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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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WWII RAF Type C flying helmet, size 4 - excellent condition but needs some work on the telephone receiver cups.

 

Very good, gently worn example of the second pattern, internally wired Type C flying helmet, introduced in 1943. This is a lovely example of the second internally wired "five tab" version (with extra leather tabs to the rear for securing the wiring). The leather is in beautiful condition, nice and soft. Chamois lining is also in good condition showing very little use. Chin strap is soiled and has lost some elasticity. Best of all it's a size 4 (clearly marked on the side with the Stores Ref No. 22C/880). The one drawback (hence the low price) is that someone has cut back the rubber telephone receiver mounts. They are not cut completely and receivers can still be installed in the openings - but for accuracy the rubber telephone holders (Type G) would need to be replaced. Replacements are fairly easy to come by and it would be well worth the effort ot have a size 4 Type C helmet in such good condition. Sold as is without internal wiring or receivers.

 

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WWII RAF Type D tropical flying helmet, excellent condition, second pattern (1944) in a large size.

 

Quite scarce example of the second pattern RAF Type D  flying helmet  which shows almot no wear and was never fitted with its internal wiring loom. The helmet is extremely clean, with minor use / storage on the inside inside and is a large size 3.

Since these were also worn by the USAAF it would look good with either an internal RAF wiring loom or USAAF receivers and wiring installed. Rare to find the bigger sizes and especially in this condition.

 

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Outstanding pair of WWII AAF / US Navy Model AN6530 flying goggles.

 

Whilst not especially rare (though getting harder to find in great condition) the AN6530 goggles remain highly popular with collectors, and represent the classic American WWII flighter pilot. This pair is in exceptional conditon and would be very difficult to upgrade. All original, the frames are excellent with almost zero evidence of corrosion; the cushion is 100% original (not one of the recent reproductions) but is in perfect condition. Clear glass American Optical marked lenses are fitted. The strap is white elastic and retains its original stretchiness, and is marred only by a couple of small rust stains from the adjustment buckle. Obviously never worn and very well looked after.

 

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Stunning WWII Finnish fighter pilot's helmet with all electrics. Configured for use in German built aircraft: Me 109, Me 110, etc.

 

Grey cotton with a blue-grey satin lining, leather throat mic straps similar to German style, but single chin strap with a double ring style buckle. Telephone holders are metal, shaped with the recess for holding down the goggle strap (like German types). No label (never had one; typical of Finnish equipment). No markings on throat microphones, one of which has lost most of its black paint covering. German style plug marked VPJ4TL (as opposed to BLK v FL27560 found on Luftwaffe helmet plugs). Sheepskin and leather earpieces are marked with the size 56. Condition is excellent. The chamois on the throat microphones shows the most wear and sweatstaining and part of the chamois on one strap has worn away, but this does not affect display. Since Finnish helmets had to be configured for different aircraft types, it was not unusual to transplant electrics from one helmet to another, hence throat mic straps show more use than the helmet. Finland's WWII history is interesting. Invaded by the USSR when the USSR was in a pact with Germany, they flew mainly British/US aircraft (Blenheims, P-40s). When Germany invaded Russia, Finland allied with Germany and began using Me 109s, Me 110, Ju 88s etc. In 1944 Finland declared war on nazi Germany - by this time the Air Force was using a mix of aircraft, including German aircraft against German opposition.

 

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WWII RAF Type C flying helmet, size 4 - excellent condition but needs some work on the telephone receiver cups.

 

Very good, gently worn example of the second pattern, internally wired Type C flying helmet, introduced in 1943. This is a lovely example of the second internally wired "five tab" version (with extra leather tabs to the rear for securing the wiring). The leather is in beautiful condition, nice and soft. Chamois lining is also in good condition showing very little use. Chin strap is soiled and has lost some elasticity. Best of all it's a size 4 (clearly marked on the side with the Stores Ref No. 22C/880). The one drawback (hence the low price) is that someone has cut back the rubber telephone receiver mounts. They are not cut completely and receivers can still be installed in the openings - but for accuracy the rubber telephone holders (Type G) would need to be replaced. Replacements are fairly easy to come by and it would be well worth the effort ot have a size 4 Type C helmet in such good condition. Sold as is without internal wiring or receivers.

