BATTLE OF BRITAIN 80th ANNIVERSARY PAGE

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Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, this section will feature items specifically connected with or relating to the people and events of summer and autumn 1940 when "The Few" fought and defended Great Britain from the German onslaught. New items will be added as available between now and the end of September.

RAF "Gt. Britain" shoulder title.

 

It was common for Commonwealth and foreign pilots serving in the RAF to wear shoulder titles displaying their nationality. In some cases, English pilots posted to "foreign" squadrons sometimes wore unofficial shoulder titles proclaiming their English or British origin. Call it service humour. These are quite scarce. This example would appear to be Canadian made and might have been worn by someone training in Canada, as many pilots and aircrews did. Single title.

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RAF "Great Britain" shoulder title

RAF "Great Britain" shoulder title

RAF "Great Britain" shoulder title

RAF "Great Britain" shoulder title

RAF "England" shoulder title.

 

It was common for Commonwealth and foreign pilots serving in the RAF to wear shoulder titles displaying their nationality. In some cases, English pilots posted to "foreign" squadrons sometimes wore unofficial shoulder titles proclaiming their English or British origin. Call it service humour. These are quite scarce. This example would appear to be Canadian made and might have been worn by someone training in Canada, as many pilots and aircrews did. Single title.

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RAF "England" shoulder title

RAF "England" shoulder title

RAF "England" shoulder title

RAF "England" shoulder title

Royal Observer Corps Master Observer badges x 2.

 

Vital to the defence of Britain during the summer of 1940, the Royal Observer Corps had stations set up in all cities and towns along the coast, watching for enemy aircraft. Offered are two variations of the Master Observer badge, worn on the sleeve of the uniform. This badge was actually introduced later, but paid homage to the Battle of Britain by using the famous and stylish lines of the Spitfire. One is silk embroidered and the other is printed. The printed one has a slight stain and the embroidered variant has minor damage to one corner. Price is for both.

$30 / £22 / €25  

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Royal Observer Corps Master Observer  badges x 2

Royal Observer Corps Master Observer badges x 2

Royal Observer Corps Master Observer  badges x 2

Royal Observer Corps Master Observer badges x 2

WWII RAF Bomb Disposal badge.

 

Another vital resource during the Battle of Britain was the RAF's Bomb Disposal squad. Unexploded bombs and mines were a constant hazard not only to the public but on airfields where the RAF had their own specially trained personnel to disarm, defuse or, if necessary, detonate safely the hundreds of pieces of unexploded ordnance. Nice badge embroidered on black wool.

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RAF Bomb Disposal badge

RAF Bomb Disposal badge

RAF Bomb Disposal badge

RAF Bomb Disposal badge

Bauch and Lomb sunglasses owned and worn by Battle of Britain ace Harold Bird-Wilson together with his dog tag.

 

Battle of Britain Ace Harold Bird-Wilson enjoyed a long and illustrious career in the RAF. Besides being an ace fighter pilot, he was also one of the earliest "Guinea Pigs" of Dr. Achibald McIndoe and later in the war became one of the first jet pilots. In September 1940 his partrait was drawn by Cuthbert Orde a few days before being shot down by Adolf Galland! In 1944 he was sent to Leavenworth in the USA for command training, returning to lead his wing during the D-Day operations. Undoubtedly he acquired these early Bauch and Lomb anti-glare "aviator" sunglasses from his US connections. Still in their leather case in which he has written his name (first in red ink then in blue) the case also contains one of his dog tags named to Bird-Wilson and dated 1938. The glasses have a small chip in one lens but are otherwise in good, used condition. These items were auctioned by his family several years ago together with some other personal items (not available) and a copy of the auction invoice is included for provenance.

$520 / £390/ €440   email to secure this item

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Harold Bird-Wilson by Cuthbert Orde

Harold Bird-Wilson by Cuthbert Orde

Scarce First Anti-Aircraft Division shoulder patch / Formation Sign.

Highly important to Britain's defence during the Battle of Britain were the Anti-Aircraft Divisions which had the try and distinguish which were the German bombers and which were the RAF fighters, so as to shoot at the right ones (not always successful!). This is an early example on grey wool showing a twin-engined, twin-tailed bomber (based no doubt on a Dornier 17) being pierced with a red sword. Not a common patch to find.

$40 / £30 / €35   email to secure this item

Rare early anti-aircraft patch

Rare early anti-aircraft patch

Rare early anti-aircraft patch

Rare early anti-aircraft patch

RAF OPs Room table plotters and markers.

