Escape / Evasion / Survival 

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WWII US Navy Survival Knife with saw blade in original fitted sheath.

 

The same type of knife was issued to both the AAF in the C-1 Sustenance Vests and the US Navy - with this Navy example retaining its original leather sheath. Knife is in excellent condition, with some evidence of sharpening to its blackened blade. Blade marked United GR Mich. Blade is intact with no damage and nice tight spring action; saw blade is also in great shape and undamaged (oftrn broken). Overall very good condition and difficult to find with the sheath.

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WWII USN Survival Knife with sheath

WWII USN Survival Knife with sheath

WWII USN Survival Knife with sheath

WWII USN Survival Knife with sheath

WWII USN Survival Knife with sheath

WWII USN Survival Knife with sheath

WWII USN Survival Knife with sheath

WWII USN Survival Knife with sheath

WWII USN Survival Knife with sheath

WWII USN Survival Knife with sheath

WWII USN Survival Knife with sheath

WWII USN Survival Knife with sheath

WWII USN Survival Knife with sheath

WWII USN Survival Knife with sheath

WWII / Korean war US Navy Mk 13 flare/smoke canister.

The last pyrotechnic signaling device developed  for the US Navy in world war two and introduced in 1945. It featured a signal flare at one end, for night use, and a smoke signal at the other end, for daytime use. This example, in excellent,  unissued condition, is dated April 1952, so would have been available for use in the Korean War. It fits a designated compartment in the Mk II life vest. Perfect condition, unused, retaining both paper end covers.

 

$65 / £45 / €49  

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US Navy Mk 13 flare/smoke canister

US Navy Mk 13 flare/smoke canister

US Navy Mk 13 flare/smoke canister

US Navy Mk 13 flare/smoke canister

US Navy Mk 13 flare/smoke canister

US Navy Mk 13 flare/smoke canister

US Navy Mk 13 flare/smoke canister

US Navy Mk 13 flare/smoke canister

US Navy Mk 13 flare/smoke canister

US Navy Mk 13 flare/smoke canister

RARE early US Army Air Corps Type F-1 Flyers Emergency Sustenance Case with lid.

 

First approved for issue in 1940 and superseded by early 1943,  this is the first of this type of Emergency Sustenance kit for aviators I have ever come across. Made from heavy rubberized canvas painted with silver aircraft dope (similar to balloon fabric) and well marked, the kit measures 13" x 8" x 2" and was designated  a "Forced Landing Kit."  It originally contained a tin of rations and a larger tin containing a flashlight, compass, hunting knife, fishing line and hooks, plus first aid kit. A very AAC / AAF survival item in grubby but very good condition, including its handle and lid. Worth noting also is that every multiplace US aircraft sent to England under Lease Lend would have been equipped with one of these cases; this would include the Hudsons, Flying Fortresses, Mitchells etc. used by the RAF.

$155 / £120 / €135  

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AAC Type F-1 Flyers Emergency Sustenance Case

AAC Type F-1 Flyers Emergency Sustenance Case

AAC Type F-1 Flyers Emergency Sustenance Case

AAC Type F-1 Flyers Emergency Sustenance Case

AAC Type F-1 Flyers Emergency Sustenance Case

AAC Type F-1 Flyers Emergency Sustenance Case

AAC Type F-1 Flyers Emergency Sustenance Case

AAC Type F-1 Flyers Emergency Sustenance Case

AAF Pack for the Type C-2 Pneumatic raft.

 

Heavy canvas pack for the Type C-2 Pneumatic raft which attached to the parachute harness. This is one of the later types with the hooks reversed so that the wearer sat on the opening. manufacture date of March 1945. Made by Rubber Raft Corp. of America. Very good condition, with some staining and soiling from storage. 

$275 / £220 / €240  

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AAF C-2 Pararaft pack

AAF C-2 Pararaft pack

AAF C-2 Pararaft pack

AAF C-2 Pararaft pack

AAF C-2 Pararaft pack

AAF C-2 Pararaft pack

AAF C-2 Pararaft pack

AAF C-2 Pararaft pack

Large size (4") RAF signal mirror / Heliograph as issued with all survival dinghies.

 

The larger and somewhat more scarce version of the heliograph / signalling mirror which was issued with all dinghy/raft kits. This 4" (10cm) version was considered more accurate than the personal 2" (5cm) version carried by individuals and differed only in its size and in having etched concentric circles for targeting potential rescue vessels and aircraft. Includes steel mirror with printed instructions on rear and sighting tool attached by cord in cotton carrying/storage case. Minor oxidation on sighting tool, otherwise an excellent example.

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RAF large size heliograph for dinghy

RAF large size heliograph for dinghy

RAF large size heliograph for dinghy

RAF large size heliograph for dinghy

RAF large size heliograph for dinghy

RAF large size heliograph for dinghy

RAF large size heliograph for dinghy

RAF large size heliograph for dinghy

WWII RAF large size dinghy knife and scabbard.

This dinghy knife was produced in two sizes: the smaller one was often secured to the Mae West life jacket or to the one-man Type K Dinghy. This larger model (over 9" long) was issued with the multi-place dinghies carried on bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. Other than their relative size, both types were identical: cork handle (to float); curved blade with rounded point (to prevent puncturing the dinghy); and leather scabbard sewn to rubberized fabric base for cementing to the sidewall of the dinghy. The handle is secured to the scabbard with a length of cord. Knife is in excellent condition, leather very good, rubberized fabric a little dried out, but overall a very good example.

$120 / £98 / €108

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WII RAF large size dinghy knife and scabbard

WII RAF large size dinghy knife and scabbard

WII RAF large size dinghy knife and scabbard

WII RAF large size dinghy knife and scabbard

WII RAF large size dinghy knife and scabbard

WII RAF large size dinghy knife and scabbard

WII RAF large size dinghy knife and scabbard

WII RAF large size dinghy knife and scabbard

RAF "Responsibilities of a POW" card, AP1548.  

 

Issued to all RAF airmen involved i active combat duties, yet few of these have survived. Tri-fold, 6-panel printed card with instructions for all members of aircrew in the event of bring shot down and captured. Includes how to deal with interrogation, the protection of the Geneva Convention, etc. Considered confidential (Restricted) and "Not to be taken into the air." An interesting read and an important survival item.

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RAF "Responsibilities of a POW" card

RAF "Responsibilities of a POW" card

RAF "Responsibilities of a POW" card

RAF "Responsibilities of a POW" card

RAF "Responsibilities of a POW" card

RAF "Responsibilities of a POW" card

RAF signal flare container tin for 6 x 1" double yellow star flares, dated 5/45.

 

Study black tin, 6" x 3.5" x 1" (16cm x 9cm x 2.5cm) with hinged lid for storing 6 x 1" double yellow star flares as carried on board aircraft for signaling "Friend or Foe" or to signal tower of a problem when radio was damaged or otherwise not working. Excellent condition with minor surface oxidation in a couple of places, some slight scratches to surface. In addition to markings, lid has raised circle shape stamped so it can be felt in case of complete darkness. Tin is dated May 1945.

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RAF signal flare tin container - double yellow star

RAF signal flare tin container - double yellow star

RAF signal flare tin container - double yellow star

RAF signal flare tin container - double yellow star

RAF signal flare tin container - double yellow star

RAF signal flare tin container - double yellow star

RAF signal flare tin container - double yellow star

RAF signal flare tin container - double yellow star

RAF signal flare container tin for 6 x 1" double red star flares, dated 5/45.

 

Study black tin, 6" x 3.5" x 1" (16cm x 9cm x 2.5cm) with hinged lid for storing 6 x 1" double red star flares as carried on board aircraft for signaling "Friend or Foe" or to signal tower of a problem when radio was damaged or otherwise not working. Excellent condition with minor surface oxidation in a couple of places, some slight scratches to surface. In addition to markings, lid has raised plus sign shape stamped so it can be felt in case of complete darkness. Tin is dated May 1945.

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RAF Signal Flare tin for red double star

RAF Signal Flare tin for red double star

RAF Signal Flare tin for red double star

RAF Signal Flare tin for red double star

RAF Signal Flare tin for red double star

RAF Signal Flare tin for red double star

RAF Signal Flare tin for red double star

RAF Signal Flare tin for red double star

RAF signal flare container tin for 6 x 1" double green star flares, dated 5/45.

