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6219 Spitfire ML417 Underside Panel - Click for the bigger picture SoldSpitfire ML417 Underside Panel - This item is from a small collection of aircraft relics we have just got in and are currently listing and includes airframe parts from a Hurricane, Mosquito, Airacobra, and Beaufighter. Sadly most do not have the details of the actual airframes or crash site they were recovered from but this piece is an exception.

It is labelled with a ticket indicating the panel was removed from the underside of a Mk1X Spitfire ML 417 and a quick search online indicates it was delivered to 443 squadron of the RCAF in spring of 1944 and is credited with destroying two BF109s', an FW190 damaged and a further 109 probably destroyed. She survived the war and in 1949 was rebuilt as a MK Tr9 and served with the Indian Air force. In 1972 she returned to the UK and was converted back to a Mk1X at Duxford, returning to the sky in 1984 and seems likely this damaged panel was removed at this time. She was last reported being operated by 'Planes of Fame' in the US.

The panel measures 15 3/4" x 12 1/2" (40 cm x 32 cm) and is finished in matt grey and clear indication of stress damage which would seem to be the reason for its removal and replacement. We are unable to ascertain where this panel was mounted on the air frame but we have no reason to doubt the story supplied with the piece. A good display size for a collection and a genuine Spitfire panel at an entry level price!

5383 USAAF Gunners Belt type A-3 - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF Gunners Belt type A-3 - .Made by Irving Air Chute Company and comes complete in its original issue box which is fully stamped up and the box shows a manufacturing date of March 6 1943 but is further dated dated 2-1-44 which is also stamped on the belt fabric. Inside other than minor rust to meal parts the belt is in near mint condition and even carries an inspection label saying ‘serviceable when checked 25 April 1944’! These belts were fixed to the aircraft, normally in waist gunners position, to prevent air gunners being blown out of aircraft. The belt is made from cotton webbing reinforced with nylon thread and the metal parts are nonmagnetic heat treated steel. The belt was designed to be used by the gunner in a standing position and forms a loop running through the parachute harness and around a mounting point attached to the floor of the aircraft in front of the gunner. The British part number for this item is 106F/5. Extended the belt measures 66” (168 cm).

1461 Irvin Air Chute Parachute Bag - Click for the bigger picture SoldIrvin Air Chute Parachute Bag - Of standard pattern and design and whilst not dated is likely to be of WW11 vintage. The zip pulls are protected by a snap fastening flap that is overprinted ‘Mfg. BY IRVIN AIR CHUTE LTD, FORT ERIE, ONTARIO. Manufactured in heavy canvas with twin webbing handles and original zip fasteners marked ‘DOT’, both in good working order. The canvas fabric retains good colour but has some stains/soiling commensurate with service use. The Irving Air Chute Company was formed by Leslie Irvin in Buffalo, New York, the world’s first parachute designer and manufacturer of parachutes in 1919. The Canadian branch was established in 1925. The bag is empty but has been stuffed for photographic purposes only and measures 17”x 16” x 13” (43 cm x 41 cm x 33 cm)

OC278 RAAF Turnerchute Parachute Bag - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAAF Turnerchute Parachute Bag - WW11 period Australian made parachute bag by ‘Turnerchute’. Turner Parachute Pty Ltd was established in 1940 in Sydney. Its principle founders were Ben Turner, an experienced parachutist and rigger who had been brought out from England by Light Aircraft Pty Ltd, another Sydney company making parachutes which had been established a few years earlier; and George Brereton Sadlier, a successful sheep grazier who became company chairman. Plant was installed in May 1940 in a large, 18,000 square feet three storey building in which all the necessary processes - from cutting, stitching silk and heavy webbing to inspection and storage - were located. The firm successfully contracted to the Australian Government for the supply of a wide range of military parachutes including personnel parachutes, flare parachutes, supply parachutes, towing targets, safety belts, windsock indicators and associated equipment.

This bag differs from the standard RAF issue version of the period in that it is secured by lift the dot as opposed to zip fasteners. These are stamped ‘Carr Australia.’ The fabric is generally in good issued condition with strong carry handles. Interestingly on one end stencilled in red it is marked ‘94’ and below ‘12 Sqd’. No. 12 Squadron was a Royal Australian Air Force general purpose, bomber and transport squadron formed in 1939 and saw combat in the South West Pacific theatre of World War II. From 1941 to 1943, it mainly conducted maritime patrols off northern Australia. The squadron was based at Merauke in western New Guinea from November 1943 to July 1944, when it was withdrawn from operations. After being re-equipped, it operated as a heavy bomber unit from February 1945 until the end of the war. The bag is empty but packed for display measures 16”x 18”x 13” (41 cm x 46 cm x 33 cm)

