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6392 Air Ministry Type 35 No 1 Photo Reconnaissance Camera Control Unit - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Type 35 No 1 Photo Reconnaissance Camera Control Unit - Designed to work in conjunction with the F24 camera, first introduced in 1925 used by British and Allied armed forces during WW11 and post war. The F 24 was installed in a wide variety of fighters and bomber aircraft including the PRU Spitfire, the Lancaster and the Mosquito. It was set up to work on the"robot" principle. When the pilot or bomb-aimer presses a button, the rest can be safely left to the T.35 control unit, an ingenious device which can control a whole series of operations—from a 500 exposure reconnaissance requiring exposures at regular intervals, to the synchronisation of the flash explosion of bomb bursts during an operation. Our unit comes complete with in a fitted storage case marked with an Air Ministry metal plaque confirming Stores Ref nos 14A/1007 (for case) and 14A/943 for the unit. Interestingly the unit appears to have been modified in service and the original stores reference nos ground out and a revised number 14A/3383 added. The instrument itself looks to be in good used condition and still has connecting wires attached so it looks like it has definitely seen service. The top dial can be set to the interval in seconds for the exposures from 5 to 50 seconds The bottom dial controls the number of exposures with a scale from 1 to 125. The unit is marked 24 volts and whilst not dated we believe this to be from the late WW11 period or early post war as the T.35 remained in use until the mid 1950’s when it was fitted to such aircraft as the Canberra. Whilst we are offering as a collectable and can’t guarantee it still works it looks to be in first class condition. The Photo Reconnaissance Unit of the RAF is often undervalued but the PRU boys carried out a critical function often in unarmed aircraft. This controller would make a wonderful addition to a specialist or general RAF collection. Box measures 9.5” x 5.5” (24.5 cm x 13.5 cm) The unit weighs 2.5 kilos unpacked so please check for a delivered price before ordering!
4661 Luftwaffe Officers Fliegermetze Side cap - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe Officers Fliegermetze Side cap - A fine officers private purchase example in the standard ‘Schiffchen’ or boat shape. The design was originally adopted in 1935 and was specified to be used when other forms of head-dress was not required to be worn by regulations. Whilst not technically flight clothing they were often taken on operational flights so in the event of being captured aircrew could still be appropriately dressed! This example was originally purchased from one of our customers and has since been in my personal collection. It is made in blue-grey wool of a better grade than used on Other Ranks caps and remains in excellent condition. It comes with silver cord piping on top of the turn-up signifying for officers use and it carries a machine embroidered Luftwaffe eagle and national cockade below. Both are hand stitched to the cap. Inside is equally clean and is lined with a blue-grey cotton twill. It does not have a makers mark and the only stamping is the size which is 55. This example, like many Officers caps of this design, does not have a sweat band is fitted. Like all items offered off our site this is fully guaranteed as an original item and we believe it would be hard to find a crisper example.
4862 WAAF WW11 Drivers Gloves - Click for the bigger picture SoldWAAF WW11 Drivers Gloves - An extremely scarce pair of Air Ministry issue gauntlets finished in very soft mid brown leather. The design is similar in many respects to the 1933 RAF pattern flying gloves but without the zip fitted in the wrist section. The leather (probably calf) is very soft and in virtually unworn condition. The inner lining is clearly stamped with a Kings Crown and below A.M. as well as A.I.D. inspectors stamps in both gloves. A similar pattern was also issued to F.A.N.Y drivers as well as ATS despatch riders in WW11 but in this instance their is no doubt these are the scarce Air Ministry issue WAAF pattern. The size stamp is not clear but they could be a size 6 making them on the small size. This is the first pair of WAAF gloves we have had in 10 years and we don’t anticipate these will be with us long!
