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1940 Home Front Official Notices including Smoke Screen A collection of Four original 1940 official notices. The two smaller ones are from the War Office and the Ministry of Home Security on "If this Island is Invaded" and the Ministry of Health regarding "First Aid after an Air Raid". The two Larger notices are from - The War Office on "If the Invader comes". The other is a very unusual one dated 15th August 1940. Issued by the Stoke on Trent Police and ARP informing householders with the instructions and diagram on "Burning Smoke Bricks" on specific times & dates during August 1940. This seems to be to create a 'Smoke Screen' effect over large parts of the city to confuse the Luftwaffe Navigators, whilst they were Bombing Stoke and other Cities in the UK. All are in good condition with some fold marks.
1940 RAF Aeroplane Form 700 Original 1940 dated RAF Aeroplane Maintenance Form 700. Every aircraft on war service with the RAF would have had one of these forms. It would give a detailed record of the aircraft's maintenance and repair during it's RAF service. Size, 13 x 8" with 10 pages. This form 700 came from the pattern office un-issued, therefore it's completely void of any entries.
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.
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 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 1940 Button Stick A brass 1940 dated, Air Ministry uniform button cleaning stick. In a good used condition.
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 " 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.
ARP Air Raid Damage/UXB Report Sheet An original un-used ARP Air Raid Damage/UXB report sheet. To be filled in, after an Air Raid, and then passed on to central command to co-ordinate priorities and which services to attend. Size, 10 x 7 ".
ARP Air Raid Precautions Printed Sign An Air Raid Precautions card instruction sign. This sign would have been on display in local shop's, cinema's, doctors etc... to inform residents on what to do during, and after, an Air Raid. It also states where the nearest ARP wardens post is. Size, 11 x 9". Found in a house attic in Leicester. In a good condition.
ARP Civil Defence Gas Mask & Bag An excellent example of this Civilian ARP/CD gas mask and bag. The 1942 dated mask is very clean & supple and looks to be unworn. The 1942 dated canvas carrying bag is also very clean (has a button missing).
ATC Squadron Flag An Air Training Corps Squadron Flag. This ATC flag is for the 1010 Squadron, Salisbury. Multi-piece cotton construction, with hand stitched lettering. Flag size = 50 x 25 inches. In a very good issued & used condition.
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.
Avro Lancaster Manual An early Original Avro Lancaster Instructional Handbook / Manual. Dated, November 1941 and produced by A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd, Manchester. This manual was for the Avro type 683 'Lancaster' Mk I & II. Issued to RAF Sgt. Ford of the No. 8 Maintenance Unit RAF Little Rissington, Gloucester, on the 24/11/1942. The 9 x 6" size manual is individually numbered = 1314. There are 55 pages of instructional text plus 16 large pull-outs at the rear. These are line drawings and General Arrangement drawings covering the Lancaster in detail. This is a rare early Lancaster production edition of this manual which is in a 'used' condition.
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 UK (61 cm).
Browning Heavy Machine Gun Manual WW2, Browning heavy machine gun manual/booklet. This 32 page, 7 " 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.
Civil Defence Trousers These are post war Civil Defence Mens Battledress Trousers. The label states blue, but these are very dark blue almost black in colour. The trousers are 'new old stock' so the condition is excellent and are ideal for re-enactment or display. Size, 32" inside leg x 34" waist. W.D. stamped.
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 " x 5" and there are roughly 30 photographs of RAF subject matter. Some personal photo's are found to the rear of the album.
ex RAF, Mercenary Fighter Pilot Flying Helmet This Czech made Summer issue, Mig Fighter Pilot Helmet was issued to a former RAF pilot then flying as a Mercenary with the Nigerian Air Force. Pilot Officer, M.W. Thompsett flew Canberra and Jet Provost aircraft for the RAF during the 1960's. After leaving the RAF he 'teamed up' with other European pilots flying for the Nigerian Air Force, as a Mercenary, during the 1969-73 Civil war. Later in 1969, he was shot down and killed in action whilst flying a Mig 17. This Flying Helmet was one issued and worn by Thompsett, and it was later returned with his other spare flying gear, his flying log book, documents & maps to his family after he was killed. Made of green canvas with an adjustable crown which laces together. Elastic & canvas straps with metal clips (some surface rust here) for attaching the oxygen mask and goggles. It has a leather chin strap and a leather and chamois adjustable neck strap which holds two throat microphones (similar in design to the WW2 Luftwaffe throat mic's & jack plug). Inside it has a cotton fabric and chamois lining, with integral earphones within chamois doughnuts. A size label and rubber stamp markings are also found. A photocopy of the letter from his family will be included in the sale (see last photo). A good 'used' condition, rare flying helmet with a very unusual history attached to it.
German 1kg B1E Incendiary Bomb (INERT) An INERT German Incendiary Bomb dropped by the Luftwaffe on the UK, during WW2. These 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 good condition, with the nose fuze cap easily unscrewing by hand, to reveal an empty chamber. There are some clear markings on the body including some Wa stamps. The nose is slightly distorted where it's hit the ground/building and the fin looks to have been painted. 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 Impact Fuze type 50 INERT WW2 German Luftwaffe, Aerial Impact Bomb Fuze. Type - EL AZ C 50. Electrical impact fuze without any explosive content. WA stamped. Completely Inert. In a good condition (light corrosion). 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 " 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 LuftSchutz Booklet & Enrolment forms Original WW2, German LuftSchutz (ARP) information booklet and two enrolment forms. This 14 page booklet informs the civilian population of precautions to take before and during Air Raids. This is done with drawings and text. Size, 170 x 120mm. Inside was found two 'official' enrolment forms with the LuftSchutz for the region of Chemnitz, not far from Dresden. In excellent condition.
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.
German SS Cutlery Spoon German SS marked Table Spoon. Made of 'white metal' with a hall mark on the rear. Size, 8 1/4" long. In a good used condition.
