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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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Exceptionally nice RAF Type B flying helmet in a rare size 4 and field modified to accept the Type G oxygen mask.

 

Type B helmets, especiallly good ones, are becoming more and more difficult to source and increasingly popular. I have had few to offer for a while but this is a real beauty. Obviously used – I have yet to see one modified for the G mask that wasn't used – but still in very good condition. The modifications are always unique to the individual wearer. This one has had the upper female studs for the D mask removed leaving the lower set in place, and then a pair of male studs added to each side. They appear unlevel but in fact are perfect for the proper fit of a G mask harness. Leather is superb, soft and undamaged. Chamois lining is very clean with one small worn spot on the right hand donut pad. Retains metal tip on chin strap, working zip fasteners with leather pull tabs, rubber telephone holders inside the earcups, Bennett buckles with covering (though leather covering on chin buckle shows some wear). Some minor surface oxidation to the snaps / studs. 1941 dated label by Frank Bryan and a magnifcent size 4 - the largest size made and the last year of manufacture. Size 4 helmets were made in very small numbers and come along very rarely. I also have the history of the helmet which will be provided to buyer if interested. A very rare helmet.

 

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Scarce early Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Type N lightweight flying helmet in a very rare size 4.

 

Having said how rare it is to find WWII British flying helmets in the extra-large size 4, it is quite a embarrassment of riches to offer two in the same week! This is a very scarce first pattern Fleet Air Arm flying helmet, the Type N (often previously referred to as the "Navy Type D" which is incorrect). Though based on the pattern of the RAF Type D it was known simply as the "Navy type" or "Type N" and features zip ear covers to allow fitting of either Gosport tubes or telephone receivers (later models had special rubber telephone holders with inlet tubes permitting both to be installed together - these early types just had simple rubber telephone holders which were often removed so that both forms of communication could be used). Very good condition, no damage, very clean with a few small rust spots on fabric, good leather earcups with rubber telephone holders, good zips with leather pullers, good Bennett buckle and leather chin strap with metal tip. Felt forehead lining and chin flap lining still present. Fore and aft goggle tabs in "opposite directions" (up and down) denotng very early issue. A very nice used example of a scarce flying helmet in an extremely rare size. Well marked with size, A-crown-M , AID inspection stamp and crisp 22C (but no suffix number - it was recorded in Air Ministry stores reference as NIV, meaning "Not In Vocabulary.").

 

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Rare pre-WWII RAF flight suit squadron badge / patch for IX Squadron

 

Before the war, RAF pilots and crews proudly wore their squadron crest on their flight suits, often on a white or black "prestige" suit, but in 1940 the wearing of squadron ID was forbidden by the Air Minsitry in case a crewman was shot down and captured, thus giving up information about his unit to the enemy. In spite of that, some pilots and crews did continue the practice - but very few, as a result of which these original embroidered squadron badges are very scarce. This is a beauty for 9 squadron, Bomber Cmmand, and features a bat in flight on a sky field, golden yellow silk suround and multi-coloured crown, all on a dark blue wool background. Has been sewn on but a superb example.

 

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Superb RAAF pilot wing brevet

 

Beautiful example of the standard Australian made RAAF pilot brevet; oatmeal coloured silk thread with black feather details and light blue wreath on a dark blue wool background. Flat, unpadded style and never sewn on. What looks like glue residue (or blu-tac) on the back from being in a frame or album. Lovely wing.

 

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Set of 3 Air Ministry specialty aircraft spanners / wrenches 1940 dated for the Battle of Britain.

 

Wonderful display accessory for the men who kept the Spitfires and Hurricanes in the air during the Battle of Britain: a set of 3 aircraft spanners / wrenches, just 3.5" (85mm) in length and marked 2BA, 4BA and 6BA as well as A-crown-M and 1940 dated. No idea what their exact intended use would be, but from their sze I would guess it would be small, on-board equipment. They are made from hardened steel with evidence of blueing still present. Very good condition.

 

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Early WWII Soviet pilot and aircrew leather flying helmet also issued to Submarine crews. Liined with yak fur, with extended throat / neck covering.

