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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 January 2019

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First Pattern RAF Type C Flying Helmet, unwired.

 

A very good example of the early Type C helmet in a medium size 2. Leather is in good, clean and supple condition and chamois lining is also very clean. Rubber ear cups are nice and pliable. Interior chamois "donut" pads appear to be the later type so I believe the helmet may have been upgraded, perhaps for better noise attenuation. The pads show the same degree of use / soiling as the rest of the lining. Chin flap is marked with the A-crown-M though only the A is really crisp. The crown is just discernible.  It is AID ink stamped on the chin strap. Overall a good helmet that will display well. 

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RAF Mk VIII flying goggles with tinted lenses.

 

Very good pair of Mk VIII flying goggles which may be very late war or immediate post war production. They tick all the boxes for wartime except the frames do not have a raised lip around the edge. There are no clear embossed markings on the leather but they do have the large pads and double layer nose protector. There is an acceptance stamp in red on the back of the pads. They are in very good used condition, 99% grey paint remaining on frames. The owner's name is handwritten on the strap which retains some elasticity. Good tinted lenses show very little signs of delamination. Some staining from rust on the strap and oxidation on the strap buckle.

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WWII RAF Hose / tube for the G or H Type oxygen mask.

 

A lovely wartime used example of the now hard to find breathing tubes for the Type G and H oxygen mask. Rubber is excellent and pliable with no cracking, though shows minor surface wear on the outside of the ridges nearest to the mask end. This doesn't affect the integrity of the rubber and is surface only. Correct plastic screw-in connector at one end and brass connector with clip at the other, both secured with shellacked linen twine. Clip is slightly unusual i that it has a clear A-crown-M and stores ref. information on the outside of the clip as well as on the brass connector. These are very hard to find but I have been lucky in picking them up in dribs and drab just lately. 

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WWII AAF Type A-14 oxygen mask, boxed with original packaging + instruction sheet and accessories.

 

Fairly nice example of an A-14 mask, size small, with its accessories and still contained in its original cellophane wrapping. Mask is in overall good condition, but has a couple of areas on the mask body - to the top left and bottom exhalation port, which have hardened and show signs of cracking. Fortunately, the mask can still be displayed with care, and interestingly, the thin rubber harness straps are absolutely fine, with no signs of weakening. The hose is also fine. Mask is dated 10/44 and box is dated 12/44 and included is the envelope containing detailed instructions, plus webbing tapes with snaps fasteners and loose snaps for attaching to flying helmet. Except for the flaws mentioned, a decent example which would still display well. 

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RARE WWII RAF wartime production Type H oxygen mask, dated 2/45.

 

One of the most scarce RAF oxygen masks of WWII -  less common than D masks and probably rarer than the E mask, is a wartime dated example of the Type H oxygen mask. Design began in 1943 but it was felt the mask offered little advantage over the G, so it didn't enter production until late 1944 and issue was restricted to high altitude use: primarily PR Spitfires and Mosquitoes, though some were issued to Bomber Command. This example is in far better than average condition; the rubber is excellent, very supple and remarkably clean. Lining is slightly grubby, Type 57 microphone has a small piece chipped off the plastic surround on the switch (this is common) but switch functions perfectly. Correct cord and long rectangular plug. Strap is good and complete, though the right hand strap has lost much of its elasticity. Nice clear moulded date of 2/45. A rare mask in very good condition.

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RAF oxygen mask valve for the Type E or E* mask.

 

An extremely rare accessory / spare part! The internal return valve for the Type E  and E* oxygen mask. This valve is fitted inside the "funnel" moulded in the chin of the mask. Many E* masks were converted into microphone carriers after the Type G mask was introduced in 1943, and this valve was often removed, leaving the chin funnel empty. Without this part, the hose cannot be mounted to a type E or E* mask. One only!

 

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RARE and stunning early WWII Italian summer flying suit / overall of the Regia Aeronautica as worn by elite fighter pilots who participated in the Battle of Britain.

