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4696 RAF 'B' Squadron Presentation Tankard 1940 with possible CUAS Connections - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF 'B' Squadron Presentation Tankard 1940 with possible CUAS Connections - A fine wartime example that clearly has a story to tell! Sadly the provenance has been lost down the years but we have certain clues to go on. On the base rim is embossed 'Mathers & Son Cambridge'. We believe this to be a Cambridge retailer rather than the manufacturer as we have seen clocks with the same name but we could of course be wrong. The base is also stamped 482 followed by a flower shaped device and 1/2 PT indication a half pint capacity. To the front of the tankard is a set of hand engraved RAF Wings surmounted by a Kings Crown and below the wording 'From "B" Squadron March Eights 1940'. Our surmise on this piece is it was purchased by Cambridge University Air Squadron (CUAS) from a local retailer and they had it engraved. The 'March Eights 'that could be a reference to a Cambridge University Rowing Club event and perhaps it was presented as a winner's prize.

Cambridge University Air Squadron was formed in October 1925 and was the first in the country. The University Air Squadrons were an important source for aircrew for the RAF in the pre war years and special concessions were made to members of the University Air Squadrons in the way of seniority if they subsequently joined the RAF. From 1937 members in their third year who were sufficiently proficient could be commissioned in the newly-created RAFVR. Surprisingly all UAS's were disbanded in September 1939 but were reformed again in 1940. The value of these ‘publicly-funded flying clubs’ was demonstrated emphatically by the contribution made by former UAS members to the war effort and during the Battle of Britain when no less than 97 formed part of Churchill’s ‘Few’, with many still wearing their pre war 'badge of honour ' Prestige flying suits.

Suffice to say it is a nice period example with an ornate handle and glass bottom. It is very slightly distorted, as is often the case with tankards that have generally enjoyed a working life, in addition to being a presentation piece. It would no doubt polish up if so required but we prefer to leave it in 'as found' condition and we like to think it may have been used in the smoke filled bar of 'The Eagle', much frequented by RAF and USAAF aircrew in WW1. This unique pub became a favourite haunt for them and many of their signatures remain on the ceiling, a reminder of times gone by and bring back many emotive memories;it is a must do if you should are everin Cambridge and just as important as a visit to Kings College chapel to all those of a certain inclination! If any visitors to the site can add anything in regard to the pewter marks detailed or our surmise on the tankards early history please get in touch and we will add this to our description. This again would make a unique Christmas stocking filler for the aviation collector in your life. Measures c.4" high (10 cm)

£48.00
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5215a RAF Team Rife Championships Presentation Hip Flask - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF Team Rife Championships Presentation Hip Flask - The Royal Air Force Rifle Association was founded in 1921 with the object, as expressed at the time, of ‘promoting interest in small arms shooting for Service purposes by means of individual and collective Competitions. It was renamed in 1946 as the Royal Air Force Small Arms Association. Sadly this one came without any provenance but we are assuming the engraving refers to the RAF Middle East Command where we had a significant presence in the 1930's including Iraq, Palestine and India. The flask has no makers marks but it was clearly presented to the Runners up in an RAF rifle competition back in 1934. The plated metal base cover slides off revealing a glass flask beneath and the top is covered in leather with a viewing slit to check remaining contents. The flask carries a screw top metal stopper and overall it is generally in very sound used condition and would make a great stocking filler for the RAF collector in your life at a modest price. Measures 5.6" high (14.5 cm) £24.00
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6026 Group Captain L.T.N.Gould MC RFC/RAF Presentation Plaque - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Group Captain L.T.N.Gould MC RFC/RAF Presentation Plaque - An absolutely unique item my own personal collection and now being offered for rehoming for the first time. When purchased back in 2012 it came with no history but fortunately Lionel Thomas Nutcombe Gould is easily researched on line and with the key aspects of his service career vividly hand painted on our plaque it has been simple to corroborate the facts. Young Lionel Gould was born in Alveston, near Stratford on Avon, in 1893 and was educated at Marlborough College and on leaving volunteered for War Service with the Royal Garrison Artillery. In 1915 he was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps, initially as an Observer but subsequently won his coveted RFC Pilots brevet in March 1916. He served initially at Gosport and then on active duty in France from 1915 and by July 1917 he was appointed CO of 21 Squadron. Whilst in France Major Gould was awarded the Military Cross announced in the London Gazette 18 July 1917 with the citation :- "He has done consistent, good, and valuable work while co-operating with the artillery, often under most difficult conditions. He always set a splendid example by his exceptional pluck and determination."

