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6501 RAF ID Bracelet Named to M.F.Pitman - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF ID Bracelet Named to M.F.Pitman - On offer is another RAF ID bracelet. This example is named to ‘Pitman M.F.’ and the service number is recorded as 1187201. A nice additional touch is an RAF Other Ranks cap badge image, complete with Kings Crown, has been added. Unlike the other example we have just listed this one is complete with chain and clasp. The chain is of a very modest diameter and we speculate this may have belonged to a WAAF serving with the RAF in WW11. On the reverse of the tab are either makers marks or marks indicating the metal used. We have been unable to identify these and as pure speculation it is possible this bracelet was made up for the owner whilst serving overseas. Another item that warrants further research which we will leave to the next custodian. The bracelet face plate measures 1.4” (3.5 cm) £32.00
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3511 RAF Navigators Brevet - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Navigators Brevet - fine padded example of a Navigators half wing aircrew badge. This replaced the earlier Observer's brevet in 1942 and was worn with pride on the left breast of the Navigators No 1 tunic and on his Battledress tunic above any medal ribbon bar. This is of the sew on type (as opposed to the pin back tropical issue badge we have also just listed). This example is in excellent issued condition with minor service wear but no moth or other damage. These are always difficult to date but almost certainly of WW11 vintage. Sadly the history associated with it has been lost. Measures 3.25” (8 cm) £35.00
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5513 WW11 Period RAF Themed Embroidered Panel - Click for the bigger picture In Stock WW11 Period RAF Themed Embroidered Panel - A particularly fine example which has been mounted on a card backboard. The centre of the panel features a large RAF crest surmounted by a Kings Crown and the motto ‘Per Adua Ad Astra’. To the top right and bottom left corner is an RAF roundel which carries a birds wing picked out in RAF blue. In the opposite two corners are stylised RAF aircraft, flying amidst the outline of fluffy blue clouds. The one shown top left is a single engine fighter whilst that depicted bottom right is a twin engine bomber. Both are in early WW11 green and brown camouflage and both feature RAF roundels. The colours are as vibrant as when they were stitched, we speculate around 75 years ago. Sadly the hands that created this emotive artwork failed to sign or date the piece so we will never know exactly when it was made or by whom. It is however likely to have been worked by a mother, fiancée or girlfriend of someone serving in the RAF in WW11. The piece measures 18.0” x 18.5” (46 cm x 47 cm) and would perhaps benefit by framing but we will leave that decision to the new custodian. Certainly a one off and reminds us of a ‘sampler’ but of Second War vintage. £48.00
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2737 Battle of Britain Roll of Honour published by The Illustrated London News - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Battle of Britain Roll of Honour published by The Illustrated London News - The brainchild of Sir Brice Ingram MC (1887-1963) who planned, organised and funded the Battle of Britain Roll of Honour to commemorate the allied losses in the Battle of Britain. Ingram had a distinguished service record in WW1 initially joining the East Kent Yeomanry then transferring to the Royal Garrison Artillery. He rose to the rank of Captain and was awarded the Military Cross for bravery in 1917 and was three times Mentioned in Dispatches. He was the editor of The Illustrated London News from 1900 until his death in 1963. The concept of a memorial was considered as early as 1942 and Ingram suggested that the Battle of Britain was of such importance to the history of the country that it stood comparison with such epic victories as the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the Battle of Trafalgar. The original is now held in the RAF Memorial Chapel in Westminster Abbey and was illuminated by Daisy Alcock. It contains the names of l, 497 pilots and aircrew killed or mortally wounded during the Battle, of which 449 were in Fighter Command, 732 in Bomber Command, 268 in Coastal Command, 14 in other RAF commands and 34 in the Fleet Air Arm. The names include those of 47 Canadians, 47 New Zealanders, 35 Poles, 24 Australians, 20 Czechoslovaks, 17 South Africans, 6 Belgians and one American, as well as those from the United Kingdom and Colonies. Our framed and glazed example shows the title page published in the Illustrated London news on January 18th 1947. The colours are still strong although the paper shows evidence of minor damage as well as creases caused by folding prior to it being professionally farmed by the late Chris John from whom it was purchased. Below the image is a little background to the reasons why the scroll was produced in Bruce Ingram’s own words. We have no idea as to how many of these still survive but it is the first one we have been able to procure and it would be a worthwhile and emotive addition to a Battle of Britain related display. Frame measures 21” x 15” (53 cm x 38 cm) £62.00
