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Detail from an excellent evocative image of aircrew enjoying tea following a raid. The two men at the centre are wearing war service dress uniforms, 1941 pattern Mae Wests. and Observer parachute harnesses.  The chap left of center is holding an internally wired C-type flying helmet with G-type oxygen mask and hose plus a pair of Mk.II goggles. #raf #ww2 #royalairforce #oldphoto #vintagephoto #aircrew #1940s #maewest #flyinghelmet #flyinggoggles #pilot #aviation #historicflyingclothingcompany #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #tea
Thu 14th February 2019
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A good studio portrait photograph of an airman in his 1930 pattern Sidcot flying suit.  Details printed on the back refer to a Blackpool photographic studio.  Possibly the same airman as in my previous post. #raf #vintagephoto #flyingsuit #1940s #vintageclothing #historicflyingclothingcompany #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #flying #aviation #pilot #aircrew #oldphoto #airman #royalairforce #airman
Thu 14th February 2019
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This is a detail from a superb studio portrait photograph of an airman in his 1930 pattern Sidcot flying suit, 1933 pattern gauntlets, early C-type helmet and Mk.IV goggles complete with anti-glare screen.  Details printed on the back refer to a Blackpool photographic studio and there is a 2 September 1942 date stamp. #raf #ww2 #flyinggoggles #flyingsuit #vintageclothing #1940s #oldphoto #aviation #pilot #airman #aircrew #thefew #royalairforce #historicflyingclothingcompany #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany
Wed 13th February 2019
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Fabulous original WW2 USAAF B-7 flying jacket by the Aero Leather Clothing Co.  Size 38R. The B-7 parka was developed in 1940 and standardized in June 1941 as an extreme coldweather jacket intended to protect air and groundcrews stationed in bitterly cold conditions.  Roughly hip length, it was manufactured in untreated natural 1.25" shearling and had a front zip concealed behind a buttoned wind flap fastened with braided cord loops.  Internal zipped pockets at the waist. Chromed leather patch pockets on the front skirt.  Integral hood edged with wolf fur.  The jacket was only in production for about a year and is now one of the hardest USAAF items to find.  Most that do turn up are in poor condition and are often very dirty. This is a fabulous rare jacket. #ww2 #usaaf #usaac #armyairforce #armyaircorps #vintageclothing #flyingjacket #vintageleatherjacket #1940s #shearlingjacket #parka #vintageparka #flying #pilot #aircrew #aviation #hi#thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #waac #aeroleather
Tue 5th February 2019
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Here we have another RAF Mk.2 Sector clock, this example is 1942 dated with rare bakelite surround. The Smith's Coventry Astral movement is Air Ministry King's crown marked and 1942 dated. The case is also GVIR marked and 1942 dated. The bezel appears to be an old replacement. Excellent original dial. #ww2 #raf #operationsroom #sectorclock #smithsclocks #royalairforce #coventryastral #battleofbritain #opsroom #sectorclock #georgevi #1940s #airministry #vintageclock #vintagetimepiece
Tue 29th January 2019
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WW2 Naval battleship HMS Belfast is in this group of photos. It can be seen on the Thames from the top of the Shard. Lao note the Tower of London, Tower bridge, London Eye and other landmarks. #hmsbelfast #shardview #shard #london #londoneye #historicflyingclothingcompany #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #ww2 #britishnavy #1940s
Sat 26th January 2019
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RAF Mk.III flying suit survival knife. Stores reference 22c/1278106.  Almost certainly manufactured by Joseph Rodgers of Sheffield.  Approximately 21cm in length. 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 approximately 10cm.  The knife was worn in a metal scabbard /sheath, stores reference 22c/4466607/13 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.  We have a small quantity complete with scabbard in mint unissued condition. Each is marked with reference numbers, war department broad arrow and '98 date. #raf #survival #survivalknife #flyingsuit #josephrodgers #parachuteknife #jcutter #gravityknife #1990s #historicflyingclothingcompany #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany
Fri 25th January 2019
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Striking original wartime poster by Harold Pym, "Tanks For Attack - Increase Your Savings". Paper, approximately 48 x 75cm.  Issued by the National Savings Committee, London, The Scottish Savings Committee Edinburgh and The Ulster Savings Committee, Belfast.  Printed for H.M. Stationary Office by Fosh & Cross Ltd., London. The image shows RAF Beaufighter aircraft and Army Tanks advancing.  Minor wear but in very good '+' to excellent overall condition. The British artist Harold Pym  studied fine art in London and produced what have been described as ‘famous morale-boosting posters' for the Ministry of Information during WW2. #ww2 #vintageposter #nationalsavings #haroldpym #tanks #warsavings #raf #beaufighter #londonprinters #foshandcross #historicflyingclothingcompany #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #1940s
Fri 25th January 2019
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Striking original wartime poster by Harold Pym, "Salute the Soldier - Croydon Week". Paper, approximately 49 x 75cm.  Issued by the National Savings Committee, London, The Scottish Savings Committee Edinburgh and The Ulster Savings Committee, Belfast.  Printed for H.M. Stationary Office by C.W.S Ltd.  The image shows  a convoy of tanks and infantrymen with wording as above.  Minor wear but in very good '+' to excellent overall condition. The British artist Harold Pym  studied fine art in London and produced what have been described as ‘famous morale-boosting posters' for the Ministry of Information during WW2. #ww2 #vintageposter #posters#salutethesoldier #warsavings #croydon #nationalsavings #hmso #haroldpym #1940s
Thu 24th January 2019
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WW2 RAF Group Captain rank service dress cap by T.W. Castle Ltd, Military & Civil Tailors, Cork Street, W (London). No size label but appears to be approximately 54.5cm diameter which equates to 63/4.  Differs from the standard officer rank peaked cap in having a patent leather peak with a single row of gold bullion embroidered leaves.  Dark blue-grey satin lining.  The inner leather band shows wear but is also good.  Manufacturer's label to crown.  A very nice example of an increasingly scarce cap. #raf #ww2 #royalairforce #uniform #vintagecap #vintageclothing #groupcaptain #pilot #flying #aviation #historicflyingclothingcompany #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #hats #1940s
Thu 24th January 2019
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WW2 Luftwaffe Ju87 Stuka radio navigation cockpit instrument. FL27000.  Luftwaffe cockpit radio navigation direction indicator as used in the infamous Ju87 Stuka.  Manufactured  by AEG, Berlin.  Serial number 26301-39 (1939). Black metal case approximately 8cm diameter x 9.5cm depth.  Black dial with 'L' & 'R' (links & rechts / left & right) and up/down (for Stuka dive bombing) marked with luminous paint.  Indicator needles also luminous tipped.  Case shows wear and surface corrosion.  Needles move freely.  Marked with reference numbers.  Good used. #ww2 #luftwaffe #ju87 #stuka #divebomber #cockpit #warbird #vintageaircraftparts #1940s #flying #pilot #aircrew #battleofbritain #battleoffrance #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #historicflyingclothingcompany
Wed 23rd January 2019
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WW2 Luftwaffe airscrew pitch cockpit instrument. FL18505-1.  By Hartmann & Braun.  Steigungsanzeiger/Stellunganzeiger (airscrew pitch/position indicator). Black painted metal cased instrument approximately 6cm x 11.5cm.  Luminous markings on the black dial.  Data plate riveted to rear.  1938 dated.  Believed to have been used on the Me109, Do17, Do217 & He111 among other aircraft.  Surface wear/corrosion of the casing but the dial and hands remain very good. #ww2 #luftwaffe #me109 #messerschmitt #dornier #propeller #airscrew #cockpit #warbird #vintageaircraftparts #1940s #flying #pilot #aircrew #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #historicflyingclothingcompany
Wed 23rd January 2019
