SALES October 2021

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RAF Type E1 Anti-Glare Spectacles with case.

 

Introduced for use in desert regions, these anti-glare spectacles were issued to both aircrews and ground crews. They featured dark  green lenses in plated metal frames fitted with leather side shields to prevent dust, sand and other debris from getting in the eyes. The cable arms were standard on most spectacles at the time and prevented them from being blown off. This pair  is in very good condition, the lenses undamaged, the leather still supple and the frames with minor discolouration. Contained in their Air Ministry marked and labeled tin case painted olive green. The earliest anti-glare spectacles issued to RAF personnel and getting hard to find, especially in good condition.

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RAF Type E1 Anti-Glare Spectacles

RAF Type E1 Anti-Glare Spectacles

RAF Type E1 Anti-Glare Spectacles

RAF Type E1 Anti-Glare Spectacles

RAF Type E1 Anti-Glare Spectacles

RAF Type E1 Anti-Glare Spectacles

RAF Type E1 Anti-Glare Spectacles

RAF Type E1 Anti-Glare Spectacles

RAF Type E1 Anti-Glare Spectacles

RAF Type E1 Anti-Glare Spectacles

RAF Type E1 Anti-Glare Spectacles

RAF Type E1 Anti-Glare Spectacles

WWII RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles in excellent condition, complete with original box and all accessories

Wartime Mk VIII goggles are now becoming more difficult to source, especially in this kind of condition. This pair was produced late war and though not marked with the A-crown-M on the leather above the bridge, they feature the characteristic rolled edges on the frames and are stamped on the leather nose covering. Condition is remarkable, and they appear unused, except for the name Lea written on the suede cushion and strap. No paint loss to frames, strap stretches like new, dark tinted lenses are excellent and leather is soft. Come in their correct Air Ministry marked box, complete with extra clear lenses wrapped in wax paper and the demisting cloth in its 1942 dated tin. An excellent find.

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WWII RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles in box with all accessories

WWII RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles in box with all accessories

WWII RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles in box with all accessories

WWII RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles in box with all accessories

WWII RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles in box with all accessories

WWII RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles in box with all accessories

WWII RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles in box with all accessories

WWII RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles in box with all accessories

WWII RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles in box with all accessories

WWII RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles in box with all accessories

WWII RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles in box with all accessories

WWII RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles in box with all accessories

WWII RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles in box with all accessories

WWII RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles in box with all accessories

WWII RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles in box with all accessories

WWII RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles in box with all accessories

RAF Mk VII Flying Goggles, refurbished with replacement strap.

The most attractive and elegant of the RAF wartime issue goggles, in my opinion, this pair of Mk VII goggles has been restored and refurbished to perfect, unused condition. Original brass frames with correct ultramarine blue painted finish with leather and chamois cushions. The strap is a wartime type made from the correct grey elastic webbing, but with the type of adjustment buckle found on night training goggles. Fitted with original tinted lenses. These are excellent for display or re-enactment, and with original Mk VIIs now extremely rare and pricey, they make a perfectly good filler. 

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RAF Mk VII Flying Goggles

RAF Mk VII Flying Goggles

RAF Mk VII Flying Goggles

RAF Mk VII Flying Goggles

RAF Mk VII Flying Goggles

RAF Mk VII Flying Goggles

RAF Mk VII Flying Goggles

RAF Mk VII Flying Goggles

RAF Mk VII Flying Goggles

RAF Mk VII Flying Goggles

US Army brown low-quarter shoes in unworn condition.

 

Not very often I care to use words like "mint condition" but that is the only way to describe this incredible pair of US Army issue brown low quarter shoes. Standard issue for the US Army and Army Air Forces in WWII and until the USAF fully transitioned (from 1947 to 1954). This pair appears to be dated 1954 - but I am not an expert in reading nomenclature codes - however, regardless of the manufacture date, these are identical to WWII issue  and in unworn, unused condition. Size 7.5 so probably better suited for display than wearing anyway. Impossible to upgrade.

