish in good condition with fairly light scratching/marking and no major chips or damage. The lining is very clean indeed and the rubber edge roll is really quite good. Lacks the visor track and chinstrap. Stock code H17614.
R.A.F. MK.1A (R) Bonedome Stores ref. 22c/1523. Size 3 Broad. By Helmets Ltd. of Wheathampstead. 1955 dated. Classic early bonedome worn in conjunction with the type G inner helmet that held the avionics and to which an oxygen mask could be fitted. The MK1A is a basic protective helmet in leather lined fibreglass. It has a simple nylon webbing suspension system fitted inside to give a comfortable fit over the inner cloth helmet (not supplied). An anti-glare visor is fitted, comprising a centre rail attachment and mechanism and a replaceable tinted acylic anti-glare screen. Original silver finish. Poor condition with surface cracking and paint loss. Amatuerish touch up paintwork and chequerboard stripe. The shell also appears to have been 'flattened' a little in storage. The lining and rubber edge roll are quite good, as are the visor track and chinstrap. The visor has only minor surface scratching and comes with a protective cloth cover. Sold for spares but could be stripped and refinished quite easily. Stock code H17593.
R.A.F. MK.1A Dark Adaption Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/875. Used by aircrew prior to flight in order to aclimatize the eyes for night flights. Simple leather frame with circular red tinted lenses held in with screw threaded metal holders. Basic elastic strap and clasp. The leather is a bit greasy and slightly stiff. The lens holders are rusting but the actual lenses are excellent. The strap is a bit stretched/worn. Fair used. Stock code G5429.
R.A.F. MK.2/2A Flying Suit Scarf By Tuffler. Stores ref. 22c/1712. Approx. 16 x 120cm. Rare blue/grey towelling scarf as 'fitted' / worn with the MK.2 and 2A flying suits. Shows light wear and use. These are almost always missing from the suit. Very good to excellent used condition. Stock code S19065.
R.A.F. MK.2/3C Bonedome Chinstrap Stores Ref. 22c/2958. Small. Complete strap assembly with buckle etc. (Green nylon strap with blue plastic/nylon buckle/fittings). Also has attachment bolts. Mint condition & sealed in original plastic bags with labels/tags etc. Very useful spares. Two available. Stock code M7322/4.
R.A.F. MK.3B Flying Helmet/Bonedome Stores Ref. 22c/1301773 - 1301776. Size unknown. The MK.3B is a variant of the MK.2A helmet with the same avionics system but fitted with the MK.2 Anti-Glare visor (centre rail mounting) used on the MK.1A. It was intended for use in fixed wing aircraft without ejector seats but provided with oxygen equipment (for masks type 'P' & 'Q' plus a modified version on the 'H'. The moulded glass fibre shell is finished in its original white paint. The internal padding is finished in beige leather with a green and blue edging. The shell is good order bar the usual small scrapes and scratches (nothing serious). Internally the helmet is good but the foam rubber backing to the padding is shedding/deteriorating quite a bit as usual. Some residue from this has spread around the lining but can be cleaned/vacuumed out with care. Fitted with standard loom and NATO plug. The tinted acrylic visor has some marking but is in good overall condition. Considerably rarer than the later 3C. Good display piece. Stock code H16508.
R.A.F. MK.3C 'Bonedome' Flying Helmet Stores Ref. 22c/1303171. Size Small. Appears to have been refurbished for private use by Mart Aviation. Probably resprayed and fitted with new edge-roll. The shell shows fairly minor crazing but the actual paint finish is very good and complete with a reflective tape cross. Fitted with mask hooks, strap, full electrics which the vendor, a private pilot, stated to be in full working order. The twin visors are in good condition and complete with the attached cover. The downside is the padding inside the helmet. The leather is backed with foam rubber which is shedding quite badly as if often the case. Nevertheless, this is still a good display piece and is priced accordingly. Stock code H14836.
R.A.F. MK.3C Bonedome, Boxed Stores Ref. 22c/1303173. Size Medium Broad. The shell has paint chipping and scratching but appears to be free of fractures or significant damage. It is complete with a reflective tape cross and is named to the owner. Fitted with mask hooks, strap, full electrics and boom microphone, which the original owner stated to be in full working order (when last used!). The twin visors are in good condition and complete with the attached cover. As with many of these helmets, the downside is the internal padding. The leather is backed with foam rubber which is shedding quite badly as if often the case. The helmet comes with the original hard fibre case (with keys) marked up by the original owner. This is in good overall condition although one of the plastic lid straps is broken at one end (see pic). Nice to find an unmolested original example. Direct from ex Squadron Leader owner who flew Jaguars and Harriers. He had the boom microphone fitted when he left the RAF for use when private flying. Stock code H17209.
R.A.F. MK.4/4a Flying Suit 22c/1962., size 5 (ht. 68-72”, weight under 174lbs.), dated 1963. Grey cotton medium-weight suit with usual main zip, zipped chest pockets, leg pockets, jotter, adjustable waist straps, internal suspenders & waist-belt. Very light storage/usage marking only. Small snagged tear to backside (easy repair). Super overall condition. Issued but probably only worn once or twice. Stock code S13475,
R.A.F. MK.4/4A Flying Suit, Boxed 22c/1963, size 6 (ht. 68-72”, weight greater than 174lbs.), dated 1963. Grey cotton medium-weight suit with usual main zip, zipped chest pockets, leg pockets, jotter, adjustable waist straps, internal suspenders and waist-belt. Was issued to a pilot but remains completely unused and still in the original issue box with mint acetate cover for the jotter pocket. Fully labelled and with 'serviceability' tag. I haven't opened this out fully so that it would still fit back in the box easily. As good as you can get. Stock code S19099.
R.A.F. MK.4A Lifejacket By P Frankenstein & Sons (Manchester) Ltd, a special production of Beaufort Equipment Ltd. Stores ref. 22c/1878. Orange fabric 'waistcoat' with various adjustable webbing straps. Pockets for CO2 inflation cylinder, SARBE rescue beacon, water activated torch etc. The material is reasonably clean and retains good strong colour. Various markings stencilled to the rear. The internal (removeable) stole (bladder) , stores ref. 22c/1182, dated October 1958, is in place, appears to be good and flexible and is still fitted with the correct inflation trigger knob & Kidde CO2 bottle. The cylinder is probably still 'live' and therefore this item is only available within the UK. There is also a water activated torch, stores ref. 5J3411 and dated 1962, a plastic survival whistle and a ground/air signal sheet and razor blade set. The other pockets are empty including the dye marker pocket where the lightly tacked cotton seal has been unpicked. A good example of the type. Stock code MW17588.
R.A.F. MK.4B Lifejacket By Beaufort (Air Sea) Equipment Ltd. Stores ref. 22c/1301524. Dated June 1977. Orange fabric 'waistcoat' with various adjustable webbing straps. Pockets for CO2 inflation cylinder, SARBE rescue beacon, water activated torch etc. The material is very clean and retains excellent strong colour. Various markings stencilled to the rear. The internal (removeable) stole (bladder) , stores ref. 22c/1302677, dated March 1977, is in place and appears to be good and flexible. No spares fitted apart from the whistle and lifeline. All pockets are empty. Just noticed that the dye marker pocket appears to have been extremely carefully removed - so well done that I missed it initially! Excellent used condition. Stock code MW16129.
R.A.F. MK.7 Lifejacket By Beaufort (Air Sea) Equipment Ltd. Stores ref. 22c/2275. Dated March 1970. Orange fabric 'waistcoat' with various adjustable webbing straps. Pockets for CO2 inflation cylinder, SARBE rescue beacon, water activated torch, dye marker pack etc. The material is faded externally and has soiling/marking commensurate with age. Various markings stencilled to the rear. The internal (removeable) stole (bladder) is in place but is evidently perished and hardened. The life jacket retains the dye pack marker, unused lamp, distress whistle and lifeline/toggle. The SARBE beacon has been removed. The jacket also benefits from the CO2 inflation cylinder/trigger knob. The cylinder is probably still 'live' and therefore this item is only available within the UK. This jacket belonged to an ex Shackleton aircrewman. Stock code MW16685.
R.A.F. MK.II Flying Goggles Goggles, Flying Lightweight. Stores Ref. 22c/44. More commonly known as the MK.II. Technically an interwar pattern but still in use well into the early years of WW2. Blackened brass frames backed with knitted brown silk having a brown fur edge trim. Grey green tinted lenses. Distinctive leather strap having two sections with cloth covered springs inside. The frame, lenses and knitted silk backing are all excellent. A small section of the fur trim is missing/worn. The strap has had some restitching done and the chromed leather is a bit cracked/worn. There is an AID type stamp on the chamois of the strap. All of the strap springs are complete/unbroken. But for the strap these would be excellent. Good '+' to very good used. Rare to find these days. Not to be confused with the many variants of MT drivers' goggles on the market. Stock code G14076.
R.A.F. MK.II Flying Goggles Goggles, Flying Lightweight. Stores Ref. 22c/44. More commonly known as the MK.II. Technically an interwar pattern but still in use well into the early years of WW2 and popular with many Battle of Britain pilots. This pair is almost certainly from an early pre-production run and are made with chromed frames rather than the usual grey painted or blackened white metal frames. These are backed with the usual knitted brown silk having a brown velvet edge trim. Clear lenses. Distinctive leather strap having two sections with leather covered springs inside. The frame is in excellent condition as are the Triplex (xxx mkd.) lenses. The knitted silk backing/trim is very good The main section of the strap is very good and although there is some damage to the leather covering & one spring the rest appear to be good and undamaged. Overall, a good '+' used pair of these rare goggles. Not to be confused with the many variants of MT drivers' goggles on the market. Stock code G16344.
R.A.F. MK.II Flying Goggles Goggles, Flying Lightweight. Stores Ref. 22c/44. More commonly known as the MK.II. Technically an interwar pattern but still in use well into the early years of WW2. Blackened brass frames backed with knitted brown silk having a brown fur edge trim. Grey green tinted lenses. Distinctive leather strap having two sections with cloth covered springs inside. The frame is in very good condition although a little rubbed and with some light verdigris deposits. The knitted silk backing does have a few small holes but the fur trim is very good. As usual the lenses, which are 1942 dated, have some delamination marking and the left lens is cracked (see photo). The strap is pretty good with all springs complete. The leather strap section is good and AID marked. The adjuster buckles have surface corrosion. Rare to find these days. Not to be confused with the many variants of MT drivers' goggles on the market. Stock code G15660.
R.A.F. MK.II Flying Goggles Goggles, Flying Lightweight. Stores Ref. 22c/44. More commonly known as the MK.II. Technically an interwar pattern but still in use well into the early years of WW2 and popular with many Battle of Britain pilots. Blackened white metal frames backed with knitted brown silk having a brown fur edge trim. Clear lenses. Distinctive leather strap having two sections with cloth covered springs inside. The frame, whilst good lacks the blackened finish. The lenses are excellent with barely visible delamination marks. The knitted silk backing is good but does have a small hole (see photo) and a section where there there is a single layer hole in the double layer of knit (see photo). The fur trim is complete and very good. The main section of the strap has lost some stitching (see photo) but it is all intact and the springs, whilst stiff, appear to be undamaged. There is light surface corrosion on the adjuster buckle/slides. Good '+' used. Rare to find these days. Not to be confused with the many variants of MT drivers' goggles on the market. Stock code G16345.
R.A.F. MK.II Flying Goggles Goggles, Flying Lightweight. Stores Ref. 22c/44. More commonly known as the MK.II. Technically an interwar pattern but still in use well into the early years of WW2 and popular with many Battle of Britain pilots. This pair has the blackened white metal frames. These are backed with the usual knitted brown silk having a brown 'fur' edge trim. Clear lenses with 1942 date mark on each. A suprisingly common date on MK.II lenses! Distinctive leather strap having two sections with leather covered springs inside. The frame is in excellent condition as are the lenses. The knitted silk backing/trim is equally good The strap is very good although there is some soiling of the chamois and minor damage to part of the leather covering on one side partially revealing the springs (see photo). There is also surface corrosion on the strap adjusters. A.I.D. marks on the strap. Overall, this is an excellent used pair of these rare goggles. Not to be confused with the many variants of MT drivers' goggles on the market. Stock code G19256.
R.A.F. MK.III Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/69. One of the classic 'Battle of Britain' pattern goggles. The frame is in very good condition with some rubbing on exposed surfaces. All of the frame screws are original and both of the frame 'stops' are in place. The leather surrounds are generally good and sound but as usual there is hardening of the internal padding but no damage or repairs. The lenses have light marking and scratching but are generally very good. The strap springs are complete/very good and the leather strap is equally good and fully Air Ministry stamped with a clear 1937 date. Good '+' used goggles. N.B. These are the much rarer A.M. issue goggles, not the more commonly found RCAF type. Stock code G4679.
R.A.F. MK.III Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/69. One of the classic 'Battle of Britain' pattern goggles. The frame is in very good to excellent condition with virtually no rubbing even on exposed surfaces. All of the frame screws are original and both of the frame 'stops' are in place. The leather surrounds are generally very good and sound but as usual there is hardening of the internal padding. The lenses are much better than most having only light marking and scratching. The strap springs are complete/excellent and the leather strap is equally good with clear Air Ministry markings with a1935 date. Excellent used goggles. N.B. These are the much rarer British Air Ministry issue goggles, not the more commonly found RCAF type. Stock code G16670.
R.A.F. MK.III Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/69. One of the classic 'Battle of Britain' pattern goggles. The frame is in quite good condition but there are some small knocks and rubbing on exposed surfaces. All of the frame screws are original and both of the frame 'stops' are in place. The leather surrounds are generally quite good - the upper sections show surface wear and the internal padding has hardened as usual. The lower areas are better externally and have soft pliable padding which is most unusual and really quite rare to find. The lenses are much better than most having only light marking and scratching. One of the strap springs has broken and twisted but all the remaining ones are very good. The leather strap is equally good with faint Air Ministry markings with a1940 date. Reasonably good used goggles. N.B. These are the much rarer British Air Ministry issue goggles, not the more commonly found RCAF type. Stock code G14358.
R.A.F. MK.IIIA Flying Goggles Stores ref. 22c/62. One of the classic 'Battle of Britain' pattern goggles. The frame retains virtually all of the original paint finish with only very minor rubbing. All of the frame screws are original and both frame 'stops' are in place. The velvet backing is nice and clean although the padding has hardened. The lenses have marking and surface scratching but are fairly good overall. The strap springs are all complete and undamaged. The cloth spring coverings are a little faded/soiled. The leather strap section has surface wear and cracking but is good overall and fully, though faintly, A.M. stamped with a 1938 date. Very good used goggles. Stock code G14169.
R.A.F. MK.IIIA Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/62. One of the classic 'Battle of Britain' pattern goggles. The frame is very good but does have a littles paint loss to the lower left side as worn. All of the frame screws appear to be original and both frame 'stops' are in place. The velvet backing is extremely good and the nosepiece leather is also excellent. The lenses have minor marking and surface scratching. The strap springs are all complete and undamaged. The cloth spring coverings are very good although a little soiled. The leather strap section is very good with full Air MInistry markings and 1938 date code. Various names/marks to the strap. Excellent used goggles. Stock code G15840.
R.A.F. MK.IIIA Flying Goggles Stores ref. 22c/62. One of the classic 'Battle of Britain' pattern goggles. The frame retains virtually all of the original paint finish with only minor rubbing. All of the frame screws are original and one of the frame 'stops' remains in place. The velvet backing is nice and the padding has remains flexible. The lenses have marking and surface scratching but are fairly good overall. The strap springs are complete and undamaged to one side - the other appears to have a broken spring and some of the cloth covering is worn through (see photo). The leather strap section is very good overall and fully A.M. stamped with a 1936 date. Very good used goggles. Stock code G14694.
R.A.F. MK.IIIA Flying Goggles Stores ref. 22c/62. One of the classic 'Battle of Britain' pattern goggles. The frame retains most of the original paint finish with only minor rubbing. All of the frame screws are original and one of the frame 'stops' remains in place. The velvet backing is lovely and clean and the padding remains flexible. The lenses have light marking and surface scratching but are very good overall. The strap springs are all complete/undamaged and the leather strap section is equally good, fully A.M. stamped with a 1939 date. Very good to excellent used goggles. Stock code G16251.
R.A.F. MK.IIIA Flying Goggles Stores ref. 22c/62. One of the classic 'Battle of Britain' pattern goggles. The frame looks good but is rubbed on exposed edges revealing the brass beneath and there is a small split close to the centre hinge (see photo). Two of the frame screws are missing as is one frame 'stops'. The former should be quite easy to replace if required. Both vent 'horns' remain in place. The velvet backing is very nice and clean at the top but the lower part is more squashed/flattened and worn/soiled. The lenses are original but do have marking and surface scratching. The left is worse than the right but both could be improved using a fine cutting compound. The strap springs appear to be complete and undamaged as are the cloth coverings. The leather strap section has surface wear but is very good overall and fully, though faintly, A.M. stamped with a 1938 date. Quite good used goggles. Stock code G16193.
R.A.F. Mk.IIIA Flying Goggles Stores ref. 22c/62. One of the classic 'Battle of Britain' pattern goggles. The frame retains some of the original paint finish and is generally in good order with original frame screws, vent 'horms' and both of the frame 'stops' remaining in place. The velvet backing is heavily worn, soiled and has completely hardened. Lacking leather nosepiece. The lenses have relatively light marking and surface scratching and are quite good overall. Some of the strap springs have broken or become detached and the cloth covering is soiled and worn. The leather strap section is good with full A.M. markings. Not the best pair but perfectly displayable and priced accordingly. Stock code G15941.
R.A.F. MK.IIIA Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/62. One of the classic 'Battle of Britain' pattern goggles. The frame is in very good condition with little rubbing - even on exposed surfaces. All of the frame screws are original as are the vent 'horns' but both frame 'stops' are missing. The velvet backing is lovely and clean although the padding has hardened. The lenses have relatively light even scratches/scuffing and are in good overall condition. The strap springs are all complete/undamaged and the leather strap section is equally good with clear A.M. marks and stamped with a 1939 date code. The left side strap retaining loop has come unsoldered on one side (see photo) - an easy repair if desired. Very good used goggles. Stock code G18492.
R.A.F. MK.IIIH Boost Guage Stores Ref. 6A/1219. 8lb boost gauge with red bakelite bezel. A.M marked with reference numbers etc. 1943 dated. As fitted to early Spitfire variants and other Merlin engined aircraft. Excellent used condition. Stock code M14886.
R.A.F. MK.IV Bayonet Oxygen Connector - Ex High Ercall Stores ref. 5D/527. Brass connector used in conjunction with other oxygen equipment and at one end of the MK.III Oxygen tube adaptor used to enable the use of E-series, G-type and H-type masks in older aircraft fitted with early oxygen systems. These adaptors were also used to connect masks to portable (walkaround) oxygen bottles. The connector is Air Ministry stamped. Some tarnishing and wear. Internal spring has rusting but functions correctly. Found on the old RAF station site at High Ercall in Shropshire. Stock code O18200.
R.A.F. MK.IV Flying Goggles C/W Flipshield By Levers Optical. Stores Ref. 22c/111. The first of the MK.IV series goggles with a painted brass frame incorporating hinged lens holders. With this pattern the lenses fit directly into the goggle frames and do not have sub-frames around them. The goggle frame is in excellent condition with virtually no paint loss. The leather nose-piece is equally good & the chamois backing has light even soiling. The rubber pads are modern replacements and look excellent. The strap loops are excellent and all of the strap springs are very good to one side. The other side appears to have couple of broken springs but the appearance is good. The leather section is good and has clear A.M. markings. Whilst the clear lenses have edge delamination marks their appearance is very good. Finally there is the anti-glare screen, commonly known as the 'flipshield' with the long exposed type spring mechanism. The shield has light scuffs/marking and is broken near one of the mounting holes (see photo). This has evidently been glued at some stage and I see no reason why this could not be redone. Overall this is a very good set of goggles. The MK.IV is considerably rarer than the IVB and this is reflected in the price. Stock code G15535.
R.A.F. MK.IV Flying Goggles C/W Flipshield Stores Ref. 22c/111 (Goggles), 22c/113 (Screen, Anti-Glare). The first of the MK.IV series goggles. Manufactured with a painted brass frame incorporating hinged lens holders. With this pattern the lenses fit directly into the goggle frames and do not have sub-frames around them. The goggle frame is in excellent condition with virtually no paint loss. The leather nose-piece is equally good & the chamois backing has light even soiling. The rubber pads are perished/hardened as is often the case. All strap components are excellent apart from one spring that feels like it has become detatched from one end. This is not serious and barely noticeable. The leather strap section has faint A.M. markings. Whilst the clear lenses have some delamination marks their appearance is very good. Finally there is the anti-glare screen, commonly known as the 'flipshield' with the long exposed type spring mechanism. The shield has light scuffs/marking and the mounting bracket has lost some paint but is otherwise very good. Overall this is an excellent used set of goggles. The MK.IV is considerably rarer than the IVB and this is reflected in the price. Ideal for a Battle of Britain display. Stock code G16324.
R.A.F. MK.IV Flying Goggles c/w Flipshield By Levers Optical Ltd. Stores Ref. 22c/111 (Goggles), 22c/113 (Screen, Anti-Glare). The first of the MK.IV series goggles. Manufactured with a painted pressed brass frame incorporating hinged lens holders. With this pattern the lenses fit directly into the goggle frames without the need for sub-frames around them. The goggle frame is in excellent condition with very little paint loss or rubbing. There is minor distortion of the left lens holder (as worn) such that the lower hinge is not flush to the frame (see photo). This does not affect movement. The leather nose-piece with velvet padding to the rear is equally good. The upper rubber pads are perished/hardened as is often the case but the lower two stil retain some shape and flexibility. All strap components are excellent and the leather strap section has good clear A.M. markings. The clear lenses have some very minor delamination marks at the edge but are generally excellent. Finally there is the anti-glare screen, commonly known as the 'flipshield' with the short enclosed type spring mechanism. The shield has some scratches and light scuffs but these could probably be polished out with care. Overall this is an excellent used set of goggles. The MK.IV is considerably rarer than the IVB and this is reflected in the price. Ideal for a Battle of Britain display. Stock code G18098.
R.A.F. MK.IV Flying Goggles/Boxed/Spares By Levers Optical. Stores Ref. 22c/111. The first of the MK.IV series goggles with a painted brass frame incorporating hinged lens holders. With this pattern the lenses fit directly into the goggle frames and do not have sub-frames around them. The goggle frame is in very good condition with only minor paint loss. The leather nose-piece is very good & the chamois backing has light to average even soiling. As usual the rubber pads are hardened and crusty. The strap loops are very good - minor fraying in places but nothing serious. All of the strap springs appear to be functioning and the leather section is very good and has faint A.M. markings. Clear lenses have edge delamination marks but are fairly good. The goggles come in their original issue box with paper label to one end and a second label inside the lid detaling the contents. The box shows wear and tear and rust stains but is sound. Within the box there is also a leatherette spares wallet containing an aluminium tube of anti-dimming compound, small spanner/key for bridgepiece adjustment and a set of tinted lenses in paper packets. These have some delamination marks but are reasonable overall. In addition there is the leather/chamois protection strip (for sewing to the forehead of the helmet to protect against freezing) and a set of 'modifier' plates & rivets (2 rivets missing). Finally there is the anti-glare screen, commonly known as the 'flipshield' with the long exposed type spring mechanism. Overall this is a very good set of goggles in near complete condition. The MK.IV is considerably rarer than the IVB and this is reflected in the price. Stock code G13757.
R.A.F. MK.IV Goggle Series Helmet Modifiers/Spares Set of 4 black painted brass guide plates. These were riveted to the flying helmet above & below the earpiece & used to hold part of the strap arrangement of the goggles. Also comes with the 2 press-studded poppers that attach to the upper plates in order to secure the goggle strap loop. The plates are supplied with the original, unused copper rivets. Light paint chipping but in very good, unused condition. These are normally used with the B-type or early C-type flying helmets. Stock code G11631/2/4.
R.A.F. MK.IV Series Goggle Guide/Poppers Small black painted brass open-sided tubes attached to a press stud. One of these was attached to each of the strap loops on the MK.IV series goggles. The press stud could then be fastened to a helmet plate attached to the helmet. This helped to secure thes heavy goggles to the wearer and to keep them in position during use. Some loss of paint but in good used condition. One pair provided in similar or better condition than shown. Only a couple of pairs remaining now. Stock code G11638.
R.A.F. MK.IVB Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/167. By J & R Fleming Ltd. The frame is in excellent original condition with only very minor paint loss and rubbing. Satin brown finish. The nosepiece leather is excellent as is the backing chamois bar light even soiling. Fitted with new replacement rubber pads. Clear lenses - the lefts are excellent but the rights have some delamination marking. Strap components excellent throughout - all the strap springs are complete/VG. Clearly A.M. marked. No flipshield fitted. An excellent set of goggles. Stock code G14609.
R.A.F. MK.IVB Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/167. By J & R Fleming Ltd. The frame is in excellent condition with relatively minor wear and paint rubbing. It is finished in the less common satin brown rather than black. The nosepiece leather and backing chamois are both very good. The rubber facepads are excellent replacements. Clear lenses - both in excellent condition. The strap components are excellent throughout with clear Air Ministry markings. No flipshield fitted. A really good pair. Stock code G16421.
R.A.F. Mk.IVB Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/167. The frame is in excellent condition with with virtually no paint loss and only minor marking. It is finished in the less common satin brown rather than black. The nosepiece leather and backing chamois are both very good/good '+'. The rubber facepads are original but are hard and crusty as usual. Clear lenses - both have delamination marks but the overall appearance is quite good. The strap components are excellent throughout with clear Air Ministry markings. No flipshield fitted. A really good pair. Stock code G17664.
R.A.F. MK.IVB Flying Goggles / Flipshield Stores Ref. 22c/167. The frame is in excellent original condition with no paint loss or rubbing. Satin brown finish. The nosepiece leather is very good as is the backing chamois bar light even soiling. Fitted with the original rubber face pads which have gone hard/crusty as usual. Clear lenses are very good with some delamination marking around the edges. Strap components excellent throughout - all the strap springs are complete/VG. Clearly A.M. marked. The flipshield is fitted with the exposed spring mechanism - the shield has light marking/scuffs Overall a very good '+'/excellent used pair of goggles. Stock code G14949.
R.A.F. MK.IVB Flying Goggles / Flipshield Stores Ref. 22c/167. The frame is generally very good but does have a few small dents/bends and fairly minor paint loss. The nosepiece leather is good although has pulled away from a couple of stitches into the frame. The backing chamois is quite clean. As usual the rubber pads are hard/crusty - these are probably best left in place as removal may result in loss of paint beneath. Clear lenses have delamination marking - mainly to the side sections but are reasonably good overall. Strap components are complete - there is some fraying/breaks in the covering of the large loops, some of the springs are broken and the leather section shows wear and use with a small split near the nice clearly embossed A.M. markings. The flipshield is fitted with an exposed spring mechanism - the shield has minor marking and scratches but is in good overall condition. The bolts at the end of the flipshield hinge-pin are missing but could easily be replaced. Overall these are decent used goggles. Stock code G14595.
R.A.F. MK.IVB Flying Goggles / Flipshield Stores Ref. 22c/167. The frame is in excellent original condition with no paint loss or rubbing. Satin brown finish. The nosepiece leather is very good as is the backing chamois bar light even soiling. Fitted with the original rubber face pads which have gone hard/crusty as usual. Clear lenses are very good with some delamination marking around the edges. Strap components excellent throughout - all the strap springs are complete/VG. Clearly A.M. marked. The flipshield is fitted with the short enclosed spring mechanism - the shield has light marking/scuffs and one screw from the meachanism is missing. This is hardly noticable and does not affect the workings. Overall a very good '+'/excellent used pair of goggles. Stock code G14666.
R.A.F. MK.IVB Flying Goggles c/w Anti-Glare Screen Stores Ref. 22c/167. 22c/113 (Screen, Anti-Glare). The frame is in good condition. It is a little soiled but has relatively low paint loss. It is finished in the less common satin brown rather than black. The nosepiece leather and backing chamois are both good/good '+'. The rubber facepads are original but are hard and crusty as usual. Clear lenses - both have delamination marks but the overall appearance is reasonable. There is a small fray hole in the covering of one of the large sprung strap loops, otherwise all strap components are excellent with clear Air Ministry markings. The flipshield, or more correctly 'Screen, Anti-Glare' is fitted with the large exposed type spring mechanism. The screen itself has some distortion and marking but remains good. There are no issues with the mechanism. A very good used pair. Stock code G17762.
R.A.F. MK.IVB Flying Goggles c/w Anti-Glare Screen Stores Ref. 22c/167, 22c/113 (Screen, Anti-Glare). The frame is finished in the less common satin brown paint and is in excellent condition with minor soiling and virtually no paint loss. The nosepiece leather and backing chamois are both good/good '+'. The rubber facepads are original but are significantly perished, hard and crusty as is often the case. Clear lenses - both in excellent condition. There are a couple of small fray holes in the covering of one of the large sprung strap loops, otherwise all strap components are very good with clear Air Ministry markings. The flipshield, or more correctly 'Screen, Anti-Glare' is fitted with the small enclosed type spring mechanism (1 tiny screw missing). The screen itself has minor scratching but remains very good. A very good used pair. Stock code G19367.
R.A.F. MK.IVB Flying Goggles C/W Flipshield Stores Ref. 22c/167. The frame is in excellent original condition with no significant paint loss or rubbing. The satin brown finish is merely a little dusty/grubby. The nosepiece leather is good as is the backing chamois bar light even soiling. Fitted with the original rubber face pads which have gone hard/crusty as usual. Clear lenses are very good with some delamination marking around the edges. Strap components excellent throughout - all the strap springs are complete/VG. Clearly A.M. marked. The flipshield is fitted with the short concealed spring mechanism which has one tiny screw missing (does not affect the functioning) - the shield has light marking/scuffs Overall a very good '+' used pair of goggles. Stock code G15418.
R.A.F. MK.IVB Flying Goggles c/w Flipshield, Box, Spares Stores Ref. 22c/167 (Goggles), 22c/113 (Screen, Anti-Glare). The frame is in excellent original condition with no damage and virtually no paint loss whatsoever. Matt black paint finish. The nosepiece leather is in excellent condition as is the chamois backing bar light soiling. Whilst the rubber face pads have hardened and perished they retain better shape than many we have seen. The fitted clear lenses are quite good but have some delamination. Strap components are excellent throughout - all the strap springs are complete/excellent. Clearly A.M. marked with reference numbers etc. The flipshield, or more correctly 'Screen, Anti-Glare' is fitted with the small concealed type spring mechanism - all in very good condition. Complete with fully stamped original box of issue. The box is soiled and has minor damage to the lid corners but is in good overall shape and strong. Also comes with the inner card spares box containing a tube of “Everclear”, spanner and a full set of helmet plates and poppers for attaching to B or C-type helmets (all good) plus copper rivets and the leather forehead strip too. Also comes with a set of spare delaminated tinted lenses . Overall this is an excellent set of goggles. Stock code G15542.
R.A.F. MK.IVB Flying Goggles c/w Flipshield, Boxed Stores Ref. 22c/167 (Goggles), 22c/113 (Screen, Anti-Glare). The frame is in excellent original condition with no damage and virtually no paint loss whatsoever. This pair has the less commonly found satin brown paint finish. The nosepiece leather is in excellent condition as is the chamois backing bar light soiling. As is often the case, the rubber face pads have hardened and perished. They are not sticky and modern replacements are available should the buyer want to change them. The fitted clear lenses look pretty good but do have some relatively minor delamination. The large sprung strap loops are excellent and the leather strap section is very good with clear Air Ministry markings and reference numbers etc. The cloth covered strap springs appear to have deformed slightly and there has been some transfer of rubber from the perished pads. The flipshield, or more correctly 'Screen, Anti-Glare' is fitted with the small concealed type spring mechanism - all in very good condition. Complete with the original box of issue. Although nicely labelled this is rather damaged with loss of lid and damage to one side. Overall this is a very good pair of goggles in a tatty box. Stock code G17244.
R.A.F. MK.IVB Flying Goggles c/w Flipshield, Boxed with Spares Stores Ref. 22c/167 (Goggles), 22c/113 (Screen, Anti-Glare). The frame is in excellent original condition with no damage and virtually no paint loss whatsoever. This pair is finished with the less common satin brown paint finish. The nosepiece leather is in excellent condition as is the chamois backing bar light soiling. Whilst the rubber face pads have hardened and perished they retain better shape than many we have seen. The fitted clear lenses appear to be very good. Strap components are excellent throughout - all the strap springs are complete/excellent. Clearly A.M. marked with reference numbers etc. The flipshield, or more correctly 'Screen, Anti-Glare' is fitted with the large exposed type spring mechanism - all in very good condition bar a missing securing bolt (see photo). Complete with fully stamped original box of issue. Whilst this is soiled and has some damage it remians in reasonably good overall shape and is quite strong. Also comes with the inner card spares box containing a tube of “Everclear”, spanner and a full set of helmet plates and poppers for attaching to B or C-type helmets (all very good) plus copper rivets and the leather/chamois forehead strip too. Also comes with a set of spare delaminated tinted lenses. Overall this is an excellent set of goggles. Stock code G18197.
R.A.F. MK.IVB Flying Goggles With Flipshield Stores Ref. 22c/167. The frame is quite good but does have paint loss - mainly around the edges (see photos) apart from light soiling. The nosepiece leather has some wear & a small split at the centre of the lower edge. Backing chamois has average even soiling. As usual the rubber pads are hard/crusty but all retain a reasonably good shape and are much better than many found today. Clear lenses have edge delamination marking but are pretty good overall. Strap components very good - minor soiling of the sprung loops & light wear on the leather section. All but one of the strap springs are complete/VG. Nice clearly embossed A.M. markings. The flipshield is fitted with the short enclosed spring mechanism - the shield has some marking & scratches but is in good overall condition. (possibly has new attachment bolts). A decent pair of goggles. Stock code G13895.
R.A.F. MK.IVB Flying Goggles with Flipshield/ Boxed c/w Spares Stores Ref. 22c/167. By Wm. Stephens & Sons. Ltd. The frame is in excellent original condition with no damage and virtually no paint loss or rubbing. Matt black finish. The nosepiece leather is excellent as is the backing chamois bar some spot marks. As usual the rubber pads are hard/crusty with some bits missing. Clear lenses are excellent. Strap components excellent throughout - all the strap springs are complete/VG. Clearly A.M. marked. The flipshield is fitted with the short enclosed spring mechanism - all in very good condition. Complete with fully stamped original box of issue. The box is soiled but in good shape and strong. Also comes with the inner card spares box containing a tube of “Everclear”, spanner and a full set of helmet plates and poppers for attaching to B or C-type helmets (all good) plus rivets and the leather forehead strip too. Also comes with a delaminated set of tinted lenses. An excellent set of goggles. Stock code G14266.
R.A.F. MK.IVB Flying Goggles. Boxed With Spares Stores Ref. 22c/167. The frame is very good apart from light soiling. Virtually no paint loss/rubbing. The nosepiece leather has some wear & loss of chroming. Backing chamois has fairly light soiling. As usual the rubber pads are hard/crusty - three retain a reasonable shape whilst the fourth is rather squashed. Clear lenses are very good. Strap components very good - minor soiling of the sprung loops & light wear on the leather section. All the strap springs are complete/VG. Fully A.M. marked. The flipshield is fitted with the short enclosed spring mechanism - all in very good condition. Complete with fully stamped original box of issue. The box is soiled but in good shape & strong. Also comes with the fully A.M. embossed hard-leather inner spares case containing a tube of “Everclear”, spanner & a full set of helmet plates for attaching to B or C-type helmets (all good) plus rivets & the leather forehead strip too. Overall, very good goggles with box & most of the spares. Stock code G13377/10138.
R.A.F. MK.IVB Goggles with Flipshield, Boxed / Spares Stores Ref. 22c/167. The frame is in excellent original condition with no damage and little paint loss or rubbing (chipped area near bridge - see photo). Very dark brown satin finish. The nosepiece leather is in good conditionexcellent as is the backing chamois bar average soiling. Very unusually the rubber pads are all good - they retain decent shape and are still flexible. Clear lenses are good but have signs of edge delamination. Strap components very good although the binding on one of the large 'loops' may have been repaired. All the strap springs are complete/VG. Clearly A.M. marked. The flipshield is fitted with the large exposed spring mechanism - all in very good condition (one of the flipshield retaining bolts is missing - it is in the box but has no nut. Should be easy to source a replacement). Complete with fully stamped original box of issue. The box is soiled but in good shape and strong. Also comes with the inner card spares box containing a tube of “Everclear”, spanner and a full set of helmet plates and poppers for attaching to B or C-type helmets (all good) plus rivets and the leather forehead strip too. Also comes with a lightlydelaminated set of spare lenses. Overall this is an excellent set of goggles. Stock code G14840.
R.A.F. MK.VA Flying Goggles/Spectcales Stores Ref. 22c/156. Fragile lightweight wire frames with laminated glass lenses, celluloid side-shields, rolled sponge rubber noserest and anti-glare 'flipshield'. Fitted with the short side-arms each having a female press-stud at the end. The frame is in very good condition overall with only minor paint chipping. The only damage is where one of the nosepad wires has come adrift from the main frame (see photo). Interestingly the side-arms have been deliberately shaped by the original owner. As with most pairs I've seen the tinted lenses have delamination marking and the side-shields are a little warped. The rubber nose-roll is a bit discoloured but in good overall condition. Light scratches on the flipshield. Good/good '+' used overall. Extremely rare goggles - seldom seen. These would have been attached to a flying helmet via small press studded plates sewn in place at the temple or using a leather & sprung strap (not present). Stock code G16258.
R.A.F. MK.VA Flying Spectacles/Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/156. Fragile lightweight wire frames with laminated glass lenses, celluloid side-shields, rolled sponge rubber noserest and anti-glare 'flipshield'. Fitted with the short side-arms each having a female press-stud at the end. The frame is in very good condition with only minor paint chipping. The tinted lenses have delamination marking and the side-shields are a little warped. The rubber nose-roll is a bit discoloured but in good overall condition. Light scratches on the flipshield. Good/good '+' used overall. Extremely rare goggles - seldom seen. These would have been attached to a flying helmet via small press studded plates sewn in place at the temple or using a leather & sprung strap (not present). Stock code G13426.
R.A.F. MK.VA Flying Spectacles/Goggles - 'Ace' History Stores Ref. 22c/156. Fragile lightweight wire frames with laminated glass lenses, celluloid side-shields, rolled sponge rubber noserest and anti-glare screen (flipshield). Fitted with short side-arms each having a female press-stud at the end. The frame is in very good condition overall with only minor paint chipping. Unusually the tinted lenses in this pair are quite good. They do have delamination marking but much less than normally found. Likewise, the sideshields are a little warped but much better than usual. The rubber nose-roll is a bit discoloured slightly perished but remains complete and has flexibility. Light scratches on the flipshield. These would have been attached to a flying helmet via small press studded plates sewn in place at the temple (not present) or using a leather and sprung strap. This pair come with the 'optional' leather strap that could be clipped onto the frame enabling them to be worn like a standard pair of goggles. This is is in excellent overall condition and is nicely Air Ministry stamped. This particular pair belonged to John Milne Morgan who was commissioned in the RAF in July 1937. Details of his early career are unknown but he was serving with 238 Squadron flying Hurricanes in the Western Desert as a Pilot Officer in October 1941. On 23rd November he damaged two Ju87s, and early in 1942 was posted to 92 Squadron as flight commander initially on Hurricanes, later on Spitfires. He saw considerable action with this unit shooting down a Ju87 and damaging a second on the 4th July. From then until the end of his tour he met only BF 109s, destroying one on the 27th and damaging another a month later. On 2nd September he shot one down and damaged two more, and claimed another on the 26th. He probably destroyed one on the 9th October, and on the 22nd destroyed another, being awarded a DFC. The citation reads 'Flight Lieut. Morgan has shown great courage and considerable skill as a leader both of a flight and of the squadrin. He has personally destroyed five enemy aircraft and has materially assisted in the successes achieved by the squadron. Flight Lieut. Morgan has at all times set a splendid example by his courage and devotion to duty.' Morgan claimed another 109 on the 29th October, with another damaged on the 8th December - around the time that he was promoted to command the squadron. On 7th January 1943 he shot down is sixth Bf 109 bringing his total score to 7, and also damaging another one. His tour ended soon after, and he received a Bar to his DFC. He began a second tour in October 1943 with 274 Squadron, leading the unit on ground attack missions over Italy in support of the 8th Army. His aircraft was hit by ground fire whilst strafing near Termoli and began to stream glycol. Morgan had to bale out of his stricken aircraft and finished his wartime service as a PoW. John Milne Morgan ended the war with a total of 7 a/c destroyed and 1 shared destroyed, 1 shared probable and 8 damaged making him an 'Ace' . The goggles come with photocopies of letters from the Air Council and Society For The Protection Of Life From Fire dated March/Aug 1939 relating to his gallantry and perseverance displayed in attempting to rescue another pilot following an aircraft accident at Bletchley. In addition there are photocopies of his hand written diary for the period 5th - 16th Nov. 1942 (18p). Extremely rare goggles in very good condition and excellent history with them. Originally purchased from the veteran by Michael Young who many will recognise as 'the' main source of high quality RAF kit sourced from veterans in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and early 90s. Morgan's B-type flying helmet will also be listed for sale during todays update. Stock code G19227.
R.A.F. MK.VI Spectacles Stores Ref. 22c/882. Intended for use when flying over water surfaces and under severe reflected-glare conditions. They provided an excellent filter for use in submarine spotting and coastal reconnaissance. The frame is made of light green tinted moulded acetate in one piece, having two semi-circular side-shield attached with nickel plated hinges. A chamois covered sponge nosepiece is stitched to the frame and the spectacles are fitted with a simple adjustable black elastic strap. The lenses are laminated Polariod safety glass. The frame is in quite good condition although there is surface wear and scratching and a small crack (see photo). The hinges have some surface corrosion but function well. The lenses are delaminating. The headstrap is a bit faded and has lost some elasticity. The nosepiece has some staining/marking but remains good and complete. Fully Air Ministry marked with reference numbers etc engraved into the sideshields. These were not produced in large numbers compared to other goggles and spectacles and are now rare to find. Stock code G15351.
R.A.F. MK.VII Flying Goggle Anti-Glare Shield Stores Ref. 22c/836. Very rare perspex 'flipshield', or more correctly, 'Screen, anti-glare'. This has surface scuffs/scratches and the metal attachment clip has surface corrosion/pitting. The scratching could be improved with use of a very fine cutting paste. Rarely found sold separately. Stock code G16468.
R.A.F. MK.VII Flying Goggle Anti-Glare Shield Stores Ref. 22c/836. Very rare perspex 'flipshield', or more correctly, 'Screen, anti-glare'. This displays fairly minor surface scuffs/scratches but this could be improved with the careful use of a very fine cutting paste. The blued metal attachment clip has light surface corrosion. Rarely found. Sold separately. Goggles shown for illustrative purposes only and not included in the sale. Stock code G18289.
R.A.F. MK.VII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/827. The frame is good with relatively minor paint chipping - more on the central bridge piece than anywhere else. The original owner has also scratched his name “East” onto the frame in 3 places. Fortunately this is not too obvious & not as bad as it sounds! The leather surround is complete/good but as usual the padding is somewhat hardened. The chamois backing is cleaner than average. Clear lenses have some delamination but are quite good. The nosepiece is a little ragged around the edges but also quite good. The strap is generally very good but actually comes from a pair of RAF night vision goggles - similar blue grey to the standard elasticated strap but has a slightly different galvanised adjuster piece (with light corrosion). Good to good “+” used overall. No flipshield fitted. Stock code G13137.
R.A.F. MK.VII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/827. The frame is in fair condition only - there is some distortion and they have been re-painted. Interestingly the nuts are white painted which normally denotes the useof prescription lenses. The leather surround is complete/ quite good apart from the nosepiece which is a little tatty at the lower edges. Grubby, well worn chamois backing. Clear, non-prescription lenses have some delamination and one has a crack and small chips. No strap - just the rusty end fasteners from the early leather 'Newey' strap. No flipshield fitted. Cheap, entry level example of the MK.VII. Stock code G13361.
R.A.F. MK.VII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/827. The brass frame is in quite good condition and has relatively minor paint chipping/rubbing. The leather surround is complete although dry and with hardened internal padding. The leather nose-piece is also rather dry and whilst it appears mishaped due to storage, is actually quite flexible. The chamois backing has average soiling and rubbing. Clear lenses have some delamination but are undamaged. The strap is quite poor - it retains a little elasticity but is grubby/stained and with the loss of part of one of the adjuster clips (see photo). No flipshield fitted. Belonged to a Squadron leader pilot who flew Blenheims and tested Mosquitos fitted with early radar but who flew mainly as an instructor. Details issued to buyer. Stock code G16397.
R.A.F. MK.VII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/827. The frame is generally very good with relatively minor paint chipping. Fitted with rare white 'prescription lens' nuts. The leather surround is very good and the backing chamois is much cleaner than most. Excellent nosepiece leather. Very good clear lenses with no delamination and only a couple of tiny chips (non-prescription). The webbing strap is complete but a bit soiled/faded and rather stretched although it does retain a little elasticity. Good to good “+” used overall. No flipshield fitted. Stock code G14700.
R.A.F. MK.VII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/827. The frame is generally very good with only minor paint rubbing and distortion. The leather surround is very good and the backing chamois has less than average soiling. Very good nosepiece leather. Fitted with tinted lenses having a crack across one of the smaller pieces and fairly minor delamination marking . This pair have the rare early 'Newey' leather strap which retains good springs and is in very good overall condition. Good “+” to very good used goggles. No flipshield fitted. Stock code G16245.
R.A.F. MK.VII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/827. The frame is generally very good with only minor paint rubbing on exposed edges. The leather surround is equally good and the backing chamois has far less than average soiling. Very good nosepiece leather. Fitted with clear lenses with some delamination marking . This pair is fitted with white painted frame nuts normally associated with prescription lenses although the lenses appear to be standard. The webbing strap retains decent colour and elastication and the metal componants are largely free of rust and verdigris. A very good to execellent pair of used goggles. No flipshield fitted. Stock code G17278.
R.A.F. MK.VII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/827. The brass frame is in good condition but does have quite severe paint chipping/peeling (see photos). The leather surround is complete and with soft/supple padding. The chamois backing has some staining but is cleaner than average. Clear lenses have some delamination but are quite good bar the right outer which is cracked. Good nose-piece. The strap is generally very good retaining some colour and elasticity. No flipshield fitted. Stock code G15669.
R.A.F. MK.VII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/827. The frame is generally good although it has minor distortion (see photos) and relatively minor paint rubbing/chipping on exposed edges. The flipshield (anti-glare screen) bar has been removed, a relatively common period modification. The leather surround is good and the backing chamois has average soiling and small tear in the left pad (as worn, see photo). Unusually the padding remains soft and pliable. Good nosepiece leather. Fitted with clear lenses with some delamination marking . The elasticated webbing strap has faded and has lost elasticity. Full Air Ministry markings as usual. A reasonably good pair of used goggles. No flipshield fitted. Stock code G18238.