 

Study black tin, 6" x 3.5" x 1" (16cm x 9cm x 2.5cm) with hinged lid for storing 6 x 1" double green star flares as carried on board aircraft for signaling "Friend or Foe" or to signal tower of a problem when radio was damaged or otherwise not working. Excellent condition with minor surface oxidation in a couple of places, some slight scratches to surface. In addition to markings, lid has raised triangle shape stamped so it can be felt in case of complete darkness. Tin is dated May 1945.

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RAF signal flare tin container - double green star

RAF signal flare tin container - double green star

RAF signal flare tin container - double green star

RAF signal flare tin container - double green star

RAF signal flare tin container - double green star

RAF signal flare tin container - double green star

RAF signal flare tin container - double green star

RAF signal flare tin container - double green star

RAAF / Australian forces shell dressing dated June 1942.

 

Shell Dressings are more difficult to find than the smaller First Field Dressing packs, and Commonwealth made examples are not often found. One of those often forgotten accessories that are great for completing a display. 6" x 3.5" (15cm x 9cm).

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RAAF Shell Dressing 1942

RAAF Shell Dressing 1942

RAAF Shell Dressing 1942

RAAF Shell Dressing 1942

Scarce RAF / AAF 43 Series Escape Map sheet E and F, Eastern Europe and Mediterranean.

One of the most difficult to find in the 43 Series escape maps, sheet F covered Italy and the former Yugoslavia which had been broken down into Croatia and Montenegro, as well as Hungary, Slovakia, southern Germany and Switzerland. Sheet E covered northern Germany and its protectorates, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. Map has been used and is slightly faded but has no damage and still neatly folded. Overall in very good condition. This was typically used by aircrews flying out of North Africa and Southern Italy including the US 15th air force.

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RAF 43 series escape map E/F

RAF 43 series escape map E/F

RAF 43 series escape map E/F

RAF 43 series escape map E/F

RAF 43 series escape map E/F

RAF 43 series escape map E/F

RAF 43 series escape map E/F

RAF 43 series escape map E/F

RAF 43 series escape map E/F

RAF 43 series escape map E/F

RAF 43 series escape map E/F

RAF 43 series escape map E/F

RAF 43 series escape map E/F

RAF 43 series escape map E/F

Early wartime RAF escape/evasion map on silk: K1/K2, southern Greece, Crete, Libya and North Africa – pristine condition.

Rare early wartime escape map carried by RAF pilots and aircrews flying over the southern Mediterranean, from Crete including Libya, Tobruk, and the Sahara regions. This would have been issued 1941 and 42 when the war in North Africa was at its height. Titled K1 and K2, this map was printed in just 3 colours: black, red and green, and based on vintage maps drawn up by John Batholomew. Printed in a miniscule scale of 1:6,000,000 or 1" to 94.7 English miles, it was very difficult to read such small print, but gave the downed airman a rough idea of wher he was and how to make his way back.  This example is in pristine, unused condition, impossible to upgrade.

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RAF escape map Libya/Crete/N.Africa K1/K2

RAF escape map Libya/Crete/N.Africa K1/K2

RAF escae map Libya/Crete/N.Africa K1/K2

RAF escae map Libya/Crete/N.Africa K1/K2

RAF escae map Libya/Crete/N.Africa K1/K2escae map Libya/Crete/N.Africa K1/K2

RAF escae map Libya/Crete/N.Africa K1/K2escae map Libya/Crete/N.Africa K1/K2

RAF escae map Libya/Crete/N.Africa K1/K2

RAF escae map Libya/Crete/N.Africa K1/K2

RAF escae map Libya/Crete/N.Africa K1/K2

RAF escae map Libya/Crete/N.Africa K1/K2

Extremely RARE RAF escape compass disguised as a standard collar stud.

