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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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Fantastic and extremely RARE Soviet tanker's helmet with history, and well worth deeper research.

 

This is a very rare and unusual item of headgear which may have begun life as a flying helmet, but its last known use was as a tanker helmet in a Soviet T-34. The leather shell is lined with cotton and has all kinds of straps to secure it and block outside noise. Fully wired with receivers, rubber covered cord and plug.

A hand writted paper tag attached to the helmet identifies it as being removed from the body of a Russian tanker in an open field (in winter) by an Untersturmführer of the 5th SS Tank division "Wiking". The Wiking division was the only panzer division who used captured Soviet armour. Much higher quality than most Soviet military gear of the time, it may have been captured from a Finnish soldier or airman. A great piece of history. Condition is excellent with some cracking and hardening to the rubber coated cord.

 

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WWII RAF flying helmet wiring loom, early Type Q external for Type B and first pattern Type C, D or E helmets, complete with correct receivers and bell plug. Known as Type 26 microphone assembly.

 

Very difficult to fnd on the loose these days - yet missing from many helmets in collections! Excelent used external wiring loom for the early wartime RAF flying helmets. Comprises the Type 26 microphone assembly (Type Q cord in light tan braiding with Type 25 microphone attached), plus Type 16 receivers and bell plug. Plug has residue of old rubberized tape which was popular for gripping plug in case of the need to bail out i a hurry! Overall very good condition and ready for a helmet and mask. Fits the Type E, E* and G mask and tye Type B, C, D or E helmets requiring external wiring.

 

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The best looking Type B helmet I have seen in many years! Superb, very near mint condition B type helmet with guide plates for Mk IV series goggles.

 

This absolutely superb RAF Type B helmet would be very difficult to upgrade. It's a size 1 (so it won't fit you, but you'd be crazy to wear a helmet this nice anyay). It does fit well on a standard male feature styrofoam display head. The dark brown leather is glove soft and unblemished; the lining is extremely clean though it is AID stamped and was issued - the owner has written his name inside (Walpole). It is fitted with guide plates for Mk IV series goggles. This helmet is totally complete. It has its leather zip pullers; telephone holders inside earcups (one rubber and one bakelite); two new / old stock sponge rubber donuts; both Bennett's buckles complete and perfect; metal tip on chin strap; manufacturer's label with the name of the contractor blacked out (correctly; but we can see it's Frank Bryan - and can also see that it's dated 1941). Fantastic deeply embossed A-crown-M stamps on both eather ear cups. A really outstanding example.

 

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Scarce WWII 1943 dated RCAF Canadian Gutta Percha and Rubber Company Type C-2 Oxygen Mask.

 

One of the hardest accessories to find for a good Commonwealth display is this Canadian made rubber oxygen mask. This example is for mating with the early Canadian style "B type" helmets, the type without press stud / snap fasteners. It has long grey elastic straps which hook together around the top of the head and the back of the nexk to keep the mask in place. Moulded in green rubber, the mask is in overall very good condition, with one very small split at the top edge of the nose and very light surface crazing in stress areas. The rubber is very pliable and in good condition. Both straps are marked "Sales Tax License number" for which I have no explanation (unless perhaps these were sold cmmercially after the war?). Unusually, it is fitted with the original plastic nozzle / connector. A very good example of a very scarce oxygen mask.

 

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RARE accessory. Set of ORIGINAL WWII RAF Type B zip ear cups, with chamois donuts attached, good zips, original leather pullers. You can NEVER find these when you need them.

 

Worth having these around because you NEVER know when you are going to need a pair! Original WWII zip ear covers for a Type B helmet. Not quite a perfect matching pair (they very rarely were/are). They are in excellent condition, very celan, leather is soft and pliable, chamois is clean, zips work perfectly. No telephone holders fitted bit they do include a air of NOS sponge rubber cushions.

 

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WWII RAF Mk VII flying goggles fitted with the early issue leather strap. An outstanding example.

 

A beautiful pair of Mk VII goggles in superb condition. No flip screen. Blue frames with 95% original paint, leather chamois pads are very clean, although padding inside has hardened slightly (a bit crunchy) but this does not affect the look or display at all. Light rusting on metal parts. Clear lenses show slight delamination. Fitted with the rare early leather strap. 

 

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WWII RAF "Outdoor Night Simulation" training goggles, complete with box (box marked for Gunnery training goggles) and filter windows.

 

Decent pair of WWII issue RAF outdoor night simulation training goggles (yellow ink stamp on frame 22c/1041). Black rubber mask type frame with clear acetate lenses and brown velvet backing. Clear lenses slightly yellowed. Overall very good condition, probably unused, rubber nice and pliable but been folded up for 70+ years so need to be on display head to "un-kink". Blue grey elastic webbing strap is as new. Offered with the box but box is marked for "Gunner's training goggles" (22c/932). Same box and rubber frame and strap was used for both types. Box includes two black acetate filters (one damaged - see picture).

 

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WWII Battle of Britain period RAF Mk IVB goggles in beautiful condition with soft brown rubber pads. 

 

No flip shield but this lovely example of the classic Battle of Britain goggles have the more scarce brown lacquered metal frames which are in great shape. Most significant is that they have the reddish-brown rubber pads and the pads are still soft and pliable - very unusual. The only negative is delamination / discolouration to the right lens. Lenses can be replaced or actually can be carefully separated and the discoloured lamination removed. Clear maker's name and stores reference details embossed on leather strap.

