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4833 Luftwaffe Late War Flying Boots - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Luftwaffe Late War Flying Boots - These boots represent something of an enigma. At first glance they matched fairly closely the pair illustrated in Mick Prodger’s Luftwaffe V RAF Flight Clothing reference book bottom of page 150, described by him as: ‘‘Towards the end of the war, quality declined visibly in manufacture of all flying clothing and equipment, and nowhere is it more obvious than in flying boots. These late war boots are made from a patchwork of dyed leather and unfinished suede, the single zip fasteners are made from black plastic, and the metal fittings are crudely cast and shaped from steel or zinc’.

In checking the detail of our boots we noted minor variances between left and right although they came in together and are both named to same chap so have clearly been issued and used as pair. One has an eclectically heated label sewn in although no signs of it being a heated boot but we have noted possible evidence where a heating snap may have been removed. In addition the friction clips on the top leg straps are to a slightly different pattern, as are the snaps. The zips are a matched pair by Ri-Ri of plastic economy style; one features a leather pull tab and the other does not. The last shape is sharper than early war issue boots and the soles are leather rather than the rubber ‘Willop’ pattern. The other unusual thing is no bottom straps over instep are fitted and in checking the detail no sign of these having been removed. Both boots carry RB number labels and include what we believe to be the owners initials R.B.Y.

We have subsequently discussed these discrepancies with Mick Prodger and between us have come to the conclusion these are probably a pair of reconditioned/reissued boots characteristic of late war production. The Germans, like everyone else, had a shortage of raw materials like rubber and metal by 1944; worn and damaged RAF Irvin jackets were repaired, reconditioned and reissued in just the same way. Sadly we don’t have any provenance with the boots but as we have often said if they could only talk they would certainly have a story to tell!

So whilst not an exact matched pair we believe their current condition is as they were used in service in the final stages of WW11 circa 1944/45 and would sit happily as such in a collection or on a mannequin. The leather and suede sections are in generally good display condition, the zips are fully functional and the interior sheepskin lining is actually very good indeed. The leather soles and rubber heel tips are sound and do not show excessive wear.

So now you have it. If you like your kit ‘mint and boxed’ these are probably not for you. If however you like kit that has certainly been well used and representative of service condition in the closing stages of WW11 then these could be just the ticket. If of possible interest please drop us a line for a range of detailed photographs that will fully illustrate exactly what we have on offer.
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5606 Luftwaffe Summer Fliegerkombi Flying Suit - Click for the bigger picture Sold Luftwaffe Summer Fliegerkombi Flying Suit - The German one piece flying suit, officially known as a ‘Fliegerschutzanzug für Sommer K/S0 34’ first entered service in 1934 for aircrew use in temperate climates. These suits were cut large enough to fit over the standard uniform that was worn beneath. A regulation issued on July 4th 1940 and April 24th 1941 introduced a replacement two piece protective flight suits for fighter pilots designed to increase the wearers mobility and not be as restrictive in the close confines of a cockpit but the one piece suits continued to be worn right up until the end of the war although they tend to be more associated with bomber crews.

The summer flight suit underwent minor modifications in June 1940 with the earlier horizontal fly opening being replaced with a vertical zip together with various improvements added as a result of combat experience. Our suit is of the second pattern and carries both the vertical fly zip as well as an extra quick release emergency aperture facility to enable the suit to be removed quickly in an emergency. The label clearly dates the suit to 1940 so must have been produced in the second half of that year so is contemporary with the Battle of Britain. Whilst we tend to be cynical of supposed provenance, unless this can be proven, but we were told when purchased the suit belonged to an HE111 of KG 4 crew member who survived when his aircraft crashed near Immingham on March 22nd 1941. In checking the suit in detail we found faintly inked into the inside lining ‘Heisig’ who we have traced through research as a crew members of the crash of a 5/KG4 Heinkel He 111P-4 (2938), operating from a base at Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Feldwebel (Flight Sergeant) H. Heisig survived the crash, was captured and he survived the war as a POW, returning to Germany in 1946.