Gould beat the odds and survived the war and in May 1918 he married Barbara Harriet Sperling. He transferred to the fledgling RAF and went on to serve at Worthy Down (1919) Flower Down (1920) Baghdad (1921-22) Delhi & Simla (1923-24) Grantham (1925 & 27) Weston Zoyland (1926 & 27) (our local base just down the road from our HQ), Bicester (1928) Andover (1929) before moving to the Air Ministry 1930-31. He was then promoted to Wing Commander in 1928 with subsequent appointments to command 502 Ulster Squadron, a heavy night bomber Sqn based at RAF Aldergrove, Belfast (1932-33). Further promotion followed to Group Captain and he took command of the School of Naval Cooperation at Lee on Solent (1934-35). He was at Coastal Command (1936-39) then RAF Cranwell (1940-41). The final posting detailed on our plaque was RAF Penrhos (an advanced flying training unit in North Wales) during 1942 and later he served in India, Iraq and in the Air Ministry Signals Branch. Interestingly in 1943 he was given the temporary rank of Commander in the Royal Navy but we have no idea of the background to this and is worthy of further research.

Lionel's s son Auriol Stephen Nutcombe Gould born in Sudbury, Essex in 1922 also became an aviator signing up with the RAF as a pilot in WW2. Sadly on 24 January 1943, flying a Hawker Typhoon of 197 Sqn from RAF Drem it crashed Queenside Hill, south west of Glasgow and he was killed aged just 21. The Father outlived the son and Group Captain Gould retired from the RAF after the War but in 1947 lady luck finally left his side. It is recorded in January 1947 he visited his brother, Commander JC Gould of the Royal Navy, at his home in Radlett, Hertfordshire. The very next morning after his arrival his brother found him dead in a gas filled room. It was suggested that a gas pipe had become disconnected as he tried to light the fire but who can tell the reason for his tragic demise. He is buried in Fulbeck Churchyard in Lincolnshire and not far from RAF Cranwell where he also served in the early years of WW11; his wife was much later buried beside him. He was just 54 when he died.

Our plaque is handmade and depicts the RAF eagle to the centre surmounted by a Kings Crown. In diamond shaped form it is made from solid oak using two pieces cemented together and carries a brass hanging plate to the reverse. The scrollwork either side clearly details all his significant service appointments and we can only assume this was made up and presented to him as a memento of his RFC/RAF service when he finally retired. The edge of the plaque is bevelled and is picked out in red, white and blue although the paint here is now showing its age. The rest of the scrollwork is remarkably bright and we would imagine it was treasured by this great aviator as a reminder of his very significant service career. It measures 9"x 9" (23 cm x 23 cm) and I will be sad to see this piece of history go but it will undoubtedly sit happily in a top end RFC or RAF collection. An ideal solution would be for it to be reunited and displayed with Group Captain Gould's impressive medals, wherever they may now be.

£225.00
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6711 Supermarine Spitfire Trench Art Ashtray - Click for the bigger picture Reserved Supermarine Spitfire Trench Art Ashtray - A beautifully worked example featuring the iconic Spitfire, banking to port and pole mounted above an alloy ashtray. The model has clearly been hand worked and whilst generally an accurate depiction the starboard wing trailing edge shows minor inconsistencies that just adds to the charm. The ashtray is interesting made from cast alloy and we assume made up using scrap aviation metals recovered at the time and features three dished supports to hold burning cigarettes. You can almost smell the 'Craven A' or 'Senior Service'!

Sadly the history behind this emotive item has been lost down the years but without a doubt it would have a story to tell. This would make an ideal stocking filler for the aviation collector in your life and a real one off! Spitfire wingspan 6" (15 cm) and diameter of ashtray 4.5" (11.5 cm)
 
1337 Bristol Blenheim Mk.I Trench- Art Model - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Bristol Blenheim Mk.I Trench- Art Model - The iconic fighter bomber of the early years of WW11 and quite a scarce subject for a trench art model. Clearly period and hand made the brass has a lovely bronzy patina to it. We stand to be corrected by the Blenheim aficionados but we believe this to be an early Mk1 and features the classic stubby nose characteristic of the type. Built by Bristol Aeroplane Company as a light bomber and was used extensively in the first two years of WW11 including the battle of Britain, where it took heavy casualties.