Used on the huge plotting tables at Ops Rooms on RAF Stations all over Southern England in 1940 and throughout the Blitz, these small but highly significant plotting markers and numbered tiles were mounted on blocks of wood or metal and could be moved around as instructed to enable those in charge on the ground to direct RAF fighters to where they were needed. Tiles were made of metal and plastic and indicated types, numbers, altitude and direction of enemy aircraft formations.

Number tiles (metal) for mounting on wood blocks:

12, 15+, 24             each $125/ £95 / €105

Plastic ID tiles (Hostile- black on yellow):

M, H, I, 9, 5             each $75 / £60 / €65

Plastic ID tiles (Friendly-red on white):

B, F                          each $75 / £60 / €65

Plastic number tiles:

719,  399                each $75 / £60 / €65

Strength tile with red "flag" and block flag (detached):

Metal post with plastic flag and number 4 tile:

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RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF OPs Room table plotters & markers

RAF plotter raid blocks

RAF plotter raid blocks

Lovely pair of scarce RAF Mosquito boots with Battle of Britain history.

Superb pair of green suede Mosquito boots, as issued primarily to ground crews but often grabbed by pilots in desert and tropical regions for flying duties. This pair in great condition, showing some use but no wear or damage and in a great size 10 UK (11US). Well marked with the Air Ministry A-crown-M stamp and named inside to Debenham and obtained by previous owner directly from the family of Kenneth Barry Lemphere Debenham who flew with 151 sq. in the Battle of Britain. He was shot down, badly burned and became a member of the guinea pig club, returning to duty in Italy in 1943 and commanding 126 sq. He was killed in December 1943. Note instead of tie tapes, these boots are secured with long ropes.

$625 / £475 / €530 

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RAF Mosquito boots with Battle of Britain history

RAF Mosquito boots with Battle of Britain history

RAF Mosquito boots with Battle of Britain history

RAF Mosquito boots with Battle of Britain history

RAF Mosquito boots with Battle of Britain history

RAF Mosquito boots with Battle of Britain history

RAF Mosquito boots with Battle of Britain history

RAF Mosquito boots with Battle of Britain history

RAF Mosquito boots with Battle of Britain history

RAF Mosquito boots with Battle of Britain history

RAF Mosquito boots with Battle of Britain history

RAF Mosquito boots with Battle of Britain history

RAF Mosquito boots with Battle of Britain history

RAF Mosquito boots with Battle of Britain history

LW 10-30 full-back inflatable life vest dated June 1940

The Schimmweste 10-30 was worn by almost all Luftwaffe fighter pilots during the Battle of Britain – and by quite a few notable RAF pilots as well! Top aces Eric Lock and John Cunningham were often pictured wearing their captured "booty" believing them to be better than the RAF issue because of their cartridge inflation. In fact the 10-30 had a serious design flaw - being inflated both back and front, with no support for the head, it had a tendency to tip the wearer forwards in the water, meaning that an unconscious or injured pilot could easily drown. The type was replaced in early 1941 as a result of so many drowning casualties with the improved 10-30B. This example is in excellent condition and would be hard to upgrade. Apart from minor storage/age soiling, the vest is perfectly pliable, undamaged and retains all its components, including all chrome plated hardware, metal tips to all straps, and a 1941 dated cartridge (inert). Made by Drager and dated June 1940 it is a superb example for either a Luftwaffe or RAF battle of Britain fighter pilot!

$3,500 / £2,675 / €2,970  

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LW 10-30 full-back inflatable life vest dated June 1940

LW 10-30 full-back inflatable life vest dated June 1940

LW 10-30 full-back inflatable life vest dated June 1940

LW 10-30 full-back inflatable life vest dated June 1940

LW 10-30 full-back inflatable life vest dated June 1940

LW 10-30 full-back inflatable life vest dated June 1940

LW 10-30 full-back inflatable life vest dated June 1940

LW 10-30 full-back inflatable life vest dated June 1940

LW 10-30 full-back inflatable life vest dated June 1940

LW 10-30 full-back inflatable life vest dated June 1940

LW 10-30 full-back inflatable life vest dated June 1940

LW 10-30 full-back inflatable life vest dated June 1940

LW 10-30 full-back inflatable life vest dated June 1940

LW 10-30 full-back inflatable life vest dated June 1940

LW 10-30 full-back inflatable life vest dated June 1940

LW 10-30 full-back inflatable life vest dated June 1940

LW 10-30 full-back inflatable life vest dated June 1940

LW 10-30 full-back inflatable life vest dated June 1940

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Superb original WWI WRAF photograph

 

Excellent and large fornat original photograph showing three women of the WRAF in WWI. an outstanding example of the uniforms they wore c.1918-19.  Approx. 4" x 6" with slight creasing / cracking at bottom corners.

 

£28 / $35  / €30  email for more details