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6154 Victory Through Air Power Propaganda Scarf by 'Glamour Wear' of London - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Victory Through Air Power Propaganda Scarf by 'Glamour Wear' of London - A commemorative headscarf entitled 'Victory through Air Power'. The scarf is printed with illustrations showing the story of flight from the Orville Brothers invention of the 'flying machine' through to the conclusion of the Second World War. Large square commemorative cream-coloured headscarf printed with insignia and aircraft illustrating the story of flight and in each corner is a pilot’s brevet for the RAF, RAAF, RCAF and USAAF. In the centre is the phrase 'Victory through Air Power' printed in red and surrounding a depiction of Orville and Wilbur Wright 1902 as 'Inventors of the flying machine' and around this are various illustrations showing bombing raids, crashed aircraft, flying formations and burning cities and factories. The scarf is made of Rayon (probably due to the lack of silk immediately post war) and the edge is finished in short tassels. Printed in one corner of the headscarf is the name of the manufacturer 'Glamour Wear, London'. Jacqmar is perhaps the most famous maker of propaganda scarves but we have been unable to find anything on ‘Glamour Wear of London’ but we assume this item was manufactured in the early post WW11 period to celebrate aviation in general and victory in WW11 in particular. The condition is generally good but it does have a few tiny holes and we suspect the colours have faded a little over the years. The range of images depicted are superb and the scarf would display well framed behind non reflective glass. Measures 30” x 30 ”(76cm x 76 cm) £68.00
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4717 Royal Air Force National Savings Poster - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Royal Air Force National Savings Poster - An original example that was published by H.M. Stationary Office for the National Savings Committee against reference number NSC 5/294. It is dedicated to the men and women of the RAF and shows the Command badges and uniforms in use between 1939 and 1945. In addition it depicts paintings of a Spitfire, Lancaster, Sunderland and a Meteor with a typical airfield watch tower in the background. This poster was printed by Fosh & Cross in London and was first published in 1949. It has been pasted to a hardboard mount and whilst it is not in the best condition it is still displays well despite it’s 66 years but is priced to reflect it’s current condition. £45.00
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6192 267 Squadron Presentation Tankard - Click for the bigger picture In Stock 267 Squadron Presentation Tankard - No 267 Squadron was formed at the sea plane station at Calafrana, Malta in 1918, and flew anti-submarine patrols. In WW11 267 reformed at Heliopolis, for local transport duties in Egypt. It used a variety of aircraft for transporting passengers, mail and freight between Egypt and outlying bases. By August 1942, operations extended throughout the Mediterranean area and its role included the movement of personnel and equipment, casualty evacuation and occasional supply-dropping Ops to guerrilla bands in Italy and the Balkans. In 1943 267 moved to Italy and in February 1945 was transferred to India, where it carried supplies during the 14th Army's final offensive that cleared Burma of the Japanese. On 1945 267 reformed at Kuala Lumpur as a transport support and communications squadron in Malaya. It flew Pioneers, Pembroke's and Dakotas. This tankard is embossed to base ‘Malayan Tin’ clearly dates to this period of the Squadrons long history. It is engraved ‘Presented to F/Lt Halliwell By No 267 Squadron Officers Mess 1946’. We purchased this tankard on Anglesey but we have no other specific provenance with it but if any visitors to the site can add any information on F/Lt Halliwell we would be happy to add this to our description The tankard shows minor service wear but is in generally good display condition. It appears to be 1 pint capacity and measures 4 1/2” high (11 cm) £36.00
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5440 934 Barrage Balloon Squadron Trench Art Plaque - Click for the bigger picture In Stock 934 Barrage Balloon Squadron Trench Art Plaque - Totally unique and scarce item of WW11 trench art relating to a barrage balloon squadron. The plaque is hand carved from a solid lump of oak and features to the front a kings Crown and below the RAF eagle(although this interpretation has the look of a parrot!)and below 934 Squadron. The Crown and RAF eagle are highlighted in gold paint which is now rather faded. To the bottom left is finely carved overlapping letters RAF and to the bottom right the letters BB which seeing 934 was a balloon Squadron we assume refers to Barrage Balloon, but could possibly be the makers initials. Research indicates 934 Squadron was part of no 13 Balloon Centre which in turn was part of 32 Balloon Barrage Group which was under the command of Air Commodore A.A. Walser