4971 RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared ‘Serviceable’ by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked on 6th December 1997! This example is marked ‘Small’ and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and female plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible ‘quick connect’ loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being 32 years old this example is effectively as good as they come, both inside and out! Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can’t guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last examples whilst our very limited stocks remain.
4980 RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared ‘Serviceable’ by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked on 6th December 1997! This example is marked ‘Small’ and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and female plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible ‘quick connect’ loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being 32 years old this example is effectively as good as they come, both inside and out! Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can’t guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last examples whilst our very limited stocks remain.
4986 RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared ‘Serviceable’ by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked on 6th December 1997! This example is marked ‘Small’ and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and female plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible ‘quick connect’ loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being over 31 years old this example is effectively as good as they come, both inside and out! Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can’t guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last examples whilst our very limited stocks remain.
4973 RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared ‘Serviceable’ by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked in December 1997! This example is marked ‘Small’ and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and female plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible ‘quick connect’ loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being over 31 years old this example is effectively as good as they come and other than minor storage marks to the inner chamois lining, is close to mint condition. Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can’t guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last examples whilst our very limited stocks remain.
5606 Luftwaffe Summer Fliegerkombi Flying Suit - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe Summer Fliegerkombi Flying Suit - The German one piece flying suit, officially known as a ‘Fliegerschutzanzug für Sommer K/S0 34’ first entered service in 1934 for aircrew use in temperate climates. These suits were cut large enough to fit over the standard uniform that was worn beneath. A regulation issued on July 4th 1940 and April 24th 1941 introduced a replacement two piece protective flight suits for fighter pilots designed to increase the wearers mobility and not be as restrictive in the close confines of a cockpit but the one piece suits continued to be worn right up until the end of the war although they tend to be more associated with bomber crews.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6499 Mk 111 Flying Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldMk 111 Flying Goggles - Like the RAF MK 111A’s goggles we have just listed this set is about as good as they come! This example is RCAF issue and the back strap is clearly stamped with stores Ref. 22/397. Interestingly the strap is also stamped 22C/13 C.C.B. The Mk 111 pattern was introduced into RAF service in 1935 against stores reference nos 22C/69 and featured curved Perspex lenses, black painted brass frames and wide leather face pads intended to protect the wearer in an open cockpit which was the norm in the 1930’s. Despite the pre war design many saw service into the Battle of Britain and beyond. The RCAF model was manufactured to an identical to the Air Ministry issue pattern but it clearly continued to be issued long after it was declared obsolete by the Air Ministry as confirmed by the 1942 manufacturing date on this set.

The frame retains almost all of the original paint finish with only minor rubbing. All of the frame screws are original and both frame 'stops' are in place. The ventilation holes above the stops were designed to prevent condensation forming on the inside of the lenses. The leather surrounds are in exceptional condition with no damage or repairs and retain suppleness. The lenses have light marking commensurate with age and service use but again are in exceptional condition. On the reverse side the leather and velvet face pads are in near mint condition and this set remains quite soft without the usual hardening of the interior padding. The leather nose cover is equally soft. The back strap is near perfect and the canvas spring covers and the springs themselves are in top condition, more or less as they left the factory 74 years ago! The brown leather back strap is fully stamped as already described with the friction buckle in good working order and the curled strap end remaining and not cut like so many we see.

Like the RAF Mk 111A goggles which we have also just listed this set definitely match the collectors maxim ‘Buy the best you can afford’. Don’t however just take our word for it and if you have possible interest please drop us a mail and requested detailed pictures which will prove the point. These iconic goggles will display perfectly with an RAF or RCAF B type flying helmet and we do not anticipate that they will be with us for long.

6534 RAF Mk 111A Flying Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Mk 111A Flying Goggles - First issued in 1936, the pattern reflected the same design characteristics of the Mk 111 but with smaller face pads, as the earlier goggles were designed for open cockpit use. The Mk 111A also featured curved Perspex lenses, like its predecessor, which caused distortion and also scratched easily so in the Battle of Britain many pilots chose not to wear them which resulted in many casualties during the conflict through burns and serious eye injuries. The design was also developed independently of the RAF B helmet and the strap arrangement did not work well with the large domed receiver cups. The result of all this was this model was quickly superseded and good examples are now very scarce.