4528 WAAF Flight Officers Tunic and Skirt - Click for the bigger picture SoldWAAF Flight Officers Tunic and Skirt - Another scarce WAAF uniform that exudes originality. The tunic carries a makers label to the inside pocket indicting it was tailored by Hector Power of Regent Street, London W1. The label is also named to the original owner who was a A.B.O Keetle; below the name is printed 16/5001 and a date 4/8/42. We have no service history to go with this uniform but it could no doubt be researched. The tunic carries rank lace to a Flight Officer but with a variation in the colour of the two rings so clearly indication when Section Officer Keetle was made up to ‘Flight’ rank (which corresponds to the male rank of Flight Lieutenant).The jacket is in excellent original condition with just the odd snag commensurate with service wear but it has fortunately more or less avoided the ravishes of the dreaded moth. It carries a pair of original ‘A’ lapel badges indication Ms Keetle was a volunteer and is fitted with brass Kings Crown buttons by Gaunt of London. The belt shows minor wear caused by the buckle prongs as you would expect. The matching skirt is again in a similar condition with a side zip fitted to the waist band. Interestingly it looks as though the waist has been taken in at some stage ; judging by the small tunic size this would indicate Flight Officer Keetle was of a modest disposition! In view of the size constraints in the 21st century we believe this one deserves a place in a museum or aviation collection although we have just listed other uniforms which may be more suited for re enactor’s purposes. Examples of genuine wartime issue WAAF uniforms are now very scarce and we don’t anticipate this one being with us for long. If any visitors to the site can add any of Flight Officer Keetle’s service history we would be delighted to add this to our description.
3967d WAAF WW11 Pattern Issue Shirt - Click for the bigger picture SoldWAAF WW11 Pattern Issue Shirt - We are pleased to offer a rare WAAF issue shirt that came in with a WAAF tunic which we have also just listed. It is in very good issued condition and is made from light blue-grey cotton fabric. Other than a minor stain to the rear right back shoulder we can’t see any other issues in terms of damage, stains or moth. The shirt is clearly cut for the female figure, having pleats let into the front shoulder area. The shirt buttons from the left (female) side and it also carries a small open top patch pocket on the left breast. Inked on the inside collar is a service number 2010225 and it is named to Waters S. The shirt comes with a detachable collar that is Kings Crown and AM marked with the code H544685/41 which would date it to 1941 and is named to Ranson with a service number 451639. Clearly the collar has been mixed up at some stage but it appears to fit correctly and it comes complete with a two period collar studs. The collar shows signs of use but is generally in good shape with just minor age staining and the fabric is not quite as bright as on the shirt, which is to be expected. A near identical example is illustrated on page 81 of Bayley & Ingram’s excellent ‘WW11 British Women’s Uniforms’ reference booklet. No size is marked but we estimate this would be a good fit on a size 14.
OC376 WAAF Officer's WW11 Service Dress Cap - Click for the bigger picture SoldWAAF Officer's WW11 Service Dress Cap - This is one of the scarcer WW11 caps to locate and they don’t often turn up in this size or condition. It is to the standard issue Officer rank pattern made of barathea material and finished in RAF blue;it is in near perfect condition with little wear an no holes, staining or fading. The cloth peak carries parallel stitching following the curve of the peak and is characteristic of the design. The cap features a fine Kings Crown badge with strong colours fixed to a black mohair band. The only issue with this cap was when purchased the ‘chinstrap’ was absent so we have fitted a period patent leather example from a period donor cap that was past saving. Inside the cap carries fine diamond shaped makers label named to Moss Bross of 20-21 King Street, Covent Garden. The label also carries the Moss Bross crest and the date 1881. This was the year the Moses Brothers moved to their King Street premises. Moss Bross were quality suppliers to the British Military in both World Wars and remain a strong name on the High Street today. The cotton lining has very minor staining to the crown but again is in exceptional condition. No size is marked by the cap is a good fit on a head circumference of 22.5” or c. 56 cm. The cap is not named so we sadly have no idea of it’s history.
5554 WAAF Officers Tunic and Skirt - Click for the bigger picture SoldWAAF Officers Tunic and Skirt - Original WAAF uniforms are now getting very scarce although this is not exactly what it seems but with the re-enactment season already upon us this could be a means to an end! It came in from an owner who used it once to attend a 1940’s themed dance so is now looking for a new home! The tunic jacket is an original item and carries rank lace to the sleeves and is labelled ‘Suits No1 (Home) Dress Officers RAF and is broad arrow marked and is dated 1952. We believe this tunic to be a ‘re-clocked' and it probably started life as a Gent's example. The tunic is in generally very good condition with a couple of minor moth nips but these do not detract. The lapels carry brass VRT badges that look to be original and stand fro Volunteer Reserve Training that was established in 1947 for use in RAF sections of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF).The jacket carries brass Kings Crown buttons and a brass belt buckle to WW11 specification. The medal ribbons are for the Defence Medal, the 1939-45 War Medal and interestingly the Burma Star. The tunic measures 30.5” from collar to bottom hem (77 cm) and the arms are 24.5” shoulder to cuff (62 cm.) The Officers skirt does not carry a label but is fully lined and looks as though it is tailor made and probably of a later date but a good match for the tunic. We estimate the waist to be around 30” (76 cm) and is 26” from waist to hem (66 cm) We would estimate the set should be a good fit for a ladies size 12.
