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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

Autographs / Art / Personality / Commemorative Items

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Set of 2 large posters displaying all RAF Squadron crests, Fighter Command and Bomber Command.

Printed and published in the early 1970s, these posters are long out of print. Each features a wonderful painting by John Young of classic aircraft from its respective Command. Fighter command features the Spitfire, Hurricane etc, through to the Hunter and BAC Lightning. The Bomber Command poster features al WWII aircraft: Lancaster, Halifax, Stirling, Mosquito, Wellington, etc. Around each painting is every squadron crest (including those defunct) and Group HQ crests, all shown in full colour. Pin holes in corners and one very small corner tear, otherwise these are in great condition for framing or just pinning on the wall. Sold as a set of 2 and shipped in a tube. Officially produced with the authority of the RAF Museum.

$55 / £45 / €50    email to secure this item

"1000 Destroyed: The Life & Times of the 4th Fighter Group" by Grover Hall, Jr. Signed by 4th FG members.

1964 edition (fourth printing) of Grover Hall Jr's classic story of the 4th Fighter Group, signed by several members of the 4th Fighter Group or family members, including Patsy Gentile (father of Don), William O'Regan, Bud Care and others. 9 signatures altogether (6 pilots and 3 immediate family). Book is in very good condition, light foxing, dust jacket complete but with some wear, a few splits and tears.

$95 / £75 / €85  email to secure this item

Extremely rare and long out of print biography by US Marine Corps fighter pilot "Combat Aerial Escapades" by J. Hunter Reinburg.

Combat Aerial Escapades - a pilot's log book by J. Hunter Reinburg, was published in a very limited run, privately, by the author in 1966. This copy is signed and dedicated by the author and further annotated by a former RAF aircrew to his friend, a long time collector of some repute. A great read by a very interesting fighter pilot. 

$60  / £48 / €55  email to secure this item

 

Luftwaffe Funeral Card and photo grouping to a Battle of Britain pilot with history and research.

 

Funeral card and 2 additional photographs, plus lots of research, to Luftwaffe pilot Wilhelm Schwarze, who was killed in the Battle of Britain. It includes his original Funeral Card" with portrait plus one other studio portrait and another pre-war photo of him in civilian clothes with a girl - perhaps his Fraülein or his sister. A sad reminder of the losses of young men suffered by both sides in the war.

$90 / £75 / €82  email to secure this item

Classic Flying Tiger memoir, "God is My Co-Pilot", autographed by Robert L. Scott

One of the best known and widely loved autobiographical accounts of the Flying Tigers, "God is My Co-Pilot" was written by Colonel Robert L. Scott in 1943 when the war was still going on and he was very much active. This is the 1976 ballantine edition of the book, but it is signed in person by Colonel Scott, and included is a black and white photograph of Scott which he has also signed on the back. The book is in excellent condition, with minor wear and very slight yellowing to the pages but no damage. 2 signatures for the price of 1!

£115 / $150 / €135  email to secure this item

Warriors who ride the Wind: Flying Tigers... 14th Air Force by William F.X. Band, with a pasted in bookplate dedicated and signed by 11 of the original Flying Tigers pilots.

 

From the same distinguished library as the above. Second edition of William Band's book on the Flying Tigers (Castle Books 1993), dedicated to the owner and signed by 11 of the original Flying Tigers. Excellent condition. Almost impossible to find so many of these signatures all together in one place!

 

£190 / $250 / €215  email to secure this item

617 Squadron Dambusters Lancaster print signed by 15 members of the squadron who flew on Operation "Chastise" in WWII – PLUS Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris and Leonard Cheshire (17 historic signatures altogether)

 

An amazing piece of history. Let me begin by stating that what you are buying here are the signatures, not the art. Don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful aircraft profile by well known aviation artist Keith Bloomfield (drawn for the RAF Museum), but the print shows evidence of water damage, and some of the signatures, which were executed in ink using fountain pens, have faded with time. It was like this when I acquired it many years ago. I have had this framed and on my wall and it displays very nicely. Under glass, the water damage hardly shows; it's just a little light water marking along the bottom edge with a little surface bubbling to the paper in the bottom right hand corner. It does not affect the print, nor the signatures (those have faded from exposure to light and time). The signatures read like a who's who of Bomber Command heroes: David Shannon, Willy Tait, Harold Hobday, Douglas Webb, William Reid, Bill Townsend, Geoff Rice, Basil Feneron, Toby Foxlee, Leonard Cheshire, D. Heal , Ray Grayston, W. Howarth, Len Sumpter, G.E. Johnson, George Chalmers and Arthur Harris.

Reid, Townsend, Tail and Feneron signatures are slightly faded but perfectly legible. Arthur Harris' signature has faded badly. It can still be seen but barely - but it is there.

George Johnson is the only surviving Dambuster. 

 

Priced at £280 / $350  / €330  email for more details

Reflector Gunsight Glass from Spitfire flown by RAF Polish Ace Jan Falkowski.

