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RAF Kit Bag showing multiple owners and dated 1940.

Exactly what every airman, including fighter pilots, carried all their kit in when they were posted from base to base. Large, heavy white canvas kit bag with grommets for securing with a rope at the top (rope not present). The circular flap tucked inside to keep everything dry and stop it falling out. Beautifully marked with Air Ministry stamp and crown plus dated 1940. Has several names hand inked and then crossed out, sadly suggesting something happened to previous owners and bag was reissued, since these traveled with an airman wherever he went. A couple of worn areas on one edge but otherwise still very strong. A great piece of history and a wonderful item for displaying with uniforms, flying kit etc. especially relating to the Battle of France and Battle of Britain. 

$80 / £62 / €72  email to secure this item

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RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

WWII RAF large size dinghy knife and scabbard.

This dinghy knife was produced in two sizes: the smaller one was often secured to the Mae West life jacket or to the one-man Type K Dinghy. This larger model (over 9" long) was issued with the multi-place dinghies carried on bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. Other than their relative size, both types were identical: cork handle (to float); curved blade with rounded point (to prevent puncturing the dinghy); and leather scabbard sewn to rubberized fabric base for cementing to the sidewall of the dinghy. The handle is secured to the scabbard with a length of cord. Knife is in excellent condition, leather very good, rubberized fabric a little dried out, but overall a very good example.

$120 / £98 / €108

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WII RAF large size dinghy knife and scabbard

WII RAF large size dinghy knife and scabbard

WII RAF large size dinghy knife and scabbard

WII RAF large size dinghy knife and scabbard

WII RAF large size dinghy knife and scabbard

WII RAF large size dinghy knife and scabbard

WII RAF large size dinghy knife and scabbard

WII RAF large size dinghy knife and scabbard

AAF Type A-2 jacket with 409th Bomb Squadron patch, large size.

 

Original horsehide A-2 jacket in overall very good condition, the leather very good, with some scuffing, but would benefit greatly from an application of leather dressing.  Original lining, though spec. tag has been removed the AN acceptance mark is still present. Original cuffs and waistband with a few snags and pulls but nothing major. Original Conmar zip works great. Jacket has a 409th Bomb Squadron patch which has been glued to the front. I do not know if glueing was a common practice – I have not seen it done before – but it is a stiff, hard glue so could be contemporary. I am dubious about the patch. At first glance I thought it was painted, but  it seems to be a decal or printed on aircraft fabric and then heavily doped or varnished before being glued on so it's possible it was done by a rigger. If anyone can provide any further insight, I'd be grateful. The 409th BS (93rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force) flew B-24 heavy bombers and was famous for participating in the raids on the oil refineries in Ploesti, among others. The jacket has stitch holes above the patch where a name tag has been removed and on both shoulders where rank insignia has also been removed. The biggest plus of this jacket, besides its overall good condition, is the size, which I would estimate is 44-46. This is a good, wearable jacket.

$850 / £640 / €715   email to secure this item

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AAF A-2 jacket with patch in very large size

AAF A-2 jacket with patch in very large size

AAF A-2 jacket with patch in very large size

AAF A-2 jacket with patch in very large size

AAF A-2 jacket with patch in very large size

AAF A-2 jacket with patch in very large size

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AAF A-2 jacket with patch in very large size6

AAF A-2 jacket with patch in very large size

AAF A-2 jacket with patch in very large size

AAF A-2 jacket with patch in very large size

AAF A-2 jacket with patch in very large size

AAF A-2 jacket with patch in very large size

AAF A-2 jacket with patch in very large size

Scarce RAF Mk VI anti-glare spectacles by Polaroid.

Excellent pair of Mk VI anti-glare spectacles, still with their original cardboard box with its paper insert sheet. Issued primarily to Coastal Command pilots and crews – which included a number of fighter squadrons – the spectacles provided enhanced visibility through haze over water. This pair is in remarkable condition, with perfect frames, clean chamois at the nose, elastic that still stretches perfectly and showing only the lightest delamination around the edges of the glass lenses.  Box has been written on with a name which may be period or may be later, but does not detract. A fine pair of what were never common spectacles and are becoming much harder to find these days.