 

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WWII RAF Type D tropical flying helmet, excellent condition, second pattern (1944) in a large size.

 

Quite scarce example of the second pattern RAF Type D  flying helmet  which shows almot no wear and was never fitted with its internal wiring loom. The helmet is extremely clean, with minor use / storage on the inside inside and is a large size 3.

Since these were also worn by the USAAF it would look good with either an internal RAF wiring loom or USAAF receivers and wiring installed. Rare to find the bigger sizes and especially in this condition.

 

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WWII Luftwaffe tropical issue enlisted man's tunic Waffenroch in excellent condition.

 

Excellent Luftwaffe tropical uniform tunic / Waffenroch. Great conditon, with just a couple of minor issues. There is a stain at the top of the right sleeve that the consignor thinks is probably wax. Neither he nor I have tried to clean it but it might be possible. There is also a tiny (very tiny) paint mark on the back of the left shoulder. Probably period but had to let you know. No damage, holes or excessive signs of wear. It's really a beauty and 100% righteous. Brown pebble buttons, nice embroidered eagle, original shoulder boards (though not original to this tunic and slightly more faded). Well marked inside and dated 1942. THe Waffenroch differed from the Tuchroch in that it could be buttoned up to the neck. In reality, they rarely were buttoned all the way and, as in this case, the top button was often discarded. Note: this tunic has 6 buttonholes but just 5 buttons.

 

A great example in really top condition.

 

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WWII Luftwaffe tropical issue enlisted man's sidecap by Berolina, dated 1942.

 

The perfect compiment to the above tropical tunic! An excellent 1942 dated Luftwaffe tropical issue sidecap by Berolina. Shows practically no use or wear, complete with embroidered eagle and cockade to front. Size 56.

 

A great example in really top condition.

 

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Beautiful WWII Italian Air Force Regia Aeronautica officer's dress cap for the rank of Captain.

 

Excellent example of a rare WWII Italian Air Force (Regia Aeronautica) officer's service dress cap for the rank of Captain (three bands of gold lace). Absolutely beautiful gold bullion wire badge, blue grey wool cap with black leather peak and chin strap. Some surface crazing to peak, to be expeced with the age, but nothing serious and overall in excellent condition. Blue satin lining with printed tailor's details (made in Turin). A really beautiful cap.

 

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WWII RCAF Women's uniform tunic and matching skirt, both dated 1943.

 

WWII uniforms for women's branches of the military are quite scarce, for obvious reasns – there were less women in the service. This is a lovely example of a matching uniform tunic and skirt to the RCAF Women's Division, the Canadian equivalent of the WAAFs. Made from quality wool (much nicer than the serge of the British uniforms), the tunic is a size 14 (36.5 inch breast) and made by Tip Top Tailors Limited. the skirt is mathcing size 14 (27 inch waist) also made by Tip Top Tailors limited. bot are dated 1943 and in excellent condition. I have found one tiny moth nip, about 1/8-inch in diameter in the skirt - otherwise both items are near perfect and show little if any wear. Tunic includes integral belt with buckle and has shoulder eagles and corporal's chevrons on both sleeves. THere is a medal ribbon to the left breast above the pocket. All buttons are RCAF gilt.

 

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Very good set of early WWII Army Air Corps Type B-7 flight goggles with seperate cushions and clear lenses.

 

Very nice set of B-7 flying goggles with the early chisel shaped frames, tube vents and separate rubber cushions with chamois backing. Fitted with clear glass lenses and a white elastic strap which still has some stretch in it. Nickel plated frames are in very good condition with minor wear but no serious dents or dings and no corrosion or rust. Cushions are unique and 100% original. The rubber is pliable although the right hand cushion shows a little deterioration to the edge (inside the frame) they are not loose and show no signs of rotting, hardening or melting. Frames are nicely marked on the hinge USAC Goggle Type B-7. Quite a scarce find these days.

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Extremely scarce WWII Japanese Army Air Force aircrew communications throat microphone.

