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Luftwaffe Einmannschlauchnoot with ultra-rare first model Packhulle for wear with the seat type parachute.
Every once in a while one of those super-rare items that you never think you'll see will surface out of nowhere. Such is the case with this incredibly rare Luftwaffe fighter pilot's one-man raft and container. The one-man raft or Einmannschlauchboot turns up every so often, but the containers are very rarely encountered. I have seen the Model 2, which had snaps all around the outer edge - but this is the first Model 1 I have ever seen. Rectangular, green canvas pack with crossed shoulder straps clips around the waist and s worn under the parachute harness like a waiscoat or vest. Pack has some external wear and a few small holes but is totally intact and the rubberized lining has no age or damage. All the straps and buckles are there and it’s well marked. The dinghy, which is an early Type A-1, is in good shape, nice and pliable with a few areas of surface cracking at folds. One or two small period repair patches. Good markings and overall very clean. No rust staining from the metal parts or parts missing and no tears or damage. It lacks the CO2 inflation cylinder but these can be found on the loose. Serial number on dinghy does not match pack, but fits perfectly. I have packed the dinghy and installed the pull cord so it can be displayed either separately or as worn during flight.
RARE and highly sought after Pre-war / WWII US Army Air Corps Type D-1 flying goggles with original case.
An excellent example of a pair of US Army Air Corps D-1 flight goggles. Though today we could call these "sunglasses" or spectacles, in the 1930s, goggles referred to anything which provided protection to the eyes and glasses or spectacles were to improve or enhance vision. These rare goggles are in excellent condition with no damage, centre hinge for comfort and still retain the covers on the arms for comfort. Light green tinted lenses and characteristic USAC engraved vertically on the bridge. Complete with extremely scarce velvet lined brown craquele coated metal case which still has its nomenclature label to the front (corner missing). Extremely rare.
Scarce WWII AAF Type B-6 shearling flight jacket by Aeroleather in excellent condition and size 42.
The B-6 was a lighter weight jacket than the B-3 and preferred by fighter pilots because it was easier to get in and out of a tight cockpit (especially favoured by P-38 pilots in their unheated cockpits). Shows use but is in very good shape, the shearling soft and completely pliable. Two slash pockets and original Talon zupper in perfect working order. Nice AAF decal to left sleeve. The polyacrylate coating on this jacket has not cracked though one of the rear panels shows slightly more wear. Great label and still has a small tag sewn under the official label for "Neva-Moth" - presumably treated to resist inscts and so far it seems to have worked!
Great and scarce WWII flying jacket.
WWII / post-war US Navy aircrew headset. Worn by the flight crews of dive bombers, torpedo bombers etc.
Very good example of the WWII US Navy aircrew communications headset. Canvas and leather headband, H-3 receivers (later designation for ANB-H-1A) and NAF marked noise attenuating cushions of hard rubber / chamois. Slight separation on stitching of leather and canvas (easy repair) and overall a very good example. These are typical of the type worn by early helicopter pilots.
Very rare WWII Soviet Air Force one-piece cold weather flight suit.
Superb, very heavy suit - similar to the Luftwaffe Bavarian suit and worn by Soviet fighter pilots as well as bomber crews operating in extreme cold weather. Brown canvas outer with complete fleece / skin lining and brown fur / fleece collar. Fastens up the front with double row of buttons over two layers of heavy fabric to keep out the wind. Has one ink stamp (appears to be Cyrillic but difficult to read) on rear half waist-belt strap and number 54A inked on lower right leg (this may be owner's serial number, unit or even aircraft number). No other markings. Very well made suit and very warm. Map pocket to chest and two flap pockets to thighs. All buttonholes are reinforced with leather. Button up external cuffs with concealed, knitted inner cuffs. Pockets and legs lined with typical blue blanket wool. Very good condition, no holes or damage, waist belt buckles with some oxidation / tarnish and minor soiling but overall great shape. USSR wartime flying clothing is extremely rare and difficult to find.
RAF Battle of Britain 1939 pattern flying boots.
