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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.

 

£28 / $35  / €30  email for more details

SALES February 2019

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RAF 1940 dated Other Ranks side cap.

 

Excellent example of an early Battle of Britain period RAF side cap - perfect for display with the OA Sergeant Pilot's  jacket listed above! Nice label and complete with well-polished brass badge and buttons. One tiny hole on reverse - otherwise superb.

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RARE Luftwaffe telescoping flag pole carried in leg pocket of Channel Trousers.

 

Extremely rare survival item: the telescoping flagpole carried by Luftwaffe fighter pilots in the long leg pocket of their Channel trousers. This flagpole is in very good to excellent condition. It opens and closes fully and easily with all its spring loaded catches securely in place. The sections are straight and clean with only the plate at the top (made of steel) showing and signs of oxidation (which has been cleaned). A large yellow flag, issued separately and NOT included, would have been secured to the split ring at the top of the pole and to the small keyhole in one of the lower sections, and it was used to attract the attention of rescue aircraft and surface vessels. it could also be used as a makeshift sail if there was a prevailing wind, although this was not encouraged, because it tired out the airman. The Luftwaffe preferred to allow dinghies to drift and provided such survival items as flags, flares and smoke flares, lights and transmitters. A mega-rare item in exceptional condition. This was found recently on the island of Jersey.

 

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WWII AAF waterproof match safe as issued with the Type C-1 Emergency Sustenance Vest.

 

Green plastic screw-top container for keeping matches dry, with a fitted compass and level in the lid. Manufactured by Livingston Plastics Corporation, the case still contains matches. Clear window is slightly discolored but compass is in good working order. 3.25" high by 7/8" diameter. Scarce survival item.

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Scarce AAF ESM2 Signal Mirror for the C-1 Emergency Sustenance Vest.

 

The ESM2 was identical to the ESM1 except that it was 1-inch narrower in order to fit into the correct pocket in the Emergency Sustenance Vest Type C-1. While the ESM1 was issued with life vests and raft kits, the ESM2 was only issued with the vests and is therefore much less common. Superb example in excellent condition, unissued and still contained in its paper envelope.

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AAF issue Insect Repellent for the C-1 Emergency Sustenance Vest (tin only, no contents remain).

 

A rare survival accessory. This small green painted tin carried in one of the pockets of the C-1  Emergency Sustenance Vest 

contained Insect Repellent. Very rarely found on the loose. Contents have evaporated over time. Tin is wrapped in cellophane to prevent handling in case any contents remain.

 

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AAF / USN Emergency Signalling Mirror Model ESM1.

 

The ESM1 was the AAF and USN first model signal mirror / heliograph for directing sunlight in the direction of Air Sea Rescue aircraft and ships and jungle rescue aircraft to allow them to pinpoint the position of the man down and in need of rescue. It was large and heavy and of course breakable, being glass but nonetheless issued in the C-1 sustenance vest and as part of most survival kits. This example is in very good condition, with no chips or scratches visible and retaining its lanyard.

 

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RAF Aircraft Inspection Lamp, Mk II.

 

Fabulous piece of flight equipment, used on board bomber and reconnaissance aircraft to look for damage and effect repairs etc. while in flight and probably on ops (Stores ref prefix codes of 5D/ and 5C/ indicate aircraft NOT ground use).  6" long x 2.5" diameter (152mm x 64mm) not including the hooks and handle extended, the lamp comprises a cylinder of blued metal containing a long braided cable and a shielded light with hanging hooks at both ends. Cable can be extended and then wound up using one of the hooks which doubles as a handle. Bulb is still intact and both the lamp and the plug are well marked with Air Ministry mark and stores ref. information. 

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RAF crash axe dated 1940.

 

Another scarce item. This heavy crash axe features a sharp chopping blade on one side and an equally sharp pick axe blade on the other. Though the blade shows some pitting and has been sharpened (as it should have been during its service life!) it is in overall very good condition. Hard rubber handle is intact. Blade is marked with A-crown-M and maker mark of Hillington with date of 1940. These were carried on board aircraft and also used by firefighters for rescue on crashed aircraft. A very nice example.

 

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ARP / LDV "Gas rattle" used to warn of impending air raids.