 

Both the Japanese Army and the Japanese Navy operated their own independent Air Forces during the war, both using completely different equipment sourced from different suppliers and totally incompatible with the other. Communications equipment from either branch is extremely rare, because usually only the leader of the squadron had electronic communications with the ground. The majority of communication with the rest of the force was by hand signals or lanterns, to keep radio silence, surpirse being key to Japaense tactics. This TTK throat microphone was an Army Air Force issue. It is marked in English, typical of early wartime manufacture. This is only the second or third I have ever seen. It is well made and in very good condition, with plated metal, brass and bakelite parts, a sturdy adjustable leather and elastic strap and braided cord. The elastic has mostly stretched out but is intact. The multi-prong plug is absent.

 

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RAF Type G oxygen mask, size Large in good condition.

 

Nice early WWII RAF Type G oxygen mask in size Large. Rubber is in very good condition, still supple with no damage and only the slightest suggestion of surface stress cracks around the nosewire lugs. Nosewire and strap retaining wire still present and firmly attached. Nice overall green hue to the rubber indicating an early production. The strap / harness is somewhat stretched out and faded but still supports the mask perfectly. Mask displays well and is fitted with the early "flat" hook for attaching to the helmet. Interior chamois lining is very clean, looks unused. Fitted with Type 48 microphone (Type 25 with short plug lead). Remains of issue / stores tag still attached to wiring. G masks are getting quite difficult to find these days, especially in good condition.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Excellent example of a WWII AAF officer's "50 mission crusher" cap in a good size.

 

Very nice example of a WWII United States Army Air Forces style "50 mission crusher". The type of hat preferred by AAF officers for comfort and to give that "crushed" looked of having been wormn with a headset (even though most pilots and crewmen wore flying helmets!). Lightweight, unlined cotton cover with a soft, very bendable leather peak with matching chin strap and nice original gilt badge. Size 7-1/8 and it fits very generously. The cap shows hardly any use or wear and has one very small nick in the fabric by the eyelet on the right hand side (see photos). Otherwise near perfect.

 

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WWII RAF War Service Dress blouse(known as battledress) to a navigator, complete with "N" wing and medal ribons.

 

Very good condition war service dress blouse, dated 1944 and in a reasonably good size 10 (remembering that these were sized to fit over heavy underwear, shirts and wool sweaters). Shows light wear and no damage, with rank lace on the epaulettes for a Flying Officer, plus a nice and original N brevet (half-wing) and medal ribbons for the 39-45 star, Burma star and defence medal.

 

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WWII RAF officer's service dress shirt with detachable collar.

 

Blue cotton shirt with close to matching collar, both in extremely good condition, showing hardly any use or wear. No markings remain on the shirt except a serial number hand inked on the tail. The collar has an excellent, clear A-crown-M and Air Ministry nomenclature. Appears to be all original buttons and is the type which opens all the way down (not the type that pulls over the head). The detachable collar shirt was standard for officers and other ranks throughout the war but very unpopular. Would make a great display piece to go with the collar stud compass in the Escape / Evasion section!

 

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RARE WWII RAF Type C microphone for  the Type D oxygen mask – as worn during the Battle of France and the early part of the Battle of Britain.

 

A difficult microphone to find in any condition, this is the Type C carbon microphone which was installed in the Type D oxygen mask for fighter pilots from 1937 to mid-1940 and then continued in use in bomber aircraft and training for several more years. When fitted with its full length cord, it was designated Type E microphone assembly. This example has had its cord cut. It can be replaced or displayed as is. An early example, made from shaped brass (later examples were made from aluminium) and covered with chamois, it contains the same basic carbon microphone that had seen RAF use for almost 10 years (and would continue for several more in the smaller housing of the Type 28 microphone assembly). Shows some use but no damage or misshaping to the brass housing, which is a refreshing change. Very good condition overall. The two small screws which secure the microphone in place top and bottom are absent (but easily replaced) and the microphone is tight and secure anyway. The chamois may have been recovered at some time but shows some age and wear. The switch is complete - not broken as many are, and operates smoothly. A decent example of a rare microphone.