This pair is way above the average and features none of the normal issues seen on this pattern. The brass frames are in great shape and retain almost all their black paint with both the hinge stops and ventilation trumpets in place. All four screws are present and the original leather nose cover is perfect. The Perspex lenses again excellent and just minor scratching. On the reverse side they are equally good with the velvet face pads showing signs of light service use but the inner padding is hardened, as normal. The back strap is near perfect; most Mk 111A’s we see have stretched or damaged springs/canvas covers whilst these are virtually as good as when they came out of the factory. The leather back strap perfect and the curled end is still in place ; these are often cut off for some reason. The friction adjustment buckle is in great condition and carries no rust. The stamping on the back strap is very feint and almost impossible to read. However under a magnifying glass we have been able to decipher the date of manufacture which is the magic 1940 and is followed by a broad arrow and an I below. Above it is the makers name and again whilst very feint we believe this could indicate these were made by Stephens & Co Ltd. Our research on line confirms William Stephens & Co made goggles for the RFC so looks like they continued as contractors to the Air Ministry although this set do not carry any AM stores reference information.

So to conclude this fine set meets or exceeds the time honoured collectors maxim: ‘Always buy the best you can afford'.
OC399 ' Ediswan' RAF Light Bulbs with original packaging - Click for the bigger picture Sold' Ediswan' RAF Light Bulbs with original packaging - on offer are a pair of vintage Air Ministry marked ‘Royal Ediswan’ 24 Volt 80 watt GLS gas filled pearl bulbs with BC connectors. Each comes in its original card and paper packaging clearly stamped ‘By Appointment to H.M.King George V1.’ Interestingly the paper wrapping is stamped in red ‘Important. In view of the paper shortage this wrapper should not be thrown away or destroyed but should be handed to the Local Authority or organization responsible for salvaging paper in your district.’ Each bulb is clearly stamped with AM (Air Ministry) and the stores reference nos. 5L/50. The Edison and Swan Electric Light Company Limited was an English manufacturer of incandescent lamp bulbs and other electrical goods. It was formed in 1883 with the name Edison & Swan United Electric Light Company with the merger of the Swan United Electric Company and the Edison Electric Light Company. We are not sure of the exact RAF application for these bulbs but it seem likely they originate from circa WW11/ 1940’s. We can not guarantee they still function as intended but like all our stock are for sale as a collectable only. Each bulb measures 2”(6 cm)
OC395 WW11 Japanese Army Two Piece Winter Flight Suit - Click for the bigger picture SoldWW11 Japanese Army Two Piece Winter Flight Suit - On offer is a matched flying jacket and separate flight trousers of the standard Japanese design. In looking at the details today we have decided this actually came out of the factory as a one piece winter suit but has been modified at some stage in its life to make it into a two piece suit. We have seen several examples of this happening over the years and understand this was a period modifications that made it simpler to use. The RAF Irvin flight suit was designed as a two piece garment for exactly the same reason.

The jacket is in exceptional condition;it carries a superb rabbit fur collar in light brown whilst the body of the jacket is lined with white fur. The jacket itself is made from brown cloth which is very clean and just the odd mark commensurate with an issued jacket. It carries all original zips fitted to both sleeves and also to the double breast pockets, used for storing maps, pistol and personal items. The jacket is fastened with original eyes and hooks with a waist belt fitted complete with chromed buckle that shows minor rusting. The inside storm flap of the jacket carries the original Japanese factory manufacturing details which we have had translated. These confirm the jacket (suit) was the property of The Imperial Japanese Army and the production date is shown as 1941. It was made in the Osaka factory and carries an Osaka factory production stamp.

The trousers are an excellent match to the jacket but show rather more service wear with a little thinning to the fabric in places and the odd stain. The lining is the same white fur as the jacket. In checking the detail we would say the jacket and trousers are definitely a set and have always been used together. The zips are all original and functioning and on the ankles the fabric is gusseted. It is also zipped on the arms and two further waist zips to enable the pockets of a uniform worn below to be accessed. In addition the trousers feature fur lined pockets to both knees. The waist band is made from dark brown wool fabric. This has a few minor moth nibbles but nothing to worry about. Whilst we can not say for sure when this modification was carried out it looks to be period ;we understand two piece suits were favoured by fighter pilots although we have sadly got no provenance with this item.

On display in a collection or ideally set up on a mannequin it certainly looks the part. If you have interest in this suit please ask for additional photographs to enable you to check out the detail. Whilst not mint it is a very decent display example and now getting increasingly hard to find. It would of course display well with the winder flying helmet we have just listed, which was also manufactured in the Osaka factory.