One of Clayton Hutton's ingenius designs for a concealed compass for downed airmen to use for evasion and possible escape. The early rotary compass was concealed inside the flat button section of  a simple collar stud, used to attach the collar to the shirt as worn by all ranks. Originally the glass cover would have been covered with white paint for concealment, easily removed with a blade or even a fingernail to reveal the compass. Compass is in excellent working condition. Extremely rare item these days.

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RARE RAF escape compass collar stud

RARE RAF escape compass collar stud

RARE RAF escape compass collar stud

RARE RAF escape compass collar stud

RARE RAF escape compass collar stud

RARE RAF escape compass collar stud

RARE RAF escape compass collar stud

RARE RAF escape compass collar stud

USN M-592 Survival Kit Backpack - early example.

Lovely early example of the US Navy M-592 Emergency Survival Kit Backpack, worn as a back cushion under the seat type parachute primarily by fighter pilots flying in jungle and tropical areas. Pack is in excellent condition, with all compartments and straps in place - no contents.  Made from heavy green waterpoofed canvas rather than the more commonly seen "battleship" grey oilcloth. This example appears to be unissued judging by the condition. Talon zip closes from both ends and works perfectly. Canvas straps are clean. Getting to be a difficult item to find.

 

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USN M-592 survival kit backpack

USN M-592 survival kit backpack

USN M-592 survival kit backpack

USN M-592 survival kit backpack

USN M-592 survival kit backpack

USN M-592 survival kit backpack

USN M-592 survival kit backpack

USN M-592 survival kit backpack

USN M-592 survival kit backpack

USN M-592 survival kit backpack

RARE RAF survival item: Anti-snakebite kit for the Beadon Suit.

Excellent example of the Beadon suit / tropical survival kit Anti-snakebite ​kit as issued to all RAF pilots and aircrews flying over tropical and jungle areas. Comprises a 3 part chromed brass tube, engraved with maker, Gardner Co. London, and Air Ministry A-crown-M mark. One end unscrews to reveal a lancet or scalpel for cutting around the bite; the other end unscrews containing a capsule of sulphur to sprinkle on the wound. The sulphur is usually missing from these kits but in this case it is still present. Some of the chrome plating has worn off the central barrel but the kit remains complete and in excellent condition.

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RAF Beadon Suit anti-snakebit kit2

RAF Beadon Suit anti-snakebit kit2

RAF Beadon Suit anti-snakebit kit2

RAF Beadon Suit anti-snakebit kit2

RAF Beadon Suit anti-snakebite kit

RAF Beadon Suit anti-snakebite kit

RAF Beadon Suit anti-snakebit kit

RAF Beadon Suit anti-snakebit kit

US survival issue P-38 tin-can opener

Standard issue in all mess kits and included in all survival kits, the simple P-38 tin opener was an invaluable necessity for opening rations. Pressed steel in two pieces, hinged with a sharp, curved blade for opening any shaped tin. Great working condition and well marked US (maker mark and number not so clear).

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US survival P-38 tin opener

US survival P-38 tin opener

US survival P-38 tin opener

US survival P-38 tin opener

US survival P-38 tin opener

US survival P-38 tin opener

US survival P-38 tin opener

US survival P-38 tin opener

RAF dinghy pouches for specific survival / medical equipment, to be cemented to the multi-place dinghies.

Unissued and unused, these rubberized fabric cut sheets were to be glued or cemented to the inner walls and flor of multi-place dinghies carried in heavy bomber aircraft, specifically for stowage of survival and first aid equipment. 5 are offered as a set, with 4 being marked for specific use and one blank. Soft and pliable rubberized material. Never seen these anywhere on the loose before. Great display item for survival at sea or Air Sea Rescue. Sizes vary as shown. largest is approximately 6" x 6" / 150mm x 150mm, the others are 6" x 5" / 150mm x 130mm.

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RAF Dinghy Pouches, unissued

RAF Dinghy Pouches, unissued

RAF Dinghy Pouches, unissued

RAF Dinghy Pouches, unissued

US Army camouflaged First Aid dressing.

Individual First Aid Dressing issued to all members of the US Army including AAF aircrew and paratroopers etc. Camouflaged dressing still in original waxed cardboard slider box and sealed in paper wrapping. Not a common items.

