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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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Outstanding, boxed Air Ministry marked split-second Lemania stopwatch Mk VB used by observers and navigators for timing bombing / torpedo runs. This example used by a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm observer.

 

This is a superb RAF / FAA issue observer / navigator's Mk VB stopwatch in its original box and in perfect running order. This timepiece was actually issued to an observer in the Fleet Air Arm who flew Swordfish and later Grumman Avenger aircraft. I can supply details of his service to the buyer. Serial numbered 860/39 indicating 1939 production, the movement, though unmarked, was by Lemania. It was repaired, cleaned and overhauled in October 1942 at the Royal Naval Aircraft workshops as is noted on the box label: the watchmaker who cleaned it even wrote the date and his personal mark on the dial. This came directly from the veteran's family and was lovingly looked after all these years. The pictures speak for themselves. A very rare timepiece.

 

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Excellent example of a RAF Battle of Britain period Type B flying helmet.

 

A superb example of the iconic Type B helmet worn by RAF pilots during the Battle of Britain. The dark brown leather is excellent and untouched, the chamois lining slightly grubby but cleaner than most, with one small worn spot on the chamois "donut." The diamond shaped manufacturer's label has been removed (in compliance with Air Minsitry regulations of late 1940) but the shape of the label, as well as the cut and quality of the helmet, would suggest perhaps a Wareings and of early vintage. Inside there is a faint ink stamping of the A-crown-M and a size 2, but this is a generous size 2 and fits a styrofoam display head more like a size 3 (large). The owner has modified it by adding two sew-on snap fasteners to the rear opening to secure it in the closed position, and a serial number is hand written in red ink. Helmet is complete with both leather zip pullers, receiver holders and sponge pads, both Bennett buckles with leather covering and metal tip on chin strap. A beautiful example of a very desirable helmet.

 

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Original named Great War US Naval aviator's leather flying coat, trousers and gloves with history.

 

Every once in a while something comes along that is truly spectacular, not just rare, but a museum quality collector's item. This is one of those.

 

Comprises a fantastic flying coat, pants and gloves all to WWI US Naval aviator (no. 231) who served in England and France, then shipped home to Massachusetts and was killed in a flying accident in 1919. All in fantastic condition. The coat is similar style to RFC (light chestnut tan leather, butter soft and in superb condition) and has all his stations inscribed on the back. Matching leather pants have some wear / damage at the waistband but otherwise excellent. Gloves also match and in excellent shape. You can search him online: Lt. Charles L. Ostridge.
Ostridge was born in Massachusetts, went to Boston College and became US Naval aviator no. 231. The names of the places he was stationed, both overseas and stateside are inscribed on the back of the coat as follows:
Pensacola (Fla), London (UK),Calshot (UK), Bembridge (UK), Cherbourg (France), Le Havre (France), Paris (France), Lough Foyle (Ireland), Queens Town (Ireland), Hampton Roads (Virginia), Chatham (Mass)
Obviously worth a lot more research! Coat is very similar to the RFC issue coat, except shorter. Made by Kenyon, NY, It buttons up to the neck, has the huge map pocket to the chest and bellows pockets to the lower skirt. Beautiful chestnut tan leather with a blanket lining.
The trousers are similar leather, made by Abercrombie & Fitch. The waist shows some damage (probably sweating. Could be restored but does not show when displayed). "Ensign Ostridge" is inscribed around the waistband. Note one of the earliest uses of a “sliding fastener”  (zipper) which had only just come into commercial use. Except for the waistband these are very clean and still have the original leather cinch ties at the cuffs (for tucking into boots).
Beautiful matching leather gloves in great condition, both stamped “The Joseph Eisendrath Co, Contract October 6, 1917". (Eisendrath were official contractors to the USN and USMC). A rare opportunity to own a grouping of superb flying clothing to an original US Naval aviator with considerable history.

 

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REPLICA Luftwaffe Tropical / Mediterranean Channel suit jacket.