 

The classic and very typical style of flying helmet seen in most photographs of Soviet fighter pilots in WWII. The helmet is made from strong leather, perhaps yak hide, and lined with thick, curly yak fur. The helmet has extended flaps which completely cover the neck and throat to combat the extreme cold - and these would buckle and then tuck inside the leather flying jacket or coat.  This example is made from brown leather. It shows some use and wear to the fur on the inside, but is overall in good conditon and the leather is strojng and pliable. It has large ear flaps and a long tab to the rear for securing the goggles in place. I am also reliably informed that these helmets were ussued to Soviet submarine crews for additional warmth - which makes perfect sense.

 

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WWI Imperial German flying helmet.

 

Typical style German or Austrian flying helmet from the WWI era: soft, dark brown leather helmet with a sheepskin fleece lining, blanket lined neck flap, leather chin strap and small ear flaps which could be rolled up as wind deflectors. The German stye also featured a distinctive sewn strap across the top to which pilots would attach a scarf or keepsake for good luck but also for identification. Though associated with Great War Aces like Von Richtofen, Boelke, Immelman, Udet etc. the style returned in the early 1930s when Germany took up sport flying in the pre-Luftwaffe days. A very good example in above average condition, though the smaps fasteners have rusted.

 

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WWII US Navy overseas cap with V-5 training squadron patch.

 

V-5 was a preliminary flight testing / training school founded by the US Navy in 1943 which offered minimal training and little flying time to select individuals for further pilot training. It was a tough but highly successful program which quickly sorted those with aptitude for pilot training, and passing the V-5 class was considered quite elite at the time. Cadets were then allowed to wear the V-5 patch on their caps.

 

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RAF 1940 dated signal mirror for attaching to mae west.

 

A rare accessory which until recently I had never come across -  this is now the third I have turned up in the past couple of years! These were issued to RAF fighter pilots during the Battle of Britain to attract the attention of ships and aircraft when they were in the sea, either from baling out or ditching. They continued to be issued until the smaller, square heliograph was introduced in 1942. This is one of the early brass framed examples and shows use. Most of the black paint has rubbed off but the markings are still crisp and clear: A-crown-M  with the stores ref. number 6E/271 and a 1940 date with the manufacturer listed as J & RO Ltd.  The mirror side is excellent with very slight loss of silvering in one small area. Strap is good. The leather strap was used to secure it to the life vest and around the wearer's palm or wrist when in use. Later examples were made of black bakelite plastic. 

 

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WWII RAF navigational charts of the English Midlands and Wales and of South Wales (set of 2). Sheets 5 and 7.

 

Two RAF navigational charts in Excellent condition, the first shwoing all of Wales plus the Midlands of England (printed 8/43), the second a larger scale chart of South Wales (printed 5/44). Wales featured terrain very similar to targets in Germany and in Scandinavia, so it was used extensively for training and practice bombing. Both maps on paper in very good condition.

 

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Rare and much sought after US Navy / USMC Model 1092S summer flying helmet with TC-66 red earcups fitted with TH-37 receivers with short rubber wiring harness.

 

The most desirable variation of the USN / USMC flight helmet most commonly associated with carrier born fighter and dive-bomber pilots. Helmet is used but shows no excessive wear or damage and is in overall good to very good condition. Fitted with the super rare red Telephonics TC-66 earcups and TH-37 receivers with short rubber cord and 2-prong plug, plus oyster / grey chin cup. This is the Naval Aircraft factory version of the summer flying helmet also known as the M-450 and is perhaps less common than its counterpart. Stencilled on top of the helmet is a number "15" and inside one earcup is hand written the name "Ensign Gay Torpron 8." George Gay of Torpedo Squadron 8 was the only survivor of the Battle of Midway. I can offer no provenance that this helmet was used by or belonged to George Gay, and the name may have been added at any time. It looks period and Ensign Gay is often pictured wearing this variation helmet (see pictures) but that doesn't make it so. The helmet is priced according to its own scarcity and desirability with no added value for the name.