who served in WW1 as both an Observer and Pilot with the RFC and won both the MC and the DFC. 13 Group was formed at Collaton Cross, Plymouth on 3 September 1939 and it was made up of 5 flights of 8 balloons but by August 1940 24 balloons are recorded. Plymouth suffered a severe pounding in WW11 in what has become known as the Plymouth Blitz which ran from June 1940 to April 1944. We understand 934 Squadron was disbanded in November 1944, presumably after the threat of further air raids was minimal but undoubtedly the men and woman who served at Collaton Cross had an important and no doubt dangerous role to perform on the home front. Sadly we have no provenance with this piece although it was purchased in south west England) but a scarce and unusual subject of an often overlooked arm of the RAF. Measures 10” x 6” (26 cm x 14 cm.) If you collect barrage balloon memorabilia please check out item 6426, listed under the 'Aviation Miscellaneous' pages which relates to 941 Squadron. £85.00
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6324 Aviation Tie - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Aviation Tie - A perfect present for the aviation enthusiast in your life! On offer is a brand new quality British made tie in navy blue with yellow images of the de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth which served with such distinction with the RAF as a basic trainer from 1932 until final retirement in 1959. A total of 8, 868 were manufactured and many are still airworthy today. The tie is 100% polyester and is hand washable. We have a limited quantity of these and when they are gone they are gone. £10.00
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6191 FAA 756 Squadron Presentation Tray - Click for the bigger picture In Stock FAA 756 Squadron Presentation Tray - engraved to reverse ‘To S/Lt A.C.Taylor from his Brother Officers 757 Squad’n June 27th 1942. The bowl is made from silver plate and is also marked ‘silver plate on copper’. Sadly we don’t have any provenance with this one although it seems 756 Squadron were flying the Fairy Swordfish in 1942 The dish is in good condition for its age with engine turned engraving to the front and grapes shown in relief around the edge. Measures 10” diameter (25cm) £75.00
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6153 WAAF Officers Mess Presentation Tray RAF BC HQ - Click for the bigger picture In Stock WAAF Officers Mess Presentation Tray RAF BC HQ - sadly the history with this one has been lost down the line. All we know if was presents to Joyce by her colleagues in the Officers Mess during the dark days of the war and is dated 9 August 1941. Joyce was clearly stationed at HQ RAF Bomber Command at the time but that is all we have to go on. The reverse gives us no more clues other than it is made of plate and silver soldered. The tray would be equally useful today and is in good condion with just minor marks associated with its 72 years of use. Lets hope ‘Joyce ’ appreciated the gift. Measures 10” diameter (26 cm). £48.00
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6151 RFC/RNAS Trench Art dated 1918-19 - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RFC/RNAS Trench Art dated 1918-19 - a fine example of Trench art fashioned from the top section of an engine cylinder. On it is worked a fine Albatross and above ‘Engine Repair Shops’ and below ‘France 1918-19’ so would date it to the transition period when the RAF and RNAS amalgamated into the RAF. Cast into the underside is L.D.C.F.L although we have been unable to ID the engine it came from so if anyone can help please drop us a line and we will add to our description. Measures 4.5” diameter and 1” high (11 cm x 2.25 cm) £88.00
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PC184 One Flight Too Many - Click for the bigger picture Sold - Similar Available One Flight Too Many - One Flight Too Many I was delighted to received a copy of this excellent volume for Christmas and can recommend it as an excellent read. It covers the often forgotten art of Photographic Reconnaissance (PR) and is written by a former PR Spitfire pilot, Jimmy Taylor. It gives a very clear description of what he had to do, the aircraft and cameras he was given, how he planned and took his photographs, and how he navigated his way, alone and unarmed under constant observation by enemy radar, to his distant targets. This is also Jimmy Taylor’s autobiography, so the reader has access to his frank contemporary diary of autumn 1944 and goes with him on his exciting sorties, including when he was chased by a then-unknown German jet, and his last one, when his engine blew up and forced him to parachute into a part of eastern Holland and led to his eventual capture with details of the heroic behaviour of the Dutch Resistance. Taylor's story is told with humour and modesty and makes for fascinating reading, and is enhanced with hundreds of photographs taken at the time, including some of his own sorties. This is a great book in every sense: it will enlighten readers who are curious about the work of the PR squadrons and will fascinate aviation enthusiasts of all ages myself included! We do not actually stock this volume but it can be purchased for £27.50 plus shipping from the distributor, YPD Books at www. ypdbooks. com or from your local bookseller. Pages: 756 Cover: Hard Author: Jimmy Taylor