 

These wooden "rattles" were originally produced in WWI and used to warn of gas attacks which were anticipated but never came. In WWII they were used again, in many cases modified by having a metal "sound" box attached to make them louder, as with this one, and at that time they were stamped with new nomenclature and dates. This one was evidently modified in 1942 in anticipation of future air raids. Carried by ARP wardens and Local Defence Volunteers to help rally the public and herd them into shelters. Not a common item because the flange or shimmy which makes all the noise is actually quite thin and fragile - and because after the war, many were painted in the colours of football clubs and used by supporters to make a lot of noise!

 

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RAF Mk VII Flying Goggles with cut down 

frames and welded spring across the bridge.

 

No one seems sure of the origin of these goggles, but they are seen often enough that the general consensus is that they could well be some kind of "unofficial/official" modification. Perhaps as an interim issue due to early production shortfall of the Mk VIII. Mk VII goggle frames have been carefully cut down to the size of Mk VIII frames with a nice rolled edge and the addition of a strong spring welded in place to provide a flexible bridge. The pads are left in place. This pair has a strap from the night training goggles added which is well marked with stores ref. number and broad arrow in yellow. Lenses show some delamination (looks worse in the photos than it actually is) but frames, pads and strap are excellent. 

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Late WWII deck helmet of the type worn by flight deck personnel on aircraft carriers.

 

Dark blue deck helmet with a black cotton lining and a neck flap, using the same pattern as the 1930s green corduroy flying helmet and incding tabs for securing goggles in place. These were worn by flight deck crews, aircraft handlers, radiomen etc. on aircraft carriers engaged in refueling, rearming and keeping US Navy aircraft in the air. Nice example with the number 37 stencilled to front. I'm unsure of the signficance of the stencling; could be a crew position or might possibly refer to CV-37 which was an Essex class carrier, USS Princeton,launched in 1943.

 

 

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AAF / USN AN6530 flying goggles.

 

Perfect for a re-enactor or for use as a filler, these goggles feature original manufacture frames and strap, with replacement separate rubber cushions and plastic or acetate lenses. The lenses are a wonderful shade of bright green, of which a similar type existed in WWII for sky loot use, especially in reconnaissance aircraft or those flying at sea. They can be worn safely, without risk of the lenses shattering or of the rubber becoming old and perished.  The strap is also original.

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WWII 1945 dated US Navy Polaroid model N-2 (M-1944) goggles in box with extra lenses and instructions.

 

M-1944 "All-Purpose" goggles by Polaroid as issued to USN personnel, especially pilots and aircrews. The USN designation was N-2 and these goggles are double marked (instruction sheet uses N-2 and M-1944 interchangeably). Goggles have clear lenses fitted, although lenses have "bubbled" slightly. Extra lenses of red (dark adaption) and neutral grey are included in an envelope with printed instructions. Goggle frames are USN marked and 1945 dated. Rubber is still perfectly pliable.

 

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AAF Variable Density Goggles in original metal case with two extra red flip screens and full instructions.

 

Variable density goggles were issued to Air Gunners for watching the angle and success of their shootong, and also to crews flying atomic missions so they could watch a nuclear blast with some degree of safety to their eyes. Nice complete set in originalk case and still packed with tissue. Rotating lenses have deteriorated (one darkens well, the other not so well) and the fitted red screen has warped. Two additional red screens are included in separate envelopes, also sligjtly warped but much better. possibly could be flatttened out with warm water or a hair dryer - but that is a project for the new owner. 

 

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AAF Type A-11 Flying Helmet, large size in unissued condition.

 

The best example of an A-11 flying helmet I have seen in a long time. I do not like to use words like "mint" to describe artifacts that are 80 years old, but this helmet has clearly never been issued or worn and would be very difficult indeed to upgrade. The leather is superb, the chamois lining is pristine and it is fully wired with the correct ANB-H-1 receivers, cord and plug - plus, it's a large size (however I do not recommend that anyone should consider wearing an item in such great condition as this). A fabulous helmet.

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AAF Type AN6543 Flying Helmet, large size, named.

 

A scarce AAF flying helmet. Most AN6540 series helmets were US Navy issue and labeled as such. This is the first AN6543 helmet I have come across with a AF contract / order number. Made by Slote and Klein. It is named inside the nape to Myles Busse with his serial number. Included in the description are two crew shots of Busse wearing this helmet! (These are digital images but I will include copies with the sale). Condition is overall very good, with no damage, no snaps pulled through and shearling in good condition, with just normal surface wear. Snaps have verdigris and oxidation. Large size. Worthy of research.

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Scarce WWII RAF Other Ranks service dress uniform shirt with separate collar.