 

Normally I do not offer replica or reproduction items for sale on this website, but genuine examples of this item are very scarce, and this early reproduction is actually well made and quite convincing except for a couple of notable features. It is offered as a consignment from a collector and will fill a gap for the collector on a budget or until a genuine one turns up. It may also be of use to a re-enactor. It is made from the same cloth as that used for original jackets, flying helmets, etc. It is fully lined in grey cotton twill (originals were unlined). It has a fully working black plastic RiRi zip fastener which, though appearing identical to wartime examples, differs slightly in the way the separating ends fasten together. The snaps, though marked "Original Prym" have an engraved pattern unlike wartime types, and the sleeves lack the concealed inner elasticated cuffs. Other than that, the jacket has its open map pocket, internal webbing draw tapes to secure it around the waist and the leather oxygen mask clip tabs. It shows no wear or damage but some age, so it is not a brand new jacket. There are no markings on it. Size wise it measures 23" from armpit to armpit (outside) so I would guess it would fit a 42"–44" chest. Sleeve length is 24" from shoulder seam to edge of cuff. I am guessing it is quite old in itself, and uses many original parts.

 

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RARE 1939 dated RAF / RCAF 1932 pattern green life vest  "Mae West" made in Canada by Dominion Rubber Company.

 

An excellent and extremely rare 1932 pattern life vest "Mae West" - Canadian made by Dominion Rubber Company but marked with both RCAF and RAF stores ref. information suggesting these might have been shipped to the UK for use during the Battle of Britain. One of the rarest and most sought after items of fling clothing, this is a very early example of the vest, with none of the usual modifications found on later Canadian models (like leg tapes or dinghy connection loops). It also carries a clear inspection date stamp of December 1939. Printed information and instructions on the front are faint but legible. Condition is excellent and complete with correct, Canadian made bladder / stole of dark brown rubber in nice flexible condition, with cloth wrapped inflation tube, plus a good set of joined kapok pads (there is a small tear / opening at the top of one of the long pads but no loss of kapok). It differs only very slightly from the Air Minsitry model in being a slightly smoother cotton and having black rubber buttons. The name "Pat" is handwritten small to the front and stencilled on the back. Priced at approximately half what an Air Ministry marked example might sell for these days.

 

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Extremely rare bladder / stole for the RAF 1932 pattern life vest "Mae West."

 

One of the rarest accessory items for one of the true "Holy Grail" items of RAF / Battle of Britain flying kit. Inflation stole or bladder for the 1932 pattern life vest. This example can at best be described as fair to good condition, but is 100% genuine and original. Constructed of orange / salmon pink India rubber sheeting, sealed at the edges and with a fabric covered inflation tube complete with valve. The rubber sheeting has become less flexible in some areas (the lower right hand lobe and near the inside edges of the shoulders) but is not brittle and is still pliable enough to be inserted into a vest with care (last picture shows it inside an original vest).  The stole has typical markings: a stamp that says SARMCOL and the number 3 plus the number 428 in a box.  Many of these salmon pink ones were not stamped with the A-crown-M.

There are some stress cracks to the edge at the shoulders and lower down the right hand lobe and a few small splits to the sheet rubber as seen in the photos. An extremely rare find which requires careful handling but would work just fine to complete a 1932 attern Battle of Britain fighter pilot's "Mae West" or could be displayed as is.

Please note: stole / bladder only is for sale. Vest NOT included.

 

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Lovely 1930s private purchase flying helmet by

S. Lewis, fitted with "De Havilland Type Earphones"

 

There were two companies by the name of Lewis which were famous for quality flying / motoring wear in the 1930s and '40s: D. Lewis and S. Lewis. Both were based in London and both patronized by RAF officers, many of whom modifed their privately bought helmets for wear in combat (notably by RAF ace fighter pilot Robert Stanford Tuck). This helmet by S. Lewis is made from high quality black leather lined with soft flannel, a wide chin strap for comfort and padded pouches over the ear containing Gosport receivers which are marked "DH Type Earphones" - no doubt intended for use in the DH Tiger Moth, the primary training aircraft of the RAF. The fabric covered flexible metal tubes are still attached and the helmet is in overall outstanding condition. Great label and ink stamped with size 7. No collection of RAF or Commonwealth flying headgear is complete wihout one of these beauties. Worth noting that although this is a "private purchase" helmet - all private flying was suspended in the UK once war broke out, so these were pretty much all in use by RAF pilots.