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6121 Pegasus Carved Winged Horse marked Arnhem 1944 - Click for the bigger picture Reduced Pegasus Carved Winged Horse marked Arnhem 1944 - The winged horse depicted relates to Greek mythology and it was thought it had magical powers. In 1941 this image was adopted by the British Airborne Forces who will be remembered not least for their actions in operation Market Garden and in particular the capture of the bridge at Benouville which has now been renamed Pegasus Bridge. We have no provenance with this item, although it looks to be hand carved and certainly has some age to it. The mount dedication details an unusual spelling of "airborn" and we can only speculate on who worked this unique example of trench art. An impressive display item that would provide a focal point in any airborne related collection. Sculpture stands 9" (22cm)high. £38.00
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PS107 The Waist Gunners - Click for the bigger picture In Stock The Waist Gunners - On this item, and other sculptures offered, we are acting as agents and your enquiry will be redirected to the artist who will then handle any questions, sales, payment and despatch. This fine work of art captures a poignant moment as the waist gunners of a USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress relax on the grass beside the airfield perimeter track while their aircraft is prepared for the mission. While RAF Bomber Command flew night ops, their US counterparts flew daylight raids. Both figures wear classic B-3 flight jackets with matching A-3 shearling trousers. The A-6A flying boots carry the characteristic double strap fastenings and are also shearling lined for insulation. The crew member playing with his puppy is sporting a classic Rough Wear B-2 flying cap, while his buddy wears an A-11 flying helmet. Additional back support between the figures is provided by the gunner's QAC parachute packs which would be stored near their crew positions and clipped on in the event of an emergency. We are proud to have assisted the artist as technical consultants in the creation of this work of art which is made from cold-cast bronze, is signed by the artist and is available in a strictly limited edition of 250. Length: 17" (44cm) £325.00
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PS106 RAF Bomber Pilot - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Bomber Pilot - On this item, and other sculptures offered, we are acting as agents and your enquiry will be redirected to the artist who will then handle any questions, sales, payment and despatch. This sculpture features a pilot of RAF Bomber Command about to board his aircraft, possibly an Avro Lancaster, prior to another night operation to the heart of Germany. His headgear consists of a second pattern C type helmet and classic Mk. VIII flying goggles. He wears a thermally insulated flying suit, often referred to by the inventor's name Irvin. His life jacket is the 1941 pattern Mae West and over this is an observer's parachute harness. He carries his parachute pack in his right hand and his flying gauntlets in his left. Flying boots are 1941 pattern favoured by bomber aircrew and which feature an ankle strap designed to prevent the boots falling off in a bail out situation. The detail on this sculpture is amazing and we are proud to have assisted the artist as technical consultants in the creation of this work of art which is made from cold-cast bronze, is signed by the artist and is available in a strictly limited edition of 250. Height: 16" (41cm) £275.00
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PS105 At Readiness - Click for the bigger picture In Stock At Readiness - On this item, and other sculptures offered, we are acting as agents and your enquiry will be redirected to the artist who will then handle any questions, sales, payment and despatch. This sculpture entitled "At Readiness", depicts a scene set in August 1940 while the Battle of Britain was at its height. Exhausted pilots of 11 Group Fighter Squadrons, located in the South of England, wait at dispersal for the order to scramble and take on the first Luftwaffe raids of the day. This pilot is trying to relax in an old leather armchair but finds it hard to concentrate on the novel he's reading in an attempt to divert his attention from thoughts of the battle to come. For many the waiting was the worse part. He wears a crumpled service dress uniform with an open neck shirt and non regulation cravat which helps to reduce chaffing in combat. His 1932 pattern Mae West is unbuttoned but would provide an invaluable life aid in the event of ditching "in the drink". His boots are the coveted 1936 pattern with thick fur lining to provide additional insulation and warmth in the air. We are proud to have assisted the artist as technical consultants in the creation of this work of art which is made from cold-cast bronze, is signed by the artist and is available in a strictly limited edition of 250. Height: 9.5" (23cm) £275.00
