Escape / Evasion / Survival 

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Unique piece of history: Important escape compass with Dambusters connection, including provenance and extremely rare photos.

The collar stud compass worn by Jerry Fray, photo recon pilot with 542 squadron on his many photo-recon missions, including the Mohne Dam, the day before and the day after the Dambusters raid, Operation "Chastise" on May 15 and 17, 1943, in order to get vital before-and-after images of the dam. Jerry flew an unarmed Spitfire PRIX so was given the escape compass in the event he was attacked and shot down. This grouping includes the collar stud compass in good working order and the signed letter from Jerry to a well known and trusted dealer (includes the tape used to hold the compass in place on the page!).  With the compass are four large original wartime photographs: one shows Guy Gibson, leader of the dams raid by 617 Squadron, pointing to Jerry's before and after photos of the Mohne Dam (8.5" x 6.25"); a group photo (8.25" x 5.5") of key Dambusters personnel including Guy Gibson and Barnes Wallis.  (Jerry is in the picture and has written on the back pointing himself out); a later target photo of Rotterdam by Jerry Fray (8" x 9"); a large (12" x 5") group photo of the PR unit at RAF Benson which has slight damage but is taped up and intact. All pictures are original, no reprints, and came from Jerry Fray. A unique and important historical artifact with fantastic provenance linking it to one of the most important events of WWII .

$2,500 / £2,050 / €2,380

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Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Important escape compass with provenance and Dambusters connection

Canned fresh water ration tin for the RAF L dinghy, complete with contents.

Very rare to find any wartime rations complete with contents, and this is the first time I have encountered full cans of water rations. These standard water cans, 4.5" x 3.5" (11cm x 8.75cm) were issued as part of survival rations with multi-place dinghies (notably the 2-man L dinghy dropped by Mk I and Mk II Spitfires later in the war - see photos for detailed notes from AP1182D). They were also included with the Lindholme Airborne lifeboat dropped by Hudsons and other larger aircraft. Well marked with instructions and produced by Norfolk Canneries, Ltd. Small quantity available. A few dings and minor dents and some surface rust to cans, but no damage or leaks detected and still with contents.

$55 / £45 / €53 each

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Canned fresh water ration tin for the RAF L dinghy

Canned fresh water ration tin for the RAF L dinghy

Canned fresh water ration tin for the RAF L dinghy

Canned fresh water ration tin for the RAF L dinghy

Canned fresh water ration tin for the RAF L dinghy

Canned fresh water ration tin for the RAF L dinghy

Canned fresh water ration tin for the RAF L dinghy

Canned fresh water ration tin for the RAF L dinghy

Canned fresh water ration tin for the RAF L dinghy

Canned fresh water ration tin for the RAF L dinghy

Canned fresh water ration tin for the RAF L dinghy

Canned fresh water ration tin for the RAF L dinghy

Canned fresh water ration tin for the RAF L dinghy

Canned fresh water ration tin for the RAF L dinghy

Canned fresh water ration tin for the RAF L dinghy

Canned fresh water ration tin for the RAF L dinghy

RAF Emergency Signalling Whistle (often referred to as "ditching" whistle).

Very good example of these now quite scarce whistles which were issued to all aircrew from 1942 on. Popularly known as "ditching" whistles but actually used by downed aircrew on land or in the water in order to locate each other. Usually worn attached to the collar of the Aircew Blouse (War Service Dress) but could also be attached to the life vest. Well marked, original whistle retaining almost all of its original plated finish.

$85 / £68 / €80

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RAF Emergency Signalling Whistle (often referred to as "ditching" whistle).

RAF Emergency Signalling Whistle (often referred to as "ditching" whistle).

RAF Emergency Signalling Whistle (often referred to as "ditching" whistle).

RAF Emergency Signalling Whistle (often referred to as "ditching" whistle).

RAF Emergency Signalling Whistle (often referred to as "ditching" whistle).

RAF Emergency Signalling Whistle (often referred to as "ditching" whistle).

RAF Emergency Signalling Whistle (often referred to as "ditching" whistle).

RAF Emergency Signalling Whistle (often referred to as "ditching" whistle).

WWII US Navy issue life vest emergency signal light by Colvin Slocum Boats, Inc.

