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4133
RAF Reflector Gunsight Bulb - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Reflector Gunsight Bulb - The Reflector Gunsight used a frosted, half-silvered bulb which lit up the aiming pattern at the bottom of the body of the sight. The bulbs were either 12 volt or 24 volt, depending on the aircraft and could have been used on late mark Spitfires, Typhoons or other fighter aircraft with a 24V system. The Reflector Gunsight MkII was the mainstay of the RAF fighter from 1941 until the Mk 11D Ferranti Gyro gunsights began to enter service in 1944;the advantage of this model was it would automatically compensate for the movement of the aiming aircraft. We have a small quantity of original 24 volt bulbs, all of which are silvered on the inside but some are blacked on the outer surface while others are silvered. Both specifications are shown in our image. The bayonet fitting is stamped Crompton, a broad arrow property mark,‘GUNSIGHT’and stores reference 5L/2041. The bulbs show some storage wear and we can’t guarantee they are still working but they are complete and undamaged. Each gunsight used a single bulb and spares were then stored in a small rack in the cockpit of fighter aircraft although trying to change the bulb in flight at close to 400 MPH must have proved interesting! The price quoted is for a single bulb and lease specify with your order if you require the silvered or black painted option. Bulb measures 2.25” (5.5 cm)
6201
RAF Trench Art Cigarette Box - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Trench Art Cigarette Box - a very nicely worked example in mahogany with an RAF Albatross badge applied to the lid This would appear to have been ‘borrowed’ from an Officers forage cap badge! When opened two fitted trays pop up with each holding 20 cigarettes. Elastic strips hold the cigarettes in place which are now slightly stretched. We don’t have any provenance with it but suspect may have been created in the Middle East or North Africa in WW11. it measures 8.5” x 5” and stands 3” tall (22 cm x 13 cm x 8 cm).
4400
Air Ministry Bristle Uniform Clothes Brush - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Bristle Uniform Clothes Brush - A fine original RAF issue item made from polished hardwood and genuine bristles. The side is stamped with the AM crown property mark and the manufacturers detail ‘H.B. & Co Warranted Bristle ’. This modest item also carries the perfect 1940 date so could well have served during the Battle of Britain. Sadly we have no provenance to go with it but it is nice to speculate its use perhaps on a Fighter or Bomber Command command Officers No 1 uniform before a night in in the Mess. Minor service wear commensurate to use but generally in exceptional condition seeing it is now 75 years old! Measures 5.5” (14cm)
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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)
6162
RAF Observers Brevet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Observers Brevet - A nice early example of a flat 'O' brevet in oatmeal coloured silky thread, woven on a black felt backer. Initially, the observer was just that - a lookout. The pilot was responsible for all aspects of flight including navigation but as aircraft became more complex, the air gunner was added to the crew with the observer assisting the pilot with his navigation. Sometimes, a second pilot (usually a new pilot) acted as the observer to gain experience. This was how my late father experienced his first ‘Ops’ on Hampden’s back in 1941, with 144 squadron.

With the advent of ‘heavies’ and night bombing, a dedicated crew member was required to plot the aircraft position, given his own plotting table and the role was replaced by the navigator ; thus the Observer function was superseeded in 1942. As an aside the the 'O' brevet was often referred to by other aircrew positions as "the flying a---hole"! This example is likely to date from early WW11 period and it is in good issued condition and with the only fault being slight nibbles to the felt backer, but the silk wing itself is perfect. These are becoming less easy to find now. Measures 3.5” (9 cm)

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.

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RAF Navigators Brevet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Navigators Brevet - A fine padded example of a Navigators half wing aircrew badge. This replaced the earlier Observer's brevet in 1942. This is the scarcer pin back example with a brass backing plate sewn onto the reverse of the badge. It is likely to have been used in conjunction with a Khaki Drill (KD) uniform and the pin back enabled it to be removed before the frequent washing necessary in the Mediterranean and Far East Theatres. A really nice example that would be impossible to upgrade. Measures 3” (8 cm)

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RAF Pilot's Brevet and Medal Bar with Mentioned in Despatches Clasps - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Pilot's Brevet and Medal Bar with Mentioned in Despatches Clasps - on offer is a particularly impressive pilots padded wings grouping which is sewn to a Khaki Drill (KD) snap back cloth base and was clearly used in conjunction with Khaki Drill tunic. Sadly we don’t have either the original owners name or the provenance that belongs with this piece but he clearly served with distinction in WW1 and WW11 as shown by his impressive medal bar. This confirms he was entitled to the 1914/15 Star, War Medal 1914/20,Victory medal with mentioned in despatches (MID), 1939-45 Star, Africa Star with 1st Army clasp,(indicating he served with the 1st Army in North Africa between 8th November ‘42 & 23rd May ‘43), Italy Star (rather faded), Defence Medal and 1939-45 with a further mentioned in despatches to complete the grouping! It would be nice to speculate this anonymous Pilot served with the Royal Flying Corps in WW1 and his wings were subsequently changed to the post 1918 RAF brevet at a later date but we will never know for sure.