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PS104 The Battle of Britain Pilot - Click for the bigger picture In Stock The Battle of Britain Pilot - On this item and other sculptures offered, we are acting as agents and your enquiry will be redirected to the artist who will then handle any questions, sales, payment and despatch. This sculpture entitled 'The Battle of Britain Pilot' personifies a typical fighter pilot at the start of WW11 and is characteristic of the Battle of Britain period. He is wearing a crumpled service dress uniform standing looking into the sky with an air of youthful defiance that earned these young men Churchill's accolade 'The Few'. His flying helmet is the iconic RAF B type with bulbous receiver carriers and is fitted with a D type constant flow oxygen mask, E type microphone dating from 1935 and the detail even extends to the 6D/101 connector and RT cable and bell plug. His goggles are the Mk111A of pre war design, whilst his flying boots are 1936 pattern which were jealously guarded by fighter pilots of the period. He also wears a 1932 specification Mae West lifejacket which often proved a lifesaver in the event of a bail out over or a ditching in the English Channel. We are proud to have assisted the artist as technical consultants in the creation of this work of art which is made from cold-cast bronze, is signed by the artist and is available in a strictly limited edition of 250. Height: 16" (41cm) £275.00
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4490 US Army Air Corps Presentation Whistle - Click for the bigger picture In Stock US Army Air Corps Presentation Whistle - We endeavour to offer unusual and unique items and this is certainly the first time we've seen one of these! The item incorporates an oversized ceramic whistle marked US Air Corps to one side and USA on the other, while the top is embossed with Army Air Corps. The USAAC was established in 1926 and was abolished in June 1941 when the USAAF was formed, so it seems likely this dates from betwen 1926 and 1941. The whistle is realistically finished in a bronze colour with blue lettering and is attached to a heavy marble base. We believe it could well have been a presentation item and perhaps to be used as a paperweight on an officer's desk or maybe as a display item in the military store. The whistle itself measures 3.5" (9cm) and including the base it is almost 4" high (10cm). If any visitors can give us a more accurate description, please let us know and we will add to the listing. £48.00
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3453 RAF Technical Training Command Plaque - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Technical Training Command Plaque - On offer is a oak framed board with an applied crest named to RAF Technical Training Command and surmounted by a King's Crown and below the legend Labore. Terrestri. Caelestis. Victoria. The crest is in extremely good condition and we would guess the item dates from around the WWII period. Measures 16" x 14 " (40cm x 354cm). £35.00
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4393 RAFA Isle of Man Presentation Item - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAFA Isle of Man Presentation Item - Featuring a wood base surmounted by a brass globe on which is perched a brass eagle with outstretched wings. To one side is an RAF ensign while to the other is the Isle of Man flag. The base carries the Royal Air Force Association scroll and below silvered engraved plaque reading "Presented to the Royal Air Force Association Isle of Man Branch with grateful thanks from all members on the occasion of the Annual Conference Douglas 21/22nd June, 1952." This item was purchased at auction after the Isle of Man RAFA Club recently closed due to the sadly declining membership. While signs of years of polishing to the plaque and base, it is still readable and the item has a beautiful aged patina. Measures 12" (31cm) from base to top of flag. £125.00
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3449 RAF/USAAF HQ 3rd Bomb Wing Presentation Cigarette Case - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF/USAAF HQ 3rd Bomb Wing Presentation Cigarette Case - Featuring finely engraved RAF King's Crown wings to left corner of the lid and USAAF winged officers' branch insignia to the right. Below is engraved "Presented to Norman & Phyllis on the Occasion of their Marriage from the Officers of HQ 3rd Bomb Wing 1943". We sadly have no surname so difficult to trace the provenance of this piece but speculate Norman and Phyllis were both serving officers in the RAF and USAAF back in 1943. The 3rd Bomb Wing, part of the 8th Air Force, was formed in October 1942 and the HQ was based at Elveden Hall in Suffolk flying B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft. The case shows minors knocks commiserate with its 65 years but a unique item of appeal to both USAAF and RAF collectors. Measures 7" x 3.5" (18 cm x 9 cm) £175.00
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2677 Framed Photograph of a Luftwaffe Administrative Officer - Click for the bigger picture Reduced Framed Photograph of a Luftwaffe Administrative Officer - This clearly shows rank badges for a Hauptbrandmeister and to the base of the photograph is embossed "Photo-Wiebeche". Below is a set of fabric Luftwaffe national emblem badge with evidence of original stitching together with a cloth Reichskokade. The grouping is mounted in a more recent frame measuring 28cm x 13cm (11.5" x 5.25"). £38.00