As with many items of US Navy flying kit, these were purchased "off the shelf" from the manufacturer for issue to US Navy aviators in the early war years. Red plastic housing and clear red lens, with patented spring clamp, lanyard and large safety pin for attaching to flight suit or life vest.

$75 / £60 / €72

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US Navy issue life vest emergency signal light by Colvin Slocum Boats, Inc.

US Navy issue life vest emergency signal light by Colvin Slocum Boats, Inc.

US Navy issue life vest emergency signal light by Colvin Slocum Boats, Inc.

US Navy issue life vest emergency signal light by Colvin Slocum Boats, Inc.

US Navy issue life vest emergency signal light by Colvin Slocum Boats, Inc.

US Navy issue life vest emergency signal light by Colvin Slocum Boats, Inc.

US Navy issue life vest emergency signal light by Colvin Slocum Boats, Inc.

US Navy issue life vest emergency signal light by Colvin Slocum Boats, Inc.

US Navy issue life vest emergency signal light by Colvin Slocum Boats, Inc.

US Navy issue life vest emergency signal light by Colvin Slocum Boats, Inc.

US Navy issue life vest emergency signal light by Colvin Slocum Boats, Inc.

US Navy issue life vest emergency signal light by Colvin Slocum Boats, Inc.

RAF Beadon Suit aluminium container for 7 cigarettes.

Olive green aluminium tin, 3" (8cm) in length with screw top marked with stores ref number and labeled 7 cigarettes. This was part of the Beadon suit survival kit (cigarettes for survival!). No contents. A scarce survival item. Unissued condition.

$75 / £60 / €72

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RAF Beadon Suit aluminium container for 7 cigarettes

RAF Beadon Suit aluminium container for 7 cigarettes

RAF Beadon Suit aluminium container for 7 cigarettes

RAF Beadon Suit aluminium container for 7 cigarettes

RAF Beadon Suit aluminium container for 7 cigarettes

RAF Beadon Suit aluminium container for 7 cigarettes

RAF Beadon Suit aluminium container for 7 cigarettes

RAF Beadon Suit aluminium container for 7 cigarettes

Scarce Australian made First Aid shell dressing, dated June 1942.

Made by Johnson & Johnson, Sydney. Unopened. Great condition - type of dressing carried in the small pocket inside the RAF / RAAF service dress uniform.

$35 / £28 / €34

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Scarce Australian made First Aid shell dressing, dated June 1942

Scarce Australian made First Aid shell dressing, dated June 1942

Scarce Australian made First Aid shell dressing, dated June 1942

Scarce Australian made First Aid shell dressing, dated June 1942

Scarce Australian made First Aid shell dressing, dated June 1942

Scarce Australian made First Aid shell dressing, dated June 1942

RAF aircrew silk escape map S2/S3 Italy/Greece.

Early wartime issue (1941-42) Bartholomew map printed 2-sides on silk showing Italy, Yugoslavia on one side and Greece, Turkey on the reverse. Unissued condition with no wear or damage and only light storage soiling. Approximately 26" x 26" (66cm x 66cm). 

$125 / £95 / €115

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RAF aircrew silk escape map S2/S3 Italy/Greece

RAF aircrew silk escape map S2/S3 Italy/Greece

RAF aircrew silk escape map S2/S3 Italy/Greece

RAF aircrew silk escape map S2/S3 Italy/Greece

RAF aircrew silk escape map S2/S3 Italy/Greece

RAF aircrew silk escape map S2/S3 Italy/Greece

RAF aircrew silk escape map S2/S3 Italy/Greece

RAF aircrew silk escape map S2/S3 Italy/Greece

RAF aircrew silk escape map S2/S3 Italy/Greece

RAF aircrew silk escape map S2/S3 Italy/Greece

RARE RAF / SOE evasion and escape item:  compass concealed in a box of matches.

Ingenious method for concealing the standard small compass for aircrew to carry with them on oips or for putting into care packages for sending to POWs. Comprises a wartime Bryant & May's  wooden matchbox, with a false cardboard bottom beneath the matches, underneath which the compass is hidden in a thin slab of balsa wood. The matches can be used and the box examined and even emptied of its matches with a good possibility that the compass would not be discovered. One of many such brilliant means of hiding these small compasses.