$650 / £525 / €580  

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RAF Mk VI anti-glare spectacles

RAF Mk VI anti-glare spectacles

RAF Mk VI anti-glare spectacles5

RAF Mk VI anti-glare spectacles5

RAF Mk VI anti-glare spectacles

RAF Mk VI anti-glare spectacles

RAF Mk VI anti-glare spectacles

RAF Mk VI anti-glare spectacles

RAF Mk VI anti-glare spectacles

RAF Mk VI anti-glare spectacles

RAF Mk VI anti-glare spectacles

RAF Mk VI anti-glare spectacles

RAF Mk VI anti-glare spectacles

RAF Mk VI anti-glare spectacles

AAF Type A-1 Snap-on Visor for flying helmet.

Quite a difficult item to find because they didn't make or issue too many of these. For pilots who spent any amount of time flying in direct sunlight, these, together with sunglasses, could help alleviate glare and the stress. It required 2 male snaps fasteners to be attached to the flying helmet, usually on the hard rubber ear cups. Excellent condition and well-marked. 

 

$85 / £65 / €79   email to secure this item

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AAF Type A-1 snap on visor

AAF Type A-1 snap on visor

AAF Type A-1 snap on visor

AAF Type A-1 snap on visor

AAF Type A-11 flying helmet size Medium by Fox Chase Knitting Mills.

 

Nice example of a used - but not abused - A-11 flying helmet manufactured by Fox Chase Knitting Mills, one of the least often encountered labels in my experience. Leather is excellent, chamois lining is a little grubby from wear but there is no damage. Has several names written inside and then inked out. The small U-shaped lock on the chin strap buckle is absent but could easily be replaced and pilots almost never buckled their helmets anyway. Nice decal to side is 90% complete, which is unusual - these "water slide" decals almost always wore away. Size medium which makes it the perfect size for display on a standard male feature head. No receivers or wiring fitted. 

$150 / £122 / €126  email to secure this item

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AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

Extremely RARE RAF escape compass disguised as a standard collar stud.

One of Clayton Hutton's ingenius designs for a concealed compass for downed airmen to use for evasion and possible escape. The early rotary compass was concealed inside the flat button section of  a simple collar stud, used to attach the collar to the shirt as worn by all ranks. Originally the glass cover would have been covered with white paint for concealment, easily removed with a blade or even a fingernail to reveal the compass. Compass is in excellent working condition. Extremely rare item these days.

$575 / £445 / €530  email to secure this item

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RARE RAF escape compass collar stud

RARE RAF escape compass collar stud

RARE RAF escape compass collar stud

RARE RAF escape compass collar stud

RARE RAF escape compass collar stud

RARE RAF escape compass collar stud

RARE RAF escape compass collar stud

RARE RAF escape compass collar stud

Scarce 1920s US Navy intermediate / lightweight flying helmet.

 

This is a scarce early US Navy issue intermediate weight flying helmet, made from super high quality glove leather lined with chamois. Though the helmet is sadly not in pristine condition, the leather is still soft and pliable and actually displays well. The surface of the leather has dried out and rubbed from being folded and perhaps improperly stored, but it does not appear to be rotted or weak and the wear is to the surface. t is most noticeable on the centerline where it was folded, around the edge and the rear panel at the nape. The snaps for the goggle straps have partially pulled through but remain secure. The chamois lining has separated at the crown on the inside. However, the leather is strong and the helmet displays well. It is of the unusual pattern with the extremely long "lappi" style chin strap and buckle.  The helmet is well marked "USN" with a size tag that reads "7" and is named in two places to "Cox." A seldom seen helmet that would certainly fill a gap in most collections until a better replacement can be found. Priced according to its condition but a very scarce helmet nonetheless.

$135 /  £105 / €120  email to secure this item

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1920s/30s USN flying helmet

1920s/30s USN flying helmet

1920s/30s USN flying helmet

1920s/30s USN flying helmet

1920s/30s USN flying helmet

1920s/30s USN flying helmet

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1920s/30s USN flying helmetN4341

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1920s/30s USN flying helmetSCN4342

1920s/30s USN flying helmet

1920s/30s USN flying helmet

1920s/30s USN flying helmetCN4344

1920s/30s USN flying helmetCN4344

1920s/30s USN flying helmet

1920s/30s USN flying helmet

1920s/30s USN flying helmet

1920s/30s USN flying helmet

Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Type C Flying Helmet late war, fully wired.