Our suit is constructed in classic ‘pepper and salt’ fabric and whilst it would still display well in a collection or better still dressed on a mannequin it has clearly seen significant wear and subsequent repairs, which would seem to endorse the provenance detailed above. The fabric has a number of nicely executed repair patches that might be period but could also have been done post war to restore the suit to display condition. The main diagonal chest zip is an original Rheinnadel whilst the shoulder zip is an Elite model. Both the leg and waist pocket zips are Zipp brand and stamped "D.R.G.M."to the reverse indicating, Deutsche Reichs Gebrauchsmuster, indication ‘German National Registered Design’. The sleeve zips are however replacements and the crutch and leg zips have been sewn closed for display purposes. The snaps are all original marked Prym. The suit carries the leather oxygen mask attachment point and the leather collar strap is in place.

The interior features a crisp a machine stitched white fabric tailors label with black woven manufacturers name Bekleidungsfabrik Habelt, Crailsheim, Wrttbg and Baujahr 1940 and Grosse: 11b, indicating the suit size. The ring pull for the emergency release mechanism is missing but the flap is laced shut. The internal cloth cuffs again show sign of wear and service use. If you have possible interest in adding this piece to your collection please ask for a range of detailed pictured we have available which will show more specifically the condition and issues mentioned. A most interesting Battle of Britain period suit that clearly has a story to tell; if however you like your kit mint and boxed this one is not for you!

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3013 Luftwaffe Flying Boots - Click for the bigger picture Sold Luftwaffe Flying Boots - A very original set of the classic single zip pattern dating from around the middle of WW11. This model replaced the earlier Pst 4004 pattern that featured a double zip on each leg and so made better use of both materials and manpower. This pair is clearly earlier production than the late war ‘economy' version boots we have also just listed.

These feature original ‘Zipp’ brand zips with a single lightning bolt which is characteristic of earlier production. The riveted leather pulls are still in place and the zips are both in good working order. The grain leather uppers are really very good shape;the nubuck sections at the top of legs show some wear and the left boot interestingly has a repair strip across it. We have no idea when this was done and could well be period. On the same boot the inner top nubuck section shows minor cracking to the surface finish. On display or displayed on mannequin we would not see any problems.

The Original soles with anti slip bump pattern are fitted and clearly branded with a hand motif and ‘WO’. Unlike many examples we see these soles are not cracked and only show light service wear. Inside is in great shape and none of the mothing often found with very clean fur and apparently little wear. The labels are both very nice, clean and not washed out. These confirm these boots have not been mismatched as they both carry identical information. The size appears to be 28 1/2 and we believe the manufacturing date to be July 1944. The leg and instep straps are again all original with matched buckles.

Not much more we can say other than whilst not mint these boots are well above the average for an genuine issued set and would sit happily in a collection or dressed on an appropriate mannequin. I have owned these myself since 2006 but it is now time to rehome them. Good original wartime Luftwaffe issue boots are getting increasingly hard to track down now so grab these whilst you can!

