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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.

 

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SALES March-April 2018

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AAF Type A-11 Intermediate Flying Helmet in outstanding condition and large size.

 

Not an uncommon helmet, but like most WWII flying kit these days, harder to find in this great condition and in larger sizes. This helmet appears to have never been issued or worn. It has never had receivers fitted and the leather is like new; soft and pliable with a clean chamois lining, good rubber, nice AAF stamp and great label indicating size Large and manufactured by Selby Shoe Company. Has the nice contrasting lighter leather side reinforcements and goggle tabs. The classic mid-late war AAF helmet and this would be difficult to find better.

 

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US Navy / Marine Corps  AN6530 flying goggles with original box and tissue wrapping.

 

Perfect example of these later style AN6530 goggles with streamlined vents, one piece cushion and black elastic strap. Issued and named on box lid to F. G. Buehler and show only very light use. Frames, cushion, clear lenses and strap are all in exccellent condition and come in Fischer Spring box marked with USN contract details and nomenclature and anchor acceptance mark. Frames are maker marked the Chas Fischer Spring. An outstanding example. Navy marked AN6530 goggles are less common than AAF types.

 

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Scarce Luftwaffe aircrew emergency ration tin in excellent condition.

 

The same ration tin was issued to all branches of the service, but Luftwaffe marked examples (this has the Lufteaffe manufacturer, supply code and Fl 415617 embossed into the base) are the hardest to find and, as such, command a higher price. Made from dark grey green metal with a hinged lid and clamp to secure it in the closed position, this tin is in overall very good to excellent condition, with 99% of its original paint intact, one very tiny, shallow ding to the front side. It retains its rubber edge seal still in place on the lid. A very scarce item, especially in such good condition.

 

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WWII  propaganda leaflet (T2) dropped on North Africa after Operation Torch on November 8, 1942, signed by Eisenhower.

 

Dropped by the thousand after the Allies launched Operation Torch against the Vichy French in 1942 over Morocco and Algeria. Planes dispatched from Gibraltar, flying over Oran and Casablanca dropped millions of these British-printed leaflets on the natives and French 'colons' addressed to 'Frenchmen in North Africa.' The message reads: "The immediate purpose of the invasion is to protect French North Africa against the menace of an Italo-German invasion. The principal aim is the annihilation of the enemy and the complete liberation of invaded France. The sovereignty of France over French territories remains complete. All together, we will get them."  printed above the signature of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Leaflet is creased (looks like this one was actually dropped and may have been stopped on before it was picked up!). However it is in overall good condition. Considering how many were printed and dropped, so few survive.

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WWII leather RAF letter writing case.

 

A beautiful accessory, most likely given as a gift to an RAF officer whilst in service, perhaps to encourage him to write home more often! Brown leather zippered case with embossed design has an officer's side cap badge affixed to the front. Inside, numerous pockets hold paper, envelopes, stamps, pens etc. and there is a "seceret" zippered compartment, perhaps for saving letters from home, photographs, etc. A nice souvenir item thav would be great to display with RAF personal kit.

 

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Royal Navy Aircraft Serials and Units, 1911-1919

 

RARE and long out of print reference by Air Britain. Invaluable and essential resource to anyone researching RNAS aircraft and units in WWI, by Ray Sturtivant and Gordon Page. Large formet, 8.75" x 12", 480 pages with complete listing of aircraft, units and bases with many b/w photographs. Hardback, laminated casebound. Slightly bumped at the corners but binding tight and overall excellent used condition.

 

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Very good pair of RAF Battle of Britain period Mk IVB flying goggles, complete with rare "flip-screen."

 

Getting harder to find - especially with the flip-up polarizing sun-screen still attached. Nice pair of Mk IVB flying goggles. Mk IV, IVA and IVB goggles were all announced in AMOs together in July 1940, therefore were all available for use during the Battle of Britain. This set of IVB goggles is maker marked WSS (William Stephens and Son - a maker with long history who had supplied goggles to the RFC in WWI.  Frames are excellent, with 90%+ matt black paint finish, clear lenses, attached screen, good springs. Rear face pads have hardened as is almost always the case. Leather strap slightly dry but solid and has nice crisp A-crown-M nomenclature. A very good set.

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Scarce AAF helmet / oxygen mask clip for the A-10 standard revised oxygen mask (style 1).

 

This clip was specifically for the A-10 standard revised / modified oxygen mask when used with the B-5, B-6, A-8 and A-9 flying helmet. A very hard to find accessory. First of 2 offered.

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Scarce WWII RCAF thermal liner for the two piece flying suit. 1943 dated.