R.A.F. MK.VII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/827. The frame is generally very good with only minor paint rubbing on exposed edges. The leather surround is equally good and the backing chamois has far less than average soiling. Very good nosepiece leather. Fitted with clear lenses with some delamination marking . This pair is fitted with the rarer early 'Newey' leather strap which is in good order bar surface corrosion on the metal components. A good '+' to very good pair of used goggles. No flipshield fitted. Stock code G18493.
R.A.F. MK.VII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/826 (goggles), 22c/836 (Screen, anti-glare). The frame is generally very good with relatively minor paint chipping. Fitted with rare white 'prescription lens' nuts although the lenses appear to be standard fit. The leather surround is very good and the backing chamois is cleaner than on most VIIs. Very good nosepiece leather. The clear lenses have some delamination and a crack in the outer right lens. The webbing strap is complete but faded and rather stretched and lacking elasticity. Fitted with the very rare perspex 'flipshield', or more correctly, 'Screen, anti-glare' This has light surface scuffs/scratches and the metal attachment clip has surface corrosion/pitting. Overall condition is good to good '+' used. Nice to find a complete set. Re-listed due to non-paying customer. Stock code G15352.
R.A.F. MK.VII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/827. The frame is generally in good/sound condition but has some distortion and paint loss. The leather surround is very good and the backing chamois is really quite clean with far less than average soiling. Unusually the internal padding is still soft/pliable. Good nosepiece leather. The clear lenses look good but do have minor delamination marking and a few small chips . This pair is fitted with non standard but seemingly original frame nuts. The webbing strap is faded but does retain some elastication and the metal componants are largely free of rust and verdigris. A good used pair of goggles. No flipshield fitted. Stock code G16845.
R.A.F. MK.VII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/827. The frame is generally very good although the edges have been bent outwards slightly (see photos) and have relatively minor paint rubbing in these areas A service number has also been scratched above the left lens (as worn). These have the sought after white frame nuts that were used to denote the fitting of prescription lenses. The lenses are in this case non-prescription clear glass and have some delamination marking. The leather frame surround is very good, the internal padding is soft and pliable -almost unheard of with MK.VIIs and the backing chamois has far less soiling than usual. Very good nosepiece leather. This pair is fitted with the rarer early 'Newey' leather strap which is in good order bar surface corrosion on the metal components and what appears to be a replacement female section press stud (see photo). A good '+' to very good pair of used goggles. No flipshield fitted. Stock code G18818.
R.A.F. MK.VII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/827. The frame is generally very good. There is minor surface corrosion but virtually no paint rubbing/loss. The clear glass lenses have some minor delamination marking. The leather frame surround is very good, the internal padding is soft and pliable - almost unheard of with MK.VIIs and the backing chamois has far less soiling than usual. Very good nosepiece leather. The strap retains reasonable colour and a decent amount of elasticity. The strap fittings are clean and bright where most have verdigris deposits or corrosion. A very good pair of used goggles. No flipshield fitted. Stock code G19265.
R.A.F. MK.VII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/827. The frame is generally good although it does have relatively minor paint rubbing/chipping, mainly on exposed edges. The flipshield (anti-glare screen) bar remains in place but the screen itself is not present. The leather surround is reasonably good and the backing chamois has average soiling. The padding within the face cushion has hardened as is usual with these goggles. Good nosepiece leather. Fitted with clear lenses with some small chips at the edges. The elasticated webbing strap has faded but does retain some elasticity. Air Ministry markings to the bridgepiece. A reasonably good pair of used goggles. Stock code G19038.
R.A.F. MK.VII Flying Goggles - Newey Strap Stores Ref. 22c/827. The frame is generally very good with only minor paint rubbing on exposed edges. The leather surround is good and the backing chamois is much cleaner than most. Good nosepiece leather. Fitted with clear lenses having a few small chips and some delamination marking. This pair have the rare early 'Newey' leather strap in excellent condition. Good “+” used overall. No flipshield fitted. Stock code G14699.
R.A.F. MK.VII Flying Goggles c/w Anti Glare Shield Stores Ref. 22c/827. The frame is generally in very good/sound condition with only minor paint loss/chipping. The leather surround is excellent and the backing chamois is really quite clean with far less than average soiling. Unusually the internal padding is still soft/pliable. Excellent nosepiece leather. The clear lenses look good but do have a little minor delamination marking at the edges. The webbing strap is a bit faded and soiled but does retain a decent level of elastication and the metal componants are largely free of rust and verdigris. This pair also comes with the extremely rare and sought after perspex 'flipshield', or more correctly, 'Screen, anti-glare', stores ref. 22c/836. This has minor scuffs/scratches and the metal attachment clip has surface corrosion/pitting. An excellent pair of goggles suitable for RAF & AAF displays. Stock code G18084.
R.A.F. MK.VIII Flying Goggle Lenses Left lenses only. We can supply left lenses (as worn) for the MK.VIII goggle. These are in reasonably good used condition but will have some delamination marking and the odd small chip. The photos show a sample of the lenses available. Priced per lens. These also fit the MK.VII goggles but are technically incorrect.
R.A.F. MK.VIII Flying Goggle Lenses - Pair A pair of matched clear lenses for MK.VIII flying goggles. No delamination. Excellent condition. Will fit MK.VIIs too although technically incorrect.
R.A.F. MK.VIII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/930. The frames are in very good condition with only minor paint rubbing on exposed edges. The leather surround is also very good and the suede backing is undamaged and quite clean. Both tinted lenses show delamination marking. The strap is a little faded and soiled but does look quite good and retains some elasticity. Very faint Air Ministry/Reference Codes stamped into the central browpad leather. Good '+' to very good used condition. Stock code G16244.
R.A.F. MK.VIII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/930. The frames are in good condition with only minor paint rubbing on exposed edges. The leather surround is good but does have surface abrasion and part of the small webbing tape brow section is unstitched (see photo). The suede backing is quite soiled and rubbed. Both clear lenses show delamination marking but look quite good. The strap is faded and stretched with little elasticity remaining. Faint Air MInistry/Reference Codes stamped into the front of the central brow pad. Fair '+' to quite good used condition. Stock code G15990.
R.A.F. MK.VIII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/930. The frames are in excellent condition with virtually no paint rubbing/loss. The leather surround is also excellent and the suede backing is cleaner than average and undamaged (one part of the cushion is folded inwards due to poor storage). Both clear lenses are very good but do have light delamination marking. The strap retains some colour and good elasticity. This is named to the owner. Surface corrosion evident on metal strap componants. Very good '+' used condition. Stock code G16677.
R.A.F. MK.VIII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/930. The frames are in excellent condition with only minor paint rubbing on exposed edges. The leather surround is also very good apart from a couple of rubbed edges and the suede backing is clean and undamaged. Both tinted lenses are very good but do have light delamination marking. The strap retains good colour and elasticity. Very faint Air Ministry King's crown/reference codes stamped into the central browpad leather. Very good '+' to excellent used condition. Stock code G15665.
R.A.F. MK.VIII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/930. The frames are in very good overall condition with only minor paint rubbing on exposed edges. The leather surround is also very good as is the suede backing. Both clear lenses have delamination marking but look quite presentable. The strap retains reasonable colour and a little elasticity lalthough marked from surface corrosion of the metal strap adjustment componants. A.M. and reference numbers are embossed into the leather at the brow and A.I.D stamped on the suede backing. Also marked with owner's service number. Good '+' used condition overall. Stock code G18550.
R.A.F. MK.VIII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/930. The frames are in excellent overall condition with only very minor paint rubbing on exposed edges. The leather surround is also very good although the suede backing has average soiling. Both clear lenses have only minor edge delamination marking and look very good. The strap retains reasonable colour and some elasticity. There is surface corrosion of metal strap adjustment componants. No obvious markings. Good '+' used condition overall. Stock code G18186.
R.A.F. MK.VIII Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/930. The frames are in very good overall condition with only fairly minor paint rubbing on exposed edges. The leather surround is also good as is the suede backing. Both clear lenses are very good and the slight delamination is barel noticeable. The strap is a bit grubby but retains reasonable colour and elasticity. A.M. and reference numbers are faintly embossed into the leather at the brow. Also marked with owner's name and service number. Good '+' to very good used condition overall. Stock code G18704.
R.A.F. MK.VIII Flying Goggles - Boxed Stores Ref. 22c/930. The frames are in excellent condition showing no wear at all. The leather surround is also excellent and c/w clear Air Ministry markings. The suede backing shows no wear or use and has an inspection stamp. The strap may not be original to the goggles being black rather than the usual blue/grey. It is however in exellent overall condition. The leather puller tags were missing & have been replaced using spares from a scrapped strap. Reference numbers etc stamped into the nosepiece. Complete with original box of issue in good solid condition. This also contains a pair of spare tinted lenses (with delamination marks) and a nice clean 1942 dated anti-dim tin. Exellent overall condition. Stock code G16811.
R.A.F. MK.VIII Flying Goggles - Postwar production Stores Ref. 22c/930. The frames are in excellent overall condition with only minor paint rubbing on exposed edges. The leather surround is also very good as is the suede backing. Both clear lenses are equally good and lack the usual delamination problems. Let down by the strap that is ragged on both outer sections and lacks elasticity. This is an early postwar production pair but the differences are slight. Good '+' used condition overall. Stock code G18857.
R.A.F. MK.VIII Flying Goggles, Boxed Stores Ref. 22c/930. The frames are in excellent condition. The unusual pale leather surround is excellent and the suede backing shows virtually no use whatsoever. Excellent clear lenses and an excellent strap retaining good elasticity and colour (minor staining). Reference numbers etc stamped into the nosepiece leather. Complete with original box of issue in very good condition. This also contains a single spare clear left lens (good) and a 1943 dated anti-dim tin (surface corrosion) A super set of goggles in excellent overall condition. Stock code G16064.
R.A.F. MK.VIII Flying Goggles, Boxed Stores Ref. 22c/930. The frames are in excellent condition showing very little wear and with slight rubbing on exposed edges only. The leather surround is very good/excellent with official markings to the nosepiece. The suede backing shows light to moderate wear and even soiling. The strap is a bit soiled and the metal componants have light surface corrosion but overall it retains some colour and elasticity. The goggles are fitted with an excellent set of clear lenses with only minor scratching. Complete with original box of issue in reasonably good/sound condition. This also contains a set of delaminating tinted lenses and a nice clean 1944 dated anti-dim cloth in a later plastic container. Very good '+' lightly used condition overall. Stock code G17755.
R.A.F. MK.VIII Flying Goggles, Boxed Stores Ref. 22c/930. The frames are in very good condition showing little wear or paint chipping. There is however minor distortion of the frame above the left lens (as worn) presumably the result of a minor bump. The leather surround is excellent and the suede backing very good with light even soiling. There is an indistinct reference stamp to the rear centre brow pad see photo. The strap is quite clean, retains good elasticity and colour but does have minor surface corrosion on the metal componants. Fitted with tinted lenses that look good and are free from delamination. That said, the right lenses are cracked and the left are chipped at the 'angle' join. Complete with the original box of issue in excellent condition. This also contains a very good pair of spare clear lenses and a 1942 dated antidim tin/cloth. Very good + / exellent overall condition. Stock code G18305.
R.A.F. MK.VIII Flying Goggles, Boxed With Spares Stores Ref. 22c/930. The frames are in excellent condition showing no wear at all. The leather surround and suede backing is also excellent showing no wear or use. The strap retains some elasticity and good colour but does have minor rust spotting (transferred from the anti-dim tin beneath). Fitted with tinted lenses that look good but do have some delamination marking. Complete with original box of issue in good solid condition. This also contains a pair of spare clear lenses still in their waxed paper wrappings (with some delamination marks) and a 1942 dated antidim tin having surface corrosion. Exellent overall condition. Stock code G16811.
R.A.F. MK.VIII Flying Goggles, Boxed With Spares Stores Ref. 22c/930. The frames are in excellent condition showing no wear at all. The leather surround and suede backing is also excellent showing no wear and very little use. The strap retains elasticity and good colour but does have minor rust spotting and marking. Fitted with tinted lenses that look good but the left does have some delamination marking. Complete with original box of issue in good solid condition. This also contains a good pair of spare clear lenses (left has some delamination marks) and a 1942 dated antidim tin/cloth. Exellent overall condition. Stock code G17152.
R.A.F. MK.VIII Flying Spectacles Stores Ref. 22c/962. Size large. Standard WW2 issue MK.VIII anti-glare spectacles/sunglasses with grey/green tinted lenses in steel wire frames with side-arms having 'wrap-around' ear pieces. Very good condition bar minor soiling a a couple of small chips to the edge of the lenses (see photo). Air Ministry and ref. numbers stamped into arms. The original hard case is worn and dented. Stores ref. G17147.
R.A.F. MK.VIII Flying Spectacles Stores Ref. 22c/961. Size medium. Standard WW2 issue MK.VIII anti-glare spectacles/sunglasses with grey/green tinted lenses in steel wire frames with side-arms having 'wrap-around' ear pieces. Very good used condition. The original hard case is good but soiled/marked. Very good used overall. Stores ref. G16744.
R.A.F. MK.VIII/Type F Spectacles Stores Ref. 22G/1107. Size medium. Basically these are redesignated WW2 MK.VIIIs. Exactly the same pattern as the wartime manufactured sunglasses bar different reference markings (still marked MK.VIII on sidearms). Light tarnishing and verdigris on the frames. Grey/green lenses have light chipping at the edges. One of the nose-rests is missing but could easily be replaced. With aluminium case of issue - fully marked. Stock code G16623.
R.A.F. MK.VIIIA Aircrew Anti-Glare Spectacles Stores Ref. 22c/1072. Size medium. These are identical to the standard WW2 issue MK.VIII anti-glare spectacles/sunglasses but redesignated with a different reference number at the end of the war (previously 22c 960/1/2). Blue/green tinted lenses in steel wire frames with side-arms having 'wrap-around' ear pieces. The frames have light tarnishing. Excellent lenses. The original hard case is also in excellent condition bar light soiling. Fully marked up. Stores ref. G14704.
R.A.F. Mug By Burleigh. White mug in thick/heavy china. One pint capacity. 'R.A.F.' and King's Crown within a blue circle to one side. No chips or cracks but shows wear and use. As used on wartime RAF bases. Stock code C13980.
R.A.F. Mug Solian Ware by Soho Pottery Ltd., Cobridge. White mug in thick/heavy china. One pint capacity. 'R.A.F.' and King's Crown within a blue circle to one side. Minor rim chip but no cracks/crazing and in very good used condition. As used on wartime RAF bases. Stock code C18584.
R.A.F. Multi-man Dinghy Fishing Kit Simple fishing kit issued with the larger survival dinghies. Enclosed in a small plastic/acetate box it includes a reel of heavy waxed cotton line with spinners, lead weight and hooks. Also comes with the instruction booklet printed on a proofed linen. This gives advice on using the kit and other foods that could be found and used to aid survival. Some wear and ageing to the box but otherwise in excellent condition. See p.65 'Lufwaffe Vs RAF'. Stock code S15121
R.A.F. Multi-man Dinghy Leaker Stoppers Set of six wood/rubber stoppers (sizes 1 to 6 - Size 1 being solid wood, the rest being rubber). Conical in shape and threaded externally so they could be screwed into punctures in the dinghy. Several sets of these were were carried with each multi-man bomber dinghy. Dusty but in very good flexible condition. Stock code S16085.
R.A.F. Napkin Rings By Walker & Hall. Electroplated nickel silver (EPNS) napkin/serviette rings engraved with King's Crown RAF crest. They are somewhat tarnished and need a quick polish but are otherwise in excellent used condition. Good useable items! Five available and priced individually. Stock code M16849.
R.A.F. Napkin Rings Electroplated nickel silver (EPNS) napkin/serviette rings engraved with A.M. & King's crown. They have surface marks/scratches and need a quick polish but are otherwise in excellent used condition. Good useable items! Four available and priced individually. Stock code M16988/90.
R.A.F. Navigational Planisphere MK.1A, 1942 Stores ref. 6B/153. By The British Engraving And Nameplate Manufacturing Co. Leatherette case/folder approx. 32 x 32cm containing a metal frame/backboard with a rotating ethyl cellulose plastic disc printed with night sky features. Comes with with four acetate/perspex sheets showing the grids for different latitudes. These can be slotted into the metal frame and different sections of the night sky are revealed as the rotating disc is turned. Used for navigation via the night sky. The case is generally quite good although worn with small holes at the bottom corners. The frame is good although the disc is a little warped as are the acetate grid sheets. They also have the distinctive vinegar like smell given off by such products. Quite good used condition overall. Well marked and 1942 dated. Essential navigation kit in WW2. Stock code M15097.
R.A.F. Navigational Plotting Map : Basra-Karachi R.A.F. Small Scale Plotting Series (First Edition), Sheet N.E.12/43, dated 5/44. 1 : 2000,000. Paper. Approx. 103 x 87cm. These are printed in red on white paper and have a grid over the map. Used by Navigators to plot the more detailed flight routes to the target area. This example has routes marked in pencil. Folded/creased. Some soiling & dog-eared corners and minor edge tears. Quite good used.
R.A.F. Navigational Plotting Map : Belfast-Rome R.A.F. Small Scale Plotting Series (Third Edition), Sheet N.W.42/10, dated 2/45. 1 : 2000,000. Paper. Approx. 100 x 70cm. These are printed in red on white paper and have a grid over the map. Used by Navigators to plot the more detailed flight routes to the target area. This example has routes marked in pencil. Folded/creased. Some soiling & dog-eared corners and minor edge tears. Tiny section missing in the centre of the map. Good used. Stock code P7861.
R.A.F. Navigational Plotting Map : Dublin - Konigsburg (Special Sheet) R.A.F. Small Scale Plotting Series (First Edition), Sheet N.W.46/8, dated 8/42. 1 : 2000,000. Paper. Approx. 106 x 180cm. This is printed in black on white paper with a grid over the map. Used by Navigators to plot the more detailed flight routes to the target area. Folded/creased. Some soiling & dog-eared corners and minor edge tears. Quite good used. Stock code P10616.
R.A.F. Navigator Brevet Flat 'N' brevet. Fine black cotton backing. Very good used condition. Stock code U15634.
R.A.F. Navigator Brevet Flat 'N' brevet. Fine black cotton backing. Some fraying at the edges but in good used condition. Stock code U16936.
R.A.F. Navigator Brevet - Padded Padded 'N' brevet. Black paper backing. Unusual 'dumpy' shape. Very good unused condition. Stock code U17679.
R.A.F. Navigator's Bag By L.N.L. Stores ref. 1A/3927. The classic, ultra rare light green holdall used to carry all the Navigator's charts, chartboard, parallel rules, pencils, protractors, compasses etc. Approx. 50 x 50 cm with flapped pockets to both sides and two carrying handles. Manufacturer's marks, war department broad arrow and 1944 date to one side. The heavy cotton canvas is generally very clean but there is some soiling and fading, particularly at the ends of the bag (see photos). Note the minor colour variation on the photos where sections of the inside of the bag can be seen against the outer parts. No damage, holes or repairs and in very good solid/strong condition. Quite possibly unused. These bags are highly sought after and rarely turn up. The first we have had in a year. Stock code M18787.
R.A.F. Navigator's Bag, Unused/Boxed Stores Ref. 6B/469. 1966 dated. Classic post WW2 Navigator/aircrew bag in heavy duty blue-grey canvas with leather handle, straps and bindings. Several internal compartments for maps, drawing instruments, documents etc. With locking clasp and twin buckled securing straps. Complete with keys and inner drawing instruments box, ref. 6B/472. Also comes wrapped in original waxed paper and card box of issue. There are some light storage marks and minor verdigris but this has never been used by the pilot to whom it was issued. A superb piece. They make excellent briefcases or laptop bags too! Stock code M19101.
R.A.F. Navigator's Service Dress Tunic - 102 Squadron History By Austin Reid of Regent Street, London. Standard four pocket tunic with nice flat 'N' brevet, Flying Officer sleeve rank lace and ribbons for 39-45 star, Aircrew Europe star, Defence and War medals. Shows light use and wear only with no apparant moth damage. Labelled and named to R. W. Rooke. Dated 20/4/45. Rooke flew with 102 Squadron from Pocklington in Yorkshire, completing over 30 Ops with his crew in 'Popeye'. Each of the crew was named after one of the seven dwarves, Rooke being 'Grumpy'. The tunic comes with 2 photocopies of original photos of the crew and 'key' to the names/positions/nicknames of the crew. In addition it comes with an original typed letter and receipt for the uniform dated 30.4.45. These items were purchased directly from the veteran's daughter. Lovely item. Stock code U18478.
R.A.F. Navigators' Bag By Waring & Gillow Ltd. Stores ref. 1A/3927. The classic, ultra rare light green holdall used to carry all the Navigator's charts, chartboard, parallel rules, pencils, protractors, compasses etc. Approx. 50 x 50 cm with flapped pockets to both sides and two carrying handles. Manufacturer's marks, war department broad arrow and 1943 date inside. The heavy cotton canvas is reasonably clean and although faded, still retains some colour - note the colour variation on the photos where sections of the inside of the bag can be seen against the outer parts. No damage, holes or repairs and in very good solid/strong used condition. These bags are highly sought after and rarely turn up. I nearly kept the last one and I'm tempted to hang on to this one... Stock code M18149.
R.A.F. Navigators' Parallel Rule By Aston & Mander & Co. ( Est. 1789) London. 1944 dated. 'Capt. Field's Improved' boxwood parallel rule with brass fittings. Approx. 45cm/18" in length x 7.5cm/3" wide when closed. Full Air Ministry and Crown markings. A bit grubby and faded and with very minor wood loss/chips at the edges in places. Tarnishing of metal parts. Good used condition overall. As used by the Navigator for route plotting in bomber aircraft. Stock code M18083.
R.A.F. Navigators' Parallel Rule By Aston & Mander & Co. Ltd. 1944 dated. 'Capt. Field's Improved' boxwood parallel rule with brass fittings. Approx. 45cms/18" in length x 7.5cms/3" wide when closed. Full Air Ministry and Crown markings. Some wood loss/chips at the edges in places but in good used condition overall. As used by the Navigator for route plotting in bomber aircraft. Stock code M18295.
R.A.F. Navigators' Parallel Rule By Aston & Mander & Co. Ltd. 1944 dated. 'Capt. Field's Improved' boxwood parallel rule with brass fittings. Approx. 45cm/18" in length x 7.5cm/3" wide when closed. Full Air Ministry and Crown markings. A little grubby and with very minor wood loss/chips at the edges in places. Very good used condition overall. As used by the Navigator for route plotting in bomber aircraft. Stock code M17985.
R.A.F. Navigators' Parallel Rule By Hughes & Son Ltd. 'Capt. Field's Improved' boxwood parallel rule with brass fittings. This is the less commonly found small version. Approx. 30cm/12" in length x 6.5cm/2.5" wide when closed. Air Ministry and Crown markings. A bit grubby and faded. Brass fittings tarnished but would clean well if desired. Some relatively minor wood loss at the edges in places (see photos). As used by the Navigator for route plotting in bomber aircraft. Stock code M19103.
R.A.F. Navigators' Parallel Rule - Postwar 'Capt. Field's Improved' boxwood parallel rule with brass fittings. This is the less commonly found small version. Approx. 30cm/12" in length x 6.5cm/2.5" wide when closed. RAF ref. code 13/44 and War Department broad arrow. 1953 dated. A little grubby and a few minor edge knocks but in good overall condition. Great for completing an early postwar Navigators kit. Stock code M19601.
R.A.F. Navigators' Chartboard Lamp Stores Ref. 5c/1551. 12 / 24 volt. White metal chartboard lamp as used in wartime bombers. Integral spring clamp. Highly adjustable for the perfect position. Fitted with a bakelite type 'G' dimmer switch (stores ref. 5c/726). The metal lamp frame is in very good condition but is a bit grubby/tarnished. The spring clip retains excellent tension but the wiring loom is grubby with binding tape in places. Fitted with a 2-pin plug (stores ref. 5c/959). The dimmer switch is not wired in. Sold as a collectable item and not as a lamp for use. Stock code M14495.
R.A.F. Navigators' Chartboard Type D Air Ministry chartboard, type D. Stores ref. 6B/163. Board size is approx. 45 x 45cm. Manufactured in paxolin fibreboard. Fitted with a set of metal parallel movable plotting arms. Attached to the arm is a transparent perspex plotting rule and black painted brass scales for recording distance in five and ten minutes, air speed, wind speed and wind direction. Marked on the wind direction dial is 'CHARTBOARD TYPE D SERIAL NO 1696/42 REF. NO 6B/163' and the usual King's Crown A.M. stamp. The board has metal plates across each corner to hold a map in place. Also fitted with a leather tabs along the lower edge. These in turn are linked to a third leather tab via a spring (unknown use). Overall condition is good +. It shows use and wear with some paint chipping to metal parts and scratching to the board that has also lost a very small corner section (see photo). Essential piece of the navigator's plotting kit. Price includes map shown (sheet 3, The Highlands, 1944 dated and in reasonable condition). This item is rather heavy. Stock code M16549.
R.A.F. Navigators' Planisphere MK.1A (1940) Stores ref. 6B/153. By The British Engraving & Nameplate Manufacturing Co. Leatherette case/folder approx. 32 x 32cm containing a metal frame/backboard with a rotating disc of night sky features attached. Compes with four acetate/perspex sheets showing different grids for different latitudes (2 are actually the same). Used for navigation via the night sky. The case is worn but quite good as is the backplate. The acetate grids have warped in places (worst shown) and ther is some 'reaction' peeling in places. Reasonably good used condition overall. Well marked and 1940 dated. Essential navigation kit in WW2. Stock code M15818.
R.A.F. Navigator's Battledress Blouse War Service Dress Blouse. Size 8 (Ht. 5'7-5'8", Ch. 37-38", Wt. 33"). By Akett Ltd. 1945 dated. Standard battledress blouse with Flight Lieutenant rank lace, a good flat navigator brevet and ribbons for the 39-45 star, Aircrew Europe star with rosette, Africa star, Italy star, Defence and war medals. The blouse shows wear and use with some moth holes (mainly to sleeves and one on the collar fold). In addition the collar has been tailored to form a small lapel (quite common - see photos). Reasonably good overall condition. Stock code U15333.
R.A.F. Navigator's D.F.C. Medal Grouping & Research Medal group to Warrant Officer James Pettey (1539605), RAFVR, 500 Squadron. Comprises Dinstinguished Flying Cross (dated), 1939 - 1945 star, Africa star with 1942 - 1943 North Africa bar, Italy star, Defence and War medals - all professionally mounted. The group also comes with the card medal box , one of his Warrant Officer sleeve titles and some research material. The latter includes copies of the recommendation for the DFC; notification of the award in the London Gazette and pages from the 500 Squadron Operations Record Book. Pettey received the DFC whislt serving with 500 Sqdrn, Desert Air Force, M.A.A.F. On 26th January 1945 his Commanding Officer wrote 'Warrant Officer Pettey, who is PO Douglas' navigator, has completed an unusually long and arduous tour of operations, having taken part in 78 daylight bombing raids during a period of over a year. He has attacked a large variety of targets including strongly opposed close support operations throughout the advance through Italy from Cassino to the Gothic Line, and raids on heavily defended enemy communications. He is an exceptional bomb-aimer, whose enthusiasm for operations and devotion to duty have been an outstanding example to other observers in the Squadron. These qualities, together with his resolve in adverse bombing weather, and cool, calm efficiency over strongly defended targets, have brought him and his crew outstanding results. As leading bomb-aimer, he has an unbeaten record of bombing accuracy in the Squadron, a just tribute to this W.O.s determination on every sortie he has undertaken'. The Air Vice Masrshall Commanding the DAF group recommended an immediate DFC but the Commander in Chief recommended an non-immediate award. The award was approved by the King on 9th April 1945 and appears in the London Gazette dated 20th April 1945.
R.A.F. Observer Brevet Superb heavily padded 'O' brevet in oatmeal coloured silk type thread on a black felt with a hessian backing. There are a couple of pulled/missing stitches on the front and a small noth trail on the hessian backing but in very good, probably unused condition. Stock code U15204.
R.A.F. Observer Brevet Nice flat 'O' brevet in oatmeal coloured silk thread on a black felt with a fine cloth backing. Unissued old stock. Superb. Stock code U16757.
R.A.F. Observer Brevet Lovely heavily padded 'O' brevet in oatmeal coloured silk thread on a black felt with a fine cloth backing. Shows use and light wear with some minor fraying at the edges. Very good used condition. Stock code U16831.
R.A.F. Observer Brevet Lovely flat 'O' brevet in oatmeal coloured silky thread on a black felt with a fine hessian backing. Has 3 small poppers sewn into place for use on a tropical tunic. This was common practice as tropical uniforms required regular laundering and badges could easily be removed to avoid damage. Stock code U19077.
R.A.F. Observer Brevet Lovely heavily padded 'O' brevet in oatmeal coloured silk thread on a black felt with a fine hessian type cloth backing. Shows use and light wear but in very good used condition. Stock code U17956.
R.A.F. Observer Brevet Flat 'O' brevet in off-white coloured silky thread on a black felt with a paper backing. Shows use and light wear with some a small moth nip at the edge as seen in the photos. Very good used condition. Stock code U18205.
R.A.F. Observer Parachute Pack 'Loops' Pair of chromed steel 'loops' that are used to attach the Observer parachute pack to the harness clips. One end joins the clips and the other is attached to the parachute canopy lines. The loops have some small cuts/dings along with surface corrosion that should polish off quite easily. Extremely difficult to obtain but necessary if you want to clip your pack onto a harness! Note the photo with the pack is for illustrative purposes only and is not part of the sale. Try and find another pair!
R.A.F. Observer Parachute Pack 'Loops' Pair of chromed steel 'loops' that are used to attach the Observer parachute pack to the harness clips. One end joins the clips and the other is attached to the parachute canopy lines. The loops have been cut to render useless as part of any safety equipment and have surface corrosion that should polish off quite easily. They would however, still work fine for display. Extremely difficult to obtain but necessary if you want to clip your pack onto a harness! Note the photo with the pack is for illustrative purposes only and is not part of the sale. Try and find another pair!
R.A.F. Observer Type Harness By G.Q. Stores ref. 15A/137. Standard 'Observer' harness for use with clip on chest-type parachute packs. This is a genuine RAF/British manufactured example rather than the Canadian manufactured version. Cream/white webbing with a central orange fleck. Has the fully rounded QR box as fitted to wartime British harnesses. Fading label reads 'G.Q.', '222681' and 'Observer.' The harness is in good undamaged condition. The QR box is equally good and the plates that fit into this appear to be brass rather than ordinary steel. Has the metal 'loops' at the rear for attaching a dinghy pack and also fitted with a very good unlabelled/unmarked chocolate brown backpad. A good to very good used example. Increasingly difficult to find. Stock code P18998.
R.A.F. Observer Type Parachute Harness By G & T.L. Stores ref. 15A/137. Standard 'Observer' harness for use with clip-on chest-type parachute packs. This is a genuine RAF/British manufactured example rather than more commonly found Canadian version. Cream/white webbing with a central blue fleck. Has the fully rounded QR box as fitted to wartime British harnesses. Labelled 'G & T.L Observer No.63205' and with fading Am KIng's crown stamps on the riser straps. The harness is quite clean and undamaged. The QR box is equally good. Fitted with a very good A.M. & AID marked backpad. An excellent used example. Increasingly difficult to find. Stock code P16352.
R.A.F. Observer Type Parachute Harness By G & T.L. Stores ref. 15A/137. Standard 'Observer' harness for use with clip on chest-type parachute packs. This is a genuine RAF/British manufactured example rather than the Canadian manufactured version. Cream/white webbing with a central black fleck. Has the fully rounded QR box as fitted to wartime British harnesses. Labelled 'G & T.L Observer No.' The harness is in good undamaged condition but appears to have been cleaned/washed giving a somewhat overly white appearance in places. The QR box is equally good and correctly orientated for the harness. Has the metal 'loops' at the rear for attaching a dinghy pack and also fitted with a very good unlabelled/unmarked backpad. A good to very good used example. Increasingly difficult to find. Stock code P18848.
R.A.F. Observer Type Parachute Harness Unknown maker. Stores ref. 15A/137. Standard 'Observer' harness for use with clip-on chest-type parachute packs. This is a genuine RAF/British manufactured example rather than more commonly found Canadian version. Cream/white webbing with a central green fleck. Has the fully rounded QR box as fitted to wartime British harnesses. Labelled but this only has the serial number marked, a fading AID inspection stamp and another indistinct stamp (possibly the ref. code). The harness is quite clean and is undamaged. The QR box has marks/scratches. No backpad fitted. A very good used example. Increasingly difficult to find. Stock code P16797.
R.A.F. Observer Type Parachute Harness By G & T.L. Stores ref. 15A/137. Standard 'Observer' harness for use with clip-on chest-type parachute packs. This is a genuine RAF/British manufactured example rather than more commonly found Canadian version. Cream/white webbing with a central green fleck. Has the fully rounded QR box as fitted to wartime British harnesses. Nice large label. Fitted with a horse-hair filled backpad stamped with fading reference numbers (15A/191). The harness is quite clean bar some light verdigris on metal components. Undamaged. The QR box is marked/scratched. A very good used example. Increasingly difficult to find. Stock code P15365.
R.A.F. Observer Type Parachute Harness By Irving Air Chute Of Great Britain. Stores ref. 15A/137. Standard 'Observer' harness for use with clip-on chest-type parachute packs. Cream/white webbing with a central black & pink fleck. Has the fully rounded QR box as fitted to wartime British harnesses. Large Irvin label with serial number and 1952 date. A secondary label appears to have been removed from one of the front riser straps at some point. The harness is quite clean and undamaged. The QR box is equally good. Fitted with a very good AID marked backpad. An excellent used example. Although of early postwar production this is essentially identical to RAF wartime issue and would be ideal for display or re-enactment purposes. All parachute equipment has become increasingly difficult to find. Stock code P18063.
R.A.F. Observer Type Parachute Pack Stores Ref. 15A/141. Two point detachable chest pack. Attaches to the harness by the engagement of a pair of steel loops with a pair of hooded snap-hooks located on the chest. This example is manufactured the usual sandy coloured cotton canvas. It is complete with all the webbing grab handles, rip-cord flap and rip-cord handle housing. In addition it is comes with all the metalwork to attach it to a harness and also 'D-ring' and elasticated 'bungees'. The pack label reads 'Stores Ref. No. 15A/141, Observer Parachute Two Point Quick Connector, 110309, Serial No. 873492'. The pack is in very good used condition throught. No canopy fitted. Extremely difficutl to find. Stock code M14478.
R.A.F. Observer Type Parachute Pack Stores Ref. 15A/141. Two point detachable chest pack. Attaches to the harness by the engagement of a pair of steel loops with a pair of hooded snap-hooks located on the chest. This example is manufactured the usual sandy coloured cotton canvas. It is complete with all the webbing grab handles, rip-cord flap and rip-cord handle housing. In addition it is comes with all the metalwork to attach it to a harness and also 'D-ring' and elasicated 'bungees'. Fading label reads 'Pack, Type C, MK.2 - Nylon Rigging Lines' etc. Also Broad Arrow marked. It is in very good used condition throught. Not fitted with the original canopy. The pack is stuffed with part of a parachute canopy and other packing material. Stock code M15366.
R.A.F. Observer Type Parachute Pack Stores Ref. 15A/141. Two point detachable chest pack. Attaches to the harness by the engagement of a pair of steel loops with a pair of hooded snap-hooks located on the chest. This example is manufactured the usual sandy coloured cotton canvas. It is complete with all the webbing grab handles, rip-cord flap and rip-cord handle housing. In addition it is comes with the 'D-ring' & ripcord plus the elasticated 'bungees'. The pack label reads 'A.M, Parachute Observer , Ref. 15A/141, Serial No. A167371'. The pack is in very good used condition though somewhat faded and with light soiling. There is minor damage to one grab handle (see photo) and the bungees are quite stretched. No canopy fitted. Extremely difficult to find. Stock code M17372.
R.A.F. Observer Type Parachute Pack By E.E. Ltd. Pack Type C MK.1 for use with silk rigging lines. Stores Ref. 15A/515 (pack alone) or 15A/141 with canopy). Two point detachable chest pack. Attaches to the Observer type harness by the engagement of a pair of steel loops with a pair of hooded snap-hooks located on the chest. This example is manufactured the usual sandy coloured cotton canvas. It is complete with all the webbing grab handles, rip-cord flap and rip-cord handle housing. In addition it is comes with the 'D-ring' & ripcord. Good clear label. The pack is in very good used condition throughout although it does have some numbers marked to both ends. No canopy or metalwork for attaching to the harness. Extremely difficult to find. Stock code M17533.
R.A.F. Observer Type Parachute Pack & Metalwork Stores Ref. 15A/156 (pack alone) or 15A/141 (with canopy). Two point detachable chest pack. Attaches to the Observer type harness by the engagement of a pair of steel loops with a pair of hooded snap-hooks located on the chest. This example is manufactured the less common and lighter weight 'chocolate' coloured plain weave duck canvas. It is complete with all the webbing grab handles, rip-cord flap and rip-cord handle housing. The label is war department broad arrow and Air Ministry marked. The pack is a little grubby in places. There are also a few loose stitches where the grab handles are attached and one of the small inner 'corner flaps' is partially torn (see photos). In good to very good used condition overall. No ripcord, canopy or bungees are fitted but it does have the original metalwork for attaching to the harness. Photographed stuffed with bubblewrap for illustrative purposes only. Extremely difficult to find. Stock code P14179.
R.A.F. Observer Type Parachute Pack & Metalwork Stores Ref. 15A/156 (pack alone) or 15A/141 (with canopy). Two point detachable chest pack. Attaches to the Observer type harness by the engagement of a pair of steel loops with a pair of hooded snap-hooks located on the chest. This example is manufactured in the less common and slightly lighter weight / darker coloured plain weave duck canvas. It is complete with all the webbing grab handles, rip-cord flap and rip-cord handle housing. The label is King's Crown Air Ministry marked. The pack is a little grubby in places. Period repair to the rip cord housing flap/lift-the-dot fasteners. No ripcord or bungees are fitted but it does have the original metalwork for attaching to the harness. It is currently packed out/stuffed with pieces of parachute canopy but this is not complete and serves only to improve the shape and appearance. Due to the weight you may wish to buy this empty and reduce postal costs a little. Very good used condition overall. Extremely difficult to find. Stock code P19056.
R.A.F. Observer Type Parachute Pack Attachment 'Loops' & 'Plates' Chromed steel 'loops' that are used to attach the Observer parachute pack to the harness. Very good used condition. Come with the flat metal plates that slide into the pack to hold the 'loops' in position. These plates are modern reporductions made up for me. Extremely difficult to obtain but necessary if you want to clip your pack onto a harness! Stock code M14250.
R.A.F. Officer Rank 'Economy Pattern' Field Service Cap Badge By JRL Ltd. Birmingham. Extremely rare black plastic version of the standard officer rank sidecap badge. King's crown, eagle and backplate are all in black plastic. Brass blades to the rear of the crown and eagle. Excellent condition throughout. Stock code U15329.
R.A.F. Officer Rank Field Service Cap Standard sidecap. Unknown maker and size. Fitted with good badge and brass buttons (1 of the bendy pins at the rear of the eagle is missing). Generally very clean. Minor moth nips but nothing that detracts. Black cotton lining with brown velvet trim. Good '+' used. Stock code U17781.
R.A.F. Officer Rank Field Service Cap Standard sidecap. This is an 'issue' cap with broad arrow marked label having reference numbers and clear 1944 date. Size 7. Fitted with badge and brass buttons. The cap is quite clean and in very good condition bar one tiny moth nip (see photo). Brown cotton lining with light brown velvet trim. War department broad arrow stamped. A nice cap in a good size. Stock code U19403.
R.A.F. Officer Rank Field Service Cap By Lincoln Bennett & Co. of Burlington Gardens, Old Bond Street, London. Standard sidecap. Marked as a size 71/4 and is certainly very long. Fitted with badge and brass buttons. The cap is very clean and appears to be moth free. Light tan cotton lining with matching velvet trim - the latter slightly unstitched (see photo). A lovely cap in a rare generous size. Stock code U19401.
R.A.F. Officer Rank Field Service Cap - History By Austin Reed. Size 6, 7/8. Standard peaked cap. Very light soiling and fading. One tiny moth nip to the underside of the peak (see photo). Fitted with a very good economy type bullion badge (needs a couple of stitches to hold the top of the crown to the cap), mohair band and leather 'chinstrap'. The inner leather band is a bit grubby but undamaged. The light tan satin lining is very good, retaining the central greasepaper protector. This belonged to Pilot Officer R.W. Rooke, a Wellington (Noseart 'Popeye') Navigator with 102 Squadron, based at Pocklington in Yorkshire. He completed 30+ Operational flights. This came to us with his uniform (with original receipts) directly from his daughter. The rest of the uniform was sold earlier this year but we are now offering his cap and photocopies of the documents shown. Good '+'/very good used condition. Stock code U18477.
R.A.F. Officer Rank Field Service Cap Badge Two-piece cast brass badge with separate eagle and crown. Bendy lug fixings to rear. Complete with brass backplate. Excellent used. As fitted to officer rank side caps. Ex Spitfire/Mustang pilot's badge. He flew ground attack Ops in North Africa. Stock code U15867.
R.A.F. Officer Rank Service Dress Cap Unknown maker. Smallish - has 6 3/4 inked onto inner leather band. Standard early peaked cap with green leather underpeak. Good clean condition and appear to be be moth free. The badge has some wear/rubbing to the crown (see photos). The mohair badge band is good and the leather strap has only very light surface cracking. Plum coloured satin lining. The inner leather band is good and named to 'G.S. Myers'. Pilot Officer Myers was promoted to Flying Officer on September 9th 1939. Overall, a very good used cap. Stock code U17647.
R.A.F. Officer Rank Service Dress Cap Unknown maker. Smallish size - measures about 21.5" internally which relates to 6 3/4. Standard peaked cap. Appears good but does have a few small moth holes on the peak - largely hidden by the leather band. The underside of the peak has a few small nips and there is a small hole to the rear of the crown. Reasonably clean and not too faded. Good badge and mohair band. The inner leather band is good and named on the reverse to 'N Bowen'. The lining is generally grubby/soiled and the inner crown greasepaper lining is covered with a plastic protector sheet Overall, a good used cap. Stock code U18515.
R.A.F. Officer Rank Service Dress Cap By Austin Reed of Regent Street, London. Appears to be a small size. Standard peaked cap. Rather grubby and a bit faded but appears to be free of any moth damage. Fitted with a bullion badge and mohair band. The badge has some soft verdigris deposits that could probably be cleaned off with care. The inner leather band is grubby and worn but undamaged. The lining is generally grubby/soiled and the inner crown greasepaper lining is disoloured. Leather strap and buttons missing. Undamaged but needs tidying up. Priced accordingly. Stock code U15096.
R.A.F. Officer Rank Service Dress Cap Box Original box from Bates of Jermyn Street, London. Approx. 30x30x15cms. With Bates label and also inked with the address of the owner, a Flight Lieutenant Clarke of York. Good solid condition. Some soiling and rusting of staples. Ideal for your prized cap or for a display backdrop/prop. Unknown date/period but would suggest 1960s. Stock code M10268.
R.A.F. Officer Rank Shirt Size 15" collar. Classic pale blue cotton shirt with detachable collar and double cuffs for use with cuff-links. Early half opening front with 3 buttons and collar stud button-holes above. Some soiling and fading to shirt front (waist up) but generally clean and in very good used condition. Sold without collars. Stock code U19365.
R.A.F. Officer Rank Shirt 'Vantella Poplin' by Cotella Ltd. Under Licence for use with Van Heusen collars. Size 15.5" collar/M. Classic pale blue cotton shirt with detachable collar and double cuffs for use with cuff-links. Early half opening front with 3 buttons and collar stud button-holes above. This example is new/unused old stock. It is still folded and pinned as it would have been when it was made and left the outfitters. Because of this we have not unfolded and checked it but assume condition to be excellent bar minor storage soiling and potentially some light fading. The label notes that these are to be sold only to members of H.M. Forces. Sold with 1 x 15" collars (technically too small but appear to fit). This is absolutely the very last of a small batch recently uncovered in our stock rooms. Stock code U19363.
R.A.F. Officer Rank Shirt Collars Van Heusen Semi-stiff collars in woven Egyptian cotton. Style 11, size 15.5. Used with some soiling and minor wear. Priced individually.
R.A.F. Officer Rank Shirt Collars Van Heusen Semi-stiff collars in woven Egyptian cotton. Style 11, size 14. Unused in original paper packet.
R.A.F. Officer Type Shirt Collars (each) Size 14.5. By Van Heusen. RAF stamped. In grease-paper packet. Mint unused.
R.A.F. Officer's Mess Dinner Forks Stores ref. 21C/219. By Walker & Hall. Electro plated nickel silver (silver plated) dinner forks as used in RAF station messes. Higher quality and more refined than 'standard' forks having large decorated hollowed handles with RAF King's Crown crest at the end. Also maker, Crown, reference number and 1929 date stamped to rear. Tarnished but should clean up well. Two available and priced individually. Stock code C17606/7.
R.A.F. Officer's Service Dress Cap Size 6 3/4. Unknown maker. Standard peaked cap. Retains good colour and shape. Excellent badge/band. No moth damage at all. Named to H. Booth. Excellent used condition overall. Stock code U14712.
R.A.F. Officer's Shirt - 1945 dated. By Radiac Rex. Approx. 14" collar. 44" chest measurement (to comfortably fit 40 - 42"). Classic pale blue cotton shirt with detachable collar and double cuffs for use with cuff-links. Early pattern, half-opening front with 3 buttons and collar stud button-holes above. There are a few small darned repairs and 3 tears repaired with iron-on cotton interfacing. Light soiling. Good for display purposes. 1945 dated. Stock code U14532.
R.A.F. Officer's Washing Bowl By Mintons China. Large white ceramic bowl/basin approx. 39cm/15.5" diameter x 14cm/5.5" height. King's Crown R.A.F. winged crest in gilt to the inside, approx. 7cm/3" span. Gilt rings at the rim, base and side. Overall condition is good. There is a mnor 'blemish' on the rim but no cracks and the bowl 'rings' brightly if tapped. There is however wear and crackling/crazing of the glaze. The winged crest and base ring are excellent but the other gilt rings are rubbed/worn. The bowl would have been used in conjunction with a large ceramic jug. This is the earlier pattern - later examples having a simple 'R.A.F.' crest in place of the wings. Probably dates from the 1920s or early 1930s. The jug shown (later pattern) is for illustrative purposes only and is not included in the sale. Rather heavy at around 2.5kg without packaging. We will post this item using a 24 hour service within the UK but would prefer collection. Overseas postage also possible but rather expensive. Stock code C18859.