 

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AAF Type A-14 oxygen mask, boxed with accessories and in perfect conditon.

 

Unissued condition A-14 oxygen mask, factory retro-fitted with the anti-moisture baffles (thin, black rubber baffles cemented inside mask, specific to 8th Air Force requirements) but this mask has never been iussued and is in perfect condition. Rubber straps are perfect, mask rubber is like new, including the hose. Mask is dated September 1944. Box is also near perfect with only slight light fading to lid. Impossible (or at least very difficult) to upgrade! Includes envelope with instructions and accessories which has never been opened.

 

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Beautiful example of a WWII M-1938 US Army tanker helmet in a decent size.

 

OK, I know it's not a flying helmet, but it s a beauty! Rawlings produced M-38 tanker helmet looks as though it was never worn. Some scuffing and storage wear on the outside, but the leather inside is superb. 

Size 7-1/8.

 

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RARE Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Pocket First Aid Pack, Flying Personnel.

 

A rare accessory. This is the first and only example of this type of FAA crew  First Aid Pack I have ever come across and it came directly from a FAA Swordfish Observer's veteran's estate. This is unopened and still has its contents complete and untampered with - the sewn seal never broken! Small size: measures only 4.5" x 3.5" and contains 1 dressing, 2 Omnopon Ampoules and 1 tube of burn jelly. Grubby from storage.

 

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RAF Haze Screen for Observers

 

Though this does not look like a piece of flying headgear, it was issued as an item of flying clothing and given a 22C number (22C/872). It was issued to Observers in reconnaissance aircraft, flying boats etc. as an aid to spotting enemy aircraft, shipping, encampments etc. by holding it up to the eyes and looking through each tinted glass section. The wood frame contains glass segments tinted with yellow, grey and pink filters. Yellow was for looking though haze; pink for reducing glare; grey for looking over water. This early example is marked only Kodak Haze Screen for Aerial Observation. Kodak of London. Made in Gt. Britain.

This may have been an early or prototype model.

(I have another example in my collection which differs in being made in bakelite and carries the Air Ministry markings and nomenclature). A very scarce item.

 

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Nice original cased set of Luftwaffe Nitsche and Ginther Splitterschutzbrille goggles

 

An original set of 1943-44 issue "Splitterschutzbrille" flying goggles by Nitsche and Gunther of Rathenow. Contrary to much of the mythology surrounding these goggles, they were not "shatterproof" (just try dropping them sometime!) but "anti-splinter" ie. the curvature of the lenses was designed to deflect small splinters of glass, metal, plastic etc. from damaging the eyes. This is an original set, guaranteed. Made from rigid and brittle bakelite with tinted lenses and a silk strap which is elasticated only at the rear section. Complete with original metal case which is marked with nomenclature. Excellent condition with light rust stains to strap. Case is in good condition but has surface rust over 30% of the surface. No damage or dents. These are getting quite difficult to find.

 

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RAF escape compass. Loose compass which was issued as part of the escape / evasion kit.

 

Escape compass approximately .5 inch diameter as issued in escape kit, and with maps purse etc. Could be hidden in clothing, worn in a pouch around te neck or even swallowed in an emergency. This example is the second style with 4-pointed rose and black painted brass case. Works perfectly and retains 99% of its original paint.

 

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Very scarce wartime issue RAF Type E tropical Airtex mesh flying helmet for  external wiring and fittings for all oxygen / microphone masks.

 

The Type E helmet followed the Type C into production for use in the tropics and South East Asia. Made of lightweight Airtex mesh it was unlined to be cool and comfortable. The first examples had leather chin straps which could cafe the wearer, this was soon replaced by elastic webbing, but few were produced before the design was updated to incorporate internal wiring. This helmet is unwired, as issued, and though not marked is clearly a size 4 (extra-large). It has provision for the Type D, E, E*, G and H oxygen mask as well as the microphone carrier mask. Though it shpws light use and some minor staining, it has no holes or damage and is overall in very good condition. The rubber earcups are soft and pliable.

