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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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Unissued AAF Type AN-H-15 flying helmet.

 

Excellent unused example of the standard sumer flight helmet issued to pilots and aircrews of the AAF from 1943 on. Tan cotton helmet with leather reinforcement to each side to secure the oxygen mask, leather goggle straps and wiring tabs, hard rubber earcups for better noise attenuation. Nice label, size medium (best for the styrofoam display heads) and appears to be unissued wit only slight storage / age soiling. Leather and rubber is excellent, as is the cloth. no holes or damage, good chin strap.

 

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Good used RAF Type H oxygen mask

 

The same exact pattern that was introduced in 1943 but saw limited service (wartime H masks are quite rare). This example is dated 4/52. Rubber is very good, soft and pliable, with some minor surface crazing and a few spider cracks at major stress points (around microphone, valve, strap tabs, etc). Grubby but perfectly displayable. Includes the Type 54 microphone (the larger type) as fitted in WWII masks. Fairly clean chamois interior.

 

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Excellent pair of RAF 1940 pattern flying boots in a great size 9 UK (size 10 US). Early manufacturing run with brown rubber "gallosh" 

 

Nice early pair of RAF 1940 pattern boots, with the "galosh" part being in brown rubber instead of the more familar black. Never had an ankle strap so a "true" 1940 pattern. The brown suede is very clean and the rubber coating is in outstanding condiiton, not hard or dried or crumbling like most. THe Lightning zips work perfectly and are marked with AM crown, tongues have great A-crown-M markings. Soles are period repaired, heels are original. An excellent pair of boots.

 

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Scarce WWII RAF Group Captain's peaked service dress (visor) cap.

 

Pre-war quality tailored cap by Gieves in blue barathea with black mohair band, leather sweat band and nice padded badge. Old newspaper tucked in sweatband which i have not disturbed. In very good condition, with no mothing or damage except for slight wear to the fabric covering the side buttons. This is the most scarce of RAF caps because the single row of "scambled egg" on a patent leather peak was only worn by Group Captains: all ranks below had plain fabric peaks and all ranks above had a double row of gold bullion. Named to J.C. Barraclough.  

 

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AAF Type E-17 Escape Kit complete with all contents

 

The E-17, like most escape / evasion kits, is extremely difficult to find with all its contents intact. This is the most complete and exceptional example I have seen in many years and is - to the best of my knowledge - absolutely complete with all its correct contents. Both water bottles are packed full with little space to add any more. I have NOT unpacked them, nor will I,  because I believe they are undisturbed, however serious collectors are invited to ask specific questions or request additional photos. Condition is very good to excellent with no deterioration of contents evident. ESM-1 mirror is in great shape and canvas pack shows no wear. A rare find!

 

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AAF / USN  aircraft first aid kit with all contents.

 

Kit, First Aid, Aeronautic, US in khaki canvas pouch with all contents included (note: morphine syrette boxes empty). See pictures for details. Excellent condition, zip and snaps all work perfectly, no wear or damage and all contnets appear to be in outstanding condition.

 

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Super rare original WWII US Army Field Ration K - Supper Unit - early style packaging

 

Technically not an escape or survival item, but one of the most difficult items to find to complete any display, whether AAF or another branch of the US Army. This is a COMPLETE unopened original boxed K Ration supper, packaged by The Cracker Jack Co. of Chicago. Very slight brown powder leakage but pretty amazing condition and extremely rare.  This plain box is the earliest type of packaging.

 

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RAF mask hose / breathing tube, early, narrow type

 

The first type of corrugated hose fitted to early issue Type G oxygen masks, narrower in diameter than the later, standardized tubes. Complete with plastic connector at the mask end and bayonette connector with clip at the eother end. Nice A-crown-M marked connector. Hose has lots of wear in the creases and one split, about 1-inch / 2.5 cm long. Could be repaired and overall nice.

 

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RAF mask hose / breathing tube for Type G or H oxygen mask

 

Standard, wider diameter hose as fitted to later G and H oxygen masks. Excellent condition, no damage or cracks to rubber, good connectors secured correctly with linen twine and nice A-crown-M marked bayonette connector with clip.

 

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Matching pair of Air Ministry markeed RAF B helmet / D mask face protectors.

