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4965 RAF H Type Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF H Type Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was checked by RAF stores in December 1997 and subsequently declared ‘Serviceable’ by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford. This example is marked ‘Small’ and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and female plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible ‘quick connect’ loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being nearly 33 years old this example is effectively as good as they come. Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can't guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last examples whilst our very limited stocks remain. When they are gone they are gone. £68.00
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6411 RAF Mk V111 Flying Goggles - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF Mk V111 Flying Goggles - This pattern, issues against stores reference 22C/930, were the final and most successful of the RAF issue flying goggles of the Second World War. Introduced officially in October 1943, they were not supplied to aircrew until the earlier stocks of it's predecessor the MkV11 were exhausted. When they did reach the squadrons they were immediately well received, being much lighter than the MkV11 and provided a secure and comfortable fit on the C, D and E flying helmets of the time. They continued on the RAF inventory until made obsolete by the introduction of the MK1 Bone Dome flying helmet although they remained an issue item up until the 1970's.

This set has clearly seen service use with some paint rub to the brass frames, but remain in good original condition. This set is currently fitted with tinted lenses, although when issued the set would also have included a clear pair now absent;these show some fogging but still display well. The original back strap is in place; the elastic is a little stretched but is fine for display in a collection or with an appropriate flying helmet. The leather padding is in excellent condition, as is the leather nose cover. If you like your kit to be mint and boxed these are probably not for you but as a set that has clearly seen service they are ideal and are offered at an entry level price to reflect their current condition

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6382 WW 11 RAF Airspeed Oxford Propeller 1940 - Click for the bigger picture New Stock WW 11 RAF Airspeed Oxford Propeller 1940 - The Oxford (nicknamed by all as 'Ox-box') was used to prepare aircrews for Operations in RAF Bomber Command and could simultaneously train pilots, navigators, bombaimers,, gunners and radio operators on the same flight, so was a perfect mobile classroom in the sky. In addition to training duties, Oxfords were used in communications and anti-submarine roles and as air ambulances in the Middle East. As an interesting aside this prop is of fixed pitch yet the Oxford's instrument panel had a feathering control switch. When we queried this with one who is 'in the know' the answer was simple. Most aircrew training on the Oxford would go on to A/C with props that feathered. So they were taught how using a non-operative dummy switch which moved from coarse to fine pitch but was actually not connected to anything!

This is an absolutely superb examples that would be impossible to upgrade. No chips or dings and finished in original black RAF paint with yellow tips. The two data plates on the hub are spot on. One is clearly dated July 1940 and below two lead seals one with an AID inspectors stamp marked 31K.Below is stamped K9024 and 73090. Carrying the ultimate date of July 1940 it means this prop served during the Battle of Britain period, although of course the Oxford being a training aircraft did not take part directly. The other plaque is stamped with ' DRG No Z3810/4, Cheetah 1X and LH D7 5' P628'. This indicates the propeller drawing number (with Z confirming the manufacturers were the Airscrew Co. of Great Britain), the engine (a Mk 1X air-cooled Cheetah), left hand rotation and pitch and diameter of the blades.

It is a fantastic display size and makes a real statement as it measures 90" (229 cm) tip to tip and is 15” (38 cm) wide measured on the diameter of the hub on the wider side. In many ways it is reminiscent of the early Watts fixed pitch wooden propellers, the ultimate goal of all serious WW11 prop collectors and as fitted to Mk1 Spitfires and Hurricanes. Ours however is a fraction shorter and very significantly cheaper! As with all our stock feel free to request additional detailed photographs so you don't need to just take our word for how nice this pieces of WW11 RAF history really is! Due to its size we would prefer to sell this one on a collection only basis but feel free to check with us on possible delivery options. We have had a few examples of these over the years but this one really does tick all the boxes! And it is both 100% more original whilst less than a third of the price of a restored example currently on sale with a London dealer for £3,200!

