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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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Extremely rare Aviator's Safety Helmet, issued to Royal Flying Corps flyers in WWI. This was one of the earliest patterns of "Warren" safety helmet.

 

Any WWI aviation helmet may be considered rare, but this helmet is especially so. It was produced by Tautz & Co. for Christy's of London. The designer was Mr. Warren who developed a series of these safety helmets from about 1912 on, which were service tested and issued to RFC aviators throughout the war. The helmet shell is constructed from two layers of cork, covered with waterproofed leatherette with "filler" in between to absorb impact. It retains its shape well and is in overall good condition, although the covers over the ear openings have been removed at some time. This may have been to improve hearing (betwen instructor and pupil or pilot and observer). Fabricating replacement covers should be a simple matter; circles of leather evidently sewn on by hand. The forehead area of the interior shows wear, and some of the forward "tongues" of the suspension liner are missing. However, it retains both interior labels and displays well. Priced according to conditon.

 

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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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Scarce WWII Luftwaffe Navigator's instruments kit in

fitted metal case.

 

LW navigator's set which in very good condition. Some surface rust to the outside but decal remains 99% intact. Inside, all instructions / labels are clear and spec plate is present. It lacks just the dividers and ruler (two of the slightly easier items to replace as I understand it). It has the super rare “magic slate” plotting card and the very rare set of computation cards (30 in all, plus an additional folded card) all contained in their celluloid and leather pouch. Black and red pencils, eraser are all present and correct. Looks like this was brought home by a contractor because someone has later used the back of some cards to write a parts list for building supplies. It affects the back of 8 out of 31 cards and does not affect any of the printed material (blank backs only). Everything else is prsent. Computer is dated 1936; both set squares are dated 1940. 

 

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Scarce WWII RAF issue knee board.

 

Not a common item, primarily used by fighter pilots at the beginning of the war, Battle of France and perhaps early Battle of Britain when they became largely redundant due to radar and ground support directing pilots where to fly. Comprises an aluminium board with a celluloid cover into which maps and / or directions could be inserted. the celluloid could be written o with a Chinagraph oil pencil. Webbing strap and Bennet's buckle (marked "Bennett's") secures it to the thigh. Overall condition must be described as fairly good. Celluloid is warped and shrunk away from rivets from age and one leg strap is evidently missing which may have been deliberate on the owner's part (to make it easier to put on / take off). Well marked with numerous stampings to the rear and fnished with aircraft zinc oxide green paint. Much needed accessory to complete a 1939-40 RAF fighter pilot display.

 

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WWII Royal Navy tropical pattern flying helmet, first, pattern (unwired).

 

Quite a scarce flying helmet, and the first "all-navy" helmet in production (hence it's correct designation of "Type N flying helmet" - even though most people refer to it as a "Navy Type D" because it is based upon the RAF Type D pattern). Tan cotton shell with a satin lining trimmed with felt at the brow and chin strap. Bennett buckle fastening and provision for either a Type D oxygen mask or  the later type E, E* or G mask. Named on the chin strap (two names are visible and re-issue was not uncommon). Fore and aft goggle retainers are afffixed in opposite directions, indicative of a very early production. Leather zip ears have no telephone retainers - another sign of an early issue - and provision for both electronic and Gosort communication. Only light soiling from use, mostly inside. All the felt is iintact which is a plus. Overall a very good example. Size 2 (medium).

 

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Super rare set of early WWII AAF electrically heated flying clothing for bomber crews comprising the Type D-1 electrically heated shoes; Type E-1 electrically heated gloves and Type F-1 electrically heated "blue bunny" suit

 

Among the rarest of all WWII USAAF flying clothing because this pattern was very soon outdated by later, much improved types. These garments nonetheless were the first to be issued to the AAF after the US entered the war and were used by the first 8th Air Force flight crews operating out of England.

 

F-1 electrically heated "Blue Bunny" suit in blue blanket wool with OD green knit cuffs. Size 38. Minor mothing on the knit collar and cuffs at the wrist and ankles, othewise shows very light use but overall very good condition. All plugs and connectors present and in good shape.