 

Webbing strips, lined with chamois and fitted with snap / stud fasteners issued with B helmets to protect the face from the metal snaps freezing with the cold of high altitude. These were usually removed and sewn to the edge of the Type D oxygen mask to provide the best possible fit. Air Ministry marked examples are now quite scarce, especially a matchng pair in such fine condition.

 

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WWII era Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Chief Petty Officer pilot's uniform tunic

 

A good example of a scarce Chief Petty Officer pilot's service dress tunic, retaining the 3 RN buttons to each cuff and a very nice set of pilot's wings. The three cuff buttons go back to Nelson's Navy, when young midshipmen were probationary officers; since they were now expected to bhehave like gentlemen, such habits as wiping the nose on the sleeve was no longer acceptable, and the buttons served as a sharp reminder. The buttons were soon deemed impractical for the modern navy and badges have now replaced them. Tunic is in good shape with a few small moth nips heare and there, the worst of which is  a track of damage well-concealed by the skirt of the double breasted tunic. Tailored by E. J. Whitaker and Sons of Chatham and Posrtsmouth.

 

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AAF Survival kit Spit and Gaff Assembly for the Type C-1 Emergency Sustenance Vest.

 

One of the more elusive survival accessories from the AAF Type C-1 Emergency Sustenance Vest worn by aircrews, primarily in the Far East Theatre. Complete set of hooks are contained in the tin and the cardboard box contains a 4-piece spit / pole for fishing. Overall excellent condition and not easy to find these days.

 

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AAF Emergency Signaling Mirror Type ESM-1

 

Large, first style Emergency Signaling Mirror in very good conditoin, complete with braided lanyard.

 

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AAF Emergency Signaling Mirror Type ESM--2

 

Smaller, second style Emergency Signaling Mirror in very good condition, complete with braided lanyard and still in original issue envelope. Envelope is torn and damaged at one edge but still houses mirror fine.

 

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WWII RAF First Field Dressing.

 

Actually the same field dressing was carried by all members of the British armed forces, but RAF uniforms are noted for having a special poxket, on the inside of the skirt for placing thsi dressing. Comprising two wound bandages with safety pins, wrapped in cellophane and then contained in the outer cotton pouch, this example is unopened and dated 1938.

 

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AAF Type A-14 oxygen mask

 

A fair to good example of this iconic AAF oxygen mask with some flaws but still displayable. 70+ years is beginning to take its toll on may items these days, and while this mask displays very nicely, it has a few edge nicks and one split  which, though concealed if displayed with a helmet, should nonetheless be pointed out.  See pictures for details. Other than that and a little light surface crazing, it's a good mask. The thin rubber straps which hold the mask suspenson straps in place  – usually the weakest part – are however in perfect conditon. Fitted with the interior baffle as modified for use by the 8th AF in England. The mask hasn't lost its shape and the rubber remains pliable, hence it works well for display. Priced according to condition.

 

 

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AAF M-1944 goggles, dated 1945

 

Sometimes thought of as the "poor man's B-8" goggles, these were much cheaper to manufacture, requiring less tooling in the nose area (to integrate with an oxygen mask) and having no chamois cover - however there is plenty of photographic evidence to show these were frequently worn by pilots and aircrew, many of whom liked them better. They were also issued as GP (General Purpose) goggles to other branches. This set is dated 1945 and feature very nice green tinted lenses. Rubber is very pliable abd they are oberall in very good condition, and display well with any AAF flight helmet.

 

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AAF mask microphone for A-14, A-10 etc, oxygen masks.

 

Very good, used and complete wartime AAF mask microphone dated 7.43 complete with oiled silk wrapping. Very hard to find complete with its cord and plug to complete your A-14 (and other) masks. 

 

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AAF Type AN6530 flying goggles

 

The goggles appear unused, with excellent frames, lenses and strap, but the rubber cushion has suffered from storage over the years. The chamois backing is like new, indicating these were never even issued, but the rubber has separated from the frames and shows weakening in the centre. Nonetheless they could be repaired and restored with the right materials or the cushion replaced with a modern reproduction for an outstanding pair of goggles. Priced accordingly.