To describe these as a "pair" would be a bit of a stretch. There is a left boot and a right boot, both are the correct and original 1939 pattern, but one is size 9 and the other is size 10; one has the black leather strap (broken) and the other has the webbing canvas strap. They both have original soles and heels, though the left boot has a small, crude repair. The right boot has lost most of its fleece / fur lining while the left boot has much of its fleece intact. Other than that they are in fair to good condition, with average wear to the canvas. Both have great Air Ministry embossed tags attached to the pullers (one dated 1939 and the other date-coded with the letter "B" for 1940). No doubt these could be restored with care and patience. In better shape, these scarce boots, which were issued for less than a year, would cost upwards of $500. This set is priced according to condition.
Nice early WWII AAF Type B-10 flying jacket by LSL Garment Company in very good condition and size 40.
The B-10 flying jecket was intended to replace the A-2, but was never fully accepted by pilots who preferred the "sexier" look of the leather A-2. The B-10 was, however, superior in most ways to the A-2. Green cotton outer with a fur lining and usually a faux fur collar (though some early production samples such as this had a fleece / shearling collar). Olive green knit cuffs and waistband. Unusual maroon on cream woven spec. label. Original Talon zipper works just fine. Knit cuffs and waistband show signs of mothing (see pictures) but no tears or shredding. The jacket has no damage or wear and retains its original, bright, colour. Nice clear AAF emblem printed on left upper sleeve. A very good example of a scarce jacket.
Exceptionally nice pair of WWII US Navy issue Mk I Pilot goggles by Willson Optical, with original transit case.
Lovely example of the US Navy standard issue goggles from the early 1930s until the early war years: the Mk I Pilot goggles by Willson. Bulged green glass lenses in gunmetal plated frames and original, chamois backed cushion is still pliable. Complete with leatherette covered hinged case with great nomenclature label on the end. Very hard to find in such good condition these days.
Superb pair of WWII AAF Type A-6A flight boots in near unissued condition.
Outstanding 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, other than minor surface peeling to the polyacrylate coating in a couple of places (mainly on left boot). Rubber shoe sections are soft and pliable and show hardly any wear. Zippers work perfectly, retaining original leather pullers. Leather straps and buckles are also excellent. Thick, fleece lining has no wear. Good labels indicate large size and well-known maker Converse. Nice clear and complete AAF logo decal on both boots. It would be difficult to upgrade on these!
WWII AAF Portable Oxygen Tank with canvas cover, regulator and including aircraft mount.
Beautiful and complete portable oxygen cylinder (empty and inert so safe for shipping) fitted with AN6022-1 Demand Regulator and complete aluminium aircraft mount. This mount would have been fitted at various positions inside the aircraft: in particular B-17, B-24 and B-25 bombers, so that crew who needed to move around during flight could always be sure of having oxygen at hand when needed. 44 dated. Tank still has its canvas cover and carrying strap attached. Quite a scarce item.
Beautiful pair of original RAF Mk VII flying goggles, complete with original polarizing flip screen.
A superb pair of original RAF Mk VII flight goggles, complete with original and correct polarizing flip screen. These are actually extremely rare to source these days. (A number of so-called "mint" pairs of these goggles recently surfaced but they are actually repainted old frames with replaced peather and incorrect straps). This is the real McCoy and in overall excellent condition, with 95% original ultramarine blue paint, very minor edge dings to brass, original strap (which retains elasticity) great leather and soft pads with clean chamois (named on back) and the all-important original screen. RAF issue but also favoured by USAAF pilots when they first arrived in England.
Very good condition early RAF Type C flying helmet, first type (unwired) and extremely rare Size 4, complete with A-crown-M label inside.
A really nice example of the first type C helmet, unwired with front and rear goggle strap tabs, leather chin strap and Bennetts buckle, in a very rarely encountered size 4 (ex-large). Only about 15% of all Type C helmets were made in this size and yet they are the most sought after among collectors. Letaher is in excellent condition, soft and pliable with no flaking, peeling or damage. Chamois lining is a little grubby from wear and the donut /ring inside the left ear has slight damage at the bottom (visible in photos). This could be repaired / restored but it's not significant. Best of all, helmet has a great A-crown-M label inside with its 22C/452 number, and is also embossed on the leather, below the left ear, with the A-crown-M and the 22c/452 number. A very good used helmet in a size that's near impossible to find these days.
