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By Wilkinson Sword.  British made flyer's body armour, Type A with Type C apron.  Devised by the 8th AAF Surgeon Col. Malcolm Grow in conjunction with Wilkinson Sword, the anti-flak vest is comprised of three parts, front, rear and abdomen/groin.  Each section is constructed using overlapping manganese steel squares sewn into pockets within an heavy brown canvas covering.  This was backed with a soft brushed cotton for comfort.  It was equipped with a quick-release system using cords and lift-the-dot fasteners that allowed the entire suit to fall away from the airman in case of emergency.  Intended for use by gunners, navigators, bombardiers and radio operators, whose duties involved standing or moving around the aircraft.  Flak suits were issued from a 'pool' prior to missions and returned at the end of the 'Op' for use by outgoing crews.  They were developed as a direct result of injuries sustained by 8th AAF crews flying from England.  Initially there was considerable resistance and objection to wearing them but it is estimated that they reduced flak and bullet fatalities by 50% & injuries by 70%. These early development suits were manufactured by Wilkinson Sword in the UK but production was slow and later models were manufactured in America.  This example has British war department broad arrow marks.  The RAF used flak suits in limited numbers and it is possible that this is one of those. #ww2 #raf #usaaf #aaf #1940s #flakvest #antiflak #flak #bulletproofvest #8thairforce #wilkinsonsword #aircrew #pilot #flying #aviation #flyingclothing #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #malcolmgrow #bombercommand #vintageclothing #wardepartment #memphisbelle #airgunner #waistgunner
Wed 17th January 2018
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This item was generally used by bomber command aircrew to help keep them warm at altitude. Lining, Electrically Heated Type G.  Size small, stores reference 22c/904.  One-piece button fronted collarless full length suit in brown Union twill.  To enable the wearer to don the garment more easily both legs have a single split from ankle to groin fastened with snap connectors.  The suit's electrical supply was taken through the attached flexible cable (umbilical) with a 3-pin connector/plug (5c/527). Snap connectors at the wrists and ankles accomodate the higher wattage 24 volt power supply and allowed the use of heated glove liners and booties to help provide the wearer with warmth at high altitudes. Complete with umbilical and plug.  Labelled. This is a reasonably good used example of what is now a very difficult suit to find. #ww2#raf #bombercommand #flyingsuit #vintageclothing #1940s #vintage #flightsuit #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #aircrew #pilot #flying #aviation #aviationcollectables #heatedclothing #wartime #windak #royalairforce #airministry
Tue 16th January 2018
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Manufactured by Minton's this china tureen measures approximately 18.5 x 12 x 10cm.  The rims of both the base and lid are decorated with dark blue and gilt bands and have a RAF King's crown crest. This would have graced the tables of an officers' mess during the 1930s or 1940s.  A recent sale on our website. #raf #royalairforce #tureen #minton #mintons #mintonschina #rafstation #vintagechina #1940s #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #vintagetableware #ww2 #wartimebritain #britainatwar #aviation #aviationcollectables
Mon 15th January 2018
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French made private purchase Hartman pattern Luftwaffe flying jacket. New stock to appear on the website in the next few months. #ww2 #luftwaffe #vintageleatherjacket #vintageleather #1940sclothing #1940s #aviation #flying #flyingjacket #pilot #aircrew #hartmann #erichartmann #flyingclothing #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #eclairzips
Sat 13th January 2018
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WW2 RAF leather C-type flying helmets. Early and later patterns. I hate stocktaking... #ww2 #raf #flying #flightclothing #flyinghelmet #pilot #aircrew #biggles #fightercommand #bombercommand #vintageclothing #1940sclothing #1940s #reenactment #aviation #aviationcollectables #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #vintageleather #aviator