 

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Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm throat microphone No 2 Mk II

 

While the RAF never used throat microphones during the war, the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm did, procuring from the British Army who used them for tank and armoured vehicle crews. By changing the plug connector to integrate with a flying helmet, the throat microphones sereved the FAA for low altitude flights such as torpedo bombing, using the Swordfish, Albacore and Grumman Avenger aircraft. This is a very good example of the No 2 M II laryngaphone. It is complete, the strap still has good elasticity and wiring has no cracking. 

 

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Very good used late war RAF Type C flying helmet.

 

Designed for an internal wiring loom, but none is fitted. This is a very good entry level Type C flying helmet, which could be wired with either an RAF loom and receivers or an American AAF set of ANB-H-1s to represent the classic late war 8th Air Force fighter pilot. This is the second pattern of the internally wired Type C, with 2 long and 2 short tabs on the rear for securing the wiring in place (same as the Type D and Type E). Leather is soft and supple, chamois lining is grubby from hair cream. Some signs of aircraft paint on outside (blue and red as used on RAF roundels). Chin strap is a little stretched out and ragged but present. Rubber ear cups are perfectly pliable. Good crisp embossed stamp on right hand side shows broad arrow (used after 1943) and 22c/877 indicating size 2 (medium) which is the perfect size for display on a male feature styrofoam head.

 

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Superb, unissued pair of AAF Rayon flying glove liners.

 

Excellent, unissued and unworn pair of Rayon flying glove liners, intended for wear under leather outer gloves, but often worn alone by crew members such as navigators. This pair is well marked with AAF labels and would be impossible to upgrade.

 

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RAF silk "Goolie Chit" (blood chit) for use over the Soviet Union in WWII

 

Carried by RAF pilots and aircrew who flew over the Soviet Union during the war, this silk "chit" promised a reward to anyone who helped a downed or injured airman get back to his unit. Primarily used during rhe "Mission to Moscow" these valuable documents undoubtedly saved lives. They were khown as blood chits to the American forces, but "Goolie" chits to the British (slang for a man's most prized body parts). Printed on both sides in blue, red and black ink on white silk (rayon) they could be folded and put into a pocket or inserted into a celluloid acetate envelope and worn around the neck as with this one. Finding the chit complete with its original acetate container and neck lanyard is extremely rare. This example is in excellent condition. One edge of the acetate has separated but this in no way detracts from the displayability or functionality of the item. 

 

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Very scarce and unusual field modified RAF Observer parachute harness.

 

Scarce RAF observer parachute (chest type) harness which appears to have been field modified for use with the AAF "red group" clip-on parachute. The sping clips have been removed from the webbing straps and replaced with AAF style D rings, ready to receive the spring clips of the red group pack. RAF parachute equipment was issued extensively to AAF crews serving in England, but this is an unusual modifcation. The chest mounted "bang box" has also been filed down on one edge, which was a common practice to avoid accidentally turning the lock the wrong way. The harness has a great Air Ministry label and there are faint markings to the webbing. The pad is also RAF issue but appears to have a US style serial number stencilled on. An interesting and unusual variation.

 

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Early Luftwaffe model 10-67 oxygen mask moulded in green rubber with field modifications.

 

Interesting example of the early, green rubber model 10-67 oxygen mask seems to be some kind of hybrid. Green mask body is marked AUER 10-67 Gr 1 (size 1) with builti-n dark green or black hose. Fitted with soft brown leather anti-frostbite shield. Has standard type cross strap with spring-loaded fabric hooks for attaching to LKpS100/101 and LKpW100/101 helmets. Straps are stretched but retain a lot od spring. Central strap for attaching to top of helmet has been cut off flush with the mask (this was not that uncommon). Early style connector with solid rather than cut out clip marked Draeger. Clip attached to connector with a rotating ring rather than the more familar "U" clamp. Rubber mask and hose are excellent, noce and pliable. Leather shows wear and use but no damage and still soft. Interesting variation which may have been field modified or repaired (the mix of AUER and Draeger parts is unusual). The 10-67 is a scarce mask. Unlike the later 6701, which looks identical, the 10-67 has a double cavity wall (to prevent freezing). Any Luftwaffe mask moulded in green rubber is scarce! Priced according to the fact that it is modified.

