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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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Luftwaffe K-33 fleece lined leather flying helmet dated 1944 in unissued, unworn condition.

 

The best example of this rather unexciting flying helmet I have ever seen, bar none. The leather is butter soft and the sheepsking lining is clean and white as the day it was made. It has a great label with the RB number and is the LBA ink stamp on the chin strap with the date 1944. Contrary topopular myth, these were not for aircrew positions other than pilot but were often worn by pilots flying without radio communications on  covert missions etc. This one would be impossible to upgrade

 

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A very good pair of 3rd model Nitsche and Gunther splitterschutzbrille flying goggles.

 

With reproductions of these types more abundant than originals, it's nice to be able to offer a good set of original N&G of Rathenow anti-splinter goggles, together with their tin storage case. Simple design of black plastic frames with a hinged bridge for comfort, silken strap with only the rear segment elasticated and curved, tinted lenses. Owner has written P12/283 on strap. Goggles are in excellent condition.

 

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Exceptional, early RAF Type B flying helmet in absolutely superb condition.

 

A lovely example of the classic RAF Type B flying helmet in the kind of condition seldom found these days. It has a heavily padded skull and superior grade leather. Nice clear A-crown-M emboss on the right hand earcup. Good zips, both pullers present and metal tip on chin strap, fitted with Air Ministry marked sponge rubber pads. In compliance with AMOs, the original diamond-shaped manufacturer's label has been carefully removed (the information it contained could be used to identify a strategic military target). In its place, a clean A-crown-M ink stamp indicates stores ref. information and size. Marked to the rear with a neatly painted number 12 - I have no idea what the significance of this is - and inside the initials  S.P.C. are stencilled. Condition is superb. It is almost certainly an early, probably pre-war manufacture; likely Reliance or Sterling because of the quality and heavy padding.  Marked as a size 2, it fits more like a 3. This helmet would be very difficult to upgrade.

 

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Extremely rare original Battle of Britain RAF Type D oxygen mask fitted with Type 21 microphone assembly.

 

The most desirable of all RAF oxygen masks among collectors, the Type D started its service life in around 1935 and remained in use until finally superseded by the rubber masks in 1941 / 42. Its design was obsolete from the beginning, yet it survived the Battle of Britain and continued for use in training and as a microphone mask for many years. This example is in well above average condition, showing very little evidence of use. It has aname and serial number inked on the chamois, but is very clean and shows noe of trhe usual ravages of time rom years of storage. While most suffer from insect and rodent damage, this one is 95+% intact, with wear around the snaps / studs and a couple of minute pin holes. Included is a very good Type 21 microphone assembly (Type 20 microphone with its cord and plug attached). The Type 21 microphone was introduced in October, 1940, too late for the Battle of Britain perhaps, but still significant and in itself a scarce item. Black lacquer finish has a few minor dings and a little paint loss at the egdes but overall very good and its wiring loom and plug are excellent.

 

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Extremely rare Battle of Britain Luftwaffe LKpS100 summer flying helmet.

 

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. Some external grime from use and storage, the fabric covering the springs on the throat microphones shows some wear and a few holes, but the springs are still intact and doing their job. Brown enameled metal receover housings look good and complete with all internal wiring plus long cord and plug. Metal buckles have some rust and the internal ear pads have lost some of the fur / fleece - but this does not distract from what is a great example of a rare helmet. It is "double-dated" - marked 1937 and 1939, perhaps suggesting one id date of manufacture and the other date of issue? Or possibly refurbishment and re-issue?

 

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Luftwaffe model 10-6701 oxygen mask

by Auergesellscheft in very good condition.

