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The Historic Flying Clothing Company
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Code: 14601Price: On Request
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.
Code: 14585Price: 1500.00 GBP
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.
Code: 14575Price: 535.00 GBP
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. 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.
Code: 14568Price: 185.00 GBP
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.
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.
Code: 14570Price: 395.00 GBP
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.
Code: 14586Price: 475.00 GBP
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 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 an Observer-type harness but this can be changed to suit a Seat-type harness quite easily. Two of the backplate screws are missing and the box shows use and wear but is in good condition overall. Stock code M16743.
Code: 14572Price: 95.00 GBP
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