 

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Luftwaffe model 6701 double-strap "fighter bomber" pilot oxygen mask.

 

Exceptionally nice example of the typical mid-war model 6701 oxygen mask, moulded in black synthetic rubber with the maker "byd" (code for Draeger) moulded into the facepiece. The strap appears to be an original; dark green elastic which still has plenty of stretch. Mask is also fitted with its original clothing clip, marked "bwz" (code for Auer). Parts being from different manufacturers is not particularly unusual for mid-late war equipment. The clip is the only part of the mask that shows any aging, with wear to the grey paint and light signs of corrosion, so it's possible it was replaced - but it is 100% original wartime. The spring is corroded but still works fine. The connector has one of its "teeth" broken off but this does not affect th displayability or function of the mask. Rubber of both the facepiece and hose is soft and pliable, in excellent condition and will display very well.  A scarce find in such nice condition.

 

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Unissued set of RAF Mk VIII flying goggles, in box. Nice crisp Air Ministry mark.

 

Unissued condition WWII manufacture Mk VIII flying goggles (Air Ministry mark to leather above  hinge indicates 1943-44 production). Lovely condition with perfect leather, good elastic and only slight delamination to lenses. In broad arrow marked issue box; these were probably kept in stores from the war and eventually surplused out. Getting harder to find in such great conditon. 

 

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Unique AAF 15th Air Force summer uniform, custom tailored in Italy and made entirely of finest quality silk.

 

This is a totally unique, one-of-a-kind item that you run across once in  a blue moon! A complete uniform, comprising service dress 4 pocket tunic, matching trousers, and matching shirt, tailored in Italy from fine quality silk. The jacket also features a sterling pilot wing, US and winged prop collar devices and a beautiful bullion on blue silk Italian made 15th Air Force patch. The winged props appear to be locally made by soldering safety pins to the back of the badges. The wings and lt bars are pin-back and the US devices have posts and clutches. The tunic is lined with linen. Trousers are made from exact same silk, as is the shirt. All items were worn and have some small repairs here and there - nothing to detract. Included is an officer's all wool private purchase tie. The uniform has no ID and no tailor's label, which is perhaps not surprisng. The black market was rife in southern Italy, and it is quite possible this second lieutenant obtained the silk illicitly and had it made into a uniform, with which I'm sure he impressed the ladies! Neither he nor the tailor would have wanted their names on such a garment, as exquisite as it is.

 

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RAF officer's uniform shirt + detatched collar

 

Supplied by CC41 and complete with their iconic Art Deco design label, this light blue cotton officer's shirt is in well above average condition. 3/4 button front with a long tail and fold back cuffs. Well marked detached collar has a broad arrow stamp with initials MW and size 1. Collar is a good match for the shirt (although that was never a big concern and they rarely matched). I can find 2 or 3 very tiny (pinhead) holes in the cotton to the right front side which don't show from more than 2 ft. away and cannot be seen if worn or displayed under a uniform jacket. No rips, tears, wear or repairs and no staining. Shirts are extremely difficult unfiorm accessories to find and this one is in very, very good, clean conditon.

 

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RAF other ranks uniform shirt + detatched collar

 

Perhaps even more difficult to obtain than the officer's shirt is the RAF other ranks (enlisted) shirt. Made of slightly darker blue grey cotton with a full button front, this shirt is in excellent overall condition showing very little use and no wear, tear, rips or stains of any kind. Shirt has no visible markings except a hand written number "5" - Collar is marked with Belfast makers name, stores ref. number 22B/337 and the broad arrow and is size 16. A great find!

 

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Super high quality hand-tailored US Army officer's wool shirt.

 

An outstanding US Army officer's wool shirt, hand-made and custom tailored with a western style yoke across the back of the shoulders, lined with satin and named to "Borchers" - A truly exceptional one-of-a-kind uniform accessory made from the dark khaki often referred to as "chocolate."

 

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RAF oxygen mask hose, early narrow type for first issue Type G oxygen mask.

 

Scarce early wartime mask hose / breathing tube for the first issue Type G oxygen mask. Narrow hose fitted with brass bayonette connector at one end and plastic screw-in connector at mask end, both correctly bound with linen twine and lacquered. Good Air Ministry mark and stores ref. information on brass connector. Rubber is in very good shape with slight surface cracking in the corrugations but no damage or splits. A tough item to find.