 

Lovely used example of the naval version iconic flying helmet, built with radio and Gosport communications. Leather is in excellent condition, as is the chamois lining, though it is grubby from hair oil and shows use but no abuse or damage. Fitted with correct receivers, internal (partly enclosed) wiring loom and plug for the oxygen mask as well as the bell-shaped jack plug. Braided cord has a couple of worn spots, nothing serious, and rim of bell plug is chipped and broken away, but again, this doesn't particularly spoil its appearance for display. Size 2 (medium) so fits well on a standard male feature display head. Chin strap somewhat stretched out. A true veteran! This is the last version of the Type C, with the wiring not fully enclosed (making it easier for riggers to work on) and extra tabs to the rear of the helmet. 

$485 / £390 / €435  email to secure this item

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RN Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet wired

RN Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet wired

RN Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet wired

RN Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet wired

RN Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet wired

RN Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet wired

RN Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet wired

RN Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet wired

RN Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet wired

RN Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet wired

RN Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet wired

RN Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet wired

RN Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet wired

RN Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet wired

Early Luftwaffe model FK34 Summer Flying helmet.

 

A very early production FK34 Summer Flying Helmet in very good clean condition. Nice salt and pepper weave cotton fabric body with brown cotton lining, leather trim and heavily plated hardware. Super high quality. This helmet was designed for pre-radio days and was usually worn by pilots of single seat aircraft, and even gliders (many early photos show this type of helmet being worn by Me109 pilots). Condition is great. It has a simple label inside with the RB Number printed and size 55, pretty small - suggesting perhaps a young trainee glider pilot. Early examples like this are not common.

$200 / £165 / €185  email to secure this item

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Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Lovely RCAF Canadian made Type B flying helmet in a large size 3.

Excellent example of the Canadian made flying helmet based on the iconic RAF Type B. Lovely soft chestnut brown leather with soft chamois lining, zipped ear compartments for telephone receivers (not fitted), leather chin strap and chrome plated metal buckles. Inside is marked with broad arrow inside a large "C" and size 3. It is also named iniside one of the ear cups. A really nice gently used example.

$425 / £330 / €395  email to secure this item

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RCAF Type B flying helmet

RCAF Type B flying helmet

RCAF Type B flying helmet

RCAF Type B flying helmet

RCAF Type B flying helmet

RCAF Type B flying helmet

RCAF Type B flying helmet

RCAF Type B flying helmet

RCAF Type B flying helmet

RCAF Type B flying helmet

RCAF Type B flying helmet

RCAF Type B flying helmet

British Army tank crew and RN Fleet Air Arm throat mic. No.2 Mk II

 

Contracted by the Army for use in armoured vehicles, the No. 2 Mk II throat microphone was also adopted by the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm for use in low level aircraft such as the Swordfish. This example appears unissued and is still in its original box. Minor oxidation but no damage and cable is completely pliable. Note: the RAF did NOT issue or use throat microphones during WWII - only the Army and Fleet Air Arm. Unusual to find one in such good condition and boxed.

$120 / £95 / €110  email to secure this item

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Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Army/ Fleet Air Arm throat mic.

Luftwaffe Channel trousers in blue suede, complete and in very good condition, 1943 dated.

Lovely pair of Luftwaffe Channel trousers in blue suede leather with heavy cotton fabric reinforced areas and large bellows pockets for carrying survival equipment when flying over water (hence the name). Overall condition is used but very good. I can find one very tiny hole in the suede, just below the satin waistband (barely shows although I tried to show it in the photos). There is some wear to the cotton on the inside of the pockets but only on one of the multiple layers of cotton fabric. All zips are metal and in very god working order with leather tabs still attached; all buttons present although one of the buttons on the waist is a period field replacement. Leather loops for securing flares and smoke canisters present; flag pocket on leg present, built in holster for flare pistol is good. So often these pockets are removed inner tabs are missing - these are complete. Great label with RB number and issue date of 1943.

$875 / £670 / €775  email to secure this item

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LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

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LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue5

RAF 1941 pattern  gauntlets. 

 

A good pair of RAF 1941 pattern flying gauntlets. As is often the case, not a perfect match - but very close in appearance. One is marked size 9 and the other size 10 - though in fact there is no discernable difference and without doubt they were issued and worn as a pair. They show use but the leather is very good and soft, if somewhat grubby. There is a very neat period repair to the index fingertip on the right hand, but you have to look hard to find it. I would say these belonged to a gunner, because the right hand shows slightly more wear than the left, and is a little dirtier, especially around the trigger finger. Both zips work perfectly. Overall a vey good, used example, both nicely marked.