 

Getting to be quite a difficult accessory to source these days.  Other Ranks' blue cotton shirt with half-button front and separate collar. The other ranks' shirt differed from the officer's shirt in being a duller, grey-blue shade and is more difficult to find than the officer's shirt. This example is in very good condition, with no damage or excessive wear that I can see, either to the short or the collar. Shirt is dated 1943 with a broad arrow ink stamp. Collar is a good match for the shirt and is Air Ministry marked. All buttons are present. Slightly grubby from storage but overall a very good example.

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US Navy aircraft radio push-to-talk switch.

 

Fairly scarce accessory. This push-to-talk switch connects to the oxygen mask mounted RS-83 microphone which was fitted to the Type C oxygen mask, or the RS-76 throat microphone. Unused, unissued condition, well-marked to Telephonics Corporation, the rubber coated wire is pliable with no cracks or damage. Single pin female plug receptor and streamlined, hand-held switch housing. One only.

 

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RAF Mk III Flying Goggles.

 

First introduced in the early 1930s and still used by fighter pilots dung the Battle of Britain (as well as bomber crews), the Mk III predate the Mk IIIa by a few years, even though they are basically the same design, but with wider pads to protect the forehead and cheeks from cold weather. Air Ministry marked examples are relatively rare, and this example is in very good condition. No loss to the springs, good leather, light scratching to lenses and lovely crisp A-crown-M markings with a readable date of 1935.

 

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WWII RAF Type B helmet / D oxygen mask "face defenders".

 

Attach to the inside of the Type B helmet mask snaps, or sewn to the edges of the D mask for wear with the B helmet. Chamois lined webbing strips with male snap fasteners. A nice matching pair with crisp A-crown-M ink stamps. Appear to have been sewn to a mask at one time. These are getting to be a scarce accessory.

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WWII Luftwaffe late war flying boots. Single zippers. In need of restoration.

 

A nice looking pair of Luftwaffe flying boots, probably mid-to-late war period, having all leather shoe and uppers except for the upper inside panels of each boot which are black suede. Both suede panels on the right boot have tears in them. The leather on both boots is in great shape and the original Wilop soles are still present (though well worn, they are intact). The fleece linings are good and all straps and snap fasteners function (snaps marked Koh-I-Noor). Unfortunately, the zippers on both boots have several teeth missing and do not function. However, both retain their pullers (marked "Olympia") and could, with patience, be restored. A decent entry level pair for display as-is, especially at the low price, but could definitely be improved with some restoration.

 

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WWII RAF 1941 pattern life vest.

 

An original 1941 pattern "mae west" life vest, but this can at best be described as fair. It is a possible project for restoration for a re-enactor or an entry level display. Though mostly complete and clean, it has some damage to the collar, behind the wearer's head. It might be possible to repair this with care. The zip fastener has been replaced with a modern zip - again, this could be removed ad replaced with an original or better facsimile. Some of the press studs have pulled through; the leg tapes have been removed and reattached; the pocket for the oral inflation the has been repaired. Finally, the dye pouch flap has been cut away. The lever flap, light pocket, handles, buttons and tapes remain, and the vest is otherwise quite sound and, unless closely examined, actually looks quite good. It has a wonderful early A-crown-M label. Sold as a project / spares and priced accordingly. 

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RARE WWII RAF Emergency Rations tin with contents.

 

Emergency rations tin with most contents still wrapped and intact. Any survival rations retraining original for items are extremely rare and this is not something you come across very often (this is the first I have ever handled). This was issued with the multi-place dinghies and carried strict orders that it was to be distributed only y an officer. The contents comprise 3 out the 4 original tablets of chocolate which would have been divided into squares and shared until rescue was imminent. The tin is in very good condition, though it has external rust - it has no dents or damage and it did its job well, protecting the contents inside, which, though I wouldn't want to eat them, seem to be in remarkably good shape. Well marked and what appears to be a coded 1945 date on the bottom of the tin. A very  rare find.

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Hard-to-find rope lanyard and clip for Luftwaffe Channel trousers and survival items.

 

Small rope lanyard with carabiner type clip at one end for attaching survival equipment such as Blendspiegel, floating Seenotleucht, flare pistol, smoke signal and other items to the pockets of Channel trousers or life vest. The loose end tied to a loop inside the trouser pocket or to one of the buckles on the life vest. Note: clip at one end only. The very earliest models had a clip at both ends, but this practice was discontinued early in the war to preserve metal for munitions and hardware. Guaranteed original and very hard to find these days. One only available.

