SALES September 2020

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RARE RAF Emergency Flying Ration Mk II complete with all contents.

 

Pocket sized tin 4.5" x 3.25"  (11cm x 8cm) marked Emergency Flying Ration Mk II and with lovely A-crown-M Air Ministry mark plys stores ref. number 27P/7. This was issued with all one man life raft / K dinghy kits and survival kits for fighter pilots. Very difficult to find complete with all contents. Has been opened to view and check contents but all are present and correct: barley sugar sweets, Horlicks tablets, chewing gum and energy tablets. Instructions on bottom of tin and inside tin lid. Minor oxidation on outside, no damage to tin or to contents. A fantastic find.

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RAF Emergency Flying Ration Mk II

RAF Emergency Flying Ration Mk II

RAF Emergency Flying Ration Mk II

RAF Emergency Flying Ration Mk II

RAF Emergency Flying Ration Mk II

RAF Emergency Flying Ration Mk II

RAF Emergency Flying Ration Mk II

RAF Emergency Flying Ration Mk II

RAF AP2580A training manual for fighter pilots, "Bag the Hun!"

48-pages, 7" x 6" booklet for helping fighter pilots estimate range and angles for shooting down enemy fighters. Contains instructions and a series of exercises, with rotating dials and an acetate disk with printed ring and bead site for completing a series of tests at the back of the book. Acetate sheet still present and in excellent condition, contained in envelope pasted inside the back cover. Minor wear to cover. Published April 1943, this edition reprinted November 1943. Great training aid which also features some early cartoons of Gremlins. A rare official publication. 

 

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RAF AP2580A Fighter Pilot training manual "Bag the Hun!"

RAF AP2580A Fighter Pilot training manual "Bag the Hun!"

RAF AP2580A Fighter Pilot training manual "Bag the Hun!"

RAF AP2580A Fighter Pilot training manual "Bag the Hun!"

RAF AP2580A Fighter Pilot training manual "Bag the Hun!"

RAF AP2580A Fighter Pilot training manual "Bag the Hun!"

RAF AP2580A Fighter Pilot training manual "Bag the Hun!"

RAF AP2580A Fighter Pilot training manual "Bag the Hun!"

RAF AP2580A Fighter Pilot training manual "Bag the Hun!"

RAF AP2580A Fighter Pilot training manual "Bag the Hun!"

RAF AP2580A Fighter Pilot training manual "Bag the Hun!"

RAF AP2580A Fighter Pilot training manual "Bag the Hun!"

RAF AP2580A Fighter Pilot training manual "Bag the Hun!"

RAF AP2580A Fighter Pilot training manual "Bag the Hun!"

RAF AP2580A Fighter Pilot training manual "Bag the Hun!"

RAF AP2580A Fighter Pilot training manual "Bag the Hun!"

RAF AP2580A Fighter Pilot training manual "Bag the Hun!"

RAF AP2580A Fighter Pilot training manual "Bag the Hun!"

Scarce RAF transitional/prototype Type C flying helmet; early first pattern modified for an internal wiring loom.

 

I have only ever handled one or two of these rare Type C helmet - essentially an early first pattern intended for an external cord, converted for internal wiring. This is an example of the first model Type C - with fore and aft goggle tabs in up-and-down configuration and only two studs for attaching a Type E mask. The helmet has been factory (or rigger) modified by opening up the rear seam, adding two strips of leather for securing an internal cord, then cutting a small opening on the left hand side for the connector. It differs from previous examples I have seen by having brass eyelets inserted on each side for feeding the wires through. Helmet is unmarked but i would guess a size 3. It is in lovely condition, the leather and chamois clean and soft and the rubber ear cups are nice and pliable (one is slightly misshaped from storage but perfectly flexible). It has lost half of the metal "V" tip on the end of the chin strap, but the Bennett buckle retains its leather covering. A rare and interesting example. 