The Type first flew in April 1935 and delivery to RAF squadrons commenced in1937. The Blenheim was one of the first British aircraft with an all-metal stressed-skin construction, retractable landing gear, flaps, a powered gun turret and variable-pitch propellers and The Mk I was faster than most fighters in the late 1930's. Development in fighters however lead to significant losses in the daylight role and it was decided that the Mk IF would be relegated to night fighter duties where it had better success. Our model is mounted on an unusually squat brass stand and it has never had propellers fitted and thus gives a convincing impression of the machine flying low and fast showing off the Bristol Mercury VIII radial piston engines to their best advantage. Wingspan measures 9" (22.5 cm) and it stands 2" high (5 cm) measured to the top of the tail fin

£45.00
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6143 617 Squadron Honours Board 1943-1945 - Click for the bigger picture In Stock 617 Squadron Honours Board 1943-1945 - It seems only appropriate we should list this item today, exactly 75 years to the day after Wing Commander Guy Gibson led 617 Squadron of the Royal Air Force on an audacious bombing raid to destroy three dams in the Ruhr valley, on an operation code named 'Chastise' that took place on the night of 16-17 May 1943.

We have no idea who created this board or where it was displayed but we imagine it must have come from a redundant museum. It appears to be a one off and whilst the mount is melamine or similar the wood effect sets off perfectly the high quality etched aluminium data plaques and black and white photographs. The board effectively recounts the history of 617 from immediately after the Dams Raid to the end of WW11 in 1945. It was deemed by the powers that be after 'Chastise' Gibson should be taken off operational flying and on 2 August, Gibson made his last fight with 617 Squadron, with his regular crew and his successor, Wing Commander George Holden. The information plaques detail the Ops flown by the subsequent Commanders Wing Commander Leonard Cheshire VC, Wing Commander Willie Tait and Group Captain Fauquier, together with dates and their targets. It also features two line drawings of the Avro Lancaster B1 in standard and modified forms. The board also carries black and white photographs mounted behind Perspex of Gibson, 617 crews, the 12,000 lbs 'Earthquake' and 22,000 lbs 'Grand Slam', both created by the Dam's bouncing Bomb inventor Sir Barnes Wallace. Another plaque gives considerable detail on the sinking of the 'Tirpitz' as well as a photograph of the post mission upturned hull of the wreck.

This is another one off item that we had intended to display here on the office wall but lack of space has precluded this so it is time to re home the board, when hopefully it can be shown to better advantage. It would sit happily in a private collection but ideally it would be better to go back into an appropriate museum display. It measures 48" x 24" (122 cm x 61 cm) and is fitted with brass hanging plates to aid wall mounting. As with all our stock feel free to request a range of more detailed photographs to check out the work involved in creating this homage to the amazing Commanders and crews of 617 Squadron.

£175.00
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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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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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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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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 commensurate with its 75 years but a unique item of appeal to both USAAF and RAF collectors. Measures 7" x 3.5" (18 cm x 9 cm) £160.00
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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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2737 Battle of Britain Roll of Honour published by The Illustrated London News - Click for the bigger picture Sold 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) A Recent Sale
570 Handley Page Hampden Trench-Art Model - Click for the bigger picture Sold Handley Page Hampden Trench-Art Model - A twin engine medium bomber, the Hampden was often referred to by late Father as the "Flying Suitcase", which he flew for the final time with 144 Squadron on the night of 25/26 August 1941 from North Luffenham, on an 'Op' to Mannheim piloting AE265 Pl. Mission accomplished he ran out of fuel on the way home and forced landed at Ypenburg Airfield in Holland, then under Luftwaffe management and he and his crew went 'in the bag' for the duration. He always spoke fondly of the Hampden as a responsive aircraft to fly but he did not regard it highly as a weapon of war in 1941!

The Hampden was powered by Bristol Pegasus radial engines first flew in 1936 and entered RAF service in 1938. Like the Blenheim, the Hampden took heavy losses in the daylight role but performed adequately at night, bearing the brunt of the early bombing war over Europe and taking part in the first night raid on Berlin and the first 1,000-bomber raid on Cologne. It was retired from RAF Bomber Command service in late 1942 but served on with Coastal Command. Guy Gibson of course started on Hampdens' before progressing to great things!