R.A.F. Officers' Beret Badge Unusual bullion beret badge. Manufactured in the same way as the standard service dress cap badge but smaller. Excellent used condition. Stock code U16817.
R.A.F. Officers' Mess Coffee Cup & Saucer By Royal Doulton. Fine bone china cup complete with RAF Kings's Crown crest. The rim of the cup has a gilt edged dark blue band. Saucer to match. Shows light wear and use and there are a couple of cracks in the cup. Unsuitable for use but a lovely display piece. Stock code C15142.
R.A.F. Officer's Field Service Cap Standard sidecap. Unknown maker and size. Fitted with a good badge and brass buttons. Light soiling and fading but appears to be moth free. Grey-blue satin lining with some damage/tears to the crown area. Good used. Stock code U15248.
R.A.F. Officer's Service Dress Cap Smallish. Standard peaked cap. A bit soiled/faded and with a moth hole to the underside of the peak. Nice badge/band. Tan satin lining with 'greasecloth' centre. Inner leather band a bit grimy. A bit 'tired' looking but still presentable and in reasonably good used condition. Stock code U15375.
R.A.F. Officer's Service Dress Cap By Bates of Jermyn Street, London. Smallish. Standard peaked cap. A bit soiled/faded but seems to be moth free. The badge and band are quite good and the leather strap has only light surface cracking. Light tan satin lining with greasecloth still largely intact. The inner leather band is partially unstitched. This is named to 'R M Jones'. Overall, a reasonably good used cap. Stock code U15657.
R.A.F. Officer's Shirt & Collars By Valusta - 'For long and pleasurable Service'. Size 14" collar. Classic pale blue cotton shirt with detachable collar and double cuffs for use with cuff-links. Fully opening front with 3 buttons and collar stud button-holes above. As issued - still attached to the card with pins and never unfolded. Comes with 2 matching collars. Superb find. Stock code U15165.
R.A.F. Olympus Canberra Photo Approx. 24x17cms. Good clear air to air shot of a Canberra. Issued by the publicity department of Bristol Aeroplane Dept. (stamped to rear). VGC.
R.A.F. Other Ranks Field Service Cap By J Collett Ltd. Size 7 1/4, 1944 dated. Standard sidecap with brass buttons and badge. Light fading/soiling and has very minor moth trailing to the fabric pile (no holes and not detrimental) but in very good condition overall. Clear 1944 date and a large size too. Stock code U1733015327.
R.A.F. Other Ranks Field Service Cap By J Compton Sons & Webb Ltd. Size 7 1/4, 1944 dated. Standard sidecap with brass badge and economy buttons. Light fading/soiling and a moth hole on the crown area (see photo). Good used. Stock code U18357.
R.A.F. Other Ranks Field Service Cap - 1939 Unknown size and maker. Standard sidecap with brass buttons and badge. Very good moth free condition. Labelled with very clear 1939 date. Stock code U15950.
R.A.F. Other Ranks Service Dress Trousers, 1940 Official size unknown but measure approx. : Waist 28", inside leg 30.5". 1940 dated. Standard OR tousers with buttoned fly - 1 standard brass fly button but the rest are riveted 'Bulldog' brand buttons. Certainly old but probably non original. Peppered with moth holes throughout. There is a concentration of them around the crotch (see photo). Reasonable for display. Cheap for this early date! Stock code U15973.
R.A.F. Other Ranks Shirt Stores Ref. 22B/137. Approx. 15.5 collar size. Chest physically measures approx. 48". 1941 date. Earlier syle with the half opening front. Single cuffs. Stamped at the neck with A.M. King's Crown and reference numbers 'H527 453/41/CIC' - the '41' indicating the date. Whilst the material is a bit soiled this would probably wash out and there is little wear and no damage. Comes with a collar although this is not a perfect colour match. A good shirt in an unusually large size. Stock code U2512.
R.A.F. Other Ranks Shirt / Collar Stores ref. 22B/138. Approx. 15.5" collar size. Chest physically measures approx. 46". Fully opening front. Single cuffs. Broad arrow & reference codes marked. Comes with a collar (S16) although this is not a perfect colour/size match. Excellent condition throughout. Light storage marking only. Rare large size. Stock code U16553.
R.A.F. Other Ranks Shirt Collars Stores ref. 22B/337. Rekit Semi-stiff collars in woven Egyptian cotton. Size 16. Broad arrow marked. Some wear and soiling. Marked with ownwer's service number. Two available. Priced individually.
R.A.F. Other Ranks Shirt/Collar Stores ref. 22B/136 (shirt), 22B/334 (collar). 14.5" collar size. Chest physically measures approx. 44". Fully opening front. Single cuffs. Broad arrow & reference codes marked. Excellent condition throughout bar light soiling to front 'tail' area and small frayed section near one cuff button hole (see photos 5 & 2 respectively). Rare large size. Stock code U17585.
R.A.F. Other Ranks Signaller's SD Tunic Unknown maker/size but physically measures approx. 40". Standard other ranks service dress tunic with a very nice heavily padded Signaller brevet, early printed shoulder eagles on black cotton backing and sergeant rank stripes. The tunic is a little faded and has light soiling but only a couple of very small moth nips. Complete with belt having one moth hole (see photo). No label and no obvious signs of removal. Marked with service number matching that in the trousers also listed today (separately). Good original/unmolested tunic. Stock code U18370.
R.A.F. Overall, Flying, Coldweather, MK.1 Stores ref. 22c/1153 - 1160. Dating from the early/mid 1950s. Blue grey cotton hooded aircrew 'parka' style jacket with woollen blanket type lining. Full length zip with buttoned storm flap. Typical parka 'fishtail' to button through the legs. Large flapped map pocket on the left chest and buttoned pockets in the lower skirt area. Drawstring around the hood with wooden toggles. Integral belt with alloy buckle. The parka was issued with matching blue grey lightly padded trousers (hence 'overall'). High waisted and worn with braces. Zipped at the ankles and with various leg pockets. Both garments have had the labels 'officially' removed - these were purchased from the original owner who told us that he had to remove the labels from much of his kit due to the sensitive nature of some flights at the time. Amongst other things he flew Canberra B6s and Valiants with 49 Squadron as well as instructing on Valiants/Victors and Vulcan B2s. He had quite a distinguished career serving in Whitehall during the Falklands Conflict and as Chief of Staff in the HQ British Forces in Gibraltar. Interestingly he also flew several aircraft inclding the He111 & Me109 during the filming of the Battle of Britain in he late 1960s. Further information can be supplied to the buyer if desired. Both the jacket and trousers have only light soiling but no notable damage and very little wear. Overall condition is very good indeed. These early 'suits' are now very rare and desirable. The first complete suit we have had and only the second or third jacket. If it is lacking from your collection don't delay! Stock code S19102/3.
R.A.F. Oxygen Bayonet Union Socket MK.IIIB Stores Ref. 6D/112. Manufactured by Nico Light Co. Ltd. Birmingham. This is a solid brass bayonet connector socket was connected to the oxygen supply in every crew position in wartime bombers. Each crewman could then plug in his oxygen tube using an extension tube ending with a 6D/101 plug. Painted in its original gloss black finish. Mint unissed condition in the original issue box. A.M. marked. Stock code O13545.
R.A.F. Oxygen Mask Tube / Connectors Standard wartime pattern corrugated rubber oxygen tube complete with screw-threaded top connector for attaching to a G-type or H-type mask . Fitted with a brass MK.IV bayonet connector and 'crocodile' clothing clip to the bottom of the tube. The hose is in fairly good condition but is dusty and has cracking within the folds of the rubber. The connector at the bottom of the tube is bound with the original twine but the upper connector is not bound in place. You can see the imprinted marks of the twine in the rubber at teh end of the tube. This could easily be replaced. Stock code O14778.
R.A.F. Oxygen Mask Tube / Connectors Standard wartime pattern corrugated rubber oxygen tube complete with screw-threaded top connector for attaching to a G-type or H-type mask . Fitted with a brass MK.IV bayonet connector and 'crocodile' clothing clip to the bottom of the tube. The hose is in very good condition with only minor cracking within the folds of the rubber when flexed. Stock code O15350.
R.A.F. Oxygen Mask Tube / Connectors Standard wartime pattern corrugated rubber oxygen tube complete with screw-threaded top connector for attaching to a G-type or H-type mask . Fitted with a brass A.M. marked MK.IV bayonet connector and 'crocodile' clothing clip to the bottom of the tube. The hose is in very good condition with no sign of cracking or perishing. Connectors are attached with metal circlips so this is probably early post-war. Stock code O16546.
R.A.F. Oxygen Mask Tube Bayonet Connector/Clip Stores Ref. 6D/526. Standard brass oxygen tube end fitting with attached galvanised crocodile clips. As fitted to the lower end of the corrugated rubber oxygen tubes of E, G & H-type masks. Unissued in waxed paper – storage wear only. Please note that in this instance the photographs show a typical example - the item sent will be at least as good as the one shown. Stock code O11354.
R.A.F. Oxygen Mask Tube Extension/Connectors Standard wartime pattern corrugated rubber oxygen tube complete with Air Ministry marked brass MK.IV bayonet connector (6D/526) and white metal MK.IVB bayonet socket (6D/1300) at the bottom. The tube rubber is in good condition although it does have cracking within the folds when flexed. Used to extend the length/range of the standard oxygen tube. The connectors are 'thread bound' suggesting late WW2 or early postwar manufacture. Quite a rare tube to find. Stock code O14648.
R.A.F. Oxygen Mask Tube/Connectors Standard wartime pattern corrugated rubber oxygen tube complete with screw-threaded top connector for attaching to a G-type or H-type mask . Fitted with a brass War Department broad arrow marked MK.IV bayonet connector and 'crocodile' clothing clip to the bottom of the tube. The hose is soiled but in very good condition with no sign of cracking or perishing, even within the folds. Connectors are attached with metal circlips so this is probably early post-war. Stock code O17928.
R.A.F. Oxygen Mask Tube/Connectors Standard wartime pattern corrugated rubber oxygen tube complete with screw-threaded top connector for attaching to a G-type or H-type mask . Fitted with a brass Air Ministry MK.IV (6D/526) bayonet connector c/w cadmium plated crocodile clothing clip at the bottom of the tube. The hose is in good condition although it does have cracking within the folds when flexed. 'Twine bound' connectors. Stock code O18190.
R.A.F. Oxygen Tube Adaptor MK.III Stores Ref. 6D/481. Comprises a length of unbraided black rubber oxygen tube with a MK.IIIB* (6D/101) bayonet connector at one end and a a MK.IVA 'socket' connector (6D/482) at the other. These were used to enable the use of E-series, G-type and H-type masks in older aircraft fitted with early oxygen systems. These adaptors were also used to connect masks to portable oxygen bottles. Very good condition. Stock code O15980.
R.A.F. Oxygen Tube Adaptor MK.III Stores Ref. 6D/481. Comprises a length of unbraided black rubber oxygen tube with a MK.IIIB* (6D/101) bayonet connector at one end and a a MK.IVA \'socket\' connector (6D/482) at the other. These were used to enable the use of E-series, G-type and H-type masks in older aircraft fitted with early oxygen systems. These adaptors were also used to connect masks to portable oxygen bottles. Excellent used condition. Stock code O16336.
R.A.F. Oxygen Tube Adaptor MK.III Stores Ref. 6D/481. Comprises a length of unbraided black rubber oxygen tube with a MK.IIIB* (6D/101) bayonet connector at one end and a a MK.IVA 'socket' connector (6D/482) at the other. These were used to enable the use of E-series, G-type and H-type masks in older aircraft fitted with early oxygen systems. These adaptors were also used to connect masks to portable (walkaround) oxygen bottles. The tube has surface cracking evident when flexed but is generally in good '+' flexible condition. Both connectors show use and tarnishing but have no 'issues'. Good to very good used condition. Please note that the image of the tubing was taken when flexed. Stock code O17835.
R.A.F. Oxygen Tube Adaptor MK.III Stores Ref. 6D/481. Comprises a length of unbraided salmon pink rubber oxygen tube with a MK.3B* (6D/101) bayonet connector at one end and a a MK.4E 'socket' connector (6D/1306) at the other. These were used to enable the use of E-series, G-type and H-type masks in older aircraft fitted with early oxygen systems. These adaptors were also used to connect masks to portable (walkaround) oxygen bottles. The tube has surface cracking where bound to the connectors ans more is evident when flexed but is generally in good '+' pliable condition. Both alloy cased connectors show use and tarnishing but have no 'issues'. Stock code O17835.
R.A.F. Oxygen Tube C/w Bail-Out Connectors Corrugated rubber tube fitted with the attachment/connector for an emergency bail out oxygen supply and high altitude quick release connector (6D/1568) rather than the standard brass bayonet connector and glavanized metal clothing clip. Also fitted with the usual plastic screw thread for connection to the oxygen mask. A bit grubby and has cracking within the folds of the tubing but looks very good. Suitable for fitting to any G-type or H-type oxygen mask. Connectors are bound with waxed thread rather than having metal circlips. A rare variant to find. Stock code O14159.
R.A.F. P-type Oxygen Mask Facepiece - Mint Stores Ref. 6D/2244065. Part No. 1196X030. By Camberley Rubber Mouldings Ltd. Package date 9/1990. Complete balck rubber moulding without any fittings. Superb unissued condition with issue box. Photo shows ' stock' example. Stock code O14540/3.
R.A.F. P-type Oxygen Mask/Tube By Mine Safety Appliances Co. Ltd. Classic black rubber mask with a fibreglass 'exo-skeleton' and horse-shoe clamp harness. The rubber is in very good condition bar relatively minor stress crazing in places. Good exo-skeleton and harness. Fitted with a very good corrugated rubber oxygen tube with alloy connector (6D/2003). Purchased directly from the pilot who flew in the 1950s, 60s and 1970s. By the time of the Falklands Conflict he was an Air Rank Officer. A good example. Stock code O19118.
R.A.F. P-Type Oxygen Mask/Tube By Normalair - Garrett. Classic black rubber mask with a fibreglass 'exo-skeleton' and horse-shoe clamp harness. The rubber is in excellent undamaged condition. Good exo-skeleton ad harness. Fitted with an excellent green rubber oxygen tube with alloy connector (6D2245467). The mask is named to the owner and the tube securing clip is dated 5.88. A very good example. Stock code O18376.
R.A.F. Padre's Stole Black woven cotton stole/scarf as worn by the RAF padre/chaplain. Approx. 250 x 18cm. Narrower pleated section at the 'neck' region for comfort when worn. Bullion wire embroidered King's crown padre/chaplain's badge approx. 11 x 9cm. Lovely condition. Rare to find. Stock code M18511.
R.A.F. Parachute Bag Standard issue wartime parachute bag in heavy light brown canvas. Twin webbing handles and original zip fastener. Retains the inner 'flaps'. Light soiling only. No damage but the zip tag is missing (zip works but a little awkward without the tag). Good solid condition. Named to owner. Stock code M16684.
R.A.F. Parachute Bag Standard issue wartime parachute bag in heavy light brown canvas. Twin webbing handles and original zip fastener. Retains the inner 'flaps'. Light soiling only. Good original 'Lightning' zip. Faint Air Ministry crown stamps to both sides. Very good used condition. Stock code M19467.
R.A.F. Parachute Harness QR Box Clips These are the plates that clip into the quick release box on both Observer and seat-type parachute harnesses. Each has a small mark 'MWS2'. Good used condition. The price is for all four. Stock code M14380.
R.A.F. Parachute Harness Quick Release Box / Plates Stores ref. 15A/150. Standard wartime quick release box with the fully rounded front plate marked 'Turn to Unlock - Press To Release'. The position of the front plate in relation to the attachment point suggests this has been removed from a seat-type harness. Complete with a set of four 'plates'. Shows use and wear but in very good condition overall. Stock code M15592.
R.A.F. Parachute Quick Release Box Stores ref. 15A/150. Standard wartime quick release box with the fully rounded front plate marked 'Turn to Unlock - Press To Release'. The position of the front plate in relation to the attachment point suggests this has been removed from a seat-type harness but this can be changed to suit an Observer harness quite easily. Shows use and wear but in good condition overall. Stock code M17707.
R.A.F. Phantom FG MK.1 (F4-K) Aircraft Manual Air Publication 101B-0901 - 5N P&Q Issue 2. H/b bound, loose-leaf, approx. 17 x 21cm. May 1969, 'Storage Procedures'. Issued by NATEC, DGA (Naval). Lots of safety instructions for the user working on the aircraft. Safe use around ejection seats etc. The publication contains instructions for preservation, examination, maintenance and depreservation applicable to the aircraft type entering storage. The cover is soiled in places but internal pages are all good. Stock code P12320.
R.A.F. Pilot / Seat Type Parachute Assembly By Irvin Air Chute. Parachute, Single point, quick release with seat pack. Commonly referred to as the 'pilot's parachute'. Classic white webbing with a central coloured thread fleck (various colours were used during the war). The harness is labelled and reads 'PILOT' with serial number (label is torn and faded). It is also stamped elsewhere with a war department arrow, Irvin Air Chute marks and April 1943 date. Correct fully rounded quick release box, ripcord housing (torn around the elasticated cotton part that holds the ripcord), ripcord and handle (incorrect ripcord/handle - these were abandoned once used and this has been mocked up by previous owner to look the part). The parachute pack itself is in a dark chocolate coloured canvas with a cotton label printed with A.M. King's Crown mark & illegible serial number and date. No bungees fitted. The assembly comes with the correct pattern period seat cushion filled with Sorbo rubber. The assembly is fitted with a silk canopy c/w rigging lines and these are attached to the harness. The G.Q. canopy is clearly A.M. stamped, dated 21 June 1940 and has matching serial numbers to the harness. The canopy appears to be in excellent order. When purchased it was hanging out of the pack and has now been repacked. Photos of the canopy, serial numbers and packing will be supplied to the buyer. The webbing harness is in excellent condition and fairly clean. The pack, backpad and cushion are all in good to very good condition and quite clean. Please note that the 1940 dated canopy is original to the harness (matched serial numbers) but the harness would appear to be 1943, unless this is a later inspection date? Possible, but I suspect an earlier produced canopy is being used with a later harness. Extremely rare to find genuine wartime dated seat assemblies. Superb display piece. Further photos available on request. Stock code M16799.
R.A.F. Pilot / Seat Type Parachute Assembly By GQ. Parachute, Single point, quick release with seat pack. Commonly referred to as the 'pilot's parachute'. Classic white webbing with a central coloured thread fleck (various colours were used during the war). The harness is clearly labelled and reads 'G.Q Harness Type C, MK.2' with serial number and November 1953 date stamp. Correct fully rounded quick release box, ripcord housing, ripcord and handle. The parachute pack itself is in a the usual sandy coloured canvas with two cotton labels that read 'G.Q. Parachute Assembly, Seat Type MK.2' and 'G.Q. Pack, Type S. Mk.2 For Nylon Rigging Lines' Both labels have reference numbers and matching serical numbers to that on the harness indicating that these have always been together and are not made up. The pack is also dated November 1953. Fitted with bungees but has no canopy inside and is currently packed out with polystyrene to look the part. The assembly also has an Irvin made MK.1 backpad, again dated November 1953. Apart from minor wear and soiling this is in very good used condition throughout. Although postwar dated this is exactly the same pattern as those used during WW2. Other than three small date stamps there is nothing to indicate this is not a wartime assembly and it would look superb on any display or indeed for re-enactment purposes. It also represents excellent value for money being substantially cheaper than a wartime dated example. Stock code M18827.
R.A.F. Pilot KIA Grouping Small grouping to Flying Officer Colin Thwaites RAFVR, service number 125888, killed in action 17th April 1943 aged 21. Thwaites was serving with 10 OTU on detachment at St. Eval in Cornwall. The unit was seconded to Coastal Command for anti-submarine duties over the Atlantic and the Bay of Biscay. At the time of his death Thwaites was in an Armstrong Whitley V (BD226) with his crew Sgt. L G Smith, Sgt. W Davis, Pilot Officer H W Barnett, Sgt. K Ray & Sgt. J H Reynolds. Over 47 Whitleys were lost during the 11 months of Ops in that area. Grouping comprises the 1939 - 45 star, Atlantic star, War & Defence medals, all complete with ribbons and slip from the Under-Secretary of State for Air / Air Council regarding the posthumous awards. Also comes with one of Thwaites's pilot wings . This is a nicely padded example with a paper backing. Thwaites was the son of William & Hilda Thwaites of Carlton, Nottingham and is commemorated on panel 129 of the Runnymede Memorial. Stock code M18794.
R.A.F. Pilot Wing Padded pilot wing in a soft light fawn coloured 'silk' thread on black felt with a fine canvas backing. Unusual 'pin' arrangement at the back (see photos). Excellent used condition. A lovely wing. Stock code U18842.
R.A.F. Pilot Wing Lovely heavily added pilot wing in a soft oatmeal coloured silk thread on black felt with a canvas backing. This would appear to be unused and is in excellent condition. Stock code U19125.
R.A.F. Pilot Wing Flat pilot wing in a soft light fawn coloured silk thread on black felt with a fine canvas backing. Excellent unsed condition. A lovely wing. Stock code U18988.
R.A.F. Pilot Wing - Padded (Pin Backed) Heavily padded pilot wing in a light pinky/tan coloured silky thread. Black cotton backing. Large single pin fastening to the rear. Pin backed wings were often used on tropical uniforms to enable their removal prior to the frequent washing required. A superb example. Stock code U15580.
R.A.F. Pilot's And Flight Engineer's Notes - Liberator III,V,VI & VIII A.P. 1867C,D,E,F,G & J. 3rd edition. Original copy dated 10/44. 71 pages with pullout diagrams/photos. Covers a general description of the aircraft including fuel and oil systems; aircraft controls; engine controls; other controls including bomb doors/release, cabin heating and radio equipment etc; de-icing equipment etc.. Part II deals with handling, part III - operating data, part IV - emergencies. Part V deals with data and general handling notes for flight engineers. Finally part VI has illustrations of the cockpit, emergency bomb release; hydraulic system release; fuel & oil system diagrams; turbo-supercharger installation; Minneapolis-Honeywell autopilot and electrical systems. The cover has minor spot marks and is a bit dog-eared/creased with filing holes punched on the spine edge. Marked 'Training Library'. Pages generally good - some have annotations and amendment sheets added (to October 1945). Good used condition. Stock code P18079.
R.A.F. Pilot's Battedress Blouse War Service Dress Blouse. Size 12 (Ht. 5'9-5'10", Ch. 38-39", Wt. 36"). By Lancashire Co Ltd. 1943 dated (See later). Standard battledress blouse with Flying Office rank lace and a nice padded pilot wing. The blouse shows quite a bit of wear and use with some old moth holes/repairs. The label is quite faded and a bit blurred/difficult to read. The date (1943) may have been altered - difficult to be sure and therefore priced accordingly. Interesting to note that the belt buckle is also 1943 stamped. Nice wing on a worn battledress. Named. Stock code U15333.
R.A.F. Pilot's Battledress And Medals 'Blouses, Aircrew'. By Alexander Ltd. Size 7 (Ht. 5'7 - 5'8", Ch. 35 - 36", Wt. 31"). 1942 dated on the label. Standard early battledress with lovely padded pilot wing, warrant officer sleeve rank & ribbons for AFC, 39-45 star, Aircrew Europe star with rosette, Africa star with rosette, defence and war medals with MID. The BD is in good condition but is a bit faded and worn with a few small moth holes and wear to the inside of the collar and button-holes. It has unusual metal buttons - apart from the top one which is of the standard pattern. This belonged to J. (Hamish) Metcalf 143895 RAFVR. No 26 Operational Training Unit. The RAF museum at Hendon supplied the following information about him "During his two and a half years as an operational training unit pilot instructor, this officer displayed the highest standard of efficiency and devotion to duty. He has completed a very large number of flying hours, and on several occasions, has made succesful emergency landings under conditions of bad weather and unserviceability of aircraft. In these trying circumstances he has displayed great coolness, good judgement and gallantry. As a deputy flight commander, and latterly in the Warwick Experimental Flight, he has consistently proved his great ability and has set a fine example of disipline and bearing to all". I presume this is his citation for the AFC. Comes with a set of miniature medals plus full sized medals (excluding the AFC) & one medal box named to him. Worthy of further research. Contact me if you require more photographs of the medals. Stock code U13854.
R.A.F. Pilot's Battledress Jacket War Service Dress Blouse. Size 86 (Ht. 5'5-5'6", Ch. 38-39", Wt. 34"). By Montague Burton Ltd. Leeds. 1944 dated. Standard battledress blouse with Flight Sergeant rank - good matched stripes and the rarer plastic crowns; early printed shoulder eagles on black cotton and a superb padded silk pilot wing. The blouse shows moderate wear and use with light soiling and fading too. The fabric pile is somewhat worn but there is no evident moth damage. The waist 'belt' has become partially unstitched (see photos) but this is a very easy repair. Good used condition overall. Stock code U18372.
R.A.F. Pilot's Notes - Oxford I & II A.P. 1596A & B. 2nd edition. Original copy dated 5/44. 36 pages with pullout diagrams/photos. Covers a general description of the aircraft including fuel and oil systems; aircraft controls; engine controls; cockpit accomodation and equipment; operational equipment; naviagational, signalling, and lighting equipment. Part II deals with handling, part III - operating data, part IV - emergencies. Finally part V has illustrations of the cockpit, undercarriage indicators, fuel diagram etc. The cover has minor spot marks and is dog-eared/creased - mainly to the lower edge. Pages generally good bar light soiling. Very good used condition. Stock code P18203.
R.A.F. Pilot's Notes - Wellington III,X,XI,XII,XIII,XIV A.P. 1578C,K,L,M,N & P. 2nd edition. Original copy dated 1/44. 42 pages with pullout diagrams/photos. Covers a general description of the aircraft including fuel and oil systems; aircraft controls; engine controls; other controls including bomb doors/ bomb/depth-charge release, torpedo release, heating controls, reconnaissance flares etc. Part II deals with handling, part III - operating data, part IV - emergencies. Finally part V has illustrations of the cockpit and fuel system diagrams. The cover has minor marks and is a little dog-eared/creased at the edges. Nameed to '575648 F/Sgt. Jenner'. Pages generally very good - some have annotations and amendment sheets added (to April 1945). Very good used condition. Stock code P18265.
R.A.F. Pilot's Notes For The Hampden I Aeroplane A.P. 1579A. 2nd edition. Original copy dated November 1939 with amendments to April 1941. Approx. 60 pages plus pullout diagrams/photos. For the MK.1 Hampden fitted with Two Pegasus XVIII Engines and armed with a fixed Browning gun and three Vickers 'K' guns. Covers a general description of the aircraft, plus information on fuel and oil systems; aircraft controls; engine controls; operational and flying equipment (including fixed gun control and bomb release controls); seating, windows, entrances and exits; emergency equipment and exits and miscellaneous equipment. Has seven pull-out photos/diagrams of the of the cockpit etc. including early and later pattern instrument panels. Section 2 of the book then describes handling and flying notes - more detailed information on the aircraft from preliminary checks and engine starting through to take-off, engine failures, general flying, bomb doors, emergency operation of undercarriage and so on. The cover is quite soiled and is marked with a large 'R' and 'B Flight'. In addition the cover is stamped with a 'Paper Economy' message. The internal pages are yellowed and a bit dog-eared and the rear cover is missing. Overall this is in reasonably good order and is a rare set of notes to find. Stock code P14131.
R.A.F. Pilot's And Flight Engineer's Notes - Lancaster A.P. 2062A. 3rd edition/A.P 2062C. - 2nd Edition/A.P. 2062F - 1st Edition. Original copy dated May 1944. Approx. 46 pages plus pullout diagrams/photos. For the MK.1 Lancaster fitted with four Merlin XX, 22 or 24 engines and the MK.III & X fitted with four Merlin 28 02 38 engines. Covers a general description of the aircraft, plus information on fuel and oil systems; aircraft controls; engine controls; handling and operating data; emergencies; supplementary notes for flight engineers etc. Has six pull-out photos/diagrams of the of the cockpit etc. The cover is a little dog-eared. internal pages are good although the pull-out pages are a little creased/dog-eared. Good '+' overall condition. Stock code P15547.
R.A.F. Pilot's And Flight Engineer's Notes - Sunderland V A.P. 1566E. Original copy dated March 1945. Approx. 46 pages plus pullout diagrams/photos. For the oversea reconnaisance Sunderland V flying boat fitted with four Twin Wasp R1830-90B engines. Covers a general description of the aircraft, plus information on fuel and oil systems; aircraft controls; engine controls; guns, bomb doors; handling and operating data; emergencies; supplementary notes for flight engineers etc. Has five pull-out photos/diagrams of the of the cockpit etc. Has a June 1945 dated amendment sheet glued in the back and some other amendments glued in place. Amendments noted in the front to Feb ' 46. Very good used condition. Stock code P16144.
R.A.F. Pilot's And Flight Engineer's Notes : Halifax III & VII A.P.1719C & G. Original pilot's notes for the Halifax III & VII with four Hercules VI or XVI engines. Dated 10/45. 46 pages plus pullout photos/diagrams of the instrument panel, cockpit, flight engineer's panel, fuel and hydraulic systems etc. Has amendments made to March 1946. Some fading and light soiling of the cover. Rusted staples. Good overall condition. Stock code P15393.
R.A.F. Pilot's Notes - Auster 6 & Canadian Auster 6 A.P. 2440F. Original 2nd edition copy dated 9/49. 22 pages with pullout diagrams/photos. Covers a general description of the aircraft, plus information on handling, operating data, emergencies etc. Check list near the front of the notes. Amended to October 1951. Very good used condition. Stock code P17599.
R.A.F. Pilot's Notes - Stirling I,III & IV Bomber A.P. 1660C & D. Original 3rd edition copy dated 9/44. 62 pages with pullout diagrams/photos. Covers a general description of the aircraft, plus information on handling, operating data, emergencies etc. The cover is a little dog-eared and soiled/spot marked. Pages generally good bar light soiling. Good used condition. Stock code P16883.
R.A.F. Pilot's U.S.A.F. L2-B Flying Jacket USAAF L2-B Flying jacket in green nylon with an orange lining. Knitted collar, cuffs and waistband. Essentially it is very similar to the later, more commonly found MA-1 jacket but is not insulated and features a distinctive press-studded closure flap at the base of the main zip. The label is missing but the jacket physically measures approx. 46" under the arms (quite short though). Overall condition is very good although the cuffs have been replaced at some stage. This jacket belonged to RAF Squadron Leader John P Gledhill who flew Hurricanes and MK.22/24 Spitfires on ground attack/rocket attack missions in Burma during WW2. After the war he was seconded to the USAF flying F102 Delta Daggers with the 317th Fighter Interception Squadron in Alaska. The jacket has his RAF leather name patch, Alaskan Air Command sleeve patch, Delta Dagger sleeve patch and 317th Fighter Interceptor patch. Nice early nylon flight jacket with history. Stock code J15065.
R.A.F. Pocket Book, 1937 AP.1081. Approx. 11 x 16cm. 3rd edition, June 1937, reprinted Feb. 1939. 320p. It covers a huge spectrum of information on subjects from discipline, air navigation, airmanship, billeting, sanitation, works and preparation of landing grounds, erection of hangars, protection, medical matters, explosives and weapons and so on. Illustrated and also has a number of fold out diagrams and pictures. Also comes with 'Appendix V' dated 10/39. Shows use and light wear but in very good overall condition. Stock code P19542.
R.A.F. Portable Oxygen Cylinder, MK1A Portable oxygen was used by aircrew when working away from their normal crew positions. The oxygen was supplied in black painted steel cylinders providing 10 minutes supply. A gauge at the top indicated the amount of oxygen remaining. Various stamps, contract/reference numbers are marked on individual parts ranging from 1944 on the cylinder itself, 1943 on part of the valve and 1954 on the gauge. This example is fitted with a clothing 'clip' (stores ref. 6D/1280), enabling the cylinder to be attached to the parachute harness. There is some loss of paint on the cylinder but overall condition is very good. These make an excellent display when attached to the oxygen mask via the tube (D-mask) or extension tube (E/G/H-masks). Please note that this item is very heavy and due to postage restrictions on such items cannot be posted overseas. Stock code O19444.
R.A.F. Post-war Flying Helmet/Oxygen Mask 'Flat Hook' Stores ref. 22c/1396. Twin press stud fastening. These were clipped to the side of the fabric F and G-type helmets and used in conjunction with the type-H oxygen mask. Very good used condition. Also useable on WW2 C-types etc (although not quite the same design). Two available, priced individually. Stock code H18176.
R.A.F. Poster - Ammunition Pusher Hoist RAF Poster AD / G.4. 'Pusher Hoist'. Thick paper poster, approx. 96 x 66cms. Full colour illustration of some kind of ammunition lifting device. I am unsure as to what application these would have had but assume it is part of some aircraft weapons system. Overall appearance is good but there is some light soiling & creasing plus smallish edge tears and a tear within the lower left corner area (see photo). Impressive display piece. Stock code P13866.
R.A.F. Poster - Design Layout : Claudel Hobson Carburettor RAF Poster. Ref. 10U/13313, 'Diagrammatic Layout of Claudel Hobson Carburettor. (As used in the Rolls Royce Eagle aero engine c. 1920s onwards). Thick paper poster, approx. 96 x 66cms. Full colour illustration of the carburettor. Impressive display item. Marked 'RAF - For Official Use Only'. I believe this model was used in the Hawker Typhoon? Overall appearance is good but there is some light soiling & creasing plus smallish edge tears and relatively minor damage. Stock code P13862.
R.A.F. Poster - U.S.N. MK.XIII (MOD.1) Torpedo Secret RAF Poster A.T.8 of the "MK.XIII (MOD.1) United States Navy Torpedo. Thick paper poster, approx. 96 x 66cms. Full colour illustration of parts of the weapon. Marked 'Secret RAF - For Official Use Only'. Overall appearance is good but there is some light soiling & creasing plus smallish edge tears and minor damage. An impressive display piece. This model of torpedo was used by the Americans in their torpedo bombers at the Battle of Midway and also by the RAF and RAAF (30 Squadron Beaufighters and 100 Squadron Beauforts) against the Japanese in the Far East. This 21 " diameter Torpedo was beset with problems and proved very unreliable. Another impressive display piece. Stock code P13865.
R.A.F. Pre-war Airgunner Winged Bullet Badge 3 lugged brass “winged bullet” arm badge worn by airgunners. First issued in the 1920s & replaced by the cloth “AG” brevet in December 1939. The edges of the wings have been “curved” backwards. Very good condition. Rare original example. Stock code U12409.
R.A.F. Press Photo - Beaufighter Equipped With Rocket Projectiles 26 x 20cm. Shows groundcrews loading rocket projectiles into guide rails beneath the wing of a Beaufighter. Good clear image. A little dog-eared in the corners, otherwise ver ygood. Full caption to rear and dated May 1944. Stock code P15000.
R.A.F. Press Photo - Bomb Damage, Brest Approx. 20 x 15cms. B+w. Shows the bomb damaged U-boat pens at the port of Brest. Fully annotated label to reverse of photo. Stamped with Keystone photo logo. Some creasing and with dog-eared corners. Good. Stock code P14093.
R.A.F. Press Photo - Hampden Being Loaded With Bombs 20 x 26cm. Shows a HP Hampden and a bomb train loaded with parachute bombs. Nice clear image. Full caption to rear. A little crumpled at the edges and pin holes in the corners. Stock code P15003.
R.A.F. Press Photo - Hurricane Being Inspected Press Photo. B+w, approx. 25 x 20cms. Nice clear shot of a groupd of Army officers being shown a RAF Hurricane fighter by a couple of RAF officers (one is Air Rank). The photo is evidently at a desert airfield. Marked to rear 'Official W.O. Photograph - Passed for Publication'. Lightly creased/dog-eared corners. Stock code P16023.
R.A.F. Press Photo - Indian Air Force Students Approx. 26 x 20cm (10 x 8"). Good clear photo showing how students from all parts of India were being put through a special course of training at the India Engineering College to enable them to qualify as air mechanics for the Indian Air Force. Caption to rear. Stock code P16716.
R.A.F. Press Photo - R.A.F. Landing Strip in France, c. June 1944 20 x 26cm. Shows one of the first RAF landing strips to be constructed on the French coast following the D-day landings. Quite a blurry image but personnel and Spitfires can be seen on the ground with another Spitfire is flying overhead. Invasion stripes can be seen quite clearly. Fully captioned to the rear and dated 14th June 1944. Pins holes in the corners and a small edge tear. Stock code P15001.
R.A.F. Press Photo - Taxiing Lancaster Approx. 26 x 20cm (10 x 8"). Good clear photo showing a Taxiing Lancaster bomber. Ex Sgt. J Nicholas, 428 (Ghost) Squadron, 6 Group, R.C.A.F. No markings to rear. See other listings to this Flight Engineer. Stock code P15549.
R.A.F. Prestige Flying Suit Belt Coarse white cotton webbing belt with single pronged brass buckle and brass eyelets. Prestige suits were available in white, black and blue and in two different weights. This would appear to be of the cheaper, lower quality fabric. Some soiling and marking with verdigris on the eyelets. Bought with several others, one of which is Air Ministry marked (see photo). This example is NOT marked. Stock code S14227.
R.A.F. Prestige Flying Suit Belts Coarse white cotton webbing belts with single pronged solid brass buckle and brass eyelets. Prestige suits were available in white, black and blue and in two different weights. This would appear to be of the cheaper, lower quality fabric. Some soiling and marking with verdigris on the eyelets. Bought with several others, one of which was Air Ministry marked. We have three available, none of which are A.M. marked. Priced individually. Stock code S14228abc.
R.A.F. Propaganda Poster, c.1940 'Britain's Air Offensive - Air Attacks On Germany'. Print Code 51-7934. Printed for H.M. Stationary Office by J. Weiner Ltd. London WC1. Approx. 50 x 76cm. Poster indicating the number of major attacks on various areas of Germany up to October 9th 1940 (minor raids, leaflet and reconnaissance flights not included). Inset in lower right corner shows the Ruhr in more detail, noting over 70 raids on Hamm alone. The poster has been folded and has fairly minor damage/wear on the fold lines. The edges and corners are a little dog-eared and there is minor staining in places. Minor loss to one corner. Impressive poster. As always, guaranteed to be original. A second version of this was produced showing raids into 1941. Stock code P19187.
R.A.F. Propaganda Scarf By Jacqmar. Arnold Lever design. WW2 RAF propaganda scarf, 'Happy Landings'. Rectangular, approx. 85 x 80cm. Duck egg blue scarf decorated with a repeat pattern of RAF pilot wings and quote from Churchill's famous speech given in tribute to Battle of Britain pilots, ' Never was so much owed by so many to so few'. Light storage marking but in very good condition. Still has the original manufacturer's paper label, 'Owing To War Conditions Jacqmar Cannot Guarantee These Colours Fast To Water'. Jacqmar of London made propaganda scarves between 1940-1945. They were based in Mayfair and many were produced for the export market as well as for wartime sweethearts, particularly in London. Chief designer Arnold Lever continued working for the company even after he had joined the RAF. The scarves fall into three main thematic groups of the armed forces, allies and home front and usually have the Jacqmar name on the scarf. These scarves are now very highly sought after and collectable. Stock code M17759.
R.A.F. R-type Oxygen Mask Size medium. Dated 2/68. Fitted with the earlier type 57 microphone and the adjustable metal 'horseshoe' harness for use with flying helmet hooks (G-helmets/bonedomes). No exhilation valve fitted. The rubber is in excellent condition with only a little cracking around the microphone retaining wire. Really quite clean externally and the pearl grey chamois lining is very clean. The harness is good although one connector ring requires resoldering. The microphone, loom and socket are all very good. Similar in design to the H-1A mask in having the metal suspension mechanism but differs in having no inspiratory valve fitted in the cheek section. An very good used example of this less common Type H variant retaining very good overall shape. Stock code O7638.
R.A.F. Radar Plotting Chart : London - Berlin R.A.F. Radar Plotting Chart - Central German Fixing Chart, London-Berlin, Edition of August 1944, dated 7/45. 1 : 1000,000. Paper. Approx. 112 x 82cm. Used by WAAFs and other RAF personnel to track incoming enemy aircraft. Folded/creased and with light soiling. Appears to have been 'decommisioned' in that the title lines have been crossed out. Very good used condition and extremely rare. Stock code P17061.
R.A.F. Recognition Poster Tempest II Fighter (Centaurus Engine). Identification/Recognition Poster Issue 2 - August 1946. Approx, 38x56cms. Printed by Fosh and Cross Ltd. on fairly thin paper. Sept. 1946 print date. Shows the silhouette of the fighter from the front, underside and side. Has been folded and has some smallish edge tears and dog-eared corners etc. These would have been used in training schools and also found in Mess huts on active RAF bases. Stock code P16408.
R.A.F. Recognition Poster - Junkers Ju290 Junkers Ju290 (4 BMW 801 Engines). Identification/Recognition Poster Issue 2 - September 1943. Approx, 38x50cms. Printed by Fosh and Cross Ltd. on fairly thin paper. May 1944 print date. Shows the silhouette of the Transport aircraft from the front, underside and side. Excellent condition. Not significantly creased or folded. These would have been used in training schools and also found in Mess huts on active RAF bases. Will be posted in a card mailing tube. Stock code P14896.
R.A.F. Reflector Gun Sight Mark II Stores Ref. 8B/2361. 1941 dated. The classic MKII Reflector Gun Sight used exclusively in RAF fighter aircraft including the Spitfire. Complete with wiring loom/plug and bulb holder with bulb. The paintwork is good but chipped and worn in places. The glass is quite chipped (replacement glass is available online) and the rubber cushion shows some deterioration.age wear. The loom, plug and bulb holder are all good. Well marked data plate. A good overall example let down by the glass. Stock code M15989.
R.A.F. Reflector Gunsight Dimmer Switch Stores Ref. 5C/763. Black bakelite/plastic. Approx. 6cm tall. Rotary switch to the top and marked with 'OFF - NIGHT - DAY' positions. Fully A.M. King's Crown marked. There is a crack in the main body. Not to be confused with the more common cockpit dimmer switches that are much shallower. These fitted on the main insturment panel near to the gunsight on Spitfires etc. Quite good. Rare. Stock code M14322.
R.A.F. Reflector Gunsight Type 1, MK.III Stores Ref. 8B/2518. 1944 dated. This classic Reflector Gun Sight was partially developed by S/Ldr. R.P. Beamont as a modification of the MK.II* and incorporated an adjustable angled glass reflector screen. By turning the knob on the right side of the sight the screen angle was changed between 0 and 5 degrees. This could be used to compensate for the drop-off when rockets were fired. Used on such aircraft as Spitfires, Hurricanes, Typhoons and Beaufighters. Complete with wiring loom/plug and bulb holder. The paintwork is very good although a little grubby. The original glass is in extrememly good condition and the rubber cushion remains complete and undamaged. The loom, plug and bulb holder are all good but I have been unable to separate them from the sight as they are very stiff. An application of WD40 and careful pressure should get them to part if required. Well marked data plates. A very good original/unmolested example. Stock code M18210.
R.A.F. Seat Type Parachute Cushion Commonwealth manufacture. The same size and shape as the usual type but in a chocolate canvas rather than the more commonly found sandy colour. Central slot for the harness to pass through. On the front edge of the cushion there is an unusal white canvas strip with press studded straps. This is marked with a red cross. There is a cut-out section in the foam insert to house a small first aid outfit. The cushion is of post-war manufacture with a foam rubber insert and with nylon fixing straps in place of the the canvas webbing type found on WW2 examples. Hard to find. Very good to excellent overall condition. Stock code M15236.
R.A.F. Seat Type Parachute Cushion Sandy coloured cotton canvas with brass ventilation eyelets. Central slot for the harness to pass through. Sorbo rubber cushion pad/insert. Webbing fixing straps with press studs. Generally quite clean although slightly faded. One small frayed area (see photo), otherwise in very good used condition. Very hard to find. Stock code M18647.
R.A.F. Seat Type Parachute Cushion Sandy coloured cotton canvas with brass ventilation eyelets. Central slot for the harness to pass through. Sorbo rubber cushion pad/insert. Some staining and wear with light fraying at the corners. The Sorbo rubber is hardening and degrading with some shedding. Unfortunately the webbing attachment straps have been unpicked but they would not be too hard to fabricate if required. Very hard to find. Stock code M17258.
R.A.F. Seat Type Parachute Cushion Sandy coloured cotton canvas with brass ventilation eyelets. Central slot for the harness to pass through. Sorbo rubber cushion pad/insert. Webbing fixing straps with press studs. Generally quite clean although a little faded. One of the ventilation eyelets is missing and a couple of the others have some distortion. Stencilled 'Flying Club' to one side. Good '+' used condition overall. Very hard to find. Stock code M16837.
R.A.F. Seat Type Parachute Cushion Sandy coloured cotton canvas with brass ventilation eyelets. Central slot for the harness to pass through. Sorbo rubber cushion pad/insert. Some staining and the Sorbo rubber is begining to degrade and harden a bit. Unfortunately the webbing attachment straps have been cut off but it would not be too hard to fabricate replacements if required. Hard to find now. Stock code M16816.
R.A.F. Seat Type Parachute Cushion Sandy coloured cotton canvas with brass ventilation eyelets. Central slot for the harness to pass through. This example has a dense compressed fibre type filling (other variants use Sorbo rubber or horsehair). There is no damage but the cushion is rather soiled and very grubby/stained on the bottom side in particular (see photos). Most of this would not be seen in use. Hard to find now. Stock code M19508.
R.A.F. Seat-type Parachute Assembly - 1940 Parachute, Single point, quick release with seat pack. Commonly referred to as the 'pilot's' parachute. Classic white webbing with a central black thread fleck and clear A.M markings. Correct fully rounded quick release (QR) box, ripcord housing, ripcord and handle. The parachute pack itself is in a dark sandy coloured canvas with a cotton label printed with 'PILOT PARACHUTE' , A.M. King's Crown mark, serial number and date of 22 March 1940. The pack retains 5 of the 6 bungee cords although some are a bit stretched. The pack is empty - shown 'stuffed' in the photos. The assembly also retains the correct back pad and is fitted with a Type A, MK.III dinghy pack (modified MK.II with both ref. nos.) (empty). These were used in place of a seat cushion providing space for a type K dinghy and associated spares. The webbing harness is in excellent condition and very clean. The pack is in good to very good condition but is quite soiled and grimy. The label is clearly legible and has two cleaner 'stripes' where the bungees have laid across it. The dinghy pack is also in good order though soiled/stained. This has the typical wartime label printed with instructions in English, French, Czech & Polish. There are a few things to note here. The harness is considerably cleaner than the remaining componants suggesting that they have not always been together or that it has been washed. Theoretically this assembly (minus the dinghy pack) could have seen service during the Battle of Britain but with this pack in place it is currently more representative of an assembly from January 1942 onwards. The dinghy pack is a valuable item in itself but if you wanted to revert to a 1940 configuration just change it for a seat cushion which we can supply on request in place of the dinghy pack for the same price (just let us know on the order form). Overall this is an impressive and rare display piece. Stock code M13855.
