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WW2 USAAF 24' parachute canopy by I. Miller Parachute Corporation.  Canopy Assembly Drawing No. 43G2001-1. White/cream rayon 24' diameter man-carrying canopy suitable for most AAF parachute packs. Clearly stamped with AAF markings and dated February 1943.  Also has later inspection marks/dates.  Complete with all rigging lines although these have clearly been replaced at some point.  Minor marks but in very good used condition and would make a superb display backdrop or be ideal for filling out your empty pack. Appears undamaged. #ww2 #usaaf #parachute #skydive #parachutejump #1940s #pilot #aircrew #aviation #flying #bailout #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #vintageparachute #parachutist #reenactment
Fri 25th October 2019
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RAF Air Sea Rescue Liberator ditching drill card. Air Diagram 3710X.  Folded card leaflet approximately 13 x 15cm  when closed and 25 x 50cm opened out.  Excellent illustrations and associated text for the procedures involved when ditching in a Liberator aircraft from preparing for the impact, exiting from the correct position, boarding the dinghies and so on.  Produced for RAF Transport Command and printed by W.R.R. & Son Ltd.  Marked as 'Restricted' (For Official Use Only). #ww2 #raf #royalairforce #aviation #airsearescue #dinghy #rubberdinghy #survivalatsea #bombercommand #coastalcommand #1940s #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #vintagepaperwork #transportcommand
Thu 24th October 2019
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WW1 RAF Training Poster. Approximately 112 x 68cm. 'The Last Loop' -  a superb rare large official training poster printed on thick paper.  It shows the moments following an aerial dogfight between two aircraft with a British RAF Scout looping the loop in victory after shooting down a German fighter only to lose control due to a fatally damaged rudder and tailplane.  The main text reads "While downing a hun your machine may have been seriously damaged without your knowledge.  Under these circumstances any unnecessary 'stunting' is to be avoided". Also marked "This diagram is the property of H.M. Government and is intended for Official Use Only". Dated 6.4.18, less than a week after the Royal Flying Corps became the Royal Air Force.  Identical to one held in the Imperial War Museum collection.  #ww1 #raf #rfc #aviation #pilot #dogfight #royalairforce #1914-18 #looptheloop #vintageposter #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #rafscout #biplane #aircrew
Wed 23rd October 2019
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Civil Air Guard (CAG) cap and lapel badges in white metal with enamelled lettering.  The CAG was formed in July 1938 as a way of increasing the number of people holding a pilots licence. Members received government sponsorship towards tuition fees in return for an 'honourable undertaking' to join the RAF Reserve in times of emergency or war. All CAG uniform and insignia are now scarce as the organisation was relatively small and short lived. #cag #civilairguard #pilot #flying #aircrew #flyingtraining #1930s #1940s #raf #historicflyingclothing #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #ww2 #fighterpilot #bombercommand #fightercommand #privatepilot
Fri 4th October 2019
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RAF Mantle Clock, Large.  Stores reference 21B/654. Clock, bracket, large.  Approximately 47.5 x 33 x 17.5cm.  Generally referred to as a "Sergeants' Mess" mantle clock.  Solid  oak 'flat topped' case with bun feet and large rear access door.  Fitted with a high quality 1938 dated F. W. Elliott  single fusee 8-day movement.  20cm/8" silvered convex dial with engraved Roman numerals and King's crown RAF crest infilled with black wax.  Spun brass bezel with convex glass and push button release. Lovely clock. #ww2 #raf #fwelliott #vintageclock #1940s #1930s #rafstation #rafclock #vintagetimepiece #flying #aviation #pilot #royalairforce #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #historicflyingclothing
Thu 3rd October 2019
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Small bundles of Radar blocking 'Window' or 'Chaff'. Contains lengths of very thin strands of aluminium or aluminized paper strip wrapped in a card sleeve with a paper wrapping. These were thrown out of RAF bomber aircraft in order to jam German Radar signals and prevent them from plotting the positions of  approaching allied aircraft. Here we have two different variants with narrow strips and finer spaghetti type strands... #ww2 #raf #radar #1940s #chaff #bombercommand #flying #aviation #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #historicflyingclothing