 

Mid to late war example of the model 10-6701 double-strap or 'fighter-bomber" oxygen mask made by Auer (indicated by the code letters "bwz" moulded into the black rubber). Mask rubber retains its shape and pliability, though the hose has a kink towards the end. It also still has its original clip, marked "bwz" and fully articulating, but showing minor corrosion and part of the "U" clamp missing, though this does not affect its functioning. Hardware is original, but elastic harness is a replacement made to the exact specs of the original. A very good looking mask. A number of German masks have been reclaimed and refurbished from parts in poor condition, but the condition of this mask is very good indeed and perfectly displayable.

 

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Luftwaffe LKpN101 net helmet, early type, complete and in pristine condition.

 

A truly superb example of the LKpN101 netzkopfhaube mesh helmet favoured by fighter pilots. This is a very early example, with medium brown leather ear coverings, dark brown netting and provision for only the 2-strap or double strap oxygen mask. The mesh netting has no holes or snags, the leather is in outstanding condition with no scuffs or wear. Fitted with neck strap, throat microphones, long cord and plug. Celluloid inserts still present inside receiver housings. As was often the case, one snap fastener has been removed from the neck strap.

 

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Scarce 1939 dated Luftwaffe Somerfliegerkombi one-piece flying overall as worn by both fighter pilots and bomber crews in the Battle of France and Battle of Britain.

 

Though primarily associated with bomber crews, this one piece flying suit was also worn by German fighter pilots in the early days of the war. Made from light brown reed-weave fabric with a partial grey cotton lining, it was designed for utility and also so it could be put on and removed quicky, especially in the event of injury. Metal zip fasteers throughout, all working perfectly, plus snap / stud fasteners at the concealed cuffs. Large diagonal zip at the front and a unique "rip-cord" to the left to remove the suit on one movement in case of injury or ditching in the sea. Horizontal crotch zip denotes early issue (it wa changed to vertical by 1940). Ink stamped details include manufacture / issue date of 1939. Multiple pockets for carrying survival aids such as flares, smoke canisters, dye pouch etc. There are a couple of very small, neat repairs to one knee and one or two very tiny holes, but otherwise this suit is in impressive ccondition and displays very well. Getting very hard to find these days!

 

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Scarce and sought after RAF 1939 pattern "Battle of Britain" flying boots in a great size 10 UK (size 11 US) in excellent display condition.

 

Issued only for a little over a year, but that year was 1940 so these boots became synonymous with Battle of Britain fighter pilots. Khaki canvas uppers on leather shoe section with thick fleece / sheepsking lining. Webbing straps. One small area of rubbing on the inner ankle area of one boot and very minor wear inside - otherwise these display beautifully. The only area which lets them down is the soles - which of course will not be seen on display anyway - but the soles are well worn through, and one has been repaired - probably period. However, if the new owner so wishes, these could easily be restored with new soles - or left as is. Heels are original. Excellent Air Ministry markings showing size 10 UK (11 US) and 1940 date. Include correct insoles.

 

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Excellent pair of RAF 1940 pattern flying boots in a great size 9 UK (size 10 US). Never modified, all original and include superb pair of insoles.

 

Though this same pattern remianed in use thoughout the war, the 1940 pattern boots are quite scarce because they were only around for a short time. It was found that they slipped off during parachute descents, so the ankle strap was added to exisitng stock, and the improvement was incorporated into all new production. The improved type was redesignated 1941 pattern. This pair on offer was never modified and is a true 1940 pattern. The brown suede is a little grubby, mainly from storage. The rubber coating is in outstanding condiiton, not hard or dried or crumbling like most. Zips work perfectly and are marked with AM crown, tongues have great A-crown-M markings. Soles and heels are 100% original, never refinished. Includes excellent pair of correct size, Air Ministry marked insoles. A really outstanding pair of boots.

 

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WWII AAF wiring loom with receivers and plug -  Headset type HS38 - for A-11, AN-H-15 flying helmet and more.

 

Getting very difficult to find on the loose, this complete WWII AAF headset fits the A-11, AN-H-15 and several other mid-late war AAF flight helmets. Comprising ANB-H-1 receivers, Y-cord and red PL354 plug and in excellent condition. Only one available.