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4546 Wing Commander J.A.Thomson Office Name Board - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Wing Commander J.A.Thomson Office Name Board - This is a rather special item from my own collection that I am currently thinning out a little. It was purchased from a dealer chum who knows of my personal interest in RAF collectables. Like with so much kit we see its provenance has been lost down the years but unlike some less scrupulous dealers (and particularly some E bay sellers who many of us in the community will know of) we prefer not to create a history when it is not known. That being said with this Officers senior rank, initials and unusual spelling of his surname, as well as his area of employment within the RAF, we had a lot to go on in terms of clues to aid our research. It now looks as though we hit the jackpot with an item with more than probable Battle of Britain associations and a distinguished member of the elusive'Few'!

Our detective work led us to James Anderson Thomson was born on 18th January 1916 and joined the RAF on a short service commission and began his initial training on 25th November 1935. On completion was posted to 56 Squadron at North Weald but subsequently joined 64 Squadron at Church Fenton, with a further transfer to 73 Squadron at Digby and then on again to 245 at Leconfield, where he was posted in October 1939. He saw action over Dunkirk in May 1940 damaging a DO 17 and Bf 109. Thomson was then transferred to 302 City of Pozna Polish Fighter Squadron on Hurricanes as 'A' Flight Commander. He was sent to RAF Duxford with a 302 detachment from 18th to 25th September 1940 to operate with Bader's 'Big Wing'. On 29th October Thomson collided with F/Lt. JT Czerny during a routine patrol over Brooklands. He bailed out, slightly injured. His Hurricane, P3085, crashed at Penny-Pot Hill, Chobham. He was posted away from 302 on 28th December 1940.

In 1941 he took command of 258 Sqd and served with them in the Middle East. It is clear as well as being one of the 'Few' Thomson had what could be termed 'a good war'. With victory in 1945 James Anderson Thomson decided to stay on in the RAF, finally retiring on 18th December 1957, with 22 years' service under his belt, as a Squadron Leader but retaining the rank of Wing Commander. So in summary our research now indicates the correct Rank, initials and surname to form a perfect fit with our name board but the final confirmation would be to match his role in the RAF in those post war years to find out if he 'flew a desk'. Further online research via the London Gazette confirmed in October 1948 Thomson was retained in the RAF 'General Duties Branch'. So it seems fair to surmise 'The General Duties Branch' could well encompass The 'Admin/Plans ' department detailed on our sign board so the final bit of the jigsaw has slotted into place!

The sign measures 20" x 8 1/4" (51 cm x 21 cm) and is made from pine and a black painted frame. The painted name detail shows exactly the age wear as you would expect for an item that is now about 70 years old. The reverse shows similar and this board carries exactly the patina you would hope for and we are more than happy to guarantee this is a period piece. The back also features two metal surrounded hanging slot so looks like the board was removeable for periods when Thomson was away from his office.

The Wing Commander got his final ‘posting’ on 30th October 2001 and is buried in St. Mary the Virgin churchyard, Ewelme, Oxfordshire. A full summary of Wing Commander J.A.Thomson's career complete with picture is detailed in Kenneth Wynn's excellent Men of the Battle of Britain.

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Full Scale Tests of Slots and Flaps on a Heinkel He.64 - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Full Scale Tests of Slots and Flaps on a Heinkel He.64

Another scarce pamphlet from the small collection we are listing today and issued by the Air Ministry against Memoranda nos 1713 and dated 1936. The Heinkel He 64 was a sports plane built in Germany in 1933 to participate in the touring plane championships that year, designed by Siegfried and Walter Günter. The He 64 was a sleek, low-wing monoplane of conventional configuration. The pilot and passenger sat in tandem under a streamlined canopy. Six examples were entered in the championships, which represented almost every example of the type built, the only exception being the first prototype, which had crashed. The He 64s excelled in speed trials, taking the first three places in the Europa Rundflug ("Rally over Europe"), and the first five places in top speed trials. They also had high positions in minimal speed trial.

Interestingly our research indicates one example of the He 64C was imported into the United Kingdom in 1933 for flap research, at first with Handley Page then with the Royal Aircraft Establishment until 1935. This aircraft later flew in Rhodesia until 1952. It would appear therefore that this report relates to work carried out here in the UK on this air frame.