German V1 Flying Bomb Tail Fin Rudder An original and rare Tail Fin Rudder from a V1 Flying Bomb. The V1 was the first effective pulse jet cruise missile, developed by Hitler's scientists, aimed at bringing terror to the people of Britain. Officially designated as the Fi 103 the first of these 'Vengeance weapons' was launched a week after D-Day, in June 1944. At it's peak more than one hundred V1's were fired at London and the South East of England each day, totalling 9,521. By October 1944 the launch sites within range of Britain were over run by Allied Troops, but other un-located sites continued to be used to launch V1's upon towns in Western Europe, until near to the end of the war. The Rudder is sized, 505 x 250 x 45 mm. It is made from aircraft grade aluminium with steel fittings all riveted together. It retains most of it's 'original' wartime light blue paint and there are even feint traces of stencilled wording and numbers (see photo's). Surviving V1 parts have always been scarce, especially in this excellent condition.
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 " and has 40 pages. It deals with the German Army, Air Force, Navy, SS, civilian ARP and political organisations. In a good 'used' condition.
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. Due to postal restrictions regarding any luminous paint on early aircraft instruments, means that this item is FOR SALE TO THE UK ONLY.
Luftwaffe Canteen Spoon A Large WW2 Luftwaffe Canteen Serving Spoon. This 290mm long spoon is made of alloy and has the Luftwaffe Eagle stamped on the handle front. Two reference stampings on the rear complete the markings. The bowl shows signs of wear and some pitting but otherwise in a very good used condition.
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 " 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 " x 6 x 2 " in size.
Luftwaffe Parachute Bag Luftwaffe and Fallschirmjager parachute storage bag. Made from hessian woven fabric with canvas handles and green cotton reinforced edges. Has a large flap cover with German manufactured 'lift-the-dot' style fasteners (one missing). The bag is in a 'used' condition and a little soiled. It has a few small holes (see photo).
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.
Norfolk Regiment 1941 Field Service Cap Norfolk Regt. FS side cap. Brass buttons and badge. In a superb un-issued condition. Maker stamp and size inside, with a 1941 date.
Observer Corps Badges WW2 Observer Corps Badge & Buttons plus a post war Silver Badge. Large Kings crown silver plate & enamel button hole badge plus two large white metal buttons. A Queens crown solid Silver Badge (Birmingham hall mark) with blue & red enamelling. Badge sizes = 1 ", buttons = 7/8" diameter.
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 Side Cap A WW2 Royal Australian Air Force Sergeant's Side Cap & Badge. This Australian made cap is dated 1943. It is a large size = 7 1/8. The badge is a RAAF bronze, lug type fixing. The cap has black plastic economy buttons on the front. The condition is superb.
RAF .303 Ammo Box WW2, RAF card box for Browning .303 ammunition. This original card board box would hold 20 bullets. Made in America for the RAF by Winchester gun Co. Box stamped, July 1941. Size, 14 x 8 x 3 cm. The box is empty.
RAF 1937 Pattern Webbing. RAF 37 Pattern Webbing Belt, Bayonet Frog, Braces and attachments. Belt size = 38 inches. Braces are adjustable. Parts of the webbing have been Blancoed RAF blue/grey.
RAF 1939 Pattern Canvas top Flying boots A very nice pair of WW2, 1939 Pattern, RAF Flying Boots. This type of flying boot are renowned for their use during the Battle of Britain. They have black Leather lower shoe parts with green canvas uppers, which are sheepskin-fleece lined. This pair look to have their original leather soles. They are private purchase boots made by the wartime clothing company - Lewis Leather Co. A good Size 10. In an excellent used condition, and odour free.
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 Mae West Floatation Lamp - Early Pattern A scarce Early Pattern, RAF 1941 Pattern, Mae West Floatation Lamp. Two piece Floatation Lamp, both with impressed Air Ministry and King Crown markings and Ref No. 15A/2378. Both parts are dated 1941. The metal battery tube has a screw top. This is linked, via two cables (these look to be later replacements) to the wood and metal constructed lamp. This has a removable metal cap which protects the bulb and lens. On the lamp side is a switch which slides forwards to activate the signal light. The lamp base cap is made of lead and has GEC manufacturer markings. The floatation light has many components, compared with the later modified version (see last image for a comparison of the two types) and it would be very awkward to switch on whilst trying to survive in the sea. A rare lamp in a good condition.
RAF 1941 Pattern Leather Flying Gauntlets A pair of 1941 'diagonal zip' leather flying gauntlets. Air Ministry Ref No. 22C/758 & 22C/763, Size 9. A very good matching pair of supple chestnut brown leather gauntlets with working zips. The right hand looks to have had a wartime replacement Lightning zip fitted.
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 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 Air Chief Marshal A.W. Heward DFC & Bar, AFC, Silver Presentation Box Hand Engraved Silver Presentation Box to Air Chief Marshal Sir Anthony Wilkinson Heward KCB, OBE, DFC & Bar, AFC. During WW2 he was Commanding Officer of RAF 97 & 50 Lancaster Squadrons. This 4 x 3 x 2 inch Sterling Silver cigarette Box was made by Walker & Hall. It has a nice set of London Hall Marks on the side, and makers stamp on the base. A superb Hand Engraved RAF Finningley Crest is on the top, with his initials in the corner. Found inside is a note with some brief history and a date of 1935. The box is in excellent condition with a few minor age, wear and tear knocks.
RAF Air Commodore Flag 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. size, approximately 3 x 2 ft. In a 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 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 Brevet Flat silk embroidered RAF Air Gunner Brevet. This full size brevet is in an excellent condition.
RAF Air Gunner Medal Group, KIA, 207 Squadron Lancaster WW2, RAF Medal Group to - 207 Squadron Lancaster Bomber Air Gunner, Sgt. D. Wensley, K.I.A. Lancaster, ME814 EM-E, Piloted by F/O J.G. Dallen, took off from RAF Spilsby (Lincolnshire) at 22.51 Hrs on the evening of Tuesday 18th July 1944. Sgt. Douglas Wensley was the Rear Gunner. 207 Squadron were on a bombing raid to the key French Railway Junction at Revigny, Marne. Early hours of Wednesday 19th July, en route to the target, the Lancaster was hit by accurate ground Flak. Diving out of control it crashed between Lignon and Margerie-Hancourt some 48 km from the target. Sadly, all of the Lancaster seven man crew were killed (except for the bomb aimer who managed to bail out and then evade capture). With the lot are his medal group of three - 1939/45, France & Germany stars and War medal (all fine) plus named box of issue. Copies of the Squadron O.R.B., C.W.G.C certificate and other associated info.