 

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Excellent Battle of Britain period RAF Type B flying helmet by Reliance.

 

One of the best Type B helmets I have seen in quite a while. The leather is excelent, the chamois lining is clean and it is one of the more scrace manufacturers, Reliance, complete with large, diamond shaped satin label. Complete with rubber telephone holders, both Bennett buckles with leather covering, chin strap with metal tip and leather zip pullers. The metal "A" frame of the rear Bennet buckle is bent very slightly, therefore the leather covering has a minor separation but is present (see photos), otherwise this helmet is in excellent used condition.  A generous size 2 (medium - but displays more like a size 3 - such was the Reliance pattern). No date to the label, because it has been inked over with the owner's initials (actually I'm not sure it ever had a  printed date - some Reliance helmets were left blank). Reliance used a "double-date" marking on their labels, thus this one is likely to be 1940-41 (the labels were pre-printed). A beautiful example of a rarer and rarer helmet to find and an icon of the Battle of Britain.

 

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Several escape items carried by a RAF bomb aimer

 

This includes the standard, small (0.5 inch) escape compass, a Parr Utility cigarette lighter (containing a concealed bakelite tube compartment for flints or pencil leads or other clandestime materials) and a small but poweful magnifier for burning to start fires from sunlight. Note: this is the standard cigarette lighter - not the ultra rare version with the separate inner brass tube for concealing the compass inside - although the compass could be hidden inside the lid. Details of the bomb aimer will be supplied with the sale.

 

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RAF transit / blanking cap for the Type E and E* oxygen mask in wood.

 

Transit cap for the RAF Type E and E* oxygen mask, also used on early Type G masks. Used to keep the mask's shape in transit and storage before the microphone was installed. These early examples were made of wood. 2 styles available: unpainted or painted black. I have 2 of each only. When they are gone, they're gone!

 

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Superb pair of boxed RAF Mk VIII flying goggles with accessories.

 

These goggles appear unissued and unworn. WWII manufacture, with correct A-crown-M embossed mark on leather above the bridge, clear lenses fitted and an extra pair of clear lenses included (plus a label on the box indicatong 'clear lenses only'). Also includes the cleaning / anti-fog compound cloth in its tin. Strap still retains elasticity, lenses show almost no signs of delamination. Spare lenses are grubby and show slight delamination. A very clean set that would be difficult to upgrade.

 

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Superb example of the RAF Type B flying helmet fited with guide plates for the Mk IV series goggles.

 

This Type B helmet is stunning. It appears to have been issued but never worn. The name "Heath" is written inside and the number 830 which might indicate 830 squadron which was a Fleet Air Arm squadron. The leather is soft and supple and the chamois lining is perfectly clean. Bennett buckles retain full leather covering; metal tip on chin strap, leather pullers on zips. Small A-crown-M label indicates size 1 (small) but it fits a display head perfectly and looks more like a medium. Lacks the bakelite or rubber telephone holders (which also might indicate Fleet Air Arm use - for Gosports and telephones) although many pilots removed the holders for a better fit. Guide plates are slightly bent but this doesn't detract in any way. Helmets fitted with guide plates are very rarely offered for sale these days.  Crisp A-crown-M stamps on both earcups and on the left lower cheek of the helmet. The overall condition of this helmet is outstanding and would be difficult to upgrade.

 

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Battle of Britain period Luftwaffe model LKpS100 summer flying helmet complete with throat microphones, long cord and plug.

 

In very good used condition, this LKpS100 is one of the most sought after Luftwaffe flying helmets of the war, due to its association with the Battle of Britain. This example is in very good, used conditon. No damage or missing parts and no excessive wear but with some external soiling from use and storage. The fabric covering the springs on the throat microphones shows some wear and a few holes, with the springs themselves at fault in places but not exposed. Brown enameled metal receiver housings are in very good condition and complete with all internal wiring plus long cord and plug.
Metal buckles have some oxidation and the internal ear pads have lost some of the fur / fleece - but this does not distract from what is a very nice example of a rare helmet. The Helmet is dated November 1937.
A very scarce Helmet for the Battle of Britain collector.