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2493 Wing Commander Robert Stanford Tuck Flying Logbook - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Wing Commander Robert Stanford Tuck Flying Logbook - From a limited edition of 2, 500 copies which were published in 1996 and is an exact facsimile of the original. This lavishly produced replica covers Stanford Tuck's RAF career from his basic training in 1935 in an Avro Tutor to his final sortie in a Canberra in 1954. The section covering the Battle of Britain in superb and recorded in the matter of fact manner of the day. Tuck's final wartime Op on 28th January, 1942 reads "Rhubarb Patrol. Prisoner of War." When he went "in the bag", he had achieved 29 victories and had he continued on operations, could well have become Britain's top scoring ace. As close as it comes to owning the real thing! Complete with numbered limited edition certificate. £25.00
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6529 RAF Pilots Wings - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Pilots Wings - good issued set of WW11 specification Pilot’s Brevet awarded to Pilots on completion of their training and worn with pride. The original Royal Flying Corps (RFC) Pilot's brevet or Pilot's Wings was designed by General Sir Frederick Sykes and General Sir David Henderson. It consisted of the wings of a swift in white silk embroidery with the monogram of RFC encircled by a laurel wreath of brown silk. The monogram was surmounted by a crown. The Wings were given Royal approval by King George V in February 1913 under Army Order 40/13. When the Royal Air Force was formed in 1918 the design was changed slightly. The wing shape took the form of an eagle and the monogram became RAF but has otherwise remained largely unchanged over the years.

This example is of the flat type and being surmounted by a crisp Kings Crown and is likely to be of WW11 vintage, although the details of the original owner have been lost. It is in good issued condition with no moth or other damage and the only fault is a slight stain as shown on the leading edge of one wing. This looks to have age to it and we prefer to leave it exactly as it came to us. Measures 4 1/2” wingtip to wingtip (11.5 cm)

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1712 RAF Sweetheart Badge - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Sweetheart Badge - A classic example of the type, normally purchased by a serving member of the RAF and presented to his wife or girlfriend. My mother still treasures hers given to her by my late father after WW11.

This example is of the classic design and features a set of RAF wings, surmounted by a Kings Crown with the RAF logo below. It is of the pin back design and is clearly marked to the reverse ‘Sterling Silver’. Measures 1.75” (4.5 cm)
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1713 RAF Sweetheart Badge - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Sweetheart Badge - A post WW11 example of the type, normally purchased by a serving member of the RAF and presented to his wife or girlfriend. This one is of the classic design and features a set of RAF wings, surmounted by a Queens Crown, with red enamel inserts. The RAF logo is below, set against a blue enamel background. It is of the pin back design and is finished in chrome. It does not carry any makers or other marks. Measures 1.75” (4.5 cm)

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5136 Limited Edition Print signed by Flying Officer John Cruickshank VC - Click for the bigger picture Sold Limited Edition Print signed by Flying Officer John Cruickshank VC - We have been fortunate to purchase four limited edition prints which we are listing today, all published by ‘Legends’(UK) in 1989. Each is signed in pencil by the artist J.G.Keek and the subject, in this case John Cruickshank VC who was born 20 May 1920 and today is the oldest living recipient of the Victoria Cross for air action from the Second World War, as well as the last living Scottish holder of the VC.He was posted to 210 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Coastal Command in March 1943and he piloted a PBY Catalina flying boat, based at Sullom Voe. On 17 July 1944 on a patrol north into the Norwegian Sea to protect the British Home Fleet as it returned from the unsuccessful 'Operation Mascot' raid on the German battleship Tirpitz he found a German Type VIIC U-boat U-361 on the surface. Cruickshank had to fly the Catalina into the hail of flak put up by the U-boat. On the first pass his depth charges did not release so he brought the aircraft back round for a second time and this time straddled the U-boat with his charges sinking it with all hands. The German flak however had been deadly accurate, killing the Catalina's navigator and injuring four crewmen, including the second pilot Flight Sergeant Jack Garnett and Cruickshank himself. Cruickshank had been hit in seventy-two places, with two serious wounds to his lungs and ten penetrating wounds