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 " x 5 " 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 " x 1 ". This 'used' badge is in a good condition with some wear to the felt backing.
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 Whistle Original WW2, RAF Aircrew 'ditching' whistle. This classic snail 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 Aircrew Wireless Operator Portrait Photograph Original wartime portrait photo of an aircrew wireless operator, RAF Flight Sergeant. Seen here wearing his aircrew battledress (includes ditching whistle) Mae West & roll neck sweater. Size, 7 x 5". Not named.
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. WW2, RAF Leather B-Type Flying Helmet. Air Ministry Ref No. 22C/65. Made of dark brown leather, and chamois leather lined. The 22C/66 zip ear pieces are in a good condition with working zips. Inside, are black rubber ear phone/receiver carriers. Both Bennett buckles are in good shape and retain their leather covering. The leather chin strap is in good condition with the metal tip. Inside the chamois leather liner, although used, is in a very good condition. It has a large silk manufacturer label and AID rubber stamps. Size two (6 7/8 - 7). The outside leather is good and supple, and the impressed 22C/65 reference number can still be seen, albeit feint.
RAF Battle of Britain Hawker Hurricane Cockpit Door Case An Original Hawker Hurricane Mk1, Cockpit Door, Pilots Height and Air Speed computer found in it's Rare Canvas Case. The 7 x 7 inch, canvas case would be riveted to the inside wooden panel, of the cockpit door (see example photo). This issued case has the Hurricane part number printed on the inside flap, opened by a 'lift the dot' press stud. Held inside is the Height & Air Speed computer Mk 2, which is dated 1939. This is in excellent condition and nicely stamped on the reverse. These complete canvas cases very seldom turn up for sale.
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 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 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 Binoculars in A.M. 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 with little external wear. Each eyepiece is adjustable for focusing, and the lenses are clear (see photo).
RAF Bomb Aimers Panel An RAF aircraft Bomb Aimers Panel. Has three push buttons and cover flaps for - Bomb Release, Live Jettison and Safe Jettison. With two indicator lamps, these are all mounted on a black bakelite panel on top of a metal back plate. Air Ministry Ref No. 5D/1483. Size, 7" x 5 " x 3". In a good original condition.
RAF C-Type Flying Helmet, First Pattern A superb First Pattern RAF C-Type Leather Flying helmet. Air Ministry Ref. No. 22C/451. This reference is stamped into the leather and also found on the inside cotton label (see images). A good size 3. The Bennett's buckle and chin strap are in an excellent condition. The outside leather is very supple and clean without any scuffs or cuts. The inside chamois leather lining is clean, although it is in a 'used' condition. It is named to RAF S/Ldr; N.T. Harris (his E-Type Oxygen Mask is also for sale). In an Excellent overall condition. OC.
RAF C-Type Leather Flying Helmet A late pattern Fully Wired, RAF C-Type Leather Flying Helmet. Appears to be a size 3, Air Ministry Ref. No. 22C/879. The outer leather is very nice and supple, without any damage. All the straps, press studs & goggle strap with buckle are again perfect. The Elastic chin strap is in great shape. Inside the chamois leather liner is nice and clean, although used, and without any damage but it has some light verdigris staining (see photo). The electrics consist of a superb purple coloured internal wiring loom and Jack plug, both in excellent condition. A pair of type 32 earphone receivers which are housed in the helmet's excellent black rubber ear cups.
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 Private Purchase pattern An unusual RAF D-Type Canvas Flying Helmet, private purchase, tailor made. Fitted with Air Ministry stamped, 22C/66, Zip Ear cups with Working Zips & Leather Pullers. It has an extended neck flap, goggles strap and a canvas chin strap. The Helmet comes with an external pattern wiring loom with type 32 earphones and a type 27 microphone (missing the switch) and Jack plug. It has the name 'PIP' written on the outer forehead, and it looks to be about a size 3.
RAF D-Type Oxygen Mask RAF 'Original' D-Type Cloth Oxygen Mask, Microphone, Earphones & Loom. This D-Type Oxygen Mask is fitted with a Type 21 (wired) Microphone, Air Ministry Ref. No. 10A/11994. This is fixed to a nice early type wiring Loom, Ref. 10A/10353 and Jack plug, 10A/10991. The Ear Receivers are the correct one's for the D-Type, Ref. No. 10A/7063. This Cloth D-Type Oxygen Mask looks to be in an un-issued condition, as the inside chamois leather is very clean. On this is found a wartime 'round' AID quality inspection stamp (see image). The outside 'Melton Wool' fabric has some issues with moth damage, probably happening during storage. Most surviving cloth D-Masks suffer from some form of moth damage. The bag has stitched-on, Air Ministry stamped, Helmet attachment strips on either side. It has a front microphone housing ring Ref. No. 6D/117. D-Type Oxygen Masks rarely come up for sale in any condition, and this one is a good and complete example.
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 ". 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 x 2 " 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 E-Type Oxygen Mask A very rare RAF E-Type Oxygen Mask with a Type 28 Carbon Microphone. It comes complete with an early pattern Thin diameter Oxygen Hose, External Wiring Loom & Jack Plug and with Type 16 Receivers. The Type E Oxygen Mask, Air Ministry Ref No. 6D/473, was the first type of rubber oxygen mask introduced to aircrew. It has a suspension harness consisting of two leather straps fixed to the microphone anchor ring, which has a press-stud fit to the flying Helmet. The Microphone is a Carbon Type 28, Ref No. 10A/12572. The mask is fitted with the scarce 'Thin diameter' Oxygen Hose with a brass A.M. marked bayonet fitting and clip, and the hose is in excellent condition. This E-Type mask's rubber is in excellent original condition and is still nice and supple, without any major damage. It is A.M. 6D/473 rubber stamped under the chin piece. Ex WW2 RAF S/Leader, N.T. Harris Mask (His early C-Type Flying Helmet is also for sale). OC.