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US Army brown low-quarter shoes in unworn condition

US Army brown low-quarter shoes in unworn condition

US Army brown low-quarter shoes in unworn condition

US Army brown low-quarter shoes in unworn condition

US Army brown low-quarter shoes in unworn condition

US Army brown low-quarter shoes in unworn condition

US Army brown low-quarter shoes in unworn condition

US Army brown low-quarter shoes in unworn condition

US Army brown low-quarter shoes in unworn condition

US Army brown low-quarter shoes in unworn condition

US Army brown low-quarter shoes in unworn condition

US Army brown low-quarter shoes in unworn condition

AAF navigator's True Airspeed Computor, Type

G-1, still sealed in it's box as issued.

 

Hard to find a better example than one that hasn't been opened since it was sealed in its box in May, 1945! Please note: photo of actual computer is NOT this computer - I "borrowed" the picture from NASM; the computer you are buying is SEALED inside the box. If you choose to break the seal and open it, that's up to you!

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AAF navigator's True Airspeed Computor, Type G-1

AAF navigator's True Airspeed Computor, Type G-1

AAF navigator's True Airspeed Computor, Type G-1

AAF navigator's True Airspeed Computor, Type G-1

AAF navigator's True Airspeed Computor, Type G-1

AAF navigator's True Airspeed Computor, Type G-1

RAF Gosport receivers and tubes for flying helmet.

 

Very good pair of Gosport receivers in black bakelite, well marked with Air Ministry stores ref. number and complete with fabric covered flexible metal tubes, culminating in the "Y" connector. Known as "profanity strainers" by y flying cadets and instructors alike, they were used in all training aircraft and by the Fleet Air Arm while flying on ops to preserve radio silence within crews.

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RAF Gosport receivers and tubes for flying helmet

RAF Gosport receivers and tubes for flying helmet

RAF Gosport receivers and tubes for flying helmet

RAF Gosport receivers and tubes for flying helmet

RAF Gosport receivers and tubes for flying helmet

RAF Gosport receivers and tubes for flying helmet

RAF Gosport receivers and tubes for flying helmet

RAF Gosport receivers and tubes for flying helmet

RAF 1933 pattern flying gauntlets, named with history.

 

Excellent pair of 1933 Pattern Gauntlets, named to Ralf William Brumwell DFC, who flew Wellingtons, Stirlings and Lancasters, completing 28 operational sorties. He was shot down once and wounded, and later flew a badly damaged aircraft back to base (his full history supplied with sale) receiving the DFC in 1944. Gloves are a near perfectly matched pair in near perfect condition, well marked and dated 1940. 

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RAF 1933 pattern flying gauntlets, named with history

RAF 1933 pattern flying gauntlets, named with history

RAF 1933 pattern flying gauntlets, named with history

RAF 1933 pattern flying gauntlets, named with history

RAF 1933 pattern flying gauntlets, named with history

RAF 1933 pattern flying gauntlets, named with history

RAF 1933 pattern flying gauntlets, named with history

RAF 1933 pattern flying gauntlets, named with history

RAF Mosquito Boots, worn by flyers in desert and tropical regions, with history.

 

Originally intended for wear by ground crews to prevent being bitten by insects such as scorpions, as well as mosquitoes and even snakes, these were quickly seized by pilots and aircrew members for wear while on combat flying operations, being both comfortable and practical. Green suede uppers with leather soles and taped drawstring to tighten up the tops and prevent creatures getting inside, these are very high quality boots and in excellent condition. They show light to moderate wear but no damage and are very clean. Well marked inside with size (9UK  which would be 10US) a clear date of 1944 and manufacture's name (John White). There is also a WD arrow stamp and coding  near the inside top of both boots. An excellent example of these scarce boots.

They come with history of the owner including some copies of photographs and a letter he sent home.

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RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

Private purchase hand-made sandals owned by a RAF airman.

 

Purchased by the same airman who owned the Mosquito boots while stationed in North Africa. These are superb leather thong style shoes, not unlike the types which were issued to Italian pilots in the desert - very comfortable for flying because they would offer excellent "feel" of the rudder pedals. Made from natural animal skin with an incised design on the leather and decorated on the strap with snake or lizard skin, the leather is then nailed to a rubber base, most probably cut from an old discarded vehicle tyre (each has a different "tread" pattern).  Hand made and therefore left and right are slightly different in decoration but  a perfect matched pair in terms of size (size 9UK / 10US). An unusual item of flying kit or for casual wear.