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.
RAF 1932 pattern Battle of Britain life vest, combat used by one of "The Few" with history and provenance.
A genuine 1932 pattern life vest made from grey green rubberized cotton, with a 1938 dated Air Ministry label, fitted with the correct stole (bladder) and 3-piece joined kapok pads.
The vest is overall stained with rust spots, some of whch have worn through leaving holes in the fabric. There are weak areas and a few tears in the fabric but it is still perfectly displayable. The zip was stuck shut when I got it. I have been able to loosen it and it will slide with extreme care to show the kapoks and bladder inside. The bladder is pliable but has some minor damage at the neck but still has clear Air Ministrry markings. The buttons are missing; in all likelihood cut or torn off when the wearer was pulled from the sea, wounded. The green fabric is faded and ths stenciled "FRONT" plus instructions are barely visible, but the label is still readable. The waist and chest straps and buckles are still present. The left hand lobe is painted "A Flt" in red aircraft paint. This refers to A Flight, 600 squadron (City of London) which operated Bristol Blenheim fighters out of Manston, Northolt and Hornchurch during the Battle of Britain. The previous owner, Sgt Davies, an Air Gunner, was shot down into the English Channel in July 1940, was kept afloat thanks to this Mae West, rescued and made it back to fight another day. He was tragically killed in September, 1940. Another 600 Sq. Air Gunner and friend of Davies's, Alan Burdekin, retrieved the used Mae West and kept it until the 1980s when it was sold to a well known dealer. It comes with a letter of provenance from Alan Burdekin (one of "The Few") and the story behind it.
A rare opportunity to own one of the rarest and most sought after of all RAF items, complete with provenance and history.
WWII RAF 1941 pattern life vest "Mae West". Fabulous condition – near impossible to upgrade and COMPLETE with ALL accessories.
Correctly known as "Life saving waiscoat, stole inflated", this pattern superseded the Battle of Britain 1932 pattern life vest early in 1941. Various accessories and features were added during its production and service life, and this example is loaded and complete, dating it probably around mid-war. The A-crown-M label indicates it is a "flap type" but this example does not appear to have had the flap removed. My belief is that factories printed labels ahead of time and continued using the pre-printed labels even after the flap-type vest was abandoned. This life vest is complete with its correct fabric covered stole (or bladder) with lever mechanism; set of three early waterproofed kapok pads, Air Ministry marked and named to D.S. Rooke. It also comes complete with the following correct accessories: grab handles to the front (to help rescuers lift the wearer from the water); two piece A-crown-M marked floating lamp (wiring has hardened but intact) in fitted pocket on right hand side; celluloid whistle and lanyard in fitted pocket (note this is NOT the later white plastic whistle); dye marker tablet sewn into fitted pouch on left hand side with red cotton thread; heliograph/signal mirror with sighting tool, and yellow hi-visibility skull cap in small pocket to front. Overall conditon is near perfect. No damage, no tears and very, very clean. Bladder (stole) is pliable and will hold air.
This example would be near impossible to upgrade, and many of the accessories, notably the inflation mechanism and dye tablet, very rarely turn up for sale on the loose. Note: inflation lever mechanism can be deactivated for overseas shipping.
EXTREMELY RARE WWII RAF 1941 pattern life vest "Mae West" FLAP TYPE with flap still attached, personalized with artwork and accessories AND complete with ALL accessories.
