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3976 US Army Air Corp no. 1A Flying Helmet by Western Electric - Click for the bigger picture SoldUS Army Air Corp no. 1A Flying Helmet by Western Electric - A very scarce and early example, this represents the very first US helmet to incorporate radio telephone equipment and saw limited use in the final years of WWII. The earliest examples laced up the back and over the crown of the head, while this is a slightly later version with lacing in the neck area, but the crown is fitted with an adjustment strap. The tan leather receiver covers are marked H8 and both the wiring snaps are present and working, although the helmet is unwired and receivers are not fitted. Due to problems with the development of a suitable oxygen mask to accompany the 1A helmet, its issue and use was restriced. The tan leather is in exceptional condition, as is the blanket lined interior, which is fitted with a woven label to Western Electric. The helmet is marked medium, but appears to fit somewhat larger.
4004 Mk 1A (R) Bone Dome Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldMk 1A (R) Bone Dome Flying Helmet - Introduced into RAF service, this was the first "hard hat" flying helmet issued to RAF air crew and replaced the long serving 'C' type of the WWII era. Finished in silver paint, it is in exceptional original condition. The interior is equally clean and is stamped stores ref. no. 22C/1253073, with a manufacturer's date of 1972; tt is named to the original owner Thomas. A tinted visor is fitted and is complete with velveteen cover. This helmet comes complete with a cloth bag stamped stores ref. 22C/2327. A fine example of this classic RAF helmet which will always be associated with V Bomber air crews.
4011 RAF 'C' type Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF 'C' type Flying Helmet - 2nd pattern with an internal wiring loom introduced into RAF service in 1944. In excellent original condition and named on the elastic chin strap to Fl. Lt. Saunders and again on the inside of the lining, which shows some service staining. It is stamped size 2, 6 7/8 - 7. The loom is in near perfect condition with the correct wartime bell shaped jack plug. Receivers are marked 10A/13466. Overall an excellent example of this classic RAF helmet.
3970 RAF Type 27 Camera Mouting Bracket - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Type 27 Camera Mouting Bracket - This is a wonderful example of creative engineering and we like it a lot! It is designed to hold an appropriate camera and by manipulating the various milled wheels, the angle of aim can be very finely adjusted. An engraved brass plaque is riveted to the side of the instrument which is marked with the King's Crown and AM (Air Ministry) and a stores code 14A/1042 and serial no. B37982. The whole device would have been locked onto an appropriate mount and while we have never had one of these before, if you happen to have a suitable RAF camera, this would be the ideal display aid as well as being a wonderful item in its own right.
3399 RAF Canvas Training Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Canvas Training Helmet - Manufactured in tan twill cloth with blanket lining. The rear of the helmet is fitted with elastic to ensure a close fitting, helped by an adjustable head band. No provision for Gosport tubes or receivers, the helmet features roll back ear covers similar to those used on RFC helmets. This example is in very good issued condition inside and out. The lining is stamped with Q, W.D. and a broad arrow, together with the number 221. Whilst no size is marked, it appears to correspond to an RAF size 3. An extremely scarce and often overlooked flying helmet which should form an integral part of any RAF collection.
4002 Luftwaffe Navigator's Instruments in Issue Case - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe Navigator's Instruments in Issue Case - Marked on canvas K.W.27 and manufacturer's code bvu indicating the set was made by Franz Kuhlmann of Wilhelmshaven. The case has a fitted interior containing 4 perspex instruments marked with manufacturer's code, Waffen eagle and swastika and dated 1941. One is named Nadel-Zahlen and features an inset dial marked Fliegeruhr (pilot's watch); this instrument has a small crack, but still displays well. The rectangular instrument is marked Zielgevierttafel, indicating a target designation grid and was no doubt used to help calculate the bomb run. The set is completed with 2 small square instruments marked with kilometre distances on the edges. A rare cased set. Case measurements 9" x 7.25" (23cm x 19cm)
3847 WWII Tissue Paper Escape Map Sheet C - Click for the bigger picture SoldWWII Tissue Paper Escape Map Sheet C - A single sided example printed in colour covering Northern France, Belgium and Holland. Interestingly, only a fraction of England is shown - a wartime precaution in case the map should be captured and used by the enemy for his own purposes! An identical example is featured on page 102 of Mick Prodger's excellent Luftwaffe v. RAF Flight Equipment book. 21" x 16" (53cm x 41cm)
3846 WWII Tissue Paper Escape Map Sheet 9J3 - Click for the bigger picture SoldWWII Tissue Paper Escape Map Sheet 9J3 - This is a single sided example covering Northern Italy, Corsica and the Adriatic. Marked ADI (Maps) Air Ministry no. 7331. Tissue maps, while sometimes issued to operational air crew, were also smuggled into POW camps from non existent relatives to aid possible escape plans. Due to their delicate nature, few have survived and even less in this condition! 16" x 12" (41cm x 30cm)
3845 WWII Escape Map Sheet 9U - Click for the bigger picture SoldWWII Escape Map Sheet 9U - This is a single sided example marked ADI (Maps), Air Ministry no. 7330. Covers Northern and Central Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. In excellent original condition. 18" x 14" (47cm x 36cm)
3844 WWII Escape Map Sheets K3/H2 - Click for the bigger picture SoldWWII Escape Map Sheets K3/H2 - A double sided example covering North Africa, Spain and parts of the Mediterranean. In excellent original condition. 23" x 18" (58cm x 46cm)
3843 WWII Escape Map Series S2/S3 - Click for the bigger picture SoldWWII Escape Map Series S2/S3 - A double sided example covering parts of Greece, Turkey, Italy and the Balkans. Looks to have been printed circa the end of 1940. Some staining and what appears to be small burn holes, but it still displays well and no doubt it has a story to tell! 24" x 20" (61cm x 51cm)
3842 Double Sided Escape Compass - Click for the bigger picture SoldDouble Sided Escape Compass - An unusual pattern with glass viewing panels top and bottom. The card is marked with 8 compass directions and features blue writing on one side and red on the other. This is the first example like this we have seen and looking at the built quality, could well date to the 1930's. In excellent original working condition. 0.5" (1.3cm.)
