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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-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

NOW $125

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

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

1920s/30s USN flying helmetN4341

1920s/30s USN flying helmetN4341

1920s/30s USN flying helmetSCN4342

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

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

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

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue5

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue5

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. 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

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

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

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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

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

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. 

$75 / £60 /€70  email to secure this item

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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

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.

 

$85 / £65 / €72  email to secure this item

NOW $50

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.

 

$85 / £65 / €72  email to secure this item

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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. 

$165 / £135 / €155   email to secure this item

NOW $100

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!

$125 / £95 / €112  email to secure this item

NOW $65

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