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OC410 Wooden Model of Major Glenn Miller U.S.A.A.F. - Click for the bigger picture SoldWooden Model of Major Glenn Miller U.S.A.A.F. - Major Glenn Miller was an evocative American big band musician, arranger, composer and bandleader of the swing era. He was born in 1904 at Clarinda, Iowa and he enjoyed great success back home and as well as his music he became a movie star. In 1942, at the peak of his civilian career, Miller decided to join the war effort.

Then aged 38, Miller was too old to be drafted and first volunteered for the Navy but was told that they did not need him. He then persuaded the United States Army to accept him so he could, in his own words, "be placed in charge of a modernized Army band". He became a huge success and did much to help the moral of service personnel posted overseas that he entertained but all this ended on the night of December 15, 1944. Miller was to fly from the United Kingdom to Paris on a UC-64 Norseman, USAAF serial 44-70285, which departed from RAF Twinwood Farm in Clapham, on the outskirts of Bedford. The aircraft never arrived at destination and was thought to be lost over the English Channel. No trace of any of the occupants have ever been found.

Our model is an imposing 14" tall (36cm) and came from a defunct aviation museum display. It is made from wood, is hand painted and is marked to the base 'Major Glenn Miller U.S.A.A.F' and is signed to the rear 'Jones'. We have no idea of the origins of this piece but it looks to be a one off model hand worked rather than a commercially produced kit and is certainly not a new piece. He does show some age related wear and tear but is generally in good display condition and really deserves to be back on public display in an appropriate museum. This is certainly not the sort of article that turns up on E Bay and could well be a unique piece. A one off opportunity to own an iconic image of the best known band leader of WW11.

OC409 Aircraft Port and Starboard Access Panels - Click for the bigger picture SoldAircraft Port and Starboard Access Panels - This pair are a complete mystery as we have no information as you’re their origins or the airframe they came from. Their source was from the now defunct Torbay Aviation Museum and we speculate they may have been separated from the aircraft when the museum contents were auctioned by Sotheby's back in 1988.

The panels as shown are a mirror image of each other and we speculate they were port and starboard fuselage or wing access panels. The only clue we currently have is in cleaning them before photography today we noticed and manufacturers code G5 in a flattened circle which we believe represents the Gloster company. This is followed by 401 which is repeated with an ink stamp on the inside of one panel, which we are advised is a factory inspectors stamp. In addition one panel is stamped Y46888 8 whilst the other is marked Y46889 8 which we assume to be the part number. So if any armchair or other experts can add anything to our knowledge on these we would be glad to hear from you and will update our listing accordingly.

Each panel has a silver base with white overpainting with both originally having a vertical stripe down each. Inside is finished in drab olive and riveted reinforcing struts and rubbing blocks fitted. Each measures 30" x 14" and tapering down to 9.5" (77cm x 36cm tapering down to 24cm.) We know Torbay owned Meteor T7 (WF877) and perhaps these panels came from her but we stand to be corrected!

6233 B-17 Flying Fortress Crash Relics - Click for the bigger picture SoldB-17 Flying Fortress Crash Relics - An entry level assortment of crash relics recovered from a B-17 crash site. In this instance whilst we have no details of the actual aircraft loss we do know these were recovered from a Fortress from the 398th bomb Group based at Nuthampstead Hertfordshire in WW11.

Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London but was first occupied from September 1943 by the 55th Fighter Group, equipped with P-38s. The 398th Bomb Group, equipped with B-17s took over the station in April 1944 and remained until June 1945 after which it was returned to the RAF in July of 1945.

These assorted relics have all been conserved and are described as 'airframe fragments, exploded oxygen tank part, a bomb splinter, cockpit Perspex and tufnol fragments, section of fuel pipe and an inner wing part'. Some of the relics show traces of original olive drab paint. Due to their small size these relics would exhibit well on a display board but we will leave that decision to the new owner. Modestly priced.

6217 DH Mosquito Aircraft Parts - Click for the bigger picture SoldDH Mosquito Aircraft Parts - Another small selection of crash recovered aircraft parts from the collection we have just bought, this time from a De Havilland Mosquito. Like the other relics we are listing we don't have the specific details of the airframe they were recovered from but have been told they relate to a late WW11 'Mossie' circa 1944-45. The largest and most impressive item to the rear centre of our picture is described as a section of elevator torque tube. Whilst for sale as a relic item it appears to be in near perfect condition and could well be utilised in you have a static build in process. It is profusely stamped with the Mosquito part number J9891 1SS8 and DH 1165 as well as HHM with 53 below enclosed in a circle.

