RAF 1930 Pattern Flying Boots
Boots, Flying, Knee, 1930 Pattern. Stores reference 22c/49. Approximately size 9. Chestnut brown suede leather boots with a fleece lining, full front zip fastening and a buckled strap around the top of the boot. The shoe section is covered in a thick rubbery waterproof galosh (later seen in a simpler form on the 1940 and 1941 pattern boots). Although superseded by the 1936 pattern these remained in service well into the war and were used by both fighter and bomber aircrews. The suede uppers are in very good clean condition bar one small hole and small split adjacent to a seam (see photopraphs 12 & 13). The shoe sections are also very good retaining all of the rubbery coating although this is not completely flexible and we would stongly advise against trying these on! Original stitched 'Durata' soles and heels are both good. Excellent straps/buckles. Original 'Kynoch' brand zips - both excellent. The fleece linings are a little grubby but very good and complete with insoles. Faint Air Ministry and Crown markings are embossed into the zip tongues along with 'A.I.D. 3.F. 9'. The rarest of all flying boots in use during WW2. Significantly rarer than the 'Nuffield' pattern escape boots. Very good overall condition. An exceptionally rare opportunity to add a pair to your collection. Stock code B16664.