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1941, German Weapons and Equipment Manual A very comprehensive wartime German Weapons and Equipment Manual. This is a very good 'Original' example of the 1941 dated soft cover edition. Written by SS-Obersturmbannführer Karl Fischer. This 5 ½ x 8 inch, 488 page, superbly illustrated manual is the police weapon and instruction manual for all sorts of equipment used by the German police during the war. There are some excellent pull-out illustrations (some in colour) of all types of machine guns, rifles and pistols issued to the German armed forces. The manual even has b/w photos and instructions for using gun sights as well as such things as dog handling equipment, horse saddles and equipment, types of gas mask, spotlights, bicycle, field kitchen, ammunition, field compass, hand grenade, telescope sight, PAK gun, sword, bayonet, flare gun, line thrower, binocular, etc... This example has an original Nazi rubber stamp on the inside cover, which is also numbered and signed for (see photo). The outer cover is worn, as is the spline, but the content pages are in a very good condition.
1942 Army Radio Morse Key WW2 Morse Key for most types of British Army WS Radio sets. No.2 Mk II. Dated 1942. In a very good condition.
1942 RAF Pilots Flying Log Book RAF Pilots Flying Log Book, form 414. Dated 1942 on the inside cover. Completely blank and in an unissued condition (some marks to the cover).
1943 War Savings Wings For Victory Certificate Poster Original 1943 War Savings Campaign, Wings For Victory Certificate Poster. Presented by the War Office in recognition of money raised for the Wings For Victory Week. It would have been displayed in a oak picture frame hanging in a Village or Town Hall. Size, 19 x 12 inches. Has some staining to the border.
1944 Book with Original Signatures of Vera Lynn & Gracie Fields WW2, 1943-44 Columbia Records Catalogue with the front Cover signed by both Vera Lynn & Gracie Fields. British Home Front Singers, Vera Lynn & Gracie Fields were the most popular female singers of the generation. Both singing to packed audiences on the Home Front and also to the troops abroad. These two 'Original' signatures were probably collected at one of their wartime Home Front Shows. Signature's in pencil on the cover of the Columbia Records complete catalogue 1943-1944. A rare wartime survivor, In a very good condition.
1944 War Savings Salute The Soldier Certificate Poster Original 1944 War Savings Campaign, Salute The Soldier Certificate Poster. Presented by the War Office in recognition of money raised for the Salute The Soldier Week. It would have been displayed in a oak picture frame hanging in a Village or Town Hall. Size, 19 x 13 inches. Some slight 'foxing'.
Air Gunners Browning Machine Gun Ammo Box This is a 30 Cal. FN Browning Machine Gun Ammunition Box. This superbly made aluminium ammo box would fit into a special cradle next to the twin FN 30 machine guns (see last photo). Used in early 'open turret' fighter/bombers. Size, 7 x 7 x 4". In an excellent condition.
Air Ministry Survival Booklets Three Air Ministry pocket Survival Booklets issued to Aircrew. Jungle Survival and two editions of Sea Survival. Each booklet lists with text and illustrations on how to survive. Post war issue in a 'used' condition (one has damage to the spine).
Air Ministry Women's Fire Guard Ephemera A group of ephemera to a member of a wartime Air Ministry Women's fire Guard. This group of official A.M. papers was issued, over a period of time, to a lady who was in charge of a group of women who formed an office Fire Guard (Squad No.9). The location is Henwick Grove in Worcester, and this City was chosen to be the seat of an evacuated government in case of a mass German invasion. An interesting lot of approximately 22 items.
Allied Air Drop Leaflet for Italy A rare Allied Air Drop Propaganda Leaflet for Italy. This simple format, double sided paper leaflet is 8 x 6" in size. It is in remarkably good condition for its age. Has been folded.
Allied Air Drop Propaganda Leaflet for Japan A rare Allied Air Drop Propaganda Leaflet for the Japanese Forces. Dated, 21st October 1944. The 9 x 6 ½" four page paper leaflet has photographs and text. In a good condition, with some minor soiling.
Army Corporal's Battle Dress Uniform & Kit WW2, Royal Engineers, named Corporal's Battle Dress uniform & kit. Comprises of - His Battle Dress blouse dated 1943, matching Battle Dress Trousers, webbing belt & anklets, un-worn issued pants, shirt & tie, woollen hose, Khaki Drill 'Herringbone' jacket, white cotton trousers (labeled 'trousers summer civilian pattern'). The B/D blouse and trousers have some repairs to moth holes etc. The issue shirt has some moth holes and the woollen pants have some smaller moth nips. There is some staining to the white civilian pattern trousers. All the clothing is clean and odour free.
ATA Halifax Pilots notes A rare set of Air Transport Auxiliary Pilots / Handling notes for the RAF Halifax bomber. The soft cover front opens to reveal three parts to the notes which give detailed instructions for a pilot taking delivery of a Halifax. These 3 parts cover a total of 40 pages. There is another section of 14 pages, printed on pink paper, for the Flight Engineers Supplement. Finally, the last two pages are amendment instructions which have the ATA officer's original signature on both. Size, 8 x 6 ½". In a very good 'issued' condition, with some slight staple rust on the rear cover.
Avro Lancaster Auto Pilot Control This is a Lancaster Bomber auto pilot control unit. Situated next to pilot on the left side of the cockpit (see last photo). Air Ministry stamped with Ref. No. 6K/3. In a good used condition.
Bail Top Survival Kit / Flask Type E-3A, Personal Survival Kit /Flask. This variant of the USAAF E-3A flask is known as the 'Bail Top'. Due to the top being secured with a 'bail wire' latch. On one side of the flask is a list of contents and their uses. Once emptied, it can also be used as a water container. This flask is now Empty of all contents. In Excellent condition, with a working screw top cap and bail latch.
Bone Dome Flying Helmet A Korean War Era, USN H3 'Bone Dome'. Consists of Flying Helmet, Inner Cloth Helmet, Earphone receivers and wiring Loom/jack Plug, Goggles. The Large size helmet outer shell is in very good 'original' condition with the majority of it's paintwork still intact as is the front winged decal. Inside is complete with straps and bump pads and there is a makers paper shield label - Bassons Industries Corporation, New York. The rubber protective edging strip is a little cracked in places and there is the odd mark to the outer shell finish. The removable Large size green cloth Inner Helmet is in excellent condition with a nice maker's label. It is complete with leather chin strap, rubber ear cups and earphone receivers with wiring loom/plug. A pair of non period goggles is added to finish the set. A great display item.
Boxed RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles WW2, RAF 'Boxed' Mk VIII Flying Goggles and accessories. Air Ministry marked on the nose bridge, 22C/930. Original box with a pair of tinted lenses and a tin of Anti-Dim. The goggles are in near mint condition, with only some slight rubbing of the grey frame paint on the box lid and some minor rusting on the strap.
British Airborne Forces Maroon Beret A post war British & Canadian Airborne Forces Maroon Beret. Maroon/Red woollen beret, cotton lined, with two breather eyelets and a tie cord inside a leather head band. The inside liner is Stamped: "Genuine Fleur de Lis Basque Beret" Dorothea Knitting Mills Limited, Toronto. Made by: Dorothea Knitting Mills Ltd., founded in 1926 in Toronto, Canada. DKM supplied British Army Paratrooper Units with these Berets during WWII. This example is in excellent original condition, having not been issued. It looks to have a small repair on the top (see last photo) which is hardly noticeable. It is a very good Large Size = 7 ½ UK (61 cm).
Browning Heavy Machine Gun Manual WW2, Browning heavy machine gun manual/booklet. This 32 page, 7 ½" x 5" manual has some excellent b/w photographs showing the gun & tripod. Instructing on how to 'field strip' the gun, how to make adjustments, fix stoppages etc........ In a 'used' condition, cover marked, loose centre page.
De Havilland Vampire Technical Manual A De Havilland issued, Technical Instruction Manual for the RAF Vampire Jet Aircraft. This is a First Edition, and numbered 19. Some 115 pages of Text, Airframe Sectional Drawings and Pull-Outs. Manual size = 11 x 8 inches. Original and used Manual in a very good condition.
Early Pilots Civil Air Guard Log book A CAG Pilot's Log Book. He was Instructing CAG cadet pilots to fly at Rearsby Aerodrome, Leicester in 1938. Many of these pilot's later went on to Fly with the RAF during WW2. There are 16 pages of entries right up to a few days before the start of the war. Included is a copy of his Royal Aero Club Aviator's certificate.
Early RAF Photo Album An RAF Interwar Photo Album. There are some excellent interwar period photographs of RAF uniforms & aircraft. Some of the photo's are of the RAF in Afghanistan in the 1920's. The uniform's shown are the 1919 pattern high collar, 5 button front tunic, and there are some great portrait photographs showing this. Also included are autographed group and single photo's of RAF personnel, RNAS Armoured Car, Bristol F.2b Fighter etc......... The album size = 7 ½" x 5" and there are roughly 30 photographs of RAF subject matter. Some personal photo's are found to the rear of the album.
Escape & Evasion Fly Button Compass Escape & Evasion two part Fly Button Compass. Originally stitched to the Battle Dress, these two buttons look exactly like the other buttons next to them. When needed they could be easily removed from the B/D. The top part has a magnetised North position with a single luminous dot to point the direction. This button part has a small central indentation and the other, bottom part, a tiny central spike. When put together the top half rotates freely on the spike acting as a simple, but effective compass. In a excellent original condition.
German 1kg B1E Incendiary Bomb (INERT) An INERT German Incendiary Bomb dropped by the Luftwaffe on the UK, during WW2. Magnesium fire bombs were dropped in their hundreds during the Blitz and Bombing raids on British Towns & Cities. Most exploded and burnt fiercely on impact, but some like this one, fell dud or were rendered harmless quickly by the Civil Defence or Armed Forces. This ICB is in a very good condition, with the nose fuze cap easily unscrewing by hand, to reveal an Empty chamber apart from three fuze parts. There are some clear markings on the body including some Wa stamps and a 1937 date. This has its original cloth tape and a good proportion of silver paint still covering the casing up to the green fins. The Nose cap is also clearly stamped. FOR SALE TO THE UK ONLY
German B2 EZ Incendiary Bomb (INERT) An INERT German Incendiary Practice Bomb. Dropped by the Luftwaffe during WW2, Incendiary fire bombs were dropped in their hundreds during the Blitz and on Bombing raids on British Towns & Cities. They burnt fiercely upon impact and caused devastating damage to buildings and property. This ICB is a Practice type B2 EZ. Longer than the normal B1 E, it also had an extended fin length and was twice the weight. Total Length = 525mm. This bomb has a 'steel' body and fins, which are painted red to distinguish that it is intended for practice use only. In a good condition with some rust 'pitting' to the body and fins, and with some of the original red paint still showing. FOR SALE TO THE UK ONLY
German Impact Fuze type 25 INERT WW2 German Luftwaffe, Aerial Impact Bomb Fuze. Type - EL A.Z. 25. Electrical impact fuze without any explosive content. Battle of Britain dated. WA stamped. Completely Inert. In a good condition (some pitting to the body). FOR SALE TO THE UK ONLY.
German Incendiary Bomb Leaflets Two German incendiary Bomb Leaflets, issued by the Ministry of Home Security and the other by the Air ministry. The Home Security one is 11 x 8 ½" double sided and is dated 1942. It informs on how to deal with Incendiary Bombs and other devices containing Phosphorus. The smaller Air Ministry one instructs on how to control the Incendiary with either water or sand. It also informs about the Explosive Incendiary Bomb which contain an explosive charge in the tail.
German MGZ 34/42 Optical Sight Battery Box This is a Battery Box for the German MGZ 34/42, machine gun optical sight. The sighting head/lens would be illuminated by a tiny lamp and cable which plugs into the rear of this box containing the batteries. This example is in very good condition, but looks to have been resprayed. It has maker marks inside.
Home Guard Manual of German Uniforms & Insignia A wartime pocket manual printed for the use by the Home Guard. It presents all of the known facts, at that time, regarding the German Armed Forces. Ideal for instructing in recognition training for the British Home Guard. Size, 7 x 4 ½" and has 40 pages. It deals with the German Army, Air Force, Navy, SS, civilian ARP and political organisations. In a good 'used' condition.
Horsa Glider Cable Angle Gauge. A rare Horsa Glider Cable Angle Instrument. Found in the middle of the Instrument panel, which is situated front of the two pilot control columns (see last photo). It was used to aid the pilots to determine the height and angle of the Glider with that of the towing aircraft, a Halifax or Dakota. The instrument was made purely for RAF Glider aircraft. Air Ministry Ref No. 6A/1708. Indicator Cable Angle Mk III. This instrument is clearly dated 1944. In a very good condition, has a small crack to the front perspex and damage to the rear bakelite filter housing, which can be easily replaced (see photos). FOR SALE TO THE UK ONLY, due to postal restrictions.
Horsa Glider Instrument. WW2, Horsa Glider type Turn & Slip Gauge. Type Mk 1a, Air Ministry Ref No. 6A/1302. Dated 1941. This rare Turn & Slip gauge has it's casing made entirely of lightweight Bakelite. The gauge would have fitted into the Instrument Panel, situated forward between the two pilot positions (see last photo). In Excellent condition. It could also have been found in other types of RAF aircraft. FOR SALE TO THE UK ONLY (due to postal service restrictions).
Kings Crown RAF Bullion Pilot Wings KC, RAF Pilot Wings. Made of gold and silver bullion thread these padded full size pilot wings are in a very good 'issued' condition. They would have been worn on the 1930's pattern Parade Tunic. Size, 4" span x 1 3/4".
Lewis Machine Gun Manual An early Lewis Machine Gun Manual / Hand Book, for the .30 caliber gun. It has some excellent B/W photo's and a coloured pull-out diagram at the rear of the book. Size, 105mm x 150mm, 63 pages. In a good 'Used' condition.
Luftwaffe Aircraft Cockpit Clock A Luftwaffe Aircraft Cockpit Clock, now mounted in a wooden stand. This Kienzle made clock has a small seconds dial and a rotating outer segment bezel dial. It originally had a hinged backing case, but this has been removed to allow fitment into a purpose made wooden stand/frame. The clock is Working and keeps very good time. FOR SALE TO THE UK ONLY.
Luftwaffe Fighter Ace Adolf Galland Photo's & Signatures Two Original Adolf Galland Signatures on photographs. The photo's look to be old copies of wartime shots of Galland getting into his Messerschmitt Bf 109. Adolf 'Dolfo' Galland flew 705 combat sorties and fought on the Western and Defence of the Reich fronts. He survived being shot down on four occasions and was credited with 104 aerial victories all against Western Allies. Galland flew combat sorties during the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain and by the end of 1940 he was credited with 57 victories. He later went on to command the Luftwaffe Fighter Force until January 1945. In March 1945 Galland was allowed to return to operational flying duties and he formed a jet fighter unit which he called Jagdverband 44. He continued to fly missions over Germany until the end of the war. Adolf Galland died in February 1996. The two signed photographs are sized, 4 ½" x 3" each. They are printed on Agfa-Brovira photographic paper.
Luftwaffe Officer Desk Furniture A Luftwaffe Officer's Desk Top Pen Rest. Made of Oak with a Metal Luftwaffe Eagle. The eagle has superb detail and is 3" across. The wooden pen rest has a nice patina finish and is 7 ½" x 6 x 2 ½" in size.