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Scarce Luftwaffe survival tool - Blendspiegel / signal mirror.

 

Haven't seen one of these offered for sale in quite a while and they are getting harder to find, like most genuine original Luftwaffe survival items. 100% original Blendspiegel made from a rectangular piece of steel, polished to a mirror finish on one side and  with a decal bearing instructions on the other side. Decal is about 85% complete and mirror surface is very good. Without its linen case but in surprisingly good condition. Carried by fighter pilots and bomber crews.

 

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Very nice Air Corps / AAF Pilot's Navigation Kit

 

Leather brief case with zip fastener around 3 sides and multiple compartments inside for maps, navigation tools etc. In far better than average condition, though the leather would benefit from a little dressing. Nicely marked in gold block lettering, "Pilots Navigation Kit, Air Corps, US Army". Talon zipper works perfectly and unused ID card still contained inside. A very nice example.

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WWII AAF Type A-6B penlight - prototype?

 

Manufactured by Justrite Manufacturing Co. of Chicago, like many of these A-6B penlights, but this example is labeled "Patent Pending" and bears no AAF nomenclature, suggesting perhaps it is one of a trial batch or prototype. Identical to the issue types normally seen, in olive green plastic with metal clip /contacts. A nice early example in great condition.

 

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Excellent RAF log book to a 625 squadron flight engineer with 33 combat ops.

 

A wonderful log book to P.H. Yarwood, from 30 August 1943 to 20 February 1948 including 33 operational sorties between March and July 1944 to targets including Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris, Cologne, Rouen, Essen, Karlsruhe, Dunkirk, Friedrickshaven, etc. he flew on ops the night of June 5-6, 1944 and observed "Fleet of invasion crafts seen".  A lot of details recorded including "Very rough trip. Two attacks and fighters seen. 12 planes seen shot down." (See photos for more details). Flew in Stirlings, Lancasters and Halifax aircraft. After the end of the war he stayed in the RAF and did supply drops, glider towing, paratroop drops etc. with 113 / 620 squadron. A very interesting log book with more than average amount of details written up. Comes with 2 pages cut out from Halifax and Lancaster "Pilot's Notes" with photos of aircraft.

 

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Fantastic! RAF Type I Mk I Reflector Gunsight complete dated 1944 in original wooden transit boxes.

 

Comprises two component pieces: the Type I Mk I Projector and the Type I Mk I Reflector, each packed in its own separate, labeled, fitted wooden transit case. The two pieces slide together and are then secured with 4 small screws (fitted and included). This item is unused, unissued and in perfect shape! Could probably be rigged to work with the right power source! This type was used in all RAF single engine fighters, including Spits, Hurricanes, Typhoons and Tempests, Meteors, Mustangs, etc. The cases are solid - one has some wear to the base but perfectly sound. A fantastic find - especially in this condition. 

 

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Pacific war aircraft relic 1. Piece of rubberized fabric from a life raft taken from a crashed suicide pilot's aircraft.​

A piece of rubberized fabric, approximately 6" x 6", taken from a life raft from a Japanese navy aircraft which crashed on the deck of a US destroyer during the invasion of Okinawa, July 30th, 1945. Comes with a note signed by the veteran who collected this and the other items listed, USN sailor. Though he writes "from a kamikaze (suicide) plane", it was most likely an improvised suicide attack, since kamikaze pilots did not intend to survive, and would not have carried a life raft. An interesting relic well worth researching and displaying in a Pacific War collection.

 

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RAF Flying Training Manual AP129 Part 1 dated June 1938, wit revisions to December 1939.

 

One of the most sought after of the Air Ministry Air Publications, AP129 was updated regularly before, during and after the war but this edition, first published in November 1937 and revised in December, 1939, is the first revision following the outbreak of war, prior to the Battle of Britain. With numerous pull out spreads featuring diagrams of engines and airframe construction, this hard-to-find manual contains a wealth of information and knowledge for collectors and researchers, as well as being a valuable collectible item in its own right. The last few pages contain information pertinent to flying clothing and oxygen equipment including lists and diagrams of the kit worn by fighter pilots. In extremely good condition, with soft covers and original cord fastening.

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Small collection of Dambuster items, including a WWII escape map signed by Sir Harold "Mick" Martin, RAAF and Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris - and a pair of RAF wings worn by Sir Arthur Harris.