 

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Outstanding pair of WWII AAF Type A-3 flight suit trousers. Excellent condition, large size, early wartime production with the reddish brown polyacrylate coating.

 

Exceptionally nice pair of WWII AAF issue A-3 fleece flying suit trousers, finished with the more attractive reddish brown polyacrylate coating that was used early in production rather than the later, dull dark brown. Condition is exceptional, with no wear and tear, no damage, no cracking, no holes, no patches, the material still soft and pliable. Thick, honey coloured fleece / shearling is soft. Leather pockets and reinforcements are all good. All Talon zippers are original and in good working order. Great label indicating size 42R made by Aeroleather Clothing Co. of  Beacon, New York. White AAF logo decal below waist is visible but incomplete. There is another AAF emblem on the strap of the suspenders / braces. Straps still retain good elasticity. I would guess these were unissued or at least never worn. Hard to find a nicer pair.

 

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WWI Royal Flying Corps identity disk "dog" tag.

 

Pressed fibreboard disk incised with the name Everett. E RFC, his serial number 7783 and his religion C.E. (Church of Engalnd). A scarce personal item these days.

 

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Small tin trunk to WWII DFC winning RAF fighter pilot and POW later chief instructor for the RAF.

 

Some dents and dings and a little surface rust, but a great piece of history, still has 1970 dated newspapers inside! 20" x 12" x 12" (51cm x 30cm x 30cm). Peter Gilpin joined the RAF and was trained in Arizona at Falcon Field, (Mesa Airport) before joining 253 Squadron in North Africa with the Hurricane II.  The squadron provided air cover for the Army and its supply lines during the Tunisian campaign, moving to Italy in October 1943. In February 1944, 253 arrived in Corsica to undertake escort and anti-shipping missions, returning to Italy in April for similar duties over Yugoslavia. Awarded DFC. Shot down over Yugoslavia in 1944 and remained as a POW until the end of the war. Took command of No IV(AC) Sqn at Jever in August, 1953 in Vampire FB5's and 9's, and then Sabre F4's in March 1954. Staff College at Camberley followed, then he became Chief Flying Instructor at CFS Little Rissington in 1958-60. Promoted Gp Capt in 1965 and became Stn Cdr at RAF Oakington in 1968. Retired 1977. 

 

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Pre-WWII RAF officer's service dress cap with some historical value.

 

While not in the peak of condition, this cap is offered because it purports to have some historical significance. It came with a small tin trunk (offered on the accessories page) named to Squadron Leader Peter Gilpin, DFC. I therefore presume with reasonable belief that it probably belonged to him! It is the style popular in the mid-late 1930s with a stiff, green fibre-backed peak. The hat lacks a chin strap and has several moth nips, though thankfully most are out of sight. There is a tear in the fabric on top of the peak which could possibly be repaired. the insterior is sound but the hat is overall quite grubby from storage. It has a fabulous badge, excellent mohair band and sweatband.  I am offering it for the value of the badge / parts. If anyone has any interest in buying it and the tin trunk together, let me know and I'll work out a combined price.

 

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Later issue individual AAF / USN first aid kit for individual aircrew with some contents

 

Scarce late WWII first aid kit for individual aircrew issue in aluminium case. Retains some items but not full and packing list (printed inside lid) indicates some items missing. See pictures. Nonetheless a rare item which could in all probability be completed fairly easily.

 

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Extremely rare Luftwaffe model LKpW100 flying helmet in outstanding, practically unused condition.

 

One of the rarest of all WWII flying helmets, this LKpW100 is in impeccable condition. Superb leather, clean sheepskin fleece lining, brown enameled metal earphone housings, complete with all internal wiring, throat microphones and neck strap with buckle, plus long cords and correct plug. Inside it has two labels and a clear date of November 1937. Synonymous with Luftwaffe bomber pilots during the Battle of Britain, this helmet was also worn by fighter pilots prior to the introduction of the net helmet in late 1940. Marked as a size 54, it fits a male feature styrofoam display head perfectly. The leather is in perfect shape, the metal receiver housings have no dings or loss of paint. This helmet would be difficult if not impossible to upgrade.