 

Perhaps the Italian equivalent of the RAF "Prestige" suit, these white flying overalls are often seen in photographs worn by Italian fighter pilots, together with a white flying helmet and often with sandals. The quality of Italian flying clothing is always outstanding and this suit is a perfect example. Well made from a soft white cotton, with a long diagonal chromed zip fastener, a slash zippered pocket to the left breast, large round pockets on the thighs and zips on both legs. Leg zips are marked "Velox"; main and pocket zips are marked "Lampo". Style is with a plastron type front, with a large wind flap and traditional collar that could be turned up. Cuffs are white wool knit and have a few small snags and minor darns but overall very good. All zips work fine and the suit has no damage, just a few stains from use. Curiously, it has a strap / epaulette but on the left shoulder only, which I though strange. there is no evidence that there was ever one fired to the right shoulder - no threads or holes suggesting it may have been removed - then it dawned on me! The early Italian seat type parachutes had a single shoulder strap on the left - the single epaulette was to secure the shoulder strap of the parachute in place! It has belt loops but no belt - but as with the RAF prestige suits, they were often discarded by the owners because they caught on the airframe.

In 30 years of collecting, I have seen very few Italian flying suits and this is the first of this type I have ever come across. A real find!

 

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RAF Mk IVB Flying Goggles complete with polarizing sun screen.

 

Mk IVB goggles were the final variant issued to RAF fighter pilots during the Battle of Britain (IV, IVA and IVB were all issued simultaneously in July 1940). Brass frames painted black with split-angle laminated glass lenses, large loops to go around the receiver cups and a leather back strap. These goggles are in excellent condition, showing no wear and no dings to the brass. 99% original paint. The lenses show signs of delamination but no discolouration (this can be fixed quite easily), and the small sponge rubber pads have hardened as per usual. The sun-screen mechanism is the very scarce type with a large external spring. Superb, deep embossed markings to strap. This is an outstanding example of the type.

 

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Cold War Soviet Navy aircrew flying helmet with housings for receivers.

 

Quite a scarce helmet to source and not easy to identify! I have researched this helmet and as far as I can determine it appears to have been issued to aircrews of the Soviet Navy Air Force in the 1960s and 70s. It may well be earlier than that but I do not believe it dates back as far as WWII. If anyone has anything to add to that, please email. It is however a very well made helmet, constructed of very soft glove leather with a warm blanket wool lining. Telephone receiver housings are black plastic with aluminium fittings that attach to the helmet. Helmet was most probably worn by crews in long range maritime reconnaissance aircraft. No markings except on the retaining rings of the receiver housings as seen. Overall very good condition with a couple of scuffed areas on straps and one tiny hole in the skirt at the back. Leather remains very soft and lining clean. Note: no electronics present, but finding this helmet with the housings in place is rare.

 

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RAF Type 21 Microphone Assembly, including correct Type Q cord and plug.

For the Type D oxygen mask, issued from October 1940, The Type 20 microphone (Type 21 Assembly when issued with its cord as here). Black lacquered finish has a little wear but no damage. Nice clear inspection date of Jan 1942. Rare and desirable maroon coloured cord is in excellent condition. A seldom found accessory and perfect for completing a Type D oxygen mask. 

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RAF 1943 pattern escape boots worn on 55 ops by a DFM winner with known, sad history.

 

A pair of "lucky" 1943 pattern escape boots that were worn by Warrant Officer Denis Reygate, flight engineer with 83 and 38 squadron on Lancaster bombers who won a DFM for his incredible service. WO Reygate flew 55 ops during WWII, only to be killed in a crash while test flying from Malta in 1948. These "lucky"  boots Reygate had worn during the war, well worn, were retired after the war and left at home with his mother. They were later given to a fellow RAF veteran and friend by Reygate's mother when he was trying to make contact with his old friend and discovered he had been killed. He kept them for many years. I first acquired them in the 1990s and they went to a collection. The collector has now decided to sell and offered them back to me. The incident is well-documented and was written up in local newspapers, a photocopy of which is included, together with copies of family photos of Reygate and his aircraft, before and after the crash. Though well worn, the boots are actually in remarkably good condition. Though the heels and soles were replaced during the war, as were the laces (with good wartime period laces, but brown instead of black). The zips still work perfectly and there is no damage, except for a few stitches which have come undone where the shoe section attaches to the upper "boot" part.  