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Superb large WW2 Allied forces flag featuring the British Union flag along with American, Chinese and Russian flags, all surrounding the Free French Forces Cross of Lorraine.  Approximately 111 x 193cm (44 x 76"). Printed on a fine woven woollen fabric.  With cotton binding tape  edge and jute rope with wooden toggle fittings.  The cloth has some moth and fray holes but is in good overall condition and colours remain clear and bright.  An impressive flag and fabulous display piece.  A rare flag almost certainly designed and produced in the United Kingdom during the war as a patriotic piece or immediately postwar as a celebration of victory. #ww2 #britishforces #1940s #allies #freefrench #fff #resistance #vintageflag #flags #unionflag #flytheflag #historicflyingclothingcompany #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #britisharmy #raf #royalairforce #usarmy #crossoflorraine
Tue 22nd January 2019
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WW2 USAAF A2 by I. Spiewak & Sons, North Bergen, New Jersey.  Marked as a size 38 and has a physical external pit to pit (x2) measurement of about 39 - 40". The classic A-2 flying jacket.  Seal brown leather with matching cotton lining.  The leather is generally very good to excellent with no rips or repairs.  It seems to be strong and remains good and supple.  There is some wear and abrasion on both sleeves with surface cracking and relatively minor damage at the shoulders/upper arm areas.  Complete with all the usual A-2 features including the collar snaps and hook, leather hanger, underarm vents, label and original 'Talon' zip.  The jacket has an original leather name tag 'H.M Kennard Jr.'. This is coming adrift  but could easily be restitched should the buyer want to.  It also has original leather rank bars sewn on the epaulettes and there are tell-tale holes where a shoulder patch was once stitched.  The back of the jacket is painted and features a scantilly clad reclining blonde, B-17 bomber, bombs, and the name 'Dreamboat'. This artwork would appear to have been added after the war but research suggests the jacket belonged to Harold  Mortimer kennard Jr., service number 20272148.  A resident of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, he was born  21/11/18 and enlisted in 1941. #ww2 #usaaf #armyairforce #a-2 #vintageclothing #vintageleatherjacket #vintageleather #paintedjacket #pilot #aircrew #aviation #1940s #8thAAF #aviationcollectibles #historicflyingclothingcompany #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany
Mon 21st January 2019
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WW2 Luftwaffe high quality private purchase greatcoat manufactured in heavy duty blue-grey dyed fine grain leather.  Double breasted front with a vertical row of six pebbled buttons each side as per regulations.  Large skirt with single deep vent and a half belt with two buttons at the waist.  Large 'French' cuff sections and angled slash pocket with flaps each side of fhe skirt at waist level.  Fully lined in a grey-brown cotton twill.  Buttons inside allow for an additional liner to be attached.  Features include an internal pocket & zipped skirt seam pocket (Ri-Ri zip), adjustable internal belt for improved fit, internal skirt strap and horizontal opening/rings beneath the left pocket flap for attachment of a dress dagger.  Worn with detachable shoulder boards.  The leather is in very good overall condition, thick, strong and supple.  There are areas of wear but nothing significant although it should be noted that the colour appears to have been partially refinished for a more evenl patina.  The coat was also slightly modified after the war, the half belt extended around to the front, internal strap cut/extended and front buttons moved slightly to allow for a larger fit.  These have largely been reversed with removal of the 'extra' belt, reduction in the size of the inner strap to original proportions and removal of shoulder board loops.  Approximately 40" chest (actual measurement) and fits about 38" chest over a sweater.  It has long arms and a generous length of about 52" from collar seam to hem.  As a guide I am 6'2" tall and the overall fit is very good for me. Not perfect but a very good original greatcoat and a superb display piece. #ww2 #luftwaffe #vintageclothing #vintageleatherjacket #vintageleather #germanofficer #ririzippers #historicflyingclothingcompany #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #aircrew #pilot #1940s #aviationcollectibles #vintageuniform #greatcoat
Sat 19th January 2019