 

Fantastic piece of history! This is the glass oval from the reflector gusight in a Spitfire flown by RAF Polish Ace and Battle of Britain pilot Jan Falkowski, complete with provenance including personal letters from Falkowski concernng the glass and all original packing material. The glass had been broken and he wanted to replace it, so another historian arranged for a replacement piece in exchange for the original pieces. These pieces have been rassembled carefully (like a jigsaw puzzle) though one small piece is missing. Imagine what Falkowski saw through this glass! I have it displayed in a small shadow box (it looks great) but it will be removed and carefully packed for shipping. This lot includes multiple original signatures. I will also send buyer more photos i electronic form. Falkowski flew with 32 squadron in the Battle of Britain, then the famed 303 squadron among others, finally commanding the 3rd Polish Wiing. He received the DFC and top Polish awards and ended the war as a POW. He moved to Canada after the war and ran a flying school.

 

£495 / $650 / €555  email to secure this item

RAF Bomber Command Reunion Dinner menus, invitations and itineraries, including one signed by Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris.

 

Several souvenir RAF Bomber Command reunion dinner menus for 1977, 1980 and 1981. The 1977 menu is signed on the back by Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris, MRAF. It includes the original dinner invitation. The 1980 menu also includes the invitation and an itinerary of events. There are 3 copies of the 1981 menu which also includes a printed itinerary. These are from the personal collection of Mr Ray Callow who was the executive director of the Bomber Command association at the time. The VIP guest list is staggering! Price is for all and includes of course the Bomber Harris signature which is nice and clear, blue ink (looks like a felt tip pen). I will also include the compliments slip from Mr Callow (not pictured).

 

£65 / $85 / €75  email to secure this item

Art print by Robert Taylor:

Hurricane Scramble

 

One of 4 Robert Taylor First Edition fine art prints offered. This is Hurricane Scramble, published by the Military Gallery, Bath, England, 1987, this is number 726 of an edition of 1000 and is signed by Crowley Milling, Peter Brothers, Bea Beamont and Bob Doe as well as the artist. Has been displayed and framed but retains full colour value and clarity. A superb print and a great investment at well below the current gallery price. Will be sent rolled up, ready to frame.

 

£350 / $495 / €405  

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Art print by Robert Taylor:

Eagles Prey

 

One of 4 Robert Taylor First Edition fine art prints offered. This is Eagles Prey, published by the Military Gallery, Bath, England, 1991, this is number 1174 of an edition of 1250 and is signed by Don Blakeslee, Carroll McColpin, Oscar Cohen, Jim Goodson and Reade Tilley as well as the artist. Has been displayed and framed but retains full colour value and clarity. A superb print and a great investment at well below the current gallery price. Will be sent rolled up, ready to frame.

 

£250 / $355 / €288 

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Art print by Robert Taylor:

Fourth Fighter Patrol

 

One of 4 Robert Taylor First Edition fine art prints offered. This is Fourth Fighter Patrol, published by the Military Gallery, Bath, England, 1987, this is number 58 of an edition of 1000 and is signed by Don Blakeslee, Jim Goodson, Chesley Peterson and Jim Clarke as well as the artist. Has been displayed and framed but retains full colour value and clarity. A superb print and a great investment at well below the current gallery price. Will be sent rolled up, ready to frame.

 

£535 / $750 / €610 

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RARE Artist's proof signed by Robert Taylor:

D-Day Airborne Assault.

This is NOT a print but an artist's proof, one of only 135 released for sale (this is number 12). D-Day Airborne Assault, published by the Military Gallery, Bath, England in 1994 is signed by Warren Emerson, Clayton Gross, Sid Harwell, William B King, Maurice Long and Miles Wagner as well as the artist. Has been displayed and framed but retains full colour value and clarity. A superb investment at well below the current gallery price. Will be sent rolled up, ready to frame.

 

£655/ $925 / €755 

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Art print "Portrait of Poland" by Arnold Hodgkins and signed by WWII Polish RAF Ace Jan Falkowski.

 

The painting was produced to commemorate the release of Falkowski's book "With the Wind in My Face" and was reproduced as a frontispiece in the book. Falkowski was one of the most famous Polish RAF Ace fighter pilots. He arrived in the United Kingdom on 27 June 1940 and was assigned to No. 32 Squadron RAF. He shot down his first plane on 16 January 1941. During the battle, his plane was badly damaged, Falkowski had to jump with a parachute and broke his leg on landing. After treatment he was sent to the No. 315 Polish Fighter Squadron. In August 1941 he downed three Bf 109s over France. In September he scored two victories. He also served in No. 316 Polish Fighter Squadron and No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron. On 30 January 1945 he was named commander of the 3rd Polish Fighter Wing. On 9 March 1945, he was hit by flak, bailed out and was fired upon by the Germans. One of the bullets wounded him in the leg and he was taken POW. Falkowkis had a limited number of prints produced from Hidgkins painting which he mostly gave away to friends. I have two available  - one signed and one unsigned. Will be sent rolled up, ready to frame. 59cm (23")  x 45cm (18").

 

Signed  £96 / $120  / €112  email for more details

Unsigned  £33 / $40 / €37