 

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Stunning WWII AAF bomber pilot's A-2 jacket with original B-17 painting, original patch, named and with some history, together with the same pilot's service dress tunic with all insignia.

 

A beautiful A-2 jacket featuring a well executed paining of a B-17 of the 569th Bomb Squadron / 390th Bomb group "Belle O' the Brawl," together with bombs representing 35 missions. To the front is an original patch of the 814th Bomb Squadron / 482nd Bomb Group (Pathfinders). Jackets with patches and paintings that 'don't match' are not that unuual - for any number of reasons, and this jacket was evidently reissued (ink name inside to J.A.L. serial number 7788). Leather name tag is to F.R. Brown. Lt. Frank R. Brown was with the 569th BS as noted on the 390th BG website. It is possible that the previous owner was with the 814th BS; it is also possible that Brown transferred from the 814th to the 569th. The leather is in very good condition, supple and sound; original Talon zip; original cuffs and wiastband (although waistband has some damage it is fine for display). Jacket is a size 40. The 814th BS patch to front is probably an early, unauthorized prototype design - not the approved final design but is 100% period and original to the jacket. Artwork is in superb shape, though the painted bombs are slightly worn / faded (this was the part that rubbed aginst the seat of the aircraft). Also included is Brown's green SD blouse complete with a lovely pair of pinback LGB wings, medal ribbons, Lt bars, collar devices and a nice stubby wing felt 8th AF shoulder patch. A wonderful original set that offers a great opportunity for further research.

 

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Superb WWII early AAF Type A-6 Flying Boots.

 

The best pair of A-6 Flying Boots I have seen in a very long time. These boots are in outstanding condition, showing only the very slightest amount of use or wear and feature the early brown coating to the rubber. A-6 boots were never common, because the A-6 was quite quickly superseeded by the A-6A with heavier rubber coating and ankle straps.  These boots are size medium, manufactured by Hood with excelent labels on both tongues. They have very slight wear on the soles. The leather / fleece is excellent; no wear, no rubbing, no cracking and the rubber is still as soft and pliable as new. There is a very minor amount of loss to the very edge of the outer rubber coating (top layer only) at the tip of the toe (mostly on left boot - see pictures). The zippers are in perfect, smooth working order. 100% perfect large AAF decals on both boots. 

 

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WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Type N tropical flying helmet (Navy version of the RAF Type D).

 

Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Type N helmet (the navy version of the RAF Type D tropical helmet). This helmet has been referred to for years as the "Navy D Type" but in fact its correct nomenclature is Type N. This is an excellent example and is fitted with its telephone receiver holders, has a good Bennett's buckle and chin strap with metal tip in place and both leather zip pullers all intact. There are some minor stains on one side which can be seen in the photos, but is otherwise excellent. The interior is very clean. This is the very early type with fore-and-aft goggles strap rabs, the front pair going down and the rear pair going up. It is named on the inside of the neck flap but the brown ink has faded and is difficult to make out.

 

Both zips work fine and the telephone housings are fitted with a noice set of A-crown-M marked grey sponge rubber inserts. Appears to be a size 2 (medium). Fits perfectly on a male feature styrofoam display head as shown.

 

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WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Immersion Suit flying helmet (Type C in white leather), fully wired.

 

Quite a scarce helmet to find and one that has always been of great interest and stirred many conversations. The helmet was an integral part of the Mk I and II immersion suits which were issued on a very limited basis at the end of WWII and then for some time afterwards, giving rise to the notion that this is a post-war helmet. Admiralty Fleet Orders (AFOs) of 1945 indicate that the suit was already in use – and photographic evidence from the IWM shows the suit being worn by Fairey Barracuda crews during the war. It was later worn by ASR crews on helicopters as well as pilots and aircrews flying over cold water regions. Regardless of the arguments, it is a great looking helmet!

 

This example is in very good condition, with normal wear and only very slight discolouration to the white leather. The leather is in great condition, soft and pliable. The helmet is fully wired with an internal loom, cord and plug, and has a beautiful crisp Admiralty crown and anchor embossed into the left hand side, just in front of the earcup. A good size 2 (medium).

 

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Beautiful early model RAF Type B Flying Helmet by B. Sterling, dated 1935 and in very good condition.

 

B. Sterling was the first contractor to make the Type B and this is a 1935 dated example, the first year made. Sterling helmets are very desirable among collectors and are considered the best made of all of them. The early date means that the helmet was most likely in use before and possibly during the Battle of Britain, probably by a pilot who completed his training by about 1937 or 38 and would have been an experienced pilot by 1940. The printed silk label is worn, but it is clearly identifiable as a B. Sterling and the date of 1935 is still visible.

 

The leather is in very good condition for being 80 years old, still supple with no damage or signs of rot, just very light surface wear. The interior chamois lining is very clean (fortunately the wearer didn't use a lot of Brylcreme!) and no tears or damage. The left hand padded donut ring has a small split at the seam (visible in the picture) but barely noticeable.

 

As is often the case, the bakelite rings which housed the telephone receivers have been removed, probably 75 years ago. These were often removed because they simply got in the way.

 

Both leather zipper pullers are present.

Both Bennett's buckles are in good working order with leather covering intact. 