 

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Superb pair of WWII first issue Mk VII flying goggles with leather strap and tinted lenses.

 

A really outstanding example of these now scarce goggles which were first issued in early 1942 and saw service throughout the war, (though supplanted as needed by the Mk VIII from mid-1943). The frames of hammered brass were painted ultramarine blue to reduce glare and designed to provide facial protection as well as improved vision, hence the wide brow and low, curved cheek cover. This pair retains about 95% of its original paint, with some rubbing on the brow bar only and a few minor dings. Tinted lenses eliminated the need for the drop down polarising screen (which was an optional extra NOT issued with the goggles). Pads are clean though the foam padding has become a little crisp and crumbly in places. All leather is soft and supple. Strap springs are still fully functional. Overall, an excellent example of these icoinic mid-war RAF goggles which look great on any helmet.

 

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WWII US Navy white cotton flight deck crew or flying helmet dated 1943.

 

Issued primarily to flight deck personnel on aircraft carriers, these unlined, white cotton helmets were also adopted by many flighter pilots who preferred the fit over the standard M-450 and NAF 1092. For that reason, many are found fitted with earcups and receivers. This example is pretty much as it was issued but has the bonus of a lovely date and size ink stamp inside. Very good condition, with one small area on the chin strap flap that ooks lke it has been chewed slightly (doesn't show when displayed on a styrofoam head). Overall clean and a good example of its type.

 

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Outstanding, boxed Air Ministry marked split-second Lemania stopwatch Mk VB used by observers and navigators for timing bombing / torpedo runs. This example used by a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm observer.

 

This is a superb RAF / FAA issue observer / navigator's Mk VB stopwatch in its original box and in perfect running order. This timepiece was actually issued to an observer in the Fleet Air Arm who flew Swordfish and later Grumman Avenger aircraft. I can supply details of his service to the buyer. Serial numbered 860/39 indicating 1939 production, the movement, though unmarked, was by Lemania. It was repaired, cleaned and overhauled in October 1942 at the Royal Naval Aircraft workshops as is noted on the box label: the watchmaker who cleaned it even wrote the date and his personal mark on the dial. This came directly from the veteran's family and was lovingly looked after all these years. The pictures speak for themselves. A very rare timepiece.

 

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Excellent WWII 1941 pattern life vest or Harnessuit  "Mae West" stole / bladder in perfect condition. Early type with yellow silk covering.

 

Inflation stole or bladder for a 1941 pattern life vest (also used in the Harnessuit), of the early type covered in yellow silk. The yellow silk covering had been introduced on the early 1932 pattern life vests for use in tropical climates where it was thought it would protect the raw, uncured rubber from the heat and humidity. In fact all stoles for the 1941 pattern vest were fabric covered, but only the earliest production models used silk. This example is well marked with a crsip A-crown-M Air Ministry stamp, patent and and stores ref. information. The stole is in perfect conditon, completely pliable, undamaged with a good tube and valve. light storage soiling. I have not inflated it (don't want to leave moisture inside to rot it) but there is no reason to think it would not hold air. The end for attaching the cartridge inflation mechanism is corked to prevent air or foreign objects entering. It may never have been issued. A rare find and essential for completing the Mae West or Harnessuit. 

 

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RARE RAF Battle of France / Battle of Britain fighter pilot's headgear: Type B helmet, Type D mask with Type C / E microphone assembly and Mk IIIa goggles.

 

A very rare and original RAF headgear set comprising Type B helmet in excellent condition, Size 3 by Wareings and dated 1939. Helmet showing only light use, the leather superb, the chamois lining very clean. Zippers work perfectly and contain original sponge rubber pads (note: plastic / rubber telephone holders have been removed. This was not an unusual practice: some pilots felt it improved their hearing). Comes with a Type D oxygen mask in similar condition with no damage, no mothing, named to R. Edwards.* 

Mask is fitted with the rare chamois covered Type C microphone (Type E microphone assembly with wiring loom). Microphone is an early model, made of brass (later examples were made from aluminium). Chamois covering is clean and has one very small minor split to right side of snout. Microphone is fitted with the very rare alloy plate that fixes the switch in the "on" position - as used by fighter pilots (per Air Ministry orders - communication was controlled by the radio switch NOT the mask mounted microphone). Tan wiring loom and early Type C receivers (10A/7068). Completing the rig is a lovely pair of Mk IIIa goggles, dated 1939 and Air Ministry marked, again showing light use with minor wear to the frames. The stoppers are both in place and the springs on the strap are perfect. Velvet pads slightly hardened but as good a pair of these iconic goggles as you will find. A superb and extremely rare rig.