3967b WAAF Other Ranks WW11 Pattern Service Cap - Click for the bigger picture SoldWAAF Other Ranks WW11 Pattern Service Cap - Another item that came in with a small WAAF collection we have recently bought. This is example is a very nicely made replica that has clearly had very little use. The cap is in excellent order with no damage and the lining is factory fresh. A brass kings Crown badge is fitted; this could well be an original item. The chin strap is leather and the underside of the black peak is finished in the authentic green wartime specification. It carries no makers marks to indicate its origins and whilst no size is shown we would estimate it being a good fit on a size 22.5” diameter head or c. 56 cm.
3967a WAAF Tunic and Skirt - Click for the bigger picture SoldWAAF Tunic and Skirt - Another item from the small WAAF collection we have in. Here the tunic jacket appears to be an original item and we believe dates to WW11 and unlike the other tunic we have listed today has not been ‘re-clocked’!.It carries a makers label, now somewhat faded, reading M.Walker Ltd, 47 Albemarle Street, London. The rest has faded away over the years. Below in white ink is B 36 and W 30 which we assume to be the bust and waist sizing. The jacket is to WW11 specification with brass Kings Crown buttons (made by Gaunt) and a brass belt buckle. The tunic shows some service wear and moth nips but generally in decent display condition. The skirts that came with it is of later manufacture and carries an MOD label stating ‘Skirt Woman's Blue-Grey 1972 Pattern’. The size is marked as 67/64/96; we have no idea what this means but it is small! It was made by Watts & stone Ltd. This again shows some service wear and like the tunic could benefit from a dry clean. Check our the other WAAF related items that came in with this set which we are also listing today.
3967 WAAF Officers Re-Enactors Uniform - Click for the bigger picture SoldWAAF Officers Re-Enactors Uniform - Another item from the small WAAF collection we have in. Here the tunic jacket appears to be an original item and we believe dates to WW11 and unlike the other tunic we have listed today has not been ‘re-clocked’!.It carries a makers label, now somewhat faded, reading M.Walker Ltd, 47 Albemarle Street, London. The rest has faded away over the years. Below in white ink is B 36 and W 30 which we assume to be the bust and waist sizing. The jacket is to WW11 specification with brass Kings Crown buttons (made by Gaunt) and a brass belt buckle. The tunic shows some service wear and moth nips but generally in decent display condition. The skirts that came with it is of later manufacture and carries an MOD label stating ‘Skirt Woman's Blue-Grey 1972 Pattern’. The size is marked as 67/64/96; we have no idea what this means but it is small! It was made by Watts & stone Ltd. This again shows some service wear and like the tunic could benefit from a dry clean. Check our the other WAAF related items that came in with this set which we are also listing today.
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)
2025 Air Ministry Binoculars for Night Use - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Binoculars for Night Use - This design is referred to as 'Husan Pilot’ Pattern and are for low light use. No makers details are shown but we understand them to be by Henry Hughes and come complete with issue leather case and neck strap. The design is based on the 1920's Galilean pattern and their low x2.5 magnification and 10° field of view combined with 50 mm objectives gave them exceptional performance in low light. For this reason they were used for various purposes in WW11 including use by RAF aircrew (including Pathfinder Squadrons)and also were also issued to Airborne Glider pilots, the Parachute Regiment and Special Forces including those involved in D-Day ‘Operation Market Garden’. We can provide a copy image of Maj. Gen. ‘Boy’ Browning with an identical pair around his neck!These binoculars were clearly issued for RAF use and are marked Ref 6E/338 and carry a Kings Crown and AM stamp. The same detail is repeated on the case together with ‘Binoculars for night Use.’ The optics are crisp and the central focus sharp. The black finish on the heavy brass case shows wear commensurate with their age;the Bakelite eye cups again show minor age related wear. It is rare to find an Air Ministry marked example of these desirable wartime binoculars so grab the opportunity to purchase whilst you can! This is only the second set we have had here in the last 10 years!
