Escape / Evasion / Survival 

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RAF issue Escape and Evasion compass in waterproof pouch worn around the neck.

 

Escape and Evasion items, like a lot of RAF flying kit, have become extremely difficult to source in recent times. I haven't seen one of these "locket" type escape compasses in a very long time. Standard miniature compass, in good working order, sealed inside a clear plastic pouch attached to a cotton cord which tied around the neck for easy access. Upon landing in enemy territory, the compass could be removed and concealed t prevent discovery by enemy captors. Unissued, in perfect condition. Very hard to find these days.

$200 / £145 / €170

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RAF escape compass in waterproof pouch worn around the neck

RAF escape compass in waterproof pouch worn around the neck

RAF escape compass in waterproof pouch worn around the neck

RAF escape compass in waterproof pouch worn around the neck

RAF escape compass in waterproof pouch worn around the neck

RAF escape compass in waterproof pouch worn around the neck

RAF escape compass in waterproof pouch worn around the neck

RAF escape compass in waterproof pouch worn around the neck

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse containing double-sided escape map, compass and hacksaw.

 

Becoming very hard to find with all components. Waterproof purse is in excellent condition, carefully opened but no tears, marked "MAPS ONLY" to front (this indicates that it contained no currency). Contains double-sided silk escape/evasion map 43C (Holland  Belgium  France  Germany) and 43D (France  Germany  Switzerland Belgium) together with the miniature compass and hacksaw blade wrapped in paper. Compass in good working order, blade with some minor surface oxidation but a very good example. These were issued to all RAF and AAF flyers flying over occupied Europe.

$550 / £395 / €465

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RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

RAF silk Goolie chit / Blood chit with celluloid case and lanyard, for USSR flights.

 

Rare RAF issue "Goolie" chit (or Blood chit) issued to pilots and aircrews engaged in combat flights over Soviet territory. Specifically introduced for the "Mission to Moscow"  in 1942, when RAF pilots and technicians were shipped into Russia to instruct and lead Soviet fighter pilots into combat, and provide flight instruction on tactics as well as how to fly the Hurricane aircraft also being shipped in. The chit contains a message, in Russian, promising a reward for the safe return of any lost of injured RAF crewmen. Printed on silk and still contained in its celluloid holder with lanyard attached, this example is in near mint. perfect condition, the celluloid slightly scratched and separated along one edge.

$295 / £215 / €250

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RAF Goolie chit / Blood chit for USSR flights

RAF Goolie chit / Blood chit for USSR flights

RAF Goolie chit / Blood chit for USSR flights

RAF Goolie chit / Blood chit for USSR flights

RAF Goolie chit / Blood chit for USSR flights

RAF Goolie chit / Blood chit for USSR flights

RAF Goolie chit / Blood chit for USSR flights

RAF Goolie chit / Blood chit for USSR flights

RAF large size Heliograph (4") for dinghy survival kit.

Very good example of the larger size RAF signal mirror or Heliograph, used for directing the sun's rays towards rescue boats and aircraft. One small area of rust on the sighting tool (should clean up easily). The polished steel "mirror" is in excellent condition as is the cotton pouch. The 4" version was issued as part of the survival kit with all dinghies, including the K Type one-man boat, as it was felt to be more effective than the smaller 2" version which was carried on the person.

$65 / £48 / €55

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RAF large size Heliograph (4") for dinghy survival kit

RAF large size Heliograph (4") for dinghy survival kit

RAF large size Heliograph (4") for dinghy survival kit

RAF large size Heliograph (4") for dinghy survival kit

RAF large size Heliograph (4") for dinghy survival kit

RAF large size Heliograph (4") for dinghy survival kit

RAF multi-place dinghy inflation bellows.

Bellows for the RAF multi-place dinghy. While at sea, the inflated air chambers would lose air over time and needed to be topped up. Blowing air into a large dinghy through an oral inflation tube would be taxing so this bellows was issued as part of the survival kit. It is in very good condition and seems to work well, with no holes or damage. Constructed of wood and rubberized cotton with metal fittings and a handle that could be operated by hand or foot. The hose is included and is also in good condition. Quite a difficult item to find.