 

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RCAF / RAF sidecap for other ranks in a very large size 7-5/8

 

Superb, unissued condition Canadian made RCAF sidecap, in a super large size 7-5/8. Complete with RAF cap badge (well polihsed and details worn as is often the case) and fitted with RCAF buttons to the front. Nicely marked inside and dated 1942 but never worn. No damage of any kind that I can see.

 

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Set of 3 original kapok pads for a RAF 1941 pattern "stole-inflated" life vest.

 

While not a perfect matching set, these are 100% original kapok pads taken from a 1941 pattern life vest. The neck pad is actually cut from a 1932 pattern green mae west set (they were joined by tapes and the tape remains in place). All 3 pieces are well marked. Two have the oilcloth covering and the thirds the later cotton. Extremely difficult to source and despite staining from the dye pack and overall grubbiness, they are in very good condition.

 

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RAF plug connector for electrically wired / heated flying clothing.

 

The "female" connector for the electrically heated and wired flying clothing. Includes the rare metal backing plate which was sewn to the garment, marked with A-crown-M and stores ref. no. 5C/1583. These would be found in electrically-wired Irvin jackets, trousers, RAE boots and gloves etc. Almost always stripped out of clothing these items are extremely difficult to source. One only available.

 

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Beautiful RAF Type G oxygen mask with Type 48 microphone.

 

Nice early mask moulded in green rubber with elastic webbing harness and early "figure 8" hook. Rubber is very good indeed, pliable with no damage. The nosewire is held tightly by the moulded lugs showing only very superficial spider cracks. Edge of mask is turned inwards slightly from storage but this will fill out perfectly when didplayed. Brown suede lining indicates it was never used or worn. A very good example. 

 

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Scarce variation of LW LKpW101 helmet with studs for attaching 2-strap oxygen mask.

 

A seldom seen variant of the more common LKpW101 flying helmet, this example has been factory fitted with a set of 3 eyelets each side, plus hexagonal bolts for facilitating the wearing of the model 10-69 or 10-6701 double strap oxygen mask. A medium size 55, this was most probably issued to a fighter pilot. In other respects, this is a standard LKpW101 in very good condition, the leather, fleece and electronics all in excellent shape and a nice label. This is definitely one for the connoisseur!

 

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RAF early wartime wiring loom complete with Type 25 microphone, High / Low impedance switch box, Type 16 receivers, as well as full length Type Q cord and bell plug.

 

The kind of accessory that when you need it, you need it, and they never seem to show up. A complete wiring loom assembly to complete your E, E* or G mask and modified B, C, D or E helmet. Tan cord is fitted with the rare High / low impedence switch box (these were installed for use in US Lend Lease aircraft which had low-impedance radios; British aircraft had high impedance radios). 10A/12406 receivers (Type 16) are extremely hard to find; microphone with black rubber retaining ring and bell-shaped plug complete the ensemble. All in very good condition, with one small area of fraying on the cord as shown. 

 

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WWII or early post war US Marine Corps garment bag for uniform or flight suits.

 

Green nylon outer lined with tan cotton and double Talon zip fastener in perfect working order, webbing handles and named with a leather jacket patch. Perfect storage for a uniform or flight suit. Opening at top for coat hangers. Light staining inside would probably clean up.

 

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WWII US Navy pilot's named navigation kit / map / chart case.

 

AAF pilot's navigation kits are fairly common, not so the Navy version, which is, in my opinion, far superior in quality. In fact it's a beautiful, high quality leather briefcase which expands to hold a significant number of charts and instruments as necessary. The owner has sewn his leather name / wing to the case and the keys are still present. Excellent condition.

 

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WWII RAF navigational bombing chart of Salzburg, Germany. Sheet N48 dated 1943 and printed 10/44. 

 

First edition paper map / chart  printed on "Wet Strength" paper for plotting bombing routes to the German city.  Folded and slightly grubby in places but overall excellent conditon.

Bombing charts of German targets are fairly scarce, especially in such good condition.

 

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