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RAF transitional Type C: early first pattern converted to internal wiring

RAF transitional Type C: early first pattern converted to internal wiring

RAF transitional Type C: early first pattern converted to internal wiring

RAF transitional Type C: early first pattern converted to internal wiring

RAF transitional Type C: early first pattern converted to internal wiring

RAF transitional Type C: early first pattern converted to internal wiring

RAF transitional Type C: early first pattern converted to internal wiring

RAF transitional Type C: early first pattern converted to internal wiring

RAF transitional Type C: early first pattern converted to internal wiring

RAF transitional Type C: early first pattern converted to internal wiring

RAF transitional Type C: early first pattern converted to internal wiring

RAF transitional Type C: early first pattern converted to internal wiring

RAF transitional Type C: early first pattern converted to internal wiring

RAF transitional Type C: early first pattern converted to internal wiring

Late WWII RCAF mesh flying helmet.

 

Based on and similar to the RAF Type E flying helmet, this Canadian made variant is well made from cotton mesh, unlined, with a leather chin strap and rubber ear cups that fit standard RAF Type 16 or 32 receivers or Canadian equivalent). Labeled inside and a generous size 3 (large) the hemet has press stud/snap fasteners for externally mounted wiring and an oxygen mask. Felt internal ear pads show some minor surface mothing but no damage. Helmet is slightly grubby at the back but overall excellent condition.

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RCAF Mesh Flying Helmet

RCAF Mesh Flying Helmet

RCAF Mesh Flying Helmet

RCAF Mesh Flying Helmet

RCAF Mesh Flying Helmet

RCAF Mesh Flying Helmet

RCAF Mesh Flying Helmet

RCAF Mesh Flying Helmet

RCAF Mesh Flying Helmet

RCAF Mesh Flying Helmet

RCAF Mesh Flying Helmet

RCAF Mesh Flying Helmet

Very scarce Battle of Britain RAF Mk IV Flying Goggles complete with anti-glare screen.

 

The original pattern for the Mk IV series goggles, these Mk IV goggles feature hinged frames with each lens in separate pieces - a design which proved difficult to manufacture and fragile in use, such that the process was refined twice whilst still in development - resulting in the Mk IVA (plastic frames) and IVB all being introduced simultaneously in June 1940, with the IVB being the preferred pattern and most widely produced. The IVA was the least successful model, and few survive, the IV was produced in small numbers and is considered very scarce. This pair is in exceptionally good condition, with good frames, clear lenses and retaining its polarizing ant-glare screen to aid spotting the "Hun in the sun." Rubber pads have hardened as per usual, but blackened brass frames are very good with no serious dents or dings, leather fittings are excellent and strap retains nice clear Air Ministry stamp and stores ref. information. Loops are very good, screen is clean with very little warping and only light surface scratching. Screen mechanism, with exposed spring, is in excellent working order. A lovely example of a pair of Battle of Britain goggles that is becoming increasingly difficult to find.

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RAF Battle of Britain Mk IV flying goggles with screen

RAF Battle of Britain Mk IV flying goggles with screen

RAF Battle of Britain Mk IV flying goggles with screen

RAF Battle of Britain Mk IV flying goggles with screen

RAF Battle of Britain Mk IV flying goggles with screen

RAF Battle of Britain Mk IV flying goggles with screen

RAF Battle of Britain Mk IV flying goggles with screen

RAF Battle of Britain Mk IV flying goggles with screen

RAF Battle of Britain Mk IV flying goggles with screen

RAF Battle of Britain Mk IV flying goggles with screen

RAF Battle of Britain Mk IV flying goggles with screen

RAF Battle of Britain Mk IV flying goggles with screen

RAF Battle of Britain Mk IV flying goggles with screen

RAF Battle of Britain Mk IV flying goggles with screen

RAF Battle of Britain Mk IV flying goggles with screen

RAF Battle of Britain Mk IV flying goggles with screen

RAF Battle of Britain Mk IV flying goggles with screen

RAF Battle of Britain Mk IV flying goggles with screen

Very scarce RAF Battle of Britain "Prestige" flying suit patch, 65 Squadron.