Luftwaffe Photo Album with Galland Signatures Luftwaffe photo album with old black & white photographs. The wartime produced 12 x 10" album, has excellent detail cast metal insignia on the front cover. Inside there are fifteen pages with around 24 photographs. Three of these photo's are of Adolf Galland, and they have his original signature on them. The other photo's are all of Luftwaffe subject matter, and are of various sizes, their print age is uncertain but all have age. In very good condition.
Machine Gun Training Manual Small Arms Training Manual/Pamphlet No. 4, Light Machine Gun. Official Publication containing forty one pages of text and drawings. Size = 7 x 5 inches. In a good 'used' condition.
Original RAF Meteor 4 Pilots Notes An 'Original' set of RAF Pilots Notes for the Meteor 4 Fighter. A.P. 2210 D, dated January 1950 and amended twice. 48 pages of text and drawings and two 'double sided' pull-outs of black & white cockpit photographs. In a 'used' condition with some wear to the cover and back page.
Original RAF Meteor 8 & 9 Pilots Notes A good 'Original' set of RAF Pilots Notes for the Meteor 8 & 9 Fighter. A.P. 2210 H & J, dated July 1950 and twice amended in 1952. 48 pages of text and drawings and three 'double sided' pull-outs of black & white cockpit photographs. In a 'used' condition.
Original RAF Meteor N.F. 11 Pilots Notes A good 'Original' set of RAF Pilots Notes for the Meteor 11 Night Fighter. A.P. 2210 L, dated July 1951 and twice amended in 1952 & 53. 44 pages of text and drawings and two 'double sided' pull-outs of black & white cockpit photographs. In a good 'used' condition.
RAAF Bush Hat A Royal Australian Air Force Bush Hat. Bronze RAAF cap badge, which is showing signs of verdigris, is fixed to the hat band. Inside is a leather sweat band, stamped Fayrefield, Made by United Felt Hats Ltd, Melbourne. Size 6 7/8, and dated 1944. In a good 'Used' condition, with some moth nips and a couple of minor wear holes.
RAAF Sergeant Field Service / Side Cap WW2, Royal Australian Air Force Sergeant's Side Cap & Badge. This large size cap is in excellent condition without any damage. It has a Bronze RAAF badge and black plastic kings Crown economy buttons on the front. Clean inside, but the rubber stamped label has faded. It is a very large size = 7 3/4" (63 cm).
RAF / SOE Blood Chit - Russia RAF / SOE Blood Chit for British Aircrews. Issued as part of the RAF aircrew Escape & Evasion kit, this single sheet chit, was carried by crew's over Soviet held territories. Double sided printed Rayon sheet shows the Union Jack Flag, on both sides, with wording printed in Russian & English asking that details be passed on to the British Military Mission in Moscow. Size, 24 x 19 cm. In a good 'issued' condition and therefore has some fold marks.
RAF 1939 Pattern Flying Boots A pair of the classic 'Battle of Britain type' RAF 1939 Pattern Flying Boots. Similar in design to the earlier BoB boots, the 1936 pattern, these boots are the same style except they have vulcanised canvas uppers. This pair are Air Ministry stores Ref. No 22C/229. Size 9. Dated 1940. The Leather shoe parts are in a good 'used' condition with some wear & tear. With leather soles and heels. The Canvas uppers are in good condition, with some soiling and wear spots to the insides (see photos). They have the webbing type top straps. The inside fur is good and odour free, and they are fitted with their insoles. Both boots have their leather pullers, which are Air Ministry & Kings Crown stamped and have clear 1940 dates. Good ‘used’ condition boots.
RAF 1940 Pattern Flying Boots A pair of RAF 1940 Pattern Flying Boots. Ref No. 22C/439, size, 9. In a good 'used' condition. Air Ministry marked Zips are in working order. The Boot outer brown suede is in good condition and the bottom rubber golosh is also good, although there is some cracking and minor damage to it. The soles and heels look to be original but worn. The Boot inside fur is still clean and odour free.
RAF 1941 Pattern Mae West An 'Original' RAF 1941 Pattern Mae West / Life Preserver. Air Ministry Ref No. 22C/447, size Medium. Complete with all canvas ties, grab handles, buttons & press studs, dye strip, floatation lamp pocket, working brass zip. It also has a set of three Pegasus made, reproduction Kapok pads inside. In a good 'issued' condition (with some staining and a couple of small holes).
RAF 1941 Pattern Mae West Bladder WW2, RAF 41 Pattern Mae West Bladder (stole). Stores Ref. No. 22C/72. Manufacture date stamp, September 1944 and then re-tested February 1945. Made from grey rubberised material which is in excellent condition (some slight staining). The inflation tube is in a good supple condition and works very well. The bladder still inflates and will hold air when blown up (see photos). In overall Excellent condition.
RAF 1941 Pattern Mae West Heliograph RAF 41 pattern Mae West & K-type Dinghy Heliograph. Air Ministry Stores Ref. 27H/2107. Consists of a steel signalling mirror, complete with attached metal foresight. Found in a marked white calico bag, size - 70 x 60 mm. Some storage soiling and a small amount of surface rust.
RAF 1941 Pattern Mae West Skull Cap WW2 RAF 1941 Pattern, Mae West Skull Cap. Made from Bright Yellow cotton fabric with two cotton tying tapes. A.M and Crown stamping inside. Kept in the pilot's Mae West pocket. In an excellent condition.
RAF 1941 Pattern Sidcot Flying suit 1941 Pattern RAF Flying Suit (Electrically Heated). Similar to the RAF 1940 pattern Sidcot suit, except for press stud connectors on the cuffs and leg for plugging into the electrically heated gloves and flying boot liners. Air Ministry Ref. No. 22C/776, Size 4. This example is in an Excellent Un-issued condition. It has some minor storage stains but otherwise the green gabardine type material is in a great condition. All the original zips work, albeit a little bit stiff, and the inside has a clear printed cloth label and also some black rubber stampings. The suit comes with the addition of a correct size removable fur collar, in a similar Excellent condition.
RAF 1943 Pattern Escape Boot Knife A very rare RAF 1943 pattern Escape Boot Knife. This is a simple folding penknife slips into a pocket inside the 1943 pattern Flying Boot (see in example photo's). Used to cut away the top suede leg part of the flying boot to leave an ordinary looking civilian shoe. This is the second version of the knife, which has a larger more robust blade part, and was less likely to break when using. There are no manufacturer or Air Ministry Ref. numbers on any Escape kit, for obvious reasons, so this knife is completely void of any markings. Probably manufactured for the Air Ministry by George Ibberson, but this is only an assumption as they were known to produce similar types of knives during the war. A rare knife which always seem to be missing from the flying boots. In a very good condition. FOR SALE TO THE UK & EU ONLY (due to postal restrictions).
RAF 1943 Pattern Escape Boots A pair of RAF 1943 pattern 'Escape' Flying Boots. These are in excellent condition, with the added bonus of having very clean inner fur and being odour free. The boots look to have no damage to the suede uppers, or to the leather soles and heels. Both zips are working, but one zip has a couple of teeth missing at the bottom although this does not effect it (see photo). Approximately a size 8.
RAF 211 Squadron Crest A framed silk and embroidered 211 squadron crest. This large Squadron crest, size, 130 x 150mm, is superb quality. It may have originated from the squadron Padre's scarf. Although, the spelling of 'Squadron' is incorrect, so it also might be a unused sample piece. 211 Squadron flew Blenheim, Beaufighter & Mosquito aircraft. Frame size, 330 x 280mm.
RAF 41 Pattern Mae West Kapok Pads A set of three RAF, 41 pattern Mae West Kapok floatation Pads. Water proof cotton buoyancy pads filled with Kapok. These were fitted inside the Mae West, around the bladder, helping to keep afloat until the bladder is inflated with air. All three pads are Air Ministry stamped. Ref No. 22C/93. In a good original condition with some slight soiling/staining.
RAF 600 Squadron Badge A Vintage RAF 600 Squadron, City Of London, Bullion Badge. A fine embroidered wire bullion badge, on a black felt backing. Size, 4 x 3". In a very good condition.
RAF Air Crew First Aid Outfit A WW2, RAF Air Crew First Aid Outfit. Air Ministry type, Mk 4. This kit is complete and in an Un-Opened condition. It has medical contents to help injured crew members with burns or wounds. The contents are - Burn Gloves, Burn Cream (in tin), Ampoules Syringe (in tin), Large Wound Dressing, Safety Pins. The pack is made to fit snuggly inside a Flying Suit or Battle Dress pocket. In a excellent condition. For sale to the UK & EU Only.
RAF Air Crew Oxygen Connector A wartime RAF aircrew oxygen hose connector. Air Ministry stamped with Ref. No. 6D/482, Mk IVA. Brass spring loaded top bayonet fitting for the 'walk around' oxygen bottle extension hose. In a good condition.
RAF Air Drop Propaganda Leaflet for German Forces. An RAF Air drop propaganda leaflet for the German Wehrmacht. The double sided paper leaflet is 8 x 5" in size. Ref No. G.46. Referring to Hitler and the Waffen SS. In a good condition, has been folded and a little worn around the edges.
RAF Air Gunner 'Everhot' Heated Belt RAF Air Gunner "Everhot' Chemically Heated Belt. This rare accessory was issued to RAF Air Crews, primarily Bomber Command Air Gunners. Two small pouches, made from khaki rubberized cotton, are sewn to a white cotton belt with brass fixings. The pouches held small packets of chemicals which, when activated, gave off heat for several hours. Both are Air Ministry and King Crown stamped with the stores Ref. No. 22C/454. These pouches were issued separately, and they could be used in all matter of different ways to keep warm. Maximum size for the belt is 38" waist. Both pouches and the belt are in a good condition.
RAF Air Gunner Brevet Flat silk embroidered RAF Air Gunner Brevet. This full size brevet is in an excellent condition.
RAF Air Officer FS Cap Badge RAF Early Queens Crown Air Officer, Field Service side cap badge. Gold wire embroidered laurel wreath, crown and lion. Central metal gilt eagle. size, 50 x 40 mm. In an excellent 'issued' condition.
RAF Air Publication for Engine Mechanics A large Air Ministry A.P. for Engine Mechanics. This includes Rolls Royce Merlin & Bristol Hercules Engines. Also sections on Propellors, Instruments and Marshalling. The 11 x 7 x 2" Manual has numerous pages of Text, Photo's, Drawings, Pull-outs (some in colour) etc........ Stamped Jan 52, and Restricted. A good interesting manual in a 'used' condition that has some loose pages.
RAF Air Publication for Jupiter VI Aero Engines RAF Interwar period Aero Engine Manual for Jupiter VI series aero engines. Air Ministry A.P. 1278, dated 1927. Size, 8 ½" x 5 ½" with some 160 pages. The manual is full of informative text, drawings, photographs and some excellent pull-outs. In a very good condition.
RAF Air Sea Rescue Badge RAF Air Sea Rescue tunic sleeve Badge. Silk embroidered badge on a felt background. Size, 2 ½" x 1 ½". This 'used' badge is in a good condition with some wear to the felt backing.
RAF Air Sea Rescue Launch Ensign Flag WW2, RAF Air Sea Rescue Launch Ensign Flag. It is of Multiple-Panel construction, which is stitched wool/cotton cloth panels. Broad Arrow marked on the panel edge. Rope & Brass Toggle fixing. Size = 4' x 2'. This wartime dated Flag is in excellent condition, and appears to be unissued.
RAF Aircraft Gun Turret Reflector Sight. A Reflector Gun Sight for RAF Aircraft Gun Turrets. Marked Reflector Sight Mk IIIA, Air Ministry Ref. No. 8B/1588 and dated 1940. Usually found mounted between the Browning 303 Machine guns, the air gunner used the sight angled glass screen to take aim. This screen has a separate 'flip-down' tinted glass sun blind (this has a crack, see photo). The sight's main internal working's consists of a illuminated bulb which projects an orange aiming graticule up onto the glass screen. This sight has it's original wartime A.M. stamped bulb, still in place. Fitted to most wartime RAF Bomber aircraft gun turrets. In a good condition (not sure if it still works).
RAF Aircrew 'Everhot' Heating Pouches (2) RAF Aircrew "Everhot' Chemically Heated Pouches (2). This rare accessory was issued to RAF pilots and crews, primarily Bomber Command Air Gunners. These small pouches, made from khaki rubberized cotton, were worn inside flying boots, around the ankles, and Battle Dress / Flying Suit pockets etc... They held small packets of chemicals which, when activated, gave off heat for several hours. Both are Air Ministry and King Crown stamped with the stores Ref. No. 22C/454. Pouches worn inside boots would have had elastic holding them together around the ankle (this is easily replaced). Both pouches are in a good condition, one has a loose press stud.
RAF Aircrew Battle Dress Trousers Un-Issued RAF Third Pattern Aircrew Battle Dress Trousers. These trousers were found still baled up in their wartime storage package, from when they were delivered to the RAF stores. Cotton label at the rear, dated 1943. W.D. rubber stamped inside, with code letter 'N' for 1943 issue. Front dressing pocket, side pockets and one rear flap pocket. Unlike the first two pattern's these have no front flap pocket or belt loops/ankle straps. Early black plastic buttons. Trousers are in a 'pristine' condition.
RAF Aircrew Clothing Lead & Canvas Pouch RAF Aircrew Extension Lead for connecting electrically heated flying clothing to the aircraft's electrical system. Stored in a canvas and leather pouch. Pouch, Air Ministry stamped with Ref No. 5c/370. In excellent condition. We have a limited stock of these.
RAF Aircrew Emergency Flying Ration Tin WW2, RAF Aircrew Emergency Flying Ration Tin. Air Ministry Ref No. 27P/7. Contents: Barley sugar, chewing gum, malted milk tablets, energy tablets. This pocket size tin (4 x 3 x 1") was often found amongst the emergency items in the dinghy survival kit. Looks to be dated 1944. In a good condition with some surface marks (see images). The tin is empty of contents.
RAF Aircrew Roll Neck Sweater WW2, RAF type roll neck sweater. This original wartime issue sweater is made of 100% pure English wool. Worn under the sheepskin flying jacket, Tunic or Battledress, RAF aircrew favoured the roll-neck sweater. This example is a private purchase issue, as a wartime CC41 Utility Clothing label is found inside. The size, chest 38", under arm 19", back length 29". There are some old 'woollen darning' repairs to the front & rear (see photos).
RAF Aircrew Stop Watch WW2, RAF Stop Watch. Air Ministry stamped with Ref No. 6B/221. Engraved serial number and 1943 date. Used by Air Crew. In a very good working condition.
RAF Aircrew Whistle Original WW2, RAF Aircrew 'ditching' whistle. This classic 'snail' type whistle is often seen in wartime photo's hanging from the RAF Aircrew Battle Dress blouse. Made from chrome plated brass and reference stamped either side. Air Ministry kings crown markings on one side and stores reference numbers on the other. This good 'used' example is in working order.
RAF Autograph Album An RAF Autograph Album with approximately 50 signatures. Compiled in the early 1990's, the original signatures are of WW2, RAF Pilots and Aircrew, with some FAA Aircrew, also Polish 300 squadron. Sadly, most of these names are no longer with us. Album size = 160 x 110mm.