In addition we have various other Mosquito parts including a control rod from the rudder operating system stamped J98139, again in very good conserved condition. The other assorted parts have been described by the previous owner as ' an engine component mounting bracket, a coolant flexible joint sleeve, a damaged piece of rubber brake pipe tubing and a skin section'. This however carries stamping A 93928 -1 rather than the Mosquito '98' code and we speculate this may have been recovered from another aircraft but is included with this package.

We also have some larger Mosquito crash relics we will shortly be listing, obtained from the same collection.

6221 Assorted WW11 Aircraft Crash Relics - Click for the bigger picture SoldAssorted WW11 Aircraft Crash Relics - On offer is a mixed lot which forms a part of the small relic collection that we have just taken in. Firstly top left in our picture are a pair of piston rings from a Pratt & Whitney R2800 radial engine recover from a P-47 Thunderbolt; these are 6" in diameter (15cm). Below them is a cast air frame section recovered from a JU 88 crash site. Shown on the bottom left are several pieces of wreckage, including a section of the rudder from a Halifax B Mk7 that crashed in 1944; these show some of the original black paint. Finally to the right of the picture is a section of Bristol Beaufighter skin together with a reflector gun sight locking ring, which were both recovered from the same dig. The skin section again carries much of its original green paint. All these items have been nicely conserved and are ready for display. Sadly the actual details of the individual crash sites has not been recorded but an interesting lot nonetheless.
6220 Avro Lancaster Crash Relics - Click for the bigger picture SoldAvro Lancaster Crash Relics - Another small but interesting collection of crash relics from an un named Lancaster dig crash site. The centrepiece is clearly P4A master compass. Whilst clearly in relic condition it has been nicely conserved and remains a great display item. The glass and compass card are long gone but the bezel, engraved with the points of the compass, still rotates and the instrument is marked with the 'Type 4A and numbered 1866T. Much of the original slate grey paint is intact and the sprung suspension is still functioning. This is accompanied by a polished brass Lancaster fuel gauge bezel and the set is completed with an inert cartridge case.

6225 Hawker Hurricane Crash Relics - Click for the bigger picture SoldHawker Hurricane Crash Relics - A rather interesting selection of clearly identifiable crash recovered Hurricane aircraft parts although sadly the details of the wreck from which they were salvaged has not been recorded. Perhaps most impressive is the Rolls Royce Merlin engine compressor type A.V.A.M. which was used on both the Spitfire and Hurricanes to facilitate the use of the flaps and also for cocking the machine guns mounted in each wing. It is profusely stamped with various numbers as well as an A.I.D mark. Despite being in semi relic condition it has been nicely conserved and is very stable. The large rectangular item is a section recovered from the aircrafts TR9D radio transmitter/ receiver. We can only speculate the last messages that were transmitted through it but we hope the pilot was able to bail out before the aircraft crashed. This piece measures 12" x 8"x 4.5" (30cm x 20 cm 12 cm) This, like all the pieces in this collection, has been professionally conserved. We also offer a section of alloy tubing, which would have formed part of the Hurricane's airframe and the group is completed by what we believe a part of a Rolls Royce Merlin engine block stud. In summary an identifiable grouping relating to one of the iconic fighters of the Battle and Britain and WW 11, which would benefit from being display mounted.

6232 P-39 Airacobra Crash Relics - Click for the bigger picture SoldP-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.

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!

3482 AAF B-15 Flying Jacket - Click for the bigger picture SoldAAF B-15 Flying Jacket - The B-15 jacket was first introduced in late 1944 to replace the B-10 and remained in service until replaced by the B-15A.The arrival of the jet age in military aviation prompted the need for a new, more modern flight jacket. The B-15 was the lightweight USAF replacement for the previously bulky, leather flight jackets of the WWII era and was the precursor to the MA-1. The B-15 was the first of the USAF synthetic flight jackets. They were an instant success with aviators, as they were far less bulk and considerably more comfortable in the cramped cockpits of the emerging jet fighters. The design of the B-15 introduced many new features including, a pen pocket on the arm, diagonal slash pockets, and with the derivative B-15A a place to clip the oxygen mask when not in use.