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 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 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 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 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 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 Clothing Card Air Ministry Form 667 B. This Card Booklet lists all the Flying Clothing issued to this airman. It includes Flying Boots, Helmets, Oxygen Masks, Goggles etc...... Size, 5 x 3 " with six pages. Stamped RAF Bridgnorth, 1944. Comes with a separate RAF Card, Form 1383 Deficiencies of Kit, for DeMob Kit.
RAF Flying Helmet & Oxygen Mask RAF, G-Type Flying Helmet & H-Type Oxygen Mask. Fully wired Blue Cloth G-Type Flying Helmet, Ref No. 22C/1731, Size 3. Late pattern H-Type Oxygen Mask, with early pattern microphone. In a 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 G-Mask Microphone RAF G-Type Oxygen Mask Microphone Assembly. Type 26 microphone unit, Ref No. 10A/12570. This microphone is complete with the often missing, inner anti-freezing metal gauze cover. Comes with the short wiring loom, and connecting plug.
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 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 Microphone RAF H-Type Oxygen Mask Microphone Assembly. Type 71 unit. Air Ministry Ref No. 10AH/18. comes with microphone loom and plug.
RAF H-Type Oxygen Mask An RAF Aircrew H-Type Oxygen Mask. In a near 'mint' condition (could have been worn once). 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, small.
RAF Halifax Pilot Full Tour Log Book Group A Wartime Halifax Pilot's Log Book Group. The group consists of Three Pilot Log Books, a fine portrait photograph, list of operational sorties, some copy pages from the Squadron operations record book. RAF F/O, K. Harris completed some 37 Operations over France & Germany during 1943-44, as a 102 Squadron Halifax Bomber Pilot. Log Book One consists mainly of his flying training with the EFTS in Canada, then finishing his bomber training back in the UK. This first log book is full of entries. Log Book Two starts with more training on Oxford & Wellington aircraft then converting on to Halifax bombers. This then progresses on to his first Operational flight in a Halifax, flying as a second pilot. This is on September 23rd 1943, flying to Mannheim, Germany. On 29th december 1943 he then takes charge of his own Halifax, flying with his crew on Operation's to Berlin. Further Op's are recorded to France & Germany, some entries state - flying on 3 engines, hit and damaged by Flak, target Flying Bomb site etc...... On June 2nd 1944 his squadron start to 'soften up' the costal defences in and around the Normandy coast. This is prior to the D-Day Invasion. Operation's to Cap Gris Nez, Boulogne (gun batteries), June 5th Cherbourg (commencement of the 2nd Front), June 6th (D-Day) Lorient. June 24th the squadron go on their first Day Light Operation to target a Rocket (guns) launch site, at Pas-de-Calais. Further day and night time operations are recorded to French coastal areas including more Rocket sites and Railway marshalling yards. His final operation (37) is to St. Nazaire on July 9th, 1944. After a few weeks of rest he is then transferred to 1663 C.U. as an Instructor, until being demobbed in May 1946. This Log Book is full of entries, rubber stamps, squadron commanding officer signatures, certificates etc..... The third Book is his civil aviation Log where he commences flying Dakota and Viking aircraft during 1952. This Log Book is full of entries and he finishes his flying in March 1957 with over 3,600 hours of flying time. A fine group of Log Books to a Wartime RAF Halifax Pilot.
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 WW2, RAF Irvin flying Jacket. This late war manufactured Irvin flying jacket is in a very good condition. It retains it's original working 'dot' zips (the main zip is also A.M. stamped) waist belt, collar fittings etc... The back is a four panel piece. Inside the short fur is soft and clean without any worn patches. There is a slight cut on the left sleeve, which is shown in the photos, but this does not go through the leather. The size = Chest = 42" Waist = 42" Back Length = 26" Under Arm Length = 23".
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 K-Type Dinghy Leak Stoppers WW2, RAF K-Type (one man) Dinghy Leak Stoppers. These threaded rubber & wood stoppers (3) 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.
RAF K-Type Dinghy Pack A WW2, RAF K-Type Dinghy Pack for the Pilot Seat Type Parachute Harness. This would fix to the harness in place of the usual seat cushion. The pack held the K-Type, single man Dinghy and Emergency supplies. This pack has all of the parachute attachment press studs as well as the pack cover press studs in working order. The Mae West attachment clip and lanyard are present. The pack is empty of contents.
RAF Khaki Cloth VR Tunic Badges A pair of un-cut RAF Khaki cloth Volunteer Reserve tunic shoulder badges. In an un-issued 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 Mk IIIa Flying Goggles A pair of 1939 dated RAF Mk IIIa Flying Goggles. Widely favoured by Fighter Pilots and Aircrew during the Battle of Britain. These goggles are in a very good condition. The leather strap is Air Ministry stamped with a Ref No. 22C/62, and is dated 1939. The cellulose goggle lenses are good and clear with some minor scratching. All of the frame stitching is in place and the two front lugs are present. The inside brown felt padding is in a clean condition. The leather strap has good working fabric covered springs either side.
RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles A Pair of RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles. Retaining a good proportion of the original grey frame paint, and with very good clear glass safety lenses. The leather face pad is in a good condition with the Air Ministry Stamp still visible on the nose bridge part, with reference number 22C/930. The goggle strap is complete, but looks to have had replacement elastic fitted.
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 English - French Coast 1944 WW2, RAF Navigator 'GEE' map for English & French Coast. It is specifically for Lands End - Laval. Showing the Normandy coast including Cherbourg & Caen. This is a 2nd Edition, Series 5, Map. Printed on Linen backed paper, size = 21 x 13 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 '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 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. War Department letter date stamp (M) for 1944 inside. 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 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 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 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 Observer Tunic and Field Service Cap WW2, RAF Observer/Navigator Service Dress Tunic and Side Cap. Four pocket tunic with cuff rank, brass KC buttons and early type padded silk Observer Brevet, plus medal ribbons. Size, 36" chest. Named and dated 1941. Comes with his 'named' Officer FS Cap. Both items are in a very good condition (couple of small moth nips).