$250 / £200 / €225  

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RAF 1941 pattern gloves

RAF 1941 pattern gloves

RAF 1941 pattern gloves

RAF 1941 pattern gloves

RAF 1941 pattern gloves

RAF 1941 pattern gloves

RAF 1941 pattern gloves

RAF 1941 pattern gloves

USN M-592 Survival Kit Backpack - early example.

Lovely early example of the US Navy M-592 Emergency Survival Kit Backpack, worn as a back cushion under the seat type parachute primarily by fighter pilots flying in jungle and tropical areas. Pack is in excellent condition, with all compartments and straps in place - no contents.  Made from heavy green waterpoofed canvas rather than the more commonly seen "battleship" grey oilcloth. This example appears to be unissued judging by the condition. Talon zip closes from both ends and works perfectly. Canvas straps are clean. Getting to be a difficult item to find.

 

$250 / £190 / €230  email to secure this item

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USN M-592 survival kit backpack

USN M-592 survival kit backpack

USN M-592 survival kit backpack

USN M-592 survival kit backpack

USN M-592 survival kit backpack

USN M-592 survival kit backpack

USN M-592 survival kit backpack

USN M-592 survival kit backpack

USN M-592 survival kit backpack

USN M-592 survival kit backpack

Complete AAF Pilot's Navigation Kit to pilot of 489 BG, 846 BS, 8th AF.

 

The most complete example of one of these kits I have ever come across, named to Lt. W.S. Buckmaster, 489 BG, 846 BS. The leather case is in excellent condition, with just little wear at the edges and fully functioning zip fastener and contains the owner's photo ID card plus some printed name tapes; 11 wartime aeronautical charts of the US, mostly east coast plus Pheonix, Detroit, Milwaukee, etc.  Additional 5 charts of Asia and the Pacific, Indian Ocean, Philipines, etc plus military street maps of Tokyo and Manila. Owner was in Europe with 489BG and then later in the Pacific.  Includes several blank navigation plotting sheets and landing fields/bases en route. Also includes his "housewife" sewing kit and E6-B computer. A full case in great condition which would be well worth further research.

$475 / £365 / €425  email to secure this item

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AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

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AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete4430

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

Scarce and interesting near complete set of 24 WWII Royal Navy Admiralty charts of the Mediterranean plus 4 additional charts including Spain, Portugal and North Africa.

The first time I have ever seen these. From the estate of a Fleet Air Arm Observer who flew in Swordfish, Albacore and Avenger aircraft from various carriers. This is a near complete set of charts (numbered sheets 1 to 26 with only sheets 18 and 24 missing). Each sheet is printed on very heavy paper, single sided, approx. 17" x 17" (43cm x 43cm). In additon, there are 4 additional sheets: Spain and Portugal, N. Africa (2) and a different scale Mediterranean (Italy). 28 total sheets. All are dated from 1939-42 with some annotations. Very good condition overall, one or two are grubby from storage but no damage. Excellent for a table top or wall display. If no one buys as a set I will consider selling separately.

 

$150 / £115 / €135  email to secure this item

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RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RARE RAF / Fleet Air Arm glass mounted aircraft recognition slides of later wartime / early postwar aircraft 

The last of a large batch I bought of the many years ago. These are official Air Ministry / Admiralty Aircraft Recognition slides, 3" x 3" (75mm x 75mm) with the celluloid slide mounted between two sheets of glass. Many rare aircraft are featured - including the Saro A1 jet flying boat fighter, Sea Hornet, Sea Vampire, Sea Fury, Meteor, etc. (see pictures). All are in excellent condition; 2 have hairline cracks in one side of the glass but are securely held together by the taped edge. One has a series of spider cracks in one side but is again held securely by the tape. Will be well-padded for safe posting (they came to me from the UK).  16 slides in total.