R.A.F. Sergeant Stripes - Pair Good matched pair of stripes on the correct black felt backing. Very good used condition. Stock code U15236.
R.A.F. Sergeant Stripes - Pair Good matched pair of stripes on the correct black felt backing. Very good used condition. Stock code U15121a.
R.A.F. Sergeant's Caterpillar Club Badge & Card Awarded/named to Sgt. Edward James Henry Tolhurst, 907789. Tolhurst flew as an airgunner with 104 squadron, based at Foggia, Italy. Wellington MF 350 (EP-A) took off at 19.35 and was shot down during an attack on Herman Goering Werke, Linz on the night of 21st August 1944. Of the crew, Pilot F/Sgt. Henry James Potter RAFVR (1324962), Navigator Sgt. David Maxwell Herbert RAFVR (1802768) and Sgt. William Eric Davies RAFVR (1454522) were all killed and are buried in Klagenfurt war cemetary in Austria. Tolhurst and James ended up in Stalagluft 7 (L7), Bankau, on the far Eastern border of Germany. Their P.o.W numbers being 722 and 743 respectively. The 9 carat gold caterpillar badge with ruby/amethyst gemstone eyes is in excellent condition and engraved to the rear 'Sgt. E.J.H.Tolhurst'. The membership card is a little warped and has some edge cracking and wear. This again is named to Tolhurst and personally signed by Leslie Irvin. Rare to find and nice to have both card and badge together. Edward Tolhurst, known as 'Jim' died in 2007 at the age of 86. Stock code E15938.
R.A.F. Service Dress Cap - DFC History Unknown maker. Smallish size - measures about 21.75" internally which relates to about 6 3/4. Standard peaked cap. Appears very good with just a little moth damage beneath the mohair band at the front (see photos). Retains good colour but is grubby. Good badge and mohair band. The lining and inner leather band are good. Plastic/greasepaper lining torn. This belonged to Frank R Cork RAFVR, DFC, and was purchased directly from the family. Frank Cork flew as an airgunner on more than 90 'OPs' , mostly with 57 Squadron (Methwold and Feltwell) on Wellingtons and Lancaster bombers. He was awarded the DFC in 1945. After the war he became Mayor of King's Lynn. He died peacefully at his home in 2012 aged 94. Overall, a good used cap. Stock code U18345.
R.A.F. Service Dress Tunic Buckle Standard 2 pronged cast brass buckle suitable for an officer rank tunic. Would also fit any other ranks tunic too. Very good used. Stock code U16207.
R.A.F. Shoulder 'Eagle' Single left facing woven shoulder eagle on black cotton backing. Good used condition. Stock code U12864.
R.A.F. Shoulder Eagles - Pair Pale blue 'eagles' on black cotton backing. Early full printed type. Good used condition. Stock code U18806.
R.A.F. Signaller Brevet Flat 'S' brevet. Light soiling and minor moth damage. Cotton backed. Good used condition. Stock code U18803.
R.A.F. Signaller Brevet Padded 'S' brevet. Cotton backing. In excellent used condition. Stock code U17794.
R.A.F. Silk Inner Flying Gloves Size 8. Cream silk/rayon inner gloves as worn with other RAF gauntlets. Whilst this is a pair the cuff seam of the left glove has come apart revealing the many layers of material. This could quite easily be restitched if required. Some soiling/staining, small holes and repairs (see photos). Faint Air Ministry and Crown marks. Illegible manufacturer details. Fair condition only. Stock code GA17293.
R.A.F. Silk/Rayon Escape/Evasion Map Sheet K3/H2. Double sided – mainly in b+w with colour highlights. Approx. 46x56cms. Shows North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Italian Libya) & Spanish Rio Dr Oro. The other side shows parts of Spain, Sardinia & the Med. Excellent, probably unissued condition. Folded. Stock code E11436.
R.A.F. Slouch Hat Size 7, 1944 dated. R.A.F. khaki fur felt slouch hat as issued to personnel in the Far East and Western Desert. Excellent moth free condition bar minor spot staining. Has the original Puggaree band fitted with sewn RAF 'flash'. The inner leather lining band is in good condition and stamped '7, V5553, 1944, Patent Serial No.115305'. Also retains the original leather chinstrap and buckle in good order. This example has never been fitted with the press studs often used to hold one side of the brim up against the crown. A very good used example. Stock code U19268.
R.A.F. Soup Bowl By W Adams & Sons. White ceramic bowl approx. 25cm diameter. Marked with 'R.A.F.' & King's Crown within a blue circle on the rim of the bowl. Shows use and wear but no damage. Stock code C16973.
R.A.F. Special Flying Ration Tin Manufactured by Metal Box. Approx. 13 x 10 x 7cm. Unusual olive drab painted metal tin with removeable lid. Stencilled to top 'SPECIAL FLYING RATION, C.W.C. Ltd. Pkd. 7/43' (1943). Some dents/distortion and light internal corrosion to tinned interior. Very unusual - never seen another like this one. Stock code M15928.
R.A.F. Special Ration Type 'C' - Sealed By. J.B.B. Ltd. Stores ref. 27P/21. Special Ration Type 'C' in sealed cylindrical gilt metal container. Approx. 11 x 9cm. Contents listed as boiled sweets, fruit bar, sweet biscuits, oatmeal munch and chewing gum. Tins shows wear, scratching, minor surface corrosion and denting. One of the rarer flying rations to find. Stock code E15957.
R.A.F. Special Ration Type B Tin Stores Ref. 27P/20. Circular tin with screw top lid. Approx. 8.5 x 2.5cm. Originally contained boiled sweets, gum, tablets etc. Nicely decorated with RAF wings to top and base. Shows some wear with small dents, chipping etc. Good overall condition. Empty. Stock code S18114.
R.A.F. Spectacles, Anti-Glare Type E.2. By M.W. & Co. Ltd. EPNS wire frames with circular blue-grey tinted glass lenses, wrap around side-arms and leather side-shields. Very light tarnishing to the frames. Excellent lenses and side-shields. Complete with metal tin of issue having Air Ministry markings etc. Excellent used overall. Stock code G16900.
R.A.F. Spectacles, Anti-Glare, Type E.2, Cased By Levers Optical Ltd. EPNS wire frames with circular blue-grey tinted glass lenses, wrap around side-arms and leather side-shields. Some tarnishing and verdigris to the frames. Excellent side-shields. The left lens is quite delaminated. Complete withworn metal tin of issue having Air Ministry markings etc. Good used overall. Stock code G16787.
R.A.F. Spectacles, Mark VI. (Polariod) Stores Ref. 22c/882. Intended for use when flying over water surfaces and under severe reflected-glare conditions. They provided an excellent filter for use in submarine spotting and coastal reconnaissance. The frame is made of light green tinted moulded acetate in one piece, having two semi-circular side-shield attached with nickel plated hinges. A chamois covered sponge nosepiece is stitched to the frame and the spectacles are fitted with a simple adjustable black elastic strap. The lenses are laminated Polariod safety glass. The frame is in very good condition car a small crack from one of the holes drilled for the attachment of the nose-rest. This could even be a manufacturing fault. Either way it is not significant. The hinges are good, tight & function well. The lenses are better than most pairs but do have delamination marking at the edges. The headstrap is in good order and retains much of the original elastication. The adjustment buckle has light surface corrosion. The nosepiece is complete and shows very light wear only. Fully Air Ministry marked with reference numbers etc engraved into the sideshields. They come in the original card box of issue printed with notes to the inside of the lid and with a separate instruction leaflet. The box is worn and has juvenile scribble in places. The MK.VI series were not produced in large numbers compared to other goggles and spectacles and are now rare to find. IMPORTANT : Please note that these are being sold on commission different payment conditions apply. Two separate payments need to be made and we will supply details once the item is reserved. Please do not pay automatically via paypal. If you do so your payment will be refunded immediately. Stock code G-DC/1.
R.A.F. Spectacles, Mk.VIA (Crookes) - Boxed Stores Ref. 22c/883. Intended for use when flying over water surfaces and under severe reflected-glare conditions. They provided an excellent filter for use in submarine spotting and coastal reconnaissance. The frame is made of light green tinted moulded acetate in one piece, having two semi-circular side-shield attached with nickel plated hinges. A chamois covered sponge nosepiece is stitched to the frame and the spectacles are fitted with a simple adjustable black elastic strap. The lenses are laminated Crookes B2 safety glass. The frame is in very good condition bar a small flaw from one of the holes drilled for the attachment of the nose-rest - this does not appear to be a crack and could even be a manufacturing fault. Either way it is not significant. The hinges are good, tight and function well. The lenses are better than most pairs but do have delamination marking at the edges - the right is worse than the left. The headstrap is in good order and retains much of the original elastication. The adjustment buckle has light surface corrosion. The nosepiece is complete and shows light soiling only. Fully Air Ministry marked with reference numbers etc engraved into the sideshields. They come in the original card box of issue with instruction sheet inside. The box is rather worn but remains complete. The MK.VI series were not produced in large numbers compared to other goggles and spectacles and are now relatively rare to find. Stock code G17937.
R.A.F. Spitfire / Hurricane Rearview Mirror Rectangular type. Approx. 12 x 6.5cm. Manufactured in brass with solid brass mounting brackets to rear. Loss of paint to the front section but a good deal of original green paint remains to the rear . Air Ministry and Crown marked. The actual mirror has minor deterioration but is very good overall. Rarer to find than the domed hemi-spherical pattern. Very good used condition. Stock code M15933.
R.A.F. Spitfire/Hurricane Magneto Switches Stores Ref. 5C/547. Black bakelite/plastic casings with a white metal toggle switch. Marked 'On - Off' and with A.M King's Crown markings and reference numbers. Used but in good condition. These were fitted to the instrument panels of Hurricanes and early Spitfires. The price quoted is for one of the switches pictured. Stock code M14317/8.
R.A.F. Station 'Scramble' Bell - 1940 Large nickel plated bronze RAF station bell with classic 'crown' top. This is the larger of the two sizes produced, measuring approximately 33cm in height (not including top screw eye bracket or protruding clapper) and 33cm diameter. Stamped 'A.T.W' and with War Department broad arrow on the crown top and engraved to the side with King's crown A.M. marks and 1940 date. This example has an screw eye at the top for hanging the bell (rarely found) and is fitted with the often missing original clapper, complete with plaited rope. The bell is in totally original unrestored/untouched condition. It has minor 'dings' and surface wear where it has been struck over the years and would benefit from a good clean and polish. Many of these bells were painted and this does have small remnants of paint in some areas. The inside of the bell and clapper have verdigris/grime and surface corrosion respectively - all consumate with age. The rope 'tail' is a little tatty in places. Contrary to popular belief each station had more than one bell and they were not used exclusively to 'scramble' aircraft but due to various original 1940 Pathe newsreels these have become iconic symbols of the Battle of Britain and fighter pilots racing to their waiting aircraft. A must for every serious collector, these are increasingly difficult to find now. A superb, impressive and imposing display piece. Extremely heavy at around 23kg unpacked - postage is given as a guide only and may require adjustment. As with everything we list this is guaranteed original and not one of the copies that are now surfacing. Please enquire if you need more information. Stock code M19606.
R.A.F. Station Ensign By Zephyr Flags & Banners of Northants. 6 x 3'. Genuine issue printed ensign with rope and brass toggles. 1998 dated. Broad arrow marked. Unissued/unused. Stock code M18361.
R.A.F. Station Folding Chair Stores Ref. 21B/890. Wooden folding chair with slatted seat. As often seen in photographs of Battle of Britain pilots outside the dispersal huts. The chair is in good used condition. It shows wear and tear but is undamaged and reasonably clean with no woodworm. As usual the metal 'hinge' rod has some surface corrosion as do other metal components. Has clear Air Ministry markings to the base. Appears to be sound/sturdy. Great for your collection room. Does not include the props used in the photographs. The price is for the chair alone. Stock code M16865.
R.A.F. Station Folding Chair Stores Ref. 21B/890. Wooden folding chair with slatted seat. As often seen in photographs of Battle of Britain pilots outside the station's dispersal huts. The chair is in reasonably good used condition. It is a bit grubby, shows general wear and tear and is peppered with woodworm. This has been thoroughly treated by injecting all visible holes with Cuprinol 5* woodworm killer and wood preserver. The legs have also been dipped for 20 minutes in the same product. Please note that the wood is slightly damp in places following the treatment but this surplus preserver/moisture will evaporate off in due course. As usual the metal 'hinge' rod and other metal components have surface corrosion. Has clear Air Ministry markings to the base of the seat. Appears to be sound/sturdy. Great for your collection room. Does not include the props used in the photographs. The price is for the chair alone. Stock code M17751.
R.A.F. Station Handbell Cast brass handbell with turned ebony handle and heavy chain/ball clapper. Approx. 25cm tall. Nice Air Ministry and King's Crown markings on the brass collar. Shows use and wear with crack down the handle but in good condition overall. The use of these was probably varied and may have included service as fire bells, calling men to order for lectures/briefings, air raid alerts or even to help 'scramble' fighters for a sortie. Stock code M17735.
R.A.F. Station Operation Rooms Table Plotter '2' Small metal 'counter' with the number "2" marked on to represent the level of enemy aircraft. These were mounted on wooden blocks together with other markers indicating the height of the aircraft and then moved about the plotting table of 'Ops' room by WAAFs using croupier type 'rakes'. Approx. 3 x 2.5cms in size. Found at West Malling some years ago. Very good used. Stock code M17671.
R.A.F. Station Operation Rooms Table Plotter '26' Small metal 'counter' with the number "26" marked on to represent the level of enemy aircraft. These were mounted on wooden blocks together with other markers indicating the height of the aircraft and then moved about the plotting table of 'Ops' room by WAAFs using croupier type 'rakes'. Approx. 3 x 2.5cms in size. Found at West Malling some years ago. Very good used. Stock code M17672.
R.A.F. Station Operations Room Table Plotter '15+' Small metal 'counter' with number "15+" marked on representing the level of enemy aircraft. Together with other markers indicating the height of the aircraft these were mounted on wooden blocks and pushed about the plotting table of 'Ops' room by WAAFs. Approx. 3 x 2.5cms in size. Found at West Malling some years ago. Very good used. Stock code M13702.
R.A.F. Station Operations Room Table Plotter '6+' Small metal 'counter' with number "6+" marked on representing the level of enemy aircraft. Together with other markers indicating the height of the aircraft these were mounted on wooden blocks and pushed about the plotting table of 'Ops' room by WAAFs. Approx. 3 x 2.5cms in size. Found at West Malling some years ago. Very good used. Stock code M13702.
R.A.F. Station Sector Clock, Type 2 Type 2, Smiths Coventry Astral, 1942 dated Air Ministry stamped 8-day, lever escapement movement. 14" dial with approximately 18" diameter pale mahogany surround. The dial is generally quite good and completely unrestored and original. There is minor paint loss around the edges near the screw holes and also around the winding hole, advance/retard lever and paint loss/surface corrosion near the numbers '10/22' in particular. There is also fairly minor surface rust spotting over the dial but we do not feel this detracts. The clock retains an original unpainted spun brass bezel and has the glass retainer ring in place on the inside (these often seem to fall out) and this one has had some type of plaster material added to help secure the glass in place. We have had several other clocks with the same treatment which suggests this may have been an 'official' modification/repair? The wooden surround is in very good condition and all the joints are tight and strong. The back is stamped 'Smith 1942' and also with the 'GVI' cypher. The movement itself has just come back from service with our professional 'clock-man' and is in good working condition and clearly stamped on the rear plate with 'A.M.', King's Crown and 1942 date. Being a non-fusee movement, this clock has the advantage of being less temperamental than pendulum driven Type 1s and will run without being hung exactly straight on the wall. The dials on Type 2 clocks are normally 'tinned' which gives some protection from corrosion and explains why most are in better condition than their predecessors. We prefer to have clocks with totally original dials even if this means some rust and paint loss. However, if you were so inclined this could be 'restored' by an expert in the field. A rare opportunity to own one of the classic clocks as used in the WW2 Operations Rooms of RAF stations. Please note that more photos of the clock are listed as the next item. There is only one clock available! Stock code C11728.
R.A.F. Station Sector Clock, Type 2 Type 2, Smiths Coventry Astral, 1942 dated Air Ministry stamped 8-day, lever escapement movement. 14" dial with approximately 18" diameter pale wooden surround (light mahogany or possibly beech ?). The dial is generally quite good and completely unrestored and original. There is minor paint loss around the edges near the screw holes and also around the winding hole, advance/retard lever and minor surface corrosion spotting throughout the dial. None of this is too serious and we do not feel this detracts - far better than a restored or repainted dial. The rear of the dial has surface corrosion throughout. The clock retains an original unpainted spun brass bezel and has the glass retainer ring in place on the inside (these often seem to fall out). The bezel hinge had siezed and is currently being treated with penetrating oil to restore free movement. The wooden surround is in very good condition and all the joints are tight and strong. The back is stamped 'Smith 1942' and also with the 'GVI' cypher in two separate places. The movement itself appears to be in good order and although a bit dirty is ticking way strongly. The rear plate is clearly stamped with 'A.M.', King's Crown and 1942 date. Being a non-fusee movement, this clock has the advantage of being less temperamental than pendulum driven Type 1s and will run without being hung exactly straight on the wall. The dials on Type 2 clocks are normally 'tinned' which gives some protection from corrosion and explains why most are in better condition than their predecessors. We prefer to have clocks with totally original dials even if this means some rust and paint loss. However, if you were so inclined this could be 'restored' by an expert in the field. A rare opportunity to own one of the classic clocks as used in the WW2 Operations Rooms of RAF stations. Stock code C16006.
R.A.F. Station Wall Clock Station wall clock with wooden backbox and much rarer bakelite suround. The overall diameter is approximately 37cms. 30cm white dial with Roman numerals & King's Crown RAF crest. Self-starting 8-day movement with advance and retard lever protruding through a slot in the dial. The case is in good condition although the backbox has had the rear screws replaced as has the dial. The bakelite surround is undamaged and appears to be very good. Unfortunately the dial has suffered and has staining, surface cracking, minor surface corrosion and some very old restoration. This is evident in repainted/raised patches, examples of which can be see between the numbers 9 & 10, close to the 11, between 11&12 and beneath the 12. Retains the original hands & spun brass bezel in good order. The clock is in working condition and keeps good time. It is unusual in being slightly smaller than most RAF dial clocks that have a 35cm dial. Not the greatest example due to the damage/wear to the dial but I would always rather have a damaged original dial than a totally restored example. Excellent display piece. We would prefer this item to be collected but are happy to post it worldwide entirely at the buyer's risk. Stock code C16316.
R.A.F. Station White Dial Wall Clock By F. W. Elliott Ltd. of Croydon. Stores ref. 21B/118. 14" white painted dial in a solid oak 18" diameter case. 8-day Elliott pendulum movement, serial number 8948 (non fusee). The dial is in nice original condition with Roman numerals and King's crown RAF crest. It is totally unrestored and displays some staining/marking but virtually no paint loss or chipping. The RAF crest remains in very good condition. The hands are original to the clock and though a little mishaped remain in good order. Appears to have replacement dial screws as is usually the case. The oak surround has a lovely patina and is free from damage beyond the odd small blemish. The back box has minor damage and a couple of missing screws. It is stamped with the Air Ministry reference marks 21B/118. Both the lower and side access doors are present and complete with closure catches. The box also retains its hanging plate and corner positioning plates to allow the clock to be screwed to the wall once in the correct position. The original 'spun' brass bezel is equally good with the original hinge. The movement has the original pendulum and is maker marked. It has recently been professionally cleaned/lubricated and is running well though still requires minor regulation by adjusting the screw nut on the base of the pendulum. Over the past week it has gained approximately 4 minutes. All in all this is a lovely unmolested clock which is my opinion is of far more historical value than one with a repainted dial or refinished case. An excellent working display item. We would prefer this item to be collected but are happy to post it worldwide entirely at the buyer's risk. A further 10 photographs are listed separately - please view these before making your purchase. An additional 8 or so photos are also available on request. Stock code C17238.
R.A.F. Station White Dial Wall Clock - Additional Photos The photos shown here should be viewed alongside the listing No. They are given to show extra details of the clock. A few more photos are available on request.
R.A.F. Station, Type 1 White Dial Wall Clock, 1939 By F. W. Elliott Ltd. of Croydon. 14" white painted dial in solid mahogany 18" diameter case. 8-day Elliott single fusee movement (serial number 10023) with 1939 date. The dial is in nice original condition. Totally unrestored this shows some paint loss in the usual areas - where the dial posts are attached; the edges of the key winding hole and the edges of the dial, notably around the numeral 'VI'. In addition there is some fading of the dial/numerals - this is most obvious between the 'VI' & 'XII'. The RAF crest remains in very good condition. The case is in a super 'tiger-stripe' mahogany and is in excellent condition c/w all four original dowel pegs. The back box is stamped with Elliott and Air Ministry marks. The lower access door lock is present c/w key. The original cast brass bezel is equally good with a quality hinge consumate with the period of the clock. The bezel has been blackened as per wartime specification. The movement, though uncleaned is running well and keeping good time. The pendulum is original bar the suspension 'feather'. All in all this is a lovely unmolested clock which is my opinion is of far more historical value than one with a repainted dial or refinished case. An excellent working display item. Stock code C
R.A.F. Stopwatch, MK.3 Stores Ref. 6B/117. Swiss made movement. Approx. 5cm diameter. Intended for general application and aircraft use. Keyless winding and running for a period of 8-hours from fully wound. The chronograph action is controlled by the winding knob. The design and action of this mechanism are such that the second hand should indicate correctly to one-fifth of a second, and that starting and stopping errors should not exceed one-fifth of a second. White metal case with white dial and black hands and numerals. Engraved with King's Crown, 'A.M., 6B/117' and 1940 date code to rear. In good working condition. Inside of case marked 'G&S Co.' - Gold & Silversmiths Company. Some marks where the case has been opened over the years. Stock code C17681.
R.A.F. Stopwatch, MK.3A Stores Ref. 6B/221. Probably by Smiths English Clocks Ltd. Approx. 5cm diameter. Intended for general application and aircraft use. Keyless winding and running for a period of 8-hours from fully wound. The chronograph action is controlled by the winding knob. The design and action of this mechanism are such that the second hand should indicate correctly to one-fifth of a second, and that starting and stopping errors should not exceed one-fifth of a second. White metal Dennison case with white dial, black hands and numerals and subsidiary minutes dial. Engraved with 'A.M., 6B/221' and 1941 date code to rear. In good working condition. Stock code C18729.
R.A.F. Stopwatch, MK.3A Stores Ref. 6B/221. Probably by Smiths English Clocks Ltd. Approx. 5cm diameter. Intended for general application and aircraft use. Keyless winding and running for a period of 8-hours from fully wound. The chronograph action is controlled by the winding knob. The design and action of this mechanism are such that the second hand should indicate correctly to one-fifth of a second, and that starting and stopping errors should not exceed one-fifth of a second. White metal case with white dial and black hands and numerals. Engraved with 'A.M., 6B/221' and 1943 date code to rear. In working condition although the subsidiary minute dial hand does not reset to zero consistently and clearly requires some attention. Stock code C17413.
R.A.F. Sugar Tongs EPNS (silver plated) sugar tongs by Gladwin Embassy Plate. Approx. 11.5cm in length. RAF King's Crown crest to handle (blemished - see photo). Stock code M18021.
R.A.F. Sugar Tongs EPNS (silver plated) sugar tongs by Hallam Plate. Approx. 11cm in length. RAF King's Crown crest to handle. Stock code M18022.
R.A.F. Suit, Aircrew Cold Weather MK.3 Jacket Stores ref. 22/1301227, Size 4 (height 162 - 171cm, chest 94 - 106cm). 1986 dated. A very good example of this popular jacket. The material is in excellent clean condition. All the zips are original and function correctly. -Complete with integral hood stowed within the jacket and accessed via a zip to the rear of the collar. Fitted with 'slip-on'warrant officer epaulette rank titles and a 24 Squadron patch. 24 Squadron, as part of the Lyneham Transport Wing, has been involved in many of the RAF's operations including the Falklands War and two Gulf Wars. Very good to excellent used overall. Stock code S18458.
R.A.F. Suits Aircrew Battledress Blouse - Pilot Blouses, Air Crew. Size 16 (Ht. 6'1-6'2", Ch. 37-38", Wt. 34"). By M & N Horne Ltd. 1943 dated. Standard early aircrew battledress blouse with Flying Officer rank lace and flat pilot wing. Overall appearance is good although there is wear to the fabric pile and at the collar and cuffs (inside). I can only find one moth hole on a sleeve (see photos). The label has an indecypherable name/markings. Stock code U14658.
R.A.F. Suits Aircrew Battledress Jacket Blouses, Air Crew. Size 16 (Ht. 6'1-6'2", Ch. 37-38", Wt. 34"). By M & N Horne Ltd. 1942 dated. Standard early aircrew battledress blouse with unusual semi-padded Warrant Officer sleeve insignia and a particularly fine padded pilot wing. There is also an unmarked aircrew 'style' ditching whistle attached to the collar of the blouse. Excellent condition throughout. Fully labelled and with WD ink markings too. Stock code U15112.
R.A.F. Suits Aircrew Battledress Trousers By Alexander Ltd. Size 18 (Ht. 6'1-6'2", Wt. 39-40", Seat 45-46"), 1942 dated. Rare early battledress trousers with the flapped frotn thigh pocket (but not with the buttoned ankle tabs). Although the label is a bit faded these are in excellent used condition and are huge! These are difficult to find at any time but near impossible in this size. Stock code U15125.
R.A.F. Suits Flying, MK.2/2A Size 40. Medium weight light blue cotton flying suit with front zip fastener; angled zipped breast pockets; buttoned flapped lower leg pockets and map/jotter leg pockets. Zipped at the ankles and with Velcro strap adjustment at the wrists. Integral internal braces missing/part replaced using basic elastic. The overall appearance is only fair. The suit is heavily faded and the seams above/below the waist/side-entry pockets have split (see photos). In addition there is seam damage to both lower leg pockets and the waistbelt 'channel' at the back of the suit. None of these are difficult repairs though. All zips remain good and the suit is also fitted with a fabric knife pocket on the right leg. Differs from item12776 being manufactured in heavier cotton and in lacking the leg channels for the use of ejector suit leg restraints. It also has a slightly different pocket arrangement. Fair used condition overall and priced accordingly. Stock code S11013.
R.A.F. Suits Flying, MK.2/2A Stores ref. 22c/1908. Size 5 (ht. 5'8 - 6', weight under 174lbs.) Medium weight light blue cotton flying suit with front zip fastener; angled zipped breast pockets; buttoned flapped lower leg pockets and map/jotter leg pockets. Zipped at the ankles and with buttoned strap adjustment at the wrists. Integral internal braces. Channels in the lower leg sections for the use of leg restraint garters. There are also modifications to the sleeves for some form of strap. The overall appearance is quite good and the suit is clean. Only let down with some holes around the crotch area (mouse damage) and the break in 2 small strap adjusters near the waistbelt (see pics).
R.A.F. Suits Flying, MK.2/2A c/w Scarf Stores ref. 22c/1905. Size 2 (ht. 60-64, weight greater than 146lbs.) 1960. Medium weight light blue cotton flying suit with front zip fastener; angled zipped breast pockets; buttoned flapped lower leg pockets and map/jotter leg pockets. Zipped at the ankles and with buttoned strap adjustment at the wrists (officially modified for Velcro use). Integral internal braces. The overall appearance is very good and the suit is clean except for some ink staining. There has clearly been a leak from a pen in the arm pocket and the ink has marked several sections on the suit (see photos). The only other problem is a small seam split at the crotch (very simple repair). Very unusually this suit comes with the original scarf that is normally missing. By Tuffler, this rare blue/grey towelling scarf, stores ref. 22c/1712, is in quite good used condition overall. A very nice example of this suit. Stock code S17587.
R.A.F. Suits, Aircrew Battledress Trousers By Albion Ltd. Size 8 (Ht. 5'7-5'8", Wt. 33", Seat 38-39". Leg Seam 30.5"), 1943 dated. Labelled as the rare early battledress trousers but these have the standard dressing pocket rather than the flapped thigh pocket and are more akin to the later war service dress trousers. Presumably an 'interim' pair. Overall appearance is reasonable but there is moth trailing to the fabric pile and some holes, notably to the crotch and inner thigh area - see photos. The clip on the waistband and some of the fly buttons are also replacements. Stock code U19197.
R.A.F. Supermarine 'Spitfire' Rear View Mirror By H & S. 'Mirrors, Aircraft, Type B.' Stores ref. 27H/2017. Original rear view mirror as fitted to all Spitfire fighter aircraft from the MK.II onwards. Comprises a brass domed casing with internal bracket mount point, mirrored glass and edge ring bezel. This is in good overall condition with the original paint finish - there is some paint loss on the main casing. The bezel ring has lost most of the top-coat but retains much of the undercoat. The original mirrorored glass is generally very good but has a 'shell' chip at the edge - see photo. Air Ministry marks and reference numbers are stamped around the edge. Some of the casing screws, which are all present, need re-fitting (note that the mirror needs aligning better with the mounting holes and the screw heads are burred). Sadly there is no mounting bracket/stem but reproductions are available or one could be mocked up for display. Rare and desirable item. Stock code M17875.
R.A.F. Supermarine Spitfire Rear View Mirror Mirrors, Aircraft, Type B. Stores ref. 27H/2017. Original rear view mirror as fitted to all Spitfire fighter aircraft from the MK.II onwards. Comprises a brass domed casing with internal bracket mount point, mirrored glass and edge ring bezel. This is in very good condition with most of the original paint finish remaining on the main casing. The bezel ring has lost quite a bit of paint and the mirror has 3 chips at the edge. Air Ministry, King's Crown and reference numbers are stamped around the edge. Sadly there is no mounting bracket/stem but reproductions are available or one could be mocked up for display. Stock code M17878.
R.A.F. Survival Dinghy First Aid Outfit - Full/Complete Approx. 18 x 15 x 8cm. Blue painted metal tin with hinged lid. Marked to the lid with a red cross, Air Ministry King's Crown markings and wording 'FIRST AID OUTFIT - AIRCRAFT DINGHY LARGE (4 - 10 MEN) - BOTTOM LEFT BRIGHT FOR HELIOGRAPH PURPOSES'. Has light surface corrosion and wear. Base stamped with George VI cypher and 1943 date. The tin is complete with contents including a card box of white absorbent wool; boxed sterilized large lint burn dressing; 2 x boxed large No.9 large wound dressings; 4 x boxed medium wound dressings; 3 x boxed No.11 burn dressings; tube of Tannic Acid Jelly (deteriorated) in card box; tourniquet; packet of plain white lint; packet of safety pins; 3 x iodine ampoules; 4 x capsules of aromatic ammonia and 1943 dated Ampoules (syringe) morphia in tin complete with administration labels. Finally the original and very rare scissors are contained within the lid. These are war department broad arrow marked and 1944 dated. A super, comprehensive first aid kit in very good overall condition. These were issued/used with the large multi-man dinghies. Stock code M15930.
R.A.F. Survival Dinghy Flare Tin Box No. 381 MK.1. Red painted metal tin approx. 9 x 6 x 3cm. This contained 3 red star distress flare cartidges 'Signal 1" Red MK.XII.T'. for use with a Very pistol. These were issued with one-man and multi-man dinghies to enable the downed airmen to attract the attention of passing aircraft or ships. The tin was manufactured by The Metal Box Co. in 1944. The tin has some surface wear and corrosion - mainly to the area around the base. Empty. We recently found a handful of these rare tins. Don't miss this one! See p. 68/9 of 'Luftwaffe Vs RAF' Vol. 2 for further information. Stock code M18336.
R.A.F. Survival Dinghy Knife Issued with the larger multi-man dinghies. Small floating safety knife with an orange painted wooden handle. Small curved stainless steel blade with rounded/blunt end. To the rear of this knife is secured a second smaller knife with edges to both sides of the pointed blade. Both knives have cord lanyards and are contained in a leather scabbard attached to an orange cloth patch. Overall size approx. 21x8cm. A bit grubby but in excellent used condition overall. Stock code S15342.
R.A.F. Survival Dinghy Knife Stores ref. 27C/2023. Special knife issued with the larger multi-man survival dinghies. Curved stainless steel blade with rounded 'safety' end. The bouyant cork handle and lanyard ensured the knife wouldn't be lost overboard. Leather scabbard. Very good to excellent used condition.
R.A.F. Survival Dinghy Signal Flare Tin Box No. 381 MK.1. Red painted metal tin approx. 9 x 6 x 3cms. This contained 3 red star distress flare cartidges 'Signal 1" Red MK.XII'. for use with a Very pistol. These were issued with one-man and multi-man dinghies to enable the downed airmen to attract the attention of passing aircraft or ships. The tin was manufactured by The Metal Box Co. in 1942. The tin has surface wear and corrosion. Empty. Rare to find. See p. 68/9 of 'Luftwaffe Vs RAF' Vol. 2 for further information. Stock code M16606.
R.A.F. Survival Dinghy Signal Flare Tin Box No. 381 MK.1. Red painted metal tin approx. 9 x 6 x 3cms. This contained 3 red star distress flare cartidges 'Signal 1" Red MK.XII.T'. for use with a Very pistol. These were issued with one-man and multi-man dinghies to enable the downed airmen to attract the attention of passing aircraft or ships. The tin was manufactured by The Metal Box Co. in 1944. The tin has some surface wear and corrosion - mainly to the area around the base. Empty. Rare to find. See p. 68/9 of 'Luftwaffe Vs RAF' Vol. 2 for further information. Stock code M18335.
R.A.F. Survival Whistle Chain Lanyard White metal closed link chain with button hole hook to one end. Approx. 40cm total length. This example was removed from an Air Ministry marked tube whistle. Sometimes used to attach the whistle to the battledress jacket or Mae West. Excellent used condition.
R.A.F. Swagger Cane EPNS (silver plated) 'ball' topped cane approx. 70cm in length. Raised RAF King's Crown crest on the ball. Shows wear and minor loss of plating, small dents etc. Black painted cane also has some loss of paint. Complete with EPNS end ferrule. Good used condition overall. Stock code M16874.
R.A.F. Sweetheart Pilot Wing Brooch Tiny gilt metal King's Crown wings approx. 3cm span. Red and green coloured enamel infill on the crown and wreath. Pin backing. No maker's marks. Some loss of enamel. Relatively crude/basic. Stock code M18932.
R.A.F. Table / Altar Cloth Approx. 2 x 1.4m. Very high quality heavy cotton damask type fabric. White/cream colour with a very subtle woven pattern and border. To the centre there is a large RAF Kings Crown crest, approx. 32 x 40cms. There are a few small marks, light yellowing/soiling and very minor fraying in places but overall condition is very good to excellent. I have always believed these to be table cloths but it has been suggested that they also saw use as RAF Altar cloths. A super item. Not the easiest item to photograph as the markings are very subtle. Stock code M18527.
R.A.F. Table cloth - Ex Bentley Priory Approx. 2 x 1.4m. High quality heavy cotton damask type fabric. Cream colour with a very subtle woven pattern and border. To the centre there is a large RAF Kings Crown crest, approx. 32 x 40cms. This reputedly came from RAF Bentley Priory which was home to Fighter Command HQ during WW2. There is light marking and yellowing of the cloth in places but overall condition is very good to excellent. A truly superb item. Apologies for the poor photos but this isn't an easy item to show. Stock code M13202.
R.A.F. Teaspoon Electro plated nickel silver (silver plated) teaspoon as used in RAF station messes. Has the RAF crest on the handle end. Marked to rear of handle 'W.H. & S. EP'. (William Hutton & Sons Electro Plate). A little tarnished but will clean up well. Teaspoons are the hardest item of cutlery to find. One only. Stock code C17531.
R.A.F. Tempest/Typhoon Fighter Aircraft Sutton Harness Stores Ref. 6F/201, Type CK (all quite faint/indistinct). Webbing harness that was used to secure the pilot into the seat of his fighter aircraft. Sutton harnesses were used in many wartime and pre-war aircraft including the Spitfire & Hurricane but this pattern is more specific to the Hawker Tempest and Typhoon. Complete with adjuster straps and early quick release box in white metal, bakelite and brass (stores ref. 6F/218). Various markings and inspection stamps throughout. This example has the additional metal fittings for attaching the harness to the cockpit/airframe. These still have some of the original green paint remaining. Very good used condition bar light soiling and surface corrosion of some metal parts. Stock code M11300.
R.A.F. Thornhill - Original Artwork/Card Card, approx. 12 x 20cms. Printed with RAF Pilot wings & "R.A.F. Thornhill, S. Rhodesia" plus "Produced By The Aircrew Mess". To the centre is an original pencil & watercolour drawing of an inverted Vampire jet during an air show. The lower part of the illustration shows the jet on the ground with the airman standing on his head. Signed "Widge" & dated "49". The card is a bit yellowed/stained at the edges but overall condition is reasonable. Stock code P11545.
R.A.F. Toast Rack By Booths Ltd. White china toast rack approx. 24cm long, 9cm wide and 8cm tall. Has 7 dividers for 6 slices of toast. Unfortunately this has been in the wars and all but one of the dividers has suffered damage over the years. The repairs to these mishaps has been variable in quality - see photos. I would suggest soaking the rack in hot soapy water or similar and repairing with more care. Maker marked to base along with clear 'R.A.F.' & 1942 date marks. The first china RAF toast rack we have encountered. Stock code C17808.
R.A.F. Training Film - Ditching Without Hedging Stores Ref. 14c/1327. Produced in 1943. Filmed by Harvey Harrison. Approx. 350' of 16mm film. This instructional film is one of many shown to aircrews during their training and shows how to make emergency landings at sea. Makes use of scale models in a water tank to create realistic conditions. Pilots describe the correct way to ditch a Spitfire, Wellington, Hurricane, Fulmar (real plane ditches in Mediterranean), Liberator and Lancaster over film of models. Aircrews are told to identify sea and wind conditions before attempting to ditch and also to unload bombs first. Main points are recapitulated before final Air Sea Rescue sequence shows RN vessel picking up the occupants of a dinghy. Please note that the entire training film was produced on 2 separate film reels. This is reel 2 of 2. I have no way of watching this film to check condition or indeed where this begins. Looking at the first few frames shows some aircrew talking and then what appears to be the ditching of a Spitfire. I would assume this reel then goes on showing more aircraft and the ASR sequence. It appears to be in excellent used condition and comes in the original steel container with full reference numbers, 1944 date and AID stamps. A rare item. Stock code P14467.
R.A.F. Transport Command Ferry Pilot Notes H/b ring bound flip cards. Approx. 11 x 16cm. January 1945. Marked 'For Official Use Only'. Produced for ferry pilots by the headquarters, Transport Command. As Ferry pilots had to deliver a wide range of different aircraft types these were designed to be a memory aid for use 'after the pilot has made himself familiar with the particular type of aircraft by carebeen converted to the particular type of aircraft.' Cards for new/different aircraft and amendments/alterations could easily be added as necessary. This set includes amongst others the 'Avenger, Battle, Blenheim, Beaufighter, Corsair, Dakota, Defiant, Fortress II & III, Hellcat, Hurricane & Sea Hurricane, Halifax, Lysander, Lancaster I, II, III & X, Liberator, Mustang, MOsquito, Spitfire & Seafire, Stirling, Typhoon, Whitley IV, V & VII, Wildcat, Wellington, Walrus and many others. Has evidently beeen damp to one side leaving marking to the cover and some internal pages. The rings that would have held the Notes together are missing so they are currently presented within a ring binder. The punched holes at the top of each sheet have had paper reinforcement stickers applied. These were used by Flight Lieutenent John Bryan Stonier who actually flew with bomber command during WW2. Rare to find. Stock code P15793.
R.A.F. Tropical Issue Pilot Wing Beautiful padded pilot wing in oatmeal coloured silk thread on black felt with a black cloth backing. Probably a 'theatre made' example. Has had 3 small poppers sewn into place for use on a tropical tunic. This was common practice as tropical uniforms required regular laundering and badges could easily be removed to avoid damage. Excellent used condition. Super wing. Stock code U18147.
R.A.F. Tropical LAC Patch Printed 'Leading Aircraftsman" patch with a red propeller on khaki cotton. Unused/unissued old stock. Excellent. Stock code U17378.
R.A.F. Tropical Pilot Wing - Padded Lovely heavily padded pilot wing in a soft oatmeal coloured silk thread on black felt with a fine black cotton backing. Has three small popper sewn to the back for use on tropical uniforms that required frequent laundering. The inisgnia could easily be rmeoved prior to washing. Slight loss to the backing felt but still a beautiful wing in excellent used condition. Stock code U19550.
R.A.F. Tropical Service Dress Tunic Standard four pocket khaki drill jacket. No label. Physically measures approx. 40" so is small fitting. Fitted with belt and buckle, brass buttons, flight lieutenant rank lace and flat pilot wings. The buttons and rank lace are all attached in such a way that they could easily be removed for laundering purposes. Shows very light wear and use. This is made from a paler smoother cotton drill and would appear to be later than the other example listed, possibly early 1950s. Nonetheless a nice tunic with a decent set of flat wings. Stock code U19003.
R.A.F. Trousers, Anti-G Trousers, Anti-G, Mk.5 (?). By Beaufort. Size Large. 1979 dated. Nylon over trousers with zip and lace fastening and containing integral airtight bladder chambers. These also have elasticated fabric panels over the lacing. - these are somewhat rubbed and 'pilled'. Designed such that air would be pumped automatically into the legs during high 'G' turns, thus reducing blood loss from the brain and resultant loss of consciousness. One zip lacks the slider (actual zip tape and teeth appear fine). The label is faded and part illegible. The inflation tube lacks the end valve. Good for spares or easily repaired with a zip slider. Stock code S18374A.
R.A.F. Type 'G' Aircrew Sunglasses Stores Ref, 22G/1398. Broadly similar in appearance to the WW2 MK.VIII sunglasses but with an added 'brow-bar'. Nickel plated frames, blue-grey tinted lenses & 'comfort-cable' style arms with wrap-around ends. A little soiled but in excellent used condition. Stock code G13580
R.A.F. Type 19 Microphone Assembly Stores Ref. 10A/10989. This consists of an extremely rare electro-magnetic microphone, type 18 (stores ref. 10A/10990), complete with wiring loom and plug. The type 18 microphone is of course the 'flat-fronted' chamois covered pattern introduced in January 1939 and used in conjunction with the D-type oxygen mask throughout the Battle of Britain. By October 1940 the type 20/type 21 assembly had been introduced so the type 18 had a relatively short production run. The microphone is in quite good condition retaining excellent original one-piece chamois covering. The rear aluminium screw-on cap is missing revealing the wax insert that would not normally be seen. This special wax composition has a melting point over 120 degrees centigrade and is used in order to raise the resonant frequency of the instrument to above 2,000 cycles per second. An 'off-off' switch , operated by a small serrated disc (missing) is mounted within a bakelite and paxolin assembly at the lower side of the microphone. Whilst the switchgear and paxolin are original, the left side section of bakelite has been carefully replaced as this was missing. See photographs for details. The mid tan wiring loom and early brown cased jackplug are both in excellent condition (although the loom is actually a later example than would have been originally fitted - I can supply the correct loom in place of this for the buyer if required). An Air Ministry Order actually called for the removal of the serrated disc switch knob to prevent accidental turning off of the microphone and most 18's are found with this piece missing. Overall this is a superb item ready to for mounting to a type-D oxygen mask. Don't miss this one! Stock code O14706.
R.A.F. Type 20 Microphone (Used in Type D Oxygen Mask) Stores Ref. 10A/11994. Black painted alloy microphone, often referred to as the "1941" pattern although actually introduced in October 1940. It has the usual paint chipping/rubbing on exposed edges, minor denting and distortion. The small closing plate where the microphone can be secured to the top of a D-mask mounting ring is detached and requires re-riveting or glueing. In addition, the end of the actual switch lever is missing. Various markings and reference numbers. Rubber "band" that goes around the microphone on the reverse is hard/perished and part missing. Remains of original loom still attached. Needs some work . Stock code O4609.
R.A.F. Type 20 Microphone (Used in Type D Oxygen Mask) Stores Ref. 10A/11994. Black painted alloy microphone, often referred to as the "1941" pattern although actually introduced in October 1940. Minimal paint chipping/rubbing. Air Ministry and Kings Crown markings. Rubber "band" that goes around the microphone on the reverse is hard/perished. Remains of original loom still attached. An excellent example. Stock code O4594.
R.A.F. Type 20 Microphone (Used in Type D Oxygen Mask) Stores Ref. 10A/11994. Black painted alloy microphone, often referred to as the "1941" pattern although actually introduced in October 1940. Some paint chipping/rubbing on exposed edges. Air Ministry and Kings Crown markings. Rubber "band" that goes around the microphone on the reverse is in place but has perished/hardened. Remains of original loom still attached. A good '+' example. Stock code O4596.
R.A.F. Type 20 Microphone - Used in Type D Oxygen Masks Stores Ref. 10A/11994. Black painted alloy microphone, often referred to as the "1941" pattern although actually introduced in October 1940. Some paint chipping/rubbing on exposed edges and minor shape distortion at the edges - easily reshaped if necessary. Air Ministry and King's crown markings. A reasonably good used example. These microphones were used in conjunction with the type D cloth oxygen masks. Stock code O8444.
R.A.F. Type 20 Microphone - Used in Type D Oxygen Masks Stores Ref. 10A/11994. Black painted alloy microphone, often referred to as the "1941" pattern although actually introduced in October 1940. Minor paint chipping/rubbing on exposed edges. Air Ministry and King's crown markings. Retains the original rubber "band" around the microphone on the reverse although this is hardened. Remains of the original loom still attached. These microphones were used in conjunction with the type D cloth oxygen masks. A very good '+' /excellent used example. Stock code O1111A.
R.A.F. Type 25 Microphone Standard type 25 microphone as issued with no loom. Excellent used condition and complete with the rubber sealing ring remains in very good flexible condition. Remnants of the original wiring loom remain attached.
R.A.F. Type 25 Microphone Standard type 25 microphone as issued with no loom. Excellent, probably unissued condition and ready to fit to an external wiring loom. The rubber sealing ring appears good and remains flexible despite having surface crazing. Stock code O18032.
R.A.F. Type 27 Carbon Microphone Stores Ref. 10A/12572. Distinctive black painted 'ball-shaped' microphone housing with angular metal on/off switch mounted on the top. Complete with rubber grommet at the point where the wiring enters the housing. Quite a bit of paint chipping with approx. 80% plus of the original paint remaining. Remnants of the original loom remain in place. The type 27 (more commonly known as the Type 28 when 'mounted' was sometimes used with the E-series and G-type oxygen masks in addition to the second pattern microphone carrier masks. Stock code O15295.