 

E-1 gloves. Size 9. Leather is good shape. Wiring and plug connectors are still present with some slight chafing the wiring.

 

D-1 shoe / boot inserts are great for display. The OD felt is good but the rubber shoe part has completely hardened and the wiring is chafed in places, but plugs and wiring, which are invariably missing, are there. Although the rubber has hardened and is brittle, it is not misshaped, so they will display just fine.

 

Bunny suit, gloves and boot inserts for sale as a set.

 

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Very good pair of WWII AAF Type AN6530 flight goggles with original separate cushions.

 

Getting increasingly difficult to find are these very nice AN6530 flying goggles with separate rubber cushions as originally issued until mid-1943. The frames are excellent, as are the lenses and strap (which is inked with the serial number M-5825). The cushions are very clean and remain soft and pliable, but the right hand cushion shows slight signs of deterioration where it attaches to the metal inner frame and where it touches the strap. Otherwise, these goggles are in very good condition and with careful storage and display will display well for a long time to come.

 

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Unissued, boxed pair of Air Ministry marked WWII 

Mk VIII flying goggles. Scarce variation.

 

It would be very difficult to upgrade this fabulous pair of RAF Mk VIII flying goggles, which are guaranteed WWII production, marked as they are with a clear A-crown-M emboss / stamp on the leather behind the bridge hinge. Of interest is the fact that this pair is from an early production run in which the nose bridge comprises a simple square formed from wire. For collectors of variations, this is considered a very scarce version. These goggles are unworn and never issued, showing no paint rubbing whatsoever, just minor storage wear and very slight oxidation. Fitted with lightly tinted lenses. Strap retains full elasticity. Leather is perfect. Includes Air Ministry marked box of issue but no extra lenses or cleaning / demisting cloth (most were NOT issued with extra lenses to save cost. Extra lenses of various tints were available from RAF stores by request).

 

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Incredibly rare, first prototype pattern RAF escape boots (Nuffield pattern) combat used with known history to a Mosquito navigator.

 

The brain child of Clayton Hutton at MI9, these boots were designed to be worn for operational flying duties, but if the wearer was shot down or force landed in enemy territory, the tops of the boots could be removed easily using a small knife blade, leaving what looked like a perfectly ordinary pair of walking shoes.

The government refused to fund the project so Clayton Hutton petitioned his wealthy and influential friends  for backing in order to prove the concept. A trial batch of boots was paid for by Lord Nuffield, (William Morris) owner and founder of the Morris Motor Company – hence they are referred to as “Nuffield pattern” escape boots.

The first style (of which this is an example) was produced in very small numbers and service tested. They had the zip fastener centered in the front. A second test batch had the zip moved about 30° towards the outside so that it didn’t get in the way of the shoelaces. The Air Ministry eventually ordered them into production as “Boots, flying, escape, 1943 pattern. Final production models differed in that the uppers were made of black suede; a separating zip fastener was used (both prototypes used zip fasteners which were fixed together at the top of the boot) and a small pocket was added inside the right boot to house a cheap penknife for removing the uppers.

This is the first pair of these rare boots I have encountered with known history.

Named to Flt. Lt. Richard “Bob” Peel, a navigator on Mosquitoes with 151 and 487 squadrons who flew many high profile missions wearing these boots (including Poitiers POW break/escape and bombing Gestapo HQ in Norway). His pilot was John Ellacombe, Battle of Britain Ace and DFC winner. Historical reserach will be included with sale (or email for history).

Boots are in very good original condition, inside and out, with old replacement soles and old added heel tips. Laces are not original. Before anyone asks, there is NO KNIFE - those were not issued with the prototype boots, only with the later production model.

 

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Italian Modelo M flying helmet with integral throat microphones, cord and magnetic plug, plus unissued flying goggles in box of issue with two extra sets of celluloid lenses.

 

 

The mid-late war flying helmet, which was based upon the design of Luftwaffe helmets by Siemens, is in very good condition, with very little evidence of use / wear, just slight storage age. Some corrosion to snaps at throat microphone and one very tiny snag to fabric on front (where goggles would sit - barely noticeable).