Our fine model has been in my personal collection since 2002 but as part of a current thinning out process it is time to rehome it. A particularly detailed example, it is mounted on an oak and brass stand and never having had props fitted it gives a good impression of the aircraft in flight. The engine nacelles are particularly well detailed and the pencil thin rear fuselage is shown to good advantage. The wingspan is 8.75" (22 cm) and the model stands 6.5" high (16 cm), measured to the top of the fail fin. Like most trench-art that comes our way we sadly have no history with it but clearly period and probably made by a flight mechanic working on a Hampden Squadron at the time. Please also check out the fine Blenheim trench-art model we have also listed today, which would date to the same period.

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5117 Fleet Air Arm 807 Squadron Battle Honours Board . - Click for the bigger picture Sold Fleet Air Arm 807 Squadron Battle Honours Board . - Like the 810 Squadron board we have just listed, this one is again from my own personal collection and is only being offered for sale as we do not have room to display it as it deserves. These items are most certainly of both national importance and historic interest and it is very much hoped an appropriate museum will step forward and take on custody as a testament to all those Naval Air Service personnel who served with distinction in WW11 and beyond. This Honours Board features the Squadron badge, the motto 'Quoquo Versus Ferituri' which translates to mean 'Ready To Strike In All Directions'. Below this is listed in relief lettering, picked pout in gold, her Battle Honours for Atlantic 1940, Malta Convoys 1941 - 42, North Africa 1942- 43, Sicily 1943, Salerno 1943, South France 1944, Aegean 1944, Burma 1945, Malaya 1945 and Korea 1950 -53. What a list!

807 Squadron was formed in September 1940 and initially equipped with Fairy Fulmar aircraft. First embarked on HMS Pegasus, where they served until February 1941, after which they transferred to HMS Furious on convoy duties. In April 1941, 807 Squadron joined HMS Ark Royal flying Fulmars and saw action defending the critical Malta convoys between 1941-42 when 'the Fortress Island' was effectively besieged by Axis forces. Unlike 810 Squadron, 807 were still on the 'Ark' when she was sunk and many of the squadron's aircraft were lost in November 1941 although fortunately none of her personnel. Four surviving machines were flown off to Gibraltar and were saved together with their crews.

The squadron was gradually re-equipped with replacement Fulmars, which were joined by Sea Hurricanes and were assigned to HMS Argus. In June 1942 the squadron flew off the carriers HMS Argus and HMS Eagle to cover 'Operation Harpoon'. They then re-joined HMS Furious flying Supermarine Seafires and they took part in Operation Torch, the North African landings. In May 1943 the squadron had been assigned to HMS Indomitable and provided cover for the Allied invasion of Sicily. Indomitable was damaged by a torpedo in July, causing 807 Squadron to transfer to HMS Battler, from which they supported the Allied invasion of Italy. Next they were then posted to HMS Hunter to support 'Operation Dragoon', the landings in the South of France in August 1944. In March 1945 817 joined the Eastern Fleet aboard HMS Hunter and provided cover during the re-occupation of Rangoon, and attacks on enemy shipping in the Andaman Sea.

Post WW11 the Squadron was disbanded but was reformed in 1958 at RNAS Lossiemouth. The squadron embarked on the next generation HMS Ark Royal in March 1960 where it remained for the next year, taking part in major exercises and carrying out cold weather trials in the Arctic Circle. In March 1961, 807 transferred from HMS Ark Royal to HMS Centaur. And after seven months in the Middle and Far East 807 NAS disbanded aboard Centaur in Portsmouth on 17 May 1962. Interestingly this Honours Board has written on the back 'Centaur 1291 13.06.62.' So it appears as 'Centaur' was 807 Squadrons last posting the board remained with the ship until she was broken up in 1972 but was fortunately saved at that time, together with the 810 Honours board which we have also just listed for sale. This piece of history is an impressive size measuring 48" x 35" (122 cm x 88 cm) and it is extremely heavy.

Please also check out the associated 807 Squadron Commanders Board we are also listing today. We would very much like the two boards to stay together and to encourage this we will offer a 10% discount to a single customer who buys both. This is a one off opportunity to purchase a unique piece of WW 11 Naval aviation history that will never be repeated.

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5116 Fleet Air Arm 807 Squadron Commanders Board - Click for the bigger picture Sold Fleet Air Arm 807 Squadron Commanders Board - Listed today is the final board from my personal collection, which is being offered for re-homing purely because we don't have room to display it appropriately at the Oldnautibits HQ. We purchased this board at the same time as the 807 and 810 Squadron Honours Board which we have also listed on the site today. It is very much hoped the two items, that are irretrievably intertwined, will remain together and to encourage such a sale we are offering a 10% discount on our list price to a single customer who purchases both 807 related items. Ideally that customer will be a Museum or public institution and the boards will be exhibited to be enjoyed by the general public rather than be locked away in a private collection as now.