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RAF private purchase hand-made sandals

RAF private purchase hand-made sandals

RAF private purchase hand-made sandals

RAF private purchase hand-made sandals

RAF private purchase hand-made sandals

RAF private purchase hand-made sandals

RAF Pressure Jerkin  for  fighter jet pilots, used with Type J and M oxygen mask, dated 1956.

Frankenstein Pressure Jerkin worn by early jet pilots flying the Vampire, Venom, Meteor and even the Canberra and Hunter, which used the oxygen supply to compress the torso during high G manouevres. A small valve on the upper right hand side of the chest connected to a short outlet hose on both the Type J and M series of oxygen masks. The jerkin was short-lived when the Types J and M masks were shelved in favour of the American A-13A. Jerkin is made from blue grey rubberized cotton with "corset" style lacing at the back for a tight fit and a Lightning separating zip at the front. It is in excellent condition, totally pliable with no stiffness anywhere. 1956 dated label, size large. Very difficult to upgrade. A rare item of early jet fighter clothing.

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RAF Pressure Jerkin  for Type J and M oxygen mask, dated 1956

RAF Pressure Jerkin for Type J and M oxygen mask, dated 1956

RAF Pressure Jerkin  for Type J and M oxygen mask, dated 1956

RAF Pressure Jerkin for Type J and M oxygen mask, dated 1956

RAF Pressure Jerkin  for Type J and M oxygen mask, dated 1956

RAF Pressure Jerkin for Type J and M oxygen mask, dated 1956

RAF Pressure Jerkin  for Type J and M oxygen mask, dated 1956

RAF Pressure Jerkin for Type J and M oxygen mask, dated 1956

RAF Pressure Jerkin  for Type J and M oxygen mask, dated 1956

RAF Pressure Jerkin for Type J and M oxygen mask, dated 1956

RAF Observer Parachute Pack - an excellent reproduction.

A quite superb reproduction of the Irvin RAF Observer type parachute pack, complete with D-ring, rip-cord and bungee cords, a facsimile Irvin Air Chute label and various ink stamped markings. Made from identical canvas to the originals, and with, I believe, some original parts (such as the D-ring, other steel parts, and original period webbing). It will fill a gap in any collection and is the perfect option for a re-enactor. The pack is stuffed with some kind of padding which approximates the weight of an original. 

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RAF Observer Parachute Pack - an excellent reproduction

RAF Observer Parachute Pack - an excellent reproduction

RAF Observer Parachute Pack - an excellent reproduction

RAF Observer Parachute Pack - an excellent reproduction

RAF Observer Parachute Pack - an excellent reproduction

RAF Observer Parachute Pack - an excellent reproduction

RAF Observer Parachute Pack - an excellent reproduction

RAF Observer Parachute Pack - an excellent reproduction

RAF Observer Parachute Pack - an excellent reproduction

RAF Observer Parachute Pack - an excellent reproduction

RAF Observer Parachute Pack - an excellent reproduction

RAF Observer Parachute Pack - an excellent reproduction

RAF Observer Parachute Pack - an excellent reproduction

RAF Observer Parachute Pack - an excellent reproduction

RAF Observer Parachute Pack - an excellent reproduction

RAF Observer Parachute Pack - an excellent reproduction

RAF Type D internally wired flying helmet, large size 3, in outstanding condition.

 

This internally wired Type D helmet is in superb condition, very clean, inside and out, complete with Type 32 receivers, correct internal wiring loom with bell plug and connector for oxygen mask jack. Large size 3 and clear stores ref. numbers ink stamped on side, plus service number of the crewman who once owned the helmet. Introduced December 1944, the internally wired Type D was standard issue to all aircrews stationed East of Malta in desert or tropical regions. Lovely example.