RAF B-Type Flying Helmet RAF B-Type Leather Flying Helmet. This classic RAF flying helmet is famous for being the type worn by Battle of Britain fighter pilots. Air Ministry Ref. No. 22C/65. This helmet is in near 'pristine' condition, having been worn once or twice. The helmet outside chrome leather is unblemished and in great condition. The Bennett's buckle fastener's are perfect, and the chin strap retains it's metal end-piece. An impressed Air Ministry mark can be seen on one side. With Zip Ear receiver coverings and a pair of rubber cushions inside. Both zips work perfectly and their leather pulls are present. The inside chamois leather is very clean, with only minor soiling to the doughnut ear pieces and around the helmet inside edge's. An Air Ministry label is stitched in the crown, with size and Ref. No. (see photo). Air Ministry & Kings Crown rubber stamp still showing on the side. This helmet is in a Excellent condition.
RAF B-Type Helmet Rubber Pads RAF/RCAF B-Type Helmet Zip Ear Rubber cushion Pads. Intended for extra sound proofing, these soft sponge rubber pads were fitted in Flying Helmets with Zip Ear pieces. Ref. No. 22C/16. Stamped with RCAF markings, although these are identical to the RAF ones. In an Excellent un-issued condition.
RAF Badge WW2, RAF lapel badge with button hole fixing. On the reverse side are the makers mark for J.R. Gaunt, London. Worn by civilian's working on RAF bases. Made of Brass, the badge has an RAF eagle and Kings Crown above the employees identification number in the centre, with an outer border bearing Royal Air Force. In a good condition.
RAF Battle of Britain, Mk 1 Spitfire Engine Starting Magneto A rare Mk 1, Battle of Britain period type, Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1 Engine starting magneto. Made by B.T.H. Co, this magneto was fixed to the starboard side of the engine bay Firewall. It was linked by a chain to the 'hand cranking' sprocket, situated just in front. This allowed the ground crew to Hand Start the Spitfire's Merlin Engine without the need of a separate 'Trolley Acc.' Battery starter, albeit by very hard work. Later Marks of Spitfire removed this method of hand starting, relying on the Battery Trolley Accumulator instead. The magneto looks to be of pre-war manufacture, as it has had the 'made in' place wording removed via wartime censorship, on the side casing (see photo). Air Ministry and A.I.D. stamps are also found on the side casing, plus 37A/ reference numbers. Removing the end Bakelite points cap reveals the ignition points, which are in a remarkably good condition, which can also be said of the cap. When tried, the Magneto turned over very easily so it may still be working. This item is sold as a 'collectable' only.
RAF Beadon / Survival Kit Water Sterilizing Outfit RAF Water Sterilizing outfit. Often found with the Beadon suit / survival kit. This tin has two small glass bottles which contained water sterilising tablets, used with the survival rubber water bottle. The tin is in a good condition with some scratches, the tablets look to have been removed from the bottles.
RAF Beadon Flight Suit Backpack RAF Backpack to accompany the Beadon Flying Suit. The Beadon Suit was a lightweight blue-grey gabardine flight suit introduced by the RAF towards the end of the Second World War. This suit was designed with a number of pockets to hold various pieces of survival equipment. Pilots/Aircrew wearing this flight-suit were also equipped with this small bag, which could be worn as a back pack to carry the survival kit in. The bag is made of the same material as the suit and has two adjustable webbing shoulder straps. It has various pockets, and a large 'working' zipped pocket. A row of bottom pockets with brass 'Newey' press stud fasteners. On the side facing the back are two loops to fix around the Beadon suit belt, to stop the bag 'bouncing about' when being worn. Inside the largest pocket is a white cotton printed label with the Air Ministry Ref. No. 22C/1070. In the RAF equipment stores catalogue this is listed as 'Overalls Flying, Lightweight, Packs, Back'. Size, 45 x 45 cm. In a very good condition, with some light soiling.
RAF Beadon Flying Suit RAF Beadon Lightweight Flying Suit. The Beadon Suit is a lightweight blue-grey gabardine flight suit introduced by the RAF towards the end of the Second World War. This suit was designed with a number of pockets to hold various pieces of survival equipment. Air Ministry Stores Ref No. 22C/1049, size 3. As a rough guide the following list gives an idea of the survival kit contained within the flying suit pockets - Large Back (inside) pocket = Hat, Socks, Gloves, Flags, Water container. Right Chest = plastic Survival Kit. Left chest = Survival Tins No.5. Right Armpit = Field Dressing. Left Armpit = Medical Pack. Right Thigh = Two Flying Ration Tins (emergency). Left Thigh = Medical Survival Pack. Right Leg = Waterproof Torch, Matches. Left Leg = Machete, Knife. The suit is named to F/Lt Bell, who was a wireless operator and his wartime padded 'S' brevet is stitched to the suit. F/Lt rank tapes are on the epaulettes. All the pocket flaps have brass 'Newey' press studs which are working, and the zip pullers are War Dept Arrow marked. The zips are all in a good working condition. The suit grey gabardine fabric is in a very good condition and only has a few wear spots on the rear of the left sleeve (see photo). The woollen collar is in a good condition. A very good 'used' Beadon flying suit, which are becoming increasingly harder to find.
RAF Beadon Flying Suit Waterproof Match Container A RAF Beadon Flying Suit Survival Match Container. This aluminium screw top container is fully waterproof. It contains the special large-head, long burning type of matches, inside the inner pull-off cylinder. The inside of the outer container holds the match striker. Air ministry transfer type label on the outside, with Air Ministry Ref. No. 12D/460. The container Size = 2 ½ x 1 ½ inch. In excellent condition.
RAF Beadon Survival Fishing Kit This is a Fishing line and a tin of hooks found in the RAF survival & tropical Beadon kits. Ref No. 22P/8. Small hinged lid tin containing a quantity of fishing hooks, with printed instructions in the lid. Comes with a length of corded fishing line and some wire line/hook attachments. Showing as number 5 in the items list (see photos). In a very good condition.
RAF Beadon Survival Kit Flag WW2, Beadon Survival kit British flag. The Kit comprised of two flags, British & USA (see last photo of kit contents, item No.6). Ref No. 4B/598. This is a small cotton/wool mix fabric, printed GB flag. It's size = 8 x 6 inches. Dated 1944. It was used by surviving aircrew for identification when escaping from enemy territory. In a good condition.
RAF Beadon Survival Kit Leather Gloves A rare pair of Leather reinforced Gloves from the Beadon Survival Kit. Issued in the Tropical Survival Kit these gloves were used for protection, when using the Machete. They are shown as item No. 8, in the complete reference list (see photo's). Described as - Gloves, soft leather wrist protecting reinforced thumb and forefinger. Stores Ref No. 22P/10. This pair are in a good condition with working fasteners.
RAF Beret and Badge RAF Other Ranks Beret and Kings Crown brass RAF badge. Post War issue, woollen beret with cotton liner and a leather sweatband. Made by - Beret Industries Ltd, Air Ministry Ref No. 22F/996. Size, 7 1/8. In a good 'used' condition, has some moth marks (see photo's).
RAF Binoculars in Air Ministry Leather Case A pair of WW2, Air Ministry Binoculars in Leather Case. Leather case marked 'Wray' 6E/293 London, and a nice A.M. and Kings Crown. The Binoculars are also marked with Ref. No. 6E/293, A.M. and crown. They look to be in a very good condition, but with some external paint wear. Each eyepiece is adjustable for focusing, and the lenses are good and clear. They have a black leather neck strap.
RAF C-Type Flying Helmet, First pattern First Pattern RAF C-Type Leather Flying helmet. Air Ministry Ref. No. 22C/450, size 2. This reference number is stamped into the leather (see photo). The Bennett's buckle and chin strap are in an excellent condition. The outside leather is still nice and supple. The inside chamois leather lining is clean, although it is in a 'used' condition. In a very good condition.
RAF C-Type Leather Flying Helmet A Fully Wired, RAF C-Type Leather Flying Helmet. Air Ministry Ref. No. 22C/879, size 3. The outer leather is very good and supple, and without any damage. All the straps and press studs are complete and working. The elastic chin strap is in good order. Inside the chamois leather liner is in a good condition. It is without any damage but it has some soiling due to being used (see photo). The electrics consist of a brown coloured Internal wiring loom and Jack plug, both in good condition. A pair of type 16 earphone receivers are housed in the helmet's black rubber ear cups.
RAF C-Type Leather Flying Helmet, Large Size 4 RAF Late Pattern C-Type Flying Helmet Size 4. This helmet is complete with type 32 radio receivers, internal wiring loom and jack plug. Air Ministry Ref No. embossed into the outside leather, 22C/880 (see photos) and inside chamois liner rubber stamped No. 4 (the largest size). The chrome leather is in excellent and supple condition without any damage. The rubber ear cups are still flexible, goggle straps and press studs are all present and working. Elastic chin strap is a little soiled. The inside chamois is in a 'used' condition. It is named. Size 4 C-Type helmets in good condition are now getting very hard to find, and this is an excellent example.
RAF Cape Leather Flying Gloves RAF Flying Gloves. These soft white Cape Leather pattern gloves first appeared during the latter part of WW2. Intended mainly for Pilot use, during the summer time or in hot climates, other crew members often wore them. These unlined gloves were more comfortable to wear and allowed the pilot/crewman more feeling when using the aircraft controls and switches. Wartime Air Ministry Ref. No. 22C/1061, these gloves have a later stamped 22C/ number (probably post war manufacture). Size = 7 ½". In an Excellent Un-issued condition.
RAF Chaplain Collar Badges A Pair of RAF Chaplain Collar Badges. Gilt Metal, three piece construction. Double Lug fixing, and come with split pins. In an excellent 'un-issued' condition.
RAF D-Type Canvas Oxygen Mask Microphone & Wiring Loom A late 1940/1941 RAF Canvas Oxygen Mask, Type 21 Microphone & wiring Loom with early type Brown Jack Plug and a pair of type 16 Earphones with earlier type caps. This complete wiring set up will fit the D-Type Canvas Oxygen mask & B-Type Leather Flying Helmet. In a good 'used' condition.
RAF D-Type Flying Helmet WW2, RAF D-Type Tropical Flying Helmet. Intended for Aircrew use in hot climates where a leather flying helmet would be impracticable. This is a late pattern with an internal wiring loom, Air Ministry Ref No. 22C/971, size 3. The helmet outer is made from tan cotton fabric and incorporates a neck flap, for sun protection. The inside is lined with white silk, to keep the head cool. The helmet has a very good internal wiring loom with Jack plug and a pair of type 32 receivers. The elastic chin strap and rubber ear cups are in very good condition. Overall, a great 'used' condition helmet, with some slight soiling to the lining (see photo).
RAF D-Type Oxygen Mask hose End Connector & Socket Battle of Britain period, D-Type cloth oxygen mask hose bayonet connector and socket. The brass 6D/101 oxygen hose bayonet connector is in a good used condition. The brass 6D/112 oxygen supply bayonet socket, is Air Ministry stamped on the base and is still boxed. These items are getting increasingly harder to find.
RAF D-Type Oxygen Mask, Type 19 Microphone A superb replica of the Battle of Britain type canvas oxygen mask - chamois covered flat fronted microphone, type 19. These type 19 microphones are one of the most sought after items for the RAF flying headgear collector. In over 40 years of collecting I have only ever seen, and owned, a few originals. If one ever does appear for sale, it is soon bought and for a very large amount of cash. This superb replica is from my own collection, it is the next best thing to owning an original, and it will take an expert to notice the difference, as it is that good ! Professionally made using very similar materials, it even has the right feel and weight to it. There is a side working on-off switch and the mic will clip straight onto your D-Type oxygen mask bag, be it an original or one of the excellent Sefton Clothing made example's. The microphone comes fully wired to an original wiring loom, type 32 earphones (with type 10A/7063 caps) and the correct early pattern Brown coloured Jack Plug.
RAF Dalcross Original 1941 Poster An 'Original' Hand Painted poster for RAF Dalcross. This poster advertise's a Rugby Match between RAF Dalcross & RAF Evanton on Saturday September 6th (1941). Expertly hand painted on a large piece of 17 x 11" paper (double sided, blank and graph on the rear side) it would have been pinned on to the airfield notice board. RAF Dalcross was in Scotland and was an Air Gunnery Training School during WW2, and it closed soon after the war. It is now Inverness airport. This poster, with a few others from RAF Dalcross, were bought by us as a small collection of items that were thankfully saved by an officer who served at the base during this time. They are rare survivors of everyday base items, during a period in time where items were often discarded afterwards, but somehow still survive today. This poster is in a very good condition, it has four fold marks and some pin holes in the corners.
RAF Dalcross Original 1943 Airfield Poster An 'Original' Hand Painted poster for RAF Dalcross. This poster advertises a music radiogram presentation in the RAF Corporals Room, No. 2 NAAFI on Friday December 3rd (1943). Expertly hand painted on a large piece of 17 x 11" paper (double sided, blank and graph on the rear side) it would have been pinned on to the airfield notice board. RAF Dalcross was in Scotland and was an Air Gunnery Training School during WW2, and it closed soon after the war. It is now Inverness airport. This poster is in a very good condition, it has four fold marks and some pin holes in the corners. There are a couple of small 'foxing' marks on one side.
RAF Dalcross Two Original NAAFI Posters Two 'Original' Hand Painted Poster's from the NAAFI entertainments hall notice board at RAF Dalcross. Expertly hand painted on a piece's of card, one 10 x 7" and the other 8 x 4 ½". The larger one is advertising the Station's Concert Party event on Sunday December 19th (1943). The smaller, Dancing Classes, which we think was mainly for the WAAF's, but no doubt a good number of airmen would 'chance their luck' by going ! RAF Dalcross was in Scotland and was an Air Gunnery Training School during WW2, and it closed soon after the war. It is now Inverness airport. These poster's are in very good condition, the larger one has a fold mark in the centre and some pin holes in the corners (some tape on the rear centre fold). The smaller one has pin holes and small piece missing in one corner.
RAF Dinghy Emergency Code & Razor Blade An RAF Air Crew Dinghy Survival Aid. This is an "Unopened" pouch containing an Emergency Signal Code & a useful Razor Blade. The 3 ½ x 2 ½" rubberised waterproof pack has a Air Ministry, RDF, reference number of 27C/2707. Part of the Dinghy Pack contents or could be carried in the Air Crew Mae West pocket.
RAF Dinghy First Aid Tin RAF Aircraft Dinghy First Aid Outfit Tin. This Air Ministry marked metal tin was found as part of the equipment issued with the Lancaster type survival dinghy. This 7 x 6 x 3" tin is now empty of its contents. Found on the underneath is the makers stamp - Agger & Daniels Ltd. London. It also has G.R. VI and Kings Crown with a 1943 date. In a good condition with some paint loss mainly to the underneath.
RAF Dinghy Leak Stoppers WW2, RAF Dinghy Leak Stoppers. This is a full set of six stoppers. These threaded rubber & wood stoppers were found in the dinghy pack of accessories. To be used when the dinghy received a puncture, and could be screwed tightly into the leak. Varying in six diameter sizes, the larger ones are mainly for the 'Q' type (Lancaster) Dinghy, whereas the three smaller ones fit the 'K' type (Spitfire) Dinghy. In Excellent condition.
RAF E Type Oxygen Mask Tube A Scarce Oxygen Tube for the E Type Oxygen Masks. This is the early 'Thinner Diameter' tube, which is the correct type to be fitted to the E and E* Oxygen Masks. This Tube has a 6D/526 brass bayonet end fitting and 'crocodile' clip. The overall condition is very good, with the tube still being very flexible, and with only minor cracking. The last photo is to show a comparison with a 'normal' diameter oxygen tube.