This Board features the Squadron badge, in transfer form, and an image of out turned swords in a 360 degree ark, which makes every sense when you consider the Squadron motto 'Quoquo Versus Ferituri' which translates to mean 'Ready to strike in all directions'. Below that, picked out in gold lettering, is a list of 807 Squadron Commanders commencing with Lt Commander J.Shalto Douglas D.S.O, R.N. who was CO from 1940-1942 with the final incumbent listed as Lt Commander G.A. Rowan Thomson, R.N. who was serving from 1961-1962. 807 Naval Air Squadron was finally disbanded aboard Centaur in Portsmouth on 17 May 1962 so Rowan Thomson was the last of a long line of illustrious Commanders of this illustrious Naval Squadron.

First on the list is Lieutenant-Commander James Sholto Douglas was commanding 807 Squadron consisting 12 Fulmars when HMS Ark Royal joined the battle to find and sink 'The Bismark'; he was subsequently awarded the DSO. He was a descendant of the famous 'Douglas' military family of Morton Castle. The next CO was equally illustrious Lt (and later Commodore) Fraser Fraser-Harris, a Naval aviator extraordinaire. He was involved in the hunt for German cruiser Konigsberg. With skilled navigation in poor conditions Fraser-Harris's aircrewman, Leading Torpedo Air Gunner George Scott Russell, was spot on as they dived at an angle of 60 degrees from 8,000 ft through a thin layer of cloud with the sun behind them. Their 500 lb bomb hit the cruiser's bows, making a large flaming hole while others also struck the ship, which they saw sinking as the Skuas departed through the smoke. They had achieved complete surprise, with one bullet hole in a wing being the only damage sustained during what was the first sinking of a major warship by aerial bombing. Fraser-Harris was mentioned in dispatches and subsequently awarded the DSC for his daring and resource in the conduct of hazardous and successful operations. He survived the War and subsequently served with the Royal Canadian Navy.

Room does not allow a full summary of the service careers of all from this list of Naval Aviators but the above taster gives an idea of the sort of men who commanded this illustrious Fleet Air Arm Squadron. Formed at Worthy Down in September 1940 and which went on to win Battle Honours for the Atlantic 1940, Malta Convoys 1941 - 42, North Africa 1942 - 43, Sicily 1943, Salerno 1943, South France 1944, Aegean 1944, Burma 1945, Malaya 1945 and finally Korea 1950 -53. Interestingly chalked on the back of this board are the names and dates of K.A.Leppard R.N. and Lt Commander W.A.Tofts, A.F.C R.N. ; these clearly remain from the time when instructions were issued to an unknown hand, to update the latest Commanders back in the 1950's and 60's. In addition painted on the back is 'Centaur' 1290 13.06.62'. 807 Naval Air Squadron was disbanded aboard HMS Centaur in Portsmouth on 17th May 1962, so it would appear, as with our relating Honours Board, the Squadron Commanders Board remained with the carrier after their departure and was recovered when 'Centaur' was broken up at Cairnryan, Scotland, in September 1972.

This board measures 38" x 26" (96 cm x 55 cm) and has substantial brass locating points on the back for wall hanging. I have tried, but so far failed, to find pictures these boards in situ on HMS Centaur. If any visitors to the site should have photographs in their collection showing them on display we would love to hear from you! Like our Honours Boards this is a one of chance to secure a unique set of items relating to some of the most important aspects of Fleet Air Arm and Royal Navy history.

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OC419 Item OC419 Fleet Air Arm 810 Squadron Battle Honours Board - Click for the bigger picture Sold Item OC419 Fleet Air Arm 810 Squadron Battle Honours Board -

On offer is a unique and historic item from my own personal collection and is only being offered for sale as we simply do not have room to display it and the other honours boards we are currently offering for sale. This collection is most certainly of both national and historic interest and it is very much hoped an appropriate museum will step forward and take on custody as a testament to all those who served with one of the most iconic FAA Squadrons of WW11. The board displays the Squadron badge and bellow the motto in relief the motto 'Ut Fulmina De Caelo' which translated means 'Like a thunderbolt from heaven'. Then follows Battle Honours awarded for actions in Norway 1940, Mediterranean 1940-1,Spartivento 1940, Atlantic 1941, 'Bismarck' 1941 (interestingly carved from wood not metal as the other awards),Diego Suarez 1942, Salerno 1943 and Korea 1951-3.