R.A.F. Type 27 Carbon Microphone Stores Ref. 10A/12572. Distinctive black painted 'ball-shaped' microphone housing with angular metal on/off switch mounted on the top. Complete with rubber grommet at the point where the wiring enters the housing. Grubby but with a good proportion of original paint remaining - perhaps approx. 75% plus. Remnants of the original loom remain in place. The type 27 (more commonly known as the Type 28 when 'mounted' was sometimes used with the E-series and G-type oxygen masks in addition to the second pattern microphone carrier masks. Stock code O15294.
R.A.F. Type 27 Microphone Stores Ref. 10A/12572. Distinctive black painted 'ball-shaped' microphone housing with angular metal on/off switch mounted on the top. Complete with rubber grommet at the point where the wiring enters the housing. Retains virtually all of the original paint remaining. The switch also functions correctly. The type 27 (more commonly known as the Type 28 when 'mounted' was sometimes used with the E-series and G-type oxygen masks in addition to the second pattern microphone carrier masks. An excellent example. Stock code O16410.
R.A.F. Type 27 Microphone Stores Ref. 10A/12572. Distinctive black painted 'ball-shaped' microphone housing with angular metal on/off switch mounted on the top. Complete with remnants of the original wiring loom and the rubber grommet at the point where the loom enters the housing. Retains approx. 70% of the original paint although rather dulled and grubby. The switch functions correctly. The type 27 (more commonly known as the Type 28 when 'mounted') was sometimes used with the E-series and G-type oxygen masks in addition to the second pattern microphone carrier masks. A good used example. Stock code O15287.
R.A.F. Type 48 Microphone Assembly Comprises a type 25 microphone with short white/red flecked tan loom and 2-pin socket as fitted to most G-type oxygen masks. Very good condition - minor paint chipping only. Complete with the rubber sealing ring in very good flexible condition and also fitted with the rear gauze plate. Stock code O14619.
R.A.F. Type 48 Microphone Assembly Comprises a type 25 microphone with short purple flecked mid tan loom and 2-pin socket as fitted to most G-type oxygen masks. Excellent condition - Light soiling only. Complete with the anti-freeze gauze plate and fixing strap to rear. The rubber sealing ring remains in good flexible condition. With original waxed paper wrapping. Stock code O15597.
R.A.F. Type 48 Microphone Assembly Comprises a type 25 microphone with short light tan loom and 2-pin socket as fitted to most G-type oxygen masks. Excellent condition - light soiling only. Complete with the anti-freeze gauze plate to rear. The rubber sealing ring remains in good flexible condition. Stock code O18396.
R.A.F. Type 48 Microphone Assembly Comprises a type 25 microphone with short light tan loom and 2-pin socket as fitted to most G-type oxygen masks. Excellent condition - light soiling only. Complete with the anti-freeze gauze plate to rear. The rubber sealing ring remains in good flexible condition. Stock code O18394.
R.A.F. Type 48 Microphone Assembly Comprises a type 25 microphone with short light tan loom and 2-pin socket as fitted to most G-type oxygen masks. Excellent condition - light soiling only. Complete with the anti-freeze gauze plate to rear. The rubber sealing ring remains in good flexible condition. Stock code O18395.
R.A.F. Type A Flying Helmet Size 7, 1/8. 'Helmet, Cork, Aviation'. Stores ref. 22c/13. Issued to aircrews based East of Malta. First issued in the 1920s and remained in service until superseded by the cotton drill D-type flying helmet in 1941. Manufactured from lightweight cork and in the form of a pith helmet covered in light khaki coloured cotton drill. Has earflaps in the same material, backed with chamois leather to which a chinstrap with pronged buckle closure is attached. The earflaps have pockets to take Gosport fittings or receivers. Also has a concealed goggle strap at the rear, attached to the inner leather band. The latter is stamped 'Comfortilet Fitting, Royal Letters Patent No. 207475' Paper label inside with Air Ministry crown marks, serial number with 1938 date code and size details. Light marking in places but generally very clean and in really excellent, lightly used condition. A very rare helmet to find, especially in this size and condition. Stock code H16384.
R.A.F. Type C Carbon Microphone Stores ref. 10A/9004. Many of you will probably know this as the Microphone, mask, type E (ref. 10A/9003) but technically that refers to the microphone complete with wiring and plug. Anyway, the microphone consists of a bell-shaped, chamois covered, black painted brass carrier. Within this the actual microphone componant is mounted (10A/7355). Part of the inside of the carrier is sprayed with powdered cork which acts as an insulator against condensation and noise. To the base of the carrier are two moulded breathing vents and at the top is the toggle switch. This example is in very good condition retaining much of its original chamois that is marked with the number '53' top one side. I suppose this might refer to 53 squadron. At the time this microphone would have been used that squadron were ar RAF Farnborough with the Hawker Hectors for Army Cooperation; specialising in night reconnaissance. In January 1939 the squadron was given the Bristol Blenheim and moved to France in September. Following the German attack on France in May 1940, the squadron returned to the UK. From here it undertook bombing and reconnaissance missions. There are remnants of the original wiring loom visible and the wiring retaining anchor is present with original binding twine. These microphones were used with the cloth D-type oxygen masks and pre-date the flat-fronted type 18 (type 19 when mounted/wired). Photographic evidence suggests they saw considerable use during the Battle of France - for example with 53 Sqdrn. This example has the earlier/heavier brass housing. Later microphones had a much lighter alloy housing. Good looking microphone and a rare find these days. Stock code O16565.
R.A.F. Type C Carbon Microphone for use with Type D Mask Stores ref. 10A/9004. Most of you will probably know this as the Microphone, mask, type E (ref. 10A/9003) but technically that refers to the microphone complete with wiring and plug. Anyway, the microphone consists of a bell-shaped, chamois covered, black painted brass carrier. Within this the actual microphone componant is mounted (10A/7355). Part of the inside of the carrier is sprayed with powdered cork which acts as an insulator against condensation and noise. To the base of the carrier are two moulded breathing vents and at the top is the toggle switch. This example is in excellent condition retaining all of its chamois. Whilst this appears to be original and certainly has age it might be a very good re-covering. There are small remnants of the wiring loom visible and the wiring retaining anchor is present. Most examples of this microphone tend to be alloy based rather than brass. I am assuming this to be an earlier production model. These microphones were used with the cloth D-type oxygen masks and pre-date the flat-fronted type 18 (type 19 when mounted/wired). Photographic evidence suggests they saw considerable use during the Battle of France. Super looking microphone and a rare find these days. Stock code O16558.
R.A.F. Type C, Carbon Microphone For Use With A D-type Mask Stores ref. 10A/9004. Most of you will probably know this as the Microphone, mask, type E (ref. 10A/9003) but technically that refers to the microphone complete with wiring and plug. Anyway, the microphone consists of a bell-shaped, chamois covered, black painted brass carrier. Within this the actual microphone componant is mounted (10A/7355). Part of the inside of the carrier is sprayed with powdered cork which acts as an insulator against condensation and noise. To the base of the carrier are two moulded breathing vents and at the top is the toggle switch. This example is in excellent condition retaining all of its original chamois. Most examples of this microphone tend to be alloy based rather than brass. I am assuming this to be an earlier production model. These microphones were used with the cloth D-type oxygen masks and pre-date the flat-fronted type 18 (type 19 when mounted/wired). A rare find these days. Stock code O14608
R.A.F. Type C, Carbon Microphone For Use With A D-type Mask Stores ref. 10A/9004. Most of you will probably know this as the Microphone, mask, type E (ref. 10A/9003) but technically that refers to the microphone complete with wiring and plug. Anyway, the microphone consists of a bell-shaped, chamois covered, black painted brass carrier. Within this the actual microphone componant is mounted (10A/7355). Part of the inside of the carrier is sprayed with powdered cork which acts as an insulator against condensation and noise. To the base of the carrier are two moulded breathing vents and at the top is the toggle switch. This example is in very good condition retaining much of its original chamois covering. Unfortunately this hasn't been stored well so the chamois is heavily soiled and has some loss around the edges and exposed parts. Remnants of the wiring loom are visible and the wiring retaining anchor is present. Most examples of this microphone tend to be alloy based rather than brass. I am assuming this to be an earlier production model. These microphones were used with the cloth D-type oxygen masks and pre-date the flat-fronted type 18 (type 19 when mounted/wired). Photographic evidence suggests they saw considerable use during the Battle of France. Super looking microphone and a rare find these days. Stock code O16564.
R.A.F. Type D Electrically Heated Flying Gauntlet Linings By Windak. Stores ref. 22c/716/719, Size large. A pair of type D electric flying gauntlet linings. Manufactured in stockinette fleece, to which the heating element is sewn. The element is encased in flameproof cotton fleece material and the ends of the element are riveted to press stud fasteners at the cuff. Black silk/rayon outer shell. Intended for use with the Type D leather gauntlet in conjunction with the wired 1941 pattern Sidcot suit. Excellent condition with no mothing, soiling or wear. Rare find. Stock code GA17329.
R.A.F. Type D Flying Gauntlets Stores ref. 22c/987/990, Size 8. The leather is in excellent supple clean condition. A very good colour match. The blanket fleece linings show only light wear. Both gloves are labelled with WD broad arrow marks, stores reference numbers, AID inspection marks and matched contract numbers too. Excellent lightly used gloves overall. Stock code GA16807.
R.A.F. Type D Flying Gauntlets Stores ref. 22c/768/771, Size 9.5. The leather is in very good supple and generally clean condition. Light marking to the finger tips and cuff of the right glove - see photos. An excellent colour match. The blanket fleece linings show some wear/loss near the cuff opening. Both gloves are fully labelled, have matching contract numbers and are named/numbered to the same airman. Very good '+', lightly used gloves. Stock code GA19753.
R.A.F. Type D Flying Gauntlets Stores ref. 22c/767/770, Size 8.5 (although only one glove has a label (loose) and that has been corrected to a size 9? The leather is in excellent supple and clean condition. A reasonable but not perfect colour match. The blanket fleece linings show only light wear. One glove has a loose Air Ministry label but both gloves have small paper size labels (8.5). Very good, lightly used gloves. Stock code GA17966.
R.A.F. Type D Flying Helmet (late patt.) No size markings but appears to be a 4 (largest produced). Intended for use in tropical/desert climates in the Middle East, Mediterranean, North Africa etc and incorporating a neck flap at the rear to provide sun protection. The material is in in very good to excellent condition and is reasonably clean. Good straps with three of the four press studs retaining virtually all of their original coatings. Some verdigris present on external press studs. The rubber receiver carriers are very good/undamaged but lack full flexibility. The satin lining has average soiling and some small holes where the press studs have pulled through (see photos). The inner donuts - in this helmet chamois, show more rubbing and soiling. The chinstrap is faded, soiled and lacks elasticity. The helmet is fully wired with a light tan loom, early brown jackplug and receivers. A good solid helmet. Stock code H16838.
R.A.F. Type D Oxygen Mask - Early Variant The cloth is generally in excellent clean condition. Unusually there is little moth damage - this being confined to five small holes - one on the right side of the mask as worn - this can be seen in the photos near to the microphone mounting ring, and four small holes on the left side of the mask all running along the edges or the cheek (see photos). The remaining cloth is remarkably good and undamaged. There is a blood (?) stain on the lower section of the mask but this does not detract from the overall appearance. The chamois lining is quite clean and other than a small split in the horseshoe padding is completely undamaged. As with early variants the chamois stops short of the microphone mounting ring where the calico interlining can be cleary seen. The mask has been fitted with press studs directly attached through the material rather than on the later face defender strips. The microphone mounting ring is in very good condition and complete with reference number stamped into the metal. Please note that the small projecting 'pin' on the barrel of the hinge is missing. This does not affect the function at all and merely makes is slightly fiddlier to attach a microphone. Not fitted with a microphone or wiring but these can be supplied at extra cost if required. The overall shape of the mask is excellent and ideal for display. This is undoubtedly one of the better D-masks available. Excellent overall condition. Stock code O18502.
R.A.F. Type D Oxygen Mask - Reproduction A museum quality reproduction Type D oxygen mask. Superb attention to detail using Government surplus woollen cloth and a chamois lining interfaced with calico, a stiffener and rod solder above the 'nose'. The microphone mounting ring is stamped with the stores reference number 6D/117 and has a sprung loaded brass hinge at the bottom to accommodate all microphone variants for the mask. A sprung loaded retaining pin at the top secures the microphone (when fitted). Fitted with a pair of reproduction 'face protectors' in order to secure the mask to a Type B helmet. This is the same as those masks supplied to Hendon and Duxford. Superb 'as new' condition. A fraction of the cost of an original. We have had three of these recently and this is the last one available.Stock code O18869.
R.A.F. Type D Oxygen Mask Face Defenders Stores Ref. 22c/68. Chamois backed canvas webbing strips with 2 male press stud fasteners attached. These can be sewn to the sides of a D-type mask to enable its attachment to a B-type helmet. Faint Air Ministry markings and reference numbers. One appears to have a '39 date. Removed from a B-type we have in stock. Not a perfect matched pair (one is wider than the other). Good used condition overall. Stock code H14129.
R.A.F. Type D Oxygen Mask MK.IIIB* Bayonet Connector Stores ref. 6D/101. Brass bayonet connector as fitted to the end of the tubes used with the Type D oxygen masks. Also used with the MK.III oxygen tube adaptor. Shows use and wear but in good overall condition. King's crown A.M markings. Stock code O16464.
R.A.F. Type E Carbon Microphone Assembly For Use With D-type Oxygen Masks Stores ref. 10A/9004. Comprises a 'Microphone, mask, type C, ref. 10A/9003) wired to an external loom fitted with an early brown jackplug. The microphone itself consists of a bell-shaped, chamois covered, black painted brass carrier. Within this the actual microphone componant is mounted (10A/7355). Part of the inside of the carrier is sprayed with powdered cork which acts as an insulator against condensation and noise. To the base of the carrier are two moulded breathing vents and at the top is the toggle switch. This example is in reasonable condition retaining most of its original chamois. Unfortunately the chamois has been lost from the edges of the housing and parts of the central projection of the housing. What remains is quite soiled. The actual brass housing and microphone appear to be very good. If the housing was 'recovered' you would end up with a superb looking item... It is interesting to note that most examples of this microphone tend to be alloy based rather than brass. I am assuming this to be an earlier production model. The microphone is wired to a mid tan loom and brown cased jackplug in excellent used condition. These microphones were used with the cloth D-type oxygen masks and pre-date the flat-fronted type 18 (type 19 when mounted/wired). Photographic evidence suggests they saw considerable use during the Battle of France. A rare find these days. Stock code O15068
R.A.F. Type E Oxygen Mask (E not E*) Stores Ref. 6D/473. This is a “true” E-mask, not the later issue, more commonly found E* version. As such it has no anti-suffocation/inspiratory valve on the left cheek & a leather strap/harness rather than the later blue-grey webbing variety. The rubber retains good overall shape & is generally quite flexible, though with the usual stress cracking/crazing found on E series masks. This is most evident at the nose, around the microphone attachment point and where the conical tube meets the main facemask (see photos). Unlike many E* masks this has very little loss of rubber at the edges of the facemask. The straps are very good - c/w Bennett buckle etc. The chamois rim lining is fully intact and flexible. Clear Air Ministry reference codes moulded into the edge of the mask. It comes fitted with the correct 'narrow' oxygen tube fixed in place with a sprung metal ring. The tube has cracks but remains flexible and has no major holes or damage. Complete with bayonet connector and 'crocodile' clothing clip with light verdigris and surface corrosion. Fitted with a type 26 microphone with remnants of the wiring loom remaining. Named/numbered to original airman. Overall this mask is in quite good to good used condition & is an excellent display piece. These masks are extremely rare - probably the rarest of all the WW2 oxygen masks & certainly far rarer than the coveted type D mask. In over 30 years of collecting I have only had 5 of these (3 are in my own collection). Helmet shown for display/illustrative purposes only and not included in the sale. A few ddditional photos are available on request. Stock code O17548.
R.A.F. Type E Series Oxygen Mask Hose Clip Correct cadmium plated sprung wire clip used to fasten the upper end of the oxygen tube onto the aluminium inlet pipe of the E series oxygen masks. Rare to find separately. Mask in photograph number 4 for illustrative purposes only. Light surface corrosion in places. Stock code O17619.
R.A.F. Type E* Oxygen Mask & Tube Stores Ref. 6D/624. This is the later pattern variant of the E-mask complete with anti-suffocation/inspiratory valve and having an elasticated webbing harness. The rubber is in excellent condition with no evidence of perishing, cracks or stress crazing. Even the edges of the mask are very good with no apparant loss of rubber. The overall shape of the mask is also very good. The chamois inner edging is complete and reasonably clean. The harness remains complete, has some elasticity but is faded. The press-studded leather section is very good. The mask is fitted with an excellent type 48 microphone assembly and the correct narrow diameter corrugated rubber oxygen tube. The tube has cracking within the folds but is in sound condition complete with the MK.IV bayonet connector/crocodile clip (some surface corrosion). Very good '+' / excellent used condition overall. Please note that this mask is guaranteed 100% original and should not be confused with the 'hybrid' masks being offered elsewhere that have original metalwork and harnesses but brand new rubber facepieces. Stock code O14715.
R.A.F. Type E* Oxygen Mask c/w Wiring Loom Stores Ref. 6D/624. This is the later pattern variant of the E-mask complete with anti-suffocation/inspiratory valve and having an elasticated webbing harness. The rubber is generally in very good condition but has hardening around the edges resulting in some cracking and minor loss. The overall shape is quite reasonable but can be improved further due to its flexibility. The chamois inner edging is complete if somewhat soiled. The harness is quite good, retaining some colour and elasticity. The press-studded leather section is good. The mask is fitted with an excellent type 25 microphone wired to a good light tan external wiring loom, early brown cased bell jackplug and 10A/12401 receivers. The microphone rubber sealing ring has hardened but this can be replaced easily/cheaply. A very small section of the original oxygen tube remains attached. Good '+' used overall. Helmet used for display purposes only and is not included in the sale. Please note that this mask is guaranteed 100% original and should not be confused with the 'hybrid' masks being offered elsewhere that have original metalwork and harnesses but brand new rubber masks and lining. Stock code O15735.
R.A.F. Type F Anti-Glare Sunglasses / Cased Stores Ref. 22G/1108. Size large. These are essentially wartime pattern MK.VIII anti-glare sunglasses with a different reference number. Nickel plated wire frames. The side-arms have wrap-around end pieces. Green/grey tinted lenses. The side-arms are marked with a broad arrow and reference numbers. In the original black painted alloy case. The glasses are in excellent used condition whislt the case is good but rather paint chipped. Ideal wartime substitutes. Stock code G14295.
R.A.F. Type G Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/644. Size Small. The rubber is generally in very good condition. It is quite clean but does have minor marks. The only 'issues' are cracking at/near the external nose-wire retaining lugs, the harness retaining lugs and around the inspiratory valve (see photos). The overall shape of the mask is good. The harness retains good colour and quite good elasticity along with one original rubber band. The pearl grey suede lining is in excellent clean condition. Fitted with a type 48 microphone assembly (type 25 microphone, loom and socket - all excellent) making it suitable for all internally wired helmets. A good '+'/very good used mask. Stock code O15666.
R.A.F. Type G Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/644. Size Small. The rubber is in tatty condition. Although much of the mask rubber is in sound condition but there is perishing and loss to the top edge around the nose and quite a lot of cracking and splitting to the usual stress points. The nosewire is missing. The overall mask shape is reasonable although the lower edge in particular is curling inwards with cracking where the rubber is folded. The harness is only part complete and the nosewire is missing. The pearl grey suede lining average soiling but is peeling away from the mask edges in places and the mask would benefit if this were glued back in place. Fitted with a decent type 48 microphone assembly (type 25 microphone with some chipping, loom and socket) making it suitable for all internally wired helmets. Tatty overall condition. Suitable for repair project or spares and priced accordingly. Stock code O16731.
R.A.F. Type G Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/645. Size Medium. The rubber is generally in good '+' condition and reasonably clean. There is some cracking where the mask edges have folded inwards on one side (see photo). The nose-wire has broken through one of the rubber retaining lugs. The central lug is good but the other side is delicate. The overall shape of the mask is good bar the inward fold of the lower edge. The harness retains good colour and reasonable elasticity. The light tan suede lining is in very good and quite clean condition. Fitted with a type 48 microphone assembly (type 25 microphone, loom and socket - all excellent) making it suitable for all internally wired helmets. A good '+' used mask. Stock code O17855.
R.A.F. Type G Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/644. Size Small. The rubber is generally in very good clean condition. Overall shape is excellent but there is cracking at both of the external nose-wire retaining lugs and one of the harness retaining lugs (see photos). Other parts of the mask do not show any cracking even when flexed. The harness retains is rather faded has lost most of its elasticity. One original rubber band is retained. The pearl grey suede lining is in excellent clean condition. Fitted with a type 48 microphone assembly (type 25 microphone, loom and socket - all excellent) making it suitable for all internally wired helmets. A good '+' used mask. Stock code O16246.
R.A.F. Type G Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/646. Size large. The rubber is reasonable overall condition. Much of the facepiece is good but there is some cracking and splitting around the two external nosewire lugs and fairly minor perishing at the mask edges. There is also some surface crazing towards the edges which have begun to curl inwards. The overall mask shape does however remain reasonably good. The harness is complete but faded, stretched and lacks elasticity. The brown suede lining is extremely clean indicating little if any use. Fitted with a type 48 microphone assembly in excellent condition making it suitable for all internally wired helmets. A reasonable example that would display well. Stock code O15795.
R.A.F. Type G Oxygen Mask Stores Ref. 6D/646. Size Large. The rubber is in excellent condition, really quite clean and completely flexible. It is free from any perishing and cracking - even when flexed. The overall shape is also good. The harness retains good colour and some elasticity along with all of the original elastic bands. The brown suede lining is in excellent clean condition. This example has the anti-freeze gauze plate and attachment strap. Fitted with a type 48 microphone assembly (type 25 microphone, loom and socket - all excellent) making it suitable for all internally wired helmets. The upper part of the facepiece of this mask has a slightly stippled/rough texture. Early G-types had a very pronounced almost bristled upper section in an attempt to reduce freezing. An excellent, probably unused example - about as good as they come. Stock code O19426.
R.A.F. Type G Sunglasses, Cased Stores ref. 22G/1398. Size medium. Post WW2 issue. These are very similar to the standard WW2 issue MK.VIII anti-glare spectacles/sunglasses with grey/green tinted lenses in steel wire frames with side-arms having 'wrap-around' ear pieces. They differ from the MK.VIII in having an additional brow bar. The frames are a little tarnished but otherwise these are in good used condition. Stamped 'ALGHA' and with ref. numbers. The original hard case is also in good condition. Stock code G19055.
R.A.F. Type H Electrically Heated Flying Gauntlets Stores ref. 22c/1025. Size medium. 24 volt. Soft chestnut brown leather gauntlets. Mid forearm length with gussetted cuff section. Lined with attached, fleece lined black rayon gloves with integral wiring and twin press stud connectors. Intended for use with other H-type heated/wired clothing. The inner rayon gloves have '24 volt' and broad arrow marked labels. The leather is in good sound condition. They are completely flexible and supple but do show surface wear, soiling and marking - particularly to the palms and fingers. Quite a good colour match. The heated linings are generally good bars ome moth damage to the cuff of the right glove (see photo). Good used condition overall. One of the rarer patterns of glove to find. Stock code GA17745.
R.A.F. Type H Oxygen Mask - WW2 Dated Size Medium. Dated 3-45. (March 1945). Rare wartime dated example of this mask. The rubber facepiece is in very good, reasonably clean condition and retains good overall shape. The rubber is flexible with no cracking on the harness retaining lugs over the nose and shows little sign of stress crazing when flexed. The pearl grey suede lining is complete but quite soiled. Fitted with a good type 57 microphone assembly and a pink flecked chocolate coloured loom. The harness is complete but a bit faded and with some loss of elasticity. The original rubber bands are in place (somewhat perished). These late war H-masks are very difficult to obtain now in any condition. Considerably rarer than a G-type mask. Good '+' used overall. Stock code O15954.
R.A.F. Type H Oxygen Mask - WW2 Dated Size Medium. Dated 3-45. (March 1945). Rare wartime dated example of this mask. The rubber facepiece is in fair to reasonable condition only. Most of the rubber remains flexible and the overal shape isn't bad. Unfortunately the sides and lower edges are curling inwards and have some associated cracking issues. There is no significant cracking on the harness retaining lugs. The pearl grey suede lining has become unglued slightly and is quite grubby. Fitted with a type 57 microphone assembly and a flecked light tan coloured loom. The harness is complete but faded and with loss of elasticity. These late war H-masks are very difficult to obtain now in any condition and are considerably rarer than a G-type mask. Although this is only in fair condition due to poor storage it can be packed to improve the shape and cleaned up. It displays reasonably well. A bargain price for a wartime example! Stock code O18737.
R.A.F. Type H Oxygen Mask, WW2 Dated Size Medium. Dated 2-45. (Feb. 1945). Rare wartime dated example of this mask. The rubber facepiece is in fair to reasonable condition only. The rubber retains quite good flexibility but is soiled and somewhat mishapen. There is suprisingly little damage overall but there is surface cracking/crazing where the lower part of the mask has been folded inwards during long term storage. Unusually there is virtually no significant cracking on the harness retaining lugs. The pearl grey suede lining has become unglued slightly and is rather grubby. Fitted with a type 57 microphone assembly and a light tan coloured loom. The harness is complete but faded and with some loss of elasticity. Amazingly it still retains the original rubber bands. Metal componants have some verdigris deposits. These late war H-masks are very difficult to obtain now in any condition and are considerably rarer than a G-type mask. Although this is only in fair condition due to poor storage it can be packed to improve the shape and cleaned up. It displays well. A bargain price for a wartime example! Stock code O18716.
R.A.F. Type H Oxygen Mask, WW2 Dated Size Medium. Dated 2-45. (February 1945). Rare wartime dated example of this mask. The rubber facepiece is in good to very good, reasonably clean condition. Overall shape is quite good bar the lower edge folding inwards. The rubber is generally flexible. There is no cracking on the harness retaining lugs over the nose and little sign of stress crazing when flexed. The pearl grey suede lining is complete but quite soiled. Fitted with a type 57 microphone assembly and a pink flecked light tan coloured loom. The harness is complete but faded and with loss of elasticity. One of the original rubber bands remains in place. These late war H-masks are very difficult to obtain now in any condition and are considerably rarer than a G-type mask. Good '+' used overall. Stock code O14393.
R.A.F. Type H Oxygen Mask, WW2 Dated Size Medium. Dated 2-45. (Feb. 1945). Rare wartime dated example of this mask. The rubber facepiece is in fair to reasonable condition only. The rubber retains some flexibility but is soiled and somewhat mishapen. There is suprisingly little damage overall but areas around the edges have suffered with light cracking and some perishing. Unusually there is no significant cracking on the harness retaining lugs. The pearl grey suede lining has become unglued slightly and is rather grubby. Fitted with a type 57 microphone assembly and a flecked light tan coloured loom. The harness is complete but faded and with some loss of elasticity. Metal componants have verdigris deposits in places. These late war H-masks are very difficult to obtain now in any condition and are considerably rarer than a G-type mask. Although this is only in fair condition due to poor storage it can be packed to improve the shape and cleaned up. It displays reasonably well. A bargain price for a wartime example! Stock code O18736.
R.A.F. Type H Oxygen Mask, WW2 Pattern Size large. Dated 4/50. Fitted with the earlier type 57 microphone assembly with light tan loom and large format 2 pin socket. The rubber is in quite good overall condition being flexible and largely undamaged. There is however some discolouration and surface crazing in these areas when flexed. The harness retaining lugs also have minor cracking. The pearl grey chamois lining is in excellent condition and only lightly soiled. Good clean harness that retains elasticity. Excellent microphone, loom and socket. A good used example retaining very good overall shape. This mask would make an excellent substitute for a wartime dated example. Stock code O18088.
R.A.F. Type H Oxygen Mask, WW2 Pattern Size Medium. Dated 4/54. Fitted with the type 57 microphone as used in wartime dated examples. The rubber is in excellent good condition overall but does have some cracking around the harness retaining lugs and expiratory valve. The lower edge of the mask is folding inwards but can easily be reshaped and show no sign of perishing or cracking at this point. The brown chamois lining is reasonably clean. Fitted with a decent, clean harness that retains elasticity. Excellent microphone, loom and socket. A good used example. Stock code O18213.
R.A.F. Type H-1A Oxygen Mask Size small. Dated 4/67. Fitted with the smaller plastic Amplivox 13100 microphone and the adjustable metal 'horseshoe' harness for use with flying helmet hooks (G-helmets/bonedomes). The rubber is generally in very good condition and retaining good shape but there is some cracking around the microphone retaining wire, exhilation valve and harness retaining lugs. Really quite clean externally and the pearl grey chamois lining is very clean. The harness, microphone, loom and socket are all good. A good used example of this less common Type H variant. Stock code O7187.
R.A.F. Type H2 Oxygen Mask Size small. Dated 2/80. Fitted with the smaller plastic Amplivox 13100 microphone and 'quick disconnect' (QD) loop harness loops for use with metal oxygen mask hooks. Standard elasticated webbing harnesses can also be accomodated by reversing the QD loop and utilizing the 'closed loop side of the fitting. The rubber is in excellent condition without cracking or damage. Really quite clean externally and the pearl grey chamois lining is also very clean. The microphone and socket are both very good but the loom is shedding the rubber covering. A very good used example of this less common Type H variant retaining very good overall shape. Stock code O11030.
R.A.F. Type K Dinghy Detachable Seat Pack, Type 'C' 27C/1920. For containing the one-man Type-K survival dinghy. Manufactured in heavy OD canvas in 2 separate sections. Has large cadmium plated snap hooks for attaching to the Observer type parachute harness and internal pockets for carrying the various accessories required including leak stoppers, 2-star distress signals, sail, mast, wooden thwart, compass, heliograph, compressed sponge etc. Complete with lanyard and male section of the quick release connector that enabled the airman to attach the pack to his Mae West. The material is in good condition without damage but is a little faded and soiled. Marked externally 'USAAF' so possibly used by an 8th or 9th AAF airman? Also marked '116' and 824 SQDN' - a bit faint and hard to make out. The pack retains the distinctive large cotton label marked with instructions in English, French, Czech and Polish. Reference marks inside. Hard to find. Good '+' used condition. Stock code S19000.
R.A.F. Type K Dinghy Pack, Type A Seat Pack, Type A, MK.III. Storces ref. 27C/2088. The single-man Type K dinghy was carried folded and compressed within a variety of different packs and used in conjunction with the airman's parachute equipment. The Type A pack attached to the parachute pack in place of the usual Sorbo rubber seat cushion on the 'Pilot'/seat type parachute harness. Manufactured in heavy olive drab cotton canvas, broadly rectangular in shape with a separate cover attached with press-studs. They have internal stowage pockets to house the accessories not carried within the dinghy itself. Multi-lingual label stitched to the cover. Some soiling but in very good overall condition bar the loss of the webbing lanyard and slight damage to one corner. Has not gone hard like the few that do turn up nowadays. Stock code S15318.
R.A.F. Type M Oxygen Mask/Tubes, Boxed Stores Ref. 6D/1837. Mask, Oxygen, Type M, Mk.2 complete with microphone assembly, type 71, and mask tube assembly, MK.8, incorporating Mod. M326. Black rubber mask with fabric harness. Also fitted with pipe/connectors to attach to a pressure waistcoat. These were used in early Hunters, Javelins, the Canberra PR9, V-bombers and the Lightning. The Type M, MK.2 mask was intended to be used in place of the Type M & J masks. It was part of the pressure breathing equipment issued and was only to be worn in conjunction with a pressure breathing waistcoat, Mk.1 or Mk.1A. Unissued condition with original box (last sealed in Nov. 1962) and instructions for use, fitting and daily servicing. Some storage soiling/marking only. Not fully unwrapped (as seen in photos) Excellent condition with original box. Stock code O14550.
R.A.F. Type R Oxygen Mask Size medium. Dated 1/62. Fitted with the earlier type 57 microphone and the adjustable metal 'horseshoe' harness for use with flying helmet hooks (G-helmets/bonedomes). No exhilation valve fitted. The rubber is in very good condition with only a little cracking on the harness retaining lugs. Some surface crazing visible when the mask is flexed. Reasonably clean externally and the pearl grey chamois lining has light soiling only. Part of the plastic microphone surround is broken (see photo) but the loom, socket and harness are all good. Similar in design to the H-1A mask in having the metal suspension mechanism but differs due to the lack of inspiratory valve in the cheek section. A good/ good '+' used example of this less common Type H variant retaining very good overall shape. Stock code O7641.
R.A.F. Type-A Flying Helmet Size 6, 7/8. 'Helmet, Cork, Aviation'. Stores ref. 22c/13. Issued to aircrews based East of Malta. First issued in the 1920s and remained in service until superseded by the cotton drill D-type flying helmet in 1941. Manufactured from lightweight cork and in the form of a pith helmet covered in light khaki coloured cotton drill. Has earflaps in the same material, backed with chamois leather to which a chinstrap with pronged buckle closure is attached. The earflaps have pockets to take Gosport fittings or receivers. Also has a concealed goggle strap at the rear, attached to the inner leather band. Stamped internally with size details, Air Ministry markings, Kings Crown and 1940 date. Light overall soiling otherwise in excellent used condition. A very rare helmet to find. Stock code H13978.
R.A.F. Type-D Oxygen Mask The cloth is generally in excellent clean condition. Unusually there is little moth damage - this being confined to 2 small holes on the right side of the mask as worn - each approx. 2mm (see photos) and a third larger hole towards the right upper edge (see photo). The remaining cloth is remarkably good, clean and undamaged. The chamois lining is quite clean and completely undamaged. The mask has been fitted with press studs directly attached through the material rather than on the later face defender strips. The microphone mounting ring is in excellent condition and complete with reference number stamped into the metal. Not fitted with a microphone or wiring but these can be supplied at extra cost if required. The overall shape of the mask is good and ideal for display. This is undoubtedly one of the better D-masks available. Stock code O16574.
R.A.F. Used 'Locket' Escape/Evasion Compass Standard 0.5" escape compass encased in a small plastic pouch to seal against humidity. A simple cotton tape was added so the compass could be worn as a locket around the neck. The plastic pouch is no longer sealed but the compass is in good working order. Stock code E15937.
R.A.F. V.R Collar Insignia - Pair Pair of brass 'Volunteer reserve' collar badges. Approx. 14mm in height. These have the 'bendy blade' type rear fixings. A good matched pair. Stock code U10422.
R.A.F. V.R. Collar Insignia - Pair Pair of brass 'Volunteer reserve' collar badges. Approx. 11mm in height. These have lugs at the rear for use with split pins. A good matched pair. No split pins with these. Stock code U18123.
R.A.F. War Service Dress Blouse - Observer War Service Dress Blouse. Size 9 (Ht. 5'7-5'8", Ch. 39-40", Wt. 35"). By W. Harmer & Co. Ltd. 1944 date printed on the label with a 1945 overstamp date. Standard battledress blouse with Flying Officer rank lace and nice flat 'O' brevet. Excellent condition throughout. Stock code U16614.
R.A.F. War Work Photo Approx. 13 x 18cms. Shows a man constructing a wooden scale model Wellington Bomber. Captioned to rear "His Hobby Bcame War Job...... Scale models are used in the shots of crashing and blazing aircraft which appear in British films about the RAF. The man who makes the models started it as a hobby and is now doing important war work. His factory is an old farmhouse and he has working with him 14 skilled crafsmen". Issued by the makers of Wayfarer Raincoats. VGC.
R.A.F. Warrant Officer Badges (pair) Warrant officer badges with cloth backing. Good used condition. Stock code U15832.
R.A.F. Warrant Officer Cuff Rank (pair) Pair of warrant officer cuff badges embroidered on black felt with a stiff hessian type backing. One is slightly dirtier than the other but a good matched pair. The belonged to wartime Observer. Name and number will be supplied to the buyer. Stock code U17494.
R.A.F. Warrant Officer Sleeve Badge Uusual padded warrant officer badge with cloth backing fitted with tiny press stud fasteners for easy removal when laundering. Good used condition but does have some glue/paper residues where stuck into an album. Stock code U15898.
R.A.F. Water De-Salination Kit For Dinghy Use Stores ref. 27C/2119. By The Permutit Company Ltd. Rubberized fabric bag with a cord and 'hook' attached and containing purification 'cubes'. Printed with full instructions/diagrams. Has various 1942/4 patent numbers. Reference/acknowledgement made to RAF Physiological Laboratory. Normally contained within a clear perspex/acetate box. Issued with the larger multi-man bomber dinghies to make sea water safe for drinking. Stock code S18761.
R.A.F. Wireless Operator Badge Fist and lightning bolts embroidered on black felt. Excellent used condition. Stock code U17190.
R.A.F. Wooden Sign #2 Large King's Crown R.A.F. sign. Plywood, circular and approx. 72cm in diameter. In the form of an other ranks cap badge with elaborate fretsaw cut lettering, laurel wreath and crown in yellow, black and red tones. This would appear to be printed onto paper which has been applied to the plywood backing and then varnished over. Originally had RAF blue cloth behind the cut-out sections but this was badly mothed and had to be removed. Marked to the back '21B/NIV/2' and This could well have come from the old Derby Recruitment Centre which was operating in the town from before the start of WW2. Alternatively it could be some kind of RAF station sign. There is soiling/small nicks to the front and small tears and peeling at the edges. Nontheless, an impressive display piece. Large and quite heavy. Stock code M18589.
R.A.F. 'Argentina' Nationality Titles Pair of officer rank 'Argentina' shoulder titles in off white/light blue lettering on a blue felt background. Not a perfect matched pair - some colour differences. Appear unused but do have some glue residue where removed from a display board/album. Stock code U17181.
R.A.F. 'Australia' Nationality Title Rectangular other ranks shoulder title in light blue lettering on a black background. Calico backing cloth. Unissued. Stock code U16288.
R.A.F. 'Beadon Suit' Survival Match Container/Matches Stores Ref. 12D/460. Screw topped cylindrical aluminium container which houses a second aluminium tube into which large-headed long burning matches were placed. The inner-side of the outer container is coated with a 'striking-surface'. The overall size is approx. 6.5cm x 3 cm diameter. Small remnants of the painted/transfer printed label remain. If it was all there it would read '12D/460 Nestor Waterproof Match Container - Striker Surface Inside Outer Screw-Off Cover. Matches In Inner Pull-Off Cover'. These were issued as part of the 'Lightweight Flying Overall', better known as the Beadon flying suit, which was issued to replace the Sidcot suit towards the end of WW2. Quite good used condition with approx. 23 original matches remaining along with the rubber washer that acts as a padding. Quite a scarce item. Stock code S14529.
R.A.F. 'Beadon' Flying Suit Backpack Stores Ref. 22c/1070. 'Overalls Flying, Lightweight, Packs. Back'. This is the backpack designed for the lightweight flying overall (Beadon Suit) which replaced the Sidcot suit in 1945. Made from the same grey gabardine as the suit & approx. 45 x 45cms with two adjustable webbing shoulder straps & various pockets - one of which has a zip fastening. The pack was used to carry rations & medical supplies etc. This example is a little faded & has very minor soiling. Very good used overall. No label. Quite a rare item to find. Stock code S13551.
R.A.F. 'Gosport' Speaking Tubes/Earpieces Stores ref. 6F/154 (earpieces). Used for communication between pilot and co-pilot - usually within biplane cockpits. The fabric covered flexible metal tubes are in excellent condition as are the bakelite/metal earpieces, the latter being well stamped. Stock code H16330.
R.A.F. 'Great Britain' Nationality Title Single other rank shoulder title in light blue lettering on a black background. Close weave cotton backing. A couple of small moth holes and minor edge fraying. Worn by British Nationals whilst training or serving abroad during WW2. Stock code U17188.
R.A.F. 'Jamaica' Nationality Titles Pair of officer rank 'Jamaica' shoulder titles in light blue lettering on a black felt background. A good matched pair. Appear unused but do have some glue residue where removed from a display board/album. Stock code U17178.
R.A.F. 'Mosquito' / Desert Pattern Flying Boots Size 7. Unlined green suede calf length boots with leather soles. The suede is quite clean and in good condition. The boots retain the drawstrings at the top - these were used to enable a secure fit in order to prevent insect attack. The original soles and heels show little wear. Interestingly they have had Blakey's metal heel and toe protectors added. War Department, Broad Arrow marked. As is often the case there are no obvious Air Ministry markings on these. Although this pattern of boot was used by aircrews it was really intended for ground personnel/wear. Difficult to obtain and often found in poor condition. Very good used condition. Stock code B15222.
R.A.F. 'Nuffield' Pattern Escape Flying Boots Size 10. Essentially these are the prototype of the 1943 pattern boot. Designed by the MI9 escape and evasion 'master', Christopher Clayton Hutton and produced under private contract on the order of Lord Nuffield. Like the later '43 pattern boot they feature a standard black leather shoe section with an added leather upper that could be removed should the wearer need to evade capture. In this case the upper being in sheepskin lined finished leather rather than suede. First pattern Nuffield boots feature a front zip fastener. These slightly later boots have the more familiar off-set zip and buckled strap of the '43 boot. The shoe sections are in good used condition showing normal use and wear. The leather uppers are generally good but both boots have some surface cracking in places and a small tear adjacent to the top of the zip. The left boot has had a small stitched repair to this area but this has partially failed and care needs to be taken when zipping/unzipping. The brass DOT zips are in good working condition and the sheepskin linings are good, retaining insoles. Original sole and heels. These boots were never allocated a reference numbers and as such there are no official markings. Very rare to find these days as they were only in production for about a year and not produced in large numbers. Good looking boots in reasonably good used condition. Stock code B15364.
R.A.F. 'Nuffield' Pattern Escape Flying Boots Size 11. Essentially these are the prototype of the 1943 pattern boot. Designed by the MI9 escape and evasion 'master', Christopher Clayton Hutton and produced under private contract on the order of Lord Nuffield. Like the later 1943 pattern boot they feature a standard black leather shoe section with an added leather upper that could be removed should the wearer need to evade capture. In this case the upper being in sheepskin lined finished leather rather than suede. First pattern Nuffield boots feature a front zip fastener. These slightly later boots have the more familiar off-set zip and buckled strap of the '43 boot. The shoe sections are in good used condition showing normal use and wear. The leather is in good to very good used condition without any notable problems at all. The brass 'Lightning' zips are in good working condition and the sheepskin linings are good if a little soiled. Original sole and heels, the latter being quite worn. These boots were never allocated a reference numbers and as such there are no official markings. Very rare to find these days as they were only in production for about a year and not produced in large numbers. Very good used condition overall. Big size. Stock code B15878.
R.A.F. 'Pattern' Blue Overalls (Prestige Suit Lookalike) By 'Clares Wear'. 'British Manufacture'. Size 38. Heavy pre-shrunk sanforized cotton twill one-piece overalls with flapped breast pockets; side/waist pockets; waist belt with pressed brass friction buckle; single open back pocket and open hip 'ruler/tool' pocket. Button fronted - all buttons being attached/removeable using split rings. Original card manufacturer's tag attached to the leg and marked 'R.A.F.' I think this is probably a wartime or early postwar commercial overall made to 'RAF Pattern' and is not any kind of issue item. Having said that it does look the part and would be great for display or re-enactment. Near mint condition with storage marks only. The cheapest blue Prestige suit you will ever find! Stock code S16278.
R.A.F. 'Pattern' White Overalls (Prestige Suit Lookalike) 'Pilot Brand'. Size 42. Sanforized pre-shrunk cotton one-piece overalls with flapped breast pockets; side/waist pockets/entry; waist belt with pressed white metal friction buckle; single open back pocket and open hip 'ruler/tool' pocket. Button fronted - all buttons being attached/removeable using split rings. Original card manufacturer's tag attached and marked 'Cloth No. 327/R.A.F.' I think this is probably a wartime or early postwar commercial overall made to 'RAF Pattern' and is not any kind of issue item. Having said that it does look the part and would be great for display or re-enactment. Near mint condition with storage marks only. One of the cheapest white Prestige suits you will ever find! Relisted due to unresponsive non paying customer. Stock code S12343.
R.A.F. 'Poland' Nationality Title Curved officer rank shoulder title in light blue lettering on a grey-blue background. Calico backing cloth. Unissued. Stock code U16289.
R.A.F. 'Rhodesia' Nationality Titles Rectangular other ranks shoulder titles in light blue lettering on a dark blue/black background. Calico backing cloth. Not a true matched pair. Some moth damage and edge fraying. Stock code U17176.
R.A.F. 'Taylor' Partial Pressure Helmet Dummy Test Head Stores Ref. 4C/2783. 'Dummy' head for the Taylor Type E partial pressure helmet. Basically this is a large, solid, white painted plaster (?) mannequin type head attached to a circular wooden base. Overall size of the base is approx. 26cm. diameter. thehead measures approx. 35cm tall. Has two engraved plates attached - one with stores reference and the other with the address of Baxter, Woodhouse and Taylor. Handwritten in ink on the base plate is '22c/1303174 - Red Locking Ring Left Side Only'. This was produced by the company for use when testing the helmet. The helmet was placed onto the head and then connected to a test rig that simulates conditions in which the automatic visor release can be tested and various leakage test performed. Overall condition is reasonably good although being made of plaster there is some chipping in places. This is the only example I have ever seen. I sold it some years ago and have recently bought it back in from the same customer. Extremely rare. Being a heavy item this will be refelcted in postage costs. Stock code H14976.
R.A.F. 'Taylor' Partial Pressure Helmet, Type E Stores Ref. 22c/2093 - 2105. By Baxter Woodhouse and Taylor Limited. High altitude bonedome used in conjunction with a Partial Pressure Jerkin by Lightning pilots in the 1960s. The helmet consists of a helmet shell carrying an open pressure visor and a pressure bladder. The helmet shell is of white painted 'Durestos' shell with additional Terylene laminates for impact protection. The pressure bladder has two compartments moulded into one integral whole, consisting of an oxygen mask and a head-enclosing bladder fasened at the rear with head straps and a vertical zip fastener. The pressure bladder is fitted with a removable pure silk liner. Twin visors - the inner visor being a pressure visor that seals to the helmet when closed. A manually operated anti-glare visor is fixed outside the pressure visor. Fitted with a built in microphone and oxygen tube port with tube attached. Fully wired with wiring loom and NATO style plug. Central frontal hinged 'mouth opening' flap for eating, drinking, vomiting etc. The main shell is in excellent condition with only light marking and a few small chips. The rubber bladder remains very good and fully supple although it does have surface crazing in places. The silk liner is complete/undamaged (dated 3/66) and the zip fastener and rear straps are also excellent. Both visors are very good as is the oxygen tube. Overall this is a very good to excellent used example of this extremely rare helmet. See 'Jet Age Flying Helmets', p.206. Stock code H14795.