Items as follows: 1. Silk escape map of Italy (2-sided) signed by both Arthur harris and “Mick” Martin  2. Menu / agenda for a reunion dinner in May, 1978, signed by both Arthur harris and “Mick” Martin and their respective wives. 3. Large b/w white photograph of 617 squadron (12” x 8” - 305mm x 204mm) signed by 5 surviving Dambuster crewmen, including Mick Martin, Geoff Rice, David Shannon and Joe McCarthy (a metal plaque is included).  4. A pair of pilot wings given by Sir Arthur Harris as being worn on his wartime uniform (securely affixed to a wood plaque). These were all presented to the Treasurer of the Bomber Command Reunion organization at the time of the dinner.

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Extremely RARE and much sought after Unit History for the 509th Composite Bombardment Group - first equipped with the Atom bombs.

 

Unit Histories in general are both rare and highly sought after by collectors - but this is one of the rarest and most historically significant. The 509th Composite Bombardment Group of the US 20th Air Force included  the 393rd Bombardment Squadron under Col. Paul Tibbets, who flew the first atomic missions which ultimately ended the war. Col. Tibbets and the 393rd are featured heavily in the book. Excellent condition with minor rubbing to base of spine, good tight binding. Many rare and otherwise unpublished photographs as well as the complete history of the unit and its highly secret missions. This book was published in 1945 exclusively for the members of the 509th based at Titian Island and rarely becomes available on the collector market.

 

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Complete and unique set of flying headgear to a WWII test pilot for the Chance Vought F4U Corsair, including incredibly rare trial model oxygen mask.

 

A remarkable opportunity to own a complete headgear set worn by Chance Vought test pilot Pete Weld, a Canadian who flew with Boone T. Guyton, notable as the chief test pilot for the F4U Corsair. The set comprises an AN-H-15 helmet, fully wired and named to Weld, together with his AN6530 goggles, which show plenty of use but surpringly the rubber cushion, though dirty and sweat stained, is still pliable and in great shape. Oxidation to frames, could be cleaned up but I would leave them alone. Completing the rig is the star item: a pre-production A-14 oxygen mask, identified as a "Bulbulian Type 14" and dated May 6, 1943 - the earliest example I have ever seen and clearly a trial model. Mask is further fitted with incredibly rare elbow shaped emergency bale-out valve connector between mask body and hose. Mask is named to Weld and in extremely good condition, showing use but still totally pliable. Weld was written up "The Beehive", Chance Vought's official magazine, together with a picture of the test flying team. Photocopies of the article and photo are attached. Weld is also mentioned in Boone T. Guyton's book, "Whistling Death." A fantastic piece of history.

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Extremely nice wartime Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, fully wired and with Gosport tubes.

 

A very good example of a first pattern internally wired Fleet Air Arm Type C flying helmet, complete with its wiring loom, Air Ministry marked Type 32 receivers, and Gosport speaking tubes. Unusual to find in such a complete condition. Gosport tubes have correct connector stamped with stores ref. no. Helmet shows honest use but no damage or excessive wear. Probably a size 2 (Medium). Interior chamois is grubby from hair oil, leather exterior is nice and soft.  These were used by crews of Swordfish, Grumman Avengers, Firefly aircraft etc. so that crew could communicate with each other by Gosport and not use the radio which could give away their element of surprise when attacking enemy ships with torpedoes. Radio was for air-to-ship communication and radar tracking. 

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Scarf / cravat of the type favoured by RAF fighter pilots during the Battle of Britain .

 

Often worn as an alternative to the tie, the silk or cotton scarf / cravat could be tucked inside the uniform jacket to cover up the fact the no collar was being worn! The separate collared shirts worn by RAF officers and men were stiff and could cause chafing for fighter pilots when twisting their necks in search of enemy aircraft – so many wore scarves like this. Usually in school or college colours, stripes and polka dots were extremely popular. This again is a correct period garment, made of printed cotton in maroon with a white polka dot pattern. Size is

17" x 50" (430mm x  1270mm), in excellent condition with neatly finished edges.

 

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Luftwaffe photo album with 74 photos covering all of the year 1940. Many rare photos of Ju 87A plus He111 etc.