810 Naval Air Squadron was a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm carrier based unit formed on 3 April 1933 and was first assigned to the aircraft carrier HMS Courageous in May '33 and formed part of the Home Fleet. The Abyssinian crisis resulted in the squadron to be transferred to the Med from August 1935 to February 1936. It was then upgraded to use Blackburn Sharks in 1937 and the famous Fairy Swordfish in 1938. 810 was next deployed on the HMS Ark Royal and won her first Battle Honour for actions over Norway, after the German invasion in April 1940, soon followed in the same year by the actions in the Mediterranean and in November 1940 took part in the Battle of Cape Spartivento. 'The Ark' was then ordered into the Atlantic, thus adding a further Honour and in May 1941 began to search for the German battleship 'Bismarck', and the squadron was involved in the attack which crippled her. This directly led to her subsequent sinking and thus achieving her most prestigious award for 'Bismark', flying in atrocious weather conditions in the ever faithful 'Stringbag' aircraft. The Squadron then returned to the Med and operated against enemy positions on Sardinia.

They left 'The Ark' in September 1941, shortly before she was sunk in November and was reassigned to HMS Illustrious for operations in the Indian Ocean. They were then involved in the Battle of Madagascar in May, bombing shipping and land targets at Diego Suarez, followed by a period in the Mediterranean to operate against enemy positions on Sardinia. The squadron was reassigned in March 1942 to HMS Illustrious for operations in the Indian Ocean and were then involved in the Battle of Madagascar in May, bombing shipping and land targets at Diego Suarez.

Re-equipped with Fairy Barracuda 810 embarked aboard HMS Illustrious and operated in support of the Salerno landings in 1943. 810 Squadron was then re-grouped as part of the 21st Naval Torpedo Bomber Reconnaissance Wing in October 1943, and sailed in November to join the Eastern Fleet. They carried out attacks on docks and oil tanks at Sabang in Operation Cockpit in April 1944, and followed this in June with raids on the Andaman Islands. The squadron then disbanded in August 1945 but reformed and took part in the Korean War 1950-53, as well as the Suez Crisis. Disbanded again and reformed 810 embarked finally on her last carrier based deployment on 'HMS Centaur' serving in the Persian Gulf, The Far East and Australia. 810 Squadron, after an illustrious career was finally decommissioned for the final time in July 2001.

Interestingly written in the back of the Honours Board 'Centaur 810 Sqd 31656 and dated 27.03.61'. We believe this Honours Board was last displayed on ' HMS Centaur' during 810's deployment and was left in situ when the Squadron departed and was fortunately recovered when she was finally broken up in 1972. An interesting associated fact is HMS Centaur was used in April 1959, during the making of the classic film' Sink the Bismarck!' and stood in for both the Royal Navy carriers 'Victorious' and 'Ark Royal'. Our board is large at 145" x 37" (57 cm x 37 cm) and is very heavy. Certainly a one off and a never to be repeated piece of Royal Naval aviation history.

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6121 Pegasus Carved Winged Horse marked Arnhem 1944 - Click for the bigger picture Sold 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. A Recent Sale
6232 P-39 Airacobra Crash Relics - Click for the bigger picture Sold P-39 Airacobra Crash Relics - On offer is another grouping of crash relics, this time from a P-39 Airocabra. Sadly we don't know the actual aircraft these came from but the previous owner advised the relics were recovered from a crash site in Russia. The Bell P-39 Airacobra was introduced into service in 1941 one of the principal American fighter aircraft in service when the United States entered the war. The P-39 was used extensively by the Soviet Air Force who took around a third of aircraft produced with 4,719 being delivered to the Soviet Union of the N & Q variants.

The relics in this grouping have been nicely conserved and carry much of the original olive drab, brown and grey paintwork. Several of the pieces are stamped or stencilled with serial numbers. In addition two sections of alloy also carry distinctive blue and white square I/D marks located beside clear cut outs on both sides of the skin. One piece was clearly a cable duct sheathing with the remains of the severed cable inside whilst another is finished in camouflaged paint and shows clear signs of original flak damage. This grouping, like others we are currently listing, would benefit from being mounted on a display board but we will leave that decision to the new custodian. The largest panel in the group measures 21" x 6" (54cm x 15cm) so overall an excellent size for display purposes.

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