 

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RAF Battle of Britain Luxor 12 flying goggles with prescription lenses.

 

Luxor 12s are the most sought after of RAF private purhase goggles - as well as the only type officially sanctioned by the Air Ministry. This pair has some issues but can be displayed just fine. They have presciption lenses adhered to the front of their laminated factory lenses (not all pilots had perfect vision - not even fighter pilots!). The strap is stretched out and has been cut - but could easily be sewn back together. It was evidently cut to tie into a knot to fit (having lost all elasticity). The orange rubber cushions have mostly hardened - as is typical - but are not too badly misshapen and still look the part for display either "as is" or mounted on  a Type B helmet. Lenses are  good with hardly any signs of delamination. These are quite rare in any condition. 100% original and priced according to condition.

 

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VERY RARE  WWII RAF issue Mk X Spectacles made by British American Optical

 

The Mk X (ten) spectacles are amongst the most difficult items of RAF flying goggles / sunglasses to find. Issued more or less exclusively to Coastal Command fighter pilots from 1944 to 1945, they feature flat, laminated glass lenses with a polarizing brown tint to help spot oil slicks on the surface of the water as well as periscopes and other evidence of submarines. This pair was made by British American Optical (BAO) - a rare maker - and are marked as such on the frame. Complete with velvet lined case, they would have been issued with tinted acetate side shields, though these were seldom used and very fragile, so most are missing. Very good condition with very slight delamination to lenses. Case shows some wear but overall very good.

 

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Scarce Luftsaffe mid-late war Model 6701-2 oxygen mask facory modified to 3-strap

 

The 6701 oxygen mask was primarily produced with a double strap fastening foir attaching the the Netzkopfhaube, but from late 1943, the Luftwaffe saw increasing problems with the double strap mask being displaced due to the high G forces of faster aircraft and reverted to the more secure 3-strap attachment, which included factory modifying exisitng masks by retrofitting elastic straps and a top strap made orange / tan coloured cotton. These masks, once used by jet pilots, are now very difficult to find.  Mask, tube, all metal parts and fabric straps are all 100% original wartime production.

 

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Excellent pair of RAF Type D flying gauntlets.

 

These gauntlets replaced the 1941 pattern with a simpler unzipped glove as was part of the Type D system that included electrically heated black silk inner gloves. They were more often worn alone or with the old silk liners, especially by fighter pilots. This pair is in outstanding condition. First issued in 1943, the type D system remained in use for many years after the war, and the right hand glove has a clear date stamp of October 1953. Slight colour variation but both are size 7-1/2.

 

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Extremely rare WWII US Navy aviator's "barter kit" intact (unopened) and with gold coins / rings inside.

 

An extremely rare and valuable survival accessory for WWII US navy aviators which was seldom issued and always collected back after flight. There are consequently very few of these on the loose or in collections.

It comprises a solid rubber block, sealed, which contains an assortment of gold coins, rings and ingots which could be traded or bartered for safe passage , food and in some cases life itself. An x-ray photograph of the block is included with the sale showing 5 coins, 3 rings and an ingot, all solid gold. 

 

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Luftwaffe pilot or drogue parachute from the Battle of Britain.

 

So-called "Hilfsschirm" or "help parachute" - the pilot or drogue 'chute sed to pull the main parachute out of its pack. This one complete with its metal sprung frame and in excellent condition. Whitte silk with numerous official ink stamps, including a date of April 29, 1940 and a further dated stamp of 22 September 1941. Makes a great display item or backdrop for any Battle of Britain collection.

 

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Extremely scarce Pre-war - WWII RAF embroidered squadron badge for the flying suit.