RAF E* Oxygen Mask An 'Original' WW2, RAF E* Oxygen Mask. This pattern is a modified version of the E mask, which was the first all rubber oxygen mask to be produced for WW2 RAF Aircrew. This mask superseded the earlier canvas D-type oxygen mask. Basically the same as the first pattern of E type mask, the E* has an anti-suffocation valve on the left side, and Elastic harness straps instead of leather. Air Ministry Ref No. 6D/624. This example is in a very good condition, fitted with a 10A/12570 microphone and lead and an oblong type plug. The rubber has some minor cracking, mainly to the edge, (see photo's) but otherwise it is still nice and supple (this is a genuine wartime issue mask). The Elastic straps are good, and Not stretched, and are rubber stamped. The Leather support ring is stamped 6D/628. The inside chamois leather edging strip is still clean (with a rubber stamp still showing). In a very good overall condition.
RAF E-Type Flying Helmet Fully Wired Size 4 WW2, RAF E-Type Fully wired airtex Flying Helmet. This is the late war pattern E-type which has an internal wiring loom. It is fitted with type 32 earphone receivers. Helmet Ref No. 22C/976, Largest Size 4. Rubber stamped on the lower side position and also inside. It has leather goggle retaining straps, elastic chin strap, rubber receiver cups and internal chamois leather covered ear 'doughnuts'. It is in an Excellent Unissued condition.
RAF Escape & Evasion Compass RAF Escape & Evasion 'miniature' compass. Measures 15mm in diameter. Spinner moves freely and the overall condition is very good. Part of the RAF Escape & Survival kits.
RAF Escape & Evasion Compass Escape & Evasion Compass, concealed within a RAF Aircrew battle dress blouse Buckle. The compass pointer is hidden inside a small clasp, which when slid open also reveals a fold down needle for it to pivot upon. Once stitched onto the B/D blouse belt, this escape compass would have been very difficult to find. In an Excellent working condition.
RAF Escape & Evasion Hacksaw Blade WW2, RAF Escape & Evasion Hacksaw Blade. This 2 ½" long saw blade was small enough to be hidden discreetly inside a RAF Battle Dress uniform (in the blouse collar etc...) or inside personal items issued to RAF Prisoner's Of War. The blade is in a very good condition.
RAF Escape & Evasion Language Phrase Card A scarce RAF Phrase List to be carried with an Escape/Survival kit. This two piece card list has useful - French, Dutch, German and Spanish phrases - all next to their English equivalent. The list size (unfolded) = 16 x 5", and it is printed on card, which is folded and kept in a card wallet In a very good 'issued' condition, with minor staining.
RAF Escape & Evasion Map A wartime double sided black and white Escape & Evasion Map. Circa 1941. Marked, Air Ministry (MAPS). The Map is for Italy, North on one side and South on the other. Reference number, 9 J3 / 9 J4. Made of Silk/Rayon, this stitched edge 24" x 20" map is in a very good condition (has a few ink spots, probably leaked from the Pilots fountain pen).
RAF Escape & Evasion Map for Germany A wartime early Silk type, single sided, black & white Escape & Evasion Map for Germany and it's border countries. Showing the major German cities including Berlin, Dresden, Chemnitz, Brunswick, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt etc...also parts of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and Austria. Date, approximately 1941. Size 18" x 14". Unusually for Escape Maps, this one is Air Ministry marked. In an excellent condition (folded).
RAF Escape & Evasion Miniature Compass Possibly the smallest wartime Escape Compass produced by Clayton Hutton's team at MI9. This miniature compass is only 5mm in diameter ! Compare this with the 'standard' size 15mm Escape Compass (see photo). This compass could be hidden in most every day items, including a cigarette ! The compass body is made of brass and has a very small circular spinning dial with a luminous 'dot' for North. This is covered by a clear celluloid screen. The compass dial still rotates.
RAF Escape & Evasion Miniature Telescope WW2, RAF Escape & Evasion miniature Single Draw Telescope. Another useful item provided by Clayton Hutton and his team at MI9, to aid both evasion & escape, was the mini telescope. These were extremely compact, this single draw type is only 1 1/4" long (photographed here next to a small 5 pence piece). Made of brass it would have had a black painted 'crinkle' finish, but this has worn away over time. The two lenses provide an excellent magnification considering their small diameter size. Telescopes were provided to allow evaders or escapers to be able to observe the terrain that they were hiding in and search for possible threats or enemy troops etc... In the case of escape, the POW would have been issued a telescope from the escape stores, then guard routines and wire obstacles also possible escape routes could be planned at a safe distance. Once the escape had began, each stage could be safely observed before moving on. The telescope was shipped into various POW camps via matchboxes with false bases and also inside hollow sticks of British seaside rock (Clayton Hutton specifically mentioned Blackpool rock, but other types were used too). This telescope can easily be stripped down into its various component parts (see photo) and it is extremely well manufactured. The lenses are still very good, and a clear image can be viewed when using it. For further information see Phil Froom's excellent book, Evasion & Escape Devices of WW2.
RAF Escape & Evasion Razor Blade RAF issued, razor blade compass. War Department broad arrow marked. The blade has been magnetized so that when its suspended by a thread in water it can be used as a compass. This makes it ideal for Escape and Evasion purposes. Other, different brands of blades were issued including, Cheerio and Dawn. This is in a unissued condition, showing some rust spots due to storage. It is still showing some signs that magnetism is present, seen when moved next to a compass. For further reading on the razor blade and other escape items see Phil Froom's excellent book, Evasion & Escape Devices (see last photo). We have a small amount of these blades in stock.
RAF Escape Swinger Compass RAF Escape & Survival Aid. This is known as a Swinger Escape Compass and is only about 1 inch in length. Due to it's tiny size it could be easily concealed in almost any item of military equipment or clothing. It worked by being suspended from a length of cotton thread and would swing as a normal compass, with the two dots showing North. Issued to RAF Air Crew as part of their Escape & Evasion kit.
RAF European Escape & Evasion Map A wartime double sided colour Escape & Evasion Map. Showing - the English Channel, France, Belgium, Holland and importantly the Swiss and Spanish neutral Borders. Made of Silk/Rayon this raw edge 20" x 16" map is in a very good condition (some light soiling & folded).
RAF Fairey Battle Wartime Photographs WW2, Original Photo's and Negatives from a wartime Airman. They come inside their Kodak 'Velox' paper envelope. Inside are x15 black and white 2 ½" x 2" Original photo's & Negatives. These are of RAF Airmen servicing Fairey Battle aircraft.
RAF Fighter Pilots K-Type Dinghy Pack A WW2, RAF K-Type Dinghy Pack. This type is for the Pilot Seat Type Parachute Harness. It would fix to the harness in place of the usual seat cushion. Air Ministry Ref No. 27C/1899, type A, Mk 2 (early type). The pack held the K-Type, single man Dinghy and Emergency supplies. This pack has the parachute harness attachment press studs, as well as the pack cover press studs all in a good working order. The Mae West attachment clip and lanyard are present. The pack is in a good condition with some storage soiling and slight fading to the top instruction label. It is empty of any contents.
RAF First Pattern Aircrew B/D Trousers 1941 Superb, Un-Issued RAF First Pattern Aircrew Battle Dress Trousers. These trousers were found still baled up in their wartime storage package, from when they were delivered to the RAF stores. Cotton label at the rear, dated 1941. W.D. rubber stamped inside, with the code letter 'P' for 1941, the first full year that RAF Battle Dress was issued. Front Flap Pocket, side pockets and two rear flap pocket's. Buttoned waist Belt Loops, plus buttoned Ankle Straps. Brass buttons (slight storage tarnishing). In Excellent condition.
RAF Flt/Engineer Sweetheart badge. WW2, Silver & Blue Enamel RAF Flight Engineer Sweetheart Badge. Stamped Silver on the reverse. Size, 30mm across x 25mm. In a very good condition.
RAF Flying Helmet External Wiring Loom An Early Flying Helmet / Oxygen Mask External Wiring Loom. Comes with a pair of type 16 Earphone Receivers, Type 26 microphone unit and a connecting Jack Plug. This complete wiring loom set up will fit the E, E* and G-Type Oxygen mask's with a B Type and early pattern C, and D -Type Flying Helmet's. It is in a very good 'used' condition.
RAF Flying Helmet External Wiring Loom RAF B-Type Flying Helmet External Wiring Loom, Type Q. To fit the RAF cloth D-Type Oxygen Mask. Used in conjunction with the Type 19 & 21 Microphones (see A.P. images) and 10A/7063 receivers. The Type Q wiring loom had an earlier Air Ministry Ref No. 10A/10353, which was later re-designated to 10H/10353, also with the type 119 Jack Plug (10H/10991). This occurred when the new D-Type 21 microphone was introduced in October 1940. The Type Q, External wiring Loom was used with helmet Types B,C & D, until becoming obsolete in 1944, once the new C-Type Flying Helmet with an internal wiring loom was introduced. We acquired a limited number of these early Q Type looms in 'mint' un-issued condition, still wrapped in grease proof paper. The sale is for One of these looms.
RAF Flying Helmet Wiring Loom RAF External Wiring Loom for early pattern Flying Helmets. The External wiring Loom was used with first pattern helmet Types C & D, until becoming obsolete in 1944, once the new pattern C & D Type Flying Helmets with an internal wiring loom were introduced. This loom is in an excellent condition and is fitted with an early 10A/12570 microphone with A.M. and Kings Crown markings. It is also fitted with a 10H/735 (10991) Jack Plug.
RAF Flying Helmet/Oxygen Mask Clip RAF Flying Helmet hook/clip. Fitted with two press stud fasteners to clip onto the helmet to fix an oxygen mask in place. Will fit the early pattern helmet types C, D & E to allow fixing of the E*, G & H type oxygen masks.
RAF G-Type Oxygen Mask RAF Oxygen Mask, Type - G. Air Ministry Stores Ref. No. 6D/645. The rubber mask is supple and the overall shape is very good. It is free of any major damage or cracking, and only has some slight crazing on the nose wire rubber fixing lugs and around the A.S. valve (see photos). Size, small. It has a type 25 microphone and assembly (loom and plug). The Elastic harness is very good, and this still has the three elastic retaining bands. The inside of the mask is chamois lined around the edge and is in a very good, but slightly soiled condition. Although it has been used, the condition of this mask is very good. It comes with a post war card storage box.
RAF G-Type Oxygen Mask Microphone RAF G-Type Oxygen Mask Microphone Assembly. Type 26 microphone unit, Ref No. 10A/12570. This microphone is complete with the short wiring loom, and connecting plug. In a very good condition.
RAF Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC Signature First Edition Robert Taylor print 'Lancaster' signed by Leonard Cheshire VC, DSO, DFC. This 1979 dated print has a very nice original Cheshire signature, in pencil, on the bottom border. The print itself is faded and not in pristine condition, but if a collector wants a genuine Leonard Cheshire signature, then this is an ideal opportunity to get one. This print in 'mint' condition would normally sell for between £250-300.
RAF Group Captain Pennant RAF Group Captain Pennant / Flag. Dated 1942. Cotton, multi-panel stitched penant, size = 34 x 27 inches. In a good condition, showing signs of fading and a stitched repair at the point.
RAF Group Captain Pilot KD Tunic RAF Group Captain Pilot Tunic. It has original superb quality KC Pilot wings, wartime medal ribbons, GC epaulettes. Four pocket tunic, with attached waist belt, four brass KC button front, and partially lined inside. Superb flat style Kings Crown silk pilot wings. Medal ribbons for - Air Force Cross, India 1936-39 GSM, 1939-45, Burma, France & Germany Stars, War & Defence medals, and French Legion of Honour and Croix de Guerre awards. Size, 40" chest, 24" arm, 31" back length. Unfortunately, it is not named (possible identification from his medal awards). In a very good condition (some slight wear holes, to the rear - see photos).
RAF Group Captain's Cap WW2, RAF Group Captain's Peak Cap. Tailors label inside for Austin Reed, London. It has an excellent Kings Crown Bullion Badge stitched onto a mohair band. With a black patent leather chin strap and internal leather sweat band. Green under the peak. Size is approximately 22" circumference, and the cap has an excellent shape. Not named. In excellent condition, with some slight soiling to the top and the leather on the peak is rippling (see photos).
RAF group of Original Aircraft Photographs. A group of Original period RAF Aircraft Photographs. There are a mixture of x20 internal instrument shots as well as some external airframe photos. All the photo's have Official Air ministry rubber stamps on the rear, some with dates. RAF Beaufighter, Catalina, Early Iris flying Boat Radio compartment, and some RAF 1930's Float Planes are amongst the group. There are x5 duplicate photo's. The average size = 210 x 165mm.
RAF Group of Seven Medals A group of seven full size medals to a RAF corporal who later became a chief technician. Five WW2 service medals plus a named G.S.M with a 1945-48 Palestine bar and a named Long Service & Good Conduct medal. The medals are in a fine condition with silk ribbons mounted on a bar.
RAF H-Type Oxygen Mask - Large Size An RAF Aircrew H-Type Oxygen Mask. In a near 'mint' condition. This post war dated mask consists of the late WW2 type, large microphone with wiring loom & plug. The elastic harness straps & clips are in an excellent condition. Size, Large.
RAF H-Type Oxygen Mask - Large Size An RAF Aircrew H-Type Oxygen Mask. This post war dated mask consists of the late WW2 type, large microphone with wiring loom & plug. The elastic harness straps & clips are in an excellent condition. Size, Large. In a very good used condition.
RAF H-Type Oxygen Mask Microphone RAF H-Type Oxygen Mask Microphone Assembly. Type 71 microphone unit. Air Ministry Ref No. 10AH/18. Comes with microphone, loom and plug.
RAF Halifax Bomb aimer Photo An Original 'Official' Air Ministry photograph of a Halifax Bomb Aimer in position. Picture issued, May 1942. Size, 9 ½" x 8". In good condition, has a crease mark.
RAF Halifax Crew Original Photo A nice 'original' wartime period photograph of a Halifax Bomber Crew. All of the crew are named on the reverse side. RAF 158 Squadron Halifax Crew Captained by F/Lt D.A. Checklin DFC. Checklin was later tragically killed in an air crash. The distinguished crew nearly all went on to earn gallantry awards. The Halifax shows nose art painting named 'Blondie' and has an impressive 56 painted bombs signifying the amount of Operations completed. In a good original condition, with some creasing and soiling.
RAF Hawker Tempest AD. Original Air Ministry Hawker Tempest Air Diagram. Air Diagram 4747. Used for air gunner recognition purposes. Poster Size, 20 x 15". Some folds and general wear & tear.
RAF Irvin Flying Jacket Collar Strap An original Black Elastic Irvin Flying Jacket Collar strap. Found clipped onto the back of the Irvin collar, and often referred to as a spare goggle strap, this strap is in fact for pulling the collar together into an upright position. Made from black elastic with a metal adjuster and end clips. In a 'used' condition.
RAF KD Tunic Officer Epaulettes WW2, RAF Khaki Drill F/Lt. Tunic Epaulettes. Kings Crown brass buttons and clips. Approximately 5 ½" long. In a very good condition.
RAF Lancaster Auto Pilot Lever RAF Lancaster bomber Auto Pilot Clutch Lever. Situated next to pilot on the left side of the cockpit (see last photo, the lever above the compass). This lever would have been used to engage 'George' a wartime nick name given to the basic 'early type' of Auto Pilot fitted to the Lancaster. This gave the pilot a slight rest at the controls, especially when flying on Operations, some of these lasting over 9 hours. Air Ministry stamped Clutch Lever Mk IV, and with a Ref. No. 6H/571. In a good used working condition.