3841 Miniature RAF Pilot's Brevet - Click for the bigger picture SoldMiniature RAF Pilot's Brevet - This example was worn by overseas RAF personnel. It purports to have been issued to Eagle Squadron Pilot 1st Lt. John F. Lutz of 334 Fighter Squadron. After the United States entered the war and the Eagle Squadron members returned to the USAAF, pilots would wear this wing on the right side of their tunic, while wearing the US wing on the left side as evidence of their previous service with the RAF. This example is in near perfect condition. 3" (7.5cm.)
3840 RAF Pilot's Brevet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Pilot's Brevet - A flat type with embroidered wings with evidence of original stitching. These wings were purchased with the Eagle Squadron insignia (also listed) and are believed to have belonged to 1st Lt. John F. "Pappy" Lutz of 334 Fighter Squadron. In excellent original condition. 4.5" (11cm.)
3839 Eagle Squadron Sleeve Insignia - Click for the bigger picture SoldEagle Squadron Sleeve Insignia - An embroidered cloth patch featuring an eagle with outstretched wings with the letters E.S. to the top. This item is understood to have belonged to 1st Lt. John F. Lutz of 334 Fighter Squadron who piloted a P-47C and was killed in action on 4th May, 1943. While we have nothing to substantiate this provenance, the item came from a small private collection we purchased and we believe the information to be correct. 3" x 2.75" (8cm x 7.5cm).
3593 WWII Steel Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldWWII Steel Helmet - Finished in RAF blue with original paint showing normal service wear. The helmet is fitted with the issue liner stamped 7 and the correct canvas and webbing chin strap which is named to H. Trebble. The outer rim of the helmet has 4 holes punched through it near the chin strap attachment point rivets and we believe this was done after manufacture indicating the helmet did not reach the inspector's quality standards for front line use.
3789 Luftwaffe Grey Leather Flying Jacket - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe Grey Leather Flying Jacket - This example is in excellent issued condition. Zip closure to front as well as on chest pocket and arm and all in good working order. NATO woven AWAC badge to front and German flags on both shoulders. There is evidence of pilot's wings and other badges which have been removed. The jacket is fitted with a bright orange lining and was designed to be reversible as an aid to rescue in an emergency. The lining is marked with a large letter A. The knitted waist band, cuffs and collar show signs of wear, but are in generally good condition. An original label is fitted indicating GR14 186-100 and the manufacturing date of 11/89. This jacket is a generous size and has a further label indicating 14, but we would estimate it would comfortably fit up to a 44" chest (112cm). I own one of these jackets myself and can pass on my personal recommendation!
3804 Trench Art Plaque named to 50 Bomber Squadron - Click for the bigger picture SoldTrench Art Plaque named to 50 Bomber Squadron - Skillfully worked in brushed alluminium with a black mount. The alluminium has been finely engraved and painted with a King's Crown, 50 Squadron Crest and below F/S R. Stansfield, who we imagine was responsible for creating this piece. 50 Squadron was reformed in 1937 flying Hampdens from RAF Waddington and they were responsible for dropping the first bombs in anger in WWII. Minor wear to paint, but generally excellent condition. 10.25" x 8.75" (26cm x 23cm)
3809 RAF Flying Chart for South East England - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Flying Chart for South East England - Marked RAF edition (War) and dated 1941. Named to Sgt. Driscoll who we understand was based at North Weald in Essex. Airfields such as Biggin Hill, Hornchurch, Hawkinge and Tangmere are all marked. In addition, areas of danger such as air gunnery and bombing ranges, balloon flying and AA gun positions are indicated for the safety of allied aircrew. The chart shows evidence of service wear and it may have some stage have been wall or board mounted. Despite the less than perfect condition, this is a sought after chart in view of the area covered.
3817 1939 Pattern RAF Flying Boots - Click for the bigger picture Sold1939 Pattern RAF Flying Boots - Stores ref. no. 22C/230. These are perhaps the most scarce and desirable of all wartime boots. Introduced in 1939 as a leather saving option over the 1936 pattern, they were not successful operationally as moisture picked up on the ground was absorbed by the canvas and froze at altitude. Despite this they were favoured by figher pilots and will remain synonymous with the Battle of Britain. This pair are an excellent example and while they are in issued condition, they clearly had a very easy war! The canvas leg section is very clean with only minor scuffing on the right boot. The leather uppers and soles are crisp. Inside the fur is good with only minor wear. The leather pull tags are in place and clearly marked with King's Crown, AM and the manufacturing contract number, indicating a production date of 1939. While these boots are really too valuable to wear, they are a UK size 10 (U.S. 10.5), so they have everything going for them. This pattern and size simply do not turn up on the market in any condition and we will be waiting a long time to find a similar pair. Our price reflects the scarcity of these unique boots.
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