 

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Rare and complete set of seven WWII dated factory manuals for the Consolidated B-24D Liberator bomber, still in their leather case.

 

A complete set of 7 hardback books pertaining to the B-24D, all with numerous photographs and illustrations, cartoons, diagrams, etc. including many multiple page fold outs. All are embossed on spine CAC (Consolidated Aircraft Corporation) or CVAC (Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation). These are official factory publications by Consolidated Aircraft.

 

Flight Manual. 188 Pages, dated 1942

Armament. 186 pages. dated 1942

Airplane General. B-24 Bombardment Airplane. 280 pages. dated 1944

Radio. 266 pages. dated 1942

Power Plant. 204 pages. dated 1943

Hydraulics. 210 pages. dated 1942

Electricity. 292 pages. dated 1942

 

Two have personal library labels inside (suggesting they may have been added to complete the set). Overall condiiton is very good, with some wear and bumping to the outsides, the gold leaf titling has tarnished with age but the bindings are solid and there is no damage to the books. Case shows use, wear and scuffing, with a couple of small splits in the leather, but is still sturdy enough to hold the books well. Named to F.B. Peyton, III. The zipper fabric has pulled away from the case. Could be repaired or replaced but doesn't detract as is.

 

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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".

 

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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.

 

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RARE WWII RAF Escape Ration Box complete with all contents (inner box still sealed) PLUS Phrase Card.

 

This is the second type of escape box issued from early 1942 comprising a flat clear acetate tray with a lid and then two pieces which slid over, one at each end, forming an outer box. The outer box has been opened (no doubt to slip the phrase card in) but the inner box appears to still be sealed with blue tape. Apart from the usual evidence of leakage from the liver toffee, and a certain amount of warping to the box overall, it is in very good shape with all contents intact. The Phrase Card, with translations of everyday terms in French, Dutch, German and Spanish, is a rare collectible in of itself. Inserted the card into the acetate box was not a unique practice, but this is a rare and interesting variation.

 

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WWII RAF breathing tube (hose assembly) for the Type G and H oxygen mask, fitted with Mk IV bayonet attachment and clothing clip and plastic screw-in connector for mask.

 

Another very difficult accessory to source these days. This example in very good used condition. Black corrugated rubber tube shows very minor surface cracks in the folds and is a bit dusty. Tube is bound at both ends with twine. Mk IV cnnector is A-crown-M marked with alligator clip in perfect working order. Metal parts overall lightly tarnished but no rust or damage. Plastic screw-in connector ready to attach to Type G or H oxygen mask.

 

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Very good pair of Luftwaffe winter weight Channel pants (trousers for holding all the survival equipment for ditching / bailing out into the sea).

 

Blue grey cotton trousers with a fur / skin lining for warmth, these highly sought after flight pants are getting harder and harder to find in any kind of usable or displayable condition. This set is in very good condition, and dates from the mid war period. The zippers are all metal and all work, the buttons and snap / press tuds fasteners are all present and there is no damage to the fabric. Some rust spatter stains to one side of the seat and minor soiling from wear, but basically these are fairly clean and very sound. All pockets are present and include all the straps and pouches for storing specific survival items. Theres is a nice clear printed tag at the waistband whcih includes an RB number. The fur is all there with no bald spots but there are a couple of small tears in the skin (corresponding to the position of the rust spatter stains on the seat). A very decent pair.

 

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Scarce accessory: an unopened pack of WW2 German cigarettes still with official paper seal intact.

 

Small packet of 12 Ramses brand cigarettes by Jasmatzi, Dresden. Pack is still sealed, unopened and makes a great display for your Luftwaffe pilot or aircrew standby room! No crushing to pack at all - it is in excellent condition except for slight yellowing to the card / paper from being 70 years old! Bright colours.

 

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Luftwaffe / Wehrmacht issue Scho-ka-kola ration in 1941 dated tin, still sealed and full.

