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4954 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 31 years old this example is effectively as good as they come and is in factory fresh 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 genuine ‘mint and boxed’ examples whilst our very limited stocks remain.
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 The aircraft depicted appears to be a Hawker Hunter which entered RAF service in 1954 and were withdrawn from operational use in 1967.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)
4950 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 31 years old this example is effectively mint and boxed and is in factory fresh condition 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 genuine ‘mint and boxed’ examples whilst our very limited stocks remain.
6515 Outfit First -Aid For An Airborne Lifeboat - Click for the bigger picture SoldOutfit First -Aid For An Airborne Lifeboat - On offer is a scarce wooden case complete with most of its original wartime contents which formed an important part of the standard contents of the RAF’s airborne lifeboat system. These were designed by Ufa Fox in 1943 to be dropped from the carrying aircraft (Lockheed Hudson and later Vickers Warwick) to aid the rescue of allied aircrews downed at sea. The lifeboat was 32’ in length (10M) and was a wooden canoe shaped craft which came complete with sails and a 4 horsepower engine. When released from the mother aircraft at 700’ (210 M) its decent was slowed by six parachutes. On hitting the water these were jettisoned and coamings were inflated to make the boat self-righting. The lifeboats carried a wide range of rescue/emergency equipment including a Gibson Girl transmitter, waterproof suits with insulated linings, rations, signalling devices and of course the first aid kit. Our set is in its original grey painted wooden case which measures 12” x 12” x 4.5” (30 cm x 30 cm x 12 cm) with stencilling to lid ‘First Aid Outfit’ Stores Reference 9A-02420, a red cross and below ‘Airborne Lifeboat’. Whilst the set contains what looks to be the original wartime issue contents we understand this would have been sealed in an inner galvanised lining to protect the medical supplies from the elements. This is now missing but does not detract from a display point of view. Many of the items are wartime dated and carry stamps such as ‘H.M.Government March/June 1939’ or ‘Air Ministry Medical Department January 1944’. The comprehensive contents also include malaria tablets, sun screen and lip salves, essential sea sickness tablets clearly marked ‘for Military use only’ and much else besides. The inside lid of the case is stamped AM with a Kings Crown and when opened the smell reminds me of my late Grandmothers medicine cabinet! In a lifetime collecting I have never seen another and this is very much a museum grade artefact which most specialist museums would love to own. We can only imagine today the feelings of a downed Bomber Command crew on seeing an airborne lifeboat floating down and it must have felt as close as they could get to the biblical ‘Manna from Heaven'. Grab it whilst you can as it certainly won’t be with us long!
6524 Royal Air Force Association Ensign - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Air Force Association Ensign - A good original flown example manufactured by Ernest W.Perrett under the registered trade mark ‘Excelsior’. Our research indicates by 1927 their works was established on the site of an old chapel in Canning Town London and was replaced by the Beulah Gospel Hall where the Excelsior Works of Ernest Perrett Ltd, flag makers operated from. The premises was badly bomb-damaged in the Second World War. Subsequently the works were relocated to Holloway Road, London N7. The ‘Comrades of Royal Air Force Association’ was formed as a single organisation dedicated to the welfare of serving and ex-serving RAF personnel in 1933 and Lord Trenchhard was the first President. In 1943 the name was changed to simply ‘The Royal Air Force Association’ or ‘ RAFA ’. Our ensign measures 70” x 36 ” (178 cm x 92 cm) and is in excellent display condition with minor staining and one small moth nip. Whilst the flag is printed, the RAFA logo is a separate panel sewn in, as is the Union flag in the corner. It comes complete with it’s original hanging line, and wood toggle.
4952 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 male 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 31 years old this example is effectively mint and boxed and is in factory fresh condition 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 genuine ‘mint and boxed’ examples whilst our very limited stocks remain.