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PC116 Coverfall Flyers Summer Spec MIL-C-831141A - Click for the bigger picture Sold Coverfall Flyers Summer Spec MIL-C-831141A - The suit is fully badged with German flag and rank bars to shoulders and with a large name badge to left chest featuring a Tornedo fighter bomber with Feldmann below and in addition P. Kallweit. Further badge to opposite chest marked Air Training Command and further badges on either sleeve. The suit is marked 38S and is in good issued condition. A Recent Sale
PC120 German Dark Grey Flight Suit - Click for the bigger picture Sold German Dark Grey Flight Suit - With rank badges and national flags to shoulders and 38 fighter bomber badge to right chest and a scorpion badge to left. On the right shoulder is a further badge named Scorpions and below Frisian reaction force. The suit is manufactured by Marquardt & Schulz and is dated 1987. Size is marked Gr10. In good issued condition. A Recent Sale
PC121 German Olive Green Flight Suit - Click for the bigger picture Sold German Olive Green Flight Suit - With national flag and rank epaulettes. Named on left chest Altena Timo with image of a MBB Bolkow BO105 helicopter. A further BO105 helicopter badge to right arm. The suit is made by Marquardt & Schulz and is dated 1987. The suit is Gr7. In good issued condition. A Recent Sale
PC123 German Olive Green Flight Suit - Click for the bigger picture Sold German Olive Green Flight Suit - With rank and national flags to shoulders. Right chest has badge to 251 Fliegende Abteilung with further badge of a unicorn, pen and 251. The right sleeve has a badge with a CH53 Sea Stallion heavy lift helicopter (Sikorsky S-65). Marked size Gr1 and dated 1987. In good issued condition. A Recent Sale
PC124 German Olive Green Flight Suit 0/B54A/G0065/F4438 - Click for the bigger picture Sold German Olive Green Flight Suit 0/B54A/G0065/F4438 - With rank insignia and national flags to shoulders and a badge to the right chest with Apache helicopter and a tiger image. Further insignia to the right arm. The suit is size Gr2 and is dated 1987. In good issued condition. A Recent Sale
PC125 German Olive Green Flight Suit - Click for the bigger picture Sold German Olive Green Flight Suit - Rank tabs to epaulettes and national flags to shoulders and a wasp badge is fixed to the right chest whilst the right arm carries a MBB Balkow B0105 helicopter. We also found a further helicopter chest badge in the front pocket (not shown in the photograph). Size is marked as Gr6 and is dated 1988. Good issued condition. A Recent Sale
PC126 German Grey Fabric Flight Suit - Click for the bigger picture Sold German Grey Fabric Flight Suit - Rank bars and national flags to shoulders. Badge to left chest featuring Mig 29, dated 2004 with further badge to right arm marked Fulcrum Farewell USA 2003. Mig 29's entered Luftwaffe service after German reunification in 1990. This suit is dated 1987 and is sized Gr6. In good issued condition. A Recent Sale
PC128 German Air Force Grey Flight Suit - Click for the bigger picture Sold German Air Force Grey Flight Suit - Manufactured by Marquardt & Schulz and dated 1986. Rank insignia and national flags to shoulders. Named to Schmidt with a badge below embroidered Flugbereitschaft BMVg. A further badge to the right breast marked A310 MedEvac. This unit flew humanitarian missions using the A310 aircraft. Size is marked GR1 A Recent Sale
PC129 German Air Force Olive Green Flight Suit - Click for the bigger picture Sold German Air Force Olive Green Flight Suit - Made by Marquardt & Schulz and dated 1987. Rank insignia and national flags to shoulders. Badge to chest and left arm with 251 Fliegende Abteilung, with a further badge marked Rajlovac. The suit is dated 1987 and size marked at GR12 A Recent Sale
PC130 German Air Force Grey Cotton Flight Suit - Click for the bigger picture Sold German Air Force Grey Cotton Flight Suit - Made by Marquardt & Schulz and dated 1988. Rank insignia and national flags to shoulders. A falcon badge to right breast with a further badge to arm featuring a red devil astride an aircraft with number 41 below. Size is marked at GR2. A Recent Sale
PC132 German Air Force Grey Fabric Flight Suit - Click for the bigger picture Sold German Air Force Grey Fabric Flight Suit - Manufactured by Marquardt & Schulz. Rank insignia and national flags to shoulders. 732 squadron badge to left breast and a "Double Ugly" phantom II badge to right with a further badge to right arm marked Phlyout Laage 2002. The suit is dated 1987 and is sized GR3 A Recent Sale