Undoubtedly more scarce than the much coveted 1932 pattern green life vests of Battle of Britain fame, production of the "Life saving waiscoat, stole inflated, Flap Type" was quickly abandoned because of disastrous consequences. It incorporates a triangular flap, sewn at the back of the neck, with rolled kapok edges. The flap is held in place at the waist by press studs, and when in the water, these are unfastened to allow the flap to float behind the wearer for improved visibility. In practice, the flap wrapped around the wearer's head and pulled then under the water. An AMO was issued to remove all the flaps, with the result that very few exist today. This is a superb example and a very early model, dated 1941 on the label, with brass buttons, complete and personalized with artwork to the rear flap which could perhaps be researched: The name Bray over the initials AWB over Susan over 2 numbered bombs. Complete with yellow silk covered stole (or bladder) dated February 1941, fitted with lever mechanism; set of three early waterproofed kapok pads, Air Ministry marked. Vest is further personalized with the addition of a leatherette pouch for a signal mirror to the front; webbing tapes to hold an extremely rare early version of the floating light (see pictures); reinforced canvas patch with the connector for attaching to the K dinghy. It has grab handles to the front (to help rescuers lift the wearer from the water); nickel plated A-crown-M marked pealess whistle; dye marker tablet sewn into fitted pouch on left hand side with red cotton thread; yellow hi-visibility skull cap. Bladder (stole) is pliable and will hold air. Signal mirror, which is made of polished steel, has some oxidation. The red and black rubber covering on the wires connecting the floating light to its battery housing have hardeneded and much has fallen away. Some light stains and soiling, but overall conditon is very good and clean.
This is a unique example of one of the rarest items of WWII RAF flying equipment. Note: inflation lever mechanism can be deactivated for overseas shipping.
RARE Luftwaffe aircraft first aid kit as issued for use in single engle / single seat fighter aircraft.
A scarce item to find in any condition and this iexample is apporximately 80-90% complete (it lacks only the substances). Contains the dressings, bandages and tourniquet. Small, compact oilcloth case measures approx. 7" square with rigid sides, tied in such a way as to prevent water getting in and marked to front. tere is a list of contents printed on oilcloth which is attached to one end flap. See pictures for contents and if you have specific questions, please ask. A very rare item.
RARE Luftwaffe Blendspiegel signal mirror complete with yellow cotton case as issued.
A very rare item of survival equipment carried by all Luftwaffe aircrews flying over water. the Belndspiegel / signal mirror was made from polished steel, with an instruction decal on one side. It was carried in a fitted case of yellow or white fabric so as not to get scratched and usually attached to the Cahnnel pants or life vest by a lanyard. The mirror was used to direct the sun into the eyes of search and rescue personnel in aircraft or ships to atract attention. Never a common item, they are now extremely difficult to source. This example in very good to excellent condition, 95% original decal remaining, with a few splits and worn areas to the well-marked cotton case.
RARE Luftwaffe signal flare bandolier / leg strap.
The issue version of the leg flare strap made from blue-grey cotton twill with 10 "loops" for carrying signal flares. A very scarce item often reproduced; this example is guaraneteed 100% original and correct. Printed with RB number the strap is in excellent condition with the correct friction buckle.
RARE Luftwaffe Seenotleucht in original card box as issued: personal rescue light with salt water activated battery carried by fighter pilots and individual aircrew members.
Seenotleucht in unused and unissued condition, still in original box. No wear or corrosion and contained in its original cardboard box where it has most likely been for 70 years. Domed light housing, bakelite top and metal battery housing. Attached by a clothing clip on a thin chian to the wearer. Battery is salt water activated for use at sea. Printed instructions and decals complete and perfectly legible. It has evidence of very small paint smears on the metal casing (which are probably from the factory).
Interesting 1941 RAF Polish airman's war diary.
A Royal Air Force blue leather diary cover containing a 1941 dated Polish diary (with both English and Polish headings, equivalents etc) which has been fairly well kept up by a Polish airman who served with 308 squadron which flew both Hurricanes and Spitfires. 4.5" x 3.5" with extensive handwritten entries on most pages. All entries are in Polish and without having any readily available translation service I haven't been able to find out what it says. However, it is apparent he was at RAF Jurby on the Isle of Man as well as Baginton - and collected the addresses of several girlfriends! Well worth researching the names and information that can be found. Snap / stud on the closure flap has pulled through on the cover. Pages are all there and very clearly readable (if you understand Polish!). A rare and interesting item.