*There are multiple R. Edwards in RAF lists so it is impossible to identify this mask exactly, but two are listed in Kenneth Wynne's "Men of the Battle of Britain."

 

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WWII RAF Type D oxygen mask hose (reproduction) with braided cotton cover and genuine Mk IIIB bayonet connector.

 

Highly sought after for display with Battle of Britain flying kit. Genuine examples are extremely rare due to the fragile nature of rubber manufactured in the late 1930s and early 1940s (most are hardened, broken or melted). At various times, small numbers of replica hoses have been produced in the past 20 years but even these are now difficult to source and prohibitively expensiev to produce. This is one of the best I have seen, made from a 5' length of black rubber tubing identical to the originals and covered with cotton braiding in the correct black and yellow fleck pattern (though other colour flecks have been noted, and on occasion the orange "India rubber" was also used). The bayonet connector is a genuine "Gunfire" type with great A-crown-M engraving. Conditon is just about perfect, right down to the "frayed" ends of the cotton braiding so often seen in photographs.

 

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NIce set of 3 kapok pads for use with the RAF 1941 pattern life vest.

 

A scarce accessory: a set of 3 kapok pads which were issued with the 1941 pattern life vest for additional buoyancy. One each of the long pads was inserted into the lobes with the third at the collar. When wet, the kapok would swell up and provide extra buoyancy to the air in the stole or bladder. In fact supposedly the kapoks could sustain buoyancy for a limited time even if there was no air in the stole (due to a puncture or other damage). Age / storage staining visible. The collar pad and one of the long pads are broad arrow marked with a stores ref. number.

 

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Good pair of WWII Mk IVB flying goggles with wartime modifications.

 

A really interesting pair of RAF Mk IVB flying goggles, first introduced at the end of the Battle of Britain (October 1940) and superseeded by the Mk VII in late 1941. This is an early example of the Mk IVB, made to a much higher standard than later batches, with contoured, domed covers top and bottom on each side where the pads fit (later models had simple, flat, pressed brass covers). The frames are painted dark brown and retain most of their paint, very few dings. Leather nose pad, loops, springs and lenses are all excellent (no sign of delamination to lenses). The central bridge adjustment screw must have been lost during their service life and a rigger has made a new screw which is a perfect fit and very snug, but has obviously been there a long, long time. The rear strap was set at its correct length and then cut so as not to interfere with the radio cables. The black sponge rubber pads have hardened but not melted and therefore not misshapen. Overall a nice example of a used and custom modified pair of these desirable goggles.

 

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WWII AAF Type B-3 flight jacket in extra large size 46. Overall very good condition.

 

A really nice mid war production B-3 flying jacket, synonymous with 8th Air Force bomber crews, in very good condition for age. The shearling fleece is still strong, soft and pliable. Leather pockets and reinforcements are all good. Orginal Talon zipper is in good working order but has been removed and resewn by hand to effect a minor repair at the waist (seen in photos). Really well done and does not show when jacket is worn or displayed. Great label indicating very large size 46 made by RoughWear. Beautiful 100% complete AAF logo decal on left upper sleeve. The number 122 is stencilled on the back of the right shoulder - not sure what this refers to. Minor surface rubbing to polyacrylate coating on lower sleeves and waist and one very small repair patch on the right hand side at the waist which is hard to see. Otherwise this jacket is in extremely good shape with no excessive wear or damage.

 

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Rare RAF Type A "Helmet, Aviators, Cork" as issued to pilots and aircrews "East of Malta" from circa 1922 until 1942.