207 Squadron.

 

Very popular in the 1930s when the RAF was thought of as "the best flying club in the world" - these embroidered squadron crests were worn proudly on prestige flying suits at airshows, flypasts and public events. In 1940 the order came through to remove all such badges from flight clothing, for fear of being shot down and captured and giving away sensitive information. In spite of the regulation, many pilots and aircrews continued to wear them for a while. They are now extremely rare and highly soughht after. Thos crest is from 207 squadron, which flew the Avro Manchester, Hampden and Lancaster aircraft with great success. Guaranteed genuine wartime production badge with paper backing. A scarce item.

 

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Scarce WWII RAF officer's private purchase khaki drill uniform shorts for desert / tropical use.

 

Often meeded to complete a desert air force pilot display, yet one of the more dfficult items to source, because they were retained and worn long aftre the war, being a practical pair of heavy cotton, khaki shorts. This style was privately purchased and preferred by officers. Complete with all brown plastic buttons, button down tabs for webbing or stable belt, large pockets. Measure 16 inches aross at the waist so would fit a 30-32" waist. Very good condition. Faint markings inside but I cannot make them out.

 

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Superb RAF First pattern (unwired) Type C flying helmet in a generous size 3, complete with Air Ministry woven label.

 

One of the nicest Type C flight helmets I have seen in a long time and in a scarce and highly desirable size 3 (large).  The leather is in excellent condiiton, soft and pliable with no damage or wear. The chamois lining is overall very good, slightly grubby at the neck and ear pads, with one very small hole at the base of one of the "donuts" exposing the kapok filling.  Brown velvet brow and chin lining are both excellent and the rubber earcups are perfectly pliable with no misshaping. Retains leather chin strap with metal tip and Bennett buckle with its full leather covering.  Brass snaps / studs for oxygen mask and fore-and-aft tabs plus short strap and buckle at the back for securing goggles. Best of all, the woven label inside indicating the Air Ministry mark, size and stores ref. number. An outstanding example of a helmet that is getting increasingly more difficult to find. 

 

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WWII AAF T-44 oxygen mask microphone assembly with boxed MC-253-A microphone dated 1943.

 

US made British style wiring loom, made for use with the USAAF flying helmets to enable AAF pilots and crews to fly British aircraft or aircraft with British / RAF radio equipment. Comprises a long black cloth braided cord with the "bell" plug at one end. Mhe other end splits with a JK26 jack to connect to the flying helmet and three wires to connect to the mask mounted microphone. The AN-B-MC-1 or MC-253-A microphone, included with this set in its original box, fits the AAF A-8, A-9, A-10A and A-14 masks with which it was worn. Scarce item.

 

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RAF / SAAF / RAAF Type B helmet-Type D oxygen mask face protectors.

 

Issued with the Type B helmet, these chamois backed strips were intended to protect the wearer from "freezer burn" when the metal snap fastener came into contact with the face (hence the name "face protector" or "face defender"). They were also sewn to the edges of the Type D oxygen mask for attaching to the Type B helmet. Two types available: RAAF issue (white webbing) and SAAF (brown leather / doeskin).

 

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Nice pair of high quality chromed aviation Gosport receivers dating from the 1920s - 1930s. 

 

Named after the Royal Naval Air Station at which they were first used in WWI, they were also known as "speakers" and even "profanity strainers". This is a beautiful set of Gosport receivers in very good condiion, they just need a suitable flying helmet (from which they are so often missing) and the tubing. No markings that I can see, but the chrome finish is still bright and they are not dinged up like so many. I have seen identical sets marked as "de Havilland type" which makes sense since so many of the RAF's training aircraft were made by de Havilland.

 

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An important and historically significant photo album and document grouping to a WWII US Marine Corps Fighter Ace with VMF-323 "Death Rattlers". 