 

Came with the goggles as pictures which are also superb. Oddly enough, the thin white rubber on the right hand lens has become stiff, though intact, while the left rubber cushion is perfect. Includes original box and 2 extra sets of lenses (one clear, one tinted). Sold together as a set.

 

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Superb WWII USAAF Type A-11 "hack" wrist watch with very scarce 24 hour dial, black face, original strap.

Well-marked and made by Elgin.

 

One of the absolute best examples of this classic issue "hack" watch I have ever seen and one of very few with a 24-hour face. I doubt this was ever issued or worn. It is in perfect running order and keeps good time, has no wear or scratches and looks stunning. Comes with original OD green ribbed strap which shows no sign of ever been worn. An outstanding watch by Elgin which would be very difficult to upgrade. Marked AF US ARMY with Spec. no. 94-27834-6 and 1945 serial number. 

 

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Magnificent WWII AAF Type B-2 flight cap named to B-24 crewman with the 703rd Bomb Squadron, 445th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force.

 

A superb gently used example of this iconic bomber crew cap made from shearling fleece with a leather bill and sprbly hand-painted with the name of the owner: Stan Matican, 703rd Bomb Squadron. The 703rd was part of the 445th Bomb Group based at Tibenham in Norfolk, England from 1943 to 1945 flying B-24 Liberators.  Cap is large size 7-5/8 and in excellent condition with no wear or damage, just showing light use. Name and squadron are painted in white to bill (very clear; photo shows slight reflection). Great label; unusual manufacturer: John R. Craighead Co. Inc. and also a small yellow AAF / AN acceptance mark inside peak. Worth researching more deeply. It doesn't get any better than this!

 

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Lovely pair of WWII AAF A-9 flight gloves as issued to air gunners on heavy bomber aircraft.

 

A nice matched pair of AAF Type A-9 air gunner's flight gloves, essentially mittens with a separate trigger finger. Russet brown leather with thick shearling lining show light use. Labels sewn externally indicate manufacture by Perrry Sportswear and size Large. A really nice set in very good condition.

 

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AAF Type A-14 oxygen mask dated 12/44

 

A very good example of the classic AAF Type A-14 oxygen mask moulded in green rubber and complete with early style webbing straps reinforced with leather at the end where the snap fastners are fitted. Mask is in very good condition except for one small area under the chin where the rubber has hardened (see pictures). This does not affect the display of the mask whatsoever which retains its shape perfectly. The rest of the mask is superb, completely pliable and appears unissued. The thin rubber straps which support the harness are excellent and have no issues. Hose is perfect with no cracking within the corrugations. Mask is well marked and dated  12/1944. 

 

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RARE and sought after early production WWII AAF Type A-10 flying gloves.

 

One of the most difficult items of AAF flying clothing to source. A very nice original and early wartime manufacture pair of A-10 flying gloves, primarily issued to and used by fighter pilots. Soft leather with knit cuffs and good labels. Very slight mismatch on wool knit cuffs which have a couple of small snags but overall very good condition showing only light use and wear. Left and right gloves are a good match and both size 8-1/2. 

Knit linings have been removed, leaving the remnants of the cut edges at the cuffs. This practice was not unusual, because they were intended to be worn with Rayon liners / inserts.

 

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Very good pre-Pearl Harbor dated Army Air Corps Type B-3 life preserver "Mae West."

 

Anything that is dated before December 7, 1941 - the "Day of Infamy" is a rare collectible and ideal for a Pearl Harbor display. This B-3 life vest is dated August 1941 and has a secondary inspection date of December 1941 in between the lobes, making it a very desirable item of flying kit.  The vest is very clean throughout with only slight storage soiling. The leather has no markings and the fabric is very clean. There is the feeling that some of the rubber inside the fabric may have crumbled slightly but it is not extensive, and not stiff in any way. It displays perfectly but i don't recommend using it for flotation. Great markings, maker Air Cruisers, inc. Vest retains both inflation mechanisms complete and all straps. The original oral inflation "top up" tubes are present though one has a tear in it. This could be repaired or replaced but that is for the new owner to decide. I haven't seen many B-3 life vests with a date this early! A great find.

 

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Excellent  WWII period RAF pilot's wrist watch Mk VII. 6B/159 by Longines. In perfect working condition.