R.A.F. 'Taylor' Partial Pressure Helmet, Type E, Instruction Manual Produced by Baxter Woodhouse and Taylor Ltd. Approx. 20 x 25cm. Card covers. Spiral bound. 43p (including illustrations). Gives a full description, use and servicing instructions and advice on testing. Excellent book with super photos of the helmet being 'donned', worn, removed and tested. Also shows the available improvements/modifications including ventilated linings, rear crash protection panels etc. Also has information of the B.W.T. Nitrometer which was used as a test rig. Light soiling and wear to the rear cover otherwise in very good used condition. Another rare find. Stock code P15180.
R.A.F. 'Trinidad' Nationality Titles Pair of other ranks 'Trinidad' shoulder titles in light blue lettering on a black background. Good matched pair. Appear unused but do have some stitch holes at the rear (?). Excellent. Stock code U17186.
R.A.F. 'U.S.A.' Shoulder Titles Pair of original unissued RAF shoulder title as worn by U.S. Other Ranks volunteers. Light blue cotton onblack felt backing. Approx. 35x60mm. Excellent condition bar a small moth nip on the reverse of one title. Stock code U15488.
R.A.F., Type F 'Bath-Tub' Morse Key - Boxed Stores ref. 10F/7741. Brown bakelite Morse code tapper as used on all wartime bomber aircraft. Often referred to as the 'bath-tub' morse key due its resemblance to an old fashioned bath. Slight storage soiling, otherwise excellent. Comes with the original box although this has missing ends from both the base and lid sections. Stock code M14630.
R.A.F./ S.O.E. Razor Blade Compass The Fleet Safety Razor Blade by The Dominion Steel Corp. Ltd. of Sheffield. An individually wrapped WD broad arrow marked razor blade that has been magnetized so that when suspended by a thread in a glass of water it would act as a compass for escape and evasion purposes. These were issued in packs with other blades but only one blade per pack was magnetized. Various different brands were used including 'Fleet' and 'Dawn'. Light rust staining to blade otherwise in excellent condition. Stock code E18342.
R.A.F./ U.S.A.A.F. Used 'Window' - Boxed Small card box containing a roll of Radar blocking "Window" or "Chaff". Basically consists of a roll of thin aluminum strip or aluminized paper strip attached to a small paper parachute. These were thrown out of bombers to jam German Radar signals and prevent them from plotting the positions of British bombers etc. Excellent, unused condition. Stock code M15313.
R.A.F.V.R. Lapel Badge Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve lapel badge in white metal that looks like silver but has no hallmarks. Button hole type fixing to rear. Very good used. Stock code U18963.
R.C.A.F. / R.A.F. Land & Sea Emergencies P/b, CAP 361, 1st edition, January 1944. 11 x 13cms. 91p. Marked for official use only. Prepared on behalf of the flying clothing committee, RCAF. Laid out in two sections - Land and Sea Emergencies. Includes subjects such as 'Know your ditching and bail-out drills', 'Always take your maps with you', 'contents of the emergency kits - personnel, rations, emergency aids, aircraft basic kit etc', 'Force land or bail-out?', 'Preparing a shelter'. 'sun and wind burns', 'injuries', 'insects', 'boarding the dinghy from the sea - includes the K-type dinghy', 'Contents of the dinghy kits', 'Supplementing rations', 'Signalling apparatus' etc. A super little book with good information on survival techniques and excellent illustrations. Very good used condition. Stock code P13411.
R.C.A.F. / R.A.F. 1932 Pattern 'Battle of Britain' Mae West RCAF Stores Ref. 22C/22, RAF Stores Ref. 22c/ *55 (actual jacket is technically 22c/240). Manufactured by The Dominion Rubber Company Ltd. Size large. The fabric is in excellent condition throughout retaining good deep colour and no serious soiling or marks. Clearly printed to the front lobes with user instructions. C/w excellent original chromed 'DOT' zip, original buttons and tying tapes/buckles. Earlier style that was never fitted with leg tapes. Fully labelled with RAF and RCAF 22c codes and with faded June 1940 date plus a later Jan 1945 inspection date stamp. Small stitched patch to rear numbered 'M441'. The internal rubberisation appears to be excellent. A superb, almost certainly unused example. This would be extremely difficult to upgrade and is a much cheaper option than buying one of the green versions! Stock code MW18634.
R.C.A.F. / R.A.F. 1932 Pattern 'Battle of Britain' Mae West RCAF Stores Ref. 22C/22, RAF Stores Ref. 22c/ *55 (actual jacket is technically 22c/240). Manufactured by The Dominion Rubber Company Ltd. Size large. The fabric is in excellent condition throughout retaining good deep colour and only minor spot marking and staining (upper front section mainly). Clearly printed to the front lobes with user instructions. Complete with excellent original chromed 'DOT' zip, original buttons (1 missing) and tying tapes/buckles. This is the earlier style that was never fitted with leg tapes. Labelled with RAF and RCAF 22c codes and with a later Jan 1945 inspection date stamp. The internal rubberisation appears to be excellent and is free of the usual rubber 'shedding'. A super example and a good £2000 cheaper option than buying one of the green versions! Stock code MW18820.
R.C.A.F. / R.A.F. Irvin Seat Parachute Pack By Irvin Air Chute Ltd. Marked with Canadian patents to 1938. This pack was used with a 24' canopy and the seat type / pilot parachute harnesse assemblies. Olive drab canvas pack in excellent unused condition. Good clear maker's marks. The pack is empty. Ideal for display or adding to a harness. Stock code M19462.
R.C.A.F. / R.A.F. MK.III Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/13. One of the classic 'Battle of Britain' pattern goggles. The frame retains most of the original paint finish with only fiarly minor chipping and rubbing. There is some light distortion/dents around the frames. All of the frame screws are original and the frame 'stops' are in place. The leather surrounds are generally good and supple - as usual there is some hardening of the internal padding and variable patination to the leather but no damage or repairs. The lenses have light marking and scratching but are good overall. The strap springs are all complete and undamaged. The leather strap section has surface wear but is good overall and fully RCAF stamped with a clear 1940 date. Very good used goggles. Stock code G14078.
R.C.A.F. / R.A.F. Observer Parachute Harness Standard 'Observer' harness for use with clip-on chest-type parachute packs. Manufactured by Irvin Air Chute Ltd. Ontario, Canada. Cream/white webbing with very high quality chromed 'hooks'. Has the 'sliced-off' QR box as fitted to most wartime Canadian manufactured harnesses. Fading date mark with a large 1 - 4? date stamp (January 4?). Also has manufacturer's marks within the rear cross straps. Fitted with a light khaki coloured canvas backpad (15A/191). The backpad is soiled/faded and three of the attachment studs have pulled away from their corresponding straps - see photos. The harness itself is in good condition bar some soiling and normal wear. Various Canadian issue stamps to harness and pad. Stock code M18886.
R.C.A.F. / R.A.F. Service Dress Cap Size 7 5/8, 1937 dated. Lovely early example of an other ranks service dress cap. Manufactured in Montreal, Canada. It would appear to be unissued having never had a badge fitted. It has evidently been worn or tried on a few times over the years having very light marking to the inner leather band. The cap is free of moth holes and generally very clean including the excellent green underpeak. Storage/age marking to the leather strap. Clear Canadian issue marks, size and date details etc. Excellent very large example. It is surprisingly difficult to find pre-war and WW2 dated OR caps. Stock code U16638.
R.C.A.F. /R.C.N. Zip-Eared Flying Helmet By the Palter Cap Co., Toronto, Canada. Size 7, 1/4. Manufactured in a pale green cotton with zipped leather earpieces and a drab green felt lining. Other features are cotton and felt inner earpieces; simple friction buckled chamois backed chinstrap and twin rear buckled goggle straps. No provision for an oxygen mask. This example is fitted with very nice 2-piece bakelite/metal Gosport earpieces and tubes. Condition is excellent/unissued bar minor storage wear. No sponge rubber cushions are fitted within the earpieces. Super helmet. Stock code H17796
R.C.A.F. B-type Flying Helmet Canadian manufacture B-type. These differ from the standard RAF version having a different 'cut' with leather panels and strap arrangement. Very soft light tan leather with a chamois lining. Similar zipped ear covers and with a 'split' to the rear of the helmet. Chrome plated friction buckles replace the usual Bennet buckles found on the British version. Canadian manufactured 'DOT' zips. Overall condition is excellent. Almost certainly unused and with minor storage age/marking only. A super display piece and an excellent example of this commonweath helmet. Clear Canadian acceptance stamp markings. Please not that the sponge cushions used in the earpieces for the photographs are not included in the sale. Approximately one third the price of a comparable British B-type. Stock code H17449.
R.C.A.F. Battledress Blouse By The Workman Uniform Co. Ltd. of Montreal, Canada. Size 17 (Ht. 6'1-6'2", 42" ch.) 1940 dated. Green Canadian battledress blouse with Flight Lieutenant rank lace, woven 'Canada' shoulder titles, very nice semi-padded RCAF 'B' brevet and ribbon bar for the 1939-45 star, Aircrew Europe star and the Canada Volunteer Service medal (with maple leaf denoting overseas service). Close inspection reveals stitch holes for different shoulder insignia so possibly made up using original WW2 badges. Excellent condition and a good size. Stock code U15119
R.C.A.F. Buttons Manufactured by SMC, Hamilton. Large gilt/brass King's Crown uniform buttons. These are suitable for the main front buttons (not the pockets). Each has a crown, albatross/eagle with lettering 'R.C.A.F' beneath. These buttons feature horisontal 'banding' and a raised border. Some tarnishing but generally very good. The price quoted is per button. The photographs show a typical sample of those held in stock. Only a few available. Stock code U7752.
R.C.A.F. Egg Cup Type 1 Large white ceramic egg cup with blue transfer printed King's Crown RCAF crest. Approx. 11cm tall and 7cm diameter. Presumably for use with a goose egg. Could be used the other way up for a standard hen egg. Excellent used condition. Stock code M18169.
R.C.A.F. Egg Cup Type 2 Large white ceramic egg cup with blue transfer printed King's Crown RCAF crest. Approx. 12cm tall and 5.5cm diameter at the top. Presumably for use with a standard egg. Maker marked 'Johann Havilland, Bavaria'. Excellent used condition. Stock code M18171.
R.C.A.F. MK.III Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22/397 One of the classic 'Battle of Britain' pattern goggles. The frame retains a good proportion of the original paint finish with only light rubbing and wear on exposed points. All of the frame screws are original and the frame 'stops' are in place. The centre hinge pin is loose but this isn't a problem. The leather surrounds are generally quite good and retain some suppleness - as usual there is some hardening of the internal padding and variable patination to the leather but other than a few nicks and scuffs, no damage or repairs. The lenses have light marking and scratching but are good overall. The strap springs are all complete, undamaged and in excellent condition. The leather strap section has surface wear and cracking but is good overall and fully RCAF stamped with a clear 1942 date. There is wear to the leather where one set of strap springs attaches to the friction adjuster. Good to very good used overall. Stock code G16738.
R.C.A.F. MK.III Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/13. One of the classic 'Battle of Britain' pattern goggles. The frame retains most of the original paint finish with only fairly minor chipping and rubbing. All of the frame screws are original and the frame 'stops' are in place. The leather surrounds are generally good and supple - as usual there is some hardening of the internal padding and variable patination to the leather but no damage or repairs. The lenses have light marking and scratching but are very good overall. The strap springs are all complete, undamaged and in excellent condition. The leather strap section has surface wear but is good overall and fully RCAF stamped with a clear 1940 date. Very good '+' to excellent used goggles. Stock code G14700.
R.C.A.F. MK.III Flying Goggles Stores Ref. 22c/13. One of the classic 'Battle of Britain' pattern goggles. The frame retains a good proportion of the original paint finish but there is rubbing and wear on exposed points. All of the frame screws are original and the frame 'stops' are in place. The leather surrounds are generally quite good and reasonably supple - as usual there is some hardening of the internal padding and variable patination to the leather but other than a few nicks, no damage or repairs. The lenses have light marking and scratching but are very good overall. The strap springs are all complete, undamaged and in excellent condition. The leather strap section has surface wear but is good overall and fully RCAF stamped with a clear 1940 date. Good to very good used goggles. Stock code G16594.
R.C.A.F. Mustard Pot White ceramic pot with chromed metal lid. Approx. 8cm diameter and 6cm tall. Transfer printed King's Crown RCAF crest. Indistinct Canadian maker's mark to base. Lid marked 'Made in England' but is the correct/original lid c/w cut-out for small mustard spoon (not present). Excellent used condition. Stock code M17971.
R.C.A.F. Navigator Wing Heavily padded navigator wing. This was obtained by a pilot who flew in the 50s, 60s and 70s, retiring as an air rank officer. He collected pilot wings during his many postings and appointments around the world. This is a genuine 'issue' wing, not a reproduction or copy. Lovely unused example. Stock code U19146.
R.C.A.F. Navigator Wing Heavily padded navigator wing in yellow (tropical flying suit use?) This was obtained by a pilot who flew in the 50s, 60s and 70s, retiring as an air rank officer. He collected pilot wings during his many postings and appointments around the world. This is a genuine 'issue' wing, not a reproduction or copy. Lovely example. Stock code U19147.
R.C.A.F. Pilot Wing Distinctive Candian wing. Padded. Unfortunately this has some moth damage - mainly to the edges of the black felt background but a little beneath the crown too. Black hessian type backing cloth. Unissued/unused and originally purchased from the heirs of an old service outfitters in Malta. Would be more than double this price in better condition! Stock code U16368.
R.C.A.F. Pilot Wing Distinctive Candian wing. Padded. Unfortunately this has some moth damage - mainly to the edges of the black felt background. Canvas type backing cloth. Unissued/unused and originally purchased from the heirs of an old service outfitters in Malta. Would be more than double times this price in better condition! Stock code U16365.
R.C.A.F. Pilot Wing Distinctive Canadian wing. Padded. Unfortunately this has some moth damage - mainly to the edges of the black felt background at the wingtips but a little beneath the crown/central area too. Black hessian type backing cloth. Unissued/unused and originally purchased from the heirs of an old service outfitters in Malta. Would be considerably more expensive in better condition. Stock code U16364.
R.C.A.F. Pilot Wing Distinctive Canadian wing. Padded. Unfortunately this has some moth damage - mainly to the central section around the lettering and crown and a lttle around the edges - see photos. Black hessian type backing cloth. Unissued/unused and originally purchased from the heirs of an old service outfitters in Malta. Would be considerably more expensive in better condition. Stock code U16361.
R.C.A.F. Suits Aircrew Trousers, Serge By Eaton Co. Ltd. of Montreal. Size 18 (Ht. 5'11- 6'.0", Wt. 33-34"), 1942 dated. Rare early battledress trousers with the flapped front thigh pocket and buttoned ankle tabs. Although the label is a bit worn these are in excellent used condition and are in a generous size! These are difficult to find at any time but near impossible in this size. Stock code U15296.
R.C.A.F. Uniform Buttons Large brass King's Crown uniform buttons. These are suitable for the main front buttons (not the pockets). Each has a crown, albatross/eagle with lettering 'R.C.A.F' beneath. Some tarnishing but generally very good. The price quoted is per button. The photograph shows a typical sample of those held in stock.
R.C.A.F./ R.A.F. 1932 Pattern Mae West RCAF Stores Ref. 22C/22, RAF Stores Ref. 22c/ *55 (actual jacket technically 22c/240). Manufactured by The Dominion Rubber Company Ltd. Size large. The fabric is in excellent condition throughout retaining good deep colour and virtually no soiling/marking. Clearly printed to the front lobes with user instructions. C/w excellent original chromed 'DOT' zip, original buttons and tying tapes/buckles. Earlier style that was never fitted with leg tapes. Fully labelled with RAF and RCAF 22c codes and with Jan 1945 inspection date stamp. The internal rubberisation also appears to be excellent. A superb, almost certainly unused example. This would be extremely difficult to upgrade and is a much cheaper option than buying one of the green versions! Stock code MW16878.
R.C.A.F./ R.A.F. Irvin Seat Parachute Pack By Irvin Air Chute Ltd. Marked with Canadian patents to 1938. This pack was used with a 24' canopy and the seat type / pilot parachute harnesse assemblies. Olive drab canvas pack in excellent unused condition. Good clear maker's marks. The pack is empty. Ideal for display or adding to a harness. Stock code M18326.
R.C.A.F./R.A.F. B-type Helmet Rubber Cushions Stores Ref. 22c/16. Grey coloured sponge rubber 'donut' cushion inserts. These can be fitted to inside the earpieces on B-type and other flying helmets with zipped earpieces. They were intended to provide extra soundproofing but also have the additional benefit of improving the look of your helmet! Excellent, flexible and clean condition, complete with RCAF markings. Identical to those found with Air Ministry markings. We have just one pair remaining - those pictured are representative of their overall condition. Sold in pairs only. Stock code H14144.
R.C.A.F./R.A.F. B-type Helmet Rubber Cushions Stores Ref. 22c/16. Black coloured sponge rubber 'donut' cushion inserts. These can be fitted to inside the earpieces on B-type and other flying helmets with zipped earpieces. They were intended to provide extra soundproofing but also have the additional benefit of improving the look of your helmet! Excellent, flexible and clean condition, complete with RCAF markings. Identical to those found with Air Ministry markings. One pair only remaining - those pictured are representative of their overall condition. Sold in pairs only. Stock code H14133.
R.C.A.F./R.A.F. Observer Type Parachute Harness Standard 'Observer' harness for use with clip-on chest-type parachute packs. Manufactured by Irvin Air Chute Ltd. Ontario, Canada. Cream/white webbing with very high quality chromed 'hooks'. Has the 'sliced-off' QR box as fitted to most wartime Canadian manufactured harnesses. Clearly marked with a large 4 - 43 date stamp. Also has manufacturer's marks. Fitted with a light chocolate coloured canvas backpad (15A/191). The backpad is soiled and stencilled 'HEMS 72' (Hemswell?). The harness is in excellent used condition throughout. Stock code M7507.
R.F.C. Officer Rank Service Dress Cap Smallish. Standard khaki wool peaked cap with green leather underpeak. Drab green satin lining beneath a torn greasecloth protector. Fitted with bronzed RFC badge, brown leather strap and brass RFC strap buttons. There is some moth damage/trailing to the crown and more evident damage to the sides (see photos) . The turned edge of the cloth on the peak has also suffered in places. Some 'wrinkling' of the leather underpeak. The inner leather band remains good. Excellent badge and good leather strap/buttons. No label or size details. Originates from a long term established RFC collection. Displays well. Reasonable overall condition. Stock code U17325.
R.F.C. 'Used' Fur Flying Gloves Large leather gauntlets faced in superb dense ultra-soft animal fur. Inside the main cuff is a tighter inner cuff to avoid draughts and provide addional protection and warmth. This is lined with a wool fleece as is the main glove area. No labels or markings. Typical of the gauntlets worn by RFC pilots and often seen in period photographs. There is light wear and soiling to the palms. The fur is excellent. Inside there is some loose stitching where the inner cuff joins the main gauntlet (see photos) and where the inner lining joins the inner cuff. Does not really detract and could be re-stitched if required. Superb quality. Stock code GA18301.
R.F.C. Aerial Message Streamer Made from segments of coloured cloth with a small pocket at the end to take the message and a weight. These were dropped from aircraft over aerodromes and troops in the trenches in order to supply reconnaissance information to those on the ground. Overall length approx. 1.37m. Light soiling and small fray holes in one panel (see photo). Examples of these can be seen at Hawkinge, RAF Hendon and RAF Cosford Aerospace museums and also at the warfare museum within Edinburgh Castle. Stock code M9826.
R.F.C. Aerial Message Streamer Made from segments of coloured cloth with a small pocket at the end to take the message and a weight. These were dropped from aircraft over aerodromes and troops in the trenches in order to supply reconnaissance information to those on the ground. Overall length approx. 1.37m. Light soiling and fading, otherwise very good. Examples of these can be seen at Hawkinge, RAF Hendon and RAF Cosford Aerospace museums and also at the warfare museum within Edinburgh Castle. Stock code M17175.
R.F.C. Auliff-Perrin Lifebelt Manufactured by W. Pound Ltd, London. Stores Ref. 22c/1 . 'Belts. life-saving, self-inflating, Type A-Perrin'. 22c/15 'Jacket, life-saving - Anliffe pattern (obs. 1924). Essentially a lifejacket waistcoat manufactured in airtight/rubberised buff-coloured, thick cotton twill with adjustable white cotton webbing shoulder straps. The lifebelt fastened at the front with two metal hooks engaging with metal triangles. A compressed gas cylinder was fitted internally and deployed for use with a metal lever on the outside (see photos)In addition there was a brass oral inflation valve fitted to the upper left front corner enabling the wearer to inflate or top-up manually. On the front top left corner an oral inflation nozzle. Both the inside and outside faces are printed with wearing and operation instructions. Perrin invented the lifebelt, Auliff being the British Sales agent. Whilst lifejackets were not commonly used in WW1, photographic evidence does show their use and the war office did introduce them. This rare example is well marked but has no official war department markings suggesting it might be a commercial version. It shows use and wear but is in excellent overall condition remaining strong and supple. It lacks the actual gas cylinder & inflation lever but the top-up nozzles remain in place. Please note that only the lifebelt is included in this sale and not the coat used as a photographic prop. A superb rare display piece. Stock code MW15247.
R.F.C. Cap-Type Flying Helmet / R.A.F. MK.1 Helmet Tan chromed leather helmet with fur trimmed fold-back peak, press studded ear flaps for use with Gosport communication earpieces/tubes and cylindrical wind deflectors. Blanket lined in the crown with fur lining in the lower section. This particular type of helmet was introduced around 1914 and later re-designated the 'Flying Helmet, MK.1, 22c/12'. The leather is generally good and remains supple. There is some wear on exposed edges and minor surface peeling adjacent to the centre seam at the rear of the helmet (see photo). Only part of the simple leather strap is present and the buckle is partially severed. The blanket lining has a couple of seam splits but is otherwise good. The fur trim is worn on the edges and notably at the temples (see photo). No label or markings but typical of this pattern and those seen in period photos. Reasonably good overall condition and an excellent display piece. Stock code H18303.
R.F.C. Combat Report c.1918 Army Form W.3348. Foolscap. Typed undercopy. 'Combats in the Air'. Report by the pilot, Lieut. H.H.S. Fowler of 208 Squadron who was flying a Sopwith Clerget (engined) Camel (D.8266) on May 9th 1918. He was on an offensive patrol in the locality of Phalempin (Northern France). His report states 'while leading an offensive patrol about 6 miles over the lines I saw 7 EA going North at about 12,000'. I dived on front EA and put in a burst of abut 100 rounds at fairly close range. E.A. immediately spun and I pulled out so as not to get below the other E.A. I then noticed a red Phalz Scout a little East of me at about the same level which I finally out-climbed. I then dived on him from the sun firing a short burst. E.A. immediately spun and I followed him down and gave him another short burst as he came out of spin........ I then noticed an Albatross Scout about 1000' below and a little East of me. I dived on E.A., opening fire at about 100 yards range and firing about 150 rounds. E.A. stalled and went down in a spin....... E.A. was last seen falling completely out of control'. Claim - one EA driven out of control and one EA driven down. The report in not signed by Fowler or the Squadron CO. The very thin paper is a bit dog-eared and creased. This came in with some WW1 research material and the researcher has annotated the report in ink (philestine!) 'NB D.8266 was given in error for C8226'. A rare original WW1 Combat Report. Stock code P11065.
R.F.C. Pilot Wings Beautifully shaped,lightly padded wings in a lovely oatmeal coloured silky thread on a black felt base material having a fine black paper backing. Light abrasion/wear to the backing paper but in excellent used condition overall. Very similar pattern to the previous item but with different 'RFC' lettering. Another stunning wing. Stock code U14333.
R.F.C. Swagger Stick Fine bamboo cane approx. 67cm in length. White metal cap with raised Royal Flying Corps winged crest. Some tarnishing, wear and small dents. No markings. The cane is gently curved but in excellent condition. There is no end ferrule fitted and it isn't obvious if there ever was one. Nice original item. Stock code M18859.
R.F.C. 'Fug' Flying Boots Stores Ref. 22c/4. 'Boots, Flying, Thigh'. Thigh length, suede, sheepskin lined boots widely used by British aircrews in WW1. Often seen in period photographs with the trademark long leather flying coat. Various different styles/patterns were made but most had a two-tone appearance with a different type of leather/suede used for the shoe section to that of the main body of the boot. In addition most have stitched leather soles, a buckled strap over the top of the shoe section and a similar strap just below the knee. A small inverted 'V' shaped strap/buckle was stitched to the top outer edge of the boot - this could be connected to the wearer's other clothing using a separate strap. This pair have a finished (chromed) leather shoe section with chestnut brown suede uppers. They retain both of the lower straps but have been cut down to a more 'normal' length of boot. This practice of converting to 'knee boots' was not uncommon as the full length boots could be cumbersome, particularly when worn with the 'new' Sidcot suit. The bad news is that pair have been but down rather crudely and not to the same level! The remaining boots are in very good condition - the shoe sections are a bit grubby but show no real sign of wear as do the virtually unmarked soles (see photos). The straps are also good. The linings are a little grubby from storage and have minor fur loss. If they were complete this would be a super pair of boots. Still an extremely rare pair of boots and highly sought after. Could be restored to full length with suitable leather/sheepskin. Stock code B16226.
R.F.C. 'Fug' Flying Boots Stores Ref. 22c/4. 'Boots, Flying, Thigh'. By Beal Bros. Ltd. Toronto, Canada. Thigh length, suede, sheepskin lined boots widely used by British aircrews in WW1. Often seen in period photographs with the trademark long leather flying coat. Various different styles/patterns were made but most had a two-tone appearance with a different type of leather/suede used for the shoe section to that of the main body of the boot. In addition most have stitched leather soles, a buckled strap over the top of the shoe section and a similar strap just below the knee. A small inverted 'V' shaped strap/buckle was stitched to the top outer edge of the boot - this could be connected to the wearer's other clothing using a separate strap. This pair have a sandy coloured suede shoe section with chestnut brown suede uppers. They retain both of the lower straps and the full upper leg sections of the boots complete with top attachment strap/buckle. The boots are a little soiled in places and show light wear and use but are in exceptional condition complete with Canadian maker's labels and war department marks. One of the finest pairs of Fug boots you are likely to find - ever. The payment arrangements on this item are different to normal. Please do not complete checkout payment but await instructions from us once you have reserved the boots.
R.F.C. 'Used' Flying Gauntlets By Firkins of Worcester. Typical privately purchased long gauntlets in dense chocolate brown fur with chromed leather palms and finger backs. Elasticated at the wrist. Large wide cuff section reaches to the middle of the forearm when worn. Dense white short pile fleece lined throughout. Excellent conditionn throughout showing light use only. These were purchased along with a leather flying coat named to Cpt. Wilson XI SQDN. RFC'. Research reveals a Captain Robert Eric Wilson, 3rd (Reserve) Batallion, Hampshire Regt. and Royal Flying Corps who could have been the original owner. He was appointed Captain on 26th February 1915 (Lieut. as of 30th June 1913) ; Flying Officer (RFC) 16th July 1916. He served with 11 Squadron during 1916 and later with 32 Squadron. On 2nd September 1916 he was shot down whilst flying a D.H.2 engaging enemy aircraft and crashed at Pys near Bapaume where he was taken prisoner by the Germans. Wilson was repatriated following his release on 18th December 1918. The previous owner purchased these gloves,the coat and some RFC shoulder titles over 20 years ago when it was found thrown out for the bin-men! Apparantly the uniform, boots and maps had been disposed of in previous weeks via the bin! Stock code GA15836.
R.N / F.A.A. Buttons Small sized black plastic, King's Crown buttons. Approx. 14mm diameter. Some soiling but generally very good. Stock code U14524. Priced per button.
R.N. / F.A.A. C-type Flying Helmet Size 4. The leather is in excellent overall condition, clean and fully supple. There is some minor abrasion on exposed points but this does not detract from the overall appearance. Good straps and all press studs retain most of their brown coatings. The chinstrap retains good elasticity and colour. Very good zipped earpieces with fully functioning zips, both having the leather puller tag in place. The lining is much cleaner than the average helmet with only light rubbing on the chamois donuts and at the nape of the neck. Fitted with a fairly good pair of foam rubber inserts. Fully wired with an excellent pink flecked dark chocolate loom, black cased jackplug and 10A/13466 receivers held within the original rubber carriers c/w fittings for Gosport tubes. A very good '+'/excellent used helmet in a generous size. Stock code H18598.
R.N. / F.A.A. C-type Flying Helmet Large size (probably a 3). The leather is in excellent condition, clean and fully supple. There is light rubbing/abrasion on part of the lowere edge of the helmet but nothing serious. Good straps and all press studs retain virtually all of their brown coatings. The chinstrap is a bit faded and retains only a little elasticity. Excellent zipped earpieces with fully functioning zips, both having their leather puller tags in place. The lining is very clean overall - much better than most. Fitted with an excellent pair of RCAF foam rubber inserts. Fully wired with a super light tan loom and early brown cased jackplug. No receivers fitted. This example has a linen O.H.M.S. label attached to the loom with instructions on replacing USAAF ANB-H-1 receivers with British type 32 receivers. The loom attached is not the usual standard late pattern 'internal' type fitted to most late C-type, D-type and E-type helmets etc. Overall this is an excellent helmet - possibly unused and with storage soiling only, or with light use at most. Stock code H15886.
R.N. / F.A.A. C-type Flying Helmet Large size (almost certainly a generous 4). The leather is in excellent overall condition, clean and fully supple. There is minor abrasion on one earpiece and some edge seams but nothing serious. Good straps and all press studs retain most of their brown coatings. The chinstrap is a bit faded,soiled and ragged but retains a little elasticity. Excellent zipped earpieces with fully functioning zips, both having their leather puller tags in place. The lining is much cleaner than average suggesting little use. Fitted with an excellent pair of RCAF foam rubber inserts. Fully wired with a super light tan loom, black cased jackplug and receivers held within the original rubber carriers c/w fittings for Gosport tubes. A very good used helmet in a very generous size. Stock code H15813/16666.
R.N. / F.A.A. C-type Flying Helmet Size 2 or 3. The leather is in excellent condition, clean and fully supple. Undamaged bar one small hole near the chinstrap press-stud (see photo no.5). Good straps and all press studs retain most of their brown coatings. The chinstrap retains some elasticity and colour. Excellent zipped earpieces with fully functioning zips, both having the leather puller tag in place. The lining is much cleaner than the average helmet with only relatively light soiling. Fitted with a fairly good pair of foam rubber inserts. Fully wired with an excellent light tan coloured loom, black cased jackplug and receivers held within the original rubber carriers c/w fittings for Gosport tubes. A very good '+' / excellent used example. Stock code H19618.
R.N. / F.A.A. C-type Flying Helmet - USAAF Receivers Large size (almost certainly a 4). The leather is in very good overall condition, clean and fully supple. There is some minor abrasion at each side close to where the chinstrap is attached but this does not detract from the overall appearance (see photo). Good straps and all press studs retain most of their brown coatings. The chinstrap is a bit faded and soiled but retains some elasticity. Very good zipped earpieces with fully functioning zips, one having the leather puller tag in place. The lining has average soiling and some green verdigris marking but remains undamaged. Fitted with an excellent pair of RAF (not RCAF) foam rubber inserts. Fully wired with an excellent type 2186 (series parallel) light tan loom with three terminals to each receiver, black cased jackplug and USAAF ANB-H-1 receivers held within the original rubber carriers c/w fittings for Gosport tubes. This is the correct wiring assembly for use with AAF receivers. A very good used helmet in a generous size. Stock code H18212.
R.N. F.A.A. C-type Flying Helmet (Late Patt.) Large size (almost certainly a 4). The leather is in excellent condition, clean and fully supple. There are a few minor nicks here and there but nothing serious. Good straps and all press studs retain virtually all of their brown coatings. The chinstrap is a bit faded,soiled and ragged but retains some elasticity. Excellent zipped earpieces with fully functioning zips, both having their leather puller tags in place. The lining has average soiling with some verdigris marking too. Fitted with an excellent pair of RCAF foam rubber inserts. Fully wired with a super mid tan loom, black cased jackplug and receivers. A very good used helmet in a good size. Stock code H14728.
R.N.Z.A.F. Egg Cup By Mintons. White china egg cup with King's Crown 'R.N.Z.A.F.' crest to one side. Maker's marks to base. Egg cups are of the rarest items of RAF china to find and this is Royal New Zealand Air Force! The only one we've ever seen or heard of. Light wear and minor glaze crackling otherwise in excellent used condition. Stock code C18463.
R.N.Z.A.F. Log Book/Paperwork Grouping From 414. Pilot's Flying Log Book of Sgt. Pilot William Stead Burns (NZ411856 ), killed in action (KIA) on 2nd August 1942, aged just 29. Burns was enlisted at Levin in March 1941 and after completing his initial training proceded to EFTS, Taieri for flight training. He first flew solo in June 1941,qualifying as a pilot and gaining promotion to Sergeant on September 6th 1941 at No.1 SFTS Wigram. In November 1941 he embarked for the UK, travelling via America and Canada, arriving at No.3 Personnel Reception Centre in Bournemouth on 26th December. Further training commenced at No. 1513 Beam Approach Training Flight, Honnington, Suffolk followed by No.3 Advanced Flying Training at South Cerney in Gloucestershire. From there he moved to No.13 OTU at Bicester during which time he carried out operational exercises on Blenheims. Sgt. Burns left England in June 1942 as the pilot of a Bristol Bisley (early Blenheim) aircraft en route for Cairo via Gibraltar and Malta when he became a member of the Middle East Ferry Command. Burns was reported KIA due to an aircraft accident on August 2nd 1942. The Blenheim, D.7594, believed to be low flying, crashed near R.A.F. Wadi Seidna, Sudan. The bodies of the crew, Sgt. Burns, F/Sgt. J.P. Speakman and Sgt. R.E. Simkin were badly smashed/mutilated (official terms used within the files) and buried almost immediately in the sand. A original New Zealand Air Dept. letter dated 1949 states that the graves 'are considered lost' and that the names were to be recorded on memorial to the missing. Burns qualified for the Africa star, Defence, War and New Zealand war medals (not present with this grouping.) The log details his training in Tiger Moth and Oxford aircraft (the latter under the instruction of a Flying Officer Farnsworth!). The log ends abruptly on June 26th (Malta to Cairo). It is well marked with official stamps and signed off by the commanding officer relevant at each stage of training. It also details Burn's use of the Link trainer and that he has read various training manuals etc. The log comes with various original documents including three small photos c.1942 - one named to rear; a letter to his mother dated November 1942 relating to Burn's personal effects in the Middle East; a letter to his mother from the NZ Air Department (NZAD) dated July 1943 regarding receipt of personal effects; original typed list of his personal effects; original letter from the NZAD dated 1946 regarding the forwarding of Burns's log book to his mother; original printed slip from Buckingham Palace offering the sympathy of the King and Queen for his loss and the original commemoration scroll printed with his name. In addition there are photocopies of all the records held for Burns by the New Zealand Defence Force Archives. These include his enlistment papers, medical examination, training information, crash details, medal entitlement and so on. Finally there is a copy photo of Burns taken from the Weekly News (issue 2/12/42) and printed by the RNZAF museum. Burns is commemorated on column 266 of the El Alamein Memorial in Egypt and is one of a total of 4202 New Zealand airmen died while serving during WW2. His name is also in 'For Your Tomorrow, A Record of New Zealanders Who Died While Serving With The RNZAF And Allied Air Services Since 1915' vol. 1 by Errol W Martyn, p231. An intersting group to a young pilot who lost his life tragically early. Stock code P18900.
R.N.Z.A.F. Pilot Wing Lovely padded Queen's crown pilot wing. This was obtained by a pilot who flew in the 50s, 60s and 70s, retiring as an air rank officer. He collected pilot wings during his many postings and appointments around the world. This is a genuine 'issue' wing, not a reproduction or copy. Lovely unused example. Stock code U19143.
R.N.Z.A.F. Pilot Wing Heavily padded 'NZ' wing in an oatmeal coloured silk thread. Calico backing cloth. Light soiling and some glue residue to rear where previously mounted for display. Stitch holes at the edges where removed from a uniform. Super wing and one of the rarest to find as of the final total of 131,553 aircrew graduates who went through the British Commonweath Air Training Programme, only 7002 were New Zealanders. Stock code U15121b.
RAF Bomb Distributor Cover Stowage Canvas pouch approx. 25 x 21 x 5cm. Closing flap secured with twin 'Lift-the-dot' fasteners. Stencilled to flap 'Stowage For Bomb Distributor Cover'. Bomb distribitors were fitted to work in conjunction with a bombsight in order to time the accurate release of the bombload. The pouch is grubby but in sound strong condition. See photos for further details. Stock code M18293.
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Rare Air Ministry Tissue Escape Map - Danzig Sheet N.34 /4 1st Edition. 1 : 500, 000 - Europe (AIR). 1938. Air Ministry marked. Approx. 31 x 30cms. This is a scaled down version of a standard flight map printed in full colour on fine tissue paper manufactured from Japanese Mulberry leaf paper pulp. The wartime escape and evasion guru Clayton Hutton 'invented' these maps that could be printed onto this non-rustling paper that was strong even when wet. However, this map is much smaller than most escape maps found and is of a smaller area. These were carried by airman in order to help them evade capture and return to allied held territory or neutral countries. This map was sent into Stalag Luft III POW camp, famous for the 'Great Escape' and 'Wooden Horse' escape. Indeed, Oliver Philpott, one of the wooden horse escapers fled to Danzig where a Swedish shipping was often found. He escaped to neutral Sweden on one of these ships. Other escapers from Stalag Luft III and Colditz also headed for Danzig. The map is folded/creased and does have some small tears and damage but is in reasonably good used condition overall. A very rare map. See also the map of Danzig docks obtained from the same source. Stock code E14381.
Rare Air Ministry Tissue Escape Map - Danzig Docks Scale approx. 500 yards / inch. Approx. 18 x 34cms. This is relatively detailed escape map of Danzig docks. It is printed in black/blue ink on fine tissue paper manufactured from Japanese Mulberry leaf paper pulp. The wartime escape and evasion guru Clayton Hutton 'invented' these maps that could be printed onto this non-rustling paper that was strong even when wet. However, this map is much smaller and more detailed than most escape maps found. These were carried by airman in order to help them evade capture and return to allied held territory or neutral countries. This map was sent into Stalag Luft III POW camp, famous for the 'Great Escape' and 'Wooden Horse' escape. Indeed, Oliver Philpott, one of the wooden horse escapers fled to Danzig docks where a Swedish shipping was often found. He escaped to neutral Sweden on one of these ships. Other escapers from Stalag Luft III and Colditz also headed for Danzig. The map is folded/creased but is otherwise in very good condition. An incredibly rare map. See also the map of the Danzig area obtained from the same source. Stock code E14381.
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Rolls Royce 'Merlin' Aero Engine Design, Installation, Running & Maintenance Notes Approx. 10 x 16cm. Softbound with a leatherette cover. 98p. Ring bound. Produced by Rolls Royce Aero Service Department, Derby. Individually numbered and named to a Pilot Officer E.P. Guttman. Compact manual covering design and performance data, Installation and tuning notes, starting/running/maintenance notes and flight data. Excellent b&w and colour diagrams, pull out charts etc. Very good used condition. Stock code P17081.
Rolls Royce Merlin Engine Repair Notes Approx. 10 x 16cm. Softbound with a leatherette/rexine cover. 84p. Ring bound. Produced by Rolls Royce Aero Service Department, Derby. Individually numbered and named to a Pilot Officer E.P. Guttman. Compact manual covering the dismantling and erecting of the engine; dismantling and erecting of unit assemblies and periodica inspections of the engine. Illustrated with some excellent b&w diagrams. The cover has wear but in very good used condition overall. Stock code P17082.
Royal Air Force Flying Training 1920 AP129, Part 1 Flying Instruction. H/b, 14 x 21cm., 243p, published November 1920. Issued by the Air Council and deals with the training of pilots in the care and handling of flying machines. Chapter 1 covers flying temperament, physique/fitness and ground instruction. Later chapters cover principles of flight, care of flying machines, instruction in the air, forced landings and forced alighting. Also covers specific aircraft including The Bristol Fighter, DH.9A, Sopwith Snipe, Sopwith Salamander, Martinsyde F.4, Nieuport Nighthawk, Handley Page 0/400, DH 10 & 10A, Vickers Vimy, Short Seaplane 184, F.2A, F.3 & F.5 Boat Seaplanes. Illustrated throughout with b+w drawings and photographs. The cover is soiled and worn. Page edges are worn but in perfectly readable condition. Stock code P17001.
Royal Flying Corps Technical Notes, 1916 H/b. 12 x 20cm., 42p interleaved with blank pages for notes plus 38 detailed 'open-out' plates to the rear. Marked as property of H.B.M. Government and for official use only. Has sections on photography; wireless; flight and stability; magneto; engines, including the Gnome, Renault, Beardmore, Monosoupape, RAF, Le Rhone 80 HP, Le Rhone 110 HP, Curtiss 90 HP, Clerget 80 HP, Clerget 100 HP & Rolls Royce Aero 250 HP. Lovely plates of period airframes to the rear include the Maurice Farman Shorthorn, Maurice Farman Longhorn, B.E. 2C, Avro, Bleriot, Bleriot Scout (Type C), Vickers' Fighter, Sopwith 2-seater, Vickers' Scout, F.E. 2B, De Havilland 1, R.E. 7 & De Havilland 2. The cover is a bit worn and stained. Pages yellowed and plates edges are damaged in places with small edge tears/crumpling etc. Named on inside cover to Corp J.W. Cleeve, Pembroke College, Oxford (University). A super period document. Stock code P17967.
Royal Naval Mine Watching Service Poster Approx. 19 x 24cm. Cartoon of an old veteran saluting. 'Yes Sir! - at 55 I'm in the Navy this time! A last war Army sergeant in Eastbourne Unit... Learning to spot mines dropping in vital shipping lanes in war'. The Royal Naval Minewatching Service was a civilian organisation formed in 1952 as part of the auxiliary forces of the British Naval Service. Its intended wartime role was to man observation points overlooking ports and strategic shipping lanes to spot and report on mines dropped. Printed on thin paper. Good condition. Stock code P3877.
Royal Naval Mine Watching Service Poster #2 Approx. 19 x 24cm. Cartoon of an old veteran and two WRENs. 'Eye Eye Sir! Age doesn't matter if you can see well (with glasses worn) .... If mines are't spotted, plotted and potted - in war we may all starve! A smart Naval uniform is issued and your missus or fiancee can join too!' Yes Sir! - at 55 I'm in the Navy this time! A last war Army The Royal Naval Minewatching Service was a civilian organisation formed in 1952 as part of the auxiliary forces of the British Naval Service. Its intended wartime role was to man observation points overlooking ports and strategic shipping lanes to spot and report on mines dropped. Printed on thin paper. Good condition. 1955 dated. Stock code P3879.
Royal Navy / F.A.A. Officer Rank Cap Badge/Band Standard bullion officer rank cap badge complete with mohair band and ready for a service dress cap. As used by Fleet Air Arm officers. Light soiling and fading. Some verdigris on the central anchor. Good used. Stock code U16587.
Royal Navy Rating's Cap Size 7,1/4 By Cayman ??? Co. Toronto. 1942 dated (clearer on the hat than in the photo). Pill box type hat with “H.M.S.” tally. Super condition throughout. Large size. Stock code U19358.
Royal Netherlands Naval Air Service Wing Approx. 65mm span. Cast gilt and enamelled metal for Telegraphers. Pin backed. Some marking and verdigris otherwise in very good used condition. Stock code U11944.
Russian Flying Helmet Dark tan leather helmet with extended flaps to protect the wearer's neck and throat area from extreme temperatures. Fold back/pop studded earflaps. Buckled strap fastening. Various goggle straps. Lined in a dense curly brown fur. The leather is a bit soiled but retains a good finish and is strong and flexible. The press studs have lost their original coatings and metal fittings have surface corrosion. The lining is excellent. A good example of an early Wartime Russian helmet. Stock code H15439.
S.A.A.F. Pilot Wing Flat wing for the South African Air Force. Fine glazed cotton backing. Excellent used condition. Stock code U19557.
S.A.A.F. Pilot's Battledress Blouse Battledress Blouse, 1940 Pattern by The Standard Clothing Manufacturers, Woodstock, Cape. Size 9 (Ht. 5'7 - 5'8, ch. 39-40", Wt. 34-35"), 1945 dated. Green battledress blouse with metal Lieutenant rank pips, red ribbon flashes for 'overseas service' and a nice flat pilot wing. Excellent used condition. Stock code U15116.
S.E.A.A.F. Squadron Plaque South East Asian Air Force plaque. Approximately 31 x 23cm. Hand carved mahogany with beautifully detailed RAF pilot wing and Squadron numbers on a central raised cartouche. Light marking at the edges and a small chip a the top of the letter 'S' in squadron (see photo). These three squadrons were formed in 1944 in India as glider squadrons, with the intention of being used for airborne operations by South East Asia Command. They trained as part of No. 343 Wing RAF until the surrender of Japan, when they were disbanded. Lovely decorative item. Stock code M19551.
Serling Silver ID Bracelet Small ID bracelet with rectangular panel engraved 'W/263155 M.W. BODEN'. 'Box' chain with folding clasp. Marked 'Silver' to rear of main section. Came in with some WAAF kit. Very good used. Stock code M19029.
Services Knitting Pattern - R.A.F. Balaclava Men's & Women's Services Gloves, R.A.F. Helmet (with Ear-Holes) and Cap (for Steel Helmet). Published by Patons & Baldwins Ltd. Approx. 12 x 18cms. 8p. Period pattern for knitting gloves and hats. Ideal for the re-enactor. Very good condition. Stock code P17666.
Signed Letter from Sir Arthur T Harris Handwritten letter on paper headed 'From Marshall Of The Royal Air Force, Sir Arthur T Harris, BT, GCB, OBE, AFC, LLD.' and with his full address in Goring on Thames. It was sent by Harris to his optician in 1978 with reference to his new spectacles. Written in blue fountain pen ink and signed Arthur T Harris MRAF. Harris was a WW1 RFC pilot but is of course best known as Commander in Chief of Bomber Command during WW2 (1942 - 1945) and his outspoken views on 'area bombing' and the bombing of German cities. Harris didn't believe that bombing specific targets like oil was the swiftest way to end the war. The area bombing campaign was supported by Churchill and the War Cabinet until almost the end of the war, culminating in Churchill’s demand that Bomber Command attack Berlin and other large cities in East Germany. After the war Churchill issued a memo criticising ‘acts of terror and wanton destruction’ in reference to the attack on Dresden. Both the Air Ministry and Harris were stunned by this, as it had been Churchill himself who instigated the raid. Churchill did later withdaw the memo but it was a sign of things to come. Harris was made Marshall of the RAF in 1946 and retired the same year. He died on 5 April 1984, eight days before his 92nd birthday, at his home in Goring. Stock code P18875.