Fri 12th January 2018
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USAAF Sweater, Mechanic's, Worsted, OD, Type A-1.  Size 38.  Dark green V-necked worsted wool sweater.  Issued to groundcrew but also widely used by aircrew. Quite rare to find.  Reproductions are now widely offered so nice to get an original.  In very good overall condition.  Available on the website now. #usaaf #usarmyairforce #ww2 #vintageclothing #vintageknitwear #1940sclothing #1940s #8thairforce #olivedrab #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #aircrew #mechanic #pilot #flying #aviation #vintagesweater #worldwartwo #8thaaf #groundcrew #raf #flyingclothing #madeofwool #wool
Thu 11th January 2018
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RAF / USAAF station 'bell' box by Gents of Leicester.  Small wooden box approximately 20 x 14 x 7.5cm.  A glass panel in the front is painted on the back in black and has gold blocked lettering 'STATION COMMANDER' AND 'O.C.ADM. WING'. Below the text are two 2.5cm diameter unpainted circular areas through which white or red coloured 'discs' can be seen.  These are operated via a simple electro-magnetic mechanism and could be 're-set' using a push button on the right side of the box.  It is assumed that this box would have been attached to the wall or door of the Station Commander and Officer Commanding Administration Wing and the coloured 'discs' operated to indicate whether the room was occupied or vacant.  The box appears to be manufactured in some kind of hardwood.  It has neat box joints with a mitred moulding at the front and is varnished.  The mechanism is rather grubby and there is some paint flaking on the 'discs' but it might be possible to clean up and even get working again.  There is faint marking to the top of the box 'RAF St. Faiths'. RAF Bomber Command Station Horsham St Faith near Norwich opened early in 1940.  The first operational squadrons there were  19 Squadron and 66 Squadron with Spitfires.  Boulton Paul Defiants of A flight 264 Squadron also flew from St Faiths in 1940.  The airfield was taken over by the USAAF  September 1942 and used by the the 319th Bomb Group, the 56th Fighter Group and from early 1944 the 458th Bomb Group. RAF fighter command took the station back in July 1945 operating Gloster Meteors.  When the RAF left in 1967 the station was redeveloped for civilian use as Norwich airport. A pleasing item that would look great mounted in a collection room.  With another electro-magnetic switch that came with it.  Sourced in Norfolk close to the original base.
Tue 9th January 2018
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Manufactured by Walker & Hall in electro plated nickel silver this bottle or decanter 'label' is octagon shaped and approximately 5 x 2.5cm.  Slightly concave with a raised ridged border.  Fitted with a chain to hang around the neck of a glass decanter or bottle.  Engraved to centre with King's crown R.A.F. crest and 'MADEIRA'. These labels were used to distinguish the various spirits within the officers' mess.  Manufacturer's marks to rear. Available from our website now.
Mon 8th January 2018
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Air Defence Cadet Corps two-piece chromed metal belt buckle, the left section attached to a circular plate with a central horizontal slot.  The plate is inscribed around the edge 'AIR DEFENCE CADET CORPS'. The right section is attached to a smaller slightly domed circular plate  embossed with a stylized bird  motif.  The two sections interlock to form the buckle. The Air Defence Cadet Corps was formed in 1938 with the objective of encouraging  interest in pre-service aviation training.  The intention was to ensure there would be some combat ready pilots should war break out.  Squadrons were set up in as many towns around the UK as possible aimed to prepare cadets for joining the RAF or the Fleet Air Arm.  Before the end of 1940 the British government recognised the value of the cadet force and took control, renaming it as the Air Training Corps.  The Air Defence Corps was in existence for less than three years so any uniform items are scarce and sought after.  On our website now.