RAF Officer Cap Badge An Early RAF Officer Cap Badge. Bullion wire and Embroidered badge. Has an unusual shaped black felt backing. In a good 'used' condition.
RAF Officer Side Cap A WW2, RAF Officer Side Cap with a brass Eagle & Kings Crown badge plus brass buttons. The cap is in a very good 'used' condition, and only has a tiny moth nip (see last photo). It is named inside, and has a rubber stamp. Large size = 7 1/4 (59 cm).
RAF Officer's Documents / Maps, Brief Case An unusual 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 Serge Trousers RAF Other Ranks No.2 Serge Trousers. These trousers have been issued but look to be Unworn. Size, 32" waist, 32" inside Leg, In excellent condition, without any moth damage.
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 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. Wartime pattern, which will fit Oxygen Masks Type G and H. Bayonet fitting type Mk IV. Air Ministry & Crown Stamped with Ref No. 6D/526. In an Excellent condition.
RAF Oxygen Mask Tube & Clip RAF Oxygen Mask, Rubber Oxygen Supply Tube & Clip. Late wartime pattern which will fit Oxygen Masks Type G and H. Bayonet fitting type Mk IV. Air Ministry & Crown Stamped with Ref No. 6D/526. In a very good 'used' condition.
RAF Oxygen Mask Tube & Clip - Boxed A rare example of an RAF Oxygen Mask Tube & Clip, Unissued and Boxed. To fit the Oxygen Mask's Type G & H. This oxygen tube was found still in its original wrapper (included) inside it's sealed card box. Classed as 'New Old Stock' this tube remained in stores until it's disposal.
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. Larger copy of same photograph, copy London Gazette mentioning his promotion to RAF Flight Lieutenant in 1944. Needs researching.
RAF Regiment Beret RAF Regiment Beret with a brass RAF badge. War Department arrow stamped with a size 7 ". Large blue woollen beret. Leather adjustable tie sweat band, black cotton lining. In a very good condition.
RAF Scarf Vintage RAF Striped Scarf. Large size = 35 x 32 inches. In a very 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 Spitfire & Hurricane Altimeter WW2, RAF Spitfire & Hurricane type Altimeter. Type Mk XIV, Air Ministry Ref No. 6A/685. Dated 1942. It has been fitted into a purpose made vintage wooden case. Case Size, 8 x 6 x 3 ". The Altimeter hands move free & smoothly when turned. FOR SALE TO THE UK ONLY.
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 Stop Watch A 1943 dated, Air Ministry Stop Watch. Used by Air Crew Navigators & Bomb Aimers. Air Ministry Stamped with Ref No. 6B/221, and stamped 25878/43 underneath, albeit faintly. In good 'working' condition.
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 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 VR Brass Collar Badges A pair of 'original issued' RAF tunic 'VR' collar badges. Complete badges with fixing lugs and brass split pins. Badge size, 17 x 10 mm. In excellent condition.
RAF Warrant Officer Cap Badge WW2, Brass RAF Warrant Officer visor cap badge. Two fixing lugs at the rear. Size, 2 " 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 Wellington Air Gunner KIA, Medal Slip & Research Original WW2 RAF Medal slips to Sgt. A.H. Shattock KIA. The slips would have accompanied Sgt. Shattock's issued medals (1939-45, Air Crew Europe stars, War medal, Not with the lot). On the night 3-4th January 1942, RAF Air Gunner Sgt. Shattock was flying with his regular crew piloted by, P/O R.B. Thomas. They were part of RAF 99 Squadron (Waterbeach) flying Wellington R1519 (LN-Q) on Operations to Brest. On the return journey a feint signal was heard, at base from the Wellington, indicating that it was making a Forced Landing in the sea off Portland Bill. The Coastguard at Portland saw the Wellington go into the sea approx. 300 yards out. Despite the best efforts to save the crew by trawler, there were no survivors, and within a few days the body of one of the crew was washed ashore. The other five crew members were sadly never found. The Lot consists of a folder of - Medal slips, CWGC certificate, copies of all Operations from Squadron ORB, Bomber Command losses entry, 99 Squadron information, copies of period 99 Squadron photographs.
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 " 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. A Large, long, Size, 10 to 11 (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.
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 'New Old Stock' Rolls Royce Griffon Aero Engine Exhaust Stub, in box of issue. Rolls Royce part number - 56DD / 35594 / GN 26027 A (port). 56DD / 35595 / GN 26028 A (starboard). I have a limited stock of each side, so Please specify which side you require when ordering.
Royal Flying Corps Carved Frame A very nice Hand Carved Photo Frame made from part of a WW1, RFC aircraft wooden propeller. The frame has a very nice patina finish to it, got through many years of handling and wax polishing. Within it is a photo of a RFC pilot standing in front of a Armstrong Whitworth Bi plane. The frame size is 7 x 5". In very good condition.
Royal Flying Corps Flying Goggles A pair of RFC flying goggles. With large oval tinted glass lenses, fixed into hinged metal frames and with a fine fabric surround. Soft fur inner face pad with a leather and elastic strap (the strap elastic is worn). Similar in design style to the Triplex C-2 goggles, but without the laminated lenses. In excellent condition.
SAS Beret Kangol made, Maroon SAS Beret. Large size. Has a good embroidered SAS badge sewn on. Post war.
SD2, Butterfly Bomb (INERT) A German WW2, SD2 or "Butterfly Bomb". This is an original example of this scarce and fascinating wartime ordnance. The outer sprung case is in excellent working order and the type 41 fuze arming spindle rotates freely. The original metal bomb case is empty and free of any material, making it completely Safe. This SD2 can be stripped down in to it's component parts. It looks to have been repainted. FOR SALE IN THE UK ONLY.