 

Very interesting photo album which is dated from 1st February to 27th December 1940 and features many rare photos of aircraft including the Ju87A and He111. Subject appears to have been wounded (head injury) and there are a series of very interesting pictures receiving treatment and care in hospital. Photos are annotated so with research and a good translator the story would really come to life. All good pictures. Album size is 11.5" x 8" (292mm x 204mm) and contains 74 pictures total. It has a unit marking or personal aircraft marking of a leaf spray-painted on the front cover with aircraft paint. 

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AAF Pilots Information File dated April 1943, with updates to February 1945.

The "Pilot's Information File" was the AAF equivalent of the RAF "Pilot's Notes" and mandatory for all pilots. This is a particularly nice example, and appears to be substantially complete (I haven't checked EVERY page, but it looks to be complete) and in very good condition, except that someone removed the 3 screw fasteners with holds it together. it is drilled and ready and just needs these screws replaced. Hard cover version almost an inch thick. Sold at reduced price because of the screws. An absolute bargain!

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WWII Polish made Polish Air Force pilot's badge.

 

Lovely example of a Polish pilot's badge in white metal, with the Polish mint mark of Mennica Państwowa of Warsaw on the screw back. The swooping eagle with a silver wreath in its beak is solid (massive) construction with a screw back and chain fixing, lacking the small clip for the chain. Typically worn by all Polish pilots but especially notable for those who fled the invasion and flew with the RAF during the Battle of Britain and afterwards. Great example.

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Joe McCarthy, "Dambuster" signed WWII escape map.

An incredible, 100% original Dambusters item with provenance. Joe McCarthy was the only American to fly with 617 squadron on Operation Chastise. Born in New York, he joined the RCAF because the US Army Air Corps rejected him and he remained with Bomber Command throughout the war, joining 617 squadron at the personal invitation of Guy Gibson and flying on the Dams raid as well as many of their later special ops. Offered is a double-sided silk escape map of Norway, carried by McCarthy during the war and signed by him. Also included is a later map of the Ruhr Valley, showing the dams, which McCarthy has also signed.  Accompanying this is a letter from McCarthy to the person from whose collection this comes (a well known high-profile collector whose artifacts I am currently helping to rehouse). Among the attached pictures is one showing McCarthy with the collector actually signing the map. You can't get better provenance than that!

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Beautiful example of the AAF AN-H-15 summer flying helmet, fully wired with ANB-H-1 receivers, Y-cord and PL-54 red plug.

 

Excellent condition, showing perhaps very light use. Tan coloured "Chino" cotton with hard rubber telephone holders fitted with correct ANB-H-1 receivers, braided cord and plug. Velvet covered chin strap, chamois lined brow and chamois ear pads are all very clean. Black leather reinforced patches to each cheek with 4 snapsManufactured by Bates Shoe Co. and marked as a size Large. A superb example.

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Spectacular A-2 + uniform  + photos and paperwork grouping to an aerial photographer who was also one of the most famous cinematographers in Hollywood!

 

Captain Clifford T. Shirpser was operating movie cameras in Hollywood before there was sound, and in a career that spannned over 40 years he filmed classics like Ben Hur, Run Silent Run Deep, Bridges of Toko-Ri, Flying Tigers, Flying Leathernecks, Wizard of Oz and many more. Between 1942 and 1945 he served on combat ops in a B-25 in the Pacific theatre and developed a special camera for capturing the action (he was written up for it - copy of article icnluded). Best of all - he wore his wartime issue A-2 to work in after he got out of the AAF! He removed the govt label and US flag from the back (seen in the photos) but the stitch holes remain. He left his name tag on and sewed his CBI patch inside. Also modified the lining to include a pocket. The A-2 is well worn with a fabulous distresed look, but perfectly intact and displays superbly. Original zip works fine, original cuffs are worn but loosely tacked up for display. Waistband isn't bad. It's a very large size 44 or possibly 46. Comes with his expensive, tailored chocolate uniform which has fantastic all bullion insignia. The khaki shirt has wings, US and winged prop directly embroidered to the cotton, plus snaps for attaching patches.  Tie included. His engraved Air Medal, commission certificate and research / history, theatre map. AAF felt patch, plus some copy photos (wearing the jacket) also included are some reseach and links to more info. A fantastic grouping. email for more details and a full list of his movie credits.

 

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WWI / 1920s Royal Navy officer's peaked cap.