Sun 7th January 2018
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Introduced in January 1942 this is the classic ww2 one-man k-type dinghy intended for emergency use.  Manufactured in rubberised cotton in the form of a boat-shaped inflation chamber with a  proofed cotton cape and hood at the rear end and a flexible apron or spray shield at the front.  This provided the airman with some protection from sea-spray and the elements when in use.  These were permanently attached and could be unrolled and fastened to the sides using small straps and 'D' rings around the top of the float chamber.  In addition the dinghy has a water pocket on the underside to aid stability, an integral sleeve to hold the CO2 gas inflation cylinder and a top-up valve to which a hand operated concertina type inflation bellows could be attached.  Specially moulded housings on either side of the dinghy allow the insertion of an extendable wooden 'thwart' into which the base of the 7-section aluminium mast could be fitted.  This was used in conjuction with a red glazed cotton sail in the form of an isosceles triangle printed with sailing instructions.  The sail was fitted with simple rope 'steering lines'. The type K was carried folded and compressed within a variety of different packs used in conjunction with the airman's parachute equipment.  These packs had internal stowage pockets to house the various accessories that were not normally carried within the dinghy itself.  The choice of pack (and therefore accessories) depended on the type of parachute worn by the airman and/or the type of aircraft being flown. This example is in superb condition and comes from my own collection.  It is printed with user instructions and retains all the original straps & D-rings, bellows strap and so on.  The mast and sail are in excellent condition and come with the rarely found 'bag' in which they were stored.  The thwart is equally good.  The dinghy also comes with the correct 1944 dated MK.IX CO2 cylinder with bottle cover (& box for the latter); MK.II inflation bellows (boxed dated 1945); 2 sets of leak-stoppers (3 per set) and another larger leak stopper (boxed); cotton sea drogue, hand paddles, baler cup, rare compressed viscose sponge, deflation pump etc.
Sat 6th January 2018
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Part of yesterday's haul. Parachutes, Mae Wests and more! These will hit the website in the next few months... #raf #luftwaffe #royalairforce #flyingclothing #parachute #parachuteharness #pilot #aircrew #maewest #lifejacket #lifevest #schwimmweste #battleofbritain #1940sclothing #1940s #vintageparachute #warintheair #aviationcollectables #aviation #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany
Fri 5th January 2018
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Staying with the goggle theme here is a great pair of Imperial Japanese Army flying goggles.  Manufactured  by TGK (Tokyo Glass Kikai). Brown lacquered aluminium frames stitched to chocolate coloured brown padded velvet cushions.  Fitted with curved elliptical clear glass lenses and  wide adjustable elasticated strap.  This is a relatively early pair with quality leather fittings, glass lenses and brass frame fittings.  Later goggles used cheaper metals and plastics.  Available from our website now. #ww2 #flyinggoggles #vintagegoggles #1940s #imperialjapanesearmy #tokyoglasskikai #pilot #flying #aircrew #aviation #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #goggles #vintageeyewear #japanese #raf #man #flyingkit #worldwartwo
Thu 4th January 2018
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The Mk.VIII goggle was introduced in 1943 and widely used from 1944. It was still in RAF stores well into the 1980s although probably rarely issued. Post WW2 examples have some minor differences but I won't go into detail here. This very nice wartime pair are Air Ministry marked and come in the original box. Recently sold on our website but we have other pairs in stock. #ww2 #flying #flyinggoggles #aircrew #pilot #1940s #vintageeyewear #goggles #flyingclothing #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #aviation #aviationcollectables #mkviiigoggles #fightercommand #bombercommand #coastalcommand
Wed 3rd January 2018
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Following on from the last post here we have the Mk. III goggle that preceded the IIIa shown previously. The main difference is the padded leather surround. This particular pair are of Canadian origin but essentially the same as standard RAF examples. Very popular in the mid to late 1930s and also saw use during the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain . Further information available on the website. This pair now sold but we have others in stock... #raf #rcaf #raaf #flying #vintagegoggles #goggles #1930s #1940s #vintageeyewear #ww2 #pilot #aircrew #eyeprotection #historicflyingclothing #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #battleofbritain #battleoffrance #aviationcollectables