 

Prior to the outbreak of WWII and for the first few months of the fighting, RAF fighter pilots often wore white flying suits – a throwback to the pre-war days of air displays, trophy races and pageants where the elite display pilots wore white suits to distinguish them. These "prestige" suits, as they became known, remained popular throughout the Battle of Britain as an alternative to the heavy Sidcot suits, and some pilots added neatly embroidered badges depicting the crest of their squadron - though this practice was actively discouraged towards the end of the Battle of Britain when the RAF began to venture into enemy territory,  because if captured, it immediately gave the enemy useful information about squadron strengths and locations! Original examples of these embroidered badges are now quite rare. This is a lovely example of a used crest, embroidered on white cotton, for use on a white suit. 65 Squadron was active and flew Spitfires during the Battle of Britain, making this a very desirable badge.

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RAF prestige suit patch, 65 squadron

RAF prestige suit patch, 65 squadron

RAF prestige suit patch, 65 squadron

RAF prestige suit patch, 65 squadron

RAF Channel Islands shoulder titles x2.

 

RAF pilots and aircrews from other countries were permitted to wear shoulder titles proudly displaying their nationality. So too did others from different territories, and when the Channel Islands were occupied by the Germans, many escaped and joined the RAF. Offered is a pair of scarce Channel Islands shoulder titles on black wool for other ranks, possibly a sergeant pilot.  Not a perfect match but very close. Price for the pair. 

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RAF Channel Islands shoulder titles

RAF Channel Islands shoulder titles

RAF Channel Islands shoulder titles

RAF Channel Islands shoulder titles

ARP (Air Raid Precautions) official's armband or armlet.

 

White cotton arm band with printed letters ARP for Air Raid Precautions, worn by officials who were appointed by authorities (or volunteered) to ensure black out regulations were maintained and take charge in the event of an air raid, shepherding people to shelters, treating casualties etc. Elastic straps are stretched out but armband is clean and in great condition.

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ARP armlet

ARP armlet

ARP armlet

ARP armlet

RCAF early pattern other ranks jacket with high collar and faux french cuffs.

 

Scarce early pattern RCAF other ranks tunic, made in serge wool, with a high buttoned collar and faux French cuffs (essentially a double row of stitching approximately 3 inches up from the end of the sleeve). All buttons have been removed but are present in the pocket, as are the correct embroidered shoulder eagles. It includes a sewn-on matching belt but lacks the brass belt buckle (easily replaced). Inside there is a faded label with the owner's name in brown ink (Renee Cherrett). There is also a large manufacturer's ink stamp inside, indicating a date of 1942 - very late for this pattern. Overall condition, apart from having its buttons and insignia removed, is very good and with a little work this would make a great addition to any collection.

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RCAF early other ranks jacket with high collar

RCAF early other ranks jacket with high collar

RCAF early other ranks jacket with high collar

RCAF early other ranks jacket with high collar

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RCAF early other ranks jacket with high collar63

RCAF early other ranks jacket with high collar

RCAF early other ranks jacket with high collar

RCAF early other ranks jacket with high collar

RCAF early other ranks jacket with high collar

RCAF early other ranks jacket with high collar

RCAF early other ranks jacket with high collar

RCAF early other ranks jacket with high collar

RCAF early other ranks jacket with high collar

Outstanding example of a RAF Type B Flying Helmet in a large size 3.

This Type B helmet is one of the best I have seen in a long time. The leather is in absolutely fantastic condition, the interior chamois is clean and soft. Helmet retains its rubber 

telephone holders, both Bennett's buckles with full leather covering, metal "V" tip to chin strap and both leather zip pullers. Zips work perfectly. I fitted a new/old stock pair of RCAF cushions to maintain shape. There is evidence that it used to have a manufacturer's label inside, long ago removed (in accordance with Air Ministry regulations of 1940) and instead the helmet has been stamped with Air Ministry information and size markings. A very generous size 3 (large). There is also a faint hand-written name inside which appears to be Birch, N.R. or similar. A truly lovely example of this iconic helmet in a rare larger size.