The pamphlet made up of 15 pages with a card cover front and back was published on 5th November 1935 and includes line drawings of the aircraft, graphs and systems of axis diagrams inside the back cover. When published by the Air Ministry the cover price was 2/6d. The cover is also marked 'For Official use' and has been ink stamped 19 Feb 1965 like the He.70 pamphlet we have also listed today. Clearly quite a specialist subject but from a layman's point of view it is interesting the Air Ministry was taking note of Germany's pre-war aircraft development programme as far back as 1933. Another one off in exceptional condition and when it is gone it is gone!

Pages: 15
Cover: Soft
Author: J.E.Serby,B.A. & H.B.Squire,B.A.

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Experiments on a Heinkel He.70 Aeroplane - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Experiments on a Heinkel He.70 Aeroplane

Another scarce pamphlet that came in with the Polish Resettlement Corps example we have just listed. The only other mention of this booklet we can find is through the National Archive listing at Kew. The Heinkel He 70 Blitz was designed in the early 1930's to serve as a mail delivery aircraft for Deutsche Lufthansa. The first prototype flew in 1932, and proved to have excellent performance, setting eight world speed records reaching a maximum speed of 377 kmh or 222 mph.

During the Spanish Civil War Twenty-eight aircraft joined the Condor Legion. Their high speed gave them the nickname 'Rayo' or 'Lightning'. The Luftwaffe operated He 70s from 1935, initially as a light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft but as soon as purpose built designs became available, it was relegated as a liaison and courier aircraft. It did however provided the design influence for the HE111 which effectively replaced it.

Our booklet was published as a paper report on 13th February 1936 and is bound in a soft card cover, issued by the Air Ministry and stamped Aeronautical Research Committee no 1709 and dated 1936. It was issued by His Majesty's Stationary Office (at a price of 1 shilling!) Interestingly the cover is also ink stamped 19 Feb 1965. The booklet is made up of 5 pages plus card cover front and back and includes line drawings of the aircraft, tables, graphs and systems of axes on the control surfaces.

Clearly quite a specialist subject but from a layman's point of view it is interesting the Air Ministry was taking note of Germany's pre war development programme back in 1936. As an aside it is reported when a He70 was flown to England in 1936 or '37 to be fitted with a Rolls-Royce Kestrel engine in lieu of the BMW VI, it inspired the designer of the Spitfire, R.J. Mitchell, to change the wing shape of his new aircraft! Another one off and when it is gone it is gone!

Pages: 5
Cover: Soft
Author: R.Jones,D.S.c. & E.Smyth,B.Sc.

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Polish Resettlement Corps Conditions of Service - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Polish Resettlement Corps Conditions of Service

An original booklet, marked 'Restricted' issued by the Air Ministry In October 1946 and published jointly in English and Polish. Following the German/Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939 many citizens chose to evacuate their country and fled to Hungary, Romania, France, and finally, Britain. By the mid-1940s some 35,000 Polish airmen, soldiers, and navy personnel reached the UK, making up the largest non-British military force in the country. Of those, some 8,500 were PAF airmen, a resource the RAF were desperately short of in the summer of 1940. At first deemed "suspicious" by the British Royal Air Force, the Polish proved their allegiance by fighting with skill, bravery and determination during the 1940 Battle of Britain and continued to serve with distinction throughout the war.

In 1945 the Yalta agreement sealed the fate of the Poles with the imposition of a Communist Government and the onset of the 'Cold War'. Each of the three services in the UK was responsible for the de-mobilisation and transfer of armed combatants into the Resettlement Corps (PRC)by an An Act of Parliament passed in February 1946 and enrolment into the Polish Air Force Resettlement Corps (PARC) started shortly afterwards. The Air Ministry published these conditions of service on 14th October 1946 and listed the choices available to members of PRC to either return to Poland, settle in Britain or emigrate to Commonwealth or other countries.

At the beginning of 1947 some 11,000 Poles 'joined' the PARC. Of these it is estimated that 3,000 Poles from the PAF chose to be repatriated (sadly to a very uncertain future)and another 2,400 emigrated to other countries. Some 9,000 PAF personnel stayed in Britain with at least 5,000 finding civilian jobs. It must be said in view of the dedicated service offered by so many Poles to the allied war effort many were shabbily treated by the British post war including a campaign by the TUC and others and this was not Britain's 'Finest Hour.' The PRC was finally disbanded after fulfilling its purpose in 1949.