$90 / £70 / €80  email to secure this item

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RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

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DSCN2082RAF aircraft recognition sli

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

Rare 1942 RAF dropped propaganda leaflet "Le Courier de L'Air" no. 2 

 

Though The RAF dropped these by the thousand in the early days of the war, very few propaganda leaflets survive, and this original from 1942 is absolutely superb. A 4-page bulletin dropped on France tells the French people that  General Wavell is in charge and that the American army will soon be arriving in Europe! The back cover is devoted to assurance that the Russian winter will take care of the German army! It also publishes the frequencies at which French patriots can tune in and listen to BBC broadcasts on the radio! Excellent condition, no damage and minor soiling to front. At great risk, the RAF often flew missions where they dropped leaflets instead of bombs, or else dropped them on civilian targets on their way to or from a bombing mission. A rare piece of history.

$120 / £92 / €108   

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RAF dropped propaganda leaflet

RAF dropped propaganda leaflet

RAF dropped propaganda leaflet

RAF dropped propaganda leaflet

RAF dropped propaganda leaflet

RAF dropped propaganda leaflet

Complete and original "Erection and maintenance manual for the  P-38 Lightning models H, J and F." 

 

Simply gargantuan and amazing, especially for any true fan of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning. Dated April 15, 1944 and published by the AAF commanding general, this 758 page leatherette bound book,  12 x 9 inches, and illustrated throughout, tells you everything you would need to know to build a P-38 Lightning as well as maintain it in flying condition. An invaluable tool for anyone who owns one, but as a historical document simply unequal in its depth and detail, with many folding out pages, diagrams of every system and complete list of parts. Over 2-inches thick! Excellent condition, with oxidation to the gilt titling on the cover but no other wear or damage.

$250 / £195 / €225  email for more details

NOW $150

AAF P-38 Lightning COMPLETE

AAF P-38 Lightning COMPLETE

AAF P-38 Lightning COMPLETE

AAF P-38 Lightning COMPLETE

AAF P-38 Lightning COMPLETE

AAF P-38 Lightning COMPLETE

AAF P-38 Lightning COMPLETE

AAF P-38 Lightning COMPLETE

AAF P-38 Lightning COMPLETE

AAF P-38 Lightning COMPLETE

AAF P-38 Lightning COMPLETE

AAF P-38 Lightning COMPLETE

AAF P-38 Lightning COMPLETE

AAF P-38 Lightning COMPLETE

Official Air Ministry manual / dossier for Avro Lancaster B Mk III ME545 and the Round the World Flight of 1946.

 

The official, original Air Ministry manual prepared for and used on a historic round the world flight, departing from RAF Watton on October 21st, 1946  and returning on December 17th. Her mission, as an equipment test bed with the Radio Warfare Establishment & Central Signal Establishment at RAF Upwood and RAF Watton was to service test radio communications, navigation, radar and radio direction finding equipment, British and American, in place at RAF stations throughout the world. This dossier includes lists of all equipment being tested (much of which was secret and classified at the time), route maps of the flight, technical data on ground receiving stations and RAF stations en route, frequencies used, reports and detailed results. The minutes of all meetings, both prior to, during and after the flight are included. Historical notes include problems to be anticipated en route in certain areas (India, Suez etc), which were still under British rule at the time. A fascinating and historic document containing information that contributed greatly to the future defence of Great Britain and the Commonwealth.

Approx. 100 pages including fold-out maps, checklists etc.

Prior to the Round the World flight, ME545 served operationally in WWII with 186 Sqn, 218 Sqn (code XH-L nose art “Lovely Lou”), 22 MU, 15 MU and 38 MU before being transferred to the Radio Warfare Establishment & Central Signal Establishment at RAF Upwood (as WB-E) and RAF Watton (as V7-E).

The aircraft was scrapped, 25 April 1950. Some copy photos are included.

 

$75  / £59 / €69  email for more details

NOW $50

Avro Lancaster round-the-world $75

Avro Lancaster round-the-world $75

Avro Lancaster round-the-world $75

Avro Lancaster round-the-world $75

Avro Lancaster round-the-world $75

Avro Lancaster round-the-world $75

Avro Lancaster round-the-world $75

Avro Lancaster round-the-world $75

Avro Lancaster round-the-world $75

Avro Lancaster round-the-world $75

Avro Lancaster round-the-world $75

Avro Lancaster round-the-world $75

Avro Lancaster round-the-world $75

Avro Lancaster round-the-world $75

Avro Lancaster round-the-world $75

Avro Lancaster round-the-world $75

Avro Lancaster round-the-world $75

Avro Lancaster round-the-world $75

WWII RAFVR lapel badge

Beautifully made gilt and enamel lapel badge measuring just 0.75" x 0.5" across with a buttonhole fitting on the back.  The RAF Volunteer Reserve was  a valuable resource of pilots and aircrew in WWII, most of whom learned to fly at their own expense prior to the war and were the first to be called up when hostilities broke out. This small badge may  have been worn on civilian clothes or given as a gift to loved ones to show their support. A lovely badge from the earliest days of the organization showing wear but no damage.