Sir Arthur T 'Bomber' Harris Christmas Card Christmas card sent by Sir Arthur T Harris GCB, OBE, AFC, LLD, Marshall of the Royal Air Force & Lady Harris. The card, 'Pheasants In Snow' was sold in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund and is printed with Harris's details and address. It was sent by the Harris's to their optician in the late 1970s. Harris was a WW1 RFC pilot but is of course best known as Commander in Chief of Bomber Command during WW2 (1942 - 1945) and his outspoken views on 'area bombing' and the bombing of German cities. Harris didn't believe that bombing specific targets like oil was the swiftest way to end the war. The area bombing campaign was supported by Churchill and the War Cabinet until almost the end of the war, culminating in Churchill’s demand that Bomber Command attack Berlin and other large cities in East Germany. After the war Churchill issued a memo criticising ‘acts of terror and wanton destruction’ in reference to the attack on Dresden. Both the Air Ministry and Harris were stunned by this, as it had been Churchill himself who instigated the raid. Churchill did later withdraw the memo but it was a sign of things to come. He was made Marshall of the RAF in 1946 and retired the same year. Harris died on 5 April 1984, eight days before his 92nd birthday, at his home in Goring. Light creasing. Stock code P18881.
Solid Wooden Model Kit - Hawker Fury By Avian. Solid 1/48th scale construction kit of a RAF Hawker Fury. These models were popular with children and aircraft spotter groups during the war and in the early post war period (this example is the latter). They are basic but could be fashioned into quality recognition models - depending on the skill levels of the modeller! The kit appears to be complete and comes with an instruction/plan sheet, decal sheets, propeller etc. In the original box which is complete although a little scruffy. Stock code M16935.
South African Air Force Pilot Wing Flat wing in silky thread. Light blue/grey cotton backing cloth. Very good used condition. Stock code U15736.
Souvenir Hankie - Ex 8th AAF Pilot Patriotic hankie approx. 28cm square. Nylon/rayon. Depicts various national flags and the wording 'There'll always be an England' along each edge. This forms part of the effects of a B-17 / B-24 pilot with the 490th Bomb Group (Heavy), 848th Bomb Squadron (H) and was presumably purchased by him when over here. 1st Lieutenant Edward C. Kinzler was born on January 29th 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He enlisted on June 23rd 1942. His basic training was completed at Coffeyville, Kansas and Advanced Flying School, Altus Field in Oklahoma as a 2nd Lieutenant. Temporary promotion was granted to 1st Lieutenant in April 1944. He arrived in Britain on 5th May 1944 as a B-24 pilot flying from R.A.F. Eye (AAF Station 134) near Stowmarket, Suffolk. He flew 22 operational flights (combat missions) on B-24s and a further 13 after changing to B-17s in August 1944. Targets included Hemmingstedt, Frankfurt, Nurenberg, Arnhem, Ludwigshafen, Munster, Berlin and Cologne. He also flew training missions whilst with the 8th. Kinzler left England in November, arriving back in the USA on 28th November 1944. For his service flying missions in the European Theatre of Operations (ETO) flying missions over Normandy, Northern France and Germany he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters and the ETO medal. He was relieved from active service on June 3rd 1945. Having survived a tour of operational flying he was killed in 1947 in a cruel twist of fate during a crop dusting flight. Check out the other items relating to this veteran. Stock code C18683.
Standard 0.5 Inch Escape Compass Brass cased compass with black painted finish. Approx. 0.5" diameter. 'Star' rotor with luminous dots to indicate North & South. These were issued to airmen with their escape maps, money and saw blades etc prior to missions. The most commonly found escape compass today. Very nice working condition. Stock code E17403.
Studio Portrait of an R.A.F. Pilot (Rhodesian) B+w photo by a Glasgow stusio, approx. 9.5x15cms. Shot from the waist upwards –the pilot dressed in tropical shirt. His wings are clearly visible and you can just make out his “Rhodesia” titles on the epaulettes. Photo is on a cream mount, in a plain black period frame. Glazed. Shows age but good. Overall size 21x29cms. Stock code P11765.
Tally-Ho! Update In Progress Rabbit Squadron..... 'New stock being added from now for as long as it takes (estimated 30 - 60 minutes). Tally ho, tally ho. Red Section, wings, paperwork, helmets, masks, goggles, and other bits..... Red One, wilco. Tally ho ... And the lot of you, keep your eyes open for the best stuff..' Frequent visits are recommended to avoid disappointment. If paying with PayPal we suggest completing checkout and payment 'as you go.' Clients making multiple orders will have any excess postage refunded when they are processed. Current upload quantity : Approx. 60 items. Good Hunting David & the Team, Rabbit Squadron The Historic Flying Clothing Company - Established 1993
Tally-Ho..... Update In Progress Now New stock will be added to the website today between 4.00pm (GMT) and ending by 5pm (GMT) if not sooner. Frequent visits are recommended during this period to avoid disappointment. If paying with PayPal we suggest completing checkout and payment as you go. Clients making multiple orders will have any excess postage refunded when they are processed. Current upload quantity : Approx. 30 items including escape & evasion, paperwork, survival kit etc. Good Hunting David & the Team The Historic Flying Clothing Company - Established 1993
Tally-Ho..... Update In Progress Now Rabbit Squadron..... New stock being added from now until 5 o'clock... Tally ho, tally ho. Red Section, wings, paperwork and other bits..... Red One, wilco. Tally ho ... And the lot of you, keep your eyes open for the best stuff..... Frequent visits are recommended to avoid disappointment. If paying with PayPal we suggest completing checkout and payment as you go. Clients making multiple orders will have any excess postage refunded when they are processed. Current upload quantity : Approx. 32 items Good Hunting David & the Team, Rabbit Squadron The Historic Flying Clothing Company - Established 1993
Tee Emm Magazine Vol.2 No.11, February 1943. Approx. 24p. The classic official publication issued to all RAF stations during WW2. Essentially a training magazine with help and advice often given in humorous cartoons featuring the hapless Pilot Officer Prune and his friends. This edition has light soiling and creasing. Marked 'No.2 Sergeants Mess' to front cover. Good used. Stock code P17865.
Ten Mile Map of Great Britain - Civil Air Edition, 1934 Sheet 2, Civil Air Edition. Dated 1934. Ten miles to the inch. Paper. Approx. 75 x110cm. Shows the UK from around Oxfordshire up to Perthshire in Scotland. Shows wartime air bases operational at the time including Cranwell, Waddington, Leeming etc.Valley, Burton Wood, Tatton Park, Wolverhampton, Shawbury Folded with wear on some creases. Some soiling and dog-eared corners and edges with small tears etc. Fair used condition. Stock code P2710.
The Army Air Corps - Offiical Sheet Music Official Song of the United States Army Air Corps. 23 x 30cm. 1942. Patriotic red, white and blue cover with AAF winged propeller device to the centre. Classic lyrics 'off we go into the wild blue yonder, climbing high into the sun; Here they come, zooming to meet our thunder, at'em boys, give'er the gun!...' Light soiling/creasing and with one corner missing (see photo). PBO2195.
The Gallant Company Of Airmen P/b, 22x 29cms. 44p. 1941. Souvenir brochure for the 'Astral Matinee' at the New Opera House, Blackpool on Sunday, October 5th , 1941. The entire proceeds of the event going to the RAF Benevolent Fund Blackpool Appeal. Nicely produced RAF related brochure with poems; information about the Guinea Pig Club, period adverts; list of benefactors and some of the stars who presumably performed at the event. These included Vivien Leigh, Anna Neagle, Frances Day, Flanagan & Allen, Webster Booth & Anne Ziegler etc. The cover is grubby and has edge creasing but the internal pages are generally quite good. Rusted staples. Rare item. Stock code P14033.
The Jungle Hiker - 1st Edition 1942 P/b, 11 x 14cms. 80p, 1st edition, 1942. Published by RAF Welfare Publications, Ceylon. A guide to jungle survival for aircrew written with a slightly humorous bent. Begins with baling out or crash landing and then has tips on how to survive - using a parachute to make a shelter, how and what to hunt/eat. Also has advice on dangerous insects/animals and so on. Illustrated with line drawings. Some creasing and small tears to the cover. Well thumbed but in good overall condition. Named to a man in 182 Wing, 224 Group. This guide grew in size during the war - the 5th edition produced in 1945 had 166p. Rare early edition.
The Navy Air Song - Sheet Music 23 x 30cm. 1944. Photo of the deck of an aircraft carrier on the cover. Lyrics 'Stand by to sail on high, the time for actions at hand - together we'll weather the storms that threaten our land. Pilots man your planes! Navy men rise again - man your planes! Engines roar, as we soar from afloat and from ashore; off for action - ready to score!' Rather creased and with taped reinforcment behind the folds on the front. A bit tatty. Stock code PBO2062.
The Official R.A.F. March Past Sheet Music 28 x 22cm. 1922. Illustrated on the front with a couple of Spitfires in flight. Instrumental. Light creasing and soiling. Inscribed in pencil inside 'In memory of Bob, killed in action'. Good. Stock code PBO1476.
The Prisoners' Progress - Diary of the March To Captivity, 1940 By Leslie C. Hunt, 2nd Lieutenant, The East Surry Regt, No. 1351, of Oflag VIIC Germany. Published by Hutchinson and Co. Ltd., London. Approx. 37 x 26cms. Bound in a blue cloth hardcover with gilt title and insignia, no dustjacket. Limited edition (1st and only edition) - limited to 1000 copies of which this is No. 899. 'An illustrated diary of the march into captivity of the last of the British Army in France - June 1940'. Beautifully illustrated with copies of 8 hand drawn and painted maps of marches to prison camps made by soldiers captured after the evacuation at Dunkirk in 1940. Shows the route of the enforced march from St. Valery. The 51st (Highland) Division, the 1st Armoured Division and remnants of the 12th and 23rd Divisions were particularly involved in this harrowing experience. Each map has printed annotations to explain stages in the journey - The route of the march is coloured in red throughout. Each POW camp is marked by a "barbed wire enclosure" and given a few words of description. The maps are preceded by a page of introduction. There are various POW camp Gepruft stamps etc throughout. The cover is a little faded. Some internal damage/wear to the spine. Inner pages generally very good. Rare book. Stock code P14329.
Top Secret Memo - Additional Bandits Spotted......70+ ***** Message Begins***** A new tour of 'Ops' has been scheduled to begin today, Friday 17th 2013 at 1630 hrs. (BST). All aircrew should report for duty at that time and remain vigilant at their position until 2030 hrs. (BST). New stock will be added to the website at random intervals during this first mission. We strongly advise keeping eyes peeled for bandits. Revised intelligence reports (as of 15.00hrs. BST) now suggest at least 70 will be approaching during that period. If you decide to 'bag' an item we suggest paying 'as you go'. Any excess postage incurred from multiple orders will be refunded once the items are packed ready for delivery. Any orders bagged will be packed in order of receipt from Tuesday. I'm afraid we have some secret reconnaisance missions to complete in the intervening period.... Good luck everyone and be ready to 'scramble. ' over and out Rabbit Leader ***** Message Ends******** David & Team The Historic Flying Clothing Company - Established 1993
Triplex Type A-3 Goggles Oval white metal frames with sprung silky fabric & fur edging. Plain brown elastic strap with adjuster slide. Clear laminated glass lenses. Marked "Made in England" to frames. Some delamination of lenses & the strap is crudely stitched & may be a replacement. Generally fairly good used. Complete with "Triplex" fibre case of issue having a triplex logo & noting "A-3 model". The case is in good condition but does have wear to the folding parts of the "lid". Goggles & case virtually identical to the C-2 model shown on p135 "Vintage Flying Helmets" by MIck Prodger & favoured by early RFC pilots. Stock code G8857.
Twenty Five Years Of The R.A.F., 1918 - 1943 Air Ministry Pamphlet 152, Approx. 12 x 18cm. 39p. Prepared by the Directorate of Public Relations and issued by the Dept. of the Air Member for Training. A chronological survey of the years 1918 - 1943. Interesting little guide to the early years of the RAF into WW2. Very good condition.
U.S A A F. 'Used' Pamphlet ' If You Should Be Captured..' War Dept. Pamphlet No. 21-7. 'If you should be CAPTURED these are your rights'. Published 16 May 1944. P/b, approx. 10.5 x 13cms. 17p. 'The purpose of this booklet is to point out some of your rights as a prisoner of war. Knowing them may help to make the going a little less tough and humiliating if you are ever unlucky enough to be captured by the enemy. And remember this : The United States is treating enemy prisoners of war in accordance with the rules. You have a right to demand that your captor do the same to you'. Great little booklet about what to expect as a POW, the Geneva Convention and so on. Illustrated. Light soiling and fading but good used overall. Rare. Stock code P14792.
U.S. AFA Squadron Banner Approx. 140 x 105cms. Large silk/rayon, cotton backed banner. Large AAF winged star with wording beneath "Arlington Squadron" and "AFA" (Air Force Association) above. Gold fringing to lower edge which is weighted to ensure the banner hangs well. Discretely marked to the rear "Arlington Sq. AFA - Property Of Mrs. M. Kirsis, 32 Hawthorne Ave. Arlington, Mass." Very impressive display piece in very good condition. Stock code M13920.
U.S. Air Force Life Preserver Light - Boxed By Colvin-Slocum Boat's Inc. New York. Model A. Orange plastic case with large red domed lens. Attached glavanized clothing clip and cord lanyard terminating in a glavanized safety pin. Storage wear/soiling only. Still in the original card box of issue (with taped repairs). Very similar design to the wartime issue lamps. Stock code MMW3401.
U.S. Air Force Whistle Green plastic 'snail' whistle cleared marked 'U.S. AIR FORCE' to one side. With lace lanyard. As found/used on the B-5 life vest and ideal for the one we currently have listed. Good condition. Stock code MW16727A.
U.S. Aircraft Warning Service Badge Approx. 3cm span. Screw backed enamelled brass/gilt metal 'wings' badge for an Observer of the AWS. The USAAF Aircraft Warning Service enlisted civilian volunteers as 'spotters' of enemy aircraft. This lapel badge badge was worn by such volunteers. Good used condition. Stock code M18752.
U.S. Army Air Corps Dead Reckoning Computer Aerial Dead Reckoning Computer Type E-6B. Manufactured by Harry H Knepper Inc. Standard issue for AAF navigators. Early Air Corps marked example in super condition and complete with its original brown leather case. Stock code M15464.
U.S. Army Cushion Cover Original period cushion / pillow cover. Approx. 45 x 45cm. Pale blue satin with fringed edges. Green to reverse. Decorated with nice felt flocked roses, badge and wording 'To My Sister' & 'Camp Maxey, Texas'. Camp Maxey was an infantry-training camp ten miles north of Paris, Texas and opened in June 1942. The cushion cover is in very good overall condition. Stock code M13139.
U.S. Army Cushion Cover Original period cushion / pillow cover. Approx. 45 x 45cm. Red satin with fringed edges. Decorated with nice felt flocked badge and wording 'Friendship...' The cushion cover is in very good overall condition. Stock code M15042.
U.S. Army Cushion Cover Original period cushion / pillow cover. Approx. 45 x 45cm. Pale Green satin with pink fringed edges. Green to reverse. Decorated with nice felt flocked lettering and eagle etc and wording 'To My Sister...' The cushion cover is in very good overall condition. Stock code M13140.
U.S. Army Pocket Guide : Southern France 'Pocket Guide To The Cities Of Southern France'. P/b, approx. 13x11cms. 88p. Published by the Army Information Branch for the War dept. and dated 1944. 'About the only thing in this booklet that can be guaranteed is the terrain. The rest of it is up to the fortunes or misfortunes of war. Many of the towns and cities described here have been bombed and shelled by us as we approached, and shelled by the enemy as he retreated....' A basic guide to Bordeaux, Cannes, Carcassonne, Limoges, Lyton, Marseille, Monte Carlo, Nice, Toulon, Toulouse and Vichy. For each there is basic information and a map. A little dog-eared and with minor paper loss to the corners of the cover. Good used. Stock code P14935.
U.S. Army Whistle - Regulation Issue Solid brass 'snail' whistle. Engraved 'Regulation U.S. Army Solid Brass'. General use but no doubt found its way onto AAF lifevests... Excellent used condition. Stock code MW19461.
U.S. Manual - Air Extract of Combined Operating Signals FM 24-13. War Dept. Basic Field Manual - Air Extract Of Combined Operating Signals (CCBP 2-2), 2nd edition, Feb. 1944. P/b, spiral bound, 15 x 12cm. 96p. One of these was issued to each airborne radio operator and one to each aeroplane equipped with radio gear. Lists all the signals/codes used for radio transmissions eg. signal QYQ 'Repeat all enemy reports on 385 kc/s (or on ..... kc/s) followed by homing transmission.' Quite an interesting little book. Creased front cover, otherwise good. Stock code P14417.
U.S. Navy Aircraft Clock By Waltham Watch Co. Metal cased cockpit clock, approx. 8cm diameter. Black dial with luminous 24 hour Arabic numerals and hands. Smaller inner 'date dial' and indicator hand - all functioning correctly. 15 jewel 8-day lever movement with centre sweep seconds hand. The date hand advances each day or can be set manually by pressing a small inset button above the main winding knob. Dial is marked '8 Days, Civil Date, B.U Aero, U.S. Navy, Waltham'. Shows use and wear but appears to be in very good working condition. Hands possibly repainted? An impressive time-piece. Stock code C19437.
U.S. Postcard Published by M.W.M. Color-Litho. Lovely wartime postcard with a cartoon showing an US servicemen at a hot-dog stall eyeing up the local beauty. Excellent unused condition. Stock code P19294.
U.S. Postcard Published by M.W.M. Color-Litho. Lovely wartime postcard with a cartoon showing a US serviceman and his sweetheart. Captioned 'My 'arms' are in perfect working order'. Excellent unused condition. Stock code P19295.
U.S. War Department - Advanced Map & Aerial Photograph Reading FM 21-26, P/b, approx. 11 x 19cm., 1941, 190p. Basic Field Manual. Intended to provide a text on map and aerial photograph reading for training of military personnel already familiar with basic elements covered in FM 21-25. Illustrated with diagrams, charts etc. Pull-out map inside rear cover. Very good used condition. Stock code P15503.
U.S. Willson Goggles/Cased - Type D-1 Ovoid chromed metal frames with knitted brown silk fabric backing finished with brown “fur” trim. “Super-Tough” clear lenses & adjustable black Elasticated strap. Light wear/use but in excellent overall condition & in original hinged metal “Willson” tin. Similar to the Resistal OIO goggles on p.150 of “Vintage Flying Helmets”. Probably of 1920s manufacture. Stock code G11781.
U.S.A.A.C. / U.S.A.A.F. AN6513-1 Chest Type Parachute Harness By Switlik. Quick attachable chest type parchute harness. White webbing harness with the early dog-clip style fastenings rather than the later quick-release box. This is the type that has a reinforcement panel a the chest. Complete with backpad. 'Switlik' labels on each side of the chest risers (rather worn/tatty). The harness is complete but is somewhat faded and a bit frayed at the edges in places. It also looks like it may have been washed a few times. The backpad is named on the reverse. Quite good '+'/ good used condition. Stock code M14017.
U.S.A.A.C./U.S.A.A.F. Type A-1 Moccasin Flying Boots Size 9. By G. H. Bass & Co. Also known as the Army Aviators' Overshoe these mid tan fleece lined boots have a smooth seamless sole that extends up around the foot. They are roughly mid calf length and feature three buckled strap fasteners. The origins of these boots goes back to WW1 when the Aviation Clothing Board procured boots for the Air Service. Initially adopted as 'limited standard' in 1924, the A-1 wasn't declared obsolete until as late as 1944. This style of boot proved efficient and comfortable, often worn over standard service shoes. George Henry Bass and Co. of Wilton, Maine, USA began making shoes in the 1870s, the first moccasin being created in 1906. During the First World War, the Bass Aviation Boot was made the official aviation boot for the U.S. Army. These boots are in excellent lightly used condition. Stock code B17520.
U.S.A.A.F Suit, Flying, Light, Gabardine, Type L-1 Size Medium Regular by Sigmund Eisner Co. The L-1 was standardised in November 1944. It was similar in appearance to the earlier AN-S-31 - a one-piece suit with zipped front. It had a pleated back which allowed greater freedom of movement. It also featured zips at the leg ends to aid the donning of the suit. In addition it had angled zipped breast pockets and zipped pockets to the thighs and lower legs. A pen pocket was fitted to the left upper arm and the cuffs had button adjustment. The suit is in quite good overall condition. Unfortunately there is some paint (?) marking to the front and also various areas of darned repairs and a stitched repair to the right lower leg pocket. That said, the suit has fully functioning 'Talon' & 'Conmar' zips and displays well. One of the less commonly found AAF flying suits. Stock code S17437.
U.S.A.A.F 4th AAF Shoulder Patch Machine made, fully embroidered original in excellent condition. Stock code U16780.
U.S.A.A.F 7th AAF Shoulder Patch Machine made, fully embroidered original in excellent condition. Stock code U16781.
U.S.A.A.F 8th AAF Shoulder Patch Machine made, fully embroidered original in excellent condition. Stock code U16782.
U.S.A.A.F 8th AF Shoulder Patch - English Made English made 'stubby winged' 8th AAF shoulder patch embroidered on felt. Excellent used condition. Stock code U17467.
U.S.A.A.F Distinctive Unit Insignia By L.G. Balfour Co. Single enamelled Sterling silver D.I. badge for AAF Technical Command. Screw backed. Maker and Sterling marked to rear. On original card. Excellent. In WW2 the AAF required four technical specialists for every man who flew. Individual training of technical specialists was the responsibility of the Technical Training Command. Stock code U18576.
U.S.A.A.F Distinctive Unit Insignia - pair Pair of enamelled D.I. badges for AAF Technical Command. Pin backed. No markings. Slight damage to the enamel (see photos). A good used matched pair. In WW2 the AAF required four technical specialists for every man who flew. Individual training of technical specialists was the responsibility of the Technical Training Command. Stock code U18575.
U.S.A.A.F Emergency Signalling Mirror Type ESM/2 By the General Electric Co. Approx. 12.5 x 7.5cms. Mirrored tempered glass with centre sighting cross and instructions for use printed to one side. With attached cord lanyard. These 2nd pattern smaller ESM/2 mirrors were included in several of the life-raft kits, the C-1 survival vest, and the types E-5, E-11 and E-12 emergency kits. Excellent condition in original paper wrapper. Stock code S17142.
U.S.A.A.F Officers 'Chocolate' Garrison Cap No size label. Dark OD sidecap with black and gold piping. Green satin lining. Fitted with a pin backed 1st Lieutenant rank badge. Named inside to B.H Gareau, Army Service Number 0-1290060. A couple of very minor moth nips (not holes), otherwise in good used condition throughout. Stock code U17453.
U.S.A.A.F Pilots' Information File Card backed, 20 x 27cm. Loose-leaf format. Approx. 200p. Illustrated throughout. Revised to May 1943. Manual designed to promote safe flying and operational efficiency. Includes information on flight safety; training; weather flying; effects of height/altitude; oxygen equipment; engines; parts of aircraft; armament & gunsights; baling out; forced landings; ditching; parachutes; emergency kits; life-vests; 1st aid kits etc. Superb reference material. This is an original copy - not a reprint. The cover is a little soiled and the binder 'bolts' have some surface corrosion otherwise in good used condition. This particular copy was used by RAF Pilot Officer Alan Pocock, 26 Sqdrn. pilot and AAF flight instructor. Stock code P15514.
U.S.A.A.F Silver Ring Sterling silver marked cignet ring with stylized eagles to each side and AAF winged propeller device to front cartouche. Very good used. Stock code M18481.
U.S.A.A.F. A-8B Oxygen Mask By The Ohio Chemical Manufacturing Co. Dated 3/43. Introduced in late 1941 and often referred to as the A-8B bladder mask in reference to the fine rubber rebreather bag suspended beneath the facemask. The rubber facepiece is in reasonable condition - it has hardened a little in places and there is some cracking around the edges and distortion of the 'nose' area. The rebreather 'bladder' is in quite good condition and is generally very flexible although somewhat and with a few small holes. The oxygen hose is in fairly good flexible condition but has surface crazing and is lacking the end connector. In addition both circlips for the rebreather bag and oxygen hose are missing (former has been held in place with cloth tape). The mask retains the original elastic and leather harness system in very good condition. Not the best mask but a good displayable example of these rare and sought after masks. Stock code O15661.
U.S.A.A.F. Shoe-Insert, Flying Electric, Type Q-1 Size medium, by General Electric. A heated shoe/flying boot insert for use in the A6/A6A boots in conjunction with F-2 and F-3 flying suits. Excellent, unissued condition. Fully AAF stamped/labelled. Stock code B2204.
U.S.A.A.F. Type B-2 Winter Flying Cap By The Werber Sportswear Co. Size 7. Constructed from 1/4" sheep shearling with a seal brown poly-acrylate finish. The cap featured a large stiff peak and folding 'ear' flap. Although introduced for aircrews in 1939 it remained popular with aircrew and groundcrews throughout the war - particulalry bomber crews with the 8th AAF when worn with a headset and mask. Overall condition is very good. There is surface cracking and wear to one of the crown panels otherwise showing only light wear and use. Fully labelled with 1942 contract date. Stock code H17410.
U.S.A.A.F. 'Used' Skyway Goggles American Optical 'Skyway' goggles. Black painted white metal frames with individual rubber face cushions. These were designed to take standard AN6530 goggle lenses. This pair is in nice overall condition. Minor paint chipping on the frames, good flexible cushions and an excellent strap. Fitted with clear plastic lenses. Stock code G16386.
U.S.A.A.F. 'Chocolate' Neck Tie Dark olive drab wool/cotton mix tie. Light soiling but in very good overall condition. Stock code U17455.
U.S.A.A.F. 'Issued' Matchcase/Compass By Dupage. Approx. 8 x 3cm. Brown bakelite container with a screw-off lid which houses a small compass that can be viewed from the top or side viewing 'window'. The base is marked 'Dupage' and has a ribbed finish for use as a match striker. Would have had another striker strip in the side to produce sparks by rubbing with a knife or metal object (see photos). Unfortunately the plastic compass lens/windows have turned opaque, otherwise this is in good used condition. Empty. Used in various AAF survival kits, the C-1 vest etc. Stock code M16268.
U.S.A.A.F. 'Mukluk' Overboots By The Rasmussen Shoe Co. Size Medium. Unlined pale yellow canvas boots with a leather sole. Simple lace adjustment/tensioners at the ankle and top. Clear AAF winged star markings. These would have been worn with felt inner liners over other footwear in the snow. Possibly also used by groundcrews when working on aircraft wing surfaces. These show use and wear but are in very good overall condition. Stock code B19522.
U.S.A.A.F. 'Used' Weclo Fog Free Goggles By Welsh Industrial Eye & Protection Equipment (Welsh Mfg. Co. Prov. Rhode Island. These black rubber goggles feature a central lens division and a large bulbous moulding for the wearer's nose. This is fitted with rubber 'baffles' so that when the wearer breathed out air was directed away from the lens and out through the nose section. They also feature plastic vents at each side of the frame - possibly modified as they appear to have been covered with paper. Simple adjustable black webbing strap and a one-piece polarizing celluloid lens. All a little dusty but other than the potentially modifed side vents in good '+' original condition. Whilst these were intended primarily for ground use they were tested for aircrew use although not standardized. See p. 269 of 'Vintage Flying Helmets' for an indential pair of these scarce goggles. Stock code G18618.
U.S.A.A.F. 'Wings of 43-K, Moore Field' Yearbook H/b, approx. 21 x 26cm., approx. 60p. Nice embossed aircraft design on a faux leather cover. 1943. Published by the aviation cadets of the advanced flying school, AAF, Moore Field, Mission, Texas. Typical yearbook profusely illustrated with photos of the base, officers/staff and cadets. Also of activities on site including PT, sports, Matagorda gunnery range and so on. The cover shows some age/wear but generally in good condition. Stock code P19531.
U.S.A.A.F. / R.A.F. M-287-A Dinghy Balloon Cylindrical metal cannister 13cm deep, 10.5cm diameter with 'sardine tin' type key to open. The balloon inside was used to raise the antenna for the Gibson Girl radio when lack of wind prevented use of the kite. The balloon, diameter over 1.2m, was inflated by means of the hydrogen generator. Directions for use are printed on the cannister which is 1944 dated. Small dents and paint loss otherwise very good unused. These were also used by the RAF. Stock code M16114.
U.S.A.A.F. / R.A.F. M-308-A Signal Lamp - Boxed By The Bendix Aviation Corp. Early version of the M-308 lamp having the unusual flat lens in place of the usual domed lens found on the later 308-B. As issued with the 'Gibson Girl' dinghy radios. Black bakelite casing with clear lens. Adjustable webbing strap, full loom and 2-pin plug. Complete with card tube container (no lid). 1942 date coded. Also used by the RAF. Excellent condition. Box somewhat worn.
U.S.A.A.F. / R.A.F. M-308-B Signal Lamp - Boxed By The Pacific Division, Bendix Aviation Corp. As issued with the 'Gibson Girl' dinghy radios. Black bakelite casing with clear lens. Adjustable webbing strap, full loom and 2-pin plug. Complete with spare bulb and card tube container. 1944 date coded. Also used by the RAF. Excellent condition. Box lid worn. Stock code M16115.
U.S.A.A.F. / R.A.F. Operation & Flight Instructions - Hudson AAF Technical Order No. 01-75AA-1, Air Ministry AP1690D. Operation and Flight Instructions (pilot's notes) for the Lockheed Hudson IV Airplane powered with Two Twin Wasp R-1830-SC3G Engines. Published by authority of The Commanding General , AAF and dated April 1942 (revised may '42). 210 x 275mm. Looseleaf (stapled), 20p (40 sides). Essentially an AAF produced set of British Pilots Notes. Illustrated with diagrams/charts etc but these do not have the pull-out photos of the cockpit area like normal pilots notes. A little dog-eared around the edges but in good used condition overall. Stock code P16104.
U.S.A.A.F. / R.A.F. Radio Antenna Wire W-147. Spare roll of antenna wire issued with the 'Gibson Girl' dinghy radios. Wooden spool with a good length of braided copper wire with braided cord attachment loop/connectors. Spool has cracks at both ends but is complete and unissued. With carton of issue. Tatty lid. Gibson Girl radios were used by the AAF & RAF.
U.S.A.A.F. / R.A.F. Signal Lamp M-308-B By Kingston Products Corp. Later version of the M-308 lamp having the domed lens. As issued with the 'Gibson Girl' dinghy radios. Black bakelite casing with clear lens. Adjustable webbing strap, full loom and 2-pin plug. Also used by the RAF. Storage wear/soiling only. Very good condition. Stock code S18389.
U.S.A.A.F. / RAF AN/CRT-3 'Gibson Girl' Radio Set Ref : SCR-578 (identical earlier version of the AN/CRT-3). By the Pacific Division of the Bendix Aviation Corp. Emergency radio transmitter provided in multi-man dinghies. These were issued in a large bag, BG-155-A, along with two balloons. chemical hydrogen generators to inflate them, a kite to hoist the antenna wire and other related accessories including antenna wire, signal lamps and operating instructions. The set was also designed to be dropped over water by means of the parachute supplied with it. The transmitter is in excellent condition complete with cranking handle and wrench. Well marked and 1944 dated. Comes with the original bag and some of the packing pads. The bag is sound but has loss to the blanket type lining and a few holes - mainly to the rear/base. These were also used by the RAF. This item is very heavy so postage costs will be high. Stock code M16112.
U.S.A.A.F. / U.S.A.F. Dinghy Pump Large cylindrical pump with metal end plates and 'T' shaped plunger handle. Approx.28cm long (excl. hose) and 9cm diameter. With heavy duty rubber hose having screw threaded plated metal connectors. The pump ccould be used for inflation and deflation of the dinghy dependant on where the hose was attached. Used for testing inspections and possibly also with the larger dinghy packs. This example is in excellent condition throughout and comes with a yellow cotton container marked 'PUMP USAAF'. This particular pumphas just been used in a film production 'Adrift - 47 Days With Sharks!' - the true story of 2 AAF airman (Louis Zamperini & Russell Phillips) who crashed into the pacific ocean in May 1943. They survived for 47 days adrift in a survival dinghy encountering thousands of miles of open ocean, sharks, thirst, hunger, strafing enemy aircraft and eventually capture by the Japanese Navy. Filming took place off the coast of Malta during May/June this year and the film was shown in the USA on Discovery on 14th August. Viewers in the UK will have to wait until next year. Stock code H18245.
U.S.A.A.F. / U.S.N. AN6513-1A QAC Parachute Harness & Cushion Assembly By Reliance Mfg. Co. Part No. AN68642-1 ALT2'. Quick attachable chest type parachute harness. White webbing harness with a central black fleck. Fitted with the early 'dog-clip' style fastenings rather than the later quick-release box. Complete with correct horsehair filled backpad/cushion. The harness is clearly marked and dated 'MAR 26 1943'. This type of harness was worn extensively by ball-turret, tail and waist gunners who stowed their packs within the aircraft and clipped them on when required. These are technically Group 1 'Red' with metal loops on the harness. The corresponding packs has snap-hooks which engaged these metal loops. Pack shown in photos 9 and 10 for illustrative purposes only and not included in this sale. It is however, listed separately. Very good clean condition throughout. Stock code S19059.
U.S.A.A.F. / U.S.N. B-5 Life Vest By The United States Rubber Company. Indistinct dates but note the leather label reads A.F. US Army rather than USAF. The material is fairly good with decent colour. It is however quite grubby and the metal components all have verdigris deposits or corrosion. A couple of the press studs have started to pull thropugh the fabric (see photo). All straps appear to be complete. Both zip fasteners work though one is damaged at the closed end and should not be opened to that point (see photo). Internally it has both inner rubber bladders by The Seamless Rubber Co., one of these is dated 1956. Whilst both appear to be flexible there is splitting visible. Both retain the oral inflation tubes and valves plus the CO2 cylinder holders (1 empty, the other with siezed lid). Not without a few problems but a perfectly displayable piece for a Korean War collection or similar. Stock code MW18307.
U.S.A.A.F. / U.S.N. QAC Parachute Pack By Irving Air Chute. Part No. 42K4960-1. Dated Jan 7 ' 43. 'Pack Assembly - parachute, Training, chest'. Two point detachable chest pack with cadmium plated snap-hook fasteners to rear which were designed to engage with the 'D' loops on the QAC harness (Group 1 Red). Manufactured in heavy olive drab cotton duck and complete with the grab handle ends and rip cord assembly. Clearly marked and dated. No canopy or bungees are fitted but it does have the original metalwork for attaching to the harness. Stuffed/photographed with bubblewrap inside for illustrative purposes only. The harness shown in photo 9 is not included in this sale but is available to purchase separately. Ideal for use with the QAC harness currently listed. Extremely difficult to find. Stock code S19060.
U.S.A.A.F. 1021 'Gunner' Goggles DA1021. By Polaroid. This was an 'all-purpose' goggle, often referred to as the 'gunner's goggles' but also used by tank crews and paratroops. Similar in appearance to the B-8 but of more basic construction. They have a single piece grey sponge rubber frame, simple strap and were issued with clear, green and red tinted plastic lenses. The latter were of significant use to airgunners as it enabled them to see tracer bullets far more clearly under daylight conditions. The front of the frames are quite good but the rear has started to crack and has some perishing although retains flexibility and cushioning. The strap is quite good with the elastic section retaining flexibility and spring. Fitted with a decent red lens. Reasonable overall condition and priced accordingly. Stock code G4884.
U.S.A.A.F. 15th AAF Officer Pilot's Chocolate 'Ike' Jacket - History Coat, Elastique, O.D., Dark, Officers. 37R. 1944 dated. Lovely dark green 'chocolate' 'Ike' jacket. It would appear to have been carefully tailored from a standard 4-pocket tunic. Fitted with pin-backed Captain rank bars, clutch backed 'U.S' and 'Winged Props' (Sterling clutches), embroidered felt AAF patch and fully embroidered 15th AAF patch. Also has a very good Sterling marked pin-backed pilot wing, 3 overseas bars, distinguished unit citation badge and ribbons for DFC, Air Medal and Oak leaf cluster and Defense Service medal. There is evidence of another medal bar but this is missing. Overall condition is very good bar a few moth nips. No serious problems at all. Named to the owner, Edward John Murphy who was assigned to the 757th Bomb Squadron of the 459th Bomb Group. He was stationed at Cerignola piloting B-24s on raids on Ploesti, Monte Casino and Munich amongst others. Comes with a typed sheet of information relayed from his daughter that suggests his aircraft was badly hit with flak causing him to belly land the aircraft in Hungary. He was taken POW until the end of the war. Post-war he flew as a pilot for Southern Airlines and as a flight instructor during the Korean war. He was also active during the Cuban Missile crisis and retired in the mid 1970s as a Colonel and commander of the 159th Fighter Squadron. He died suddenly in 1992. Comes with a small photocopy photograph of him at Rankin Field (with other aircrew) and a photocopy photo of him in 1973. There is also a photocopy of a letter he wrote to his parents upon release from the POW camp. Stock code U15491.
U.S.A.A.F. 2nd Lieutenant A-2 Jacket Rank Bars Pair of rank bars made with gold 'foil' on leather. This type of insignia was often used with the A-2 flying jacket. Very good unused condition. Stock code M17458.
U.S.A.A.F. 2nd Lieutenant A-2 Jacket Rank Bars Pair of rank bars made with gold 'foil' on leather. This type of insignia was often used with the A-2 flying jacket, stitched in place on the epaulettes. Very good unused condition. Stock code M17458A.
U.S.A.A.F. 3rd AAF Pin Badge Approx. 22mm diameter gilt/enamelled badge with twin clutch type fixings to rear. Decorative item but of relatively recent manufacture. Good condition. Stock code U11385.
U.S.A.A.F. 3rd AAF Shoulder Patch Machine made 3rd AAF shoulder patch in excellent used condition and still sewn to a secton of the uniform from which is was taken. Stock code C18687.
U.S.A.A.F. 5th AAF Shoulder Patch Theatre made 5th AAF shoulder patch embroidered on felt. Slight fabric loss at the edges where removed from a uniform. The 5th AAF participated in the defence of the Philippines after Pearl Harbor and in operations in Papua New Guinea and Netherlands East Indies. Good used. Stock code U18769. Constituted . Stock code U17475.
U.S.A.A.F. 8th /9th AAF Type B-14 Flight Jacket Jacket, Enlisted Men's, Flight, Type B-14. By W & C Clothing Co. Size 36. Technically a flight jacket but essentially an 'Ike' type jacket that preceeded the 'Ike' and was unique to the AAF. Standardized for use by enlisted air crewmen in March 1944. Similar in appearance to an 'Ike' and manufactured in OD wool (Shade No.54). It has concealed breast pockets (with exposed flaps) and midriff slash pockets. This example has superb English made 8th and 9th AAF shoulder patches that have been stitched in place with light padding to the rear. There is a Sterling marked clutch backed Airgunner wing, screw backed collar insignia, Staff Sgt. 3rd Grade stripes, 6 overseas stripes, 1 wound stripe, distinguished unit citation badge, ruptured duck discharge patch and ribbons for Army Good Conduct and ETO (4 stars - 2 missing!) medals. Fully labelled and AAF marked. Overall condition is very good although it is a bit faded and there are some small moth holes. These jackets are now extremely rare to find. Don't miss this super example. Stock code U15500.
U.S.A.A.F. 8th AAF 'Battledress Ike' Jacket - English Made Lovely dark green/brown 'chocolate' 'Ike' jacket tailored from a standard four pocket tunic. Fitted with matched snow-flake back pin-backed Sterling marked Colonel's rank eagles, matched clutch backed 'U.S' and Amcraft/Acid-Test 'Winged Props', English made embroidered felt 8th patch, nice solid backed/cast, pin backed Sterling marked pilot wing, ribbons for DFC & bar, Purple Heart, ETO with one star and the Legion of Merit medals and a distinguished unit citation badge with oakleaf. Overall condition is very good with only very minor moth nips and light soiling. Stock code U18648. By Hector Powe of London. A super dark chocolate wool flannel jacket with matching rayon lining. Tailored in England to look similar to the British War Service Dress jacket. This is not a standard 'Ike' jacket, nor a cut-down / tailored four-pocket tunic. It differs from the 'Ike' in buttoning right up to the neck and having no lapels as such. This one is fitted with matched pin-backed 1st Lieutenant rank bars, a lovely English made stubby winged embroidered felt 8th AAF shoulder patch and unmarked 2-piece pin-backed bombardier wing. The tailor's label is marked with the owner's name 'F.F. Resabek' and dated 1/10/43. A true rarity. Stock code U17431.
U.S.A.A.F. 8th AAF 'Ike' Jacket Lovely dark green/brown 'chocolate' 'Ike' jacket tailored from a standard four pocket tunic. Fitted with matched snow-flake back pin-backed Sterling marked Colonel's rank eagles, matched clutch backed 'U.S' and Amcraft/Acid-Test 'Winged Props', English made embroidered felt 8th patch, nice solid backed/cast, pin backed Sterling marked pilot wing, ribbons for DFC & bar, Purple Heart, ETO with one star and the Legion of Merit medals and a distinguished unit citation badge with oakleaf. Overall condition is very good with only very minor moth nips and light soiling. Stock code U18648.
U.S.A.A.F. 8th AAF Bullion Patch Superb wire bullion 8th AAF shoulder patch embroidered on felt with a hessian type backing. Some tarnishing and fading but in very good used condition overall. Stock code U17477.
U.S.A.A.F. 8th AAF English Made Patch English made 'stubby' winged 8th AAF shoulder patch embroidered on felt. Some moth trailing evident, otherwise in good used condition. Stock code U17468.
U.S.A.A.F. 8th AAF Enlisted Mans' Aircrew 'Ike' Jacket By Rudow & Reggio. 36R. 1944 dated. Standard olive drab jacket with English made felt 8th patch, pin-backed, sterling marked airgunner wing, screw backed “U.S” & winged prop collar insignia, corporal stripes, overseas stripes and ruptured duck discharge patch. The overall appearance is good but there are a few small moth holes - all fairly well hidden - including one near the right underarm area and a number under the collar etc. The wing is also shows wear to the finish. No name or history. Stock code U13904.
U.S.A.A.F. 8th AAF Fighter Pilot's 'Chocolate' Tunic - History Four pocket dark olive drab 'chocolate' tunic by Kahn Tailoring of Indianapolis. May 1942 dated. Standard tunic with English made felt 8th/AAF shoulder patches, clutch-backed 'US' and winged-propellor collar dogs and sterling marked pin-backed first Lieutenant rank bars plus ribbons for the DFC and Air Medal with oak leaf. In addition there is a nice silver bullion wire pilot wing and a sterling marked pin-backed red cross badge under the right lapel. Very good used condition. Labelled inside 'Post Exch. Napier Field, 5/44, No. 22434' and named to Eugene B DuGar. DuGar flew P-51 Mustangs with the 350th Fighter Squadron of the 353rd Fighter Group. They flew out of Raydon in Suffolk (Station 157). The group flew fighter-bomber, escort, and counter-air activities, participating in the Battle of the Bulge (December 1944-January 1945) and the airborne attack across the Rhine (March 1945). The 353FG flew combat missions until the end of April 1945. DuGar had two taxiing accidents in June 1945, 2/6/45 in P51D15, 44-15519 LH-H 'Jayne' and 30/06/45 in P-51C1 42-103302. Reports on both accidents can be purchased through aviationarchaeology.com. They run to 19 & 14 pages and are $25 each. DuGar married Margaret Campbell of St. Louis in October 1946 and lived in Cleveland, Ohio. A very nice tunic worthy of further research. Stock code U13932.
U.S.A.A.F. 8th AAF Officer 'Ike' Jacket - English Made By D.W. Curtiss Ltd. of Maddox St. London. June 1941 dated. Lovely dark green/brown 'chocolate' 'Ike' jacket. Fitted with snow-flake back pin-backed Sterling 1st Lieutenant rank bars, clutch backed 'U.S' and 'Winged Props' (Sterling clutches), English made embroidered felt 8th patch, nice pin backed Sterling Bombardier wing, 3 overseas bars and a distinguished unit citation badge. Overall condition is good but there is some moth damage/holes to the end of one sleeve and other small holes/moth nips. I naddition the lining is worn/ragged at the armpits. Named to C (?) J Caldwell. Super item. Stock code U15495.
U.S.A.A.F. 8th AAF Officer's Chocolate Tunic - History/Photos Four pocket dark olive drab 'chocolate' tunic by Kahn Tailoring of Indianapolis. November 1942 dated. Standard tunic with English made felt 8th patch, clutch-backed 'US' & winged-prop collar dogs and sterling marked pin-backed first Lieutenant rank bars plus ribbons for Good conduct, American defence and ETO medals. In addition there is a distinctive unit citation badge with oakleaf and stripes for 2 years overseas service. The overall appearance is quite good but the front is peppered with small moth nips/holes. This jacket belonged to Edward C Owen who began his military career with the Yankee Division, 101st Field Artillery, F Company, later becoming a clerk with the 8th AAF (822nd Air Engineering Squadron, 446th Air Service Group - Kings Cliffe, Northants). It is nicely labelled to him, complete with tailors monogrammed label inside. It comes with a small selection of snapshots of him - some in uniform. There is also a large group photo of him as a cadet, approx. 25 x 75cms with all the personnel identified/autographed. In addition there is a letter from his wife and a few souvenirs of his time over here including a programme from the Theatre Royal Peterborough (March 1945), another for Basket Ball finals at the Royal Albert Hall, London c. March 1945 - tournament conducted by Special Services UK Base and the US Red Cross - lists the 8th AAF & Base depot teams and even includes a typed insert listing the players. In addition there are VE and VFE Day souvenir programmes from RAF Wittering that lists the squadron's victories for the war and gives a programme of events including a football match between the RAF & USAAF, film show and so on. We have also listed the same officer's 'Ike' jacketand other photos/ephemera on this site. Stock code U13932.
U.S.A.A.F. 8th AAF Pamphlet - Feb. 1945 'Army Talks For The Eighth Air Force - Day and Night'. Vol. 1 No. 2 10 Feb. 1945. Pamphlet, approx. 13 x 21cms. 20p. Marked 'Restricted - ETO - US Army'. Excellent little pamphlet outlining the story of teamwork between the 8th AAF and the RAF. A great read and with god line drawings throughout. VGC. Stock code P14012.
U.S.A.A.F. 8th AAF Shoulder Patch Machine made, fully embroidered original in excellent condition. Stock code U19540.
U.S.A.A.F. 8th AAF Shoulder Patch - English Made English made 'stubby winged' 8th AAF shoulder patch embroidered on felt. Excellent used condition. Stock code U17473.
U.S.A.A.F. 8th AAF Shoulder Patch - English Made English made 8th AAF shoulder patch embroidered on felt. Unusual smaller size - approx. 55mm diameter. Some moth damage at the edges as seen in the photos, otherwise very good. Stock code U17475.