This booklet, which is not a reprint, is addressed to all 'Polish Officers, Airmen and Airwomen of the Polish Air Force'. It clearly spells out this little known piece of post war history. In dual languages, as mentioned, the first half is made up of 11 pages and covers all aspects of the terms offered including repatriation options education and training, clothing, and rates of pay according to rank in a pull out section. The second half of the booklet is the same but duplicated in Polish. It remains in remarkably good condition despite its 72 years of age with just minor age related marks to the buff card cover. How many of these booklets have survived down the years is unknown but it represents a very important piece of Polish Resettlement Corps /Polski Korpus Przysposobienia I Rozmieszczenia history that will sit well in either a Museum display or a specialist RAF/Polish collection. This is a one off and is unlikely to be repeated. As with all our listings more detailed pictures are available on request to show examples of the text in English or Polish depending on your disposition!

Pages: 21
Cover: Soft
Author: The Air Ministry

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5353 Siebe Heinke Admiralty Pattern Divers Torch Pattern 0563/202927 - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Siebe Heinke Admiralty Pattern Divers Torch Pattern 0563/202927 - Siebe Gorman & Co Ltd have manufactured hand-held battery powered submarine electric torches for divers and the British Ministry of Defence since the 1920's. On offer here is another rare and desirable divers torch we are listing today. Back in 1961, perhaps the two most famous names in diving terms C.E.Heinke and Siebe Gorman merged to form a single company. Research indicates that for just a limited period, torches were made under the combined 'SIEBE HEINKE' brand'. In 1968, the maker reverted to their original name with the inscription of SIEBE GORMAN and the AP (Admiralty Pattern) number was dropped in preference for the NATO reference number, as nicely illustrated on item 4910 we have also just listed on the site. This torch therefore is a scarce and desirable example from this brief period of production as it is clearly branded 'SIEBE HEINKE of London'. Below the switch box and located between the top two knurled grip rings it is further engraved A.P.No 0563/202927 and below the date of manufacture 1964. Unlike the later four prong divers torches this model did not carry a leather wrist strap but instead there is a lanyard hole on a curved metal plate on the end of the torch. Stamped into this plate are several Naval acceptance or inspector’s marks including a large 'X' and a 'D ',a broad arrow property mark and an' E' with a 'T' below.

Inside the torch has a circular rubber 'o' ring seal that is attached to the lamp reflector rim. The seal also isolates the electrical circuit until the slide switch pushes a metal contactor against the reflector casing to complete the circuit. The three ‘D-size’, 1.5 volt dry cell batteries are housed in an internal grey painted aluminium sleeve with a straight coil compression spring at the end to hold them firmly in place. This torch is not currently fitted with batteries so we can't warrant if it is still in working order, but the component parts are all complete and it may still function as intended. The rugged, simple construction of all Siebe Gorman Military issue torches enables them to operate within the depth parameters of most normal Royal Navy diving limits and is safe to operate down to 80 meters. The body is made from high quality brass (probably Admiralty or Naval qualities) and most were electroplated in either chrome or nickel. This example retains its original finish and has not been ruined by stripping as often seems to happen with divers torches.

It is in exceptional original condition with just very minor service marks commensurate with use. The torch measures 11" long (28 cm and the diameter of the lens end is 2.75" (7 cm) It weights a hefty 3.6lbs without batteries (1.7 kilos). This is the first example of a 'SIEBE HEINKE of London' variant torch we have ever had in and do not anticipate it will be with us for long. As with all our stock feel free to drop us a mail and request for more photographs so you can check out the detail and specification. This is one not to be missed!

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4910 Siebe Gorman Admiralty Issue Diving Torch NSN-6230.99-520-1611 - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Siebe Gorman Admiralty Issue Diving Torch NSN-6230.99-520-1611 - Siebe Gorman & Co Ltd, arguably they most famous name in diving, have manufactured hand-held battery powered submarine electric torches for divers and the British Ministry of Defence since the 1920's. We have sold countless examples over the years but these have been exclusively the type most commonly found, normally with a chrome leather wrist-strap which is sewn on, with a bulls eye lens and four metal ‘prongs’ to protect the glass lens.

On this occasion we have been fortunate to secure a much rarer variant torch with ‘Slide switch’. These were manufactured by Siebe Gorman between 1967-1969 and weigh in at a hefty 1.8 kilos or 4 lbs without batteries fitted. Made from high quality brass with an electroplated (either chrome or nickel) finish for added protection against corrosion. Our torch carries much of the original silvered exterior coating but it does show wear in the places you would expect, commensurate with service use. It is clearly stamped with the all important makers name Siebe Gorman and below the NATO stock number NSN-6230.99-520-1611 and below it is dated 1968. As all serious torch collectors will know the 5th & 6th paired numbers of the N-S-N sequence (called the 2-digit NCB) refers to the country of manufacture. For the UK the number, as here, is 99.

This torch supersedes the previous design and improves on it. A large separate ‘O’-ring seals the lens housing; the batteries are isolated in a grey painted and non-conductive inner metal tube, and is complete with a conical compression spring at the end of the battery housing to lock three ‘D-size’, 1.5 volt dry cell batteries in place. These would give a maximum burn time of 1 to 2 hours. The torch is not fitted with batteries and we can't warrant if it is still in working order so for sale purely as a collectable. The rugged, simple construction of all Siebe Gorman Military issue torches enables them to operate within the depth parameters of most normal Royal Navy diving limits and is safe to operate down to 80 meters. Unlike on later torches it does not carry a wrist strap but there is a lanyard hole on the curved metal end plate which is stamped on this torch with an 'X' which we speculate is a Royal Navy quality acceptance mark. The torch measures 11" long (28 cm) and the diameter of the lens end is 3.25" (8.5 cm) It weights a hefty 4.0lbs without batteries (1.8 kilos)

As with all our stock feel free to drop us a mail and request further photographs so you can check out the detail and specification.

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6624 Siebe Gorman London Submarine Emergency Escape Goggles - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Siebe Gorman London Submarine Emergency Escape Goggles - These formed an integral part of the Davis Submerged Escape Apparatus, an early type of oxygen rebreather invented in 1910 by Sir Robert Davis, head of Siebe Gorman and Co. Ltd. They were primarily intended as an emergency escape apparatus for submarine crews.

The DSEA rig comprised a rubber re breather bag, an air cylinder containing 56 litres, with the breathing bag connected to a mouthpiece by a flexible corrugated tube for breathing via the mouthpiece, with the nose being closed by a clip. Our goggles, that are in close to mint and we suspect unissued condition, were provided as a standard part of the system. The Davis Submerged Escape Apparatus is believed to be the first re breather to be made in quantity and was adopted by the Royal Navy in 1929 and was used in live situations to assist crew members to escape from several sunken submarines, including HMS Poseidon in 1931, HMS Thetis in 1939 and HMS Perseus in 1941. A smaller version of the DSEA, the Amphibious Tank Escape Apparatus (ATEA) was use by the crews of amphibious DD tanks such as those used during the Normandy landings, many of which foundered before getting to the beaches. Also in WWII the set was notably used by the Underwater Working Party at Gibraltar led by Lt. Lionel "Buster" Crabb, and worn by frogmen piloting 'Sleeping Beauty' Motorised Submersible Canoes.

This set are clearly embossed on the central nose bridge 'Siebe Gorman & Co Ltd Makers London. Where the back strap is attached is marked TR3095 and a B below. In addition inside the right eyepiece the rubber is embossed VOCAB 25366. The orange rubber is in excellent pliable condition with no perishing and the elastic and leather back strap is pristine. The glass lenses are again close to mint with no damage or fogging. This is the first set of these we have had in for 9 years and these are in significantly better condition and impossible to upgrade. Aviation collectors amongst you may well notice the similarity of these to early rubber RFC first pattern flying issue. Grab them whilst you can as when they have gone they are gone!

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