 

First one of these I have ever seen and it is superbly made by Deacon, famous manufacturer of RAF and RCAF flying clothing in WWII and earlier. Brown satin Type E-1 jacket is lined with fleece / wool and has button holes to fit inside flight suit, blue wool knit cuffs.  Matching Type E-4 trousers are identical material but bright yellow satin (so they could be used in the water for visibility). These also button inside trouser section of flying suit. Both have the easily recognizable Deacon label and also the official nomenclature label with 1943 date. Both are size Medium and both are in excellent condition.

 

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WWII Wool sidecap of the type worn by Partisans fighting in Yugoslavia under Josef Broz Tito.

 

Typical low quality wool sidecap with an embroidered red star to front. These caps were worn by Yugoslavian Partisans towards the end of the war when they were better organized and receiving supplies fom both their Russian and British Allies. Cap shows wear and use, with a worn and faded label inside, slight damage to front edge, but a lovely testimony to these brave fighting men.

 

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EXTREMELY RARE Luftwaffe Farbbeutel sea dye marker pack, second type FL 30028-1, complete and full with dye, unused condition.

 

Missing from all but the most advanced Luftwaffe collections, this is one of the rarest items of flying / survival kit and few are known to have survived. 100% original and complete It comprises the rubberized fabric outer case, printed with FL 30028-1 on the front and detailed instructions on the reverse. The rubberized fabric shows a little wear with some worn spots / small splits at the edges. Still fitted with lanyard for attaching to life vest or Channel pants, but no clip.  This is the second type, slightly smaller in size than the early types. Overall condition is very good.

 

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RARE 1940 dated Luftwaffe issue emergency field dressing, sealed in its rubberized linen pouch.

 

Extremely difficult to find and often missing from even the more advanced collections is this small first aid dressing carried in the pocket of the tunic or fliegerbluse of fighter pilots and aircrew members in case of receiving a wound while in combat. Distinctive  dark grey waterproofed linen with light grey printed labeling and instructions. 3.5" x 2.5" (85mm x55mm).

 

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RARE 1942 dated Luftwaffe rubberized linen night bombing target map of Aberdeen and Peterhead, Scotland.

 

Small scale map measures 53 cm x 43 cm (23" x 17") printed in colour on brght yellow rubberized linen. Single-sided in outstanding condition, very clean and no folds or pin holes as are usually found. These were carried in night bombing aircraft - the yellow background and bright features showing up well under red cockpit lighting. Being waterproof they could also be used for sailing / navigation in the event of ditching or baling out at sea. Maps shows depths of North Sea off the coast of Scotland as well as major targets on the northern Scottish coast. Aberdeen was bombed very badly in April 1943 by waves of Luftwaffe bombers coming from bases in Norway. These target maps are quite rare and highly sought after accessories and make attractive displays alongside Luftwaffe flying kit.

 

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WWII RAF Type 21 microphone assembly for a Type D oxygen mask, including the early Type Q cord and bell plug.

 

Announced in AMOs in October 1940, the Type 20 / 21 microphone was to replace the heavy and cumbersome type 18 / 19 which had seen service throughout the Battle of Britain. In truth it was probably in use well before it was announced, as was Air Ministry policy. In excellent condition, this complete microphone and wiring loom requires only the Type 16 receivers to install into a Type B helmet and Type D oxygen mask to complete a late 1940 RAF headgear display. Excellent condition, with minor paint  loss to the black microphone, but it retains its orange rubber band to secure and protect the wiring connections. The loom and plug are extremely clean. 

 

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RMS Lusitania "Commemorative" medal.

 

Germany was so proud of the sinking of the passenger liner RMS Lusitania that they struck a commemorative medal in bronze for the crew of the U-boat that carried out the sinking. This outraged the British to such a degree that, as a propaganda exercise, they produced a bronze copy of the medal which was sold to raise money for the survivors and create awareness of what was considered a war-crime (though there is evidence to suggest that the British were using passenger ships to carry munitions for the war effort). These copies were  boxed with an explanation of the events. Though produced in large numbers, they did not all survive and are highly sought after collectible items today, especially when sold with their original box and in excellent condition as this one is.

 

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WWII RAF / Fleet Air Arm 1941 pattern life vest "Mae West" with obvious Fleet Air Arm use and complete with stole and kapoks.