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RAF 1940 dated Sergeant Pilot's tunic "Jacket, Blue Grey OA (other airmen)".

 

A nice example of what is these days quite a rare jacket - though it is not the more desirable early style with faux French cuffs, it is still a scarce and desirable jacket, especially with the date of 1940 on the label. It would fit perfectly in a display for a Battle of Britain sergeant pilot. The superb padded wings, shoulder eagles and sergeant's stripes are all absolutely correct and appear to be original to the tunic. Though not named or identified, in the breast pocket of the jacket I found a period photograph of a sergeant pilot (sadly unnamed) wearing what could well be this very tunic. Of interest also, is the fact that shoulder pads have been added to the inside of the jacket. These appear to be period and have been done professionally by a seamstress or tailor using correct black period thread. Whether this was purely for looks, or had some other purpose (perhaps to help prevent chafing from the parachute harness or seat strap?) I cannot say.  The jacket has some moth damage to the left hand skirt behind the pocket, with another nip to the back of the belt and small nips under the front flap. For the most part these cannot be seen when displayed and do not detract. Overall a very good example of a scarce uniform tunic with the magic 1940 date.

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Incredibly rare Allied Occupation / Possession proclamation notice / poster for ex-Japanese military buildings.

 

An extremely rare bring back souvenir item: a poster in 5 languages declaring a building or property formerly in use by the Japanese military forces is now under the jurisdiction of the Allied occupation forces, and that any looting or damage which occurs will be severely dealt with. This poster has been attached to a building and still has residue of the original glue used on the back as well as fragments of the wall covering of whatever building  it was attached to. It has been folded but is in very good condition for its age and the fact that it was produced on low quality paper. The only one of these I have ever seen or even heard of. A remarkable find. 11.5" x 21" (295 x 533mm)

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WW2 AAF recognition models of the P-51D Mustang x 3

3 identical P-51D aircraft ID models dated 4-45. 1/72 or 1/76 scale, moulded in hard rubber and painted silver (these models were usually left black for silhouettes, but since the aircraft were actually silver, I suspect these were painted for gunners to identify when practicing for daylight raids). No damage, no warping - all are in excellent condition bar some surface wear to the silver finish and could, no doubt be stripped of the silver paint if desired.

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First World War RFC / artillery spotter's leather map / navigational tool case.

Beautiful, heavy leather folding case with a celluloid window for inserting a folded map plus compartments for pencils, navigational tools etc. Carried by pilots and observers while flying in order to navigate but also to search and mark enemy troop movements on the ground which would then be relayed to artillery commanders. The same type of map case was also carried by ground forces. Though I can find no markings anywhere on this, it conforms to the standard issue type including buckles for attaching to the Sam Browne belt. It is quite likely it would be a private purchase item since prior to 1916, officers in the RFC were required to furnish all the own equipment - hence my belief this was most probably used in aircraft. Obviously being over 100 years old it shows a little wear but is overall in excellent condition. and has no damage, tears or weak spots.

 

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AP 1548: Instructions to RAF Airmen in the event of being captured by the enemy.

 

Scarce tri-fold instruction manual on what to do if captured by the enemy. First printed and issued in 1936, this is the updated 1941 edition. Note that the biggest wording on the front is NOT TO BE CARRIED IN AIRCRAFT for reasons that become apparent upon further reading! An interesting and very important escape / evasion item not often seen. Printed on card, 4.25" x 5" (108 x 128mm) folded; 12.5" x 5" (318 x 128mm) flat. Owner made some pencil notes on the front.