Wed 2nd October 2019
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Flying log book to R.C.A.F. LAC (later Fl.Lt.) Terry N. Wardell, a bomb aimer / wireless operator with 106 squadron.  His training began in Canada on 14th September 1943 at No.31 Bombing and Air Gunnery School, Picton, Ontario flying in Ansons and Bolingroke aircraft.  In November 1943 he moved to No.33 Air Navigation school before heading to the UK in May1944 and No.3 Advanced Flying Unit at Halfpenny Green.  On 30th June 1944 he was posted to No.17 Operational Training Unit (Silverstone) on Wellington bombers and then to 1661 Heavy Conversion Unit on Stirlings. By November he was at No.5 Lancaster Finishing School at Syerston before being posted to 106 Squadron at Metheringham.  His first operational flight was on December18th to Gdynia on the Baltic coast.  Ops to the Dortmund Ems canal at Ladbergen, Royan, Houffalize and Munich followed during January 1945.  The raid on Royan was controvertial, apparently an American officer from the tactical air force units in France suggested the German garrison should be softened up by bombing and was assured by the French that the only civilians there were collaborators, which was not true.  The suggestion reached S.H.A.E.F. and the task passed to Bomber Command.  Two waves of bombers destroyed  between 85 and 90% of the small town and hundreds of French civilians were killed.  In January 1945 he was posted to the Pathfinder navigation training unit at Warboys before returning to 106 at Metheringham and operational flights to Siegen, Karlsruhe, the Dortmund Ems canal and on 13th February, the infamous 'Operation Thunderclap' targetting Dresden.  This raid created a firestorm completely burning out large areas of the city and killing in excess of 50,000 people. On 17th February Wardell was posted to 97 Squadron at Coningsby.  From there he flew a further 5 OPs including Harburg, Lutzkendorf and Hamburg.  The log ends in March 1946 with a total of 17 Ops. SOLD #raf #bombercommand #1940s #wellingtonbomber #rcaf #aircrew #pilot #flying #logbook #aviation #vintagebooks #medals #historicflyingclothing #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #106squadron
Tue 1st October 2019
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Group named to Sergeant Reginald Rogers (1530949) who flew as a wireless operator / airgunner with No.37 squadron.  His photograph album (31 x 23cm), suggests he was based in Italy.  The first few images are of India but these are interpersed with operational raid photographs from his sorties over various targets in Hungary, Yugoslavia and mainly Italy during August/September 1944.  Targets include oil refineries, marshalling yards, a pontoon bridge and ship yards with sorties over Kraljevo, Rimini, Brescia, Verona, Graz, Bologna etc.  Some of these show bombs or supply containers dropping over the target area.  There are also images of of USAAF 15th AF Mitchell bombers  including some excellent rare photos of their nose art.  The Seven Dwarves "Dopey" was painted on B-24 J-1 (42-78600) of the 343rd Bomb Squadron, 98th bomb group; "Miss Bee Haven" on B-24 J-15 (42-52058) of the 415 bomb squadron, 98 Bomb group.  On the night of August 13/14th 1944, Rogers took off from Tortotella in Wellington Mk.X, MF347, piloted by Sgt. H. E. Daynes as part of eleven aircraft from 37 squadron flying in support of 'Operation Dragoon', the allied invasion of Southern France. The inner harbour at Genoa contained docks, shipyards, a number of enemy vessels, motor torpedo boats and heavy gun emplacements, all of which were targeted.  They encountered heavy accurate flak but no enemy aircraft.  Unfortunately Daynes's bomber had two 500lb bombs remain stuck in the bomb bay and engine trouble causing excessive fuel consumption en route to the target.  With the risk of running out of fuel on the return leg and landing with 2 bombs on board, Daynes gave the order to bale out and the entire crew landed safely in the Rome area, all becoming members of the elusive Caterpillar Club.  The 9 carat gold caterpillar badge is just 2cm in length, has ruby/amethyst gemstone eyes and other than being lightly tarnished, is in excellent condition and engraved to the rear 'SGT R ROGERS'. It also comes with his extremely rare original gold bullion embroidered blazer badge. #raf #usaaf #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #1940s #bombercommand #caterpillarclub #parachute #aircrew #flying #Aircrew #pilot