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RAF Type B Flying Helmet

RAF Type B Flying Helmet

RAF Type B Flying Helmet

RAF Type B Flying Helmet

RAF Type B Flying Helmet

RAF Type B Flying Helmet

RAF Type B Flying Helmet

RAF Type B Flying Helmet

RAF Type B Flying Helmet

RAF Type B Flying Helmet

RAF Type B Flying Helmet

RAF Type B Flying Helmet

RAF Type B Flying Helmet

RAF Type B Flying Helmet

RAF Type B Flying Helmet

RAF Type B Flying Helmet

Extremely rare and highly sought after Luxor 12 flying/motoring goggles made famous by RAF pilots in the Battle of Britain.

 

The Rolls Royce of commercial flying goggles​, and the only commercial type officially approved by the Air Ministry. Luxor 12 goggles by E.B. Meyerowitz of London featured large, laminated Triplex safety glass lenses in chrome plated frames with soft orange rubber cushions. They are regarded as synonymous with the Battle of Britain era, largely because they were used at a major photo shoot featuring RAF fighter pilots who all posed wearing the same helmet and goggles! This is a nice, used pair in overall good condition. The orange rubber cushions are slightly stiff from age but still retain some flexibility (most are rock hard). This pair also features yellow tinted lenses for viewing through haze. The elastic strap is stretched out and has lost most of its elasticity. Lenses show very little sign of delamination, and chrome plated frames are excellent. Contained in their beautiful, well-marked leather case. 

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Luxor 12 goggles with leather case

Luxor 12 goggles with leather case

Luxor 12 goggles with leather case

Luxor 12 goggles with leather case

Luxor 12 goggles with leather case

Luxor 12 goggles with leather case

Luxor 12 goggles with leather case

Luxor 12 goggles with leather case

Luxor 12 goggles with leather case

Luxor 12 goggles with leather case

Luxor 12 goggles with leather case

Luxor 12 goggles with leather case

Luxor 12 goggles with leather case

Luxor 12 goggles with leather case

Reproduction kapok pads for the 1932 pattern green Mae West.

 

A brand new, unused set of reproduction pads for the 1932 pattern green Mae West. Would be ideal for one of the excellent reproduction waistcoats produced by Neil Seaton or Stephen Silburn. They have replica marking with Air Ministry stamps and a date code of 1939. I believe they are actually stuffed with genuine kapok. Set comprises 3 pads, one for the neck and one for each lobe of the waistcoat, all joined by cotton webbing tapes.

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Reproduction kapok pads for the 1932 pattern mae west

Reproduction kapok pads for the 1932 pattern mae west

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Reproduction kapok pads for the 1932 pattern mae west7

Reproduction kapok pads for the 1932 pattern mae west

Reproduction kapok pads for the 1932 pattern mae west

Reproduction kapok pads for the 1932 pattern mae west

Reproduction kapok pads for the 1932 pattern mae west

RARE RAF/RCAF Pilot Liaison Officer armband.

 

Worn by the senior officer at Empire Flying Training Schools  so he could always be identified as the "go to" person in charge. This armband is an absolute work of art - which is how you know it was for a senior officer! Made from the finest scarlet melton wool, lined with khaki cotton drill and embroidered with a bullion crown over a gilt cap eagle and the letters PLO in black, the back is fitted with press stud/snap fasteners to adjust the size and small hooks for securing to the upper sleeve. This is the first of these I have come across, though it is reminiscent of the "Captain of Aircraft" armband sometimes seen - though also extremely rare.  A very rare piece of identifying insignia.