 

Scho-ka-kola containers are not especially rare, but it is extremely difficult to source unopened examples still containing the caffeine infused chocolate as issued to all Luftwaffe pilots and aircrews (as well as other branches of the German military) as an important part of their operational rations and survival gear. Tin shows some minor wear and there are a couple of very shallow dents to the front, but nothing serious and no damage or leaking of contents. The tin is dated 1941 and maker marked on the base Hildebrand Kakao und Schokoladenfabrik GMBH Berlin N 20. Still sealed with black tape which has one small break in it, about 2 cm / .75" but glue remains over the join.

 

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WWII RAF Type B flying helmet telephone receiver housing (single) with rubber receiver holder, chamois "donut" and sponge rubber cushion. All unissued and unused.

 

Rare find! An unissued and unused original zipped receiver housing for the RAF Battle of Britain Type B flying helmet (Air Ministry stores ref. no. 22C/66). These were issued separately to the helmet and then sewn into position by the station tailor to make sure the wearer had a good fit. Comprises the leather outer complete with zip fastener in perfect working condition, chamois ring or "donut" backing and includes the rubber telephone holder sewn inside. I included a new old stock sponge rubber cushion. If you have a B type helmet in need of restoration - or just want to display this alongside a helmet to show what they look like, this will be perfect. Condition is superb, 100% original, and the A-crown-M markings and stores reference information is crisp and clear. 

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Beautiful, original WWII AAF Type B-15 flight jacket size 40 in very good overall condition and quite wearable. Unusual maker. 

 

Getting harder and harder to find in such good, solid and wearable condition and all original. Type B-15 flight jacket by Felt Novelty Manufacturing Co. Outer is still rich, bright colour showing no fading, nice ginger collar, good lining. Original Conmar zipper in good working order, clear full colour AAF emblem to left arm above pen pocket, and white AAF ink stamp inside flap. Great manufacturer's label. Original waistband has a couple of very small snags to the front which are barely noticeable. Original cuffs. Left cuffband is fine with a couple of small holes, however the sleeve fabric near the cuff has wear and ssome damage. Right cuffband has torn but could be repaired. Again, the cotton sleeve material has some tears consistent with use but could be worn as is or repaired if desired. There is also some small areas on the back of the sleeves showing blue aircraft paint. A very good, 100% original, as worn flight jacket – new to the market.

I have never seen this maker before!

 

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RARE RAF Battle of Britain 1930 Pattern Sidcot Flying Suit, complete with rare "Teddy Bear" detachable fur liner and fur collar, and with unique artwork / doodle on right sleeve. 

 

These suits are getting more and more difficult to find – and to find one complete with its liner is very unusual. The later 1940 version (identical but made from a green cotton drill rather than the rubberized linen) is more common. This example has its label indicatng 1940 manufacture so it might well have been issued to a Battle of Britain pilot.  It is in excellent condition, with one or two very tiny holes in the fabric (as seen in photos). The collar is a perfect match and the liner is the correct size and fit. Liner has a good clear A-crown-M stamp but I have not been able to find a label. I have not removed the liner from the suit because this is how I received it. THe outer suit also has ink marknugs indicating inspection or re-issue in 1942. All zips are original, Air Ministry marked and all work perfectly (main zip is a DOT, others are Lightning). Most intriguing of all is a now faded "doodle" on the right lower sleeve which says "Tate and Lyle" (the famous sugar company) with a sketch of a teapot or sugar bowl, then "Leo Moss" and a sugar cube, then something which looks like "Crap" and "Kitt". This is in faded black / brown ink and has obvioulsy been there for a long time. Definitely worthy of research!

Hard to find a better example.

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

 

Late WWII period RCAF / RCN Fleet Air Arm flying helmet made to the pattern of the RAF Type C, with leather zip-ear compartments for telephone receivers. Zips are marked Lightning Canada. Khaki heavy canvas outer is in perfect condition. The blanket lining is unused / unworn with heavy cotton twill padded "donuts". Chamois lined chin-strap fastens to both sides of helmet with buckles, and there is a snap fastener on the right for quick removal. Nice printed label inside to Palter Cap Company, Toronto, and sized at 7-1/4. Label and inside of helmet are stamped with 1943 date. This is quite a scarce helmet and is in perfect condition.

 

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WWII RAF Type G oxygen mask, complete with hose and clip, all in excellent condition, probably unissued. 