RAF Lancaster Dinghy Bellows A wartime set of large dinghy Bellows for the RAF Bomber dinghy type J. Found as part of the dinghy survival kit in Lancaster & Halifax bombers. These Bellows were used to 'top up' the air of the dinghy incase of any deflation. Air Ministry Ref No. 27C/1880. Made from a two piece plywood frame holding a canvas bag. A metal & webbing handle are fixed to either side. A long rubber corrugated tube (dated December 1943) and brass end fixing supplies the air to the dinghy. Bellows size = 9 x 7". They are in a good working order.
RAF Lancaster Dinghy Paddles A wartime pair of large dinghy hand paddles for the RAF Bomber dinghy type J. Found as part of the dinghy survival kit in Lancaster & Halifax bombers. These light weight canvas paddles, Air Ministry Ref No. 27C/1894, fit like a glove with the hands going into flaps stitched onto one side (see photo). They have a stiff inner frame to keep the paddle in shape. Each paddle is a size of = 19 x 10". This pair have a 'used' appearance through either use, or storage wear & tear.
RAF Lancaster Radio Operator Morse Key WW2, RAF Lancaster Bomber Radio operator's 'Bathtub' Morse Key. Air Ministry Ref. No. 10A/7741. Brown Bakelite construction with an Air Ministry & Crown rubber stamp mark underneath. In a good 'working' condition, has a small chip on one leg (see image).
RAF Liberator Pilots Notes - Original Original Air Ministry edition, RAF Liberator Pilot's Notes. A.P. 1867C, dated 1944. Approximately 84 pages of - text, b/w photographs, line drawings and some great cockpit photo pull-outs. In excellent original condition (staples slightly rusty).
RAF Master Aircrew Badge An early post war RAF Master Aircrew Sleeve Badge. Blue felt backing with light blue silk embroidered detail. With a central metal gilt eagle. Size, 90 x 80 mm. In a very good 'issued' condition.
RAF Miniature Pilots Wings WW2, RAF Half Size / Miniature Pilots Wings. Issued to Foreign Nationals flying with the RAF. Last photo shows the size comparison against a full size wing. In a very good condition.
RAF Mk IV Flying Goggle, helmet Adaption Plates RAF Mk IV Goggle, helmet Adaption plates. This pair are the bottom fixing plates and they have been removed from an old flying helmet. In a good used condition.
RAF Mk IV Flying Goggles Sun Flip Shield A Mk IV Goggle Sun Visor Flip Shield. This rare original sun shield has unfortunately had the top corner broken and with it the spring loaded barrel are missing. Last two 'example photos' show it next to a complete one. Good for use as spares or to repair.
RAF Mk VII Flying Goggles RAF Mk VII Flying Goggles. Air Ministry Ref No. 22C/826. The frames are in a good condition, retaining most of their wartime paint. The clear Glass Lenses are good with some slight de-lamination. They have an original, elastic type, goggle Strap which is slightly frayed but still has elasticity. The leather face pads are good, but soiled. They retain a complete un-cut central adjustment bar, to fix a sun 'Flip Shield' if required (not included). These goggles are in a good used condition.
RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggle Strap RAF Mk. VIII Flying Goggle Spare Strap. Grey elastic strap with leather & metal fittings. Original strap in a 'used' condition (rust stain on the inside, see photo).
RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles WW2, RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles. Retaining a good proportion of the original grey frame paint. The outer leather face pad is in a good condition, and the inside chamois leather is good but soiled. The Tinted glass safety lenses are in excellent condition. The original goggle strap is good and complete, with some soiling and wear. These goggles are in a very good 'used' condition.
RAF Navigation Course & Speed Calculator An early Air Ministry Course & Speed Calculator Mk II. Ref No. 6B/119. Dated 1939. Issued as part of the Navigators kit during the early part of WW2. Comes in a wooden carrying case, which is reference marked at one end. This instrument is in a good original 'working' condition.
RAF Navigator 'GEE' Map for the French Brittany Coast 1944 WW2, RAF Navigator 'GEE' map for the French Coast. It is specifically for Quimper - Rochefort. Showing the Brittany coast, including St. Nazaire (German U-Boat Pens). This is a 2nd Edition, Series 5, Map. Printed on Linen backed paper, size = 21 x 13 ½ inches. Used for Course and Target Plotting by RAF Lancaster & Halifax Navigator's, when using the revolutionary wartime ground Radar system 'GEE'. Originally drawn for the Air Ministry in June 1943, this edition is dated just prior to D-Day, Feb 1944. In a very good condition with some fold marks plus filing holes to the left border.
RAF Navigator Aircrew Battle Dress Blouse WW2, RAF Navigator's Air Crew B/D Blouse. With flying officer shoulder rank. Padded Navigator Brevet. Inside is a War Department letter date stamp 'M' for 1944. Label missing, size approximately = 38" chest, 25" sleeve, 23" back length. In a good condition with a few moth nips here and there, and a slight stain inside (see images).
RAF Navigator Group A group of ephemera to a Wartime RAF Navigator. RAF, F/Sgt. D.K. Adams trained and qualified as a Navigator. It also looks like he had some bomb aimer, gunnery and wireless training as well. In his group of items are - his Dog Tags, two Navigator Brevets, wireless operator badge, pair of VR badges, shoulder eagle's, four good Photographs, Navigator's Sight Log Book, A.M. combined protractor, Bomb Aimers form, Air Gunners notes, Navigator notes (1942), RAF Service & Pay Book, telegrams, Air Ministry papers, recognition booklets etc..... A nice group of items to a wartime Navigator, which is in need of research.
RAF Navigator ICAN RAF Navigator's navigational computor or ICAN. Air Ministry Ref No. 6B/250. Type, Mk III H. In a good working condition. Some minor surface wear, and a small chip to the pencil holder. Original pencil, unmarked.
RAF Navigator's Parallel Rule A WW2 RAF Navigator Parallel Rule. The two piece wood rule, with brass fittings, is Air ministry stamped and dated 1944. In a very good condition.
RAF Navigators Kit An RAF Navigators pair of Compasses & Dividers. The adjustable compasses come in a wooden box with a crows foot mark on the top. They are Air Ministry & Kings Crown stamped and dated 1942. The chrome plated adjustable dividers are Air Ministry & Kings Crown stamped and dated 1942. Both are in very good condition.
RAF Navigators Log Book Folder WW2, RAF Navigators log book folder, Flight Sheet & A.M. Protractor. The cover has the Air Ministry Ref No., Form 441. Inside it is dated July 1943 . The folder contains an unused wartime dated, RAF Navigator Operations flight log sheet. At the back of the folder is a fixed envelope with a mileage scale printed up on it, and within this is found an Air Ministry Douglas Protractor, Ref No. 6B/47. Front cover size, 11 ½ x 9".
RAF Navigators Log Book Folder A rare WW2, RAF, Indian Air Force navigators log book file. This file is the same as the usual RAF navigators file, except that it was produced for the wartime Indian Air Force branch of the RAF. The cover colour is a darker shade of blue than the RAF type, which has the Air Ministry Ref No., Air Force (India) Form 441, and inside the cover it is dated - 24/4/1944. The folder contains seven wartime dated RAF Operations flight log sheets. These are empty except for the middle one which has some pencil diagrams of a Navigators Radar screen unit and some of the screen images. Interestingly this form is also stamped - Air Force (India) form 441, and dated 1944, this type I have never seen before. At the back of the folder is a fixed envelope with a mileage scale printed up on it, and a loose paper inside with RAF airfields and their map grid references. Front cover size, 11 ½ x 9".
RAF Night Fighter Pilot Night Adaption Goggles RAF Mk 1, Night Adaption Goggles. These goggles were worn by night fighter pilots for about 30 minutes prior to take off on night sorties. This helped to accustom their eyes to night vision. Leather unlined face mask with circular blued steel frames and side vents, with an elastic strap. Air Ministry Ref. No. 22C/575. In a good condition.
RAF Observer Parachute Harness WW2, RAF Observer / Chest Type Parachute Harness. Made by Irvin Air Chute Co. Air Ministry Ref No. 15a/144. In excellent condition with a round Quick Release Box and Mk 1 Irvin Back Pad, A.M. Ref No. 15a/191. Nice Irvin label on the front strap and Crows Foot W.D. stamps. Dated 1945. Sold Only as a collectable. OC
RAF Officer Cap Badge WW2 RAF Officer, Service Dress Peak Cap Badge. Bullion wire and Embroidered badge. In a good 'used' condition.
RAF Officer Peak Cap RAF Officer Service Dress, Peak Cap. Peak cap with a nice bullion Kings Crown badge. It appears to be a size 7 (22 ½" circumference). The cap cloth covering is in excellent condition without any moth or damage (there is a slight wear spot on the peak edge). It has a mohair band and patent leather chin strap. It is named. Inside a leather sweat band and quilted liner, which probably had a printed tailors label which is now sadly missing. In a very good condition.
RAF Officer Side Cap & Badge WW2, RAF Officer Side Cap with a brass Eagle & Kings Crown badge plus brass buttons. The cap looks to be in a very good 'unissued' condition, with only a couple of small moth nips. Makers stamp inside and dated 1942. Large size = 7 3/8 (60 cm).
RAF Officer's Documents / Maps, Brief Case RAF Officer's / Navigator's Documents, Maps, Brief Case. This faded light grey canvas & black leather trim case has the Air Ministry & Kings Crown emblem on the flap front (albeit feint, see photo's) and the War Department Arrow with a Ref. No.6B/469, stamped on the inside with the Officer's name. It has a metal lock on the flap (key missing) which opens to reveal inside three sectional compartments. Bag size, 18 x 14". The bag is in a good condition with some usage wear. It has two leather retaining straps (one damaged) which when used adds to the case security.
RAF Other Rank Side Cap WW2, RAF other rank side cap with brass buttons and badge. Has a size 7 label inside plus a feint circular rubber 1943 date stamp. Made of a heavy gauge serge material. In a good condition.
RAF Other Ranks Side Cap RAF O/R side cap with Economy black plastic badge & buttons. Maker stamp & 1944 dated inside. Large size, 7 1/8". In an excellent un-issued condition, without any moth damage.
RAF Other Ranks Wartime Issue Trousers A pair of RAF Other Ranks trousers. They have a 'Fish Tail' rear waist band and side pockets with brass fly buttons etc.... WD stamp O, for 1942 issue. Size, approximately 32" waist x 29" inside leg. In a good 'used' condition, slightly soiled, with a few moth nips and a good repair (see photo's).
RAF Oxygen Connector Early RAF Brass Oxygen Hose Connector. Used by fighter pilots during the Battle of Britain. For the D-Type cloth Oxygen mask. Stamped with Air Ministry Ref No. 6D/101. Dated 1939. In a very good used condition. This type of oxygen connector is becoming increasingly harder to find.
RAF Oxygen Mask Hose 'Crocodile' Clip A wartime RAF Aircrew Oxygen Mask Tube end fitting, 'Crocodile' Clip. This often missing pressed metal clip 'push-fits' onto the brass bayonet end fitting of the oxygen tube. In a 'used' condition with some surface rust.
RAF Oxygen Mask Tube & Clip RAF Oxygen Mask, Rubber Oxygen Supply Tube & Clip. Late wartime pattern, which will fit Oxygen Mask G and H type's. Bayonet fitting type Mk IV. Air Ministry & Kings Crown Stamped, with Ref No. 6D/526. In an Excellent condition.
RAF Pilot Medal Group A WW2, RAF Pilots Medal Grouping. Consisting of his issued - 1939/45 & Burma Stars, Defence & War medals all in fine condition, with his medal slip and medal box. A period black & white portrait photograph in uniform. A larger copy of the same photograph, copy of the London Gazette mentioning F/Lt Finney's promotion, in 1944. Needs researching.
RAF Pilots Flying Manual A.P. A large RAF Pilots Flying Manual, Air Publication 129. The Official marked 'Restricted' Air Ministry Manual, is size 10 x 8" and 1 1/4" thick. It contains informative sections on Airframes, Engines, Instruments, Radio, Glider & Target towing, Air Sea Rescue, and an interesting section on Flying Clothing. Black & white photographs as well as colour pull outs, and b/w drawings illustrate the manual throughout. Printed post war it still shows wartime period flying kit and equipment plus aircraft. In a good 'issued' condition, with some wear & tear.
RAF Pilots Silk Inner Gloves RAF Silk Flying Gloves. Cream Silk gloves made to be worn under the leather flying gloves for extra warmth. This pair have the War Department Arrow and maker's stamp plus the size, 8. Both gloves are in a very good 'issued' condition
RAF POW Books Two RAF Prisoner Of War Books. First, is a Prisoner of War booklet, printed circa 1942, to inform the families of captured service men. It has a map showing most of the POW camps in Europe, also some 28 pages of interesting b/w photographs and informative text etc... Showing a good photo of a Red Cross POW food parcel and a list of contents. This is in a 'used' condition with some folds and staple rust etc... Second is a Signed, facsimile of a Wartime Log (diary) kept in the Prisoner Of War camp at Fallingbostel, Germany. This is the YMCA Wartime Log of RAF Air Gunner Sgt. Roy Child. It has 96 pages, consisting of informative text at the beginning, a faithful copy of his Log containing drawings, thoughts, photos, maps etc..all completed whilst a POW in Germany. It is signed at the front, by him in 1986. In a good condition.
RAF Seat Type Parachute Harness Post War RAF Pilot Seat Type Parachute Harness. This Irvin manufactured harness is 'new old' stock and is unissued. The label states Irvin Harness type C, Mk10, date 1976. It has Irvin marked buckles and complete harness straps all in 'mint' condition. Fully working Irvin Quick Release Box and a canopy release Irvin 'D-Ring' Handle. This harness is the same style type as the WW2 pattern seat type, and with some work could be made to look like one. Ideal for the re-enactor or collector (Not sold for parachuting). Total weight of 4500 gms.
RAF Service & Release Book for Aircraft Mechanic An interesting RAF service & release book for an Aircraft airframe mechanic. He served during the war from 1940 to 1945. He is given a very good reference by his Wing Commander, and signed. Cover is tatty.
RAF Shirt Collar RAF Air Ministry and Kings Crown stamped, Shirt Collar. We have a limited stock of these collars and the sale is for one of them. In an un-issued condition. The collars shown here are size 14".
RAF Shirt, Collar & Tie WW2, RAF Other Ranks Shirt & Separate Collar plus Tie. Five button fully opening front, plus two top collar studs (included). Air Ministry Ref No 22B/136, found stamped inside the neck. In a very good 'clean-issued' condition, with some slight staining around the neck. Single cuff with buttons, but can also be used with cuff links. Size: 42" chest, 23" arm, 32" back length. Comes with separate A.M. Ref No. stamped Collar, size 15 ½". Lastly, his black service dress Tie (46" long).
RAF Side Cap with Training Flash WW2, RAF other rank side cap with brass buttons and badge plus a rare removable white training flash. The cap looks to be a size, 6 5/8. It has a feint circular rubber date stamp inside, which appears to be 1943. In a good condition (has a couple of moth repairs, see photos).
RAF Spitfire & Hurricane Landing Light Switch RAF Spitfire & Hurricane pilot's instrument panel, landing light switch. Ceramic base with a brass cover. Air Ministry Ref No. 5C/623.