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WWII US Army camo wound dressing

WWII US Army camo wound dressing

WWII US Army camo wound dressing

WWII US Army camo wound dressing

Scarce accessory: bailing cup for the Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot (1-man raft). 

 

Collapsible rubberized fabric cup, with handle, which was issued with the Luftwaffe one-man raft to bale out water collecting in the bottom of the raft compartment. Could also be used for collecting rainwater for drinking. Collapsible cup is made from rubberized fabric, yellow outside and black inside, with a reinforced bottom and a handle fixed on the side. The rim was wire reinforced to hold its shape. Fabric has gone quite stiff from storage and age, but can still be reshaped somewhat and displays well. No holes or damage. Hard to find on the loose.

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LW baling cup einmannschlauchboot

LW baling cup einmannschlauchboot

LW baling cup einmannschlauchboot

LW baling cup einmannschlauchboot

LW baling cup einmannschlauchboot

LW baling cup einmannschlauchboot

LW baling cup einmannschlauchboot

LW baling cup einmannschlauchboot

WWII USAAF / US Navy drift anchor and long rope for life raft.

 

Collapsible rubberized fabric "bucket" with long rope was dragged in the water for use as an anchor in both 1-man and multi-place life rafts. 12" long with 24" circumference. Fabric is a bit stiff but intact. Not a common accessory.

$45 / £38 / €40

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AAF / USN life raft drift anchor

AAF / USN life raft drift anchor

AAF / USN life raft drift anchor

AAF / USN life raft drift anchor

AAF / USN life raft drift anchor

AAF / USN life raft drift anchor

WWII USAAF / US Navy baling cup for life raft.

 

Small collapsible rubberized cup with rope for attaching to handles on 1-man and multi-place life rafts. Valuable survival tool - used to scoop water out of the bottom of the raft. Excellent condition, completely pliable.

$25 / £20 / €22

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AAF / USN life raft baling cup

AAF / USN life raft baling cup

AAF / USN life raft baling cup

AAF / USN life raft baling cup

RARE Kriegsmarine / Luftwaffe back pack container for the one-man life raft. 

 

Heavy rubberized canvas or linen back pack for the one man life raft. Both back packs and seat packs were used by Luftwaffe pilots, and back packs were also carried by U-boat and mini-sub crews. The life raft carried inside was exactly the same for both branches - a rare instance of co-operative procurement. This style pack is more usually associated with the Kriegsmarine, but it has added patches with Luftwaffe markings including the FL, number for the pack. Though a bit grubby, the pack is in very good condition, with no damage. Its white webbing straps and fastener are still attached, pockets for accessories with snap closure still present. A rare variation of an extremely rare item.

$550 / £412 / €462 

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KM / LW one-man raft back pack

KM / LW one-man raft back pack

KM / LW one-man raft back pack

KM / LW one-man raft back pack

KM / LW one-man raft back pack

KM / LW one-man raft back pack

Early WWII US Navy Type AN-R-2 one-man life raft. 

 

AN-R-2 one-man life raft most likely produced late 1942 or early 1943. Bright orange/yellow rubberized fabric dinghy shows very little wear except where folded. Number "15" painted on one end and instruction panel cemented in place. No other markings that I can see. Excellent example of a rare, early survival item. 

$275 / £205 / €235  

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USN AN6520-1 1-man raft

USN AN6520-1 1-man raft

USN AN6520-1 1-man raft

USN AN6520-1 1-man raft

USN AN6520-1 1-man raft

USN AN6520-1 1-man raft

USN AN6520-1 1-man raft

USN AN6520-1 1-man raft

USN AN6520-1 1-man raft

USN AN6520-1 1-man raft

Scarce WWII USN CO2 inflation cylinder for the one man life raft. 

 

Blue heavy metal cylinder painted bright blue with Kidde logo decal and stenciled nomenclature. Cylinder is dared 12/43 and empty (inert). Instruction decal is worn but all other markings clear. Valve assembly still in place. Overall vey good condition and a very difficult item to find.

