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SALES February 2024

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AAF American Optical "Sky Lookout" goggles with aluminium case.

As seen in "Masters of the Air" these goggles were issued to AAF bomber crews who needed to scan the skies looking for enemy fighters—"The Hun in the Sun"—during their daylight raids. This pair s in excellent condition, with polished frames, dark "sky  Lookout" lenses and brown rubber cushions which are still clean and completely pliable with no signs of deterioration. Strap still has its stretch as well, although it has some light staining. A lovely example in well above average condition, contained in their original aluminium case.

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AAF American Optical "Sky Lookout" goggles with aluminium case

AAF American Optical "Sky Lookout" goggles with aluminium case

AAF American Optical "Sky Lookout" goggles with aluminium case

AAF American Optical "Sky Lookout" goggles with aluminium case

AAF American Optical "Sky Lookout" goggles with aluminium case

AAF American Optical "Sky Lookout" goggles with aluminium case

AAF American Optical "Sky Lookout" goggles with aluminium case

AAF American Optical "Sky Lookout" goggles with aluminium case

AAF American Optical "Sky Lookout" goggles with aluminium case

AAF American Optical "Sky Lookout" goggles with aluminium case

AAF American Optical "Sky Lookout" goggles with aluminium case

AAF American Optical "Sky Lookout" goggles with aluminium case

RAF oxygen mask tube adaptor Mk III in box.

An extremely rare accessory, this tube adaptor was used for connecting the hose from a Type E, E* or G mask to a walk around bottle or to an older demand oxygen regulator. It comprises a 30" length of narrow rubber tubing with a Mk IIIB bayonet connector (as fitted to Type D oxygen masks) at one end and a Mk IVA connector (for joining a Type E, E* or G mask) at the other end. Tube is still fairly flexible and shows no damage or cracking and wil make a good display. Still in its original packing box with great labels and tag attached. 

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RAF oxygen mask tube adaptor Mk III in box

RAF oxygen mask tube adaptor Mk III in box

RAF oxygen mask tube adaptor Mk III in box

RAF oxygen mask tube adaptor Mk III in box

RAF oxygen mask tube adaptor Mk III in box

RAF oxygen mask tube adaptor Mk III in box

RAF oxygen mask tube adaptor Mk III in box

RAF oxygen mask tube adaptor Mk III in box

RAF oxygen mask tube adaptor Mk III in box

RAF oxygen mask tube adaptor Mk III in box

RAF oxygen mask tube adaptor Mk III in box

RAF oxygen mask tube adaptor Mk III in box

RAF oxygen mask tube adaptor Mk III in box

RAF oxygen mask tube adaptor Mk III in box

RAF oxygen mask tube adaptor Mk III in box

RAF oxygen mask tube adaptor Mk III in box

RAF oxygen mask tube adaptor Mk III in box

RAF oxygen mask tube adaptor Mk III in box

AAF Type C-2 zipped wool sweater.

Very good and clean example of the zipped up wool sweater worn by AAF pilots and aircrews, perhaps most commonly associated with fighter pilot for wear under their A-2 jackets. Size 40 and very good overall condition, with a few minor snags and pulls in one sleeve and to the front, alongside the single pocket. As can be seen in the photos, there are no holes and the sweater actually display very well. One of the less common clothing accessories.

 

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AAF Type C-2 zipped wool sweater

AAF Type C-2 zipped wool sweater

AAF Type C-2 zipped wool sweater

AAF Type C-2 zipped wool sweater

AAF Type C-2 zipped wool sweater

AAF Type C-2 zipped wool sweater

AAF Type C-2 zipped wool sweater

AAF Type C-2 zipped wool sweater

AAF Type C-2 zipped wool sweater

AAF Type C-2 zipped wool sweater

AAF Type C-2 zipped wool sweater

AAF Type C-2 zipped wool sweater

RAF Type D flying gauntlets.

Excellent, unissued pair of Type D flying gauntlets, a very close–if not perfect–colour match, and matching sizes, even though one is labeled

9-1/2 and the other 10. Hard to find a better pair!

 

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RAF Type D flying gauntlets

RAF Type D flying gauntlets

RAF Type D flying gauntlets

RAF Type D flying gauntlets

RAF Type D flying gauntlets

RAF Type D flying gauntlets

AAF waterproof oilcloth seat back cushion used in various aircraft and which could also be used for flotation.

Bright yellow oilcoth covered cushion found in most larger AAF aircraft to help make long fligts more comfortable but also to be used for additional flotation in the event of ditching. Measures 20" x 16" (51cm x 41cm), about 4" thick (10cm) and stuffed with teased kapok. One small hole to front but retains clear printed markings.

 

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AAF seat back cushion from  B-17, B-24 etc.