Tue 2nd January 2018
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Royal Australian Air Force Mk.IIIa flying goggles with the original box. Essentially the same as standard RAF examples bar the deep blue backing. Excellent original condition and now back in the air thanks to @andrewjames_007. A recent sale on our website. #ww2 #raaf #royalaustralianairforce #raf #vintagegoggles #goggles #vintage #1930s #1940s #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #harvard #T6 #pilot #aircrew #flying #aviation #warbirddisplay
Mon 1st January 2018
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A happy, healthy and prosperous new year to all of our followers. Thanks for watching! #raf #usaaf #luftwaffe #badges #insignia #wings #ww2 #pilot #aircrew #vintageuniforms #vintageclothing #newyear #happynewyear #2018 #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #flyingjacket #1940s #aviation #aviationcollectables
Sun 31st December 2017
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Happy Christmas everyone! #christmas #raf #vintagechristmas #eggcup #flyinghelmet #flyinggoggles #oxygenmask #battleofbritain #pilot #aircrew #santahat #fatherchristmas #historicflyingclothingcompany #ww2#flying #1940s #wartimechristmas
Mon 25th December 2017
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For the final day of Advent we have added a beautiful RFC period type 1 single fusee wall clock. Manufactured by Grimshaw, Baxter and James Elliott Ltd. Of London. Solid mahogany case and 8-day movement. War department marked dial. The case is also clearly stamped RFC and has a later Air Ministry mark.. In addition it has the original manufacturer's label glued to the back advising care of the pendulum when in transit. A rare survivor of the earliest type of RAF white dial clock made by GBE for the army prior to the first world war. This was then issued to the Royal Flying Corps, later passing to the Royal Air Force when formed in 1918. GBE was dissolved in 1921. Swipe to the left side to reveal the newly listed item. On our website now. #ww1#vintageclock #rfc #raf #royalflyingcorps #airministry #vintagetimepiece #clocks #wardepartment #britisharmy #elliottclocks #grimshawbaxterandelliott #fuseeclock #advent #adventcalendar #historicflyingclothingco #1914 #1918 #rafstation
Sun 24th December 2017
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For the 23rd day of Advent we have gone down under. This RAAF 1932 pattern tropical Mae West was manufactured by the Dunlop Rubber Co. in Australia. Made in rubberised linen fabric, dyed a pale cream colour. The tropical pattern is essentially 'backless' in order to reduce weight and help prevent the wearer from overheating. In place of the 'full' back panel there is a narrow strip of material through which a couple of webbing tapes pass in order to join the back to the front lobes. This example has been sprayed with yellow 'dope' to make it more visible in the sea. It belonged to Royal Australian Air Force pilot Victor Andrews who enlisted in 1941. He flew P-40 Curtiss Kitty hawk fighters with 76, 75, and 86 squadrons. He completed a full tour of flights during which he had two belly landings! Swipe to the left to reveal the newly listed item. Full details on our website right now. #raf #raaf #australianairforce #1940s #maewest #curtisskittyhawk #p-40 #fighteraircraft #fighterpilot #pilot #aircrew #flying #flyingclothing#historicflyingclothingcompany #vintageclothing #ww2 #lifejacket #bellylanding #seac #aircrewclothing #survivalatsea #vintage #advent #adventcalendar
Sat 23rd December 2017
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It's the 22nd day of Advent already and we have added an incredibly rare WW1 Royal Flying Corps 'Warren' safety flying helmet. Designed by Mr. Warren of Hendon and manufactured exclusively by Tautz & Co. of Grafton Street, London. It has a double-skin shell of cork and thin steel plate separated with horsehair padding. Fitted with 'earflaps' for use with Gosport type communication tubes. The helmet had excellent shock absorbing qualities and Warren himself was keen to prove this and demonstrated by hurling himself headfirst at a wall. Sealed as a pattern in August 1914, the helmet was popular with RFC & RNAS trainees. On our website now. Swipe to the left to reveal the newly listed item. #adventcalendar #advent #rfc #royalflyingcorps #rnas #royalnavalairservice #ww1#warrenhelmet #flyinghelmet #vintageheadwear #safetyhelmet #hardhat #warrenhelmet #tautzandco #pilot #aircrew #flying #aviation #flighttraining #historicflyingclothingcompany #1900s #thegreatwar #aeronautica #militaria #vintageclothing
Fri 22nd December 2017
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