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RAF Type D internally wired flying helmet, large size 3

RAF Type D internally wired flying helmet, large size 3

RAF Type D internally wired flying helmet, large size 3

RAF Type D internally wired flying helmet, large size 3

RAF Type D internally wired flying helmet, large size 3

RAF Type D internally wired flying helmet, large size 3

RAF Type D internally wired flying helmet, large size 3

RAF Type D internally wired flying helmet, large size 3

RAF Type D internally wired flying helmet, large size 3

RAF Type D internally wired flying helmet, large size 3

RAF Type D internally wired flying helmet, large size 3

RAF Type D internally wired flying helmet, large size 3

RAF Type D internally wired flying helmet, large size 3

RAF Type D internally wired flying helmet, large size 3

RAF Type D internally wired flying helmet, large size 3

RAF Type D internally wired flying helmet, large size 3

RAF Type D internally wired flying helmet, large size 3

RAF Type D internally wired flying helmet, large size 3

Scarce inter-War Air Corps Cadet Service Dress uniform and cap - possibly one of the first issued. 

 

Scarce Inter-War cadet blues uniform and cap in extremely good condition. Very similar wool barathea to the RAF uniform, but with gilt US Army buttons, shoulder straps, no lower pockets and without a belt. Beautiful silver and gold bullion embroidered winged prop and US insignia to lapels show tarnishing and a couple of small but not too significant moth nips below left hand insignia. QM Depot label inside pocket with date stamp that is slightly smeared but appears to be October 25, 1928, making it one of the first issued (the uniform was in use from 1924-1940). Cap is in similar excellent condition with gilt metal winged prop device, patent leather peak and chin strap. A lovely uniform.

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AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

AAF Cadet service dress uniform and cap

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform, SD jacket, trouser and sidecap named and with some history.

 

By far the smallest of the Commonwealth Air Forces, The Royal New Zealand Air Force nonetheless contributed greatly to the Allied war effort. Examples of New Zealand made uniform items are however extremely scarce - and this complete RNZAF uniform is an absolute gem. Comprising a Service Dress uniform jacket and matching trousers plus sidecap, all made in New Zealand and named to F/O Ron W.F. Mires. He enlisted in May, 1943 and began pilot training,  was commissioned in August 1944 and made active January 1945. The war ended before he was posted overseas, and he was made a reservist in September 1945 - which explains the amazing condition of this rare uniform.  Tailored by Schneiderman & Sons, considered the best tailors in New Zealand at the time, the uniform is exquisitely made and has a beautiful example of a New Zealand made pilot wing brevet. The sidecap is labeled to Chas Hill & Sons Ltd of Wellington and, along with the unform, has the correct NZ buttons. A great complete and original RNZAF uniform. 

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Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

Fantastic RZNAF complete pilot's uniform named and with history.

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse containing double-sided escape map, compass and hacksaw.

 

Becoming very hard to find with all components. Waterproof purse is in excellent condition, carefully opened but no tears, marked "MAPS ONLY" to front (this indicates that it contained no currency). Contains double-sided silk escape/evasion map 43C (Holland  Belgium  France  Germany) and 43D (France  Germany  Switzerland Belgium) together with the miniature compass and hacksaw blade wrapped in paper. Compass in good working order, blade with some minor surface oxidation but a very good example. These were issued to all RAF and AAF flyers flying over occupied Europe.

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RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

RAF MAPS ONLY escape/evasion purse with map, compass and hacksaw

Exceptional RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936.

 

Superb pair of iconic Mk IIIa flying goggles in exceptional condition showing almost no signs of use. Frames retain blackened finish, lenses with no warping and very light surface scratches, velvet pads are like new and strap is perfect, with tension springs in perfect working order, no stretching. Nice AID stamp and crisp AM stamp with early 1936 date. Oddly both stoppers are absent - either never attached properly or maybe removed. Could undoubtedly be added if desired but they look perfectly good as is.

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RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles dated 1936

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

 

Absolutely fantastic RAF officer's service dress cap by a private tailor, Lingards of Preston.  Condition is superb and appears to have had very little wear. Underside of peak is finished with the black crinkle finish instead of the more common green. Cicular quilting pattern on lining suggests 1920s or early 1930s, so appropriate for an officer serving at the time of the Battle of Britain. A superb cap that would be difficult to upgrade.

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Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

Pre-war RAF officer's Service Dress cap.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

 

Rare uniform accessory item worn by officers and other ranks and designed wth a V-neck so as not to show when the Service Dress tunic was worn, providing extra warmth under the flying clothing. Fine knitted wool with a good label and 1938 date. There are a few snags and holes which can be seen in the pictures, but they don't show badly or detract from the appearance. Dies not show any wear so may have been unissued. Very nice example.