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RAF issue 'Thermally Insulated Flying Suit, Jacket'. Stores reference 22c/320. Commonly known as the Irvin flying jacket and manufactured by Irvin Air Chute of Letchworth.  Size 4. This example is of very early configuration with single panel front and single seam rear construction.  Interestingly it has never been fitted with the usual underarm ventilation eyelets - possibly a feature of some early examples.  The leather is in very good '+" to excellent overall condition retaining much of the original chromed finish and flexibility.  Excellent short dense fur lining and collar facing.  Both cuffs and waist retain good fur.  The main zip appears to be an old replacement but both cuff zips are original to the jacket.  The collar strap has been modified with the rings being removed in favour of a single pronged buckle.  Also has the original 'Irvinsuit' label which has a 1935 contract date making this a very nice early production jacket. #raf #royalairforce #flyingjacket #vintageclothing #vintageleather #irvinairchute #irvin #pilot #aircrew #ww2 #warintheair #1940s #1930s #historicflyingclothingcompany #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #irvinflyingjacket
Fri 18th January 2019
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RAF station type 1 'Operations Room' clock by F.W. Elliott Ltd. of Croydon. This example with a 14" silk screen printed dial with an extremely rare ‘winged RAF crest' and a solid mahogany 18" diameter case.  Eight day Elliott signed single fusee movement with 1938 date. The dial is in original condition. The super RAF winged crest remains in very good condition and the coloured sectors retain strong colour.  The back box is stamped with Elliott and Air Ministry crown marks and 1939 date.  The lower access door lock retains the lock but the key is absent and the side access door is good/complete with rotating 'closure stop'. The case retains the original top hanger plate and one of the two lower stabilising brackets.  It is fitted with an excellent cast brass bezel with a quality hinge consumate with the period of the clock.  It is unclear as to whether the bezel was originally blackened but it now has a lovely matt patina.  The movement hasn’t been cleaned/polished but isn’t filthy and ticks away strongly. #raf #royalairforce #sectorclock #vintagetimepiece #vintageclock #1940s #1930s #fusee #airministry #flying #aviation #aviationcollectibles #historicflyingclothingcompany #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #elliottclock #oldclocks #rafstation
Thu 17th January 2019
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RAF Dinghy, type K'. Stores reference 27C/1927.  Introduced in January 1942 this is the classic wartime one-man 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 'steerling lines'. The type K was carried folded and compressed within a variety of different packs used in conjuction 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. #raf #ww2 #royalairforce #survivaldinghy #survivalatsea #1940s #rubberdinghy #rubberboat #goldfishclub #aircrew #pilot #flying #aviation #sailing #inthedrink #dinghy #historicflyingclothingcompany #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany
Wed 16th January 2019
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Fabulous original press photograph showing RAF parachute test dummies all dressed and ready to be deployed from aircraft. Superb kit in this image. Until seeing this I had no idea such dummies were used. #raf #ww2 #parachutes #skydiving #parachuteharness #royalairforce #aircrew #pilot #flying #aviation #vintagephoto #flyingsuit #crashtestdummy #irvinairchute #historicflyingclothingcompany #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #1940s
Tue 15th January 2019
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Lovely pre WW2 RAF officer rank service dress cap by Lincoln Bennett & Co. Burlington Gardens, Old Bond Street, London.  Excellent peak with typical green leather underside showing signs of handing and use.  Blue-grey satin lining with manufacturer's gold blocked logo at the crown.  The inner leather band with manufacturer's name and Royal cypher 'By appointment to the late King George V'. As he died in 1936 and Edward VIII was never crowned, this suggests this cap dates from 1936 prior to the coronation of King George VI. A very good '+' example of the increasingly scarce prewar cap. #raf #ww2 #interwar #vintagehat #vintageclothing #vintagecap #1930s #rafofficer #aircrew #pilot #flying #aviation #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #historicflyingclothingcompany #kinggeorgev #lincolnbennett #nationalhatday
Tue 15th January 2019
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