to his lower limbs. Despite this he refused medical attention until he was sure that the appropriate radio signals had been sent and the aircraft was on course for its home base. Even then he refused morphine, aware that it would cloud his judgement. Flying through the night it took the damaged Catalina five and a half hours to return to Sullom Voe with the injured Garnett at the controls and Cruickshank lapsing in and out of consciousness in the back. Once there Cruickshank returned to the cockpit and took command of the aircraft again and the Catalina was safely on the water. For this action in sinking the U-Boat and saving his crew he received the Victoria Cross while Flight Sergeant Jack Garnett received the Distinguished Flying Medal. John Cruickshank's injuries were such that he never flew in command of an aircraft again and after the war he returned to his pre-war job of banking. This print (and the others we have purchased) came sealed in acetate and we have left them sealed for protection so the actual image quality is better than that shown in our listing. In addition to the fine image of Cruickshank the 210 Squadron crest is also shown with the motto below “Yn y nwyfre yn hedfan”- translated literally as ‘Hovering in the Heavens’ This print is a large size at 24” x 16” (60 cm x 40 cm) and would benefit from being framed sand glazed. The print is not faded in any way and the original John Cruickshank pencil signature is strong. This and the other prints listed today depict chaps who are all real time ‘Boy’s Own' heroes and we hope you enjoy reading the account of their exceptional valour in WW11 even if you do not wish to invest in the prints! A Recent Sale
5133 Limited Edition Print signed by Warrant Officer Norman Jackson VC - Click for the bigger picture Sold Limited Edition Print signed by Warrant Officer Norman Jackson VC - We have been fortunate to purchase four limited edition prints which we are listing today, all published by ‘Legends’(UK) in 1989. Each is signed in pencil by the artist J.G.Keek and the subject in this case Warrant Officer Norman Jackson V.C. Norman Cyril Jackson was born on 8 April 1919 and died on 26 March 1994. In July 1943 he joined No. 106 Squadron as a Flight Engineer serving on Avro Lancaster bombers. Jackson completed his tour of 30 Ops on 24 April 1944, but, as he had flown one sortie with a different crew, he chose to fly once more so that he and his original aircrew could finish their tour together. Jackson's 31st Op was a raid on the German ball bearing factories at Schweinfurt on the night of 26–27 April. Having bombed the target, Jackson's Lancaster serial ME669 was attacked by a German night fighter and a fuel tank in the starboard wing caught fire. Jackson, already wounded from shell splinters, strapped on a parachute and equipped himself with a fire extinguisher before climbing out of the aircraft and onto the wing, whilst the aeroplane was flying at 140 miles per hour (230 km/h), in order to put out the fire. He gripped the air intake on the leading edge of the wing with one hand, and fought the fire with the other. The flames seared his hands, face and clothes. The fighter returned and hit the bomber with a burst of gunfire that sent two bullets into his legs and in the action he was swept off the wing. Meanwhile the fire burned out of control and the Pilot gave the order to abandon aircraft. Four of the remaining members of the crew landed safely but the captain and rear gunner have not been accounted for. Meanwhile Jackson fell 20, 000 feet (6, 100 m), but his smouldering and holed parachute worked to save his life and also to give him membership of the elusive ‘Caterpillar Club’! He suffered further injuries upon landing, including a broken ankle, but managed to crawl to a nearby German village where he was captured. He spent 10 months recovering in hospital before being transferred to the Stalag IX-C prisoner of war camp from where he made two escape attempts, the second of which was successful as he made contact with a unit of the US Third Army. Jackson's exploit became known when the surviving crewmen of his bomber were released from German captivity at the end of the war. He was promoted to warrant officer and his Victoria Cross award was gazetted on 26 October 1945. When he went to Buckingham Palace to receive his VC from King George VI, he was accompanied by Leonard Cheshire who was also due to receive his on that day. Group Captain Cheshire insisted that, despite the difference in rank, they should approach the King together. Jackson remembers that Cheshire said to the King, "This chap stuck his neck out more than I did - he should get his VC first"! Of course the King had to keep to protocol but Jackson stated he would never forget what Cheshire said. Post war Norman Jackson worked in sales for Haig Whisky. In 2004 his VC was sold at auction by his family and was bought by Lord Ashcroft for £235, 250 against a pre-auction estimate of £130, 000 and is now on display at the Imperial War Museum, London. Our print is signed by the artist and Norman Jackson and is numbered 67 of a limited edition of 1000. This print (and the others we have purchased) came sealed in acetate and we have left them as such to protect them. So the actual image quality is better than that shown in our listing. In addition to the pencil image of Jackson the print also carries the 106 Squadron crest top right with the motto below ‘Pro Libertine’ meaning ‘For Freedom’. This print is a large size at 24” x 16” (60 cm x 40 cm) and would benefit from being framed and glazed. The print is not faded and the original Norman Jackson pencil signature is strong. This is the last of the four fine prints we have listed today, items that can never be repeated, so grab the opportunity to own one whilst you can! A Recent Sale
