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RARE 2-45 dated RAF Type H oxygen mask in outstanding condition.

 

Rare wartime dated RAF Type H oxygen mask with a clear 2-45 moulded into the rubber alongside the microphone housing. Rubber is soft and pliable with a good grey-green patina and light evidence of wear in the suede lining. No signs of stress cracks. Early large Type 57 microphone and, interestingly, it features the smaller plug usually fitted on Type 48 microphones. I've often said that wartime dated examples of the H mask are among the rarest of WWII RAF kit - even though the mask remained in production until the 1980s. It was issued primarily to high altitude photo-recon pilots and bomber crews.

$450 / £355 / €420

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2-45 dated RAF Type H oxygen mask in outstanding condition.

2-45 dated RAF Type H oxygen mask in outstanding condition.

2-45 dated RAF Type H oxygen mask in outstanding condition.

2-45 dated RAF Type H oxygen mask in outstanding condition.

2-45 dated RAF Type H oxygen mask in outstanding condition.

2-45 dated RAF Type H oxygen mask in outstanding condition.

2-45 dated RAF Type H oxygen mask in outstanding condition.

2-45 dated RAF Type H oxygen mask in outstanding condition.

2-45 dated RAF Type H oxygen mask in outstanding condition.

2-45 dated RAF Type H oxygen mask in outstanding condition.

2-45 dated RAF Type H oxygen mask in outstanding condition.

2-45 dated RAF Type H oxygen mask in outstanding condition.

2-45 dated RAF Type H oxygen mask in outstanding condition.

2-45 dated RAF Type H oxygen mask in outstanding condition.

US made female jack/adaptor for RAF flying helmet.

 

US Army Signal Corps female plug jack Type JK-49-A by Rauland, into which the RAF bell plug fits. Connected by a 10" cable which splits into two leads, each ending in the PL-55 single pin plug. Designed to allow RAF helmet/electronics to be worn while flying aircraft fitted with US made radio. Very heavy duty piece of kit! I've seen the bakelite RAF version of this but never the US made type. Interesting.

$75 / £60 / €70

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US made female jack/adaptor for RAF flying helmet

US made female jack/adaptor for RAF flying helmet

US made female jack/adaptor for RAF flying helmet

US made female jack/adaptor for RAF flying helmet

US made female jack/adaptor for RAF flying helmet

US made female jack/adaptor for RAF flying helmet

US made female jack/adaptor for RAF flying helmet

US made female jack/adaptor for RAF flying helmet

US made female jack/adaptor for RAF flying helmet

US made female jack/adaptor for RAF flying helmet

WWII issued RAF Mk VIII flying goggles, nice clear Air Ministry embossed stamp.

 

Very good used pair of RAF Mk VIII flying goggles which actually confirm wartime production with flat edged frames (rather then the rolled edge). These goggles have all the characteristics of wartime production - except that the brass frames do NOT have a rolled edge (except at the very top where the hinge is attached). They also have punched hole vents, rather than the raised lip vents - but have a lovely crisp A-crown-M embossed stamp on the leather behind the hinge, along with the stores ref. no.. Since the Air Ministry was absorbed into the War dept. in 1943, most newly produced flying kit, from 1944 on, was stamped with a broad arrow mark instead - and the A-crown-M stamp is generally regarded as positive indication of wartime manufacture. Strap has lost some elasticity and has some stains, but functions well and has the light coloured leather reinforcement and pull tabs.

$250 / £195 / €235

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WWII issued RAF Mk VIII flying goggles

WWII issued RAF Mk VIII flying goggles

WWII issued RAF Mk VIII flying goggles

WWII issued RAF Mk VIII flying goggles

WWII issued RAF Mk VIII flying goggles

WWII issued RAF Mk VIII flying goggles

WWII issued RAF Mk VIII flying goggles

WWII issued RAF Mk VIII flying goggles

WWII issued RAF Mk VIII flying goggles

WWII issued RAF Mk VIII flying goggles

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RARE RAF high-altitude air ventilated inner flying suit Mk 2C - aka "Fairy Suit".