 

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Scarce 1930s / WWII New Zealand flying helmet "Hi-Speed" by Bevege.

 

Commonwealth items rarely turn up, in particular examples of flying headgear from New Zealand, missing from many collections. This is a "Hi-Speed" flying helmet manufactured by Bevege of New Zealand and was undoubtedly the primary training helmet for RNZAF pilots and aircrew who learned their trade prior to shipping out to Europe or Asia for combat duties. The helmet is well made from heavy black leather lined with chamois and is complete with "profanity strainers" (Gosport receivers and tubes). It has a chin strap and buckle as well as a zip fastener at the back (Newey brand) for ease putting it on or taking it off and a good tight fit. Condition is very good, used. There is wear and some evidence of repairs to the chamois lining, but the leather is strong and remains supple, despite a few minor surface cracks. A rare flying helmet.

 

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AAF Type B-4 life vest "Mae West" with very early production date.

 

In excellent condition, still completely flexible and with all original straps, both original oral inflation tubes are still attached and in good shape, and the inflation mechanism, complete with both pull tabes, in still in place. This is an outstanding and very early example of the B-4, introduced in 1943 to replace the B-3 pattern. This example is well marked and has a production date of August 1943 and an inspection date of October 1943. At one time it had a dye pack cemented in place between the two inflation compartments (the glue residue remains). These were worn by all aircrews and also by paratroops during the invaiion of Europe. Good examples are getting harder to find.

 

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Scarce 1940 dated RAF flying suit, combined pattern, dual purpose – more commonly known as a Harnessuit. This example made by GQ Parachute Co. of Woking, Surrey, and complete with internal stole / inflation bladder housing.

 

Heavy grey / green cotton smock-type oversuit without arms or legs, designed to house both the parachute harness and the flotation device. Used primarily by RAF bomber crews from 1940-41. Variation in colour of fabric shows wartime economy in effect as early as December 1940. It has clips for attaching either a set-type or chest-type parachute pack. Dual front zips and zipped pockets. The suit is in excellent 

condition, showng no signs of wear or damage. Included is the detachable fabric housing for the inflatable stole / bladder. Neither the inflatable bladder nor the parachute harness are present. Large Air Ministry shows the size Medium crossed out and remarked as a LARGE. Good clear A.I.D ink stamp. Overall excellent condition with no damage, all hardware and snap fasteners in good working order. Zips are good and tight. Note: this item is currently located in the UK so please check for shipping costs.

 

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RAF Type G oxygen mask

 

Getting harder and harder to find, it seems. A decent example of a RAF Type G oxygen mask. Grey / green rubber mask with partial suede lining fitted with Type 48 microphone (Type 25 with short cord and plug). The rubber is in excellent, if somewhat grubby condition. No hard, crispy areas, no splits, so sticky, melty bits. The usual surface stress cracks around the lugs holding the nose wire but nothing serious. Grubby surface appears more from storage than use. Harness is like new and still retains its original rubber bands (2 black, one yellow). Good microphone and black rubber retaining ring. A great display example.

 

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British military issue soap tin.

 

An interesting and often overlooked accessory for any display, would be great with a RAF quarters or billet scene. A 1945 dated, broad arrow marked aluminium soap tin in very good condition. Marked C.C.114 and M Ltd. B. Excellent condition.

 

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RAF oxygen mask connector, unissued.

 

Nice unissued Air Ministry marked wartime  brass bayonette connector for the oxygen mask tube as used on  Type E, E*, G and H masks.

 

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Scarce WWII early Bulgarian Air Force flying helmet.

 

Bulgaria was part of the Axis powers, allied with Nazi Germany, and as such received a lot of its equipment and hardware from the Germans. Later in the war, Bulgaria became a major source of clothing and equipment for the German military forces. At the beginning of the war however, it was still using obsolete equipment and wearing flying clothing that was more in line with the 1920s and early 1930s. Bulgarian clothing was extremely well made and this beautiful flying helmet, in unused and supern condition, is a prime example. Leather with a blue flannelette lining and large "pouches" on each side to cover earphones or noise attenuating pads, depending on the type of aircraft flown. A scarce and atrractive helmet in extremely fine condition.

 

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