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Extremely RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / "Grow" anti-flak helmet.

Considered one of the "Holy Grail" items by many collectors. The leather covered anti-flak helmet was named after it's designer, Dr. (Colonel) Malcom Grow of the 8th Air Force, who commissioned Wilkinson Sword to produce the original batch for 8th Air Force crews in England. It was made from leather covered overlapping manganese steel plates, with an opening for the radio receivers (designed to fit over the Type C or A-11 helmets) and a sturdy leather chin strap with "Lift the dot" fastener. It was subsequently worn by both RAF and AAF aircrews.  After its success, it was designated M-4 by the USAAF and produced both in England and the USA, with American made versions being fabric covered. This Wilkinson Sword made example shows use, but remains in very good condition. Shape is excellent, leather is very good, with obvious scarring and surface wear from use and storage; small holes in the leather where the steel plates have worn through at each side (see photos) but overall a very good example of an extremely rare protective helmet. Note: Tye C helmet is shown for display only and is not included.

$3,250 / £2,975 / €3,340

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RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

Rare Early WWII Soviet Flying Goggles with box and cleaning cloth.

Extremely rare early wartime Soviet Air Force flying goggles, in unissued condition, and complete with their original cardboard carton and felt cleaning cloth. The style is primitive, copied from First World War types used by both the British and French Air Forces, made from heavy black oilcloth edged in red cotton fabric with a simple cotton tie-strap at the back. Angled, hinged glass lenses for good peripheral visibility. Flying kit from the USSR is still extremely rare but to find a set of goggles in unused condition and still having the original packaging is very unusual. Most often seen in photographs with the fur-lined cowl type helmets favoured by Soviet aircrews in the early days of the war.  

$475 / £435 / €490

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Early WWII Soviet Flying Goggles with box

Early WWII Soviet Flying Goggles with box

Early WWII Soviet Flying Goggles with box

Early WWII Soviet Flying Goggles with box

Early WWII Soviet Flying Goggles with box

Early WWII Soviet Flying Goggles with box

Early WWII Soviet Flying Goggles with box

Early WWII Soviet Flying Goggles with box

Early WWII Soviet Flying Goggles with box

Early WWII Soviet Flying Goggles with box

Early WWII Soviet Flying Goggles with box

Early WWII Soviet Flying Goggles with box

Early WWII Soviet Flying Goggles with box

Early WWII Soviet Flying Goggles with box

Official RAF Combat Report from a Typhoon pilot, January 1943, claiming a Fw190 damaged.

 

Official "Sub. Form F" (Combats in the Air) second layer copy in blue carbon on HMSO embossed stationery submitted by G.J.F. Blackwell of 256 (Rhodesia) Squadron regarding a combat with a Luftwaffe Fw190 lon the southwest coast of England, january 10, 1943. The claim is that he damaged the aircraft and there is a reference at the bottom of the form for the cine gun camera footage. A wonderful piece of history describing i detail the action which took place. While many fake combat reports have entered the collector market of the past several years, this is an extremely rare 100% genuine combat report in great condition and is fully guaranteed as such. Each combat report is unique and they are great for framing and displaying with any WWII aviation collection.

$350 / £320 / €360

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Official RAF Combat Report from a Typhoon pilot, January 1943, claiming a Fw190 damaged

Official RAF Combat Report from a Typhoon pilot, January 1943, claiming a Fw190 damaged

Official RAF Combat Report from a Typhoon pilot, January 1943, claiming a Fw190 damaged

Official RAF Combat Report from a Typhoon pilot, January 1943, claiming a Fw190 damaged

Official RAF Combat Report from a Typhoon pilot, January 1943, claiming a Fw190 damaged

Official RAF Combat Report from a Typhoon pilot, January 1943, claiming a Fw190 damaged

Official RAF Combat Report from a Typhoon pilot, January 1943, claiming a Fw190 damaged

Official RAF Combat Report from a Typhoon pilot, January 1943, claiming a Fw190 damaged