AAF seat back cushion from B-17, B-24 etc.

AAF seat back cushion from  B-17, B-24 etc.

AAF seat back cushion from B-17, B-24 etc.

AAF seat back cushion from  B-17, B-24 etc.

AAF seat back cushion from B-17, B-24 etc.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

This is an amazing and complete slice of history worthy of research.Clarance Donald McCurdy flew 26 combat missions as co-pilot of a B-24 for the 777th Bomb Squadron, 464th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force. This grouping includes his complete Form F-5 file with records of all his missions, every piece of paper associated with his duty, including his flying clothing issue, commendations, promotions, etc. and the relevant pages from his Pilots Information File with his personal details filled in. The grouping also includes 122 photographs, including 8 supersized (9" x 9") target photos, numerous crew photos (many named) and ait-to-air photos taken during missions. There are several photos of nose art and of other aircraft and pilots/crews. A really fantastic grouping that makes very interesting reading.

 

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Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Fantastic photo and document grouping to B-24 co-pilot with 777 Bomb Sqdn, 15th Air Force.

Extremely rare GQ Parachute Club badge in gold, with history.

Awarded for having one's life saved by a GQ pParachute (in this case following ejection). Considerably more scarce than the Caterpillar Club badge because so few of these solid gold pins have been issued. This is badge number 629, dated October 1st, 1957 and was awarded to F/L R.G. "Gerry" Gagne, RCAF, who flew F-86 Sabres, CF-100 Canucks and the F-104 Starfighter. F/L Gagne ejected from CF-100 18140 on 1 Oct 1957 while flying with 3 OTU at Cold Lake, Alberta. He was carrying out his night-time CF-100 certification with a check pilot (Booth)  in the back seat when the aircraft suffered a total hydraulic failure. Several attempts to control the aircraft were unsuccessful forcing the crew to eject at 16,000 feet (Obit and crash report will be included). These badges are made of hallmarked solid gold and are incredibly rare. Gagne had a long and distinguished career as a pilot with the RCAF, flying many types, including SAR helicopters. The box is unmarked and I have no idea if it is original.

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Extremely rare GQ Parachute Club badge in gold

Extremely rare GQ Parachute Club badge in gold

Extremely rare GQ Parachute Club badge in gold

Extremely rare GQ Parachute Club badge in gold

Extremely rare GQ Parachute Club badge in gold

Extremely rare GQ Parachute Club badge in gold

Extremely rare GQ Parachute Club badge in gold

Extremely rare GQ Parachute Club badge in gold

Extremely rare GQ Parachute Club badge in gold

Extremely rare GQ Parachute Club badge in gold

RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets, size 9 with good working zips.

Very nice pair of 1941 Pattern Gauntlets in a good size 9, showing little if any use. Not a perfect matched pair, which is usual as left and right gloves were produced in different factories, but actually a very close match in colour. Both have good ink stamps inside and excellent working zip fasteners. The right hand glove has a couple of small nicks in the edge of the palm (perhaps from catching on something in the cockpit) but no loss of leather it doesn't really even show for display. Aside from that, these are near perfect. 

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RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets, size 9 with good working zips

RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets, size 9 with good working zips

RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets, size 9 with good working zips

RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets, size 9 with good working zips

RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets, size 9 with good working zips

RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets, size 9 with good working zips

RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets, size 9 with good working zips

RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets, size 9 with good working zips

RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets, size 9 with good working zips

RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets, size 9 with good working zips

RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets, size 9 with good working zips

RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets, size 9 with good working zips

RAF fur fabric liner "Teddy Bear Suit" for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot Suit with attribution to 234 squadron.

A scarce accessory for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot suit; this fur fabric liner was commonly but unofficially referred to as the "Teddy Bear Suit" by RAF crews. Though quite bulky it provided extra warmth when flying at altitude or at night. This example is in very good condition, with one small area where the fur has worn away at the seat (see photographs). This hardly shows and the suit displays well. The suit has a nomenclature/size label dated 1938 and is named and identified to 234 Squadron, a front line fighter squadron which flew Spitfires during the Battle of Britain. The owner's name does not show up as one of "The Few", but the squadron flew Blenheim 1Fs prior to 1940, and those were known to be cold and drafty, so perhaps that is where this originated. More research definitely required.