Pilot’s wings used on Khaki Drill uniforms tended to be either pin back or with snaps (as here) so these important badges could be removed before the frequent washing that was required as the dyes were known to run. These wings are in fine original condition with signs of usage but no damage, moth or other faults. The medal ribbons show small signs of wear and some fading commensurate with their age – but they certainly have a story to tell. The stitching revealed on the reverse confirms this is an 100% original item and not a made up copy. Wings measure 4 1/2” wingtip to wingtip (11 cm.)

2032
RAF Identification Bracelet Tab named to Sergeant E.E.Bond - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Identification Bracelet Tab named to Sergeant E.E.Bond - An emotive RAF ID bracelet engraved ‘Sgt E.E.Bond’ and below ‘C of E’ (Church of England) and ‘Royal Air Force’. It also details the owners service number 9647 which looks to be an early number and could even be possible he originally served with the Royal Flying Corps pre 1918. We will leave any further detective work to the new custodian. This was a metal detectorist’s find and was recovered from near Hunstanton in Norfolk which was very much on the edge of ‘Bomber Country’ in WW11. The finder was however not prepared to reveal to me the actual location where this 'treasure' came from! The tab is nicely engraved whilst the back is stamped E.P.N.S. The original attachment chain is missing so we will never know how it came to be buried (until recently) in the Norfolk earth!
1619
RAF Shirt Cufflinks - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Shirt Cufflinks - Small but beautifully formed! Each link features a very precise set of RAF wings surmounted by a kings Crown. The cufflinks are joined by a small chain and are finished in chrome. Traces of original red paint remain behind the RAF logo. We have no idea of age but despite being for sale as a collectable they remain entirely suited to their original function. Each link measures 9/10” (2.4 cm)
3042
USAAF Parachute Seat Pack Cushion Part No 44D9370 - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF Parachute Seat Pack Cushion Part No 44D9370 - this fine WW11 example is fully stamped as shown including Part number and clearly dated September 30th 1944. We are unsure which model of parachute this would have been used in conjunction with but looks to be from a fighter pilots seat chute. It was held in place by four loops at each corner as opposed to the snaps seen on the Irvin seat pack cushion we have also listed today. On many USAAF cushions the crutch strap exits near the front whilst this example has the cut out in the middle of the cushion and is similar to the RAF Irvin style cushion. The manufacturers stamp is not clear but might read HMC. The canvas is all in good shape with just minor fading and a couple of water stains to the underside but no damage. The interior stuffing is a little flattened. Measures 16" x 13" (40 cm x 33 cm)
5641
RAF Heliograph Mirror stores reference number 27H/2107 - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Heliograph Mirror stores reference number 27H/2107 - a small but essential instrument issued with the 1941 pattern Mae West and held in the breast pocket. This example is contained within its original calico pouch with securing line attached. Whilst the pouch shows some age and storage marks the instrument is in near perfect condition. The sighting tool is broad arrow marked marked with stores reference number 27H/2107. The signal mirror is again excellent and carries full instructions for use on the reverse. An identical example is illustrated in Mick Prodger’s 'Flying Equipment' reference book on page 61. Like all great inventions this is a very simple concept with little to go wrong and was proven to be a life saver by many downed aircrew in WW11. Case measures 3” x 3" when closed (8 cm x 8 cm)
5576
Luftwaffe Cockpit lamp Fl 322272.2 - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe Cockpit lamp Fl 322272.2 - Manufactured by Siemens and like most German equipment from this period beautifully engineered. The lamp case is fished in slate grey alloy and the reverse of the case is stamped with a BAL inspectors mark, H23 and a further less clear stamp that might read 024. The lamp itself fits into a recess on the right side of the unit and features an integral loom we imagine to mount it near the crew position to free off his hands. The lamp housing looks to be made of Bakelite and is embossed Bauart with the Siemens logo and at the base 126-12.04 On the reverse is stamped Bauart 126-12.05. The lamp is missing its bulb but otherwise all seems in perfect condition. The lengthy wire contained within the case can be wound out or pulled and it would appear to have had the facility to have been used in various crew positions. We were told by the previous owner this unit was removed from an HE111 bomber although we have been unable to prove this so if any visitors can help us with a firm ID that would be appreciated. The case measures 4.5” x 4.5” (11 cm x 11 cm) whilst the lamp is c.5” long (13.5cm)
6295
RAF Type 26 Microphone Assembly - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Type 26 Microphone Assembly - Another recent warehouse find! An original RAF WW11 period oxygen mask microphone marked on front with stores reference 10A/125712 and fitted with an On Off communication switch. The short short beige loom is in close to mint condition and a 2-pin socket is attached, as fitted to wartime G-type oxygen masks, and compatible with RAF C, D and E pattern flying helmets. In excellent condition and appears never have been issued and is complete with the anti-freeze gauze plate to rear which is marked 10A/12925. Whilst for sale as a collectable it may still be in working order but we have no means of testing it here.