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USN life raft CO2 inflation bottle

USN life raft CO2 inflation bottle

USN life raft CO2 inflation bottle

USN life raft CO2 inflation bottle

USN life raft CO2 inflation bottle

USN life raft CO2 inflation bottle

USN life raft CO2 inflation bottle

USN life raft CO2 inflation bottle

USN life raft CO2 inflation bottle

USN life raft CO2 inflation bottle

USN life raft CO2 inflation bottle

USN life raft CO2 inflation bottle

US Navy Emergency Drinking Water Kit.

Very scarce accessory for the US Navy Pararaft and Survival back pack. Complete, unopened and still sealed Drinking Water Kit for distilling drinking water from sea water. Dated July 1945 and in excellent conditon, with no dings or dents, just a few minor surface scratches. It even includes a small envelope containing extension tapes for fitting in the early M-592 back pad kits. Also still attached to its rope lanyard for securing it to the pack.

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USN Emergency Drinking Water6

USN Emergency Drinking Water6

USN Emergency Drinking Water6

USN Emergency Drinking Water6

USN Emergency Drinking Water6

USN Emergency Drinking Water6

USN Emergency Drinking Water6

USN Emergency Drinking Water6

USN Emergency Drinking Water6

USN Emergency Drinking Water6

RARE Imperial Japanese Navy pilot's telescoping survival / rescue flag. 

 

An extremely rare Imperial Japanese Navy pilot's rescue flag. In 30 years of collecting I have only ever seen 2 of these - and this is the second in less than a year! Patterned after the Luftwaffe telescoping flag, but made from bamboo instead of aluminium, the flag folds down to 8 inches long and extends to over 30 inches. The flag is made of very lightweight silk with kapok stuffing around the edges so it can be used to float on the water's surface to attract aircraft, or waved to attract ships. Folded, it fit into a pocket on the flying suit. In excellent condition. An extremely rare item.

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IJN pilot's survival / rescue flag

IJN pilot's survival / rescue flag

IJN pilot's survival / rescue flag

IJN pilot's survival / rescue flag

IJN pilot's survival / rescue flag

IJN pilot's survival / rescue flag

IJN pilot's survival / rescue fN2991

IJN pilot's survival / rescue fN2991

IJN pilot's survival / rescue flag

IJN pilot's survival / rescue flag

IJN pilot's survival / rescue flag

IJN pilot's survival / rescue flag

IJN pilot's survival / rescue flag

IJN pilot's survival / rescue flag

RAF Escape / Evasion map France and Spain - Cold War era (1953).

 

Not often encountered and obviously never used, but basically identical to World War Two issue escape maps, except much larger, this double sided map is printed on water resistant fabric (Rayon) and shows the entire area of both France and Spain, plus the south coast of England and northern coast of Morocco. Folded but in perfect condition. Ideal to go with any Cold War jet pilot display.

 

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RAF Cold War escape map

RAF Cold War escape map

DSCN1261RAF Cold War escape map

DSCN1261RAF Cold War escape map

RAF Cold War escape map

RAF Cold War escape map

RAF Cold War escape map

RAF Cold War escape map

RAF Cold War escape map

RAF Cold War escape map

RAF Cold War escape map

RAF Cold War escape map

RAF Cold War escape map

RAF Cold War escape map

AAF Survival on Land booklet for the C-1 Emergency Sustenance Vest (reprint).

 

Reproduction (reprint) of big “Survival On Land”  booklet (4" x 8", 78 pages) as issued in the Type C-1 Emergency Sustenance Vest. Published by Training Aids Division and first printed by James Gray Inc. of New York. Original date of publication was July 1944. A good quality reprint copy of this rare book.

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AAF C-1 Vest large manual (reprint)

AAF C-1 Vest large manual (reprint)

AAF C-1 Vest large manual (reprint)

AAF C-1 Vest large manual (reprint)

AAF C-1 Vest large manual (reprint)

AAF C-1 Vest large manual (reprint)

AAF C-1 Vest large manual (reprint)

AAF C-1 Vest large manual (reprint)

3 Safe Conduct Passes from the Korean War.

 

2 are identical, bearing the printed signature of Douglas McArthur; the third bears the signature of Matthew Ridgway. All show use and wear, with a few small tears, though no paper is missing. Each is 5" x 4" (129mm x 102mm) with the Ridgway version printed on heavier, better quality paper. Never run across these before. Price is for all 3.