Sat 28th September 2019
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Royal Canadian Air Force service dress tunic button by J.R. Gaunt & Sons of London. Developed by escape and evasion genius Christopher Clayton Hutton at MI9, this looks like a standard full sized brass button but the back can be unscrewed to reveal a carefully concealed 0.5" compass.  This example has a reverse thread.  Virtually undetectable in normal use with an incredibly fine thread these buttons really are a work of art.  The compass housed within is not a standard 0.5" escape and evasion compass but is actually significantly shallower to allow a better fit.  This example belonged to George Pope who flew in Lancasters with bomber command from Linton on Ouse during the war.  Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Pope worked for the Canadian National Railway Company before and after the war.  He was also a talented ice hockey player, something he continued to persue well into his 80s.  The compass was gifted to a hotel owner in York who Pope befriended after visiting his old base in the late 1960s/early 1970s.  Sold #raf #rcaf #escapeandevasion #ww2 #1940s #aircrew #escapecompass #york #jrgaunt #buttons #claytonhutton #mi9 #pilot #flying #bombercommand #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #historicflyingclothingco
Sat 28th September 2019
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A few stockroom photos. RAF ventile coldweather parka ( not for sale at the moment), Luftwaffe leather coat, parachute kit etc. #raf #ww2 #coldwar #parachutist skydive #luftwaffe #ventile #nigelcabourn #vintageclothing #1940s #1950s #aircrew #pilot #flying #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #historicflyingclothingco
Tue 24th September 2019
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RAF type D oxygen mask / type B flying helmet face defenders. Stores reference 22c/68. Chamois backed canvas webbing strips with 2 male press stud fasteners attached. These can be seen to the sides of a type D oxygen mask to enable it to be attached to a type B flying helmet. #raf #ww2 #flying #flyinghelmet #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #historicflyingclothingco #aircrew #pilot #battleofbritain #battleoffrance #reenactment #1940s
Mon 23rd September 2019
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RAF type C carbon microphone. Stores reference 10A/9004.  Often referred to as the 'Microphone, mask, type E' (ref. 10A/9003) but technically that refers to the microphone complete with wiring and plug.  The microphone consists of a bell-shaped, chamois covered, black painted solid 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 there is a toggle switch at the top.  These microphones were used with the cloth type D 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. Quite a rare find these days.  #raf #1940s #microphone #oxygenmask #battleofbritain #battleoffrance #historicflyingclothing #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #pilot #aircrew #flying #vintageclothing #militaria #reenactment #ww2
Mon 23rd September 2019
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RAF post WW2 type H oxygen mask in very clean condition, probably unused. The type H was introduced in 1944 and remained in service with only minor changes until the 1980s. #raf #oxygenmask #coldwar #flyinghelmet #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #historicflyingclothing #aircrew #vintageclothing #reenactment #pilot #flying #militaryheadgear
Mon 23rd September 2019
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Currently preparing new stock for the website including this bomber command flight engineer 's log book and medal group. Coming soon... #raf #aircrew #ww2 #logbook #bombercommand #me262 #jets #flak #ops #pilot #flying #historicflyingclothing #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #halifaxbomber #1940s #rcaf #aviation #militaria #aviation
Tue 10th September 2019
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Original WW2 Luftwaffe Ju52 aircraft handbook set. Twelve books with superb information, illustrations and photographs of this famous German transport aircraft. #luftwaffe #ww2 #junkers #ju52 #vintageaircraft #warbird #raf #flying #vintagebooks #historicflyingclothing #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #1940s #mg15 #mg15machinegun
Fri 6th September 2019