 

A beautful WWII issue RAF pilot's timepiece by Swiss maker Longines. The Air MInistry procured wrist watches from many major watchmakers because of demand, and each was engraved with the broad arrow or AM mark and the stores refno. 6B/159. Watches varied tremendously in style, size and quality, but this example served well and is still in excellent running order. Recently cleaned and overhauled and pronounced to be in great wotking condition, with all original parts. The strap my be a later replacement (straps typically do not last forever). Strap shows a little stress around the hole where it fastens but still functions just fine. These desirable timepeices are getting very difficult to find in good working order and with all original parts.

 

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Superb WWII AAF Type B-6 flying helmet with rigger fitted ANB-H-1 receivers, cord and plug.

 

An outstanding example of a B-6 flying helmet, the standard issue worn by most AAF pilots and aircrew until the introduction of the A-11 in 1943/44. Made from shearling fleece with leather reinforced seams, this helmet has been modified by adding stiff leather holders for the telephone receivers, cushioned with thick felt pads. The ANB-H-1 receivers, cord and plug are present. The snap fasteners for wearing an A-10 or A-14 oxygen mask have been added. In excellent condition with no damage to the leather or shearling, great label and a big size (Large). Shown displayed with  apair of AN6530 goggles which are NOT included, but are available separately (see below). This flight helmet will be very difficult to upgrade.

 

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Very early issue AAF Type A-11 (A-11A) flight helmet, with

ANB-H-1 receivers, cord and plug, size X-Large

 

A very nice used example of the AAF A-11 flight helmet. Te earliest models of this helmet were produced with an elasticated rear instead of the adjustable strap and buckle, and were reclassified as A-11A (some were stamped with this new nomenclature inside). They differed also in being made from a different type of skin / leather, a more reddish brown in colour, and not having any factory installed provision for attaching an oxygen mask - the wearer expected to add snaps or fabric strips with snaps, as on previous AAF helmets. This example, in a an X-Large size, was used and has been modified by the addition od snap fasteners for wearing an oxygen mask, probably the A-10A or A-14. Helmet shows use but has no damage or excessive wear. Owener has also affixed white felt padding on the inside to cover the bare metal snaps. A great and complete helmet and a scarce variation of the classic AAF mid-late war headgear.

 

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Extremely rare WWII AAF Type AN-H-16 winter flight helmet fitted with ANB-H-1 receivers, cord and plug. Near mint unissued conditon and size Large.

 

A superb example of one of the rarest of all AAF issue flying helmets of the war. The AN-H-16 was issued in 1943, parallel to the A-11, for which it often mistaken in period photographs, because it is cut from the same basic pattern. It is made from shearling (sheepskin) with the same polyacrylate coating as its predecesors the B-5 and B-6, but fitted with the hard rubber noise attenuating earcups to ft the ANB-H-1 receivers. Shortly after issue the designation was changed to AN6540 so that the helmet could be issued to both the AAF and the USN - and the AN6540 series helmets are far more common. In almost 30 years I've only ever seen 2 or 3 of these helmets with the AN-H-16 tag in place, and this is a beauty. The leather and sheepskin are superb. there is a small area n the back where the polyacrylate coating has come off - but this is not damage and could if desired be touched up with acrylic paint or left as is. Great woben label and large white AAF stamp to top/front. Condition is superb, looks unused - although the snap fasteners have been fitted for use with an A-14 oxygen mask. A truly rare helmet in a Large size.

 

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Very good pair of WWII AAF Type A-6A flight boots in Large size.

 

Very good pair of WWII AAF flying boots made from shearling fleece with moulded rubber soles. These were improved from the Type A-6 by adding leather straps over the instep and ankle to help prevent the boots from falling off during a parachute descent. Fleece and leather is in excellent condition with no damage or wear. Rubber shoe sections are soft and pliable and show very little wear. Zippers retain original leather pullers and are intact and working but a little stickly and need care. Leather straps and buckles all present though leather is slightly dry with some minor surface cracking. Thick, fleece lining and good labels indicate large size and well-known maker Converse. Nice clear AAF logo decal on both boots. Overall very good condition.