RAF Spitfire Ground Crew Ephemera A folder of original WW2, RAF ephemera to a Spitfire & Typhoon airframe mechanic. This Leading Air Craftsman enlisted into the RAF in 1943 and was later assigned to 287 Squadron which was stationed at RAF Redhill. At the end of the war he was transferred to the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. In the folder are all of his saved ephemera items, from his time in service with the RAF & FAA. The 40 page folder is full of related items with some research at the end. There is a good original RAF Squadron photo at the front, plus - passes, ration slips, Naafi cards, room roll, Squadron printed Redhill Review booklet, RAF discharge certificate, Air ministry letter, his FAA cap tally & badge, various passes & official letters, his FAA certificate of service, etc........... A good original lot.
RAF Spitfire Pilot Oxygen Bayonet Union A pilots oxygen tube bayonet fitting union. Will fit the bayonet connector fitting on the early canvas 'D' type oxygen mask tube's. Made of brass, with Air Ministry and Ref. No. stamps. 6D/112. In a good issued condition.
RAF Spitfire Pilots Compass Correction Kit WW2, RAF Spitfire type Compass Correction kit. This includes three Original parts - Compass Corrector unit, Compass Corrector adjustment Key, Compass Correction card Holder. The Corrector is fixed under the Pilots Compass tray and is used for adjusting the polarity of the compass, to gain a 'true' North setting. It is in excellent condition and is fully marked Air Ministry and with Reference numbers. The Adjustment key was used by the RAF instrument fitter to pre adjust the Corrector to a 'true North' setting. Nicely marked. Compass Correction card Holder is fitted on to the Pilot's instrument panel with a correction card notifying the pilot if the compass is indicating a false North position, which has not yet been fully corrected. This type of correction kit would have been fitted to almost every type of RAF wartime aircraft.
RAF Station/Airfield Ensign Flag RAF Station Ensign Flag. Multi-Panel construction, of stitched wool/cotton cloth panels. Broad Arrow marked on the panel edge. Rope & Brass Toggle fixing. Size, 6' x 3'. This 1945 dated Flag is in Excellent condition.
RAF style Fighter Pilots Scarf RAF Style Polka Dot Silk Scarf. Type often seen in photographs worn by fighter pilots. This blue and white polka dot, vintage Silk scarf is in a very good condition. It has silk tassels at either end and a 'all silk' label. Size, 50 x 12 inches.
RAF style Scarf RAF Style Polka Dot Silk Scarf. Type often seen in photos worn by fighter pilots. This blue and white polka dot, vintage silk scarf is in a very good condition (has a couple of small holes, see photo). Size, 30" square.
RAF Survival Dinghy Heliograph RAF Survival Dinghy Heliograph in canvas pouch. Largest of the two types of Heliograph issued, this would have been found in the survival dinghy accessories. Size = 10 x 10cm. Issued to both the RAF & USAAF during WW2. In a very good 'issued' condition.
RAF Survival Kit Bag RAF Survival Kit Bag to hold the Beadon survival equipment. This cotton cloth bag has numerous internal pockets to hold the various pieces of survival equipment issued to Aircrew in case of Emergencies. The bag can be stitched onto the rear of the Life Jacket or the parachute back pad. There are two types of bag issued, a Tropical type and this bag type which is stamped Arctic, and with a Ref No, 22P/25. The bag is in excellent condition with working zip an Newey fasteners.
RAF Tissue Escape Map An early RAF Tissue Escape Map of Abyssinia, Africa. This Tissue Paper Escape map measures = 21 x 18". It is in excellent condition.
RAF Type 'G' Sunglasses RAF Anti-Glare Sunglasses in metal case. Air Ministry stores Ref. 22G/1399, Size Large. Post WW2 issue, these are very similar to the wartime issue MK.VIII anti-glare sunglasses. They have grey/green tinted glass lenses. These are in steel wire frames with side-arms having 'spring' ear pieces. The only noticeable difference from the MK.VIII type, are by an additional brow bar. In a very good condition, with some light tarnishing on the rims.
RAF Type B Flying Rations Tin RAF Flying Rations Type B Tin. This post war issued tin is now empty of contents. Size, 3 ½" diameter. In a good condition with some surface rust.
RAF Type-G Flying Helmet RAF, G-Type Flying Helmet. Blue Cloth G-Type Flying Helmet. Ministry Ref No. 22C/1731, Size 3. Complete with large leather ear pads and receivers, wiring loom and jack plug. The condition is 'excellent' and it looks to have been hardly worn.
RAF Victory Bell WW2, RAF Benevolent Fund Victory Bell. Cast in metal ' from German aircraft shot down over Britain 1939-1945 '. The bell has a large ' V ' cast in to the handle and raised images of the wartime leaders, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. In a good original condition with some marking to the outer silver finish.
RAF Vintage Fighter Command Blazer A Vintage Military Blazer for Fighter Command. This excellent old military blazer has white metal RAF and King's Crown buttons. On the breast pocket is stitched a super quality Fighter Command Badge. The Blazer is of double breasted design, and is in an excellent and clean condition. A tailors label is found inside, but it is not named. Size, Chest = 42", Sleeve = 26", Back length = 32".
RAF Warrant Officer Cap Badge WW2, Brass RAF Warrant Officer visor cap badge. Two fixing lugs at the rear. Size, 2 ½" x 2 1/4". In a very good condition.
RAF Warrant Officer Tunic Cuff Rank Badges A pair of WW2, RAF W/O 'Kings Crown' Cuff Rank Badges. Silk embroidered thread on a dark blue/black felt cloth backing. In a very good issued condition.
RAF Wartime Officer's Peak Cap WW2 RAF Officer Peak Cap. Green under the peak, which show's it's an early Wartime pattern. There is a good Kings Crown Bullion Badge stitched onto a mohair band. It has a black patent leather chin strap and internal leather sweat band. The cap has a removable crown wire to retain it's shape. Size is approximately 22 ½" circum, which is a size 7. it is in an excellent overall used condition, with no moth or any other damage.
RAF Water Bottle and Webbing Carrier RAF enamel water bottle with felt covering. This is fitted within the 'simplified' pattern sleeve type webbing carrier. This has two brass buckles for fixing to the shoulder strap etc... The carrier has black rubber stamp markings on the inside and is dated 1942. Airman's service number is on one side. In a good condition.
RAF Wellington Navigator Log Book RAF Navigator Log Book. 1943 printed Log Book, issued post war to Officer Cadet P.M. Lang. Mainly training flights in Wellington, Valetta and Anson aircraft. Flying from RAF Hamble, RAF Thorney island and RAF Redhill. Well written log with some good Officer signatures. Approximately 25 pages of entries.
RAF Wireless Operator Morse Code Board WW2, RAF Wireless Operator Buzzer Board. Used for the training of Morse Code to RAF Radio Operator's. This 7 x 6 ½" wooden board has a morse key, buzzer unit, head phone terminals and a brass Air Ministry identity plate. The adjustable key is in a good working condition.
RAF Wolseley Helmet An RAF Wolseley Helmet. This type of helmet differs from the usual 'Pith' helmet in that it has a higher dome crown and a turned up back neck part. It has a beige, hard wearing cotton cloth outer covering. Inside is a green felt lining with a leather adjustable chin strap and a 'removable' leather sweat band. This is embossed with the maker's name - Hobson & Sons (London) Ltd. Also is a paper size label (6 7/8) again with the maker's name. The crown is lined with 'coolair aluminex' foil to keep the head cool, and at it's peak is an air vent (see photo). The overall appearance of the helmet is excellent and clean.
RAF Woollen Flying Boot Socks RAF, Heavy Weight, White Woollen Boot Socks. RAF Fighter Pilots and Aircrew were often photographed wearing this type of sock, showing above their Flying Boots. These thick woollen socks look to have had very little, or no wear, and there is no damage to them. War Department Arrow marked. Also used by the Royal Navy. Look to be about a Size, 10 (uk).
RAF, Air Crew Heated Socks A pair of Electrically Heated RAF Air Crew Socks/Bootees. These ankle length, felt lined socks are fitted with an electrically heated element. They were worn over the thick woollen air crew socks and then inside the flying boots. A couple of snap connectors at the rear connect to the aircraft electrical system via a wire cable, to heat the socks. This pair are made of a green denim outer, cream fur inner, and have Air Ministry labels and a silk Windak clothing Manufacturing label. In an 'un-used' condition.
Ray-Ban Vintage Sunglasses A vintage pair of Bausch & Lomb Ray-Ban Sunglasses and case. These Aviator and shooting sunglasses have Green Tinted impact resistant lenses. Similar type to that used by wartime Pilots and aircrew. Stamped on the top of the nose bridge frame, B&L Ray Ban 1/30 10K GO. Gold frames. With original case. In a very good 'used' condition.
RFC/RAF Ephemera & Medals An RFC/RAF Folder of ephemera and WW2 medals to a pilot, Squadron leader S.L. Hooper. He flew as a Lieutenant with the Royal Flying Corps during WW1. Details of his RFC service record are found plus a copy photo of him in uniform, copy medal index card, Squadron diary extracts, copy London Gazettes, copy documents etc...... He rejoined the RAF before the outbreak of WW2, in the Special Duties Branch. Here he remained until 23rd May 1945, when he retired from the service as a Squadron Leader, due to ill health. In the group is his WW2 Commission Document, medal entitlement slip, his 39-45 Star, Defence and War medals, his Air Ministry clothing warrant, A.M. Railway warrant, copy 1942 London Gazette, etc............ An interesting group in need of further research.
Rolls Royce Griffon Aero Engine Exhaust Stub Rolls Royce Griffon Aero Engine, Exhaust Stub. Rolls Royce part number - 56DD / 35594 / GN 26027 A (port). Still in box of issue,'New Old Stock' .
SAS Qualification Wing WW2, Special Air Service Qualification Wing. Originally designed by Jock Lewes, from Eygptian heiroglyphic symbols for the solar deity. This hand embroidered silk thread wing is on a wool backing. Covered on the reverse side with a coarse cotton cloth which has a slight padding inside. Probably late wartime issue. In a good condition with some wear and clear signs of removal from a tunic.
SOE Parachutist Knee Pads A rare pair of Special Operations Executive Parachutist Knee Pads. Used for leg protection when parachuting, during covert operations, and landing in uneven or rocky terrain. These scarce knee pads are clearly shown in the SOE equipment catalogue (a copy of the page is shown here in the images). The pads have a maker/size label (which would be removed before wearing) which is dated 1943. After landing each pad has a leather boot lace which the agent would pull to quickly release the pads from the leg. These knee pads would have also been used by British Airborne Paratrooper's. In a un-issued condition.
Souvenir Pottery German Helmet An unusual wartime Souvenir. Made by Jersey Pottery (Channel islands), this is a miniature pot German Helmet. Size, 55 x 48 x 30mm. In a good condition, has some crazing to the glaze.
Spitfire & Hurricane Remote Contactor A WW2, Spitfire & Hurricane type Remote Contactor. Part of the aircraft IFF system (Identification Friend or Foe) this unit is fitted inside the pilots cockpit, it controlled the 'pip squeak' signal which alerted allied ground control defences that this aircraft was 'friendly'. The luminous hand can be set like a time switch to emit a signal, by means of the aircraft radio, to alert allied air space radar defences, that this aircraft is not a 'hostile' one. The 4" inch diameter bakelite face has an on-off switch and a central coloured dial. The rear metal casing has an Air Ministry and kings crown stamped mark and the units Ref No. 10A/10995, type 4. Two braided electrical control cables have a bakelite & metal plug fitted to each one. The unit is in a 'used' condition. Due to postal restrictions, regarding any luminous paint on aircraft dials, means that this item is FOR SALE TO THE UK ONLY.
The Dambusters Experience by John Sweetman The Dambusters Experience, first released April 2013. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of 617 Squadron’s famous raid on the German Dams, 16/17th May 1943. The book contains some fascinating facsimile documents sourced from the RAF Archives. It tells the behind the scenes story, and re lives the attack itself under the leadership of W/Cdr Guy Gibson as they deployed, for the first time, the 'bouncing bomb' developed by brilliant scientist Barnes Wallis. The book is illustrated throughout and is accompanied by some excellent reproduced removable documents, from log books and flight plans to eye witness accounts of the damage inflicted up on the dams. An excellent collectable. In a 'used' condition.
The Lancaster Manual The Lancaster Manual, First edition 1977, edited by John Tanner, then the director of the RAF Museum. The Official Air Publication for The Lancster MK I and III, 1942-1945. In a good condition.
Unissued WW2, G-Type Oxygen Mask & Microphone Wartime RAF Boxed G-Type Oxygen Mask and a boxed Microphone. Original wartime card box marked - 6D/644, Masks. Original wartime card box marked - Mic assembly, Type 48. Upon opening the Mask box, it reveals an Original Wartime manufactured G-Type Oxygen mask wrapped in grease proof paper and a paper fitting instruction sheet. The G-Type mask is in a Unissued condition. It retains a 'wooden' blanking disc with paper label, an elastic harness with the three retaining rubber bands and a helmet/mask fixing clip (tied to the harness clip). The mask is in great condition, and has a pronounced rough area on the nose part (to prevent icing when worn at altitude). Under the chin area are A.M. and size Medium marking's and a screw fixing for the oxygen tube, inside there is brown chamois leather. Opening the Microphone card box reveals an unissued G-Type mask Microphone with lead and plug. Air Ministry marked microphone with a Ref. No. 10A/12570. It is also fitted with a detachable anti-freezing gauze disc cover and clip. Very rare wartime boxed items.
USAAF Operations Room Plotting Table WAC Apron USAAF operations room, Women's Army Corps plotters table apron. Khaki cotton cloth apron with four front pockets. Three of the pockets are marked with red, green & blue tape to correspond with the colours on the operations room clock. These are to hold the coloured counters/markers to place on the plotting table. The forth pocket has a covered flap. Apron size, 26 x 14" and with two cotton fixing ties. In excellent condition.
V1 Flying Bomb photographs A collection of Twenty, V1 flying bomb photographs. These old official & newsprint black and white photo's vary in size from 2 x 1" to 8 x 6" inches. They come mounted on black card which looks to have come from an old photo album. The photo's show V1's in flight, exploding, RAF camera gun stills, examining V1 wreckage, French launch ramps damaged by allied bombing etc.......
WAAF Operations Plotter Chest Mic & Headset RAF Operations Room, WAAF Plotter headset & chest microphone. Adjustable headband with earphone wired to the bakelite chest microphone assembly. The speaking trumpet rotates forwards or backwards to obtain the best speaking position. The chest plate is fixed in situ by a cotton strap which goes around the operators neck. The brown cotton covered wiring loom has a large jack plug at one end. In very good condition.
WAAF Wallet Book & Mirror WW2, WAAF Hand Embroidered Wallet containing a Mirror & Note Pad. Hand embroidered Silk WAAF with RAF emblem on the front. Flips open to reveal a handy mirror plus a note pad (which will easily remove when empty). Size, 3 ½" x 2 ½".
Wartime Box of 50cal Ammo Links A card box containing 10, Browning .50cal Ammo Links. The Links are unused.
Wartime Pattern Long Woollen Boot Socks A pair of wartime pattern long woollen boot socks. Large size, navy blue, Un-Issued. In an Excellent condition.
Wartime WAAF Autograph Album WAAF Autograph Album with approximately 40 signatures. Compiled during her wartime service career. These original signatures are of other WAAF's and RAF Officer's including Group Captain's, based mainly at RAF North Coates (Strike Wing) Lincolnshire. Sadly, most of these names are no longer with us. Album size = 150 x 100mm.