 

The Type A flying helmet, which resembles more a pith helmet  with earflaps than any kind of practical flying headgear, was first issued to aircrews serving in the Middle East in open cockpit aircraft and thus subject to the sun beating down on them as they patrolled the dessert in their DH9As. However, it remained officially in RAF inventory until 1942 when it was replaced by the Type D. Surviving examples in good condition are quite rare, and this is a beauty, showing only light use and retaining its shape perfectly. It is Air Ministry stamped and dated 1939 and bears the embossed Owens Comfortilet logo and Royal Letters Patent on the sweatband. A fine example.

 

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WWII AAF T-30-R throat microphone by Kellogg.

 

As these things go, the humble T-30 is not a particularly rare item of flying kit, but of all the types of T-30 out there, I have seen less of the T-30-R (the "R" designation was given to those manufactured by the Kellogg company) than any of the others. All T-30 models varied slightly in appearance and the T-30-R has a nice flat look to it. Nothing special perhaps, but if you are looking for one of each maker, or you happen to need another for display, this is a great example in excellent condition.

 

 

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WWII Luftwaffe Tropical / Mediterranean Channel Suit Trousers in outstanding, unissued condition.

 

These scarce Tropical / Mediterranean issue "Channel" (survival) pants are in stunning condition and would be very difficult, if not impossible, to upgrade. 

Made from light brown woven fabric (known as "reed weave"), 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 internal straps, compartments and snaps are present. All buttons and zips are original and in good working order. Of special note is the fact that the zip fasteners are all identical metal Zipp brand and all on matching light grey tape, indicating early to mid-war manufacture. All original black leather zipper pullers are still intact! On the rare occasion that these Channel pants turn up on the collector market in unissued condition, they are usually going to be very later war production and fitted with a mix of zippers that will include the plastic type made by RiRi. This is the first pair I have come across in many, many years, with matching metal zippers. There is a clear ink stamping inside waistband with RB Nr.  and size IIb. The condition of these rare trousers cannot be overstated. These pants show no wear or use, no fading, no snags – a little dust / soiling from storage for 75 years, nothing more! Though produced as part of a two-piece suit, the pants were more often worn with just a shirt or leather jacket – hence they are extremely rare, especially in this condition.

 

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RARE Luftwaffe model 10-76 B-1 kapok stuffed life vest.

 

A nice displayable early WWII German life vest, the type most often associated with bomber crewmen, though also worn by fighter pilots. The vest is made from stuffed rolls of kapok in a sausage pattern. Shows only light use but has some areas of storage damage, probably from rodents. This is worst in the areas that are not seen when on display, between the layers on the left shoulder. There are several smaller areas of wear on the left side at the edges of some of the "sausage" rolls but these are small and not too noticeable. All straps, loops, cords and wooden toggles are present (these are the parts most often missing) and the vest is clean. Due to most of the damage being concealed, this vest actually works well for display. Priced according to conditon.

 

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Luftwaffe model 10-30 B-2 inflatable life vest in absolutely superb condition.

 

Light yellow rubberized fabric body with built-in inflation chamber, complete with correct CO2 cartridge inflation bottle (inert and therefore safe to post). Oral top-up tube with valve. All straps complete and metal fottoinsg retain black lacquer finish (waist buckle has field grey / green finish. Great sewn label. I would date this is mid-to-late war (1943). Cartridge is dated 7.44. Condition is outstanding, completely pliable and shows no wear, only very slight storage.  A really excellent example in near mint condityion that would be difficult to upgrade.

 

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EXTREMELY RARE embroidered badge from a WWII RAF Battle of Britain era white prestige flying suit.

 

Not something you see every day! 100% original embroidered crest for 65 squadron (based at Hornchurch from June to August 1940 flying Spitfires). 65 squadron also saw action over Dunkirk during the Battle of France. Note this is NOT a blazer badge (as are most found on the market) but has a white linen background. This badge was specifically made for wearing on the white prestige flying suit favoured by many Battle fo Britain pilots. (The badges were ordered to be removed from flying suits later in 1940 for fear of pilots being captured and giving away their unit). Shows honest wear and still has traces of its paper backing. A very rare and historic badge.

 

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RARE WWII USSR Soviet Air Force internally wired flying helmet complete with throat microphones, telephone receivers, cord and plug.