 

A lovely, early model "flap type" mae west, its flap long ago cut off but showing clearly the edge where it was, fitted with an early model floating dinghy escape knife on its canvas patch. Vest still has its original 1942 dated stole / bladder and early oilcloth linen kapok pads. Mae west is dated 1941 on its linen label and features early brass dished buttons plus dye pouch to left hand side. The vest is in excellent condition and retains it's bright yellow colour showing little wear and no damage. It was period modified by adding leg tapes and grab handles. The stole is dated 7/42 but can at best be described as fair condition, although it looks fine for display. The rubberized coating has all but flaked away leaving only the thin cotton fabric, though it is intact. The oral inflation tube has broken at some time and been rejoined using duct tape. It does not show when displayed and the tube is still fairly flexible. The kapok pads are excellent and well marked with the Air Ministry crown. Zip is fully functional. The cork-handled floating dinghy knife is the first style which would have included a small fish-gutting knife in its handle, now absent, but still a rare pattern and nicely maker-marked to Joseph Rogers & Sons. It was a standing AFO (Admiralty Fleet Order) that Fleet Air Arm crews were to have the knife attached to their life vests. Overall a lovely "Mae West" and getting harder to find.

 

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AAF Electricaly heated flying gloves for use with the F-2 and F-3 flying suit

 

Extremely good pair of these scarce electrically heated flying gloves fitted with snap / press-stud connectors for attaching to the F-2 and F-3 electrically heated suit, and in a large size 9. Gloves are slightly worn and have some minor moth / insect damage to the knitted wool linings (not too serious - see pictures) and the leather is excellent. Great labels and all connectors still attached. Not a common item and this pair in much better condition than often found.

 

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Superb WWII RAAF pilot wing.

 

English made, well padded silk embroidered on dark blue melton with oilcloth backing. An excellent example.

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US Navy Slote and Klein AN6540 summer flying helmet in unissued condition, no receivers fitted.

 

Unissued condition later war USN / USMC summer flight helmet made uunder contract N288s. Size Medium which equates to Large in AAF equivalent (same size as the AN-H-16 above!). Impossible to upgrade!

 

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"Air Forces Airs" – Official songbook of the Army Air Forces.

 

This is an absolute treasure trove of old songs with specially adapted lyrics and new songs (new in 1942 anyway) for sitting around the piano in the mess. It's a small booklet - just 3.5" x 5" - but over 134 pages of songs and music. The back of the book has a space for the owner to write dow the names of his girls; listed by blonde, brunette and redheads! This example is unmarked - either the owner had no conquests or it never got issued! 

 

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Excellent example of the RAF Type D flying helmet, second pattern, internally wired, complete with wiring loom, long cord and plug.

 

Issued from 1942 onwards, the Type D helmet replaced the old Type A cork / pith helmet for use in the Mediterranean and North Africa. in 1944 this internally wired version was introduced and saw service throughout the war both in desert and tropical regions. This example os a good size (unmanned but I'm guessing a generous size 2 / medium - it fits a a display head well). In very good used condition with no damage or excessive wear. Fully cited wit its correct cord and plug and Type 32 telephone receivers nicely Air Ministry marked. fabric overall clean, interior with light staining and rubber ear cups nice and flexible.

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Extremely rare RAF Mk VA spectacles, with case and all accessories and strong Battle of Britain provenance.

 

Lovely pair of RAF Mk VA spectacles which were issued to pilots flying in hazy conditions, primarily at dawn and dusk. This is the only complete pair I have ever seen. I purchased these many years ago from a very well known and respected seller in England, subsequently sold to another collector and now offered once again. Set includes the extra lenses, strap, anti-fog compound, both plate-mounted snaps and the hook for attaching to type B helmet and extremely rare screwdriver - as well as the instruction booklet. Named inside the case to Barwell. At the time these spectacles were in service (July 1940-mid-1941) there were only two Barwells on the RAF list: both equally famous Battle of Britain pilots: brothers Phillip and Eric Barwell. It is believed these spectacles belonged to Eric Barwell. A rare find in their own right but outstanding to have named. Slight delimitation to the lenses as is typical, otherwise excellent condition.

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Extremely rare Blood Chit for Allied soldiers and airmen in Malaysia issued by the government of the Netherlands East Indies.

 

Issued as part of the escape and survival kit for anyone serving or captured I'm Malaysia by the local people, this lightweight cardboard Blood Chit or Goolie Chit carried a picture of beloved Netherlands Queen Wilhelmina and a message in Malay (as well as English) requesting help and offering a reward for the safety and wellbeing of the bearer. A extremely rare chit in very good condition.

 

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RAF "office" clock dated 1943.

Lovely clock, which runs well and keeps very good time (or has since I started it running about a week or so ago). It has a 10A stores prefix, so it is not for aircraft use, nor, sadly is it an ops room clock or sector clock. Most likely it hung in a wall either in a barracks building or an office or maybe even a hangar. But is Air Ministry marked and dated 1943. 7-inch diameter face, hinged to open and wind.

 

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Superb WWII Fleet Air Arm pilot wing.

 

Beautifully made gold and silver wire embroidered on dark blue melton with silver metal anchor, all on an oilcloth backing. Has been glued in an album and glue residue remains. An excellent example.