The V-shaped metal tip is still present on the chin strap.

3 of the 4 snap fasteners retain their full lacquer coating, the 4th has about 80%.

It is a large size. Either a size 3 or size 4 (not legible on the label but my guess is a size 3).

The helmet has a crisp A-crown-M stamp and 22C/65 embossed on the right hand side.

 

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Luftwaffe "Channel Trousers" – Mediterranean  issue pattern in perfect, unworn condition.

 

LW flight suit pants as issued to fighter pilots and other aircrews in the Mediterranean / North Africa theatre, made from light brown woven fabric, unlined and featuring multiple pockets and special compartments for carrying survival equipment including smoke canisters, flares and flare pistol, signal flag, ration kit and more. All buttons and zips are original and in good working order. Fly front zip is metal "ZIPP" brand, both leg zips are metal "RAPID" brand and side pockets are white plastic RiRi type, indicating later wartime manufacture.  There is a clear ink stamping inside waistband with RB Nr. 0/0380/0121 and size 1A. The condition of these rare trousers cannot be overstated and would be impossible to upgrade. They show no wear or use, no fading, no snags – just about perfect! Three original late war “double clip” lanyards are included (almost always missing) for attaching survival equipment to inside of pockets (such as flare pistol, Blendspiegel / signal mirror etc.). Though issued as part of a two-piece suit, the pants were more often worn alone with a shirt or leather jacket – hence they are extremely rare, especially in this condition. See Escape / Evasion / Survival page for accessories carried in these pants.

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Battle of Britain period Type B flying helmet.

 

No label attached, and no signs of one, so it may have been removed many years ago in compliance with the Air Ministry Order of late 1940 /early 41 to delete / obliterate all reference to manufacturers of military issue clothing to avoid the factory becoming a legitimate target for bombing. This however looks like a typical Frank Bryan made helmet. Very nicely made and in excellent condition. Nice clean chamois interior, very good supple leather. Retains rubber telephone receiver cups. Leather covering has worn off chin strap Bennett's buckle but raer buckle retains leather. Also chin strap is missing the metal tip. Otherwise this is a great example of this rare and desirable collector's item. 

 

Both zip pullers are present and zips work fine. Appears to be a size 2 (medium). Fits perfectly on a male feature styrofoam display head as shown.

 

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WWII Luftwaffe “Sanitatspack fur Seenotproviantboje." First Aid Kit contained in survival buoy dropped from rescue aircraft to pilots and aircrews in dinghies.

 

A very rare item of survival gear.Aluminium tin marked "Sanitatspack für Seenotproviantboje" which was part of the rescue equipment contained in a floating buoy dropped by rescue aircraft flying over downed or ditched airmen at sea until a proper rescue could be arranged. Not complete but with the following contents:

 

4 small wound bandages dated 1943 (one opened but unused / undamaged)

1 large paper wrapped bundle of pads (opened but unused / undamaged)

1 tourniquet with linen label made by “Asko” and marked “D.R.G.M.”

12 Black enameled safety pins

1 sheet metal candle holder

2 small corks

2 small paper wrapped packs of “antineuraigicae” tablets

1 large bandage dated 1943

1 tube of “Borsalbe” still sealed in cellophane wrapper

 

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EXTREMELY RARE Luftwaffe Farbbeutel sea dye marker pack, first type FL 30028, complete and full with dye, unused condiiton.

 

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 on the front and instructions on the reverse. The rubberized fabric shows a little wear with some worn spots / small holes at the edges. It is slightly open at the top through which the cotton pouch containing the flourescine dye block can be seen. Still fitted with lanyard and spring hook for attaching to life vest or Channel pants.  This was a heavy and bulky item and later versions were reduced slightly in size. Overall condition is outstanding for being 75 years old.

 

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Scarce RAF WWII double plug adaptor for 2 flying helmet jack plugs. Used in aircraft where two crew positions were close together (such as Mosquito, Catalina, Liberator, Fortress etc.).

 

2-into-1 jack plug for RAF aircraft radio used i aircarft where two crew positions were side-by-side or close together. Two female plug jacks 10H/2206 (each of which attaches to the cord  / plug from a flying helmet) wired to a single male plug jack (10H/735 - 10H/10991). Entire assemby is in excellent conditon and appears to be unissued.

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EXTREMELY RARE and possibly ONE-OF-A-KIND modified / experimental or trial WWII USAAF anti-flak helmet H-28-CL.

 

Towards the end of WWII the US Army Air Forces were making great strides in protective clothing and headgear for aircrews, following the lead of Colonel Malcolm Grow, Chief Flight Surgeon for the 8th Air Force. The leather covered M-4 (or "Grow" helmet) was devloped initially with Wilkinson Sword Company in England before production in the US was fully instigated. An extension of the M-4 was "Project H-28-CL" which added ear plates to the M-4 shell. No one seems certain why the H-28-CL had a yellow star sewn to the top, although I suspect it indicates that a different type of metal was used for the armour plates, perhaps making the "star" helmets more effective against certain types of projectile (the word "Project" suggests ongoing trials and testing). The skull design of overlapping plates was exactly the same on both the M-4 and H-28-CL helmets, so it would have been easy to confuse the two types during production - hence the distinctive star for the H-28-CL.

 

This example of the H-28-CL, which surfaced recently in a barn clearance in Minnesota, appears to be part of a trial development, and features the addition of canvas suspension straps sewn directly into the helmet, as well as foam padding to the front, rear and inside the ear flaps. These modifications are clearly period. The helmet shows some age and storage, but displays well and is, in all likelihood, a one-of-a-kind item for the collector of flak armour and protective flying kit.

 

There is no damage to the steel structure, but the leather covering shows wear, with some scuffing, a couple of surface gouges and overall dryness. The metal is showing through on the edge of one ear flap. The sewn yellow star is grubby but totally intact. The chamois lining has at some time been exposed to moisture and is stained, with a torn area. The front and rear foam pads have dried and crumbled (but are not sticky) although the pads in the ear flaps are fine. The factory label is intact and the helmet retains its original chin strap with "Lift-the-Dot" fastener.

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Extremely rare WWII Soviet Russian flying helmet complete with wired receivers.

 

WWII USSR flying helmet complete with receivers.  Brown leather helmet, lined with short curly fur (yak) and fitted with black painted metal receiver covers. Pattern is very similar to the German LKpS100 helmet, after which it was patterned, but differs in having longer front goggle strap tabs, oxygen mask hooks placed higher and further to the rear of the helmet and a leather strap for securing the central oxygen mask strap. Fitted with a medium length braided cord but the plug has been removed. Good label inside although the printing is difficult to read and understand. Apart from the plug, helmet is complete and in very good condition. Although similar to Luftwaffe helmets, this Soviet model was made without throat microphones (they were never fitted). Overall very nice and displayable and an extremely rare flying helmet.

 

Note: Goggles are NOT included. The goggles are original WWII manufacture (type without raised vents). Rubber cushions are not in great condition but might be restored or improved cosmetically. Rubber is hard and crazed but not sticky and they do still flex. 

 

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WWII Canadian made RCAF mesh / summer flying helmet together with its matched Gutta Percha and Rubber Company oxygen mask and full wiring harness with cord and plug.

 

A rare and hard to find ensemble. The helmet mesh is in excellent condition, no nicks, no rips and no repairs. Labelled: Buffalo Cap & Neckwear Ltd. Size 5. Snap fasteners are strong and corrosion free, the leather is clean and pliable showing no sign of rot or dryness. The microphone boom is flexible and intact with full length lead and correct rubber bell plug, all without damage. The chin strap / cup are absent, which is not unusual for this helmet when worn with a mask (the mask did not interface well with the helmet chin cup; the mask took the place of the chin cup in securing the helmet to the head in the same way that German Net Helmets did). This helmet is extremely rare to find with the complete and correct wiring harness.

 

Mask is also in very good, pliable condition with no signs of cracking. One very slight (3mm) split at the bridge of the nose. Lacks hose and appears to have been modified to accept a RAF style hose which is separated at the connector, however a correct replacement Canadian made hose is included. Elastic webbing straps retain fairly good elasticity. Metal fittiing are rust free and complete with blackened finish except for the high points. Microphone and lead are intact and without any damage. Mask is marked with the following information: CANADA -  6D/140 - GP&R.LTD - C2 1942.

The webbing harness is also stamped RCAF. Replacement hose lacks connector but is in as new condition, and stamped: CANADA - CI 1942 - GP&R.LTD

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RARE WWII RAF survival aid provided with multi-place dinghies:

seawater desalination kit, dated 1942.

 

WWII survival aid issued with raft kits to RAF and USAAF crews: 1942 dated Air Ministry seawater desalination kit. Complete, intact, unopened and still sealed with heavy black cloth tape. The tape has pulled away partially to reveal markings on the side of the acetate and give a clearer picture of the instructions inside. Measures 5” x 3” x 3”  and the acetate has darkened slightly with age but the instructions are clearly visible, as is the AM date code of 1942. Another very rare survival item.  

 

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RARE original WWII RAF Type E oxygen mask complete with correct thin breathing tube, plus full length wiring loom with telephone receivers, jack plug and scarce built-in high-low impedence switch box.

 

A genuine 1941 production Type E oxygen mask – not the later modified Type E* (E-star). The Type E is the rarest of all RAF oxygen masks used in WWII and the first moulded rubber mask issued. it was also issued to the American Eagle Squadrons flying with the RAF. This is a decent example in good displayable condition. The rubber has firmed up with time and is considerably less pliable than when new, but is not hard or brittle overall and can still be flexed with care. It has maintained its shape well and therefore looks good on display. The edges of the mask are a little hard in a couple of areas, with some minor loss of rubber at the top. The left hand side shows some surface crazing/cracking when flexed but with proper care this should not become an issue. The chamois has been reinforced at the bridge but this appears to be a period addition. Mask is fitted with the correct thin breathing tube although it lacks the circlip for securing it in place. It is also fitted with the full length wiring loom, plug jack, telephone receivers and the scarce high-low impedence switchbox. Whilst not in perfect condition, any Type E mask must be considered extremely rare and this complete mask assembly is priced accordingly.

 

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Rare Luftwaffe signal mirror "Blendspiegel" in white carrying case.

 

Polished steel reflective "mirror" measuring 6.25" x 3.25" (160 mm x 83 mm) with 100% instuction decal remaining on the "non-polished" side, complete with its soft cotton fitted slip case, printed with "Blendspiegel" and FL 415610. Carried by Luftwaffe aircrews, mainly fighter pilots, in the pocket of their flight suits or "Channel pants" and used in the event of crashing, ditching or baling out to attract the attention of aircraft and ships while awaiting rescue. This example is in exceptional condition, with minor surface scratches to steel and no damage to case, just light staining from age. Luftwaffe survival items are scarce, and this has never been a common item, but is rare to find in such good condition.

 

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Late WWII RAF Type C flying helmet in very good condition, fully wired with telephone receivers, cord and plug.

 

WWII RAF Type C flying helmet of the so-called "second" internally wired pattern with extra tabs to rear for securing the cord in place. There is no evidence to back up the idea that these "5-tab" helmets were a post-WWII development. The "first" internally wired Type C (without the extra tabs) was introduced in 1943, followed by the internally wired Types D and E helmets in 1944 and 1945 respectvely, which both featured this 5 tab rear. This modification was to facilitate changing the somewhat fragile electrical cords and was incorporated into the Type C pattern. Although the Type C (and E) helmet continued in use long after the war, production was reduced and finally halted soon after the war's end, partly because there was a huge stockpile of helmets, but also because the RAF was cut drastically in size.

 

This example is a size 2 (medium) making it perfect for display. The leather is in excellent shape, with crisp markings (broad arrow and 22C number). Chamois lining is slightly grubby  from wear, and there is very slight fraying on the edge of the chin strap. Rubber ear cups are flexible. Wiring is intact and retains the fragile paper label. Overall a very good used helmet.

 

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RARE early WWII RAF issue RAF "Suits, Aircrew, Blouse" with escape compass buttons and a lovely flat pilot wing.

 

Sometimes incorrectly referred to as a "Battledress" (Battledress - or BD was only issued to the army). The earliest of these short jacket suits were issued in late 1941 / early 1942 and were ONLY issued to aircrews and ONLY to be worn while on ops - therefore it was a flying suit. By 1944 the order was changed to allow daily wear by all branches of the RAF but the pattern was changed slightly and they became known as War Service Dress. This 1942 dated example has all the characteristics of the early issue: internal map pockets, stamped, dished metal buttons and a more generous cut. It is in excellent condition, with light wear inside the collar and one small area of mothing concealed in the folds at the back above the waistbelt. A flat RAF pilot wing (Canadian made) is affixed and pilot officer rank lace to the shoulder staps. The label is part printed and part typewritten and lists it as Size 4: height 5' 5" / 5' 6" - breast 34" - 35" and waist 31". Made by Long Brothers. Perhaps most interesting is that when I received this many years ago, it had no buttons to the cuffs - but inside the breast pocket I found a set of 2 steel compass buttons (one with a short spike, the other magnetized to balance on the spike and point north). I can only assume that these were never sewn on or were sewn on and later removed and stowed in the pocket. The escape compass is included with the blouse. An excellent example of what is these days a very rare early flying suit jacket.

 

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WWII RAF Type G oxygen mask in Large size fitted with Type 48 microphone, short cord and plug.

 

WWII RAF Type G oxygen mask showing little use but some storage / age wear and soiling. The inside is extremely clean with its suede trim showing no wear at all, but is grubby externally from storage. If I were to hazard a guess I would say this was used mostly as a microphone mask, being held to the face only when speaking, but not worn against the face because the suede lining shows absolutely no use. The harness has stretched out and faded, but the rubber is solid with one of two very small nicks at the outer edge. No signigicant cracks or splits and no signs of hardening or perishing. Retains copper nosewire and short copper wire securing harness. A nice early wartime example moulded in green rubber which has darkened evenly with age and has the heavier stippling to the top (to prevent freezing). Fitted with the early flat hook for attraching to the flying helmet. Microphone has the usual amount of wear to the black lacquer finish but in good condition and still has stores tag attached. The mask is marked as Size Large.

 

See ACCESSORIES page for hose.

 

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WWII RAF Type C flying helmet, second pattern in a large size, complete with internal wiring loom, receivers and plug.

 

Very good, used example of the second pattern, internally wired Type C flying helmet, introduced in 1943. this is a true wartime example, the "first" model of the internally wired helmets with the cord entering at the back of the helmets and not emreging until right below the earcups. What some refer to as the "three tab" helmet (as opposed to the "five tab" later version). Early ight reddish brown wring loom, correct Type C receivers. Bell-shaped jack plug bakelite has slight damage to edge but plug still functions - could be replaced easily if desired. Leather is in beautiful condition, nice and soft. Chamois lining is also in good condition but soiled from Brylcreeme or similar hair dressing at ears and neck. A large size 3 (though unmarked).

 

Did not come with a mask, but would look great with the G mask listed below!

 

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Ultra-rare 1918-1919 RAF officer's "Horizon blue" peaked cap.

 

Without doubt one of the rarest British or Commonwealth Air Force uniform items. I have owned three of the "Horizon" blue tunics, but this is the first officer's cap I have ever come across. The "Horizon" blue was used only for a few months in 1918-1919 after the newly formed Air Ministry decided that the Royal Air Force should have its own uniform colour and design. The colour was alternately known as "French" blue or "Russian" blue, because the armies of both those countries used it. Legend has it that a quantity of the fabric intended for Russian cavalry uniforms became available because of the Russian Revolution, and that it was used as a trial for the RAF. In the end, the Air Minsitry decided it was too bright and garish, and opted for the more muted blue grey still in use today. However, several RAF officers had by this time had uniforms tailored from the fabric. Those are now highly sought after collector's items. This cap is in very good condition for its age. There is one very noticeable hole, 0.5" x 0.25" to the rear of the top, where a rodent has chewed it, but no other damage or holes. The chin strap is stiff but intact and the patent leather peak has some indenttation where the chin strap has rested in storage. Its rarity cannot be overstated and this item is fully guaranteed to be 100% original and authentic.

 

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Important early First World War Royal Flying Corps officer pilot's uniform tunic with cuff rank and superb pilot wings, named to a DSO winner and with some research.

 

A superb example of an early WWI period four-pocket RFC tunic with cuff rank lace, named to J.H.A. Landon, DSO a well-known officer from the Essex Regiment as well as the RFC and early RAF. The garment is in very good condition for its age, without any serious damage. All badges appear to be present and are original. The RFC pilot’s wings alone are quite spectacular. Landon's name is hand written in old and faded reddish-brown ink which has bled slightly but is still discernable, and an old paper tag bearing his name has been attached in the long distant past.  

Landon was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps as a Flying Officer shortly after the outbreak of hostilities, and embarked for France that December. Flying operationally in Vickers F.B. 5s of No. 5 Squadron - otherwise known as the “Gun Bus” - until the summer of 1915, he participated in an important chapter in the history of the Royal Flying Corps, namely the development of fighter tactics via numerous combats. However, it was back on the home establishment that October that Landon experienced his most serious “prang”, when engine failure caused his aircraft to nose-dive into the ground from 50 feet, ‘completely destroying the aircraft and rendering Captain Landon insensible’. In fact, as established at a subsequent Medical Board, he had suffered extensive bruising and a deep puncture wound over his left tibia.

Notwithstanding these injuries, he served as an instructor at the Central Flying School in the first half of 1916, where he was advanced to Squadron Commander in March, following which he was appointed C.O. of No. 41 Squadron, which unit he took to France that October. Initially based at Abeele, No. 41 Squadron commenced operational flying in F.E. 8s in support of the Somme offensive, but it was not until early 1917 that its combat successes started to mount, as well as its casualties. In June, four pilots were killed in action, two wounded and two taken prisoner. Landon was awarded the D.S.O. and mentioned in dispatches (London Gazette 15 May 1917 refers), and relinquished his command in August 1917.

 A google search of “RFC JHA Landon” will return multiple results and a full biography can be found in the archived auction catalogue at which Landon's medals sold for £3,000 in 2008. This is an outstanding example of an RFC officer’s four-pocket tunic and a rare opportunity to own a unique piece of RFC history.

 

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EXTREMELY RARE WWII (1943 dated) Russian / Soviet Air Force figher pilot's seat type parachute assembly.

 

Any and all parachute equipment surving from WWII is rare to find these days, but this is the first and only example of a Russian parachute I have ever encountered, and must be considered one of the rarest items of WWII flying equipment. The assembly comprises the harness, of grey webbing and will all metal hardware and clips intact, the pack, of heavy cotton canvas, and the well padded seat cushion. The only components missing are the silk canopy and the D-ring / ripcord. Soviet parachutes were designed without back pads so the assembly is complete in terms of being displayable. If desired, a German Luftwaffe D ring could be used.

 

The assembly is in very good condition overall, the pack is well marked and includes what I believe are the original blue elastic bungee cords. 

 

Rareness cannot be overstated.

 

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Early wartime Luftwaffe Aircraft First Aid Kit with all contents.

 

Very early Luftwaffe aircraft first aid kit for multi-place aircraft. Built like a small suitcase from hard canvas with leather straps and buckles, hard case with leather "Red Cross" emblem to lid (sewn on). It appears to have all contents because it is full and includes bandages of different types, tourniquet, eye patch and more. Brandbinde contents dated 1938 and 1939. Really remarkable item in extremely good condition. One of the leather securing straps lacks its metal tip, otherwise case is totally intact with only minor wear.

 

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Late or post-war Spanish summer flying helmet patterned after talian and German types.

 

Based upon a combination of WWII Italian and German patterns, this helmet was originally listed as being WWII Italian but has subsequently been identified as Spanish. At the end of WWII, the Spanish Air Force (under Franco) reformed and re-equipped. Among the aircraft Spain purchased after the war were the Casa (Spanish built Heinkel III) and Buchon (Spanish built Me 109 fittted with Rolls Royce engines. All new equipment and cloting for pilots and aircrews included this well made summer weight flying helmet. Made from green cotton with a satin lining, it featured the double chin straps of the Luftwaffe and Italian Type M helnet, combined with the "snail" type ear cups of the early Regia Aertonautica summer type helmets. A great looking helmet and in a very large size. Would serve as a Battle of Britain period Italian helmet for re-enacting.

 

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RARE and unique 1938 dated Luftwaffe life vest model SWp 734 (later designated model 10-30) full back inflatable design in red rubberized canvas, complete with history and provenance. 

