BATTLE OF BRITAIN 

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Exceptional RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936.

 

Superb pair of iconic Mk IIIa flying goggles in exceptional condition showing almost no signs of use. Frames retain blackened finish, lenses with no warping and very light surface scratches, velvet pads are like new and strap is perfect, with tension springs in perfect working order, no stretching. Nice AID stamp and crisp AM stamp with early 1936 date. Oddly both stoppers are absent - either never attached properly or maybe removed. Could undoubtedly be added if desired but they look perfectly good as is.

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RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

 

Absolutely fantastic RAF officer's service dress cap by a private tailor, Lingards of Preston.  Condition is superb and appears to have had very little wear. Underside of peak is finished with the black crinkle finish instead of the more common green. Cicular quilting pattern on lining suggests 1920s or early 1930s, so appropriate for an officer serving at the time of the Battle of Britain. A superb cap that would be difficult to upgrade.

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Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

 

Rare uniform accessory item worn by officers and other ranks and designed wth a V-neck so as not to show when the Service Dress tunic was worn, providing extra warmth under the flying clothing. Fine knitted wool with a good label and 1938 date. There are a few snags and holes which can be seen in the pictures, but they don't show badly or detract from the appearance. Dies not show any wear so may have been unissued. Very nice example.

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RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile UF9.

 

Very rare accessory which makes a great addition to any Battle of Britain display: a tile used on the "Raid Blocks"  which were placed on large table sized maps of southern England showing movement, strength and altitude of both enemy and friendly aircraft engaged in the daily air battles. Only a handful of these simple items survived and many were used over and over again. This example, painted in black on yellow, indicates enemy (Luftwaffe) aircraft and would be stacked on the "block" as shown in the last photograph. 

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RAF OPs Room raid plotting block tile UF9

RAF OPs Room raid plotting block tile UF9

RAF OPs Room raid plotting block tile UF9

RAF OPs Room raid plotting block tile UF9

RAF OPs Room raid plotting block tile UF9

RAF OPs Room raid plotting block tile UF9

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 259/853

 

Very rare accessory which makes a great addition to any Battle of Britain display: a tile used on the "Raid Blocks"  which were placed on large table sized maps of southern England showing movement, strength and altitude of both enemy and friendly aircraft engaged in the daily air battles. Only a handful of these simple items survived and many were used over and over again. This example, painted in black on yellow, indicates enemy (Luftwaffe) aircraft and would be stacked on the "block" as shown in the last photograph.  Interestingly it has been stamped/engraved on one side and then hand-paited on the back with a different number.

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RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 259/853

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 259/853

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 259/853

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 259/853

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 719

 

Very rare accessory which makes a great addition to any Battle of Britain display: a tile used on the "Raid Blocks"  which were placed on large table sized maps of southern England showing movement, strength and altitude of both enemy and friendly aircraft engaged in the daily air battles. Only a handful of these simple items survived and many were used over and over again. This example, printed in yellow on black, indicates aircraft strength and would be stacked on the "block" as shown in the last photograph. 

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RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 719

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 719

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 719

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 719

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 399

 

Very rare accessory which makes a great addition to any Battle of Britain display: a tile used on the "Raid Blocks"  which were placed on large table sized maps of southern England showing movement, strength and altitude of both enemy and friendly aircraft engaged in the daily air battles. Only a handful of these simple items survived and many were used over and over again. This example, printed in white on black, indicates aircraft strength and would be stacked on the "block" as shown in the last photograph. 

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RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 399

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 399

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 399

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 399

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile "I"

 

Very rare accessory which makes a great addition to any Battle of Britain display: a tile used on the "Raid Blocks"  which were placed on large table sized maps of southern England showing movement, strength and altitude of both enemy and friendly aircraft engaged in the daily air battles. Only a handful of these simple items survived and many were used over and over again. This example, printed in red on white, would be used with other tiles to indicate friendly aircraft strength and would be stacked on the "block" as shown in the last photograph. 

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RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile "I"

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile "I"

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile "I"

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile "I"

Excellent RAF Battle of Britain Type D oxygen mask, plus Type 21 microphone assembly with full external  wiring loom (Type F connector) and bell plug.

 

A quite exceptional example of a Type D oxygen mask, 100% original and in great condition. One slight worn spot to upper front right from rubbing against the stiff insert between the wool, linen and chamois, and perhaps 2 or 3 pinhead sized holes which are almost invisible.  Minor soiling to wool and chamois, but overall this mask is in remarkable condition. There are vestiges of some black writing on one side - not clear what it is. Comes with a good Type 21 microphone with  rare early Type F external loom. Hairline surface crack on bakelite part of microphone. Note mask has never had snaps or face defenders attached,  was probably used as a microphone carrier (which explains the great condition). Most masks on the market these days have excessive wear or damage and often repairs. 

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RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

Incredibly rare RAF Battle of Britain fighter pilot's Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  with silk canopy dated September 25, 1940.

 

An absolutely fantastic find. RAF parachute equipment is extremely rare, especially seat type parachutes - ESPECIALLY complete with the silk canopy intact and still packed - but to find one dated during the Battle of Britain is a dream find. This example has been stashed away somewhere for over 80 years, and as a result it has a couple of small chewed areas on the webbing harness: one by the left hand lower buckle, two more at the lower back. These could perhaps be restored but do not affect the integrity of the harness or the display so I prefer to leave alone in original 'as found" condition. Harness is grubby and could be cleaned up - very nice A-crown-M stamps to the shoulder straps of the harness. The pack,  back cushion and silk (not nylon) canopy are unaffected and the canopy remains as packed. The pack has a superb Irvin Air Chute label and serial number, and I knew it was an early model, but  could not find a date which is faded out - however I carefully opened the pack and unfolded the silk to look for a date and found a superb ink stamp with the matching serial number and a date of September 25, 1940, as well as the A-crown-M Air Ministry stamp.  A genuine Battle of Britain seat type parachute which in spite of the minor damage to the harness remains in great, displayable condition, lacking on the seat cushion. Includes a full set of bungee cords and a lovely early storage bag with DOT zip fastener and A-crown-M stamp on both sides which matches the style of the stamp on the harness. 

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RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba