1939 Pattern RAF Flying Boots
Stores ref. no. 22C/230. These are perhaps the most scarce and desirable of all wartime boots. Introduced in 1939 as a leather saving option over the 1936 pattern, they were not successful operationally as moisture picked up on the ground was absorbed by the canvas and froze at altitude. Despite this they were favoured by figher pilots and will remain synonymous with the Battle of Britain. This pair are an excellent example and while they are in issued condition, they clearly had a very easy war! The canvas leg section is very clean with only minor scuffing on the right boot. The leather uppers and soles are crisp. Inside the fur is good with only minor wear. The leather pull tags are in place and clearly marked with King's Crown, AM and the manufacturing contract number, indicating a production date of 1939. While these boots are really too valuable to wear, they are a UK size 10 (U.S. 10.5), so they have everything going for them. This pattern and size simply do not turn up on the market in any condition and we will be waiting a long time to find a similar pair. Our price reflects the scarcity of these unique boots.