 

Beautiful WWII RAF Type G oxygen mask in absolutely outstanding condition. Grey rubber mask is clean, unsoiled, shows no signs of perishing or hardening at all, retains it factory shape. Suede lining is clean and unsoiled. There are two very small splits at the edge, one each side (under the chin) where the suede lining is cemented in place (see pictures). Very small and you have to look hard for them. Overall the condition of this mask is quite remarkable and it was probably never issued. It includes the breathing tube (hose) with correct twine binding to both ends, Air Ministry marked bayonet connector and clothing clip, plus the Type 48 microphone with its cord and plug - also in very clean condition. Small size. Straps have slight fading to one side. Hard to find a G mask in such good shape these days.

 

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WWII Luftwaffe fighter pilot headgear set, comprising LKpN101 het helmet, early 10-6701 green rubber oxygen mask and third pattern Nitsche and Gunther Splitterschutzbrille with tin case.

 

LKpN101 helmet in very good+ condition. Early model with provision for 2 strap mask only. Dark brown leather, fleece lined ear coverings. A really nice displayable example, showing some use but no abuse. Lethare has no scuffing, there is no damage to the netting, just a couple of frayed spots in the brown cloth at the back of the helmet. Plastic inserts absent from receivers but receivers present and all electrics, Mi4b (electromagnetic) throat microphones on leather strap with single press-stud / snap fastening at front; long cord and bee-hive plug. Clear woven label (maker hdc). Medium size - fits a standard male feature styrofoam display head perfectly.
Comes with an extremely rare model 10-6701 double-strap oxygen mask. A very early model of the so-called "fighter-bomber" mask by Auergesellscheft  in green rubber, with original dark green elastic strap and metal fittings, dark green corrugated breathing tube with connector and Auer marked clothing clip. Rubber mask is in excellent condition with no damage, perishing, hardening or cracking. Minor spider cracks to surface in between folds on tube as you would expect, but nothing serious. Mask shows light use and is a little grubby from storage but overall condition is excellent. Strap reains most of its elasticity. Unlike 90% of Luftwaffe masks on the market today, this one has not been restored or renovated from a salvaged wreck. it is 100% original and thus extremely rare. All straps, hardware and fabric are original. A very, very rare mask.
Also included with the helmet and mask is a superb set of Nitsche and Gunther anti-splinter (Splitterschutzbrille) goggles of the third pattern: hinged bakelite frames with clear glass lenses and a silk strap with one elasticated section at the back. Minor staining on the strap. Again, these are 100% genuine original N&G goggles - not one of the copies currently out there. They come in their original tin of issue with raised nomenclature and paper lining.

 

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Good example of a 1930s - early WWII French Armée de L'Air Model 11 protective flying helmet.

 

Considered at the time to be the best armed and best equipped miltary force in the world, the French entered WWII with a great deal of advanced know-how, including their aviation branch, the Armée de L'Air. seeing the need for protective headgear because at the higher speeds of aerial combat of 1939 and 1940, there was a lot of buffeting and impact within the confines of a cockpit, the standard pattern helmets were constructed with a rigid outer shell and lined with glove soft leather for comfort as well as maximum protection. This example is a Model 11 by E. Guéneaux and is dated June 1940. Since many French pilots escaped and fought with the RAF during the Battle of Britain, this helmet may possibly have seen action at that time. A small size (54) it nonetheless fits comfortably on a male feature styrofoam display head. The helmet has some surface scuffing but is in overall very good condition. Note the oxygen mask fittings mounted to the outer shell above the telephone receiver cups.

 

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Very nice AAF "double patch"  Type A-2 jacket, size 42 by J.A. Dubow.

 

A beautiful example of a WWII AAF Type A-2 jacket by one of the most desirable manufacturers, J.A. Dubow. This jacket is made from goatskin rather than horse or steerhide and is a generous size 42. The leather is in very good condition, the lining is clean, with some wear and tear around the inside of the collar as is usual. The main zipper and both cuffs and waistband are period replacements (Talon zipper; knit appears to be the type used for the USN G-1 jacket) and were done professionally, probably on base. The waistband has one or two small snags but the jacket is overall in excellent condition.