6489 'Eaglet ' Flying helmet by D.Buegeleisen - Click for the bigger picture Sold'Eaglet ' Flying helmet by D.Buegeleisen - Strauss & Buegeleisen was founded in 1910 by Elias Buegeleisen of New York, and manufactured aviators goggles under the ‘Resistal’ name. Brothers Joseph and David Buegeleisen joined the company, with Joseph heading up sales in the Detroit area and David was the West Coast representative. Both brothers subsequently left the business with David Buegeleisen producing helmets under the ‘Eaglet’ brand, based in San Francisco.. These were marketed to the aviation and motorcycle markets. This example is in fine original condition with the four segment shell made from glove soft brown leather to a cut similar to that used by the USN in the 1930’s. The rear carries two goggle snaps both clearly marked ‘The Eaglet Helmet’ with the snaps supplied by United Carr. The chin strap is in good shape as is the large chromed buckle. Inside the lining is a little grubby but with no damage, commensurate with a a helmet that has seen service and is now over 80 years old. The ear section of the lining carries extra padding for additional comfort. No size is marked but we estimate this to be medium/large and would equate to an RAF size 3+. Mick Prodger illustrates an ‘Eaglet’ helmet on page 187 of his excellent ‘Vintage Flying Helmets’ as well as an unnamed example of similar design used by a Braniff airline Pilot in the 1930’s. This fine helmet would sit happily in a flying helmet collection although we see no reason why it could not be used for vintage flying or by the classic car fraternity. More detailed photographs available on request.
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.
5471 US N-2 All Purpose Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldUS N-2 All Purpose Goggles - Manufactured by Polaroid against Stock No.37-G-3050, these were issued as an 'all-purpose' goggle in WW11, and used by USAAF flight crews but also by ground forces including tank crews and Para troops. They feature many of the attributes of the B-8 pattern but rather more basic in construction. The frame is made from a beige sponge rubber fitted with an elastic back strap and were issued with a clear lens (as fitted) as well as two shades of green and a red tinted lens. The red lenses were for air gunners use as it enabled them to see tracer bullets far more clearly under daylight conditions, in a similar manner to the Variable Density Goggles which we are also listing today. This set is in excellent original condition with no perishing of the rubber or back strap. They come complete with a cloth pouch marked 'Polaroid All purpose Goggle Kit No 1021' and has various pouches to hold the spare lenses and a paper packet (that shows some damage) which was issued by Polaroid and marked 'Goggle M-1944' and shows how to change the various lenses in the kit. A very complete set in excellent original condition on offer at a modest price.
5472 USAAF Goggles, Variable Density with Visor Attachment - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF Goggles, Variable Density with Visor Attachment - This set are in mint unissued condition and come complete with the original tin marked American Optical Company stock No.74-G-79-40. The flip shield mount is dated and below stamped US. The variable density red lenses operate using the central knob and rotating this anti clockwise darkens the lenses thus giving differing degrees of density from clear through a range of pinks/reds and enabled the wearer to track targets in the vicinity of and across the face of the sun. The goggles were also fitted with a red plastic 'flip-down' visor which is marked ‘Filters by Polaroid Corp and used for reducing glare in bright sunlight. This pattern of goggles were intended primarily for use by air gunners. The Rubber frame is is in perfect condition as is the elastic back strap. The inside of the metal case lid has an instruction sheet pasted in and the set is completed with the addition of two spare plastic flip shields in issue envelopes. It would be hard to find a crisper example of these highly engineered WW11 specialist gunners goggles.
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.
5374 USAAF B-6 Winter Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF B-6 Winter Flying Helmet - Standardised on 15 September 1941 these helmets saw widespread use and this example is in fine issued condition. The brown finished shearling leather is soft and has a nice vintage patina and seams all good with no damage or other problems. It is fitted with correct hooks in for use with A-9 and A-10 oxygen masks as well as the later snaps for use with the A-10R or A-10A masks. It comes fully wired with R-14 receivers fitted with correct Y loom and PL-54 jack plug. Inside is shearling lined and fitted with nice USAAF label that indicates a 1942 contract date. This pattern was replaced in 1943 by the AN-H-16. No size shown but we estimate medium+ plus and perfect on display head as shown. Drawstrings still in place and perfect shearling covered chin strap and buckles. I think hard to find nicer issued example. Further detailed pictures available on request.