5158 RFC Trench Art Propeller Photo Frame - Click for the bigger picture Sold RFC Trench Art Propeller Photo Frame - A stunning example we believe made from the first World war. The laminated timber has a beautiful patina and the dowel construction seems to indicate it was made from an early propeller. The frame contains an original photograph of a young airman who is clearly wearing an Observers half brevet on his No1 uniform. The Observers brevet was first introduced in 1918 but fell from use during the 1920’s & 30’s but the badge was reinstated by AMO A347 in 1937. We removed the photograph in case the back was named but sadly it is blank so we have no idea who the Officer is but picture would appear to date to the latter days of WW1. The frame carries a wall hanging wire to the rear but we believe at one stage it would have had a desk mount fitted so that it could have been displayed freestanding. The frame came to us exactly as shown and the photograph is not protected behind glass but glass could be added by the new owner if so desired. Measures 13” high (33 cm) and is 9.5” at the base (25 cm) A Recent Sale
5135 Limited Edition Print signed by Flight Lieutenant Bill Read V.C - Click for the bigger picture Sold Limited Edition Print signed by Flight Lieutenant Bill Read V.C - We have been fortunate to purchase four limited edition prints which we are listing today, all published by ‘Legends’(UK) in 1989. Each is signed in pencil by the artist J.G.Keek and the subject, in this case Flight Lieutenant Bill Read V.C. William Reid was born on 21 December 1921 and died 28 November 2001 was a Scottish recipient of the award. Reid was a 21-year-old acting Flight Lieutenant serving in 61 Squadron when he took part in the raid on Düsseldorf which led to the award of his VC. On the night of 3 November 1943, on the way to Düsseldorf, the windscreen of Flight Lieutenant Reid's Lancaster serial LM360 was shattered by fire from a Messerschmitt Bf 110 and the gun turrets and cockpit badly damaged. Saying nothing of his multiple injuries, he continued on his operation and soon afterwards the bomber was attacked again by an FW 190. His navigator was killed and the wireless operator fatally wounded. He was wounded again, as was the flight engineer, while the Lancaster received more serious damage with the starboard part of the tail plane being shot off. He decided to press on to the target, rather than turn back. Reid subsequently claimed that his main reason for carrying on was that turning back would have involved flying through or across the following bomber stream, with a real danger of mid-air collision. He reached the target, released the bombs, and only then set course for home. On the way back to Syerston, he saw the searchlights of RAF Shipdham, a USAAF-operated base in Norfolk. Despite being wounded and suffering from loss of blood, Reid succeeded in landing his plane - though the undercarriage collapsed and the aircraft slid along the runway. The wireless operator subsequently died in Shipdham's medical centre. Reid was awarded the VC on 14 December 1943. A part of his citation reads: “Wounded in two attacks, without oxygen, suffering severely from cold, his navigator dead, his wireless operator fatally wounded, his aircraft crippled and defenceless, Flight Lieutenant Reid showed superb courage and leadership in penetrating a further 200 miles into enemy territory to attack one of the most strongly defended targets in Germany, every additional mile increasing the hazards of the long and perilous journey home. His tenacity and devotion to duty were beyond praise”. When the Victoria Cross awarded to Flight Lieutenant Bill Reid was put up for sale in 2009 it sold for £348, 000 setting a new world record for the highest price paid for a Victoria Cross awarded to a Briton-or I should say a Scot! Our print is signed by the artist and Bill Read and is numbered 38 of a limited edition of 1000. This print (and the others we have purchased) came sealed in acetate and we have left them as such to protect them. So the actual image quality is better than that shown in our listing. In addition to the pencil image of Reid the print also carries the 61 Squadron crest top right with the motto below ‘Per Puram Tonates.’ This print is a large size at 24” x 16” (60 cm x 40 cm) and would benefit from being framed and glazed. The print is not faded and the original Bill Read pencil signature is strong. The edge of the mount has a couple of tiny marks on it but these in no way detract from a fine print that clearly can never be repeated so grab it whilst you can! A Recent Sale
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