Now it gets REALLY interesting! The jacket has two painted leather patches. Both are original and both have been on there a long time. One shows a Boxcar with wings. It could be an early version of the 727th Bomb Squadron design. It is also possible it is is an unofficial test crew patch for the B-24 which was known among test pilots as the "Flying Boxcar". The other patch is clearly a depot or field patch, which is quite worn and difficult to identify - but would reinforce the notion of a test crew (Wright Field is where the B-24 was flight tested). There is a leather name tag to George Anthony and evidence of two other name tags sewn previously, suggesting that the jacket was most likely reissued or perhaps handed down. A great jacket, well worth further research for its history - but equally nice, and perfectly solid, for wearing.

 

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Luftwaffe electrically-wired "Channel" type Flying Jacket.

 

Very nice example of this scarce mid-war Luftwaffe flight jacket in blue grey cotton with a purple velvet lining. All zippers are metal and in good working order. Main zipper is maker marked Rapid and the two sleeve zippers are Elite. The electrical lead has been cut and the plug removed but the connectors are still in place on the sleeves. The overall condirton of the jacket is very good - very slight fading in places and a couple of tiny snags but showing only light use and wear. It has the added attraction of having an original embroidered pilot badge and rank insigina attached (left sleeve only) as well as an original embroidered breast eagle. The velvet lining is also in excellent condition. Good manufacturer's label with clear nomenclature / RB number and acceptance marks.

 

See also the electrically wired "Channel" trousers listed below. These would be listed as a set but, although they did come together, they are not quite a perfect match (but could defintely work together for display).

 

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Luftwaffe electrically-wired "Channel" type Flying trousers.

 

Exxcellent pair of scarce mid-war Luftwaffe flight pants in blue grey cotton with a blue velvet lining. All zippers are metal and in good working order, maker marked Rapid and Elite. The electrical lead is intact but cracked, plug still attached and connectors are in place on the legs. The overall condirton of the jacket is very good - showing only light use and wear with one very small repair on back (about .75 inch long). Good clear manufacturer's label to Karl Heissler of Berlin with clear nomenclature / RB number and acceptance marks. All pockets are present and include all the straps and pouches for storing survival items. 

 

See also the electrically wired "Channel" jacket listed above. These would be listed as a set but, although they did come together, they are not quite a perfect match (but could defintely work together for display).

 

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Braun manually operated rescue flashlight as issued with survival kits to Luftwaffe pilots and aircrews.

 

Black bakelite oval shaped housing with alloy operating handle and leather tab for attaching to belt / buttonhole of Channel pants. By squeezing the handle up and down, a small dynamo / generator created a current to light up a small bulb behind a magnifying glass to attract rescuers at nighttime. This example has a nice clear BAL issue / acceptance stamp to the leather tab ad is in excellent condition except for a tiny hairline  stress crack to the bakelite beneath the handle. Barely visible, it does not affect the light or its operational capability in any way - it still works perfectly.

 

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RARE Early type RAF signal / escape mirror dated 1940.

 

Photographic evidence shows this mirror being worn by pilots and aircrews by attaching it to their life vests early in the war. This mirror and frame is almost identical to the type fitted to fighters (Spitfire, Hurricane, Defiant etc) as rear view mirrors in a semi-circular housing.  It comprise a flat glass mirror in a brass frame, 4.25" diameter, painted black and with a leather strap secured to the back by means of two brass welded loops. Engraved on the back with the Air Ministry A-crown-M and Ref No. 6E/271 plus J&R.O Ltd 1940. Glass is sound, no chips, slight loss to silvering on the back. Frame is excellent though about 30% of the black paint has rubbed off. A very scarce, early war survival item.

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WWII AAF Type A-10 Revised oxygen mask in excellent condition, named and dated 4.43.

 

These early AAF oxygen masks are getting so hard to find! Really nice example of a scarce Type A-10 revised oxygen mask. Dated 4.43 to the front and also ink stamped with April 13, 1943 on the edge. The mask is also named to Lt. Decker with his serial number, stamped in ink to the front of the mask. Grey-green rubber is in excellent condition, completely pliable with no cracks, splits or any damage, just a little grubby from storage. Hose is totally intact, not crushed, no cracks and fitted with connector. Includes both webbing straps and the correct double snap clip to the left and circular hook to the right. Straps have some rust stains from the metal clips.