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 Brake Relay Battle Of Britain Period This is a scarce Dunlop 'V' Brake Relay which was fitted to the early marks of Spitfire & Hurricane that flew during 1940 in the Battle of Britain. Situated on the cockpit floor, forward of the rudder pedals and linked to them via a control rod. The relay has twin pneumatic valves which can work solo, allowing each main wheel to brake individually during a ground turn, or to work together in unison during a landing. A Bowden cable running from the unit to the pilot's control column brake lever activates the relay. This unit has the rare Bakelite removable cover, which is nearly always missing from these relays, and the overall condition is very good. It is complete with it's Dunlop reference number plate. We are selling this brake relay as a 'collectable' item.
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 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.
Thompson SMG Carrying Bag A rare Original WW2, Thompson SMG Carrying Bag. This Olive Drab, canvas bag has a large main zip running the entire length of the top edge. Either side of the bag, are two leather strips each with a snap fastener. In between these are two horizontal holes that are reinforced by inside stitched on leather surrounds. The bag outside has stencilled - "Cover, Thompson Sub-Machine Gun Cal-45, D50268". The working main zip puller has 'crown' and 'usa' stamped on it (see photo). Overall condition is excellent.
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 " x 2 ".
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.
Women's Land Army Certificate A women's Land army Certificate of wartime Service. Size, 9 " x 7 ". In a good condition.
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.
WW, RAF Boulton Paul Defiant Recognition Model A WW2, RAF Boulton Paul Defiant Recognition model. This black Acetate model is in 'excellent' condition, dated 1942. Made by Cruver, it is 6 inches long and with a wing span of 7". it has identification marks underneath and a hole for fixing to a wire stand (not included) or to suspend from a cord. Recognition models, such as this example, were widely used during WW2 to instruct Fighter Pilots and Air Gunners.
WW1 Army Staff Sergeants Trench Manual This is a pocket size trench manual and trench standing orders to a British platoon staff sergeant of WW1. The 1914 dated manual has 224 pages of instructional text, informative drawings and b/w photographs. It instructs how to dig & build various types of defensive trenches. There is a section showing the types of entrenching and cutting tools to be used, plus how some of this kit was to be carried about the soldiers webbing. A nice 'pull-out' map at the rear outlines a typical front line trench system, showing no-mans land defences, alarm signal's, forward fighting areas, rear officer quarters, kitchen, latrine, fresh water place, OC shelter & telephone, medical officer's station, etc....... This is in a good 'used' condition with some damage to the first two advertisement pages. The rare separate 12 page trench standing orders have the S/Sgt's name penciled in at the top (these orders are a little fragile and part of the front page is missing).
WW1 Royal Flying Corps Photographs A small group of four period taken RFC photographs, including one of three Zeppelin Strafers. This excellent condition, original stereoscope photograph includes, on the back row centre, L-R, Leut. W.J. Tempest, Leut. W. Leefe Robinson V.C., Leut. F. Sowrey. They were all famed for shooting down a German Zeppelin Airship each, during WW1. The other three photo's are of RFC personnel. These are slightly damaged.
WW1, Cambridge University Officer Training Corps Cuff Rank Tunic A very rare WW1, Officer Training Corps Tunic, Red Cross contents/wash bag and some research. The named 'Light Blues' Cuff Rank Tunic is for the Magdalene College, Cambridge University. Here officer cadets were trained before finally going on to command with their Regiment. This Cavalry Officer Tunic was worn by one of the university instructors, before he also joined a regiment and went to fight in France. Tailored to a similar cut as the WW1 Other Ranks Khaki Tunic this light blue fine weave serge cloth tunic has a 2nd Lieutenant Cuff Rank in addition to blue felt shoulder pads. These then have removable cavalry chains hooked on to the top. White metal CUOTC buttons to the front and four pockets. A named paper label is still found at the base of the rear vent (see photo). The tunic is in a remarkably good condition considering its age, and it has obviously been looked after over the years. With it is the officer's named Red Cross contents or wash bag, so possibly he was captured in France and made a POW (needs further research). Also, comes with some research listing him in the Cambridge University Officer List. OC
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, Mention In Despatch Certificate WW1, Framed Mention in Despatch certificate to Pte. J. Johnstone. For gallant & distinguished services in the Field. In an old frame, size = 9 " x 8".
WW1, RFC Aeroplane Propeller Stand An unusual stand / screen, made from genuine British Aeroplane Propellers of WW1. At the end of the conflict there were many aircraft to be scrapped and some of the parts found their way to be made into interesting pieces of furniture, this being one of them. Fixed to the central prop is the genuine early celluloid printed plaque 'Aero-Art product', stating that this item is made from British WW1 propellers. There are three prop blade tips, fixed together by four brass hinges, and the blades are shaped at the base to form a stand. The central blade measures, 33 x 8" inches. The stand is in very good condition, without any chips or splits etc...and is nicely polished.
WW1, RFC Wooden Plaque A WW1 Fighter Pilots 'Hand Painted' wooden Plaque. This very nice plaque was amongst the effects of an 88 Squadron pilot (named on the rear). It is a 'period' piece hand painted RFC wings onto an oak shield. Size, 8 x 6 ".
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 Air Raid Precautions First Aid Bag with Contents ARP 1st Aid Bag with contents. This 1938 dated canvas bag has a webbing strap for carrying. Inside are the original contents which include various bandages, wound dressings, splints, safety pins, tourniquet with paper instruction sheet etc... Original paper label tied to the strap.
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 American Sheepskin Flying Jacket A WW2, American sheepskin flying jacket. This "Large Size" jacket has the added bonus of having two front pockets (unlike the RAF Irvin flying jacket). It also has 'heating' wires' hidden under leather strips on the body and arm panels, but the connectors have been removed. The outer leather is in a good, but worn condition, and the inside sheepskin is in a very good clean state. The main zip has been replaced with a metal YKK. Size, chest 46-48", waist 46", under arm 19", back length 29".
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 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 Father & Daughter Royal Observer Corps Group An unusual group of Certificates, official papers and observer post photograph to ROC Father and Daughter Observer's, B & R.M. Brown. Two 1944 dated certificates, one to Observer B. Brown and the other to Woman Observer R.M. Brown. Two large ROC appreciation of war service certificates named to each. Four official ROC letters pinned together. A, 7 x 5 inch ROC group photograph of members, including them, of the A.3 Observer post.