 

One of the hardest WWII flying helmets to find, and consequently missing from many collections, is this post 1941 Soviet Air Force wired helmet. Made from dull finish leather and lined with distinctive yak fur, the helmet is loosely based on the Luftwaffe modlel LKpW101. It differs in having a single chin strap and buckle, and long goggle retaning tabs to the front of each side of the helmet. It is fitted with carbon throat microphones which are attached to a pig tail with a cord and plug at the rear of the helmet. Overall condition is good, with lots of wear evident. The throat microphone straps have hardened in places and have minor cracking to the chamois; one mic. is missing its bakelite cover. Some of the stitching has come loose but would be easily repairable. The leather is good and the yak fur is undamaged with no bald spots. The helmet has a rear strap and side studs for affixing an oxygen mask. An ID is inked inside the right ear cup and a good label is sewn into the nape of the helmet. An extremely rare collectors item.

 

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RAF 1932 pattern green life vest  "Mae West" - a good reproduction made in the 1980s / 90s.

 

A very good reproduction of the ultra-rare 1932 pattern RAF life saving waistcoat (known as a "Mae West" because the shape and size of its buoyancy lobes when inflated rsembled the figure of the movie star). Original examples of these Mae Wests are almost extinct and when offered, command prices of several thousands of dollars / pounds. For most collectors, and certainly for re-enactors, this is an affordable copy which will pass all but the closest inspection. Made to the same pattern as an original and from similar green cotton fabric, it uses origonal webbing for the tapes and an exact copy of the nomenclature label and ink stamped instructions. Being itself 20+ years old it even shows a little aging, with some minor storage soiling and sun fading in a patch to the back. The interior is waterproofed with black sealant and the zip fastener is an "Aero" brand which bears a striking similarity to originals. An affordable display vest. Note: no stole (bladder) or kapok pads are included.

 

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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 container with locking lid marked "Sanitätspack 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.

 

This pack is empty of all contents and the exterior decal is largely worn away, but has clear labeling on the inside of the lid including a complete list of contents: bandages, salve etc. Lid also retains natural rubber seal in good condition.

 

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AAF Type AN6531 aircrew protective sunglasses with leather case and optical lens cleaning cloth, named to AAF aircrew.

 

This is where the classic "aviator" style sunglasses began in WWII -with the AAF issue type AN6531. Excellent condition with light wear and use, named to Sgt. Sigmund Matican, with his serial number. 

 

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WWII issue RAF / RCAF Mk III goggles / goggles mask. In very good condition and with a clear date of 1940. 

 

A very nice set of Canadian made  RCAF / RAF Mk III goggles dated 1940, the earliest I have ever seen on a pair of these Canadian made goggles. In very good condition, the leather and pads are still soft, the leather in beautiful, soft condition but slight even discolouration (perhaps faded from sunlight). Celluloid lenses still beautifully clear and the frames with 95% original black paint. Sprung elastic straps are perfect and both stoppers present.

 

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Named and boxed set of Luxor Meyrowitz No. 6 flying goggles as issued to the US Air Service in WWI and continued in use for many years afterwards.

 

A very good used set of Luxor Meyrowitz no. 6 flying goggles, in their original transit / shipping box complete with company mailing label and two Washington red postage stamps! The property (once) of Mr. Dudley R. Rider of Wichita Falls, Texas who the vendor stated was a US Air Service pilot (certainly worthy of research). Goggles are in very good condition. The rubber cushions are still soft and pliable, though they are soiled and show signs of shrinkage. The chomed frames shows oxidation but are solid and intact. The strap is good and includes the beautiful woven label, plus the inked name "Rider." While Luxor No. 6 are not too rare, this packaging makes them quite unique and offers a chance for historical research.

 

 

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Excellent pair of WWII RCAF Mk III flying goggles dated 1942.

 

The perfect set to display with the Type B helmet listed elsewhere. These RCAF Mk III goggles were identical to the RAF issue except for the markings and the fact that the leather is usually darker in colour. This pair is in excellent condition, the pads still soft, the velvet still plush and the strap springs still perfect. Strap is marked RCAF 22/89 CCB 1942 and overprinted in white ink "Made in Canada." The inside of the strap appears to be printed with a serial number. Light rubbing to the black painted frames but overall very good looking.

The Type B helmet displayed with these goggles is available separately.

 

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