This jacket came from a serious UK collector and although we have no way of authenticating the provenance we were told it was purchased from the family of a US Liberator crew member but that is as much as we have got. The fabric shell is in generally good issued condition with just the odd minor snag and light stains. An 8th AF cloth patch is sewn to the left shoulder whilst their in no evidence of a name tag ever being fitted. The classic dark brown mouton collar is in great shape and no sign of moth damage and the fur lined collar strap is still in place. The lining is the classic Alpaca-wool mix and again is in great condition with just minor wear in the shoulder area. The cuffs and waistband appears original to the jacket. The waist knit has some very minor moth nips whilst the cuffs show normal wear and signs of period stitch repairs. The original Conmar brand zip is fitted and runs freely. All the slash pocket snaps are in place and working and is fitted with two interior pockets. No size is marked but we would estimate this jacket is about a 40” chest (102cm) but like all B-15’s is cut short in the waist.

This jacket has clearly only had light use in service and is strong enough for further wear today but would also display very well in an appropriate collection. Like all current stock more detailed pictures are here and available on request.

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).

1486 HS-18 Headset Receivers - Click for the bigger picture SoldHS-18 Headset Receivers - A good set of the standard AAF receivers, often seen used in conjunction with the 50 Mission Crusher cap and dating from WW11. The receivers are marked R-14 Made by Murdock MFG Co, for Signal Corps US Army. They also carry and ink stamp SC 380. The aluminium framed headband is embossed HB-7. The tan leather headband is also in good shape as are the rubber ear covers that are marked MC-162-A. The only issue with this set is the communication cord and jack plug has been cut off so this set could provide a source of donor parts to upgrade your own set or alternatively would provide an entry level set that still displays well despite the missing communication cord.
1671 Oxygen Regulator Type A-9A - Click for the bigger picture SoldOxygen Regulator Type A-9A - We believe this instrument to be a cockpit mounted oxygen regulator for use with the A-8B oxygen mask. It was purchased from a source in Australia and we were told they were fitted used in the P-40 Warhawk fighter of Flying Tigers fame as well as on the the B –17 Flying Fortress and the B-24. It appears In excellent issued condition condition and the data plate on reverse confirming it was made by Bendix of New Jersey against serial nos AC-41 109491. The dial of the instrument is 2 1/2” diameter (6cm) and is dual metered indicating both "FLOW" and system "CYLINDER PRESSURES" with two independent needles.

5582 AN 5732-1 Magnetic Compass - Click for the bigger picture SoldAN 5732-1 Magnetic Compass - An original example still fitted to it's anti vibration mounting bar. Basic research indicates possible PBY Catalina origins for standby use. The standby compass may have been mounted above, not on top of, the main instrument panels just ahead of the overhead throttles. The screws to mount it would come up from the bottom of the ears on the mounting bracket securing it to the overhead structure. The PBY's, depending on the model, had either a remote compass or a directional gyro on the main instrument panels but you would would still have a standby magnetic compass in view. Another theory is it could be a Stearman, as this compass will fit exactly in the factory cut out for a compass in the Navy Stearman instrument panel. If any visitors to the site can add any information on this please let us know and we can update our description.

Condition is as shown. The interior lamp hatch cover is missing but it otherwise it looks complete. The compass oil remains clear and the compass swings freely. Below the compass is a compass magnetic deviation card. A data plaque above the compass confirms it was manufactured by the Bendix Aviation Corporation of New Jersey against serial nos Z-709. How this instrument ended up here in the UK is unknown but we feel sure it has a story to tell! Mounting bar measures 16” (41 cm) and it stands 5 1/4” high (13 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)

1510 USAAF type A-5 Chest Parachute - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF type A-5 Chest Parachute - A very clean example of the quick attachable chest parachute of the Group 2 Yellow category. The A-5 was standardised on January 5th 1945 and consisted of a Type A-3 24 ft canopy to be used in conjunction with an improved harness that included a Quick Release Box. This example is lacking the canopy but is otherwise complete with metal clips fitted to the reverse, bungees and ‘D’ ring and release cables all hidden beneath ‘lift the dot’ fastenings. It is crisply stamped up and was manufacturer by the Eagle Parachute Corp of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as well as Government no 45-266573. The opposite side is stamped 43J26406 24 Ft Dia and below is dated May 1945. The pack, which is stuffed for display purposes, also carries a parachute packing log record book stamped with Serial no.44-158812. Inside the part number is shown as 43J26406 but as this however appears to relate to an A4 pack so is probably not original to the pack but still a desirable additional detail. The olive drab canvas and three loop carry handles are all in excellent condition. Measures 17” x 10” x 6” (excluding grab handles) or 43cm x 25cm x 15cm.
4968 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 checked by RAF stores in November 1985 and subsequently 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.
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.
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