 

Lt. Francis Andell Terrill was a Marine Corps fighter ace who achieved 6.5 confirmed victories while flying Corsairs with VMF-323, the “Death Rattlers."  This one-of-a-kind grouping includes his personal, wartime photo album containing 356 original wartime photos, mostly taken overseas on operational bases. There are an additional 38 loose b/w photographs and 12 extremely scarce wartime colour photos, including one of Terrill in his cockpit with four kill marks visible. With the photo album are his original temporary medal citations, issued in the field of combat, for the DFC, 2nd DFC, Air Medal and Gold Star for Air Medal with original signatures of Major Generals Francis Mulcahy and L.E. Woods. Completing the grouping is Terrill's original, unsewn leather "Death Rattler" squadron patch and a copy of “A history of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323”, published 1987.

The large, leather bound photo album measures 13" x 10" and 2.5" thick. Photos include two nice studio portraits, squadron and crew group shots (named on the back) and many great photos of Corsairs and other aircraft, pilots in cockpits, kill emblems on planes, named personnel, photos of pilots wearing flight jackets with squadron patches, base signs with squadron emblems, photos of the officer's mess with kill emblems and the door sign “Where the Aces meet to Eat,” planes in flights on combat missions, crashed planes, crew posing with Japanese souvenirs, views inside barracks, and more. There are photos of all 12 of the squadron’s aces, including George Axtell, the youngest Marine Fighter Squadron commander in WWII (later a Lt Gen). Anything connected to US Marine Corps fighter aces can be considered extremely rare, and a gropuping such as this offers a wealth of information and history for the serious US Marine Corps aviation collector.

 

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WWII RAF / Fleet Air Arm aircraft recognition manual: The Principal Types of Japanese Aircraft dated 1944.

 

WWII RAF regognition manual booklet dated March 1944 published by the Aircraft Recognition Centre HMS Heron. Features silhouettes and multi-view photographs with details such as wingspan measurements of 19 different Japanese aircraft, reproduced on photographic paper and string-bound with heavy cardboard covers. Front cover shows a map of the Pacific Ocean.  Includes an information sheet which is tucked into a pocket at the back of the book. Size 5" x 8' (13 cm x 20 cm) 36 separate photo sheet pages plus cover. In excellent condition with a few creased corners and some pages where the string has pulled through the holes. A very rare document.

 

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Luftwaffe pilot or drogue parachute from the Battle of Britain.

 

So-called "Hilfsschirm" or "help parachute" - the pilot or drogue 'chute sed to pull the main parachute out of its pack. This one complete with its metal sprung frame and in excellent condition. Whitte silk with numerous official ink stamps, including a date of April 29, 1940 and a further dated stamp of 22 September 1941. Makes a great display item or backdrop for any Battle of Britain collection.

 

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RAF 1941 pattern life vest "Mae West" ("stole inflated life saving waistcoat" in Air Ministry parlance) with stole / bladder and wartime upgrades.

 

A decent and complete, if well used example of the Mae West which saved the lives of so many airmen from 1941 to well beyond the war years. A fairly early model, dated 1942 on the label (which indicates "Flap type" though clearly no flap was ever fitted; this was not uncommon on early vests). This vest has been well updated throughout its service life by the addition of all required components: leg tapes; floating light and battery pocket; dye pocket ; grab handles and no less than three dinghy connectors (one on each leg tape loop and one added to one of the grab handles). I suspect this vest actually saw active use, because all metal fittings show oxidation, though all are present and secure. Zipper works but is a bit stiff. Includes a nicely marked original internal stole / bladder which is perfectly flexible though the fabric covering has peeled away in places - mostly on the oral inflation tube and at the back of the neck, from contact with the zip fastener. The rubber is fine. The yellow fabric has rust stains and some minor holes here and there but nothing that detracts. A decent used example of the type, especially interesting because of all the upgrades.

 

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WWII AAF Type A-4 Chest Parachute pack with original pull ring, ripcord, bungee cords and AAF packing book.

 

NOTE: no silk canopy - it's padded with foam which I can leave in or remove as desired by buyer. Great condition, if slightly faded from age. Canvas pack is dated September 13, 1944. Curiously it is not marked with yellow paint as was usual for this type. Includes the AAF packing booklet with various dates through 1945. Getting scarcer all the time!