 

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Beautiful pair of RAF WWII Thermally Insulated Flying Suit Trousers, otherwise known as the Irvin Suit Trousers.

 

Very good pair of WWII Irvin Suit trousers in excellent condition, showing very little wear. Leather is excellent and a pleasing reddish brown shade. There is no loss of fur to the inside, and the fur is the thick honey colour. All zips are working well and there is a great Air Ministry label inside. Retain the built in braces / suspenders and all leather pockets as well as snap / press stud fasteners. One zip puller is odd  (looks like a Lightning - the others are Dot) but the zips are defiitely all original and work perfectly.

 

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Yellow leather WWI US Navy Type B-3 flying gloves in unissued, unworn condition, still stitched together!

 

Very hard to find these days! Superb, unissued pair of US Navy unlined flying gloves made from soft yellow leather and marked on the back with USN in a box. Inside each glove is a size marking of 8-1/2. No other markings. These gloves have never been issued and never worn, still stitched together! Absolutely perfect and impossible to upgrade.

 

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WWII AAF Type T-44-A oxygen mask microphone, mint in its original box with instructions.

 

A really amazing find! The T-44 and T-44-A microphones enables AAF headsets and flying helmets (with ANB-H-1 receivers) to be used in British RAF and RN aircraft. The small microphone was installed in the A-8B or A-10 oxygen mask (it also fitted in the A-14). and incorporated a JK-26 connector for the helmet lead as well as an RAF style "bell" shaped plug. dated 1943 (this was manufactured before the A-14 mask was introduced so the instructions show installation into the A-8B and A-10 masks). Still wrapped in original tissue and still in original, well marked box.

 

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WWII AAF HB-7 headset complete with ANB-H-1 receivers and the more scarce soft sponge rubber cushions.

 

HB-7 headset of the type worn with the "50 mission crusher" or B-2 cap (see listing below) complete with ANB-H-1 receivers, cord and plug and fitted with the lightweight sponge rubber cushions. These are the type of cushions most often seen in period photos of bomber pilots and aircrews and often did not survive. The rubber is in excellent shape and the headset is very good overall, with some chafing to the wiring and slight scuffing to the leather headband that could be improved with a leather treatment.

 

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WWII British Red Cross Parcel box (top and bottom)

 

An unusual item and one which doesn't turn up very often! This is an original WWII Red Cross Parcel which would have been filled with "treats" such as powdered milk, tobacco, tinned meat, jam, perhaps even some chocolate, and sent to allied prisoners of war being held captive by the Germans to supplement their meagre daily food rations. The stories of these parcels are legendary; while they never contained articles intended for escaping purposes, the contents - and the boxes - were often utlilized in the production of escape materials. For obvious reasons, though these were made by the thousand, very few survived. Comprises top and bottom of the box. Though there is wear and tear and minor damage, the box is complete and displays well. Packed in Dumfries, Scotland and checked in Geneva, Switzerland, it has a German transit label at one end indicating this was actually used. Great piece of history. Will be posted flat.

 

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Early WWII Royal Army Service Corps uniform tunic with beautiful RAF pilot wing attached. Named with provenance.

 

Beautiful RASC tunic in khaki / green barathea with medal ribbons for two World Wars and superb padded RAF pilot wing. Named to Captain A. E. S. Whiting who served with the RFC and RAF  in the Great War. Tunic is 1940 dated, made by Hawkes & Co. Captain Archie Edgar Steele Whiting, No. 118556,  was called up as a reserve officer in 1940, serving with the RASC. Tun ic is in excellent condition, with full medal ribbons, brass rank pips to epaulettes, bronze officer's RASC collar badgesand RAF pilot brevet. Named on label in neck.  This is a consignment item that has never been offered for sale o the open market before. It was obtained by the seller directly from the family of Captain Whiting. Examples of WWII British army uniforms with entitlement to wear RAF wings are very scarce. This example is worthy of much deeper research.

 

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Luftwaffe navigator's mechanical mapping pencil, red top, with very scarce double ended short lanyard / spring clips.