5079 Japanese Army Air Force Flying Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldJapanese Army Air Force Flying Goggles - very fine set of original WW11 Japanese ‘cats eye’ flying goggles, first issued in the 1930’s. They were fitted with large curved lenses, that gave them their distinctive look. The frames were made from lacquered metal, with a velveteen cushion and a soft silk nose cover. Goggles finished with black or reddish brown painted frames and green velveteen face pads are regarded as exclusively Army Air Force issue. Those with reddish brown or light bronze frames and brown face pads were used by both Army and Navy aircrew. Whilst the war progressed the quality of manufacture diminished due to shortages of materials.

These appear to be an early WW11 set and are made to a very high specification. The black paint on the frames is near perfect and the glass lenses are virtually good enough to use as intended. The green velvet face cushions are in near mint condition. The light brown back strap has lost most of its elasticity but is otherwise perfect. It is attached to the goggle rings by leather fasteners. Late war production used plastic for this purpose so again confirming these are early goggles. The only ID mark we can find on these is beside the left attachment ring and appears to show a Chinese character looking something like an ‘SS’ in an elongated circle. If any visitors to the site can identify the manufacturer please get in touch and we will add to our description.

All in all a near perfect example of ‘Cat’s Eye’ goggles that would be hard to upgrade. Those of you owning a copy of Mick Prodger’s excellent ‘Vintage Flying Helmets’ will see a near identical set illustrated on page 312 top left. These would display well on the Japanese winter flying helmet we have also listed today.

6493 RAF Khaki Felt Bush Hat - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Khaki Felt Bush Hat - Otherwise referred to as a ‘Slouch Hat’ they had their origins in the Second Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902, when the British Army learned from the Boers that their chosen civilian headgear had more practical advantages on campaign in both hot and wet climates over the 'Foreign Service' helmet. By the conclusion of the war virtually all British and Empire troops were issued with the slouch hat as a standard headdress. Comfortable to wear, the hat's wide brim shielded the eyes in bright sunlight and gave adequate protection in even the worst downpours and could be stowed easily, not suffering the consequences of being crushed. A cloth puggaree adorned the base of the hat, and when moistened with water this would cool the brow of the wearer in the hottest conditions. Those troops who fought in the initial campaigns against the Japanese in the Far East wore conventional European headdress but from 1942 the Slouch Hat regained favour and was issued on a large scale to all personnel, including Royal Air Force, as this example.

Ours is made from khaki coloured felt and the pattern is as issued to personnel serving in the Far East as well as the Western Desert in WW11. In exceptional display condition other than minor spot staining to the rim and very minor nibbles to the underside. It is fitted with the original cloth Puggaree with RAF 'flash' attached with 4 ventilation holes fitted to each side. The inner leather lining band is in good condition and is size stamped ‘71/8’, ‘V5553’, dated 1944 and ‘Patent Serial No.115305'. The inside of the leather hat band lining is nicely marked in ink with the original owners name ‘Nash’ ; sadly we don’t have any history on him or where he served. No chin strap is present and we can’t see any evidence of one ever having been fitted. Generally a good issued example and now becoming increasingly hard to find in any condition.

2327 RAF Pilot's Mess Jacket Brevet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Pilot's Mess Jacket Brevet - A padded bullion wire King's crown pilot mess dress wing with cotton backing in fantastic original condition. This would have been sewn to the Mess jacket lapel and worn when dining at special occasions in the Officers Mess. This brevet is much smaller than the standard set of pilots wings at 2.5” or 6.5cm. Sadly no history with them but they are likely to date from WW11.
1618 British Army Air Corps Pilot's Brevet and Associated Badges - Click for the bigger picture SoldBritish Army Air Corps Pilot's Brevet and Associated Badges - The AAC has its own distinctive pilot wings as with the creation of the Royal Air Force in 1918, the army lost its aviation capabilities. During the Second World War, the need for infantry trained parachutists precipitated the formation of the Army's Glider Pilot Regiment and the Army Air Corps (AAC) was created in 1942 to administer this new airborne division. Army pilots adopted their own pattern of qualification wings with a lion and crown to distinguish them from the RAF service. The pattern offered here was authorised for use from 1957 and features a Queens Crown surmounted by a sylasied lion and light blue embroidered wings set against a black felt background. They are of super quality and incorporate bullion wire on the crown and lion and we assume this to be a no 1 uniform dress brevet. Included with this lot are a pair of AAC lapel badges, a medal ribbon indicating the owner was entitled to a General Service Medal for operational service from 1962 and a Royal Observers Corps Medal, awarded from 1953. The group is completed by a pair Major’s rank crowns. All these badges came in as a grouping and have at some stage been removed from a uniform and are guaranteed original service items. Wings measure 3.75” (9.5 cm)
1713 RAF Sweetheart Badge - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF 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)

1712 RAF Sweetheart Badge - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF 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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