Interesting and poignant WWI RFC 41 Squadron Scout pilot log book and document grouping including Commission Certificate, photos and important letters.
A Royal Flying Corps hard cover log book to a fighter (scout) pilot Robert E. Taylor with 41 squadron in France, July - September 1917, flying the DH5. Killed in Action. Several interesting entries with enemy contact and anti--aircraft fire (archie). Final entry "Dived on trenches." Comes with his original Commission Certificate with George V sigature (stamped) and three letters: one from the War Office forwardng official notice of his posthumous medal entitlements and a letter of condolence from Buckingham Palace. These are quite scarce. Also included is a page from a photo album with 7 original period photographs depicting a crashed aircraft, RFC camp life and some local scenery. A rare collection of important paperwork to one of the courageous "twenty-minuters".
Important WWII RAF log book to a Mosquito nightfighter Navigator / Radar Operator with two confirmed kills and a lot more combat. 151 Squadron.
RAF log book to Sergeant E.S. James who flew as navigator / radar operator with Flt. Lt. McRitchie at 151 Squadron from May, 1942 until April, 1943 flying De Havilland Mosquito nightfighters in defence of England. They flew an incredible number of night sorties together and became a successful team. McRitchie later joined Percy "Pick" Pickard at 464 squadron and flew on the Amiens prison raid to free French Resistance prisoners (operation Jericho). McRitchie was shot down and captured during this mission, Pickard was killed.
This interesting and important log book has a lot of combat and includes two confirmed kills by McRitchie / James and one probable as well as many sightings. Later in the war, James joined 298 squadron as a glider pilot and flew a few times as second pilot on Horsa gliders. Log has many signatures and comes with several pages of research and 151 squadron history.
WWII 1940 dated RAF wooden storage case for the portable "walk-around" oxygen bottle 6D/265.
Rare find! Beautifully made wooden transit case / storage box for the portable oxygen cylinder used in multi-place aircraft such as boombers etc. by crew members moving around from one section of an aircraft to another. Case measures 14" x 5" x 5" with a hinged lid and brass catches, dovetailed corners. Well marked with Air Ministry A-crown-M and stores ref. information stencilled to top and front. Some exterior wear and bumps but solid and overall great condition. Note: the oxygen tank is NOT included.
WWII RAF aircrew dinghy / Mae West connector / quick release unit.
Attaches to the "Mae West" life vest and single seat K Type Dinghy, enabling quikc detachment once the dinghy has been deployed. A useful accessory, missing from most 1941 oattern life vests and not that easy to find on the loose
Rare chamois covered end-cap for RAF Battle of Britain type D oxygen mask.
Chamois covered alloy end-cap or transit cap for the super rare RAF Type D oxygen mask. The Type D mask was issued without electronic communication, with the wearer able to draw one of 3 different types of microphone as needed. When in training, and while communications were not used, the mask was capped with this well made hinged circular device which allowed the mask to be used for oxygen breathing. A double layer of aluminium inlcuded vents for exhaling. As with the microphones, the cap featured a hinged opening for talking or in the event of airsickness. Very good condition and 100% original.
RARE WWII Japanese Army Air Force flying boots identified to owner.
A very rare and unusual find. Japanese Army Air Force flying clothing is quite hard to source, and this is a lovely example of the leather flying boots worn by Imperial Japanese army aviators. Brown leather uppers are in very good condition, leather is solid but slightly scuffed and would definitely benefit from leather dressing; green cotton lining is in good shape. The soles are worn from use and have been resoled with rubber soles of the correct "waffle" pattern, albeit in a larger size, too big for the boots. One replacement heel is missing. Attached to the inside of one boot is a ragged cord with a large eyelet - perhaps the remains of a flag - and tied to it with a length of "gut" is the dog tag of the boots' owner. Would display fine as is but with a little work could easily be restored to make an excellent display.
Excellent early variation WWII US Navy / Marine Corps NAF 1092 flying helmet fitted with ANB-H-1 receivers and short rubber wiring loom.