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RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF issue wool jumper/sweater for wear under the SD uniform, dated 1938.

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile UF9.

 

Very rare accessory which makes a great addition to any Battle of Britain display: a tile used on the "Raid Blocks"  which were placed on large table sized maps of southern England showing movement, strength and altitude of both enemy and friendly aircraft engaged in the daily air battles. Only a handful of these simple items survived and many were used over and over again. This example, painted in black on yellow, indicates enemy (Luftwaffe) aircraft and would be stacked on the "block" as shown in the last photograph. 

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RAF OPs Room raid plotting block tile UF9

RAF OPs Room raid plotting block tile UF9

RAF OPs Room raid plotting block tile UF9

RAF OPs Room raid plotting block tile UF9

RAF OPs Room raid plotting block tile UF9

RAF OPs Room raid plotting block tile UF9

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 259/853

 

Very rare accessory which makes a great addition to any Battle of Britain display: a tile used on the "Raid Blocks"  which were placed on large table sized maps of southern England showing movement, strength and altitude of both enemy and friendly aircraft engaged in the daily air battles. Only a handful of these simple items survived and many were used over and over again. This example, painted in black on yellow, indicates enemy (Luftwaffe) aircraft and would be stacked on the "block" as shown in the last photograph.  Interestingly it has been stamped/engraved on one side and then hand-paited on the back with a different number.

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RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 259/853

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 259/853

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 259/853

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 259/853

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 719

 

Very rare accessory which makes a great addition to any Battle of Britain display: a tile used on the "Raid Blocks"  which were placed on large table sized maps of southern England showing movement, strength and altitude of both enemy and friendly aircraft engaged in the daily air battles. Only a handful of these simple items survived and many were used over and over again. This example, printed in yellow on black, indicates aircraft strength and would be stacked on the "block" as shown in the last photograph. 

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RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 719

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 719

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 719

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 719

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 399

 

Very rare accessory which makes a great addition to any Battle of Britain display: a tile used on the "Raid Blocks"  which were placed on large table sized maps of southern England showing movement, strength and altitude of both enemy and friendly aircraft engaged in the daily air battles. Only a handful of these simple items survived and many were used over and over again. This example, printed in white on black, indicates aircraft strength and would be stacked on the "block" as shown in the last photograph. 

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RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 399

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 399

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 399

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile 399

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile "I"

 

Very rare accessory which makes a great addition to any Battle of Britain display: a tile used on the "Raid Blocks"  which were placed on large table sized maps of southern England showing movement, strength and altitude of both enemy and friendly aircraft engaged in the daily air battles. Only a handful of these simple items survived and many were used over and over again. This example, printed in red on white, would be used with other tiles to indicate friendly aircraft strength and would be stacked on the "block" as shown in the last photograph. 

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RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile "I"

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile "I"

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile "I"

RAF Ops Room raid plotting block tile "I"

Excellent RAF Battle of Britain Type D oxygen mask, plus Type 21 microphone assembly with full external  wiring loom (Type F connector) and bell plug.

 

A quite exceptional example of a Type D oxygen mask, 100% original and in great condition. One slight worn spot to upper front right from rubbing against the stiff insert between the wool, linen and chamois, and perhaps 2 or 3 pinhead sized holes which are almost invisible.  Minor soiling to wool and chamois, but overall this mask is in remarkable condition. There are vestiges of some black writing on one side - not clear what it is. Comes with a good Type 21 microphone with  rare early Type F external loom. Hairline surface crack on bakelite part of microphone. Note mask has never had snaps or face defenders attached,  was probably used as a microphone carrier (which explains the great condition). Most masks on the market these days have excessive wear or damage and often repairs. 

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RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

RAF Type D oxygen mask with Type 21 microphone attached including full external wiring loom and bell

Incredibly rare RAF Battle of Britain fighter pilot's Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  with silk canopy dated September 25, 1940.