 

In very good condition, this cap probably dates from the period immediately after the Great War - the maker, Captain D.M. Watts, Ltd made WWI uniforms but was based in Plymouth and did not open their London office until the very end of the war - so this is the exact same style as the WWI period, but slightly later. In excellent condition with a superb, heavy bullion badge still bearing its paper label to Stephen Simpson, Gold and Silver Lace manufacturer of Preston. The badge alone is worth almost the asking price of the hat! Soft leather bill is very flexible and has some surface crazing. One small leather loop missing on the chin  strap. No nothing or damage of any kind and light / average wear.

 

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AAF officer's uniform shirt with nice felt AAF patch.

 

Very high quality US Army Air Forces officer's uniform shirt. Dark khaki (often referred to as "chocolate") wool with satin lining at the neck and shoulders. Forward Regulation brand and "London Shrunk."  Condition is excellent with no wear or damage that I can see. All buttons present.

 

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Excellent example of a RAF Type E flying helmet, internally wired with cord, receivers and plug, in a rare size 4.

 

Intended for use in tropical conditions, and not produced in great numbers, this Type E flying helmet conforms to the same pattern as the type C and D, but is constructed of lightweight Airtex cloth with velvet brow pad and elastic webbing chin strap. Fully wired with correct type 32 receivers, long cord retaining Air Ministry paper label and bell plug. Excellent conjoint, appears hardly worn at all and in a rare size 4 (extra-large), the largest size made. Difficult to upgrade and perfect for later war tropical display.

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Excellent RAF 1941 pattern life vest, stole inflated, with stole and kapok pads.

 

In VERY good condition, with light use and named (faintly) to “Masterman”. Good early/mid-war label with faded but visible markings and good A-crown-M. Size large, complete with 10/44 dated stole (bladder) with inspection dates up to 1950 and good kapok pads. No wear or damage. Includes grab handles, pocket for floating torch, pocket for dye pouch, pocket for heliograph and/or skull cap. The inflation tube fabric covering has a bit of wear but is still perfectly flexible.  These are getting very hard to find these days, especially in good condition.

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Early, unmodified B-3 "Mae West" Life Preserver.

 

A scarce early production B-3 life preserver which somehow escaped being modified as per AAF HQ orders. It comprises the fabric covers rubber bladders with leather patch to front (to prevent wear from parachute harness / clips) with simple waist and crotch strap. Later production models - and many of these early variants - were modified by the addition of a back strap from the collar to the waist, and by opening up the leather patch to include pocket for a signal mirror and other survival tools. They also had dye marker pouches and shark chaser pouches added between the chambers. Condition is very good, with the bladders remaining very pliable inside the fabric and good early orange rubber oral inflation tubes. Some light water staining to fabric but retains good yellow colour. There are a couple of very small worn spots on edges of fabric (see pictures) and one small repair at collar. Dated February 1942, so this is one of the first issued after the US entered WWII. Named to Lt. R.M. Hewitt with his serial number.

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Scarce RAF "F" Escape Purse Mk III with French currency, 3 x double-sided silk escape maps, hacksaw and compass. 

 

Waterproof rubberized linen pouch (or purse as they were known) printed with a large letter "F" in red, for French currency, and overprinted with 43 in white ink, denoting year of issue. Inside are 3x double-sided silk escape maps of France and its borders to the south and east, as well as 700 French Francs in 100F denominations, plus a hacksaw wrapped in cardboard and small compass. All items in excellent condition.

 

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Scarce RAF "F" Escape Purse Mk II with French currency, 2 x double-sided silk escape maps, hacksaw and compass with waterproof plastic insert. 

 

Waterproof rubberized linen pouch (or purse as they were known) printed with a large letter "F" in red, for French currency. Inside are 2x double-sided silk escape maps of France and Spain as well as 1000 French Francs in 100F denominations, plus a hacksaw wrapped in cardboard and small compass. All items in excellent condition.

 

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RCAF ops wing, certificate and accompanying condolence letter.

 

A gold-on-sterling ops wing by Birks, plus a posthumous certificate of entitlement to the airman who earned it, accompanied by a letter from the Air Chief of Staff to the unfortunate boy's mother. A sad reminder of the sacrifice made by so many aircrews.

Unlike the RAF, RCAF aircrews were awarded a small "winged O" badge for completing a tour of operational duty, with the addition of a bar to the badge if they completed subsequent tours. The "ops" wing, as it is known, is not too uncommon, but the certificate which accompanies it is quite rare. In this case it is further accompanied by a letter of condolence from the Air Chief of Staff. A poignant and very rare award grouping. The wing is affixed to a partial remnant of an identity card. Note signatures are genuine, not printed.

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