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Exceptional RAF Battle of Britain Type B flying helmet dated 1938.

 

Lovely Type B helmet, size 2 (medium, though seems more between medium and large) with a 1938 dated label and clear AID ink stamp, made by Frank Bryan of London and Worcester. Leather is soft and supple and chamois lining is very clean. Retains telephone holders inside the zip ear cups, both leather zip pullers and metal tip to chin strap. Early Bennett buckles are both marked "Bennett" and both retain their leather covering. Most of the brown paint has rubbed off the snaps on each each side (for the D mask attachment) revealing that they are the early nickel type rather than the later brass.  Fitted with NOS Canadian marked pads. A true Battle of Britain piece in lovely condition.

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RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles.

 

Perhaps the goggles which most typify the Battle of Britain fighter pilot: the Mk IIIa with its Art Deco stylish curved celluloid lenses and spring elastic strap. This pair is in very good condition with a couple of things to note: One of the small  "trumpet" air vents is missing and one (just one) of the coiled springs has detached at one end, leaving that curled up look to the fabric portion of the strap in relaxed position. Could be reattached with patience and in any case does not affect the stretch of the strap in any way. Otherwise a lovely example; good lenses and frames, both stoppers present (usually missing) great leather with a nice clear A-crown-M stamp and a readable 1939 date.

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RAF Mk VII Flying Goggles with early leather strap.

 

An outstanding original pair of early production Mk VII flying goggles. The often fragile brass frames are in great shape with no major dents or dings and 95%-plus of their original ultramarine blue paint. Leather pads and nose protector are superb, as is the rare, early all leather strap with spring-loaded attachments and Newey type press stud fastening. These have never been cut down or messed with. As issued without the polarizing sun screen (that was a separate issue item). Just gorgeous. 

 

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Reproduction RAF Type D Oxygen Mask of the highest quality.

 

Now  collectors' items in their own right, these early Sefton Clothing reproduction face masks are as close as you can ind to the real thing without investing many times the price. Green wool body lined with chamois and complete with a maleable nose-wire, stiffener and padded horse-shoe ring inside, complete with a superbly reproduced metal retaining ring for the microphone, complete with spring clasp and spring-loaded hinge - with correct stamped / engraved 6D/117 stores ref. number. Last I knew, there are no more of these being made. Ideal for re-enactors or for filling a place at a fraction of cost of the real thing. Shows a little use and aging for effect.

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WWII RAF Type  D oxygen mask tube bayonet union plug Mk IIIB, boxed.

 

Very scarce item to find these days. The Bayonet Union Plug Mk IIIB is the connector which attaches to the end of the braided hose of the Type D oxygen mask and plugs into the aircraft oxygen supply. Dated 1939 with great A-crown-M markings, the brass finish has tarnished with age but is otherwise perfect and still stored in its original packing box. A rare find.

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WWII RAF Hose / tube for the G or H Type oxygen mask.

 

A lovely wartime  example of the now hard to find breathing tubes for the Type G and H oxygen mask in near mint, unissued condition. Rubber is excellent and pliable with no cracking. Correct plastic screw-in connector at one end and brass connector with clip at the other, both secured with shellacked linen twine. Clip with nice clear A-crown-M and stores ref. information stamped on brass. These are very hard to find but I have been lucky in picking them up in dribs and drab just lately. 

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WWII RAF Type G oxygen mask with type 48 microphone, very good condition.

 

Very good Type G oxygen mask. Grey/green rubber mask body is in excellent condition showing gentle use and aging with minor stress cracks around the lugs holding the maleable nose wire, though wire is firmly attached at all three lugs. No hardening at the edges of the mask which remains supple. Grey suede lining shows light use. Webbing harness is excellent, remains elastic and retains all three original small rubber bands. Black rubber microphone ring is fine; good microphone with short cord and plug. Very nice mask in above average condition. Size small and displays perfectly.