Women's Transport Service (FANY) Badges WW2, Women's 'First Aid Nursing Yeomanry' Tunic Badges. These are a pair of collar badges and a cloth embroidered sleeve badge. Two circular bronze Transport Service 'FANY' collar badges are stamped 'Firmin', London on the reverse and have double lug fixings. There is also a circular cloth and silk embroidered Driving Instructor sleeve badge. All are in an excellent condition.
WW1 Royal Flying Corps Pilot Wings A fine quality pair of Original Silk embroidered Royal Flying Corps Pilot Wings. These WW1 period, unpadded wings are in excellent condition. Size, 4 1/4" span. Show signs of removal from a tunic. Comes with a copy photo of Lt. D. Turner RFC, wearing the same pattern wings.
WW1, East Kent Medal Group WW1, East Kent (Buffs) Medal pair, Cap badge, copy medal index card. Medals named to G-23446, Pte, T.W.F. Wicks, East Kent Regiment. With Silk ribbons and paper envelopes. Comes with his original brass Buffs Cap badge. According to his medal index card he appears to have been wounded, needs researching.
WW1, German Zeppelin L31 Part A piece of wreckage recovered from Zeppelin L31 shot down by RFC pilot, Lt. Tempest on the night of 1st October 1916, at Potters Bar. This is a piece of aluminium rib framework. Due to the public interest and fear of these massive enemy airships pieces of wreckage from the crash sites, were often collected and then highly prized. This piece still has it's original identity label attached. With the piece is some research, and a copy photograph of the L31 crash site.
WW1, Royal Defence Corps Cap Badge A very nice WW1, Royal Defence Corps metal & enamel Cap Badge. Instituted to free up able bodied troops for front line fighting instead of home guard duties. Older, less able bodied men were drafted into the service to guard ports, factories, railways etc.... This very nice badge has fine enamelling on a pierced metal frame. It has a plain (no maker mark) pin back. Size, 35 x 30 mm.
WW2 , ATC Side Cap & Badge A WW2 dated Air Training Corps Side Cap & Badge. With white metal ATC buttons. Made of the same blue-grey serge material as RAF NCO's caps. Inside is maker marked and WD arrow stamped, 1945 date and size 7 3/8" stamp. Named. In a very good condition with some minor mothing at the rear (see photo).
WW2 Aircraft Inspectors Badge This is a large numbered pin back lapel badge for an Aircraft Production Inspector. As part of the A.I.D. (Aeronautical Inspection Directorate) the inspector's job was to check the quality control standard of newly manufactured aircraft parts and completed aircraft for the War effort. This large metal & enamel pin back issued badge is individually numbered on the reverse side to the inspector. The badge is in excellent condition. There is a size comparison photograph with a 50 pence piece.
WW2 ATC Plastic Cap Badge WW2 Air Training Corps, Economy Plastic Cap badge. Made by A. Stanley & Sons, Walsall. Has two brass fixing blades on the rear. In a good condition.
WW2 Bomb Disposal Badge WW2 Royal Engineers Sleeve Badge. A silk embroidery on felt, Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal Unit. It would have been worn on the lower left sleeve of the BD blouse. In an excellent un-issued condition.
WW2 British Division Formation Badge Chart. A useful chart listing the WW2, British & Commonwealth Division Formation badges. New 'old' stock, Printed sometime in the 1990's. Size = 34 x 21 inches. We have a limited number of these.
WW2 Canadian Wartime Service Shield A unique Hand Painted wooden commemorative shield, celebrating the wartime service of the 1st Canadian Artillery Workshop Engineering Company. This 15 x 12 x 1" shield is superbly hand painted and is initialled by the artist, who I presume was a Canadian Soldier. It lists the battlefields in France, Belgium & Holland where the company operated from. I would say that this is a period piece, probably painted in 1945, but I cannot definitely say when. The shield looks to be a solid piece of heavy shaped Oak and the hanger is a cut piece of aluminium. The shield is in a very good condition for it's age, although there is a split almost down the centre of it and some minor paint loss in places.
WW2 Carrier Pigeon Message Form A rare WW2 Carrier Pigeon Message Form. The transparent form can be placed over a map allowing the sender to give a part map tracing, so ensuring accurate map co-ordinates. Also, the form has enough room to allow an appropriate message to be written explaining the map. The form is made of a thin type of 'tracing' paper. It can be folded up into a very small size allowing it to fit neatly inside the pigeon message capsule (see last photo, the capsule is not for sale). The size = 230 x 230mm. I have found a small quantity of these forms and I am offering them for sale individually.
WW2 East Surrey Silver sweetheart Badge A Sterling Silver & Enamel Sweetheart Badge for the East Surrey regiment. This badge is mounted on a silver pin back bar. Size, 45 x 23 mm.
WW2 Free French Forces Lapel Badge Original WW2, Free French Forces Enamel Lapel Badge. Showing the Cross of Lorraine and the words 'France Libre'. All of the enamel is in excellent condition. On the reverse is a Registration mark, 83830 and a working pin with clasp. Size, 32 x 15 mm.
WW2 Group of Ephemera to RAMC Soldier Interesting group of ephemera to RAMC soldier serving in Italy during WW2. It consists of his two Soldiers pay book's (one used as a folder to keep loose papers, photo's etc.) his soldier's release book, folder of military currency for Italy, identity certificate, record of service card, various other items. All dated 1940 to 1945.
WW2 Official RAF Fighter Pilot Group Photo Original WW2, Air Ministry Photo of a Group of RAF Fighter Pilots. Group of four Sergeant Pilots wearing Battle Dress and 1941 pattern Mae Wests (end pilot has Sgt. Allington written on his). Size, 240 x 180mm. Unfortunately the official description slip, stuck to the rear, has been lost. In good condition, has a couple of creases.
WW2 RAAF Bomb aimer's Tunic and Cap WW2, Royal Australian Air Force Pilot Officer Service Dress Tunic and Side Cap. The tunic has English made Australia shoulder titles, and Bomb Aimers Brevet (this is highly padded). Pilot Officer cuff rank. Black plastic Kings Crown Buttons. Complete with removable waist belt. The tunic label is dated 1943. Size = 38" chest, 34" waist, 25" arm, 32" back length. In a good 'used' condition, with a couple of moth nips. Comes with RAAF Officer Side Cap. This has a black anodised Kings Crown and Eagle badge, plus plastic buttons. Size = 6 3/4". In an Excellent condition.
WW2 RAAF Pilots Wings A pair of RAAF pilots wings. These are silk embroidered flat pilots wings. They are full size and in very good condition.
WW2 RAF 1937 Pattern Webbing Aircrew Pistol Belt An Air Ministry RAF 37 pattern webbing, aircrew pistol belt. This 1941 dated Large size, three piece belt, extends to fit a 44" waist. Webbing Holster & Ammo pouch, A.M. stamped and dated 1941. Part Blancoed RAF blue/grey.
WW2 RAF Air Crew Auxiliary Irvin Parachute WW2 RAF Air Crew Auxiliary drogue Parachute. Attached to the top of the Main parachute canopy, this small spring loaded parachute is deployed first to help to draw out the main canopy safely from the parachute pack. Made by Irvin Co. Type Mk. 1, Ref No. 15A/100. Air Ministry stamped and dated 1944. In a good condition, with some slight soiling.
WW2 RAF Aircraft Cockpit Lamp RAF Aircraft Cockpit Lamp Mk 2. Air Ministry marked with Ref No. 5C/366. Made from black bakelite with metal fittings and a red glass shade. Found in most wartime RAF aircraft. In a 'mint' and un-issued condition, retains original label.
WW2 RAF Aircraft Grip Push Button A Boxed RAF, Pilot's control column Grip - push button. Found in Spitfire & Hurricane Fighters etc.... This 'Press to Transmit' push button, is used when communicating over the R/T. I have a limited stock of these.
WW2 RAF Argentina Shoulder Title A wartime RAF tunic 'Argentina' shoulder title. Blue embroidered silk lettering on a curved blue felt backing. In a very good 'issued' condition.
WW2 RAF CAM Ship Badges A set of RAF Aircraft man's CAM ship tunic sleeve Badges. In 1941 the Air Ministry fitted some wartime Merchant Ships with Hurricane fighters mounted on a catapult, to help to protect the convoys from increasing submarine attacks. These ships were named 'Catapult Aircraft Merchantman' or 'CAM' ships. The RAF crews that serviced and flew these aircraft had a distinctive tunic shoulder title badge. This helped to prove at a glance, to the Military Police at visiting ports, that the RAF serviceman was in fact part of the ships crew and not a deserter ! The set of three badges were worn on the Service Dress Tunic, as normal, with the 'rare' shoulder title at the top. The badge's are in a very good 'issued' condition, and show some signs of soiling.
WW2 RAF Chaplain Collar Badge WW2 RAF Chaplain Collar or Scarf Badge. Three piece construction, with two fixing lugs to the rear. Size, 2 1/4" span. In a very good condition.
WW2 RAF Commission Document A King George VI, RAFVR Officer Commission Document. Named to, A.J. Barraclough D.C.M. Dated, 20th July 1940. He looks to have been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal prior to this commission (needs researching). Size, 17 x 13 inches. In a good condition, has been folded and there are pin marks in the four corners.
WW2 RAF Emergency Flying Ration Tin WW2, RAF Aircrew Emergency Flying Ration Tin. Air Ministry Ref No. 27P/7. Contents: Barley sugar, chewing gum, malted milk tablets, energy tablets. This pocket size tin (4 x 3 x 1") was often found amongst the emergency items in the dinghy survival kit. In a good condition with some surface marks and creases on the base (see images). The tin is empty of contents.
WW2 RAF Ground Gunners Gloves A pair of wartime RAF Regiment Ground Gunners Anti-Flash Gloves. RAF Regiment Gunners were based at Air Fields to protect them from enemy attacks. The gloves are made from RAF blue cotton fabric with a plush lining, and elasticated wrist and arm sections. Air Ministry rubber stamped inside, with a 1941 date. In excellent condition.
WW2 RAF Kenya Shoulder Title A wartime RAF tunic 'Kenya' shoulder title. Blue embroidered silk lettering on a curved blue felt backing. In a very good 'issued' condition.
WW2 RAF Officer Tunic Epaulettes A superb quality pair of RAF Flt/Lt Tunic Epaulettes. Made by Gieves Ltd, Tailors, of London. Made of high quality hand stitched gold bullion braid. Excellent condition.
WW2 RAF Pilot Wings A pair of WW2, RAF Kings Crown Pilot Wings. Embroidered padded silk RAF wings on black felt with a rear cotton backing. As found, stitched onto part of an RAF Officer tunic. Wings in a good condition with some slight wear.
WW2 RAF Pilots Wings A padded pair of WW2, RAF Kings Crown Pilot Wings. Embroidered silk RAF wings on black felt with a rear cotton backing. In a very good issued condition.
WW2 RAF Rhodesia Shoulder Title Original, RAF Rhodesia, cloth shoulder title. This Tunic / BD blouse shoulder title is in excellent condition. Dark blue Melton cloth backing with blue silk thread embroidered letters.
WW2 RAF Signaller Brevet RAF Signaller (wireless operator) Brevet. Padded silk variant. In a good issued condition.
WW2 RAF Spitfire Boost Fuel trap A WW2, RAF Spitfire Boost Gauge - Fuel Trap. Used in conjunction with the pilots instrument panel Boost gauge. Air Ministry stamped and dated. Made of Brass, and in excellent condition. This item would be found in most other WW2 RAF aircraft. Sold only as a collectable item.
WW2 RAF Spitfire Merlin Engine Fuel Filter Trap WW2, RAF Spitfire Merlin Engine Oil & Water Trap/Filter. Fitted in the Spitfire Engine bay, next to the Firewall (see photo). Made of Brass sheet panels, and has a nice Air Ministry & Crown stamp and with A.M. Reference numbers. This item would also be found in most other WW2 RAF aircraft. In excellent condition. Only sold as a collectable item.
WW2 RAF Suede Leather Mosquito Boots WW2, RAF warm weather & tropical climate 'Mosquito' Boots. Unlined Green Suede Leather, calf length boots with leather soles. Intended for use by RAF ground crew, these boots were often used by Aircrew as they were found to be more comfortable to wear, in hot aircraft cockpits, being without a fur lining. Termed 'Mosquito' boots due to the draw-string ties, which were to prevent insects from entering in to the boot. These boots have Air Ministry stamps inside, as well as War Department reference stamps. The inside sole is stamped with the maker and dated 1942. They are in a very good 'used' condition, and are named (some wear to the heels and soles).
WW2 RAF Survival Dinghy Flare Tin RAF Survival Flare Tin, Box No.381, Mk. 1. Red painted metal tin, size = 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 3/8 inch. Originally contained three red star flare cartridges, now empty. For use with the 'Very' signal pistol. Issued in RAF survival dinghy kits to attract the attention of passing ships or aircraft. Manufactured by Metal Box in 1944. It has some slight surface wear and rust (see photo's).
WW2 RAF type E2 Anti-Glare Spectacles WW2 RAF type E2 Anti-Glare Air Crew Spectacles. Air Ministry Ref No. 22G/485. Made by Levers Optical Ltd. Metal e.p.n.s wire frames with leather side-shields and spring side arms. Circular Crooks B.2 blue-grey tinted glass lenses. In Excellent condition with very good lenses (some light verdigris on the rivets). Complete with metal case, which has Air Ministry markings (this has a few dents and some rust marks).
WW2 RAF War Service Dress B/D Trousers Superb, Un-Issued RAF War Service Dress Battle DressTrousers. These trousers were found still baled up in their wartime storage package, from when they were delivered to the RAF stores. Cotton label dated 1944. W.D. rubber stamped inside, with code letter 'Z' for 1945 issue. Front pleated pocket, side pockets and one rear pocket. Early black plastic buttons. In a 'pristine' condition.
WW2 RAF Wash Roll RAF Wash Roll and contents. White cotton roll with Air Ministry, 1940 rubber stamp on the outside. Inside flap holds a wartime metal soap container and a tin of foot powder. The roll strap secures a Knife, Fork and Spoon all with War Department arrow marks and 1940 date stamps. In very good condition. Due to the knife, postal restrictions will apply therefore sale is to UK & EU buyers.
WW2 RAF/SOE Silk 'Blood' Chit A WW2 RAF & SOE issued, silk 'Blood' or 'Ghoolie' Chit. Used to help during an Escape & Evasion attempt, in the Indian/Asian theatre, if captured by 'friendly' civilians etc.... Printed in 17 different languages. Size, 19 x 11 inches. In an Excellent condition.
WW2 RCAF operational Tour Wing & Bar WW2 issued, Royal Canadian Air Force Operational Tour Silver Wing & Bar. Scarce Original winged Sterling Silver badge. 'Royal Canadian Air Force Operational Tour badge' was officialy awarded by the RCAF, during WW2, to aircrew who completed an operational tour against the enemy. The addition of a bar indicated that a Second Tour of operations had been completed. This badge was officially worn on the service dress uniform. Stamped 'Sterling' and makers mark 'Birks' on the reverse. Two threaded fixing screw posts and backplate, plus nuts, all in silver gilt. Size, 38mm span x 15mm height (inc bar). In an excellent condition.