 

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Important Pre-WWII / WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm pilot's uniform with superb pre-WWII pilot wings.

 

An outstanding Pre-WWII Fleet Air Arm Commander's uniform named to S. Borrett comprising his service dress tunic and trousers with extremely rare early style Fleet Air Arm pilot’s brevet to left sleeve and medal ribbons including his Oak Leaf for being mentioned in despatches. Comes with matching trousers.

Simon Borrett was aboard HMS Courageous, aircraft carrier, when it was sunk by German U-Boat U-29, to the southwest of Ireland on Sunday, September 17th, 1939 and was one of the handful of survivors. He was attached to HMS Illustrious at the time of the Battle of Taranto in November, 1940. He then served on HMS Formidable which was called to the Mediterranean in February 1941 to replace the severely damaged HMS Illustrious. Borrett was Mentioned in Despatches for bravery and enterprise aboard HMS Formidable in the Battle of Matapan, March 27-29 1941. The award was announced in a supplement to the London Gazette dated July 29, 1941. Sold with history / research.

 

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WWII RAF Type C flying helmet in outstanding condition, internally wired with receivers and all communications in a scarce size 4 (extra large)

 

Late war style (with the extra leather tabs at the rear of the helmet, same as the internally wired Type D and Type E helmets), this huge, size 4  (the largest size produced) Type C is in amazing condition, showing almost no use or wear.  The leather is soft and pliable like new and the chamois interior is extremely clean, no wear or rubbing. Complete with receivers, excellent maroon braided internal wiring loom with the bell plug and the fitted mask microphone plug. This is as good an example of a late WWII RAF flying helmet as you will find and would be very difficult to upgrade. Very few RAF helmets were manufactured in this size.

 

 

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RAF Type E* oxygen mask with full length external wiring loom

 

This modified version of the Type E mask was used more extensively than any other oxygen mask issued by the RAF in WWII, first as a replacement for the Type E, which lacked both an inspiratory valve and a satisfactory strap arrangement, and later as a microphone carrier (without oxygen tube / hose) for all low level flying, including carrier borne operations by the Fleet Air Arm. Its issue effectively cancelled development and production of the Type F mask (for which this is often mistaken). The E* (E-star) remains quite a scarce item and quite difficult to find. This example shows signs of the aging process on the early uncured rubber, yet remains pliable and displays quite well. It has some surface deterioration and very slight misshaping, as well as loss to the rubber at the edges, but appears to be unissued and looks good displayed. The webbing harness is superb and the chamois lining shows no wear or soiling at all. The mask includes a desirable early external wiring loom, complete with receivers and bell-shaped plug. Priced according to its condition, with care it should display well for many years.

 

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Superb, unissued RAF first pattern (unwired) Type D desert flying helmet

 

Stunning condition, RAF Type D flying helmet as first issued 1942, with provision for external wiring loom (such as on the Type E* mask above). Leather chin strap and Bennett buckle, fore-and-aft goggle strap tabs and press stud fasteners for either the cloth Type D mask, or the rubber Type E, E* or G mask. Issued for use in the Desert (North Africa) this helmet is a perfect example of the type, in outstanding condition, and inludes a nice large A-crown-M property stamp on the neck flap. It is a small size 1, so it won't suit most re-enactors, but fits a dispay head and is as near perfect an example of the type as you will find.

 

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Unissued WWII production RAF Mk III flying goggles with box.

 

An excellent pair of Mk VIII flying goggles, complete and in unworn, unissued condition, with 100% painted finish, strap still has full elasticity. Leather is excellent; there is one small abrasion on strap leather where it attaches to frame (see picture). jA-crown-M emboss on leather behind bridge hinge indicating wartime manufacture. As issued without the extra lenses or demist cloth (these items were available on demand but not issued with the goggles to conserve equipment). This pair is fitted with clear lenses.

 

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