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Post War USAF and USN issue oxygen mask hooks for attaching A-13, A-13A and A-14 mask to flight helmet.

 

These differ from the wartime issue only in having an extra spring loaded locking clip to make sure the mask doesn't accidentally come unclipped in flight. Used with the A-11, AN-H-15 and all early jet helmets: P series (USAF) and H series (USN). One available.

Price for one clip: £12 / $15 / €13  email for more information

RAF aircrew "sea boot" socks worn inside flying boots.

 

Thick, heavy wool, "over the knee" socks for wear under flying boots. Commonly seen worn by fighter pilots during the Battle of Britain but also used by Bomber aircrew.This pair appears unissued with 2 or 3 very small pulls in the wool, barely noticeable and could be darned invisibly or left as is. A scarce item these days. No markings or labels which is not unusual.

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RAF officer's collarless uniform shirt with collar.

 

One of the more difficult accessories to find; a nice RAF officer's uniform shirt with separate detached collar. Half-button front with 3 buttons. Shirt is in overall very good condition, no fading or damage, but it looks like some paint (or something similar) may have been spilled on one  sleeve cuff. I have not tried to clean this but perhaps it will come out either with detergent or perhaps with paint cleaner. One cuff button missing and one neck button replaced (period). It's a nice shirt in a good size 15-1/2 with matching collar. There is a name "Black" and serial number inked inside the collar. Collar also in very good condition, with faded nomenclature.

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RAF trousers braces / suspenders for either the Service Dress or battle dress trousers

 

Another accessory that is getting more difficult to find. Superb, apparently unused pair of trouser braces for wear with either the service dress or battle dress uniform, Nice clear maker mark and 1942 date. Leather  is excellent, no wear or damage.

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RAF officer's service dress cap by Burberry.

 

A lovely RAF officer's visor or peaked cap with lots of character. Cap is well used but shows no abuse or undue wear and would probably clean up beautifully, but that is for the new owner to decide. The only wear is a tiny area at the very edge of the peak, where it would be handled to put on / take off. It's dusty, but that would brush or steam nicely. The oilcloth is torn but the label is intact. Wonderful heavily padded badge, sweatband is good, and patent leather chin strap is good too. Burberry made a lovely shaped cap.

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WWII Luftwaffe drogue or pilot parachute dated July 1942.

 

Silk parachute approximately 24-inches in diameter which is spring loaded to pop out of the pack and pull the main parachute out when a pilot or aircrew bales out. Retains all cords and spring, well marked and dated July 11, 1942. This may have been used with either the seat type or back type parachute used by Luftwaffe pilots and crews. No damage, excellent condition with light soiling from storage.

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WWII RAF / RCAF navigator's knee board and pad.

 

Never come across one of these before, but it came from the estate of a RAF navigator who flew with a RCAF squadron. His Lancaster was shot down and he was captured, became a POW, then left the RAF upon repatriation in 1945. This was definitely used during his wartime service. It's marked SO (stationery office) and has tear off sheets for plotting course etc. The heavy board is covered with blue oiled cotton much like a log book and has white webbing tapes which strap around the thigh and fasten with a Bennett style friction buckle. This came together with the series of photographic sheets (pictured) showing various charts so I am including them with the kneeboard. A scarce and unusual item. 

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WWII RAF / RCAF navigator's dividers / calipers (large and small).

 

Two pairs of dividers/calipers used by the same RAF navigator as the knee board above. Not Air Ministry marked, but privately purchased and correct for the period, these are extremely well made, precision instruments, maker marked Moore & Right, Sheffield, England. Excellent condition. Price is for both together as a set.

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Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm and USN Fighter Director Vocabulary.