PC133 German Air Force Olive Green Fabric Flight Suit - Click for the bigger picture Sold German Air Force Olive Green Fabric Flight Suit - Manufactured by Marquardt & Schulz. National flags and rank insignia to shoulders. Badges to right breast indicating Huey Heideflieger Fabberg. A further badge is applied to the right arm marked Huey UH-1 with German iron cross and helicopter image. The suit is dated 1987 and size marked GR6 A Recent Sale
PC135 German Air Force Dark Grey Fabric Flight Suit - Click for the bigger picture Sold German Air Force Dark Grey Fabric Flight Suit - Manufactured by Marquardt & Schulz. The suit carries rank insignia and national flags to shoulders with a badge to the left breast KDO Forces and 33. A further 33 marked badge is on the right breast. On the right arm is another insignia featuring a ghost and number 351. The suit is dated 1989 and is sized GR6 A Recent Sale
PC140 Luftwaffe Grey Leather Flight Jacket - Click for the bigger picture Sold Luftwaffe Grey Leather Flight Jacket - National flag and rank bars to sleeves. Badge to right breast with NATO AWACS E-3A Compnent. There is evidence where further squadron patches have previously been attached but now removed. Orange fabric high visibility interior lining. Knits all is good condition. The issue label indicates manufactured by Paul Schulze and dated 7/79. We estimate it would fit a chest size 42" (107cm) A Recent Sale
PC148 German Airforce No1 Dress Tunic - Click for the bigger picture Sold German Airforce No1 Dress Tunic - Item comprises an officer's tunic with rank badges to lapels and shoulder boards highlighted in yellow with silver piping. To the right breast is a gold gilt brevet and below a badge featuring aircraft and the number 38. Attached to the right shoulder is a silver landyard with gold eagle badge to the top, while on the left pocket is a further gold finish badge with an eagle and the number 5 below. The jacket is marked size 56 and would appear to fit comfortably a 42" (107cm) chest size. The inside label appears to date this garment to 1994. The cloth is generally in very good issued condition but with with a couple of very small moth nips but these do not detract when on display. A very smart tunic! A Recent Sale
6445 Luftwaffe Model 10-76A Replica Schwimmveste - Click for the bigger picture Sold Luftwaffe Model 10-76A Replica Schwimmveste - This example was purchased in Germany but carries no clues to its origins. Suffice to say someone has gone to a lot of trouble to produce this detailed replica. I had the opportunity to show it to Steve Kiddle of Pegasus Militaria (who we believe makes the best replica RAF Mae Wests on the market) who confirmed it was not his handiwork but agreed it is well executed and would have been both complicated and expensive to produce. This is the early Battle of Britain pattern designated Fl 30156, with the full- back kapoks that proved to be a design fault in that unconscious aircrew were often left in a face down position in the water and which resulted in the modified 10-76 B-1 replacing it in 1943. The vest has some nice detail including the correct wooden peg button arrangement, crutch strap and head flotation pads to the back. This Schwimmveste is the ideal alternative for the re-enactor who does not want to risk a using an original..or who does not have a £1400 budget to purchase one! This item would also work well on a mannequin or in a museum display. We have no idea if these are being made commercially or if this is a one off ; certainly we have just the one so but it is a comfortable fit over my 42” chest (107.) Overall condition is close to mint. A Recent Sale
3757 Luftwaffe Grey Leather Flight Jacket - Click for the bigger picture Sold Luftwaffe Grey Leather Flight Jacket - This example features a so far unidentified cloth patch to the left breast, showing a prancing horse and the number 72. On the left shoulder is a further badge embroidered 1/151 and Baren Stark and an image of a helicopter which we believe to represent a Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion. A winged badge as well as a name tag have been removed from the jacket. It also carries rank tabs and the national flag. Inside the zip pocket an original issue label indicates the size as a GR 9 which we estimate would comfortable fit chest size 40-41" (100-104cm). The jacket was manufactured in May 1988. Knits and zips all in good shape and a very practical and wearable flight jacket. A Recent Sale
PC119 German Flight Suit 0/B5 7H/B0043/B0721 - Click for the bigger picture Sold German Flight Suit 0/B5 7H/B0043/B0721 - Finished to light grey fabric with national flag and rank tabs to shoulders. To right chest is a Phantom badge with RF-4E below, together with an Owl badge dated 17.09.92. Size is marked at 52 and is made in Hamburg. Good issued condition. A Recent Sale