 

Extremely rare WWII Luftwaffe life vest type SWp734 /10-30 made from RED rubberized canvas. First inflatable style, full back life vest with research regarding its actual use by a downed Luftwaffe Me 109 fighter pilot in combat over Norway in 1940 and a letter of provenance from the man who retrieved it and got the story from eyewitnesses. The standard colour for these rare early style vests was plae yellow, though examples have been seen in brown, and are believed to have been manufactured in blue canvas. Period photographs do show a red vest in use, but this is the only known surviving. Because of its use, history and storage in a boatyard for more than 20 years, the red rubberized canvas is smeared in places with oil, probably diesel (either from an oil slick in the water or being in the boathouse). It has stiffened a little, and some of the interior rubber has crumbled and there are a few small surface cracks, although these do not detract from its appearance. It remains in solid displayable condition and is still flexible enough to be placed on a mannequin, or wil lie flat and looks great. Woven label (made by Draeger). CO2 cartridge (used / inert) is dated 1938. Really great piece of history. 

 

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Luftwaffe Armbandkompass in pristine, unissued condition, with original labeled cardboard box and rare leather strap extension.

 

Luftwaffe pilot and navigator's (observer's) ARMBANDKOMPASS AK-39  (still contained in its original cardboard box as issued. This is the second version of the Armbandkompass made with the higher visibility white face. While these armbandkompasses are not especially rare, they are getting more and more difficult to track down in good condition - and this example would be virtually impossible to upgrade. Never used and probably rarely even removed from its box, the compass and leather strap are like new. It includes the seldom seen extesnion for the strap, also in unissued / unused condition (this was to enable the compass to be worn over a bulky flight suit or around the thigh). The box is still held together with paper tape and has a paper label with the Luftwaffe FL number FL 23235-1. A remarkable find.

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1915 dated RFC / RNAS Triplex goggles 

 

WWI era Triplex flying goggles of the type worn by both Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service pilots and observers, complete and in excellent condition with original leatherette covered hard case still having its stickers. All flying equipment prior to 1917 was privately purchased as airmen were expected to be officers and self-supporting. The goggles comprise nickel plated frames, laminated (patented) Triplex Safety lenses, cloth inner sprung surrounds with faux fur cushions. The Triplex logo is embossed in gold on leather tabs joining the elastc strap on both sides, and the central hinge is stamped with what appears to be a patent date of Aug 1915 (it's not complete and clear). The strap lost its elasticity. Overall these rare goggles are in excellent condition.

 

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Stunning US Army Air Forces 8th Air Force fighter pilot headgear ensemble, comprising a RAF C type helmet, A-14 oxygen mask and AN6530 goggles. 

 

Superb representative example of the headgear worn by AAF fighter pilots flying from bases in England from 1942 to 1945. The RAF C type helmet was the preferred helmet - issued to AAF fighter pilots initally because US radio communications gear was in short supply, and later because many of the aircraft were built to British Air Ministry specs (the P-47, P-51 included) and were therefore fitted with radios set up with standard British frequencies. The C type helmet later became a badge of honour for AAF pilots, showing that they had been "over there" from the early days. Helmet comes fitted with ANB-H-1 receivers and a Type A-14 mask fitted with the US made T-44 microphone and maroon braided wiring loom compatible with British radios, complete with a US made RAF style bell plug. Completing the outfit is a pair of AN6530 goggles with amber lenses (for improved vision through daylight haze). The whole outfit shows use but no abuse or damage. This is a scarce first pattern Type C helmet with leather chin strap and Bennett buckle fastening, front and rear goggle straps. It is probably a size 3 (large) and has been modified by adding one more snap / press stud fastener to the left hand side for better fitting of the A-14 mask harness. Inside shows typical "Brylcreem" soiling. The mask, datred 5-44, remains supple and pliable, with good rubber and webbing straps. The nosewire is beginning to show through (see pictures). The goggles have very light oxidation to frames but the rubber cushion has very light surface crazing but remains soft and pliable with no "stickiness" or hardening. An outstanding display item. As with most of its type, no name or ID - but quite definitely the real thing.

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Fantastic named WW2 AAF "Hump" pilot A-2 grouping, including Chinese and Korean awards.

 

Grouping of items belonging to Robert E. Burnham, who retired as a Lt. Colonel from the USAF in 1969 after a long and distinguished career. Burnham flew with the Air Transport Command in WW2, racking up 450 hours over the "Hump" (Himalayas) in C-54 aircraft. This grouping includes everything you see in the pictures: His service issued A-2 jacket in excellent condition, size 42, with name tag to front, multi-piece leather AAF patch to left sleeve and matching CBI patch to right sleeve (note: CBI patch was damaged in service but later restored by adding the white star back). Original cuffs and waistband are in good shape with a few small holes here and there but nothing serious. This grouping also includes his WW2 Air Medal (unnamed and missing loop), medal ribbons and combat clasp, white silk scarf, marksman badge and various collar devices, embroidered pilot wings, numbered and boxed China War Memorial medal, Chinese commemorative pilot wings and various Korean Award documents. This jacket is featured in American Flight Jackets, Airmen and Aircraft by Jon Maguire and John Conway (Schiffer).

 

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WWII Royal New Zealand Air Force service dress tunic and cap to a Wellington bomber pilot KIA in 1941.

 

Cap and Tunic belonging to Flying Officer R.S. Chisholm, RNZAF

Pilot with 103 squadron. Chisholm was killed in 1941 and is listed on Panel 29 of the Runnymeade Memorial.