$295 / £225/ €270

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RARE RAF / SOE escape item - compass concealed in a box of matches

RARE RAF / SOE escape item - compass concealed in a box of matches

RARE RAF / SOE escape item - compass concealed in a box of matches

RARE RAF / SOE escape item - compass concealed in a box of matches

RARE RAF / SOE escape item - compass concealed in a box of matches

RARE RAF / SOE escape item - compass concealed in a box of matches

RARE RAF / SOE escape item - compass concealed in a box of matches

RARE RAF / SOE escape item - compass concealed in a box of matches

RARE RAF / SOE escape item - compass concealed in a box of matches

RARE RAF / SOE escape item - compass concealed in a box of matches

RAF escape button compass disguised as a trouser button.

 

RAF trouser button compass - the one-piece type made from bakelite with a "needle" concealed inside the moulding. Once removed from the garment and suspended from a length of cotton, the button would rotate until the double dot pointed north.  This type was issued to the Army (in bown bakelite) and the black version was issued to RAF aircrew personnel.

$90 / £70 / €85

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RAF escape button compass disguised as a trouser button

RAF escape button compass disguised as a trouser button

RAF escape button compass disguised as a trouser button

RAF escape button compass disguised as a trouser button

RAF escape button compass disguised as a trouser button

RAF escape button compass disguised as a trouser button

RAF escape button compass disguised as a trouser button

RAF escape button compass disguised as a trouser button

RAF escape button compass disguised as a trouser button

RAF escape button compass disguised as a trouser button

RARE WWII RAF silk escape map of Singapore for concealing inside clothing.

 

Rare silk escape map which has been modified by cutting down, shaping and adding button holes. Measures 15" x 12" (38cm x 30cm). Cut down sections were buttoned inside the back of the shirt or jacket - thus a different section would be worn depending on the day's mission. Map shows the Strait of Singapore, with added printed notations of type of terrain (swampy jungle, undulating jungle, scattered cultivation, etc). Double-sided map with white silk backing neatly hemmed around the edge. Some insect damage to backing silk (no damage to map), a few light stains and one small cigarette burn.

A very rare variation.

$325 / £238 / €285

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RAF escape map for concealing inside clothing

RAF escape map for concealing inside clothing

RAF escape map for concealing inside clothing

RAF escape map for concealing inside clothing

RAF escape map for concealing inside clothing

RAF escape map for concealing inside clothing

RAF escape map for concealing inside clothing

RAF escape map for concealing inside clothing

RAF escape map for concealing inside clothing

RAF escape map for concealing inside clothing

RAF escape map for concealing inside clothing

RAF escape map for concealing inside clothing

RAF escape map for concealing inside clothing

RAF escape map for concealing inside clothing

RAF escape map for concealing inside clothing

RAF escape map for concealing inside clothing

Extremely RARE RAF / SOE collar stud escape compass.

One of Clayton Hutton's ingenius designs for a concealed compass for downed airmen and agents 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 very good 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

RAF / SOE "Locket" style Escape Compass.

Very scarce escape compass contained in a sealed plastic pouch and attached to a cotton tape which was worn around the neck by RAF aircrews and SOE agents. One of many types of compass issued by MI9, this one was intended for easy and immediate access rather than concealment - and may have been intended to be found by enemy captors to dissuade them from looking too hard for the more well-concealed types! Unused condition, the compass still functions perfectly.

$175 / £128 / €155

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RAF / SOE "Locket" style Escape Compass.

RAF / SOE "Locket" style Escape Compass.

RAF / SOE "Locket" style Escape Compass.

RAF / SOE "Locket" style Escape Compass.

RAF / SOE "Locket" style Escape Compass.

RAF / SOE "Locket" style Escape Compass.

Luftwaffe one man dinghy – Einmannschlauchboot.

The Einmannschlauchboot, or "one man rubber boat", was introduced in late 1940 following the loss of so many Luftwaffe fighter pilots in the Channel during the Battle of Britain. Initially it was stowed behind the pilot's seat in fighter aircraft; later a second dinghy was added in a pack worn by the pilot. Dinghy is is in good condition, the rubberized material 

perfectly flexible, including the keel/ballast which is often dried up. Well marked with nomenclaure and instructions. Missing one rope grab handle and seams have been reinforced with heavy black tape. A scarce item.

$650 / £475 / €570

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Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchboot, one man dinghy

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

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 for attaching to the seat-type 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

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

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