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1950s RAF jet helmet carrying bag.

 

Fleece lined carrrying bag for the early RAF issue bone dome / jet helmets. Stores Reference No. 22c/1302468 printed on label inside bag. Nylon webbing handles and Velcro closure. Fits the Mk I, Ia and II helmets perfectly, complete with Type G liner and oxygen mask. Excellent condition. Not often seen accessory.

 

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Luftwaffe officer's uniform traveling trousers hanger

 

For the Luftwaffe uniform collectror who has everything! I have never before seen one of these trouser press hangers actually marked, but that is what this is. Wood hanger measures 9.75" (25 cm). Works great, spring release mechanism is strong.

 

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Superb RAF Type C helmet plus A-14 oxygen mask as worn by AAF 8th Air Force fighter pilots – complete with T-44 microphone and

bell-shaped jack plug.

 

Superb example of the RAF Type C flying helmet, wired with (presumably) ANB-H-1 receivers, taped into the ear cups and paired with an AAF A-14 oxygen mask wired with the T-44 microphone with long braided cord and RAF stye bell-shaped jack plug. Helmet is named inside the ear cup to J. Hartman and needs research. Helmet is overall very clean showing light to moderate use. A size 2 (medium), it has an extra snap / stud fitted on the left lower cheek to make the mask fit better. The black tape has hardened over the receivers. The same tape was used to wrap around the bell plug for a better grip. Mask  shows only light use with its rubber harness straps in good condition. Typical 8th Air Force fighter pilot headgear, because the earliest fighters shipped to England had RAF radios fitted and US manufacturers produced British style high-impedance wiring to integrate with their equipment - but the Type C remained the helmet of choice for any American pilot who could get hold of one! A simply stunning example of this rare and desirable headgear set.

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Nice wartime RAF Type C helmet painted with yellow aircraft dope, probably for high-visibility / rescue.

 

A very nice example of the first style internally wired type C flying helmet. The leather is in excellent condition and the rubber ear cups soft and pliable, with fairly clean chamois interior, showing moderate use but no wear or damage. Top / outside of helmet has been painted overall with yellow aircraft paint and while some of it has worn or flaked off, most of it remains and the paint line can be clearly seen. it appears to be an alternative to the yellow skull cap - perhaps for ease of visibility in a rescue, possibly used by a flyer who spent a lot of time over water? Beautiful crisp A-crown-M emboss on the right hand side indicated a first issue (1943). Though it lacks its wiring and receivers these could easily be replaced - or display as is.

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Very nice German army (Heer) enlisted man's cap in a very large size with piping for the panzer division.

 

Excellent example of WWII German army enlisted man's cap with the bright pink waffenfarbe of the panzer troops. Officer quality wool gabardine in field grey with a near vertical visor with tan checkerboard underside. Burnt orange oiled cotton lining with sweat shield intact and paper insert but no visible marks or details except for the size 60 stamped inside. Leather sweatband is dry and has torn in a couple of places but is otherwise fine. Some occasional moth nips to the waffenfarbe mostly concealed by the chin strap.

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Superb US Navy officer's traveling case / foot locker.

 

Truly stunning original WWII Suitcase named to a US navy officer and complete with  all its internal componets: separate compartments for different items, including uniform caps and tunics, with coat hangers and drawer system, all built-in.  This man carried everything with him throughout his carreer. All in excellent condition. See photos for details.

 

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Cotton Japanese prayer flag.

 

Showing more wear and tear than its silk counterpart (above) this cotton prayer flag has more "messages" inked on it and perhaps was carried for longer. It is stained and has minor damage at the corners but is perhaps more significant in that the messages are clearly the work of several different hands. 31" x 26" with ties in two corners.

 

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RAF webbing belt and holster.

 

Technically NOT perhaps flying clothing, but most certainly worn by most pilots serving overseas, especially in the Mediterranean and North African campaign. Interesting that the belt is RAF issue, blue canvas webbing, well marked (though the date is obscured); the holster is khaki, army issue, also well marked and 1942 dated. However, in desert areas where such equipment was hard to come by, such a combination was not unusual - and this is how it came - so I have kept the items together.

 

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AAF Type A-14 oxygen mask, size LARGE, boxed and in superb, unused condition. Unusual reboxed / refurbished?

 

A-14 oxygen mask in a rare size LARGE in absolutely outstanding condition. It appears to have been issued and at one time fitted with a microphone, but never used. Mic was later removed and the hole for the cable plugged, then the mask resealed into a new box and labeled for re-issue. Condition is as new; and it's a nice early date of 5-44. Straps are the early sage green webbing with leather reinforcements. Box contains a plain envelope with some accessories (snaps and webbing strips). A very nice variation in exceptional condition.

 

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