U.S.A.A.F. 8th AAF Used T-44 Microphone/Wiring Loom Deep chocolate coloured loom with standard RAF bell jackplug to one end and a Type T-44 magnetic microphone and AAF JK-26 socket at the other. The T-44 fitted inside the nose section of AAF masks, aleviateing the need for a throatmike. It was used primarily in aircraft fitted with RAF radio equipment. This loom enabled AAF crews with the 8th and 9th AAF to plug in their American made headgear into RAF aircraft. Quite a rare find. Superb condition, probably unissued. With photocopy of fitting instructions. Stock code H14160.
U.S.A.A.F. 8th AF, 446BG A-2 Flying jacket Marked as a size 40M. Physically measures 42" so should be a comfortable fit for a 38" or a snug 40". Mid tan leather with matching cotton lining. The leather is generally excellent with no rips, tears or repairs, showing just normal wear. There is a small dark spot on the left pocket (see photo) - possibly an ink stain? Complete with all the usual A-2 features including the collar snaps and hook, leather hanger, underarm vents and original 'Crown' zip. The main label is long gone but it retains the small pocket label marked 'RW No. 3784, Size 40M'. The chocolate brown wool knitted cuffs and waistband are in very good original condition. There is some minor snagging and small moth holes to the waist but this is far better than usually found. The only notable fault is to the lining, adjacent to the collar where it has become partially detached and has small holes. The jacket benefits from a superb embroidered felt patch for the 446BG with the motto 'Voler Venger Vaincre' (Fly Avenge Vanquish). Above this there are stitch holes where the owner's name patch has been carefully removed. Stitch holes can also be seen on the left shoulder where an 8th AF patch would have been. The 446th Bombardment Group was formed during the spring of 1943 at Tuscon Arizona, moving to England in October-November 1943 and beginning combat missions in December of the same year. They were based at Bungay airfield near the village of Flixton in Suffolk and operated on B-24 Liberator aircraft. Known as 'The Bungay Buckaroos', the 446th, comprising the 704th, 705th, 706th and 707th Bomb Squadrons formed part of the 20th Combat Wing (with 93BG at Hardwick and the 448th at Seething). The group flew as part of the strategic bombing offensive, but like most 8th AF groups also took part in support operations for missions such as the D-day landings, Market Garden and the Rhine Crossings. They flew a total of 273 missions for a loss of 58 aircraft. They claimed 34 enemy aircraft, 11 probables and 8 damaged. The jacket is directly from the son of the owner. However, as far as he is aware his dad did not come to England but was stationed at Denver where the unit passed through. This is presumed to be where he acquired it. Overall this is a very nice original jacket worthy of any 8thAAF collection. Stock code DRF/DV-1
U.S.A.A.F. 8thAF Bombing Reconnaissance Photo/Report Comprises one foolscap sheet - typed/period copy, and one raid photo. Immediate Interpretation Report No. K. 3154, dated 13 Sept. 1944 for a raid on a tyre factory and railway sidings in the Fulda area of Germany. The report gives information on the levels of damage etc. The photograph was taken by 22 Photographic Squadron. Good condition. Stock code P14795.
U.S.A.A.F. 8thAF Wedding Photograph 18x24cms. Large b+w photo showing the bride and groom, bridesmaid and best man(?). The men are both in uniform and the groom is wearing airgunner wings, overseas stripes and a British made felt 8th patch. Good condition. Stock code P14422.
U.S.A.A.F. 9th AAF Shoulder Patch English made 9th AAF shoulder patch embroidered on felt. Small nick at the edge where removed from a uniform, otherwise in very good condition. Stock code U18645.
U.S.A.A.F. 9th AAF Shoulder Patch Machine made, fully embroidered original in good used condition. Stock code U19533.
U.S.A.A.F. 9thAF Shoulder Patch Machine made, fully embroidered original in excellent condition. Stock code U9180.
U.S.A.A.F. A-10 Flying Boots By Bristolite. Size large. Technically, 'Shoe, Flying, Heavy Winter, Type A-10'. Standardized in July 1941. Knee length and manufactured in 3/4" pile sheep shearling reinforced with horsehide seams. Fitted with adjustable ankle straps and drawstring tops. Rubber soles with 'tire cord' cleats. Intended for wear with the A-11 shoe which was essentially a sheepskin slipper insert and with B-7, B-8 jackets/A-6, A-7 trousers. Due to the raw unfinished sheepskin these boots were too permeable to water vapour and deemed unsuitable for Arctic regions. Their status was downgraded to limited standard in August 1942. Now extremely rare to find. This pair is in extremely good used condition. Obviously there is soiling to the sheepskin and some wear but no rips, tears or repairs. The ankle straps are sound although there is light verdigris on the buckles. The boots retain the original leather laces/ drawstrings, top 'pullers' and labels with 1942 contract dates. The original soles show some wear & use revealing the 'tire cords' within the rubber. The linings also appear to be very good. A super pair of very rare boots and in a good displayable size. This is only the second pair we have had in the last 20 years. Stock code B16870.
U.S.A.A.F. A-10 Flying Trousers By Metro Sportswear Inc. of New York. Size 38. Olive drab cotton trousers with three leg pockets, side seam pockets and seam access slits plus two rear pockets. Buttoned tabs provide minor adjustment at the ankle. Alpaca pile lining. They are very clean and undamaged with an excellent overall appearance. There is a clear AAF decal to the left thigh and a smaller one near the fly. Good clear AAF label. Complete with original braces in excellent condition. The lining appears to be equally good. These were used with the B-11 jackets and standardized in July 1943. A super pair in a rare large size. Stock code S19517.
U.S.A.A.F. A-10 Type 'Intermediate' Flying Gloves Unknown size. This pair of gloves appear to be a privately purchased commercial version of the classic five-finger seal brown goatskin leather A-10 glove that was standardized in 1938 and used throughout the war. This pair is constructed from thicker hide and the knitted wristlet is larger and of coarser stitch. Lined with blanket/wool. The leather is in good condition showing light wear/use only. The wristlets are a bit soiled and there are fray holes at the ends but no moth damage. A section of the wristlet has come unstitched (approx. 4cm) from the glove. The linings are soiled and show age. Good used overall. Unlabelled. Half the price of an equivalent marked pair. Stock code GA13252.
U.S.A.A.F. A-10 'Intermediate' Flying Gloves Size 10.5. Classic five-finger seal brown goatskin leather glove with camel's hair lining and knitted wristlet. Standardized in 1938 and used throughout the war. Excellent used condition. Fairly minor mothing to one wristlet but no serious defects. Fully AAF labelled. The best pair of these we have seen for a long time. Stock code GA16450.
U.S.A.A.F. A-10A Oxygen Mask - Boxed By The Acushnet Process. Co. Dated 5-44. Size medium. The rubber is very flexible but does have some surface crazing - nothing serious/no major cracking. The attached tube is in very good condition. The webbing harness is generally very good but does have some rust marking and a small cut in one-section. Comes with the original cardboard carton - fully marked up. This also contains a fully illustrated 7p instruction leaflet and some spare harness components. Good to good '+' used condition. The A-10 was rushed into service in 1943 to replace the deficient A-8Bs still in use by the 8th AAF in England. Stock code O14052..
U.S.A.A.F. A-10A Oxygen Mask, Boxed By The Acushnet Process. Co. Dated 4-44, Box 5/44). Size medium. The rubber is very flexible although a little grubby. The attached tube is also in equally good condition. The webbing harness is very good. Comes with the original issue AAF cardboard carton c/w spares envelope/spares (lacking the instruction leaflet). Very good '+' used condition. The A-10 was rushed into service in 1943 to replace the deficient A-8Bs still in use by the 8th AAF in England. Stock code O17486.
U.S.A.A.F. A-11 Flying Trousers By Rough Wear Clothing Co. Size 32. Olive drab cotton trousers with full length zips, fly zip, zipped side pockets and numerous other pockets. The overall apearance is good and the material is generally sound and fairly clean. There are a few fairly insignificant small nicks/holes here and there and also some small tears in the outer fabric layer - notably on the front right lower leg, front left leg beneath the pocket flap, rear left side beneath waistband. All of the latter have been photographed and could easily be repaired if desired. All of the zips function correctly although one lacks the puller tag (oxygen cylinder pocket). All remaining zips even have the additional leather tabs attached. The lining is good and although the knitted anklets have some moth damage the overall appearance is reasonably good. There is a faded AAF decal to the left thigh. No braces. These were used with the B-15/B-15A jackets and are the first issue A-11's prior to the modified A-11A. Good clear AAF label with 1944 contract date. Good used overall. Stock code S18611.
U.S.A.A.F. A-11 Intermediate Flying Helmet Size large. By Fox Chase Knitting Mills Inc. The leather is in excellent, supple, clean condition. Minor rubbing in places but nothing serious at all. The only downside is that the adjustable rear strap has been severed and is part missing (see photos). The lining is much cleaner than usual indicating little use. Fully labelled and with AAF stamp/transfer. Complete with 'flat hook' ready for use with an oxygen mask. Overall a very good “+” example in a rare large size. Stock code H18637.
U.S.A.A.F. A-11 Intermediate Flying Helmet (Wired) Size large. By The Selby Shoe Co. The leather is in excellent, supple, clean condition. Minor rubbing in places but nothing serious at all. The lining is really very clean indicating little use. Fully labelled. This helmet comes wired with unusual ANB-H-1 'type' receivers, loom and PL-55 jackplug. It is also fitted with a 'flat hook' ready for use with an oxygen mask. Overall this is an excellent example in a rare large size. Stock code H18638.
U.S.A.A.F. A-11 Navigator's 'Hack' Wristwatch By Bulova. 1944 contract date. Black dial with Arabic numerals. Watch Co. The case is scratched and shows age and wear. Light scratching/wear to crystal. The dial is generally good but there is some loss to the numerals (10) and chapter ring divisions (see photos). Replacement brown leather strap. Fully/clearly AAF marked to the rear and in good working order. Quite good used overall. Stock code C16221.
U.S.A.A.F. A-11 Wristwatch By Bulova. 1942 contract date. Black dial with Arabic numerals. Luminous hands and sweep second hand. 16-jewel 'hack' movement. The 'waterproof' case is good bar minor scratching and tarnishing. The dial and crystal are both excellent. Old looking but non original brown leather 'Kreisler' branded strap with gilt pronged buckle. The watch case is clearly AAF marked to the rear. The movement has recently been cleaned/lubricated and is in very good working order and keeping time well. Stock code C19435.
U.S.A.A.F. A-11 Wristwatch - Ex. 8th AAF Pilot By Elgin. 1944 contract date. Black dial with Arabic numerals. The case is somewhat scratched and shows age and wear. The dial and crystal are both very good. Cheap replacement strap. Fully/clearly AAF marked to the rear and in good working order. This is part of the effects of a B-17 / B-24 pilot with the 490th Bomb Group (Heavy), 848th Bomb Squadron (H). 1st Lieutenant Edward C. Kinzler was born on January 29th 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He enlisted on June 23rd 1942. His basic training was completed at Coffeyville, Kansas and Advanced Flying School, Altus Field in Oklahoma as a 2nd Lieutenant. Temporary promotion was granted to 1st Lieutenant in April 1944. He arrived in Britain on 5th May 1944 as a B-24 pilot flying from R.A.F. Eye (AAF Station 134) near Stowmarket, Suffolk. He flew 22 operational flights (combat missions) on B-24s and a further 13 after changing to B-17s in August 1944. Targets included Hemmingstedt, Frankfurt, Nurenberg, Arnhem, Ludwigshafen, Munster, Berlin and Cologne. He also flew training missions whilst with the 8th. Kinzler left England in November, arriving back in the USA on 28th November 1944. For his service flying missions in the European Theatre of Operations (ETO) flying missions over Normandy, Northern France and Germany he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters and the ETO medal. He was relieved from active service on June 3rd 1945. Having survived a tour of operational flying he was killed in 1947 in a cruel twist of fate during a crop dusting flight. Check out the other items relating to this veteran. Stock code C18664.
U.S.A.A.F. A-12 Flying Gloves A-12 Arctic flying gloves in light olive drab gabardine with a brown horsehide reinforced palms. Wool pile linings. Adjustable cuff strap. Standardised in March 1943. This pair is in very good condition. There is light wear and a small seam split on the right gauntlet, otherwise no issues. Both have fading AAF decals and AAF marked labels with a 1944 contract date. Stock code GA19521.
U.S.A.A.F. A-14 Oxygen Mask - 8th AF Modified, Boxed By The Ohio Chemical Manufacturing. Co. Dated 5-45. Size small. Box label is printed '8th A.F. Modification'. The mask looks good but the sections of the facepiece have hardened. Notably the 'cheek flaps', nose and lower rear section. The overall shape is good and this would display well although cracks show internally when the right 'cheek' flap is flexed. Both webbing and rubber parts of the harness are generally very good and the original oxygen hose complete with end connector is excellent. As per details on the box this mask has had the rare 8th Air Force modification that involved adding rubber 'washers' over the oxygen inlet ports inside. Comes with the original carboard carton in good order. Inside this are the remains of the original cellophane wrapper, spares envelope, general instruction leaflet and instruction sheet for use and repair of the 8th Modified A-14 Cemented In Anti-Freeze insert and positive lock disconnect assembly. A good display piece let down by the hardening of the facepiece. Rare to find these marked with '8th Modifications' on the box. Stock code O18630.
U.S.A.A.F. A-14 Oxygen Mask - Boxed By The Ohio Chemical Mfg. Co. Dated 5-44. Size small. The rubber is very good and flexible. Even the rubber sections of the harness show little signs of cracking or damage. The tube is equally good having no cracking or deterioration within the folds. Comes with the original carboard carton (very good but a little faded) and a the spares envelope (sealed in a plastic bag. Very good to excellent used condition. Stock code O14470.
U.S.A.A.F. A-14 Oxygen Mask, Wired By The Ohio Chemical Mfg. Co. Dated 11-44. Size large. The rubber facepiece is very good, flexible and quite clean as is the tube. Excellent webbing harness. Wired with an ANB-M-C1 microphone assembly, (mic, loom and PJ-292 2-pin plug) for use without a throatmike. Very good used condition. Stock code O17445.
U.S.A.A.F. A-4 QAC Parachute Harness Manufactured by the Switlik Parachute Co. Group 2 'Yellow' . Quick attachable chest type parachute harness. White webbing harness copied from the British RAF Irvin type and with a similar quick-release box. This incorporates a simple modification in the form of a spring clip 'key' which when used prevented the wearer from accidentally pressing the release plate. The harness has two bright yellow patches sewn to the upper straps to signify that this harness has a pair of hooded snap-hooks located on the chest The corresponding pack has two steel loops attached to the back. Group 1 'Red' harnesses had steel loops on the harness and hooks on the pack. Complete with correct backpad/cushion with centrally positioned zip fastener. The harness is clearly marked with manufacturer details and January 1945 date. Pack shown in photos 9 and 10 are for illustrative purposes only and not included in this sale. It is however, listed separately. Excellent clean condition throughout. Stock code S19057.
U.S.A.A.F. A-4 QAC Parachute Harness Manufactured by the Standard Parachute Corp. Group 2 'Yellow' . Quick attachable chest type parachute harness. White webbing harness copied from the British RAF Irvin type and with a similar quick-release box. This incorporates a simple modification in the form of a spring clip 'key' which when used prevented the wearer from accidentally pressing the release plate. The harness has two bright yellow patches sewn to the upper straps to signify that this harness has a pair of hooded snap-hooks located on the chest. The corresponding pack would have two steel loops attached to the back. Group 1 'Red' harnesses had steel loops on the harness and hooks on the pack. Complete with correct backpad/cushion with centrally positioned brass 'Talon' zip fastener. Fitted with cadmium plated 'loops' at the rear for attachment of a dinghy pack. The harness is clearly marked with manufacturer details, part numbers and November 1944 date - the marks are much clearer than shown in the photos. Excellent clean condition throughout. Stock code S19043.
U.S.A.A.F. A-4 QAC Parachute Pack Manufactured by S. I. Campbell Co. Group 2 'Yellow' pack for the quick attachable chest type parachute harness. Olive drab cotton duck material with heavy webbing grab handles on 3 sides. Yellow patch sewn to the ripcord flap indicating that this is a Group 2 'Yellow' pack. Complete with steel loops for attaching to the harness. Also fitted with ripcord handle/ripcord. The harness shown in photo 10 is for illustrative purposes only and not included in this sale. It is however, listed separately. The pack itself is empty (stuffed for photographing only). Excellent condition throughout and with clear AAF marks and date etc. Stock code S19058.
U.S.A.A.F. A-4 QAC Parachute Pack & Canopy Manufactured by The Switlik Parachute Company of Trenton, New Jersey. Group 2 'Yellow' pack for the quick attachable chest type parachute harness. Olive drab cotton duck material with heavy webbing grab handles on 3 sides. Yellow patch sewn to the ripcord flap indicating that this is a Group 2 'Yellow' pack. Clear 1944 date. This pack still contains the correct original canopy by the Hayes Manufacturing Corporation. It is clearly marked with the serial number AAF-42948315, date of manufacture. JUN 1943, order number 43-8364-AF and drawing number 4-2-C-2001 . Complete with rigging lines and steel loops for attaching to the harness. Also fitted with ripcord handle/ripcord. In addition the pack retains the elasticated bungees, an original 'Emergency Uses of the Parachute' booklet and the Parachute log book (AAF Form 46) with entries from January 1945. The pack itself is a little grubby and worn in places but overall condition is very good. A superb set-up ready for your A-4 harness - or the one currently listed on this site! Stock code S19344.
U.S.A.A.F. A-6A Flying Boots Large size (measure 36cm/14" from toe to heel externally). Reasonably good overall appearance. Most of the leather is in sound flexible condition. The left boot has some fairly minor surface lifting and cracks but nothing serious. The right boot has similar snags but also an old patch near the base of the zip and tears to the side of the zip and where the leather meets the sole (6 and 4cms respectively). Ideally these would be repaired or patched but present no problem for display. The boots retain both sets of straps in good overall condition. The rubber soles/galosh sections are excellent and flexible on both boots. The original 'Crown' zips have their leather puller thongs and are in good working condition. The linings are a bit grubby but in good order. Labels missing but one boot has a nice clear AAF decal. Not without problems but these just don't turn up at the moment! Stock code B14353.
U.S.A.A.F. A-7 Oxygen Mask (Commercial Variant) By Franklin-Tally. Rare commercial version of the nasal bladder mask. Dark green rubber face piece that covers the nose only. Integral oxygen feed channels pass from the nose-piece around either side of the mouth joining at the bottom where the rebreather (bladder) bag and oxygen tube are fitted. This is the forerunner of the A-7A mask which had 2 rubber mouldings that housed sponge discs to aid oxygen dilution. Simple rubber strap with press stud fastening. This example has no oxygen flow valve - the oxygen tube fits directly to the lower body of the mask. The main body of the mask and tubes are in excellent condition - fully supple and with quite a bit of french chalk remaining. The rebreather bag is stiff and hardened and would not inflate. See p. 272 'Vintage Flying Helmets' for a similar example (metal valve not on this one and slight strap fastening variation). No markings. In the original box which is in good overall condition. Stock code O8305.
U.S.A.A.F. A-7 Slipper Insert (For A-6 Flying Boots) By The Consolidated Slipper Corp. Size medium. Standardized in 1937 the A-7 insert was constructed of 3/4" lamb shearling with leather reinforced seams and a simple one-piece pressed felt sole and heel. These were developed for (optional) use with the A-6 and A-6A flying boots. Being manufactured using raw untreated sheepskin these boots do wear quite badly. This pair are relatively clean. The right slipper is in good condition with no damage although one half of the webbing tying tape is missing at the ankle. The left slipper has damage/ a split near the toe and a smaller one adjacent to the rear seam. It is also missing the tying tapes. Very good soles/heels. Fully labelled with a 1942 contract date. Quite rare to find now. Stock code B14784.
U.S.A.A.F. A-9 Flying Helmet Size large. Green cotton helmet complete with field modifications that include leather receiver carriers and press studs added for the later issue oxygen masks A-10A/A-14 etc). The helmet also has the standard straps/hooks for the A-9/A-10 oxygen mask attachment. The chinstrap has a fleece chinpad and buckle. Retains both of the laces around the face opening and neck. Fully labelled with 1942 contract date. The cloth is in good order although there is one small hole (see photo) and another fray hole visible from the inside only. The straps are good (one popper missing from one of the added mask attachment points) and the leather receiver carriers are undamaged. Some of the metalwork has verdigris deposits and minor surface corrosion. Fully wired with loom, black PL-54 jack and early R-14 receivers. A good fully wired example in a displayable size. Stock code H15340.
U.S.A.A.F. A-9 Flying Helmet Size large. Green cotton helmet as issued without earpieces. C/w all straps/hooks for oxygen mask attachment. Chinstrap has a fleece chinpad & buckle. Retains both of the laces around the face opening & neck. Fully labelled with 1942 contract date. Shows only light use and is in very nice condition throughout. Stock code H17409.
U.S.A.A.F. A-9A Flying Gauntlets Size large. Unlabelled. Unusual light tan coloured leather with very shaggy lamb shearling lining in the glove section and short dense fur in the cuff section. The leather is in very good supple condition but shows some wear/soiling and the odd small nick. The lining is in very good condition. The gloves have size labels and one has an AAF ink stamp externally. Overall, good used "+" to very good. Stock code GA15781.
U.S.A.A.F. A-9A Flying Gauntlets By Bacmo Postman Corp. Size Extra Large. Unusual light tan coloured leather with very dense pale shearling linings. The leather has some abrasion and surface marking but is generally in very good clean supple condition with little wear. The lining is in very good condition other than around the cuff where there is minor loss of fleece in places and evidence of insect damage - see photos. The gloves are fully labelled internally and also have external size labels and AAF ink stamps. Good overall condition. Stock code GA17869.
U.S.A.A.F. A-9A Flying Gauntlets Unlabelled. Seal brown leather with dense curly shearling linings. The leather has light soiling/spot marking but is generally in very good supple condition with little wear. The lining is in equally good condition. Stock code GA18093.
U.S.A.A.F. A10 Oxygen Mask (Early Pattern) By The Acushnet Process. Co. Dated 10-42. Standard size. This is the first pattern A-10 with the unique and distinctive integral forehead strap running from the body of the mask between the eyes and up to the top of the head. It also had enlarged 'cheek' pieces covering more of the wearer's face and providing greater protection. The rubber is very flexible and appears undamaged bar some 'lumps' on the forehead strap and usual soiling and marking. It retains the original nosewire and the attached oxygen tube is in very good condition with no signs of cracking. The webbing harness is very clean and even the metal componants are free of tarnishing or rust. These early production masks were only made for a limited time soon being replaced by the A-10C (Converted - basically modified A-10 production masks with the unique strap removed) and later the A-10R (Revised) produced without the strap and with a smaller facepiece. This is undoubtedly one of the rarest AAF masks to find. We haven't had one for over 10 years. A good '+' used example. Stock code O16769.
U.S.A.A.F. Air Crew Lunch Candy Ration Packed by Charms Company, Bloomfield, New Jersey. Approx. 9.5 x 7 x 3cms. Pocket-sized card box with twin compartments containing two sticks of chewing gum, two bars of fudge and 2 oz of hard candy. These were issued individually to aircrews on missions of more than three hours duration. The carton has light staining/marking but is in excellent overall condition and is complete with the original contents. Stock code M15336.
U.S.A.A.F. Aircraft Inspectors Kit Briefcase Brown leather briefcase approx.42x30x8cms. Has a carrying handle, lockable clasp (no key) & provision for two buckled fastening straps to go around the entire case. Inside there are three compartments. Overall condition is quite good/sound but there is some general wear & also cracking where the “flap” folds over. Only one of the leather straps remains (some cracking/wear). Gold blocked lettering to the front “Aircraft Inspectors Kit, Air Force, United States Army”. Stock code M13068.
U.S.A.A.F. Aircrew Wing Full size - approx. 8cm span. Appear to be made in silver washed brass. English style pin backed and potentially of English manufacture. Two-piece construction. The rear pin & securing clasp are a little bent and the silver plate is rubbing off with use/wear. Still an attractive wing. Stock code U18514.
U.S.A.A.F. Aircrew Wing Full size 3"/8cm aircrew wing. Pin backed. Raised shield mark to rear but no text so unsure of manufacturer. Excellent condition. Stock code U18945.
U.S.A.A.F. Aircrew Wing By Gemsco. New York. Full size 3"/8cm cast white metal aircrew wing. Pin backed. Maker marked to rear. Nicely detailed wing in very good condition. Stock code U19179.
U.S.A.A.F. Aircrew Wing - Sterling By A.E. Co. Utica. New York. Full size 3"/8cm aircrew wing. Clutch backed - no clutches (we can probably find a couple for the buyer). Maker & 'Sterling' marked to rear. Nicely detailed wing in excellent condition. Stock code U18862.
U.S.A.A.F. Aircrew Wing - Sterling By Amico. Full size 3"/8cm aircrew wing. Pin backed. Maker & 'Sterling' marked to rear. Nicely detailed wing in excellent condition. Lovely patina. Stock code U18894.
U.S.A.A.F. Aircrew Wing, English Made - Gaunt By J R Gaunt, London. Full size 3"/8cm aircrew wing. Pin backed. Two-piece construction. Lovely patina. Probably sterling silver but not marked as such. Very good used condition. Stock code U18936.
U.S.A.A.F. Aircrew Wing, English Made - Ludlow By Ludlow, London. Full size 3"/8cm aircrew wing. Pin backed. Two-piece construction. Lovely patina. Probably sterling silver but not marked as such. Distinctive shape. Damage/loss to pin clasp otherwise in very good used condition. Rare English maker. Stock code U18995.
U.S.A.A.F. Airgunner Safety Belt, Type A-3 'Belt, Gunners' Safety, Type A-3'. By The Irving Air Chute Co. Inc. Manufactured using parachute harness type webbing this safety harness was used mainly by waist gunners to prevent them from falling from the aircraft. Date of manufacture marked as July 1942 but also with later August 1944 inspection stamp. Excellent, probably unused condition. Stock code M17253.
U.S.A.A.F. Airgunner Safety Belt, Type A-3 'Belt, Gunners' Safety, Type A-3'. By Companion Bags Inc. Manufactured using parachute webbing this type of safety harness was used mainly by waist gunners to prevent them from falling from the aircraft. Date of manufacture marked as September 1943 but also with later inspection dates (1945, 1947 & 1950). Excellent, probably unused condition and with remnants of the original packing box. Stock code M17497.
U.S.A.A.F. Airgunner Wing 52mm span cast metal shirt wing with pin back. Unmarked but believed to be silver. Excellent. We have a couple available. Stock code U11817/8.
U.S.A.A.F. Airgunner Wing Full size 3"/8cm stamped aircrew wing. Pin backed. Two-piece construction. Lovely patina. Probably sterling silver but has no markings. Central winged bullet a little loose/has some rotational movement but in very good used condition overall. Stock code U18937.
U.S.A.A.F. AN-6550/ANS-31 Summer Flying Suit By the Felt Novelty Mfg. Co. Inc. Size 38. One-piece OD gabardine/wool suit. Overall condition is good & clean. Does have a few small holes/frayed areas but better than most. Retains zips in good working order, pockets, ankle straps, belt, label etc. Stock code S12209.
U.S.A.A.F. AN-H-15 Flying Helmet Size Medium. By The Bates Shoe Co. Tan cotton helmet. The cloth is in excellent clean condition throughout. Shows minor storage age wear only. Fully AAF labelled. Very good straps. Unwired. Fitted with 'flat hook' ready for oxygen mask mounting. An excellent helmet. Stock code H17446.
U.S.A.A.F. AN-H-15 Flying Helmet Size large. By the Zip-A-Bag Corp. Tan cotton helmet. The cloth is in excellent condition throughout. Shows minor storage soiling and age wear only. Light cracking of the leather reinforcement around the oxygen mask studs - see photos. Fully AAF labelled and copiously stamped. Missing one of the chin strap buckles (severed but does not affect use of the strap - see photo). The actual strap is in good order although it does have some surface crazing/wear. Unwired. Fitted with 'flat hook' ready for oxygen mask mounting. A good helmet. Stock code H18639.
U.S.A.A.F. AN-H-15 Summer Flying Helmet Size large. By the Bates Shoe Co. Tan cotton helmet. The cloth is in excellent condition. Shows minor storage soiling and age wear only. AAF labelled. Good strap complete with velvet chinpad. Clean interior. Unwired. An excellent example. Stock code H19406.
U.S.A.A.F. AN-S-31/AN6550 Summer Flying Suit Size unknown but measures approx. 40" at the chest (pit to pit, zipped) and 34" at belt height. Introduced in April 1943 to replace the A-4 this is a one-piece zip fronted olive drab gabardine/wool suit with buttoned, flapped pockets at the chest and lower legs. Buttoned ankle straps. Overall condition is fair/reasonable. There are some frayed/snagged areas, small holes and repairs - notably to the left chest pocket. In addition, the zip flap has been shortened (see photo) and both the label and belt are missing. Perhaps the most widely used suit by the AAF during WW2. Not the greatest suit but perfectly displayable and priced accordingly. Stock code S9915.
U.S.A.A.F. AN42N2004-1 Seat Parachute Pack By Reliance Mfg. Co. Dated January 1943. This pack was used with a 24' canopy and the AN6510-1 Seat type parachute harness assembly. Olive drab canvas pack in good order. There is some fading and also small wear holes adjacent to a couple of the bungee attachment hooks (see photo). In addition two of these bungee hooks have been replaced (see photo) and the lift-the-dot fasteners that cover the rip cord cones are very stiff. I didn't want to force them and tear the material so these have not been opened. The bungees are modern replacements. Good clear marking and date. The pack is empty. Stock code M17139.
U.S.A.A.F. AN6022-1 Portable Oxygen Assembly Type A-4 low pressure cylinder with attached type A-13 regulator, together making a complete unit, AN6022-1. One of these assemblies would have been available at each crew position within a bomber or other multi-person aircraft. The crocodile clip on the back of the regulator enabled the bottle to be attached to the user's clothing or parachute harness without the need of a separate harness/sling. This enabled the crewman to move around the aircraft and away from the fixed oxygen point within the aircraft. The cylinder is in quite good condition but does have some minor loss of paint and corrosion. The regulator also has some loss of paint & alloy corrosion. The guage has cracked glass and the scale beneath has been lost. Good display piece. Stock code O17507.
U.S.A.A.F. AN6510 Seat Type Parachute Assembly Consists of the full harness, backpad, seat pack & ripcord assembly. The harness is generally in good used condition – light soiling only. C/w all the clips (dog-lead style – not the later Q/R box type). The clip across the chest is detached (small section of harness that holds the clip has been cut but I will supply a small length of webbing to replace). The harness is dated December 1942. The backpad is in very good clean condition. The pack is by Reliance & is in excellent condition. It has been padded out to look complete & has all its bungees. There is a ripcord handle & the housing but no actual cord. Overall, an impressive display piece. Marked with correct AAF parachute ID codes etc. Stock code M10814.
U.S.A.A.F. AN6510-1 Seat Type Parachute Assembly By the Switlik Parachute Company. Consists of the full harness, backpad, seat pack with bungees, canopy with drogue, seat cushion, ripcord assembly and log book. The harness is generally in excellent used condition. It has Switlik Parachute Co. markings and is dated May 1943. This is the earlier type of harness with clips (dog-lead style) rather than the later Q/R box type. The backpad, part no. AN4202013 is in very good clean condition. The pack is also by Switlik and is in excellent condition with June 1943 date and serial number 154338. This contains the original Switlik 24' white canopy that is complete with the rigging lines and drogue parachute canopy. Both the drogue and main canopy have a clear June 1943 date and the same serial number as the pack indicating that this has always been together as an assembly. It hasn't been modified, made-up or put together. The seat cushion has been modified (Air Foam Koylon Filled) and is dated 1946. The assembly is complete with the correct ripcord/handle and housing. The pack has original bungees. Finally there is a log book (Irvin, rather than Switlik) - this has the same serial number noted and is named to a Eugene Kupetz. It has entries from July 1946 through to February 1950. I would guess this is a replacement log after the first one was filled. This is an impressive display piece in excellent original condition. We have a total of 28 photos of this item so ask if you need to see more. Stock code M19534.
U.S.A.A.F. AN6519-1 Life-vest By The Seamless Rubber Co. Fully AAF marked. Date of manufacture is Feb. 14 1945. The material remains very flexible and has good colour and only relatively light soiling. Minor edge loss to one side (see photo). It retains all of its straps in good order. The CO2 bottle holders are in position complete with screw-on covers and pull-strings. Both inflation tubes/valves are present but the former appear to have been shortened slightly and are bound to the valves with insulating tape. Evidence of removal of dye marker pack/shark chaser or similar (slight glue residues). Good '+'/very good used condition. Stock code MW18613.
U.S.A.A.F. AN6519-1 Lifevest By The Seamless Rubber Co. Fully AAF marked. Date of manufacture is Feb. 27 1945. The material remains very flexible and has good strong colour and relatively light soiling. It retains all of its straps in good order bar one glue repaired section (see photo). The CO2 bottle holders are in position complete with screw-on covers and pull-strings. There are also glued-on pockets adjacent to each of these. Both inflation tubes/valves are present and in good condition. Good '+'/very good used condition. Stock code MW189046
U.S.A.A.F. AN6519-1 Lifevest By The United States Rubber Co. Full AAF markings. Date of manufacture is Sept. 15 1944. The material is a bit grubby but remains very flexible and has good strong colour. It retains all of its straps, CO2 bottle holders complete with screw-on covers, pull-strings and empty/deployed cartridges (differing capacity). There is a also an unused dye marker pack glued in place. Both inflation tubes/valves are present and in good condition. Has various AAF stamps/inspection marks. Good '+'/very good used condition. Stock code MW19470.
U.S.A.A.F. AN6530 Flying Goggle Lenses - Pair By American Optical. Specification No. AN-DD-L-236. Green coloured glass lenses. These will also fit the earlier B-6 and B-7 goggles in addition to some of the commercially manufactured American flying goggles from the 1930s. Excellent condition. Stock code G19299a.
U.S.A.A.F. AN6530 Flying Goggle Lenses - Pair By Bausch & Lomb Optical Co. Specification No. AN-DD-L-236. Clear coloured glass lenses in the original tissue wrapping paper and paper envelope. These will also fit the earlier B-6 and B-7 goggles in addition to some of the commercially manufactured American flying goggles from the 1930s. Unused. Wrappings are aged/torn but lenses are excellent.. Stock code G19301.
U.S.A.A.F. AN6530 Flying Goggles This pair have the early variant tube vented frames and one-piece rubber face cushion. The frame has fairly light tarnishing/blackening but is in good +/very good condition overall. Stamped on the hinge section. Fitted with an excellent pair of clear glass lenses. The rubber cushion is very good and remains supple but does show signs of surface crazing in places. The chamois backing is very good but grubby. The strap is a little faded and has lost most of its original elasticity. Fortunately it is not too overstretched. Very good used goggles. Stock code G18754.
U.S.A.A.F. AN6530 Flying Goggles This pair have the early variant tube vented frames and one-piece rubber face cushion. The frame has only very light tarnishing and is in excellent overall condition. Stamped on the hinge section. Fitted with an excellent pair of clear glass lenses. The rubber cushion is also excellent, remaining supple and with clean chamois to the rear. The strap is a little faded and has lost its original elasticity. Fortunately it isn't too overstretched. A lovely pair. Stock code G19037.
U.S.A.A.F. AN6530 Flying Goggles - Boxed By the Chas Fischer Spring Co. Early tube type vents and one-piece rubber face cushion. The frame has fairly light tarnishing/blackening but is in good +/very good condition. Fully stamped. Fitted with a pair of good green tinted glass lenses (small chip at the inner edge of the right lens). Rubber cushion excellent. The strap is a little faded and the connectors have light surface corrosion but it retains good elasticity. The chamois backing has light even soiling. The goggles come with the original issue box which is in good sound condition but ink stained/marked. Very good used goggles. Stock code G14336.
U.S.A.A.F. AN6530 Goggles By the Chas Fischer Spring Co. Long streamlined vents & one-piece rubber face cushion. The frame is tarnished with minor surface rusting in places. Fully stamped. Fitted with a pair of green tinted glass lenses (one is cracked to outer edge). Rubber cushion is in quite good condition – a bit grubby & with minor perishing a the lower edge of the nose area & some minor cracking. The chamois backing is very worn with peeling & some pieces missing. The strap is stretched /soiled. Need a good clean up. Priced accordingly. Stock code G10564.
U.S.A.A.F. AN6531 Type II Sunglasses Classic AAF sunglasses with nickel silver wire frames, wraparound 'comfort' side-arms and green/grey tinted glass lenses. Beige sweat brow pad and nose-rests. With original hard leather case. The glasses are in good condition bar the usual light tarnishing of the frames. Light marking/scratches on the lenses but nothing serious. There is minor distortion of the sidearms. The case is complete but well worn with soiling and some surface wear and splitting at the 'fold' (see photos). Overall, a good/good '+' used pair of glasses. No markings. Stock code H17255.
U.S.A.A.F. ANB-H-1 Receivers By Western Electric. Matched pair of these 'standard' receivers as used in most AAF flying helmets during WW2. Other than some rubbery/glue deposits on one that should easily clean off they are in excellent used condition. Stock code H17668.
U.S.A.A.F. ANB-H-1 Receivers + Cushions/R.A.F. Plug By The Rola Co. Inc. Pair of ANB-H-1 receivers as fitted to most AAF flying helmets and headsets. This pair is wired to a tan coloured loom terminating with a quarter inch single pin Air Ministry jackplug, stores ref. 10H/488. The receivers also have MC-162-A rubber cushions. All in good used condition. Stock code H18159.
U.S.A.A.F. ANB-M-C1 Microphone Comprises the carbon microphone, rubber covered loom and 2-pin PL-261 plug. This type of microphone was used in the A-10 and A-14 oxygen mask when throat-microphones were not being used. Presumed to be in mint condition - still sealed in the original box of issue. Dated Dec. 1944. Stock code O15592.
U.S.A.A.F. Aviation Cadet Classbook - 1942 - West Point H/b, 20x27cms. 58p. Heavily embossed cover "The Plane Wrangler" with a cowboy astride a "bucking" aircraft!. Yearbook for the cadets form West Point. Usual format of pages of photos of the officers, flight commanders, instructors & students. Most are depicted wearing an A-2 jacket, flight helmet & goggles. Also has a few photos of life around the base. Good used condition. Stock code P8271.
U.S.A.A.F. Aviator's Kit Bag AN6505-1 Kit Bag. Olive drab green canvas bag with twin webbing handles and heavy twin zip fasteners. Fully stencilled and with fading AAF stamps. A bit soiled and peppered with small holes - mainly to the base. None of these affect the strength or use of the bag. Excellent working zips. Stock code M15053.
U.S.A.A.F. B-11 Flying Jacket 'Jacket - Flying Winter, Type B-11'. By Albert Turner & Company. Size 38. Introduced in 1943, this is the jacket part of the heavy alpaca and wool pile B-11/A-10 (trousers) winter flying suit. The B-11 was made of olive drab cotton gabardine with a lining of heavy grade alpaca and wool-pile fabric. It is similar in appearance to a B-10 but fitted with a mouton-fur lined & trimmed hood rather than a standard collar. The jacket is longer than most AAF jackets giving it the appearance of a Parka-type coat. It has a zip fastener at the front, concealed with a buttoned storm flap. It is fitted with 2 slash 'hand-warmer' style pockets and 2 large flapped pockets in the 'skirt' of the jacket. It also has adjustable straps at the wrist and another at the back of the hood plus an elasticated panel in the back at the waist. Excellent condition without damage or serious wear. Light surface verdigris on the strap adjusters. Fully working original Conmar zip. Retains AAF marked label, cloth hanger, drawstring around the hood, printed colour AAF shoulder decal etc. A super example. Stock code J16493.
U.S.A.A.F. B-14 Flight Jacket 'Jacket, Enlisted Men's, Flight, Type B-14'. By W & Clothing Co. Size 38. Technically a flight jacket but essentially an 'Ike' type jacket that preceded the 'Ike' and was unique to the AAF. Standardized for use by enlisted air crewmen in March 1944. Similar in appearance to an 'Ike' and manufactured in olive drab wool (Shade No.54). It has concealed breast pockets (with exposed flaps) and midriff slash pockets. This example has a nice machine made 9th AAF shoulder patch and Sterling marked AMICO cluch-backed aircrew wing, screw backed 'U.S' and winged prop collar insignia. Also fitted with staff sergeant rank stripes and a 'ruptured duck' discharge patch. Fully AAF marked label and fading AAF stamp. Named. Overall condition is excellent - clean and with no apparant moth damage at all. These jackets are now extremely rare to find. Don't miss this super example. Stock code U17818.
U.S.A.A.F. B-15 Flying Jacket Measures up as a 46" so should comfortably fit a 42 " chest. Early example without the small oxygen mask clip tab and wiring loom retaining strap. All original with excellent zip. Light even fading and light soiling/spot marking only. The material is generally very good but there is a small tear at the top of the right slash pocket (2cm - easy repair) and small repair at the base of the same pocket (2.5cms). In addition there is light fraying where the cotton material meets the cuffs and waistband and relatively minor fur loss to the mouton collar. The knitted wristlets and waistband are complete and undamaged. The lining is also very good. Unlabelled but has a faded AAF colour decal to the left shoulder. These jackets are getting very rare to find now and this is a good '+' solid & wearable example in a decent size. Stock code J14094.
U.S.A.A.F. B-15 Flying Jacket Measures around 46"+ (externally) so should comfortably fit a 42" chest. Early example without the small oxygen mask clip tab and wiring loom retaining strap. The material is in very good condition although it has faded with a slightly yellow sheen and light soiling. Small tear on the back of the left arm (as worn) and relatively minor fraying at the right sleeve end where the cotton meets the cuff (see photo). Original brass Conmar zip. The knitted wristlets are a little ragged at the ends but the waistband is very good indeed. The lining is also very good bar a few loose stitches adjacent to the left inner pocket (as worn) - an easy repair. The 'fur' collar is in very good overall condition. It has never been fitted with the rear strap/flap. The jacket is unlabelled but has a faded AAF colour decal and wording 'Army Air Forces' to the left shoulder. These jackets are getting very rare to find now and this is a good '+' solid wearable example. Now off reserve as it unfortunately proved too small for our client. He was rather disappointed as it is a super jacket! Stock code J19049.
U.S.A.A.F. B-17 External Temperature Gauge By Rochester Mfg. Co. Type C-13B. Part No. 1592. Small brass, circular gauge, 5cm diameter. Black dial with temperature readings from -70 to +50 degrees centigrade. Cylindrical rear section screws to the gauge with a rubber washer between. This would have been fitted to the front turret of the B-17 Flying Fortress - through the perspex with the gauge on the inside and the 'probe' on the outside. These can often be clearly seen on wartime photographs. Some paint loss to the 'probe', otherwise in excellent working condition. Fully AAF marked. Rare. Stock code M14763.
U.S.A.A.F. B-24 Liberator Aircraft Crew Lamp Part No. GK 32E 11411-7. Small matt black painted metal lamp with mounting plate and wiring loom. Also fitted with a webbing strap (unknown use). The 'shade' part of the lamp has some splits in it but these are not obvious. Dusty/soiled. No bulb. Not tested but would probably still work. Stock code M14762.
U.S.A.A.F. B-3 Flying Jacket By Aero Leather Clothing Co. 1943 contract/order number. Size 38R (measures approx. 21" from armpit to armpit). Classic AAF flying jacket in dark seal brown leather with lighter sleeve panels and pocket etc. The leather is generally good to very good. It is really supple and retains a super finish with little of the usual crazing and surface peel associated with American shearling jackets. That said there are some issues. So, panel by panel as viewed : front left main and lower panels very good; front right main and lower very good bar small puncture area adjacent to chest press stud; all back panels very good bar surface wear and slight thinning on the left shoulder area; small old patch repair at top of left side panel otherwise very good; right side panel very good; left sleeve very good bar some wear/scuffs - more wear and small partial split to cuff area; right sleeve very good but the cuff has had a more recent patch repair; recent patch repair to rear of collar and some thinning small holes to other collar section. Period/old replacement 'Lightning' zip is broken - note extra zip binding tape very well executed. Small patch to leather zip windflap. It retains the front patch pocket, both waist straps/buckles (left strap worn), supple collar straps/buckles, leather hanger and label. The fur lining is very good with wear at the cuff ends as usual. The waist fur is surprisingly good. Although not without some problems this is still a lovely looking jacket and would make a super display piece. Far better than most B-3s that turn up these days. Please ensure you view the additional 7 photos listed for this jacket (total 17 photos) as they form part of the description. Stock code J19415.
U.S.A.A.F. B-3 Flying Jacket, 44R By Werber Sportswear Co. 1942 contract/order number. Size 44R (measures approx. 22.5 from armpit to armpit). Classic two-tone in dark seal brown leather with lighter sleeve panels and pocket etc. The leather is generally in excellent condition retaining a super finish and little of the usual crazing and surface peel associated with American shearling jackets. No repairs or notable problems with the leather, other than it being a little 'stiff' and a small seam hole to the rear. It retains the front patch pocket, excellent supple waist straps/buckles, supple collar straps/buckles, leather hanger and label. The fur lining is very good but does show some wear to the waist and cuff ends. The only real snag with this jacket is the zip that has broken and requires replacement. Alledged to have been given to a Master F Rolfe in 1945 by a pilot from the 361st Fighter Group based at Bottisham, Cambs. Sadly there is no provenance to prove the story. A lovely looking jacket - one of the nicest we have ever had. Stock code J15845.
U.S.A.A.F. B-3 Flying Jacket, Additional Photos These are additional photos to help you acertain the condition of this very tidy B-3 jacket. Should you wish to purchase you will need to go to the main listing. Stock code J19415.
U.S.A.A.F. B-3A Summer Flying Gloves By Mark Cross Glove Co. Inc. Size 9. Unlined seal brown, ultra-soft capeskin leather gloves. Integral elastication at the wrist. The B-3A was standardized in 1944 and were highly prized being both flexible and lightweight, thus providing excellent 'feel' and dexterity to the wearer. This pair is in superb unworn condition. An excellent matched pair with AAF stamps and 1944 contract date in both gloves. Quite simply the nicest pair we've ever had. Stock code GA19456.
U.S.A.A.F. B-4 Life-Vest By The New York Rubber Corp. Fully AAF marked. Dated April 1945. The material retains quite good colour and is reasonably clean. It retains flexibilty but has some fraying around the edges and some separating of the seams in places (nothing too serious). It retains all of its straps and the CO2 bottle holders with pull strings and the screw-on covers. There is also a dye-marker pack glued in position. Both inflation tubes/valves are present and in good condition.but they are quite loose and appear to have broken free from the main 'bladder'. Some surface rusting/verdigris on the strap connectors. Overall this is a good used life-vest. Stock code MW14058.
U.S.A.A.F. B-4 Lifevest - Just Used In Film Production Fully AAF marked. Date of manufacture is July 1943. The material remains very flexible and has quite good colour and only light soiling. It retains all of its straps in good order (early pattern with no strap at the neck). The CO2 bottle holders are in position complete with screw-on covers but only 1 string remains (not attached).