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The Anne Frank house, Prinsengracht 263, Amsterdam (at the centre behind the tree). Anne, her family and four others hid from the Nazis in a secret annexe behind her father's business premises. This was accessed via a hinged bookcase. On her thirteenth birthday, just before they went into hiding, Anne was presented with a diary. During the two years in hiding she wrote about events in the annexe as well as some short stories. The annexe was discovered on 4 August 1944 and everyone was arrested along with two of the helpers. Fortunately part of Anne’s writing was saved by two other helpers who took the documents before the annexe was emptied by order of the Nazis. Anne and her family were sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp. The train journey took three days, during which Anne and over a thousand others were packed closely together in cattle wagons. Upon arrival at Auschwitz, Nazi doctors checked to see who would be capable of doing heavy forced labour. Around 350 people from Anne's transport were immediately murdered in the gas chambers. Anne, her sister Margot and their mother were sent to the labour camp for women. Her father, Otto ended up in a camp for men. In early November 1944, Anne and her sister were deported to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where they both died after contracting typhus. Anne’s father Otto was the only one of the people in the annexe to survive the war and had her diary printed in 1947. It has now been translated into 70 languages. Sorry, no internal shots as photography isn't allowed within the house/museum. This is a excellent place to visit, very moving and thought provoking. #annefrank #amsterdam #ww2 #bookcase #holocaust #concentrationcamp #belsen #aushwitz #secretannexe #annefranksdiary #1940s #historicflyingclothing #diary #ottofrank #margotfrank #wartimediary #amsterdam #annefrankhuis #annfrankhouse
Sun 18th August 2019
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The base and right hand sphinx at Cleopatra's needle on the Thames embankment show scars and damage caused by bombs dropped from German aircraft just prior to midnight on Tuesday 4th September 1917. #ww1 #greatwar #germanairforce #rfc #London #cleopatrasneedle #1917 #bombdamage #monumentsoflondon #historicflyingclothing #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany visitlondon #zeppelin
Sun 11th August 2019
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Excellent log book grouping to a RAF airgunner with 51 and 77 squadrons. He served a full tour of ops including two on D-day. Targets attacked include supply dumps at Bois de Cassan, Caen, Wanne - Eickel (Ruhr), St. Lo & Maisy coastal guns on D-day, Dunkirk etc. He notes encounters with the enemy, being hit by flak etc. In February 1944 he has a confirmed Me109 kill shared with the mid upper turret gunner. On 14th June 1944 they bombed the 12th Panzer division at Caen. On 17th June 1944 his Halifax bomber was attacked by a Ju88 and although they managed to destroy the enemy aircraft, their own was set ablaze resulting in ditching in the North sea. Luckily they were picked by a MTB and landed at Felixtowe later the same day. Because of this ditching he was eligible for membership of the Goldfish club and given a card and cloth badge. He was also awarded the distinguished flying medal on 9th July 1944, 75 years ago. #raf #ww2 #bombercommand #halifaxbomber #logbook #1940s #aircrew #flying #aviation #d-day #d-day75 #dfc #luftwaffe #goldfishclub #51squadron #77squadron #rafsnaith #rafelvington #elvington #yorkshireairmuseum #historicflyingclothing #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #medals #gallantrymedals #motortorpedoboat #flyingclothing #warservicedress #luftwaffe #me109 #messerschmitt #junkers #panzertank
Fri 9th August 2019
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Some of the 199 steps from Whitby abbey down to the town, rooftop pantiles etc. #whitby #northyorkshire #whitbyabbey #dracula #visityorkshire #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #historicflyingclothing #fishingport #clevelandway #bramstoker #stockbuying
Mon 5th August 2019
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Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast. No sign of Dracula , just killer seagulls.. #yorkshire #northyorkshire #whitby #coast #199steps #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #historicflyingclothing
Mon 5th August 2019
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