 

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Safe Conduct passes Korean War

Safe Conduct passes Korean War

Safe Conduct passes Korean War

Safe Conduct passes Korean War

USAF LRU/16P one man life raft as carried by fighter pilots flying the F-16 fighting Falcon.

 

Manufactured January, 1996, and with test dates up to October 2011, this modern one-man life raft clearly traces in lineage back to WWIi, being very similar in design, but with a splash cover that fastens with velcro and construction from waterproofed nylon rather than rubberized linen. In excellent condition, the boat is overall deep sea blue in colour for camouflage, but the splash cover opens up to show neon orange for hi-visibility when friendly ships or aircraft are in the vicinity. No damage that I can see, and no visible evidence of use. Modern survival equipment is quite difficult to source.

 

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USAF LRU/16P life raft for F-16

USAF LRU/16P life raft for F-16

USAF LRU/16P life raft for F-16

USAF LRU/16P life raft for F-16

USAF LRU/16P life raft for F-16

USAF LRU/16P life raft for F-16

USAF LRU/16P life raft for F-16

USAF LRU/16P life raft for F-16

USAF LRU/16P life raft for F-16

USAF LRU/16P life raft for F-16

USAF LRU/16P life raft for F-16

USAF LRU/16P life raft for F-16

USAF LRU/16P life raft for F-16

USAF LRU/16P life raft for F-16

USAF LRU/16P life raft for F-16

USAF LRU/16P life raft for F-16

USAF LRU/16P life raft for F-16

USAF LRU/16P life raft for F-16

Rare Royal Navy marked personal First Aid Outfit for Air Crew as carried by all operational Fleet Air Arm personnel. Dated January 1944. Opened but with all legal contents. 

 

Air  Ministry / RAF aircrew issue First Aid Kits are not all that uncommon, although they are hard to source with all contents - but those marked for Royal Navy, as used by pilots, gunners, observers and Telegraphists who flew in the Fleet Air Arm are considerably more difficult to find. This example is dated january 1944 and has been opened but has all its correct and original contents, except for the syrette which has been removed. The small, cotton-lined tin in which the syrette was stored is present. Also present is the burn jelly, burn mitten, dressing and safety pib, exactly as listed on the outside of the rubberized pouch.  Good condition - a great display item.

 

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Royal Navy Aircrew First Aid Kit

Royal Navy Aircrew First Aid Kit

Royal Navy Aircrew First Aid Kit

Royal Navy Aircrew First Aid Kit

Royal Navy Aircrew First Aid Kit

Royal Navy Aircrew First Aid Kit

Royal Navy Aircrew First Aid Kit

Royal Navy Aircrew First Aid Kit

Royal Navy Aircrew First Aid Kit

Royal Navy Aircrew First Aid Kit

Royal Navy Aircrew First Aid Kit

Royal Navy Aircrew First Aid Kit

Royal Navy Aircrew First Aid Kit

Royal Navy Aircrew First Aid Kit

Royal Navy Aircrew First Aid Kit

Royal Navy Aircrew First Aid Kit

British made hip flask in pewter, from veteran aircrew member's estate and  typical of the type carried by airmen.

 

Many aircrewmen carried these, though they were not officially "issued' - they were vital to survival in water or in cold regions while evading capture. This has been through the wars, has a few dents and dings though it looks good and remains serviceable. The owner's initials are engraved on the front "F.G.B" - flask is made in Sheffield, England from English pewter and will hold 8oz of brandy, whisky, rum or whatever your preferred survival beverage might be. Would look good with any display of survival kit. 

 

$55 / £43 / €50  Email to secure this item

Survival - pewter hip flask

Survival - pewter hip flask

Survival - pewter hip flask

Survival - pewter hip flask

Survival - pewter hip flask

Survival - pewter hip flask

Survival - pewter hip flask

Survival - pewter hip flask

Survival - pewter hip flask

Survival - pewter hip flask

Survival - pewter hip flask

Survival - pewter hip flask

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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