 

Besides needing a bit of a clean up this is an excellent mask.

 

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

 

Still the most sought after and desirable flying helmet among collectors, the RAF Type B is synonymous with the Battle of Britain. The leather is good, couple of minor surface nicks but no damage, no flaking, nice and pliable. Some verdigris around snaps. Chamois is typically grubby from Brylcream but not bad. No label (long gone per regulations) but probably a size 2 (medium). Fits a display head nicely. I would guess this to be an early example because the Bennett buckles are marked "Bennett" which was discontiniued early in production. Has metal chin strap tip, both zip pullers. I put a new/old set of RCAF sponges inside. Has both telephone holders, one is a bit melted/misshapen but it's there. Chin strap Bennett buckle has lost it's leather covering but rear strap has its covering intact.

A very good example of a scarce helmet.

 

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WWII Imperial Japanese Army Air Force fighter pilot's summer flying helmet and goggles, both personalized and sold as a set.

 

A rare piece of history. A helmet and goggles from a Japanese Army fighter pilot, both with personalized "signatures" to the owner. The helmet has Japanese characters painted along the nape and the goggles are painted on the back of the strap as well as inked on the inside of the strap. Personalized flying helmets are a rare find. This headgear definitely saw action! The leather is slightly stiff but flexible enough for display. Green cotton lining has wear and a few tears and there is a repair at the back. The leather at the rear seam has been rejoined, but you have to look closely to see it and it does not detract for display. Goggles have field / period modification to the attachment points to keep them serviceable; a few dings to the frames but lenses intact though loose. It is what it is and you get what you see - a great piece of real Pacific War aviation history.

 

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WWII US Navy intermediate weight NAF 1092 flight helmet in unissued condition.

 

Lovely example of the Naval Aircraft Factory model 1092 flight helmet in goatskin leather with a soft chamois lining. Leather is in excellent condition, with perhaps a little light sun fading to one side (barely noticeable but I have to mention it).  Has been prepared with the leather ear cups sewn to each side and "powder-puff" pads inside. Also includes the unlined chin cup. Nice Bradley-Goodrich (BG Inc) label and clear USN stamp to the back. Size 7-1/2. Not a rare helmet but this one would be very difficult to upgrade.

 

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Exceptional WWI era Imperial German Air Force Flying Helmet.

 

A typical pattern WWI German Imperial German Air Force flying helmet. Not the crash helmet so often preferred by bomber crews but the soft canvas type worn by fighter pilots (Von Richtofen is often pictured wearing one exactly like this). Khaki rubberized / waterproofed canvas shell shows light wear and use overall, brown cotton interior is clean. Slight oxidation to nickel plated metal fittings (snap studs and buckle). Helmet features the classic loop sewn to the top which was for attaching it to a belt to prevent loss when not in use, but was often used to tie a scarf or streamer to identify the wearer. Built-in neck protector. A very nice example.

 

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WWII issue RAF Mk VIII flying goggles in very good, used condition and with great WWII A-crown-M stamp.

 

Lovely used pair of wartime issue Mk VIII goggles with tinted lenses. Collectors always want to be sure with Mk VIII goggles that they are wartime issue and the best way to tell is to look for the A-crown-M (Air Ministry) stamp. This pair has a superb, crisp stamp on leather above nose. Goggles show little use but strap is somewhat stretched out. Frames with about 85% original grey paint on brass frames, leather in very good condition. Both strap and back of pad are inked with RAF serial number.

 

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Classic HB-7 headset in very good condition.

 

Issued to and worn by most WWII AAF bomber crews, the classic HB-7 comprised the HB-7 headband with ANB-H-1 receivers, wiring and plug. Letaher covering on headband is in good shape, a little dry and would benefit from some leather balm. Receivers and wiring are excellent and thin rubber ear cups are soft and pliable. A great display item.

 

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