 

2-sided card sheet with list of proper vocabulary and codes to be used for transmission via Wireless Transmission (Morse code) and radio Transmission (voice) between aircraft and ships. Quite entertaining and by today's standards probably not at all "politically correct" but taken very seriously  when it was published c.1943. (hard to believe that "Strangle your cockerel" and "Flash your weapon" were once acceptable terminology set down for official use...). A scarce item. 

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AAF Polaroid 1065 (B-8) flying goggles with grey lens.

 

Very good used pair of these mid-late war flying goggles with nice pliable rubber frames and grey lens. Marked Polaroid 1065 which was the original nomenclature prior to issue as B-8 goggles. Good strap with some loss of stretchiness to elastic section, fairly clean chamois backing.

 

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Above average pair of USN Willson Mk I Pilot flying goggles.

 

Getting more and more diffcult to find in any kind of decent condition, these Willson Mk I Pilot goggles were standard issue to all US Navy pilots and aircrew from around 1930 until well into WWII. Featuring large, convex lenses and a soft, one-piece rubber cushion for comfort, they were very popular. This pair is named on the strap to a G.S. McLean and are in very good used condition. The cushion is still nice and pliable, with a couple of small nicks from use and very slight stiffening only at the lower edge by the nose. Clear lenses have a few scratches but  that is to be expected. A very decent, displayable set.

 

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RAF Type H oxygen mask.

 

This example dated 1967 and fitted with the later, smaller amplivox microphone as worn by jet pilots. Mask is grubby and in need of a good clean, but the rubber is good and pliable with no damage. Strap / harness is good but would also benefit from a clean up. Small size, good for display on a mannequin. Would fit on a Type C, D or E helmet as well as the later F and G helmets with a bone dome. A decent mask.

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Extremely RARE WWII RAF Type D oxygen mask in exceptional condition.

 

Extremely rare and 100% guaranteed original RAF Type D oxygen mask in outstanding condition. The wool body is almost perfect, with none of the usual age/insect damage. I can find two pinhead sized holes on the left (between the stud fasteners) and two more at the bottom, by the "V" of the chamois gusset. The only flaw this mask has is that the chamois gusset has torn away on one side (or may have been split purposely, for a better fit - I have seen masks where this has been cut away completely). This could perhaps be repaired by someone with the necessary skills but doesn't detract for display. The chamois interior shows light to moderate soiling; this mask was worn (not left dangling) but is in absolutely stunning condition. Snaps / studs affixed directly through mask fabric. Black painted brass fitting ring is correctly stamped 6D/117 (partially hidden by cloth). Add a Type C, Type 18 or type 20 microphone  (or the end cap, below) for a fabulous display of museum quality.

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Army Air Corps extension cord / aircraft plug-in jack for flying helmet / radio headset..

Rubber coated cord with PL-55 aircraft plug on one end and JK-26 jack on the other end to connect the helmet mounted radio headset (or headband) to the aircraft radio. Excellent condition.

 

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RAF Gosport receivers and tubes for non-electronic crew communication.

 

Good set of Gosport receivers and tubes, so-called because they were invented at the Royal Naval Air Station in Gosport Hants in WWI (but also known as "profanity strainers" by some flying instructors!). Used in training throughout WWII but also used for communication in combat between memebers of aircrews when radio silence was crucial; notably also used by the Fleet Air Arm in torpedo bombers etc. Air Ministry marked Black bakelite receivers fit into helmet earcups and aluminium connector plug into extension tube in the cockpit. One small area where the braided cloth covering of the flexible tube has been repaired / reinforced with twine binding, otherwise excelent condition.

 

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RAF 1943 pattern "Escape" boots in virtually unissued condition.

 

An excellent pair of 1943 pattern escape boots which show a little wear and tear from storage but no actual wear or use: the laces are still not fitted but tied around the back of each boot. Small size but unmarked - I would guess perhaps a UK 7. Good working zip fasteners with A-crown-M markings. Slight scuffing to the leather foot section but no wear to the original sole and heel. Very clean interiors with no loss of fleece. No knife included.