A very nice and very early variation of the US Navy / Marine Corps NAF 1092 intermediate flying helmet made from sheep or doeskin leather lined with chamois and fitted with leather earcups housing ANB-H-1 receivers and the Telephonics rubber covered wiring loom. Early issue models of this helmet were made of softer and smoother leather and featured lift-the-dot fasteners on the goggle retaining tabs. They are considered quite rare (later examples were sewn down at both ends). This is a beautiful example showing light use.
Scarce WWII US Navy / Marine Corps aviator's Type C oxygen mask in unissued condition with microphone.
US Navy oxygen masks are scarce because flying from carriers and at low level, most USN / USMC aviators did not require supplemental oxygen. The exceptions were divebombers such as the Helldiver and Dauntless for which a complicated rebreather system was issued, along with this Type C oxygen mask by MSA. It is rare to find a mask fitted with the correct Type RS 83 microphone, and rarer to find one in such fine condition. Rubber is as flexible as the day it was made with minor surface stress cracks around the microphone; chamois is clean and hose is complete and shows no sign of age. Almost impossible to upgrade. Straps are fully elastic and all original snaps, buckles and connectors are present. The mask is complete with its extension hose, the microphone has its extension cord and plug.
WWII RAF Type C flying helmet wired with ANB-H-1 receivers, cor and plug. Typical US 8th Air Force combat helmet.
RAF Type C helmet, second pattern (internally wited) fitted with the HS-38 headset comprising ANB-H-1 telephone receivers, with braided cord and red PL 254 plug. Helmet shows plenty of use but is in very good condition and these receivers have obviously been in there for a long time. Slight tear to leather near oxygen mask hook (see pcitures) but does not affect appearnce or structral strength of helmet. Typical helmet worn by US fighter pilots in the 8th Air Force, such as Gabby Gabreski, etc.
Personalized WWII US AAF Type A-11 flying helmet, complete with ANB-H-1 receivers, cord and plug.
A decent example of this standard issue later war AAF flying helmet in a large size and complete with correct receivers and wiring. The A-11 was introduced in 1943 and remained in service throughout the war, undergoing a couple of minor variations on its way. This is a second model, with leather reinforcements to either side each mounted with 4 snap fasteners for the oxygen mask. The leather is in very good shape, though would benefit from a little balm or dressing. The chamois interior is also very clean showing fairly light use and wear. The helmet is however missing its leather tabbed friction buckle on the left hand side, and the botton edge (corner) on the right hand side is ragged. These imperfections could easily be restored but don't detract if the helmet is to be worn or displayed as is. A clear AAF stamp inside and out, plus a good label and a generous large size, complete with all correct electronics and the pleasing addition of the owner's name "branded" or carved into the nape. Name is also inked on the chin strap. A little TLC and this would be a first class A-11 helmet. Priced accordingly.
Good used example of a WWII AAF Type A-14 oxygen mask – possibly navy issue.
Dated 5/44, this A-14 mask is a mid-early production mask which features the early type straps (with leather reinforced fasteners) and no interior modfications usually found on later masks. It was never fitted with a microphone and was therefore most likely worn with a T-30 throat mic. Rubber is in good shape overall, no hard or soft spots and only minor cracking in the usual stress area (the thin rubber straps supporting the webbing tapes). However it is holding up well and displays nicely. Good clear markings although the AAF property mark has been intentionally obliterated (often indicating Navy issue). Good, complete used examples of the A-14 are getting more and more difficult to find.
WWII AAF Type A-9 oxygen mask (short), dated 01.42. Lacks hose but includes RARE "Juliett" strap for wearing over head.
AAF Type A-9 oxygen mask in excekkent condition, with light storage wear but no sign of perishing, cracking or hardening. Rubber is as pliable as when new! Marked and dated 1.42 and complete with all it's straps and hardware. Lacks the nosewire - looks like it ws never fitted (it was only needed if the mask didn't fit the wearer). Also lacks the hose / tube. It does includethe extremely rare "Juliett" head strap which attaches to the clips on the straps. Very hard to find accessory. The A-9 is now an extremely difficult mask to find.