WW2 German Medal Award Certificate An original WW2, German War Merit 1st Class with Swords Certificate. Issued by the 'Fuhrer headquarters' to a Hauptmann Stefan Wolff, of the Flak Defences (probably Berlin) on 15th August 1943. The certificate is in a creased condition, see photos. Size, 300 x 210mm.
WW2 German Woman's RAD Photo Album, ID Card and Workbook WW2 German, young woman's RAD photo album, identity card & workbook. Initially set up in 1935 to make young people between the age 18 and 24 work for the Reich, using a military theme with Nazi ideology. Reichsarbeitsdienst (Reich Labour Service, abbreviated to RAD) was a compulsory service for young men & women, during WW2, to provide support for the Wehrmacht armed forces. This small group of items belonged to a young girl who joined the RAD in 1940. Consisting of her album, dated September 1940, which holds over a hundred b/w photographs depicting her time at the RAD Camp. It also has in the front a four page Hitler Youth pamphlet instructing on how to construct a wooden toy. With the album is her RAD identity card with her photograph and Nazi rubber stamps inside, and also her Workbook. All in a very good condition, the RAD ID book has an old tape repair. Album size, 270 x 190mm.
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 Home Front 'Metal For Salvage' Poster A rare and "Original Home Front Poster" for Metal Salvage collection. This iconic poster asks - Metal For Salvage means more Tanks. Printed for His Majesties stationary office by Multi Machine plates Ltd, London. Poster Ref No. S.P. 41. Size, 19 " x 13". In an excellent condition, has been folded.
WW2 Indian General Service Corps Cap A scarce wartime Indian General Service Corps side cap. Original IGSC brass buttons and cap badge. The cap is in a very good condition with only a few moth nips. Black cotton cloth lined, not named. Size, about 6 3/4".
WW2 MV Crew Goggles These are wartime Military Vehicle Goggles. Sometimes mistaken for RAF Mk2 Flying Goggles, as they have a similar appearance. Spring metal frames with fabric surrounds and a webbing strap. In a good condition.
WW2 Police Cloth Helmet 1940's, 'Original' Police Cloth Helmet & Badge. With black night fixtures, 3 loop Kings Crown Badge and black top crown vent cover. Cork helmet with felt covering, leather trim and chin strap, leather sweat band stamped Hobson & sons, London. Size, about a 7 (uk). In a very good condition.
WW2 RAAF Flight Engineers Tunic A rare wartime Royal Australian Air Force Flying Officer Service Dress Tunic. Has English made Australia shoulder titles, and Engineers Brevet. F/O, cuff rank and opposing bronze Eagle & Crowns. Metal Oxidised Kings Crown Buttons. Named and dated, with a page of research. In a good 'used' condition, has a repair near the bottom pocket (see image) and a couple of moth nips. Belt missing.
WW2 RAAF Pilots Uniform A fine wartime Royal Australian Air Force Pilot's Uniform, Tunic & Trousers. The named four pocket Service Dress Tunic has an English made padded Pilots wing, Oxidised Kings Crown metal buttons, Bronze eagle & crown sleeve badges, Squadron Leader cuff rank and waist belt. Australian tailor labels found in the neck and the inside pocket (which is named and dated to the pilot). The tunic sleeve rank can be seen to be added to and altered, as he gets promoted during his wartime service. Tunic comes with his matching uniform service dress trousers. Sizes, 40" chest, 26" sleeve and 29" leg, 36" waist. In very good condition with some minor moth grazes.
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 41 Pattern Mae West An 'Original' 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. Has a set of three Pegasus made, reproduction Kapok pads inside. In a very good 'issued' condition (named). Has a small patch at the base to one side (see images).
WW2 RAF Air Crew Auxiliary Parachute WW2 RAF Air Crew Auxiliary drogue parachute. Attached to the top of the Main parachute canopy, this small spring loaded parachute deployed first to help to draw out safely the main canopy from the parachute pack. Made by Irvin Co. Type Mk. 1, Ref No. 15A/100. Air Ministry stamped and dated 1944. In a very good condition.
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 Aircrew B/D Trousers 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 dated 1941. W.D. rubber stamped inside. Front flap pocket, side pockets and two rear flap pocket's. Buttoned waist belt loops, plus buttoned ankle straps. Black painted Brass buttons. In a 'pristine' condition.
WW2 RAF Aircrew First Aid Tin RAF Aircrew first aid tubunic ampoules tin. Air Ministry marked tin. Contains, instruction leaflets, two ampoules, admin card labels (ampoules have been carefully emptied of any liquid). These tins rarely turn up with the contents. In a good condition (with some tarnishing to the tin). FOR SALE TO THE UK ONLY.
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 Barbados Shoulder Title A wartime RAF tunic 'Barbados' shoulder title. Blue embroidered silk on to a dark blue felt backing. In a very good 'issued' condition.
WW2 RAF Bullion Pilot Wings WW2, RAF pilot, bullion made, wings. These padded full size dress tunic wings are in a very good 'used' condition. Size, 4" span x 1 3/4".
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 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 Service Dress Cap WW2, RAF Officer Cap. Peak type with a good Bullion cap badge and black patent leather chin strap. The cap is in a great 'used' condition with only a small repair under the peak. Size is, 22 " circumference, which is about a size = 7.
WW2 RAF Officer Side Cap & Badge A WW2, RAF Officer Side Cap with a brass Eagle & Kings Crown badge plus brass buttons. The cap is in a very good 'used' condition, with only slight soiling. 'Bates of London' label inside. Large size = 7 1/4 (59 cm).
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 Squadron Badge WW2, RAF Number 206 Squadron Badge. This silk and Bullion threaded badge is super quality hand made. It was removed from some old flying overalls, so it is in a used condition with some light soiling. Size, 4 x 3". 206 Squadron flew Liberator aircraft.
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 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. Front pleated pocket, side pockets and one rear pocket. Early black plastic buttons. In a 'pristine' condition.