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WWII 1938 pattern Airtex Bush Shirt.

 

Technically an army issue item, these lightweight "Airtex" breathable cotton shirts become extremely popular with all branches of the service, not least with pilots and aircrews of the RAF serving in the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Far East. Eventually the RAF produced their own pattern of "Bush shirt" or jacket with long sleeves and a belt but for a long time the army issue short sleeved shirt was the only type available. First issued in 1938, it took the RAF until late 1944 to produce a flying helmet made of this breathable, mesh-like cotton fabric. This example has some hand inked ref. numbers inside the collar but no official label. Half-button front, scalloped front pockets and built in epaulettes for attached rank slides. Overall very good condition, very clean with one very small repair to the front of the left shoulder (almost concealed by the epaulette). The two pocket buttons are missing but could easily be replaced. A great example of what was worn early in the area of Greece, Malta and North Africa as well as India and Burma.

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WWII RAF rigger's knife, scabbard and glove.

 

A scarce and original  rigger's knife, used for cutting away damaged cords and webbing on airframes and personal equipment ready for replacement, together with a hand mitt made of thick hide, used when sewing and repairing such things as rigging lines and harness etc. The knife has a rounded, blunt tip, similar to the dinghy knife (but much larger) to prevent accidentally damaging more delicate equipment, such as parachute silk, canvas, etc. and comes in its heavy leather scabbard which can be attached to a belt. The glove or mitt is laced with rawhide to give a good fit and has an opening for the fingers and a separate opening for the thumb. It has a large A-crown-M stamp on one side. Knife made by Rogers of Sheffield and has a great A-crown-M engaged as well as the coded date of 1939. Knife shows use and has been sharpened; mitt appears unissued. Unusual but important items not often seen.

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Scarce early WWII US Navy life jacket signal lamp Model A by Colvin-Slocum Boats.

 

Made in red plastic with a red lens (the US Navy and Coast Guard favoured red lights over white at the beginning of the war). The Colvin-Slocum Model A was approved for use by the USN in June 1942. Excellent condition, fitted with both a heavy duty clip and a long cord with a large safety pin as required.

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WWII Battle of Britain RAF Ops Room plotting tiles.

 

Mounted on small wooden blocks and pushed around a chart table by WAAFs using croupier type sticks, these small but highly significant metal tiles would signify to the officers in the Ops Room how many enemy aircraft were in a particular sector. Though just 1.25" x 1" (32mm x 25mm) these  highly-prized historical artifacts add so much to any Battle of Britain or Blitz display. Just 2 available as pictured - Price each:

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RAF Flying Training Manual AP129 Part 1 dated June 1938.

 

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 June 1938, is the one containing the information available to fighter pilots who trained for and later flew in 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 outstanding condition, with hard covers and original cord fastening.

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Scarce WWII RAAF observer brevet.

 

Very good example of the RAAF observer half-wing / brevet. Flat embroidered on a dark blue wool with an oiled cotton backing.

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RAF Type C flying helmet made in in India under contract to the Air Ministry.

 

Excellent example of the first pattern unwired Type C flying helmet, made by Phelps and Co. in India under licensed contract to the Air Ministry. Since shipping items overseas consumed space, took time and posed a risk of loss, wherever possible patterns were sen and flying clothing, uniforms etc. were produced overseas throughout the Empire. The quality of equipment made in India was comparable to that made in the UK and this helmet is superbly made and very high quality. Leather is glove soft and lining is excellent, rubber ear cups still completely pliable. Very clean throughout. Retains Bennett buckle and metal "V"-tip to chin strap. Small size but actually fits a male feature display head very well. Has had extra press stud fasteners fitted to side for mask and across the nape, probably for the gunner's hood. As well as being worn by RAF and RAAF pilots based in the Far East, these helmets were also popular with the USAAF and Flying Tiger "Tex" Hill famously wore an Indian made Type C. 

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