6452
RAF Style Mk V111 Flying/Motoring Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Style Mk V111 Flying/Motoring Goggles - On offer are a set of decent replica goggles based on the RAF Mk V111 pattern. We have no idea who made these as they do not carry any makers marks but they could have been aimed at the motorcycle market? The metal frames are silver painted and in excellent condition as are the clear lenses, although we can’t say for sure if safety glass has been fitted. The central nose adjustment bar is an exact copy of the RAF version. The outer face pads are made of leatherette finished plastic while the inner pads and inside nose cover are leather. The back strap in not to the original specification but is fully elastic with plastic adjustment clips. In general we try and stay away from reproduction kit but these came in with a mixed lot of flying kit and if nothing else would be ideal for an aviation themed fancy dress whilst ‘Mr Oldnautibits' himself recently used this set at a Mods & Rockers themed charity party!
6488
USAAF A-8 Summer Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF A-8 Summer Flying Helmet - The A-8 flying helmet dates from May 3rd 1933 when the design was standardised but was moved to limited standard in March 1941 and was declared obsolete in September 1944. The A-8 was issued without provision for receivers or oxygen equipment although many were factory modified initially to take the A-8 series of masks. Receivers, when fitted, were held in place by leather receiver cups. The A-8 helmet was actually used in this guise by the first US fighter pilots to arrive in England during the spring and summer of 1942. This example is an unmolested version exactly as issued with a dark olive four segment cotton shell and goggle retaining straps to the rear. The front brow of the shell is stamped with a large AAF logo with Army Air Force below. It also features an original chestnut brown leather chin strap buckled at both sides; this shows some staining and signs of use. Later examples were modified with a fleece lined chin strap which also involved cutting and refinishing the sides of the helmet so it could be used with the A-9 or A-10 masks. Both draw strings are still in place. Inside the helmet carries a woven cloth label confirming the helmet designation and ‘DWG 33G 5979’ and ‘A.C Order No. 41-2047-E.P’. An identical label is shown on page 88 of Mick Prodger’s excellent 'Vintage Flying Helmets’ reference book and dates our helmet to 1942, which is very late for an unmodified helmet to turn up. The size is indicated as ‘Medium’. The A-8 is much harder to find now than the A-9 that replaced it and this pattern was also used in unmolested form by paratroopers in training, in much the same way as the RAF B type, without receiver cups fitted. The A-8 also saw service with the AAF in China and during the early war against the Japanese. Perhaps not the most sexy of US helmets but with its early introduction and unmodified specification and the fact it saw service in one form or another until almost the end of WW11 it should form an important part in a US or general flying helmet collection. Thanks again to Mick Prodger for assistance with this description.