 

An absolutely fantastic find. RAF parachute equipment is extremely rare, especially seat type parachutes - ESPECIALLY complete with the silk canopy intact and still packed - but to find one dated during the Battle of Britain is a dream find. This example has been stashed away somewhere for over 80 years, and as a result it has a couple of small chewed areas on the webbing harness: one by the left hand lower buckle, two more at the lower back. These could perhaps be restored but do not affect the integrity of the harness or the display so I prefer to leave alone in original 'as found" condition. Harness is grubby and could be cleaned up - very nice A-crown-M stamps to the shoulder straps of the harness. The pack,  back cushion and silk (not nylon) canopy are unaffected and the canopy remains as packed. The pack has a superb Irvin Air Chute label and serial number, and I knew it was an early model, but  could not find a date which is faded out - however I carefully opened the pack and unfolded the silk to look for a date and found a superb ink stamp with the matching serial number and a date of September 25, 1940, as well as the A-crown-M Air Ministry stamp.  A genuine Battle of Britain seat type parachute which in spite of the minor damage to the harness remains in great, displayable condition, lacking on the seat cushion. Includes a full set of bungee cords and a lovely early storage bag with DOT zip fastener and A-crown-M stamp on both sides which matches the style of the stamp on the harness. 

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RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete  and dated September 1940 - Ba

RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly by Irvin Air Chute Company, complete and dated September 1940 - Ba

RARE RAF Type C* (C-star) flying helmet with Type J oxygen mask and extremely rare Mk I visor.

 

The C* was the final development of the Type C helmet and essentially comprised a wartime pattern Type C retrofitted with a shorter wiring loom and different style plug (later to become known as the NATO plug). This was specifically for use in aircraft fitted with the first ejector seats, such as the Vampire and Meteor. It coincided with development of pressure demand oxygen masks and more protective eyewear. The Type J mask, though resembling the Type H, was built from entirely new moulds and was designed to provide a better facial seal. In the end, the American made A-13A was preferred and production of the Type J was shortlived, making it an extremely rare mask. The Mk I visor was developed to provide better eye and facial protection for ejection and was used with the Type C* as well as the early Mk I crash helmet. Snap fasteners were retrofitted to the helmet to allow the visor to be attached. Goggles could also be worn underneath. This rare set is in excellent condition, with minor perishing to the thin latex inner lining of the mask. For the connoisseur of Type C helmets, this is a must! Final picture shows this set up in use by a Vampire pilot.

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RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visor

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visorq. Venom D.H. Seaton

RAF Type C* (star) helmet with Type J mask and Mk I visorq. Venom D.H. Seaton

RAF Type D flying helmet, first type, with external wring / Type 26 microphone assembly.

 

A wonderful combat veteran that has seen service, yet remains great for display. The very earliest Type D helmets were built with the external rubber flange for added noise attenuation, which was quickly replaced by a one-piece moulding which was covered by the fabric outer layer. Helmet looks great on display, but is sweat stained and has a small hole to the left rear, near the goggle strap tab. The interior has some wear and tear, with part of the satin lining torn, though all material appears to still be there. Satin covered "donuts"  are grubby but solid and undamaged. Helmet is fitted with a rare external wiring loom, Type 26, including Type 16 receivers and Type 25 microphone. plus bell plug. The rubber earcups are in great shape, soft and pliable (in fact the receivers move around easily); leather is good - Bennett buckle retains its covering. Wiring loom is very good; microphone is a little grubby. Overall, a good example of a very scarce helmet with lots of character. Priced as a scarce early variation of the helmet and a scarce external wiring loom plus receivers.

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RAF Type D flying helmet, first type, with external wring / Type 26 microphone assembly

RAF Type D flying helmet, first type, with external wring / Type 26 microphone assembly

RAF Type D flying helmet, first type, with external wring / Type 26 microphone assembly

RAF Type D flying helmet, first type, with external wring / Type 26 microphone assembly

RAF Type D flying helmet, first type, with external wring / Type 26 microphone assembly

RAF Type D flying helmet, first type, with external wring / Type 26 microphone assembly

RAF Type D flying helmet, first type, with external wring / Type 26 microphone assembly

RAF Type D flying helmet, first type, with external wring / Type 26 microphone assembly

RAF Type D flying helmet, first type, with external wring / Type 26 microphone assembly

RAF Type D flying helmet, first type, with external wring / Type 26 microphone assembly

RAF Type D flying helmet, first type, with external wring / Type 26 microphone assembly

RAF Type D flying helmet, first type, with external wring / Type 26 microphone assembly

RAF Type D flying helmet, first type, with external wring / Type 26 microphone assembly

RAF Type D flying helmet, first type, with external wring / Type 26 microphone assembly

RAF Type D flying helmet, first type, with external wring / Type 26 microphone assembly

RAF Type D flying helmet, first type, with external wring / Type 26 microphone assembly

Matching pair of RAF Type 32 telephone receivers for the Type C, D and E flying helmets.