 

$35 / £28 / €32   email to secure this item

NOW $25

WWII RAF VR lapel pin

WWII RAF VR lapel pin

WWII RAF VR lapel pin

WWII RAF VR lapel pin

WWII US Army/Air Corps pendant based on the  "Miraculous medal of Our Lady" religious message in sterling silver.

Sterling silver pendant with red, white and blue enamel circular "stars and stripes" shield at the top, with angel's wings to protect the wearer and virgin Mary figure under the word "Army" with a prayer encircling her. The reverse depicts the "Miraculous Medal of Our Lady" featuring a monogram M, stylized as a priest's stole, below the Cross, surrounded by stars and ornaments. Exceptionally nice piece no doubt given lovingly to a Catholic son or husband to protect him from harm. 

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Sterling CBI religious pendant

Sterling CBI religious pendant

Sterling CBI religious pendant

Sterling CBI religious pendant

Set of 2 Distinctive Insignia for the Army Air Corps Advanced Flying Training School. 

Lovely matching pair of enameled DIs, pin back and maker marked NS Meyer bearing the famous UT VIRI VOLENT scroll under the flaming torch. Excellent condition.

$25 / £20 / €23 

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AAF Advanced Flying School DI set

AAF Advanced Flying School DI set

IMG_339AAF Advanced Flying School DI

IMG_339AAF Advanced Flying School DI

RAF / army motor cycle desptach rider's gauntlets dated 1943.

Superb pair of motor cycle despatch rider's gloves / gauntlets made from yellow leather and issued to RAF and army motorcyclists. Similar to flying gloves (and may well have been used as such) the glove part is lined with fleece and the gauntlet/wrist section is lined with soft chestnut leather. Well marked with a War Dept broad arrow and dated 1943 with maker stamp to Ricketts Ltd. of Yeovil. Owner has written his serial number on both gloves, which, interestingly enough, are a perfect matched pair! Size 9.5.

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RAF/British army despatch rider's gloves

RAF/British army despatch rider's gloves

RAF/British army despatch rider's gloves

RAF/British army despatch rider's gloves

RAF/British army despatch rider's gloves

RAF/British army despatch rider's gloves

AAF / USAF Type N-2 Aircrew Mittens.

Issued for extreme cold weather flying, and no doubt intended for wearing over other warm gloves. Gloves are in superb condition, appear unissued and made from unlined brown leather with moccasin style stitching. Well marked inside with what appears to be a 1949 contract order date. US Air Force white ink stamp on back of both hands. First pair of these I have ever encountered. Interesting item of flying clothing from between WWII and the Korean War, when the AAF was transitioning into the USAF and still using brown leather for a lot of flying kit. 

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AAF Type N-2 Aircrew Mittens

AAF Type N-2 Aircrew Mittens

AAF Type N-2 Aircrew Mittens

AAF Type N-2 Aircrew Mittens

AAF Type N-2 Aircrew Mittens

AAF Type N-2 Aircrew Mittens

WWI RFC privately-purchased fur-backed heavy gauntlet mittens.

A good example of the type of handwear worn early in the war by airmen subject to extreme cold at altitude. These mittens have long, heavy gauntlets covered with thick, dense and fairly coarse fur, with leather palms and linen linings. The gauntlets are not only long, but also wide enough to fit over the heavy leather coats worn by aviators. Though the fur has a few worn spots and some splits to the skin, it is not shedding, and is still remarkably strong. These gauntlets display very well with the classic long chestnut brown leather flying coat. There are no markings that I can see, but in the early days of war, airmen, who were mostly officers, were expected to provide their own flying clothing and equipment, and bought from leading department stores and clothiers.

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RFC fur gauntlet mittens

RFC fur gauntlet mittens

RFC fur gauntlet mittens

RFC fur gauntlet mittens

RFC fur gauntlet mittens

RFC fur gauntlet mittens

RFC fur gauntlet mittens

RFC fur gauntlet mittens

RFC fur gauntlet mittens

RFC fur gauntlet mittens

RAF dinghy leak stoppers Type A - small. Full package of 6 in original paper wrapping with RAF stores info.