6044
Rolls -Royce Merlin Engine Rocker Cover - Click for the bigger picture SoldRolls -Royce Merlin Engine Rocker Cover - Here is something for all of you who are saving up for that Spitfire but who are still some what short of the £1, 000, 000+ required! Whilst we have no history with it the back is distorted and we imagine the engine and airframe it was once attached to had a heavy landing. However from the front it looks very crisp with good clear Rolls Royce name so no doubt about its origins. It is also embossed D 32963 so it may be possible to trace its history. Having compared it to my own Battle of Britain period Merlin engine relic I would say this was from a late Mk of engine but really can’t add any more useful information to this description. It could of course be sprayed black and the Rolls Royce picked out in red but we have left it exactly as it came in. Measures 42” x 9” (107 cm x 21 cm)
4852
USAAF A-11 Intermediate Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF A-11 Intermediate Flying Helmet - A complete and fully wired example of one of the classic US Army Air Force flying helmets, standardised on August 6th 1943 and was used extensively in WW11 and beyond seeing front line service in the Korean War. Everything is as it should be and all in all in really great display condition. Made from a brown cape leather shell with a soft chamois lining. The helmet carries an AAF decal to the front left and a similar even crisper stamp to the inside lining. Receivers fitted are the ANB-H-1 pattern; the one on the right has a minor chip to the edge but as this is inset it is hardly noticeable. A Y loom is fitted and is correctly wired to a PL-54 jack plug. The helmet features 4 snaps each side indicating this was a late specification helmet although the final version carried threaded oxygen mask snaps. An oxygen mask clip is fitted to the right side. The original manufacturer's woven label is attached to the inside rear of the lining, confirming the specification as Type A-11 spec nos 3189 and the size as ‘Large’ The contact number would appear to date it to 1944 and the manufacturer was Bradley Goodrich Inc. It is also marked ‘Property of A.F. U.S. Army’. The lining itself is in good shape with evidence of only light wear. The only minor issues is a split in the leather lining inside one of the receiver ‘doughnuts’ probably caused when the receiver was originally fitted. This hardly detracts and is unnoticeable when on display. The chin strap and buckle are perfect. A fine example of this classic US helmet of WW11 in a desirable large size and worthy of a new home in a serious USAAF collection! More detailed photographs available on request.
5517b
Item 5517B Aviation Cartoon Attributed to 'Canning' - Click for the bigger picture SoldItem 5517B Aviation Cartoon Attributed to 'Canning' - Another fine framed cartoon featuring an RAF subject with distinct health and safety issues being highlighted in obvious fashion! The aircraft depicted appears to be a Hawker Hunter which entered RAF service in 1954 and were withdrawn from operational use in 1967. This cartoon has not been signed but it is clearly by the same hand as the ‘Canning’ example we have also listed today. We have been unable to establish much information on the artist but we have found he was cartooning at at RAF Wildenrath in the early 1970’s and had a booklet published that went on sale in the Malcolm Club. The cartoons caricature some of the humorous goings-on in the Harrier Force at the time and it appears this and the other ‘Canning’ cartoon we are listing today pre date these and are probably circa 1960’s. This work features an irate officer who is clearly the Senior Technical Staff Officer (S.T.S.O.) who is less than happy with the First Line Servicing Officer who is being put on the spot for an airborne airframe failure. We will never know if ‘Pilot Officer Prune’ (or his 1960’s counterpart) was able to ‘bang out’ in time but we hope so! This image has at one stage been drawing pinned to a wall or notice board but is now mounted in a period frame and glazed. Measures 13” x 13” (33 cm x 33 cm) Minor age wear to frame but generally in very clean condition.
5517a
RAF Aviation Cartoon by 'Canning' - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Aviation Cartoon by 'Canning' - A rather fine framed cartoon featuring the RAF at work and play- we imagine in the 1960’s. The aircraft depicted appear to be Hawker Hunter’s which entered RAF service in 1954 and were withdrawn from operational service in 1967. We have been unable to identify the artist but we have found he was cartooning at at RAF Wildenrath in the early 1970’s and had a booklet published that went on sale in the Malcolm Club. The cartoons caricature some of the humorous goings-on in the Harrier Force at the time and it appears this and the other ‘Canning’ cartoon we are listing today pre date these and are probably circa 1960’s. This work features an officer who is clearly the Senior Technical Staff Officer (S.T.S.O.) who is less than happy with the way the ‘erks’ are looking after the aircraft under their charge with total disregard to health and safety issues and it would seem the Servicing Controller is shortly for the high jump The cartoon has some lovely period details and we particularly like the young ‘Eric Bristow’ type with his makeshift dart board/ RAF roundel! The picture is signed ‘Canning’ bottom right and bottom left is marked in pencil ‘M’. We are unsure if this is an original or a print but it is period framed and glazed. Measures 17.5” x 14.0” (44 cm x 36 cm)
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