 

Getting almost impossible to find on the loose these days, a good matching set of Air Ministry marked receivers, complete with their "guts" and correct crew-on back plates.

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RAF Type 32 receivers for Type C, D and E flying helmet, bot external and internal wiring looms.

RAF Type 32 receivers for Type C, D and E flying helmet, bot external and internal wiring looms.

RAF Type 32 receivers for Type C, D and E flying helmet, bot external and internal wiring looms.

RAF Type 32 receivers for Type C, D and E flying helmet, bot external and internal wiring looms.

RAF Type 32 receivers for Type C, D and E flying helmet, bot external and internal wiring looms.

RAF Type 32 receivers for Type C, D and E flying helmet, bot external and internal wiring looms.

RAAF pilot's uniform Service Dress tunic and peaked cap, named with history to KIA pilot who bombed the Tirpitz.

 

These two uniform items came together, so I prefer to keep them together. Both jacket and cap are in very good condition, the jacket having correct rear facing bronze eagles on the sleeves and a superb RAAF pilot wing brevet. The cap is an outstanding example, with no label or maker's marks but a lovely heavilt padded bullion badge. The cap shows less wear than the tunic, which makes perfect sense, since the SD jacket was invariably worn on operations before the introduction of the Suits, Aircrew (battledress). Jacket is made by Gieves, dated December 1941 and labeled to  T.A. Ley. This probably a clerical error at Gieves and should read A.T. Ley (there are only two Leys listed in RAAF records for the time period: Andrew Thomas Ley and his brother Sgt. John George Ley).  F/O A.T. Ley was a Lancaster pilot with 463 Squadron. His was one of the crews which attacked the Tirpitz.  He was KIA October 1944 following a raid on U-Boat pens in Bergen, Norway. Such details as are available will be included with sale, but this is worthy of a lot more research.

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RAAF pilot's uniform SD tunic, named with history to KIA pilot who bombed the Tirpitz

RAAF pilot's uniform SD tunic, named with history to KIA pilot who bombed the Tirpitz

RAAF pilot's uniform SD tunic, named with history to KIA pilot who bombed the Tirpitz

RAAF pilot's uniform SD tunic, named with history to KIA pilot who bombed the Tirpitz

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RAAF pilot's uniform SD tunic, named with history to KIA pilot who bombed the Tirpitz

RAAF pilot's uniform SD tunic, named with history to KIA pilot who bombed the Tirpitz

RAAF pilot's uniform SD tunic, named with history to KIA pilot who bombed the Tirpitz

RAAF pilot's uniform SD tunic, named with history to KIA pilot who bombed the Tirpitz

RAAF pilot's uniform SD tunic, named with history to KIA pilot who bombed the Tirpitz

RAAF pilot's uniform SD tunic, named with history to KIA pilot who bombed the Tirpitz

RAAF pilot's uniform SD tunic, named with history to KIA pilot who bombed the Tirpitz

RAAF pilot's uniform SD tunic, named with history to KIA pilot who bombed the Tirpitz

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RAAF pilot's uniform SD tunic, named with history to KIA pilot who bombed the Tirpitz

RAAF pilot's uniform SD tunic, named with history to KIA pilot who bombed the Tirpitz

RAF Air Sea Rescue sleeve patch for other ranks.

One of the most important branches of the RAF. established in 1941 after suffering horrendous losses during the Battle of Britain, the Air Sea Rescue crews manned motor launches, flying boats and every means possible to rescue RAF crews and pilots who crashed, ditched or parachuted into the sea. This is an early example of the patch worn by other ranks, embroidered on black felt with paper backing.

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RAF Air Sea Rescue sleeve patch

RAF Air Sea Rescue sleeve patch

RAF Air Sea Rescue sleeve patch

RAF Air Sea Rescue sleeve patch