PC118 Coverall Flyers Summer SPO100-96-D-0302 - Click for the bigger picture Sold Coverall Flyers Summer SPO100-96-D-0302 - Fully badged with German flag and rank bars to shoulders with Nato Awacs E-3A to right chest. Further Nato Awacs badge to right arm and Nato flying squadron no. 3 to left. Size 48R and the suit is in good issued condition. A Recent Sale
PC136 German Air Force Flight Waist Coat - Click for the bigger picture Sold German Air Force Flight Waist Coat - Fitted with zipped equipment pockets on left and right waist band and with a central Riri zip fastener. There is a metal clip attachment to the left breast and a further zipper fitted around the neck where we believe other items may have been attached in service. The jacket has a lacing tensioning system to the rear and while we aren't entirely sure of use, believe it may form part of an anti-G suit. The identification label has been washed clean so no clues to the specification or manufacturer. A Recent Sale
PC146 Jacket Flyers CWU-45/P - Click for the bigger picture Sold Jacket Flyers CWU-45/P - With German national flags and rank tabs to shoulders and finished in olive green aramid polymide. Badge to right breast Air Training Command and further squadron badges to right and left arms. The jacket is manufactured by Isratex Inc. The label is marked large to fit chest size 42-44" (107-112cm). A Recent Sale
PC137 Luftwaffe Grey Leather Flight Jacket - Click for the bigger picture Sold Luftwaffe Grey Leather Flight Jacket - National flag and rank bars to sleeves. Badge to right breast Tornedo MBB Service Instructor Training and a further patch to sleeve marked MFG1. Orange fabric high visibility interior lining. Knits all is good condition. The jacket is dated 5/1987 and size is marked at 9. We estimate this would fit chest size 40-42" (102-107cm) A Recent Sale
PC138 Luftwaffe Grey Leather Flight Jacket - Click for the bigger picture Sold Luftwaffe Grey Leather Flight Jacket - National flag and rank bars to sleeves. Badge to right breast with a Tornedo aircraft. Left breast and sleeve have further badges marked 322 Flying Monsters. Orange fabric high visibility interior lining. Knits all is good condition. The issue label has been removed but we estimate it would fit chest size 38-40" (96-102cm) A Recent Sale
PC142 Luftwaffe Grey Leather Flight Jacket - Click for the bigger picture Sold Luftwaffe Grey Leather Flight Jacket - National flag and rank bars to sleeves. Badge to right breast with Molders Squadron badge and 742 Fis Zapata below and on left breast a similar example featuring an aircraft with Roving Sands below. Orange fabric high visibility interior lining. Knits all is good condition. The issue label indicates manufactured by Modeka JMBH and dated 5/88. Size is marked GR12 which we estimate would fit a chest size 42" (107cm) A Recent Sale
PC127 German Air Force Orange Flight Suit - Click for the bigger picture Sold German Air Force Orange Flight Suit - Manufactured by H. B. Mader GMBH and dated 3/77. National flags and rank insignia attached to shoulders. Squadron attached to right breast with a further unidentified badge numbered 351 to right arm. The size is marked 13, numerous zip pockets and leather clip attachments to knees. A Recent Sale
PC134 German Air Force Light Grey Cotton Flight Suit - Click for the bigger picture Sold German Air Force Light Grey Cotton Flight Suit - Manufactured by MIL-TEC. Badge to left chest Phantom Fharewell RF-4E with a badge on the right breast marked Leckgaf 521 and a further badge on the right arm Last Call Leck number 52 and dated 26th August, 1993. The suit is sized 46. A Recent Sale
PC141 Luftwaffe Grey Leather Flight Jacket - Click for the bigger picture Sold Luftwaffe Grey Leather Flight Jacket - National flag and rank bars to sleeves. Badge to right breast with a wild cat and numbered 51 with a further badge below showing a flying eagle and numbered 511. There is a velcro pad to left breast and a ISAF patch to left arm. Orange fabric high visibility interior lining. Knits all is good condition. The issue label indicates manufactured in 2003 by Modeka GMBH and size is marked GR15 which we estimate would fit 42"chest (107cm) and the jacket has long arms. A Recent Sale
PC143 Luftwaffe Grey Leather Flying Jacket - Click for the bigger picture Sold Luftwaffe Grey Leather Flying Jacket - National flag and rank bars to sleeves. Badge to right breast with Molders Squadron and below a wild boar image. Left breast features a name tag marked Boss. Orange fabric high visibility interior lining. Knits show some age wear and a repair to the fabric behind the fold down collar. The issue label indicates manufactured by Beckumer Lederwerk and dated 12/65. We cannot see any size indicated but believe it would fit a chest size 36-38" (92-96cm) A Recent Sale
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