 

One of the most difficult items of high-altitude flying clothing to find. "Coverall, Air Ventilated, Mk 2C" (to give it correct RAF parlance) was nicknamed "Fairy Suit" by pilots. It is an air-ventilated inner flying suit worn by pilots of supersonic fighter jets to cool down from the friction-generated heat of high speed flight at high altitude. It was worn under the flying suit in conjunction with a partial pressure helmet and anti-G suit. Fans of Doctor Who will also recognize it as the basis for the Cyberman suit, for which surplus examples were sprayed silver! This is a lovely example, in excellent condition. Largely worn by English Electric Lightning pilots, early examples were made of nylon, this 1982 dated suit appears to be made of cotton. It fastens at the back with simple cotton tapes. All pipes and tubes are complete and intact and the suit shows very little wear. A very rare high-altitude flying suit in excellent condition.

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RARE RAF high-altitude air ventilated inner flying suit

RARE RAF high-altitude air ventilated inner flying suit

RARE RAF high-altitude air ventilated inner flying suit

RARE RAF high-altitude air ventilated inner flying suit

RARE RAF high-altitude air ventilated inner flying suit

RARE RAF high-altitude air ventilated inner flying suit

RARE RAF high-altitude air ventilated inner flying suit

RARE RAF high-altitude air ventilated inner flying suit

RARE RAF high-altitude air ventilated inner flying suit

RARE RAF high-altitude air ventilated inner flying suit

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RARE RAF high-altitude air ventilated inner flying suitDSCN0397

RARE RAF high-altitude air ventilated inner flying suit

RARE RAF high-altitude air ventilated inner flying suit

RAF 1941 pattern life vest floating torch in original box.

 

Exceptional example of the floating torch as carried in the side pocket of the 1941 pattern life vest. Green metal battery housing is well marked with broad arrow and  Stores Ref. No. Original wiring is perfect with no drying out or cracking - very unusual - and float is complete with celluloid lens cover and bulb. NOTE: Torch has never been used! The wire seal which needs to be broken in order to activate the light is still intact! Apoart from a few minor scratches to the green paint, this torch is in just about perfect condition. Still contained in its original GE marked cardboard box. Very difficult to find in this kind of condition.

$275 / £220 / €260

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RAF 1941 pattern life vest floating torch in original box

RAF 1941 pattern life vest floating torch in original box

RAF 1941 pattern life vest floating torch in original box

RAF 1941 pattern life vest floating torch in original box

RAF 1941 pattern life vest floating torch in original box

RAF 1941 pattern life vest floating torch in original box

RAF 1941 pattern life vest floating torch in original box

RAF 1941 pattern life vest floating torch in original box

RAF 1941 pattern life vest floating torch in original box

RAF 1941 pattern life vest floating torch in original box

RAF 1941 pattern life vest floating torch in original box

RAF 1941 pattern life vest floating torch in original box

RAF 1941 pattern life vest floating torch in original box

RAF 1941 pattern life vest floating torch in original box

RAF / SOE concealed "swinger" compass.

 

One of the first designs for an "evasion" or "escape" compass. this "swinger" was developed by Clayton Hutton as early as 1941 and issued to aircrews flying over occupied Europe. It comprised a flat trapezoid piece of magnetized steel, about 1" in length, with a hole in the centre. It could be sewn into the seam of a shirt or jacket or worn as a shirt collar stiffener, then, when needed, simply suspended from a cotton thread (preferably in a vessel of water) where it would swing and point north. Excellent condition, still with its clear markings (2 dots pointing north). Like all evasion items, getting harder to find.

$125 / £99 / €118

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RAF / SOE concealed "swinger" compass

RAF / SOE concealed "swinger" compass

RAF / SOE concealed "swinger" compass

RAF / SOE concealed "swinger" compass

Original AAF 8th Air Force shoulder patch.

 

Lovely US made silk embroidered 8th Air Force shoulder patch. 100% original in great condition.

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Original AAF 8th Air Force shoulder patch

Original AAF 8th Air Force shoulder patch

Original AAF 8th Air Force shoulder patch

Original AAF 8th Air Force shoulder patch

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