$150 / £110 / €125

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RAF multi-place dinghy inflation bellows

RAF multi-place dinghy inflation bellows

RAF multi-place dinghy inflation bellows

RAF multi-place dinghy inflation bellows

RAF multi-place dinghy inflation bellows

RAF multi-place dinghy inflation bellows

RAF multi-place dinghy inflation bellows

RAF multi-place dinghy inflation bellows

AAF paddles for the multiplace life raft with reflectors.

 

Set of 2 paddles, each in two parts joined together with spring clips, for the multiplace dinghy carried on USAAF bomber and reconnaissance aircraft as part of the raft kit. Blue painted paddles doubled as reflectors to attract passing ships and aircraft having a special reflective surface on one side of the paddle blade. Some scratches to paint and a minor ding to the corner of one blade, otherwise a very good used set with serial/part number still clearly visible. These make a great display.

$150 / £110 / €125  

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AAF paddles for the multiplace life raft with reflectors

AAF paddles for the multiplace life raft with reflectors

AAF paddles for the multiplace life raft with reflectors

AAF paddles for the multiplace life raft with reflectors

AAF paddles for the multiplace life raft with reflectors

AAF paddles for the multiplace life raft with reflectors

AAF paddles for the multiplace life raft with reflectors

AAF paddles for the multiplace life raft with reflectors

AAF paddles for the multiplace life raft with reflectors

AAF paddles for the multiplace life raft with reflectors

AAF paddles for the multiplace life raft with reflectors

AAF paddles for the multiplace life raft with reflectors

AAF paddles for the multiplace life raft with reflectors

AAF paddles for the multiplace life raft with reflectors

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s.  3 different available.

 

Superb set of 3 artificial silk (Rayon) Operational Navigation Charts (ONCs) carried by USAF pilots and crews  in the 1960s. Each is approx. 30" x  48" (76cm x 106cm). These beautifully printed, highly detailed maps show all features on land and sea with information for military flight planning (such as jet fuel facilities) and for survival/rescue. ONC-L11 covers Borneo, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philipines, South China Seas, etc. dated 1967. ONC-M10 includes Java, Java Sea, Sumatra and part  of the Indian Ocean. ONC-H3 and ONC-H4 (back to back) depict Libya, United Arab Republic, Gulf of Sidra and more. Superb unused condition, clean and crisp.

 

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USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

USAF double-sided Rayon Operational Navigation Charts 1960s x 3

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit  dated 1940, with St. John's tourniquet.

 

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940. Sturdy canvas case with compartments for various vials, bandages, tools etc. These early first aid kits are the more desirable than later dates and tend to be more scarce. Empty of all contents except a really excellent high quality medical tourniquet, stamped in ink on the webbing and also engraved on the buckle to St. Johns Ambulance Brigade. A nice example in very good condition. 

$135 / £100 / €112  

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RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF Aircraft First Aid Outfit dated 1940

RAF dinghy leak stoppers Type A - small. Full package of 6 in original paper wrapping with RAF stores info.

One of those super scarce accessories that rarely turns up: an unused, unissued package of 6 of the small leak stoppers issued with all dinghies (one man and multi-place types). Solid rubber flexes and barbs prevent them from coming out once fitted. These replaced the earlier screw-in types. Price is for complete package of 6.

 

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RAF dinghy small leak stoppers packet of  6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy small leak stoppers packet of 6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy small leak stoppers packet of  6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy small leak stoppers packet of 6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy small leak stoppers packet of  6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy small leak stoppers packet of 6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy leak stoppers Type A - Large. Full package of 6 in original paper wrapping with RAF stores info.

One of those super scarce accessories that rarely turns up: an unused, unissued package of 6 of the large leak stoppers issued with all dinghies (one man and multi-place types). Solid rubber flexes and barbs prevent them from coming out once fitted. These replaced the earlier screw-in types. Price for complete package of 6.

 

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RAF dinghy large leak stoppers packet of  6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy large leak stoppers packet of 6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy large leak stoppers packet of  6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy large leak stoppers packet of 6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy large leak stoppers packet of  6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy large leak stoppers packet of 6 with original wrapping

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.

$120 / £88 / €100  

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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. 

$220 / £160 / €185  

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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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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. 

 

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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