 

Often overlooked, and one of the hardest accessories to find to complete a display of Luftwaffe aircrew navigation equipment. Bakelite pencil housing is just 4 inches long with red twist top (signifying red lead). It excellent working condition. Lanyard clips to flight suit or map case.

 

 

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WWII AAF winter flying jacket Type AN-J-4.

 

One of the less common winter flying jackets / suits is the AN-J-4 jacket and AN-T-13 pants combination. Introduced after the 1943 decision to amalgamate procurement for both US Army and US Navy / Marine Corps contracts (hence the AN prefix), it proved to be more popular with the Navy than the AAF. AAF issued examples of the AN-J-4 are therefore not often encountered. This example displays quite nicely but it does have some issues, most of which can be seen in the pictures. The polyacrylate coating (essentially  acryllic paint intended to waterproof the outside of the sheepskin) was never intended to last 70 years and, as is often the case, has stiffened in some places, with some cracking and peeling. There are no really "hardened" areas and the cracking seems to be confined to the surface of the coat. There are a few exterior patches (almost invisible - you have to really look to see them) the largest of which covers the back of the right shoulder. The interior fleece is soft and supple and there are no visible tears to the shearling. The jacket has potential for careful restoration although it is perfectly displayable as is, and flexible enough to place on a mannequin or torso form. The leather parts (outer sleeves sleeves, waistband, wind-flap, pockets and all seam reinforcements) are excellent and the original Talon zipper works fine. It has a good label, made by Aeroleather, and is a size 40. The jacket has a well worn AAF decal on the left upper arm. The name "Floeck" is stencilled to the front in yellow aircraft paint. A decent entry-level jacket, priced according to its condiiton.

 

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Beautiful pair of RARE 1939 dated Luftwaffe fighter pilot double-zip flying boots.

 

Very rarely encountered because they were considered an extravagance and withdrawn from issue in 1940. The lovely Luftwaffe flying boots feature zips on both sides of both legs, deisgned to make the boots easy to remove if the pilot was injured. It was found that one zip was just as easy and the metal was needed for other uses. This rare pair of boots are completely original except for one very neat and probably period repair to the inside calf of the left boot, where a half-moon shape piece of suede has been sewn to cover a small hole. All zips are in good working order, all are nickel plated, all have their leather pullers. All straps and buckles are present with no rust or damage. Original Wilop soles both show ligh to moderate wear. Great labels show a date of 1939. Hard to find better.

 

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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 very good condition, with minor discolouration to steel and light rusting under the decal and at the edges, with some rust stains to case. Luftwaffe survival items are scarce, with the Blendspiegel being one of the most difficult and sought after items.

 

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WWII RAF floating survival lamp for the 1941 pattern life vest "Mae West" boxed and still containing its original 1944 dated batteries.

 

Theer's nothing too spectacular about this RAF issue floating lamp by General Electric EXCEPT that it comes with its original box and still contains its original AP14074 1.5 volt batteries dated August 1944. These are extremely rare and difficult to find accessories. The lamp housing is the green painted type and has the remains (about 60%) of its GE paper label attached. Rust (no doubt from where the batteries have leaked in the distant past) has affected about 25-30% of the painted surface of the housing but the metal is still intact (there are no holes). Wooden float is perfect, with metal fittings slightly oxidized. The bulb is still present although the celluloid bulb cover is loose. The red and black coating on the wiring is, as usual, dried and brittle although the wiring is in one piece. The batteries, though old and with rust staining on one side, are surprisingly good for display, with paper labels indicating they were made by Steels Electrical Products, Ltd, Sunderland. Box is in good shape.

 

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Very good 1945 dated RAF officer's War Service Dress blouse with Air Gunner brevet and medal ribbons.

 

Blue grey serge wool War Service Dress (commonly referred to as battledress) blouse with 1945 dated label, rank lace for a Pilot Officer, Air Gunner half-wing brevet and medal ribboms for the 1939-45 star, France and Germany star, Defence and Victory medals. All buttons correct and intact. Blouse shows some light use and wear but no damage or excessive wear. Air Gunner wing shows some wear consistemt with where a parachute harness or seat strap would rub it. Minor staining inside collar. Great label - made by CWS Ltd. Size 6 (medium) will display well on a mannequin.

 

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