4576 RAF Supermarine Spitfire Photograph Album - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Supermarine Spitfire Photograph Album - very impressive album containing 22 black and white mounted photographs of various marks of the Supermarine Spitfire. The album also contained one further un mounted photograph (shown here on the cover) contained in a plastic folder. On the reverse is ink stamped ‘VICKERS ARMSTRONG LTD, SUPERMARINE WORKS, for reprints quote negative no. F299A'. Many of the mounted photographs also contain a number to the front face so we assume these may all be official Vickers Armstrong press and publicity images. Various marks are covered including a fine shot of the prototype K 5054 in flight. Another emotive (and seasonal) shot shows a Spit parked up at dispersal against a snowy airfield with another taxing in. Another image shows Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IXC, UZ-Z of No. 306 (Polish) Squadron taken on a press day at Northolt on 16 November 1942. The aircraft is equipped with 30 gallon slipper tank, which by that time was becoming a common attribute of Spitfire operations over the continent. BS456 was usually flown by Jozef Zulikowski’s and interestingly close examination of the photo reveals a round dot over the individual letter “Z”;his was no coincidence, but conformed with Polish spelling of Zulikowski’s name which in Polish script the Z has a dot over it. It is known from other photographs from that day that the same letter was repeated in black on the aircraft’s lower nose under the spinner. Another photograph we have identified features Spitfire PR Mark XI, EN654, actually being flown by Jeffrey Quill, Vickers-Supermarine's Chief Test Pilot. This aircraft later operated with No. 16 Squadron RAF, and in June 1945 was specially modified as a mail carrier for service with the Fighter Command Communications. We will leave further research to the new owner but a wonderful album for anyone with an interest in the Supermarine Spitfire. The album carries one photograph to a page, each measuring 5.5” x 3.5” (14 cm x 9 cm) The final 6 pages are blank. The album has a blue leatherette cover with matching blue tassels and carries a brass RAF crest to the front cover. All in excellent condition. The album closed measures 13" x 8.5" (32 cm x 22 cm)
4622 RAF WW11 Hand Embroidered 'Whitley' Table Cloth - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF WW11 Hand Embroidered 'Whitley' Table Cloth - A totally unique and beautifully worked example and despite being 75 years old still in very fine condition. Sadly the history of the item has been lost down the years but fortunately we know exactly who made it and when! It is finely embroidered to the bottom edge ‘Mrs Main, Edinburgh’ and dated in blue ‘1941’. We can only surmise Mrs Main had a husband or son serving as aircrew in WW11 and probably on a Whitley Squadron. We deduce this as table cloth features two slightly naive depictions of an Armstrong Whitworth A.W.38 Whitley which was one of three British twin-engine, front line medium bomber types in service with the Royal Air Force at the outbreak of the Second World War. It took part in the first RAF bombing raid on German territory and remained an integral part of the early British bomber offensive until the introduction of four-engine "heavies". On the alternate corners the cloth is further embroidered with a fine RAF crest with Kings Crown and ‘Per Adua Ad Astra’ legend below and opposite a winged roundel device. The table cloth measures 33” x 33” (84 cm x 84 cm). This wonderful souvenir from the early years of WW11 could be used as intended on a small occasional table although it would look even better being framed and mounted behind glass and so form the centre piece of an RAF collection or display. We will however leave the final decision on that to the new custodian. It would of course make a wonderful present for the aviation collector in your life and something you will never find on any high street!
6473 Supermarine Spitfire Tail Wheel - Click for the bigger picture SoldSupermarine Spitfire Tail Wheel - Unlike many wheels offered for sale and listed as ‘ex Spitfire’ this one really is! It was discovered in south west England and the hub was somewhat corroded when purchased having apparently lain out in the open for many years. The technical team here at the Oldnautibits HQ have spent some time working on it and after some gentle cleaning and polishing it is now in very decent display condition. The design appeared to match the classic Spitfire wheel but we were pleased to discover, once the years of crud were removed, the all important drawing number AH 2184 embossed on both sides of the rim. It also has various other marks including Serial Nos F/72254 and near centre on the inner hub AHO 726. The tyre and inner tube are still fitted ; the tube even retains the original brass dust cover. The tyre is marked 3x4 and ZA5 as well as ‘Eclectically Conducting’. Both tyre and hub show service and age wear but still in excellent display condition although it will never be airworthy again! Diameter is 10” (25 cm) so a very good display size compared with the Mosquito tail wheel we sold a while back! Sadly any provenance has been lost down the years but this remains an emotive item and guaranteed to be from a Spitfire -arguably the most famous aircraft in history. Rather more sensibly priced than the example that recently sold on e bay for in excess of £200 and £400!