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RAF/RCAF Pilot Liaison Officer armband

RAF/RCAF Pilot Liaison Officer armband

RAF/RCAF Pilot Liaison Officer armband

RAF/RCAF Pilot Liaison Officer armband

RAF/RCAF Pilot Liaison Officer armband

RAF/RCAF Pilot Liaison Officer armband

RAF/RCAF Pilot Liaison Officer armband

RAF/RCAF Pilot Liaison Officer armband

RAF/RCAF Pilot Liaison Officer armband

RAF/RCAF Pilot Liaison Officer armband

RAF/RCAF Pilot Liaison Officer armband

RAF/RCAF Pilot Liaison Officer armband

RAF/RCAF Pilot Liaison Officer armband

RAF/RCAF Pilot Liaison Officer armband

AAF British made ETO Field Jacket, Enlisted Men for an Air Gunner.

 

Superb example of the ETO jacket for enlisted men (officer's were identical but made of finer wool).  Khaki/green wool serge with a heavy cotton drill lining and concealed double breasted front to keep out the wind and cold.This example with a nice embroidered Air Gunner wing to the front, sergeant's stripes, plus a lovely "stubby" winged 8th force patch to the left upper sleeve. Broad arrow marked and dated 1943. Light wear and use only; the hanging tab has been resewn in and there is a partial service number inked in the collar.

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AAF British made ETO Field Jacket

AAF British made ETO Field Jacket

AAF British made ETO Field Jacket

AAF British made ETO Field Jacket

AAF British made ETO Field Jacket

AAF British made ETO Field Jacket

AAF British made ETO Field Jacket

AAF British made ETO Field Jacket

AAF British made ETO Field Jacket

AAF British made ETO Field Jacket

AAF British made ETO Field Jacket

AAF British made ETO Field Jacket

AAF British made ETO Field Jacket

AAF British made ETO Field Jacket

AAF British made ETO Field Jacket

AAF British made ETO Field Jacket

Pre-WWII era Polish Air Force NCO's service dress cap.

 

Distinctive grey wool high fronted cap with stiff composite peak with turned metal edge and plush velvet band with bullion wire star. The ersatz chin strap has suffered from heat exposure but remains intact. Inside is maker marked with a sewn label to the satin lining. Oilcloth sweatband. The badge was attached before the cap was completed and the lining sewn into place. Lovely cap. 

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WWII era Polish NCO's service dress cap

WWII era Polish NCO's service dress cap

WWII era Polish NCO's service dress cap

WWII era Polish NCO's service dress cap

WWII era Polish NCO's service dress cap

WWII era Polish NCO's service dress cap

WWII era Polish NCO's service dress cap

WWII era Polish NCO's service dress cap

WWII era Polish NCO's service dress cap

WWII era Polish NCO's service dress cap

WWII era Polish NCO's service dress cap

WWII era Polish NCO's service dress cap

WWII era Polish NCO's service dress cap

WWII era Polish NCO's service dress cap

WWII AAF officer's overseas cap.

 

High quality "chocolate" doeskin overseas cap with gold/black piping, sterling pinback captain's bars and miniature Air Corps winged propeller. Named inside and retaining label indicating size 7-3/8. Excellent condition with no damage and only light wear.

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AAF officer's overseas cap

AAF officer's overseas cap

AAF officer's overseas cap

AAF officer's overseas cap

AAF officer's overseas cap

AAF officer's overseas cap

AAF officer's overseas cap

AAF officer's overseas cap

AAF officer's overseas cap

AAF officer's overseas cap

AAF officer's overseas cap

AAF officer's overseas cap

RAF rank slides for Group Captain, khaki dress uniform.

Unusual to find rank slides for such a high ranking officer on KD cotton drill. Wartime period slip-on rank slides for the epaulettes.

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RAF rank slides for KD uniform, Group Captain

RAF rank slides for KD uniform, Group Captain

RAF rank slides for KD uniform, Group Captain

RAF rank slides for KD uniform, Group Captain

Pair early pinback AAF winged props in sterling.