WW2 SAAF Officer Side Cap WW2 South African Air Force Officer's Side Cap & Badge. This Johannesburg made cap is dated 1943. Has a rubber stamp label inside. It is a large size = 7 1/8 (uk). The badge is a SAAF bronze, lug type fixing. The KD cap has very small brass RAF buttons on the front. The condition is excellent and un-worn (slightly soiled).
WW2 Sewing Kit WW2 Sewing Kit, sometimes found in RAF Survival / Dinghy Packs & Beadon kits. This small tin has a hinged lid, and when opened the contents are two types of thread and a quantity of various size needles. In a used condition, with some storage marks and slight rust.
WW2 Spitfire Fund Badge WW2 Original 'Spitfire Fund' Badge. Illustrated with a blue Spitfire fighter with the words the Lord Mayor's 'SPITFIRE FUND'. The badges were Individually marked with a serial number, this one '12093'. The badge was given after a donation to the fund. Approximately 25mm in diameter, and Pin backed. In a very good used condition with some wear & soiling.
WW2 US Airforce Type Handheld Microphone WW2 US Airforce Handheld Microphone type NAF 213264-6 and sprung mounting Bracket No. 213264-2. Type RS 38-A. Made by Telephonics Corp. In a un-issued condition.
WW2 USAAF Type A-9 Summer Flying Helmet WW2, USAAF Type A-9 Summer Flying Helmet. This is a circa 1942 Army Air Force flying helmet. It has a leather chin strap with fleece cover and metal fixing buckle, leather ear cups - for the receivers, inner fleece ear pads for comfort. This example has five exterior hooks to take the A-10 Oxygen Mask and a side cheek-clip for fixing this in place. Also, goggle straps with snap fasteners and drawstring's to adjust the helmet fit. The inside has a woven label and a 'large' size tag. In an Excellent condition.
WW2, Armed Forces Boiled Sweets Ration Tin 'Original wartime issue' British Armed Forces Boiled Sweets Ration tin. Would have contained 5 ounces of boiled sweets (now empty) and manufactured by C.N. & C. Ltd, and packed August 1943. Size, 4 1/4 x 3 1/8 x 1 inches. In a good condition with some surface wear and scratches.
WW2, Brass Battle of Britain Spitfire Plaque A Brass Spitfire Plaque with the words of Sir Winston Churchill underneath - "Never have so many owed so much to so Few". Made and sold on the home front during the war, to raise money for the RAF Benevolent fund. The plaque would have originally had a small calendar hanging from the bottom edge (now missing) and would be hung on walls in homes. The high relief plaque is made of thick card with a thin layer of brass on the face. Size, 12 x 9".
WW2, British Army B/D 218th Ind. Inf. Brig. Divisional Badges A pair of WW2, 218th Independent Infantry Brigade, Battle Dress Divisional Badges. Printed on cotton. In a 'used' condition. Show signs of stitching, where removed from jacket.
WW2, British Army B/D 2nd Corps Divisional Badges A fine 'used' pair of 2nd Corps divisional badges. Printed on cotton. Retain signs of stitches where removed from the Battle Dress jacket. Slight soiling.
WW2, Dig For Victory Leaflet Original Home Front, 'Dig For Victory' Leaflet No. 1. This colourful leaflet was issued by the Ministry of Agriculture to encourage Home Front Allotment or Home Garden owners to plant various vegetables to supplement their food rations. This Double Sided leaflet is No.1 of a series printed by H.M. Stationary Office. A message by Winston Churchill & the Minister of Agriculture is printed on the reverse side. Size, 10 x 7 ½". In very good condition, has a centre fold mark.
WW2, Early RAF Gunner Sleeve Badge Early RAF Gunner Badge. In 1940 the RAF formed an Aerodrome Defence Corps (fore runner to the RAF Regiment). This unit were issued with a Ref. No. 22H/430, single 'G' sleeve badge, Air Ministry Order A371/40. This order states that the badge be worn on the tunic right sleeve (only) 9 inches below the shoulder seam. The badge was 'short lived' as the RAF Regiment was later formed (1942) and the Ground Gunner, "GG" sleeve badge was introduced. This badge is in excellent 'original' condition. Made from blue silk thread embroidered on a black felt backing. size, 2 ½" x 2".
WW2, Emergency Ration Tin WW2, Emergency Ration Tin issued to allied troops and also found in RAF dinghy packs. This tin is in a 'dent' free good condition, although some of the gold colour finish is missing, which is often the case with these tins. The tin is empty of it's contents.
WW2, Emergency Ration Tin with Contents WW2, Emergency Ration Tin issued to allied troops and also found in RAF dinghy packs. The tin is in a good condition, although some of the gilt finish is missing, which is often the case with these tins. Inside there looks to be three bars of chocolate in grease proof wrappers (the forth bar is missing).
WW2, German Army Sturmangriff 'Assault' Game A rare 1941, German 'home front' Army strategy board game. Colour print Lithograph folding game board, which includes wooden game pieces, dice, original box with paper label, instructions affixed inside the lid. Board size, 490 x 295mm. The game features various military components of the German Army. Tanks, Aircraft, AA Guns and soldiers are attacking their enemy positions. A scarce piece of German Nationalist propaganda. The box shows signs of wear
WW2, German Memorial Cards Two wartime German memorial cards. Issued by the German nazi party to families and friends of the deceased soldier. First card is to commemorate Georg Liefenbacher killed in action 21/3/42, whilst serving with the Waffen SS. Second one is for Karl Reiter killed in action 1/3/43, serving with the Panzer division. Some 'foxing' and crease marks.
WW2, German Military Radio Headphones German Military Field Radio Headset. Black Bakelite earpieces with Wehrmacht stamps on each, in excellent condition. Metal adjustable headband. Complete with original wiring loom.
WW2, German War Merit 2nd Class in Packet of Issue Original German War Merit Cross, 2nd class, in Packet of Issue. Medal looks to be unissued, comes with a length of silk ribbon. Original paper packet, maker marked on the rear.
WW2, German Zeiss 6x30 Binoculars with Bakelite Case A very good pair of WW2, Zeiss 6x30 Dienstglas Binoculars, contained within their correct black Bakelite case. These Binoculars are in a very condition, retaining nearly all of the Rauhlack exterior finish. Some of the black metal paint finish is worn due to handling and use. The Bakelite eyecups are undamaged and they adjust smoothly. The range reticule is showing in the right side (see photo). Optically the glasses are in very good condition with only a slight haziness. There are manufacture markings on both top plates, and they retain their original leather neck strap and bakelite eyecup cover. The Black Bakelite Case has a leather shoulder strap and leather belt loops. The lid closure strap works very well and the leather tab is present. There are markings inside and on the closure strap. This case is in Excellent condition without any cracks or chips.
WW2, Goggles Wartime issue, Amber Lens Goggles. Often referred to as RAF Mk II flying goggles, these are in fact Army MV dust goggles or dispatch rider goggles. Leather face mask with metal frames and triplex safety glass lenses. In similar appearance to the RAF goggles, except that these dust goggles have a grey elastic, adjustable strap instead of the spring leather covered RAF Mk II goggle strap. In a very good condition.
WW2, Home Front WVS Shoulder Bag A scarce Home Front, Women's Voluntary Service shoulder Bag. This 'double ended' bag is made of a waterproof blue/grey cotton material. It has two 'Aero' zips to open either end. The bottom compartment is empty, whilst the top has a stitched-in money purse and a separate flap containing a 2-sided vanity mirror. The bag has an adjustable shoulder strap. Outside, it has a stitched-on cloth embroidered WVS badge. Also the original owners WVS chrome pin back badge. In a good condition with some slight staining.
WW2, Incendiary Bomb Pamphlet Original wartime home front pamphlet on 'How to Beat the Incendiary Bomb'. The small folded, six sided, pamphlet gives handy information on how to deal with a German Incendiary Bomb if it happens to land onto your property during an Air Raid. Size, 6 x 3 1/4".
WW2, Knife, Fork & Spoon Set WW2, Field Cutlery set consisting of a Knife, Fork and Spoon held together by a stainless clip. Items stamped and dated 1945. Made of Sheffield stainless steel. In Excellent condition.
WW2, Leather Wallet with Embossed RAF Wings WW2, RAF leather wallet / purse. Has a nice clear gold embossed RAF wings emblem on the flap. Size, 4 x 3 ½". In excellent condition.
WW2, Official Arnhem photographs Three 'original' British Official Photographs of the WW2, Arnhem campaign. The three large photographs show - 1/ British Airborne Gliders, and their Tugs heading towards the Arnhem DZ. 2/ British First Airborne Paratroopers, Gliders and Dakota aircraft flying over the drop/landing zone. 3/ British Airborne troops in action in the Arnhem area. All three photographs have their original, officially typed, description slips on the reverse. Photo Size = 9 ½" x 7 ½". All in good condition (one with minor creases).
WW2, RAF Air Commodore Flag WW2 pattern RAF Air Commodore Station Flag. This vintage flag would have been flown from the airfields station flag pole, so as to inform everyone on the base, that the Air Commodore was visiting. It is made of Cotton and is of multi - panel construction. The rope fixing cord is missing. Feint markings, wartime pattern. size, approximately 3 x 2 ft. In a good condition.
WW2, RAF Air Gunner's Prismatic Gun Sight An Early 1939/40 RAF Type G, Prismatic Gun Sight. Produced by RAE as an alternative to the Reflector Gun Sight, this small optical sight was produced in two variants, the type A for pilot's and the B for gun turrets. The gun sight ultimately proved to be difficult to use, having such a small eyepiece (20mm) and this became a major draw back. All production on prismatic gun sights ceased later in 1940. This type B sight would have been produced with the Boulton & Paul Defiant gun turret, in mind. The optics are relatively good with some minor dust specs showing (see last photo). It has a moveable sun screen at the front. Stamped Air Ministry on the base with Ref No. 8B/2353. Sight Size, 3 x 3 x 2 ½".
WW2, RAF Air Ministry Scramble/Alarm Hand Bell An original 1939 dated, RAF Air Ministry Scramble/Alarm Hand Bell. This heavy cast brass bell has a stamped brass collar and wooden handle. The bell is 5 ½" diameter and is complete with it's original chain and clanger. A small round maker's rubber stamp is also found inside. The brass collar has a crisply stamped Air Ministry & Kings Crown mark on one side, and a contract stamp with a 1939 date, on the other. An original varnished wooden handle with a brass screw top finishes the bell off. It stands overall, about 10 inches high. The bell has a nice outside patina and a good solid ring tone to it when rung.
WW2, RAF Bomb Sight Instruction Card A rare Original RAF Mk XIV Bomb Sight Computor Instruction Card. The Mk XIV Bombsight was widely used throughout WW2, fitted mainly into Lancaster & Halifax Bomber's. These cards very rarely turn up and when they do, they should locate in the front case holder of the Bombsight Computor, top right hand side (see last photo). The card give's the Bomb Aimer the correct setting instructions for the computor, this card is for a Halifax. The face size is 4 1/4" square and the four page card is in a 'used' condition, and is a little bit grubby, but otherwise in a very good condition considering its age.
WW2, RAF Canvas Training Helmet A wartime RAF Training Helmet. Made from a tan coloured canvas cloth with a blanket lining. The rear of the helmet has an internal elastic fitting to ensure a snug fit, and an adjustable front headband strap. It has a canvas chin strap with a brass fixing buckle. The ear covers can roll forward to provide a wind break, when flying in an open cockpit trainer aircraft. The helmet is in a good 'used' condition, with some staining and usage wear.
WW2, RAF Escape & Evasion Shaving Brush A wartime dated brown bakelite shaving brush containing an MI9 escape compass. The base of the brush has the war department arrow and the manufacturer's name - LENG. Unscrewing the base reveals an escape compass fixed into the base. This would have been covered by a shaving soap stick, so concealing it, and this would fit neatly inside the top half chamber when screwed together. The brush is in a very good condition. The compass has degraded somewhat, probably due to the soap covering, all of which has now been removed. For further reading on the brush and other escape items see Phil Froom's excellent book, Evasion & Escape Devices (see last photo).
WW2, RAF LAC Tunic Printed Badges Four original Printed RAF Leading Air Craftsman Tunic Badges. 'New Old Stock' in an un-issued condition. Pair of shoulder Eagles and two sleeve LAC prop badges.
WW2, RAF Lancaster survival Dinghy Sails A rare pair of Sails for the RAF 'Q-Type' Survival Dinghy, as used with the Lancaster & Halifax Bomber's. Introduced in early 1943 by the Air Ministry, the 'Q-type' dinghy was later fitted into the RAF heavy bombers as part of the crew's survival equipment, incase of ditching into the sea. Found in a special compartment in one of the aircraft's wings, the dinghy could be automatically inflated by a crew member upon landing on water. The Q-Type dinghy was made to safely hold a seven man crew. Once aboard they could raise a tubular telescopic mast with the two sails attached, which fitted in the centre of the dinghy. The two sails are made from a brown cotton material with a webbing edge binding and brass eyelets. Both sails are clearly stamped 'Mainsail' and 'Foresail'. The foresail has a Ref No. 27C/2068, and the mainsail, Ref No. 27C/2069 both stamped at the base. Sizes, Mainsail = 9 ft x 60 inches, Foresail = 9' 6" x 70". These fold up to a small compact size, for ease of stowing. The Foresail looks to be in a perfect condition, whereas the Mainsail has three small tears (which would be quite easy to repair, see photo).
WW2, RAF Observer Brevet Silver Sweetheart Brooch A scarce wartime period RAF Observer's sweetheart brooch. The "O" is inlaid with white enamel and the single wing in blue with the outline of the feathers showing through in silver. The reverse is marked "Silver." This is mounted on a hollow rounded bar, the reverse, also marked "Silver". In a very good condition, retaining original pin fittings. The enamel is intact with only minor pitting to white. Size, width = 45mm.
WW2, RAF Photograph Hand Tinted Original wartime RAF sergeant, medical branch, Photograph. This 8 x 6" photograph has been professionally colour tinted at the time. Mounted on card, and would have been in a frame.
WW2, RAF Regiment Khaki Shoulder Title Badge Original wartime RAF Regiment khaki single shoulder title badge. Red silk embroidered onto a khaki cotton background. In a good 'used' condition.
WW2, RAF Service & Release Book Un-Issued A very rare example of a wartime RAF Airman's Service & Release book in an un-issued state. This 'Specimen' book was probably held in the pattern office. In a great condition, although the staples are rusty.
WW2, RAF/RCAF Flying Log Book A wartime RAF/RCAF Aircrew Flying Log Book. RAF form 1767, RCAF R.96. Dated, 1943. This Canadian issue Log Book was used by either the RCAF or the RAF, for aircrew other than pilot. It has been issued but not used. The airman has rubbed out his name from the cover & the inside qualification page, also the rear 'aircraft flown' section is empty. In a good clean condition with a good cover and spine.
WW2, USAAF Air Crew Headset Air Crew Type HS-33 Headset. Wartime pattern headset comprising of a leather covered type HB-7 metal headband. Fitted to this is a pair of low impedance ANB-H-1 Receivers. These are then fitted into black rubber MC-162-A covers. The short wiring loom has a PL-55 jack plug. Often seen worn over the 'Crusher' Service cap. In a good condition (some cracking to the receiver rubber covers).
WW2, War Weapons Week Poster A rare Genuine, Home Front, War Weapons Week paper poster. Depicting RAF Bristol Blenheim medium bombers. Issued by the National Savings Committee and printed for H.M. Stationary Office, by Fosh & Cross Ltd. London. Large size = 29 x 19 inches, and the poster is in exceptionally good condition with a central fold.