4713 RAF Chart Board Lamp - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Chart Board Lamp - Another fine Air Ministry lamp we are listing today. This again appears to be in mint unissued condition. These lamps come with an integral bulldog clip to enable them to be fixed in the navigators position to light the navigational maps. It is fitted with a dimmer switch (stamped 5C/726) which in turn has the original cable and plug attached (marked with Kings Crown and ref 5C/959) to connect to the aircrafts 24 volt electrical system. The lamp itself is profusely marked including a crisp Kings Crown and ‘Chart Board Lamp’. The angle of the lamp shade is fully adjustable to ensue the light is directed where it is required rather than where it was not! This pattern was used on a variety of RAF bombers including the Lancaster, Halifax, Wellington and others. These are becoming increasingly difficult to find now and they don’t often turn up in mint condition like this fine example. We have nothing to test it on here although with the correct power supply we suspect it would work as intended but like all our kit for sale here as a collectors item. It even comes with a spare bulb!
5650 Air Ministry Issue Oldham Head Torch - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Issue Oldham Head Torch - This is the second example of an RAF issue head torch we are listing today. This one comes complete with its original issue storage case which is named on the hinge to the original owner W.T.Dafle but judging by the condition it appears to be virtually unused. Oldham & Son Ltd. Denton Manchester were established in 1865 and by 1887 began to manufacture machinery and equipment for coal mining, which included battery-powered miners' lamps. It appears this Air Ministry head lamp may have evolved from Oldham’s earlier work on mining lamps. The metal battery box is marked with the company name and further embossed ‘ Battery Container Ref 5A/1968’ with a Kings Crown and A.M. Unlike the other example this one is also marked CW.The box has a belt clip and hanging hook to the rear and is switched. This is connected to the head lamp via a cable. The wire has minor wear to one section of insulation caused by long storage in the box. The transit case carries an elasticated strap to enable the lamp to be attached to the head (or helmet) to leave both hands free for more important work. The strap is stamped Ref 5A/1969 and again AM and a Kings Crown. Other than minor rust to metal clips it is close to mint and probably never used. The lamp fitting on this example is to a different pattern to the other and is finished in chrome. These units would have been issued on RAF stations in WW11 and would have been used by a variety of aircraftsmen including mechanics, armourers or anyone working at night who needed to keep his (or her) hands free. We have assumed these units were for ground crew use only although it seems possible they may have also been used by aircrew. We have never seen a boxed example of this lamp before and is an interesting variant on the other example listed today we have no idea if it still functions so like all the kit on offer is offered for sale for display purposes only
4709 Air Ministry Issue Oldham Head Torch - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Issue Oldham Head Torch - Oldham & Son Ltd. Denton Manchester were established in 1865 and by 1887 began to manufacture machinery and equipment for coal mining, which included battery-powered miners' lamps. It appears this Air Ministry head lamp may have evolved from Oldham’s earlier work on mining lamps. The metal battery box is marked with the company name and further embossed ‘ Battery Container Ref 5A/1968’ with a Kings Crown and A.M. The box has a belt clip and hanging hook to the rear and is switched. This is connected to the head lamp via a cable and the lamp carries an elasticated strap (now somewhat stretched) to enable it to be attached to the head (or helmet) to leave both hands free for more important work. The strap is stamped Ref 5A/1969 and again AM and a Kings Crown. These units would have been issued on RAF stations in WW11 and would have been used by a variety of aircraftsmen including mechanics, armourers or anyone working at night who needed to keep his (or her) hands free. We have assumed these units were for ground crew use only although it seems possible they may have also been used by aircrew. In remarkably good issued condition although we have no idea if it still functions so like all the kit on offer is offered for sale for display purposes only
405b RAF Christmas Military Airgraph - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Christmas Military Airgraph - This is an early form of fax enabling servicemen to send special greetings to loved ones in WWII. This example dated 10/11/42 (the sender was not taking any chances on wartime Christmas mail-nothing changes!) and was sent by LAC D.Ashburner who was with 119 Maintenance Unit RAF serving with Persian and Iraq Forces. The Airgraph, which is stamped ‘authorised by the Egyptian Postal Administration’ is addressed to Miss Dorthea Morton living in Cannock, Staffordshire, England. The message reads simply‘Christmas Greetings. You are still in my thoughts always ’ and is signed Douglas xxxxxx. The image is of a square rigged vessel under full sail. The message has been checked and stamped by the RAF censor and we hope it was successfully delivered to the recipient 73 years ago. We also hope LAC Douglas Morton safely returned at war’s end to his sweetheart in Cannock. Nicely framed for display and would make an ideal and unique Christmas present for RAF collector in your life! This is an original items and not a reprint or copy. Measures 8.75” x 6.75”(22cm x17cm.)
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