Uniform comprises:  RNZAF officer’s service dress cap. A very unusual maker / tailor, the cap is marked on the leather band “Kaiapoi” – a small town near the city of Canterbury, New Zealand. This is only the second NZ made cap I have ever seen! The name R.S. Chisholm is hand inked alongside. Cap is in very good condition,  high quality, with the early style “squared” peak with the green backing. Diamond quilted lining. Shows use but no damage, and though leather band has come unstitched in a couple of places, it could easily be resewn if desired, but not really necessary. There are two small moth nips on the underside of the back of the cap which do not show when displayed. Comes with the RNZAF service dress tunic. Well tailored from blue barathea with a blue grey silk / satin lining. A beautiful and rare RNZAF pilot wing and New Zealand shoulder titles. NZ brass buttons. No labels or markings of any kind. Separate belt is attached to back  of tunic in two places but one set of stitching has separated.  

 

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RCAF / RCN Fleet Air Arm intermediate flying helmet in unissued, unworn condition.

 

Late WWII period RCAF / RCN Fleet Air Arm flying helmet made to the pattern of the RAF Type C, with leather zip-ear compartments for telephone receivers. Zips are marked Lightning Canada. Grey green cotton outer is in perfect condition and has a nice sheen to it. The blanket lining is unused / unworn with heavy cotton twill padded "donuts". The matching cotton / chamois lined chin-strap buckles to both sides with a snap fastener on the right for quick removal. There are two small worn spots on the chamois from the buckle, and some oxidation to the plating on the left hand buckle. Nice printed label inside to Palter Cap Company, Toronto, and sized at 7-1/4. This is quite a scarce helmet.

 

Note: RCAF marked sponge rubber inserts for the zip ear compartments can be supplied at $20 per pair.

 

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Rare RAF / Fleet Air Arm emergency floating signal lamp for 1941 pattern "Mae West" life jacket with box.

 

WWII RAF / Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm issue life jacket / Mae West emergency floating signal lamp. This is a rare version of the official issue pattern life vest lamp, issued primarily to Fleet Air Arm pilots and aircrews who believed tat the standard white light bulb (on RAF issue lamps) would not be visible in the ocean at night, especially among the phosphorescent waves. Instead they preferred a red light (which is why many FAA crews used the smaller but less long lasting Easco type lamp as issued to ships' crews). This is the official issue lamp for aircrew use and fitting into the pocket of the 1941 pattern Mae West. Identical to the RAF type and procured though the Air Ministry / War Department, except the metal battery housing is green instead of blue. The official broad arrow stamp and stores ref. number 5A/ 2728 is embossed on the battery housing. It still has it's March, 1943 dated paper label attached and is contained in it's original factory produced GEC box (General Electric Co. of England). As with most of these lamps, the red and black rubber covering of the wire has deteriorated and is flaking / crumbling, otherwise this rare lamp is in very good condition.

 

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Extremely rare Luftwaffe fighter pilot's leg / boot flare strap in blue grey cloth for carrying up to 10 flare cartridges. 

 

Blue cotton fabric flare strap with 10 loops for holdng flare cartridges. 24.5" long x 1.5" wide. This is a very rare survival accessory, worn by Luftwaffe crews around the lower leg above or sometimes over the top of the flying boot. The friction / slide buckle is of the correct design and features a small v-shaped notch concealed by the fabric covering. The blue grey cotton fabric is marked with the RB mumber 0/1001/10038 and a stylized "r". In excellent condition, the metal buckle has a light age patina. 

 

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Incredible set of WWII RAF Battle of Britain Mk IVB flying goggles, complete in original box in virtually mint, unissued condition, with all accessories.

 

One of the best sets of these iconic Battle of Britain era flying goggles I have ever seen and very difficult to upgrade. The brass frames are dent free and retain 99% of their original mat black painted finish. The lenses are clear with no signs of delamination, leather strap and elastic loops are like new. The box shows some wear from storage but has protected the goggles well. Included inside is a smaller cardboard box conatining extra lenses, still wrapped in paper (these showing some delamination), unused but slightly dried out "Everclear" stick for defogging the lenses, and the special tool / spanner for undoing the central nut that secures the polarising screen (flip shield). Still wrapped in brown paper, the polarising screen, with its hinged ratchet mechanism, is in perfect condition. Also included are a complete set of unused guide plates (4 pieces, left and right) for mounting the goggles to a Type B helmet. The extremely rare brass loops with snaps that secure the elastic loops to the guide plates are also present. Completing the set is an unused leather and chamois brow pad / extension for sewing to the front of the helmet. The conditon of these goggles is outstanding, with perhaps the most amazing feature being the foam rubber cushions mounted to the back of the frames, which are still soft and spongy, not hard and misshapen or sticky and melted as normally found.

 

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1942 dated Luftwaffe technician's or mechanic's overalls in blue denim HBT.

 

Scarce item that represents the hard working technicians who kept the Luftwaffe aircraft fueled, armed and flying. Blue denim Herringbone Twill (HBT) pattern overalls with dark grey blanket wool lining and pressed metal buttons. Great printed label which is faint but legible and shows a date of 1942 and maker's C&D Dressel. Nice embroidered LW eagle above pocket on front. Sleeves are lined with cotton and can be tightened with tab / strap and button. Ankles have a gusset which can be tightened with a tie string. Overall condition is very good and they retain a nice dark blue colour.

 

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