One of those super scarce accessories that rarely turns up: an unused, unissued package of 6 of the small leak stoppers issued with all dinghies (one man and multi-place types). Solid rubber flexes and barbs prevent them from coming out once fitted. These replaced the earlier screw-in types. Price is for complete package of 6.

 

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RAF dinghy small leak stoppers packet of  6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy small leak stoppers packet of 6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy small leak stoppers packet of  6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy small leak stoppers packet of 6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy small leak stoppers packet of  6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy small leak stoppers packet of 6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy leak stoppers Type A - Large. Full package of 6 in original paper wrapping with RAF stores info.

One of those super scarce accessories that rarely turns up: an unused, unissued package of 6 of the large leak stoppers issued with all dinghies (one man and multi-place types). Solid rubber flexes and barbs prevent them from coming out once fitted. These replaced the earlier screw-in types. Price for complete package of 6.

 

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RAF dinghy large leak stoppers packet of  6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy large leak stoppers packet of 6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy large leak stoppers packet of  6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy large leak stoppers packet of 6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy large leak stoppers packet of  6 with original wrapping

RAF dinghy large leak stoppers packet of 6 with original wrapping

AAF Type N-6 16mm Gun Camera for P-47, P-51 fighters etc.

16mm gun camera which was installed inside the wing of fighters including the P-51, P-47, P-38 etc. and electronically activated as the gun button was pressed to record footage of actual combat with enemy aircraft. This example has the added feature of a detachable viewfinder mounted on one side, so it could also be used manually - missing from most examples. Camera is in excellent condition, with no damage or dings, just very light wear. Lens by Eastman looks very good. Back opens to receive film canister and camera is well marked. manufactured by Morse Instrument Co. of Hudson, Ohio. 

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AAF Type N-6 Gun Camera

AAF Type N-6 Gun Camera

AAF Type N-6 Gun Camera

AAF Type N-6 Gun Camera

AAF Type N-6 Gun Camera

AAF Type N-6 Gun Camera

AAF Type N-6 Gun Camera

AAF Type N-6 Gun Camera

AAF Type N-6 Gun Camera

AAF Type N-6 Gun Camera

AAF Type N-6 Gun Camera

AAF Type N-6 Gun Camera

AAF Type N-6 Gun Camera

AAF Type N-6 Gun Camera

RAF / RCAF Morse code aircraft identification transmitter switchbox No. 2 Mk III. 5C/372

Transmitter for aircraft identification, it sends out a steady signal or can be overridden to tap out a Morse code message. Perfect condition and appears to be fully-functioning, hinged on left to open and printed instructions are inside. A rare item that saved many lives!

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RAF / RCAF IFF morse transmitter

RAF / RCAF IFF morse transmitter

RAF / RCAF IFF morse transmitter

RAF / RCAF IFF morse transmitter

RAF / RCAF IFF morse transmitter

RAF / RCAF IFF morse transmitter

RAF / RCAF IFF morse transmitter

RAF / RCAF IFF morse transmitter

RAF / RCAF IFF morse transmitteN4376

RAF / RCAF IFF morse transmitteN4376

RAF signal flare container tin for 6 x 1"  flares, dated 5/45.

 

Sturdy black tin, 6" x 3.5" x 1" (16cm x 9cm x 2.5cm) with hinged lid for storing 6 x 1" flares as carried on board aircraft for signaling "Friend or Foe" or to signal tower of a problem when radio was damaged or otherwise not working. Excellent condition with minor surface oxidation in a couple of places, some slight scratches to surface. In addition to markings, lid has raised circle shape stamped so it can be felt in case of complete darkness. Tin is dated May 1945.

Three available: double red star, double yellow star and double green star.

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RAF signal flare tin container - double yellow star

RAF signal flare tin container - double yellow star

RAF signal flare tin container

RAF signal flare tin container

RAF signal flare tin container

RAF signal flare tin container

RAF signal flare tin container - double yellow star

RAF signal flare tin container - double yellow star

RAF signal flare tin container - double yellow star

RAF signal flare tin container - double yellow star

RAF signal flare tin container - double yellow star

RAF signal flare tin container - double yellow star

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