Though not a matched pair, these are very close and came as a set. Both are marked "sterling" though one has a plain back and the other a snowflake back. Great set.

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AAF winged props pinback

AAF winged props pinback

AAF winged props pinback

AAF winged props pinback

WWII large USN "Pilot Wing" desk or door ornament.

 

A very large and superbly well-made brass USN pilot wing measuring 9.5 inches across. Perfect display accessory for the collector of US Navy flying gear!

 

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Large USN pilot wing ornament

Large USN pilot wing ornament

Large USN pilot wing ornament

Large USN pilot wing ornament

US Navy Air Gunner Training Manual "Get that Fighter."

NAVAER publication 00-80S-32 "Air Gunners – Get That Fighter" dated February 1944. 7" x 4" 48-page booklet specifially for Air Gunners on how to defend bomber and reconnaissance aircraft from fighter attack, including use of deflection shooting, cones of attack, etc. Fully illustrated with diagrams and explanatory notes. Great booklet in very good condition, named to a Fleet Air Arm Telegraphist Air Gunner.

 

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US Navy Air Gunner Training Manual "Get that Fighter."

US Navy Air Gunner Training Manual "Get that Fighter."

US Navy Air Gunner Training Manual "Get that Fighter."

US Navy Air Gunner Training Manual "Get that Fighter."

US Navy Air Gunner Training Manual "Get that Fighter."

US Navy Air Gunner Training Manual "Get that Fighter."

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US Navy Air Gunner Training Manual "Get that Fighter."N8403

US Navy Air Gunner Training Manual "Get that Fighter."

US Navy Air Gunner Training Manual "Get that Fighter."

US Navy Air Gunner Training Manual "Get that Fighter."

US Navy Air Gunner Training Manual "Get that Fighter."

US Navy Air Gunner Training Manual "Get that Fighter."

US Navy Air Gunner Training Manual "Get that Fighter."

US 48 star, 12" x 18" double-sided printed cotton flag.

Not sure if this was issued as part of the survival kits in WWII (and Korea) for identification purposes, or for sewing to the back of a jacket for ID. No sleeve for a pole or tie tapes, otherwise I would think perhaps vehicle use. Unissued, excellent condition, folded and starched. 

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US 48 Star Flag 12" x 18"

US 48 Star Flag 12" x 18"

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AAF embroidered pilot wing, white silk on chocolate felt.

 

Quite unusual to see AAF wings embroidered onto chocolate coloured felt, and this is a wonderful example. Lovely detail, full size wing.

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AAF embroidered pilot wing

AAF embroidered pilot wing

AAF embroidered pilot wing

AAF embroidered pilot wing

Felt embroidered AAF shoulder patch.

In excellent condition, no mothing, wear or damage.

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AAF embroidered patch on felt

AAF embroidered patch on felt

AAF embroidered patch on felt

AAF embroidered patch on felt

Unissued, unworn US Army Field Jacket "ETO" for enlisted personnel, made in UK.

 

Absolutely incredible condition ETO Jacket which predated the enlisted Ike jacket which replaced it. Not a common find these days, especially in the larger sizes and in this condition. Popular with AAF aircrews because it had the double fly front to keep the cold wind out. Made from the same khaki serge that British BD was made, this example is a size R42: 42" chest, 37" waist. Great label. Almost impossible to find a better, cleaner example.

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AAF M-43 Field jacket in unissued condition

AAF M-43 Field jacket in unissued condition

AAF M-43 Field jacket in unissued condition

AAF M-43 Field jacket in unissued condition

AAF M-43 Field jacket in unissued condition

AAF M-43 Field jacket in unissued condition

AAF M-43 Field jacket in unissued condition

AAF M-43 Field jacket in unissued condition

AAF M-43 Field jacket in unissued condition

AAF M-43 Field jacket in unissued condition

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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