WW2 RAF/SOE Silk 'Ghoolie' Chit A WW2 RAF & SOE issued, silk 'Ghoolie' or 'Blood' 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 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 Victory Tray An original wartime 'Victory' ash tray. Cast metal tray in the shape of a 'V' with the top match striker part having the words 'There'll always be an England'. The bottom match striker circle has a large 'V' in the centre. On the reverse is a registered design stamp. Size, 4 x 4". A rarely seen wartime 'Home Front' item.
WW2, 'Hitler Hate Club' Home Front Badge A wartime Home Front propaganda, circular bronze 'Hate Hitler Club' lapel badge. Depicting a rampant Lion overcoming a snake with the head of Adolf Hitler. In a good condition, with some slight wear to the face. Buttonhole fixing. Photographed next to a 50 pence piece for a size comparison.
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, Armoured Division Staff Sergeants Books A pair of Armoured Division books once belonging to a British Army Staff Sergeant of the Royal Engineers. He joined the 7th Armoured Division for D-Day and he was prominent in the building of many Bridge Heads across rivers in - France, Holland & Germany for advancing allied troops. These two period books (1945-46) recognise the proud achievements of the 7th Armoured Division 1943-45 & the 1st Assault Brigade R.E. 1943-45. At the front of the 7th Armoured book there is a poignant hand written inscription by the late soldiers son. This book has 171 pages of some excellent text & b/w photographs and a bonus at the rear of having it's loose set of descriptive maps, which are often missing. The second book is a scarce edition of the 'A.R.E' the story of the 1st Assault Brigade Royal Engineers. It has 78 pages of excellent text, drawings (some in colour) pull-out Maps, and b/w photographs mainly of Hobarts 'Funnies' tanks. Both books are 'original' 1st Editions, and are in very good condition.
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 ". 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 " 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 Feuerwehr Visor Cap A wartime German Feuerwehr or Fire Police visor cap. This has the second pattern cap badge. The inside has the outfitters and tailors names as well as the original owners. There is a size label fixed to the rear of the sweatband. The cap is in a very good condition with only a couple of small moth nips and the inside liner is showing signs of age (see images).
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, Home Front ARP Fire Guard Sign An ARP Fire Guard Assembly Point sign. Hand Painted on to board, this 17 x 15" sign would have been fixed to a wall in a factory, or a public place to instruct people where to head for in the case of an Air Raid Building Fire. The sign is tarnished through age and has the odd paint chip in places but is otherwise in a very good original 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, Luftwaffe attacking Poland book 'Unsere Flieger Uber Polen' original German wartime printed book highlighting the role of the Luftwaffe during the invasion of Poland. Dated 1939, this 155 page book has some 51 b/w photographs. Some very interesting one's showing Luftwaffe aircraft, aircrew, bombing missions etc... Book size, 220 x 150mm in a very good condition.
WW2, MRAF Bomber Harris Signed Portrait Photograph A limited edition, Original Signed portrait photograph of WW2 MRAF, Sir Arthur T. Harris. This limited edition photograph was produced and endorsed by 'Bomber' Harris for sale to raise funds for the RAF Bomber Command Museum appeal. This was early in the 1980's with the Bomber Command Museum first opening in 1983. This 15 x 12" colour photograph of Harris is signed by him in the bottom left corner. It comes with an authentication certificate signed by G/Capt. W.S.O. Randle CBE, AFC, DFM.
WW2, RAF 'H' Type Flying Gauntlets RAF, 'H' Type Electrically Heated Flying Gauntlets. Soft brown chrome leather outer's with an elastic wrist, wrap over forearm with press stud fastening. Lined with stitched in inner gloves, which are electrically heated type. Air Ministry label's inside.
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 ".
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 " 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 Aircraft Dinghy First Aid Kit A Complete RAF First Aid Kit type 3, for Aircraft Dinghies. The tin is complete with items plus contents list. This is dated 1943. The tin size = 3 x 4 x 3 ". In a very good condition with some scratches.
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 E.F.T.S Shoulder Titles A Pair of E.F.T.S. (Elementary Flying Training School) RAF tunic shoulder titles. These wartime RAF flying schools were set up to train new pilots in Canada & USA. This pair of shoulder badges are made of embroidered silk letters on a khaki cotton background. In a good 'issued' condition.
WW2, RAF Group of Rotol Propeller Manual A.P's Group of Five Wartime RAF Rotol Propeller Manual's. They consist of- 1/ Type No's. 4 & 5 Propellers (1941). 2/ Type No. 6 Propellers (1941). 3/ Accessory Gearbox (1942). 4/ Instructions for airscrew re-assembly (1945). 5/ Emergency repairs to wooden propeller's (1945). These have instructional/informative text, drawings, photographs, pull-outs, tools list etc.... All are in a good 'used' condition.
WW2, RAF Group of Six Christmas Cards Original and Official RAF Squadron Christmas Cards. This group of six cards are from - RAF Hornchurch, RAF Wyton, RAF Netheravon, RAF Bircham Newton, RAF and 31 Sqdn RFC & RAF comrades assoc. All in a good condition, some creases and slight staining.
WW2, RAF Khaki Tunic Shoulder Badges Wartime pair of original 'Un-cut' RAF Khaki Tunic shoulder eagles. 'New Old Stock' un-issued, embroidered eagles. Red silk eagles embroidered onto Khaki cotton background.
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 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-23 Headset. Early wartime pattern headset comprising of a leather covered type HB-7 metal headband. Fitted to this is a pair of high impedance R-14 Receivers. These are fitted into black rubber MC-162-A covers. The short wiring loom has been extended at some time and has a PL-55 jack plug. Feint traces of a name can be found on the top leather covering. Often seen worn over the 'Crusher' Service cap.
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.
WW2, Women's Economy Issue Home Guard Cap Badge A Women's Home Guard Auxiliary Economy Cap Badge. Made from an early type of plastic, to help conserve brass stocks for use in the wartime munitions industry. Makers mark on the rear, A. Stanley & Sons, Walsall. Approximately, 1 5/8" in diameter. Pin Back. In a good condition.
WW2, Womens Air Raid Precautions Badge. A Womens Air Raid Precautions Pin Back Badge. This small white metal pin back badge was worn on the uniform tunic or beret. It is photographed here next to a five pence piece to give a scale of the small size.