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RAF fur fabric liner "Teddy Bear Suit" for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot Suit

RAF fur fabric liner "Teddy Bear Suit" for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot Suit

RAF fur fabric liner "Teddy Bear Suit" for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot Suit

RAF fur fabric liner "Teddy Bear Suit" for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot Suit

RAF fur fabric liner "Teddy Bear Suit" for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot Suit

RAF fur fabric liner "Teddy Bear Suit" for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot Suit

RAF fur fabric liner "Teddy Bear Suit" for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot Suit

RAF fur fabric liner "Teddy Bear Suit" for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot Suit

RAF fur fabric liner "Teddy Bear Suit" for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot Suit

RAF fur fabric liner "Teddy Bear Suit" for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot Suit

RAF fur fabric liner "Teddy Bear Suit" for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot Suit

RAF fur fabric liner "Teddy Bear Suit" for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot Suit

RAF fur fabric liner "Teddy Bear Suit" for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot Suit

RAF fur fabric liner "Teddy Bear Suit" for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot Suit

RAF fur fabric liner "Teddy Bear Suit" for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot Suit

RAF fur fabric liner "Teddy Bear Suit" for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot Suit

RAF fur fabric liner "Teddy Bear Suit" for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot Suit

RAF fur fabric liner "Teddy Bear Suit" for the 1930 Pattern Sidcot Suit

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF.

Absolutely stunning and incredibly rare US Navy life vest, Mk I (wraparound) identified to "P.N.J." a member of 220 Squadron, RAF and stores marked to BMAP Bermuda, where both the US Navy and the RAF had bases. These vests are extremely rare but to find one with known use by the RAF is quite amazing. Maker marked to New York Rubber Co. the condition is outstanding, with no hard or worn spots and no damage, all straps  still fully elastic, all metal fittings in good clean condition. Overall very lightly soiled with some minor cracking to the thin oral "top-up" tubes but they remain intact and totally pliable. A one--of-a-kind example of a very rare item.

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USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

USN "wraparound" Mk I life vest attributed to 220 squadron RAF

RARE Union flag carried for identification in the Beadon suit.

Small printed Union Flag measuring 9.25" x 6" (23.5cm x 15cm) carried in one of the pockets of the Beadon survival suit for instant ID of a downed airman. Twosided on linen with a channel for inserting a makeshift flagpole, stamped with its RAF stores ref. number 4B/598 and a broad arrow property mark.  Excellent condition, clean with bright vibrant colours.

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RARE Union flag carried for identification in the Beadon suit

RARE Union flag carried for identification in the Beadon suit

RARE Union flag carried for identification in the Beadon suit

RARE Union flag carried for identification in the Beadon suit

RARE Union flag carried for identification in the Beadon suit

RARE Union flag carried for identification in the Beadon suit

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel" .

 

From the private collection of a well-respected authority comes this absolutely stunning Luftwaffe officer's peaked/visor cap by the most desired of makers, Erel. This cap has just enough wear and use to say it was "there" but is clean and has no damage. It displays perfectly and has been fashioned into the classic "crushed" look favoured by Luftwaffe fighter pilots. The celluloid sweatshield is no longer present but the leather sweatband is clearly marked to Erel (the sweatshield would also have had the Erel logo, making this what is known as a "double-Erel"). It is also date-stamped on the inside of the leather sweatband, September 12, 1944 along with the size, 57-1/2. Condition is outstanding. All original insignia, green checkerboard pattern to the underside of the peak. Light patina to the silver piping. This is one of the nicest gently worn caps I have seen.

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Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Superb Luftwaffe officer's visor/peaked cap - the so-called "double-Erel"

Vintage Art Deco  Pratt & Whitney engine plate/logo.

Haven't been able to dig up too much information on this little gem, such as exactly where it went or what era, but I do know it's an older incarnation of the Pratt & Whitney logo, very Art Deco in design and most probably a plate for attaching to an engine. It's slightly domed, enameled in blue on heavy plated metal, and measures 2" (5cm) across and 1/16" (1.5mm) thick - there are two tabs which I presume are for attaching it in situ. A gem for the collector of aircraft badges and apparently not very common.

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Vintage art deco  Pratt and Whitney engine plate/logo

Vintage art deco Pratt and Whitney engine plate/logo

Vintage art deco  Pratt and Whitney engine plate/logo

Vintage art deco Pratt and Whitney engine plate/logo

Vintage art deco  Pratt and Whitney engine plate/logo

Vintage art deco Pratt and Whitney engine plate/logo

Cased WWII era AAF Air Medal.

Unnamed WWII era US Army Air Forces Air Medal in its original case, together with its ribbon for the uniform ribbon bar, and small buttonhole badge for civilian clothes. Medal is in great condition and though not rare, will perhaps fill a hole n a display.

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Cased WWII era AAF Air Medal

Cased WWII era AAF Air Medal

Cased WWII era AAF Air Medal

Cased WWII era AAF Air Medal

Cased WWII era AAF Air Medal

Cased WWII era AAF Air Medal

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