6445 Luftwaffe Model 10-76A Replica Schwimmveste - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe Model 10-76A Replica Schwimmveste - This example was purchased in Germany but carries no clues to its origins. Suffice to say someone has gone to a lot of trouble to produce this detailed replica. I had the opportunity to show it to Steve Kiddle of Pegasus Militaria (who we believe makes the best replica RAF Mae Wests on the market) who confirmed it was not his handiwork but agreed it is well executed and would have been both complicated and expensive to produce. This is the early Battle of Britain pattern designated Fl 30156, with the full- back kapoks that proved to be a design fault in that unconscious aircrew were often left in a face down position in the water and which resulted in the modified 10-76 B-1 replacing it in 1943. The vest has some nice detail including the correct wooden peg button arrangement, crutch strap and head flotation pads to the back. This Schwimmveste is the ideal alternative for the re-enactor who does not want to risk a using an original..or who does not have a £1400 budget to purchase one! This item would also work well on a mannequin or in a museum display. We have no idea if these are being made commercially or if this is a one off ; certainly we have just the one so but it is a comfortable fit over my 42” chest (107.) Overall condition is close to mint.
4132 RAF Aircraft Teardrop Identification Lamp - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Aircraft Teardrop Identification Lamp - Dating from WW11 these lamps were mounted on a variety of RAF aircraft including all marks of Spitfire where it was fitted directly behind the canopy aft of the aerial mast. The technical description for it is ‘upward Identification lamp’ and is fitted with a clear teardrop shaped lens hence its more common name. The lamp body is nicely stamped with an AM and kings Crown and the stores reference number 5C/909. No bulb is fitted and whilst sold as a collectable we see no reason, subject to normal checks, that it could be used as intended. The unit is in excellent original condition with just minor storage marks to the paint. Measures 5” (11cm)`
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)
2164 USAAF B-1 Shearling Flight Trousers - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF B-1 Shearling Flight Trousers - An original set with label fitted indicating ‘Property of Air Force U.S.Army’ and manufactured by Perry Sportswear Inc of Newburgh, N.Y. with specification number 94-3085 and A.C.Order nos 4212686 P. The size is marked as Large and the hanging chain is still in place. They are actually in good original condition and the leather is soft and pliable and the shearling lining is sound. They have never had leg pockets fitted. We believe however this set were probably degraded at the end of the war when they came out of service and a knife cut put into into the top right thigh and the braces removed to stop them being re used used ; just one brace strap and buckle remains. We have cemented up the very clean knife cut and they are fine for display and would be ideal on a mannequin. The Conmar zips fitted to the fly and ankles are all original and whilst a little stiff are all functioning correctly. Whilst these are certainly not a mint example we have seen a lot worse and in a scarce large size.
6294 Airplane Mooring Kit Type D -1 - Click for the bigger picture SoldAirplane Mooring Kit Type D -1 - We currently have listed on the site a similar kit which is complete in its fitted canvas case. This one is missing the case but the contents are complete so if you happend to have an empty D-1 Airplane Mooring Kit case this could be exactly what you are looking for; alterntively if you need a set to use this one is for you. The full contents are as shown so waht you see is waht you get. Whilst we stand to be corrected we believe this set was manufactured in the US and was designed to tether aircraft to the ground to avoid them flipping over in a wind. The other suggestion is the kit was designed for mooring seaplanes of the USN but we tend to believe the former use is more likely. In searching on the net we found someone else who found a similar set in the US commented:- ‘Turns out we stumbled on an Airplane Mooring Case and contents Type D-1 36G4465. Part of the equipment package the US Army Air Force required with the WACO aircraft specification in 1936’. The kit is made up of x18 spikes and we understand the other rods and turning handles were designed to fix the spiked ends securely into the ground on an airfield to enable the aircraft (Waco or otherwise!) to be tethered to the ground with the coir rope provided. Of course if you have been inspired by E.L.James blockbuster novel this set could then take on a whole new use!The metal parts show some storage and age staining but otherwise in excellent original condition.
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Sotheby's Historic Aircraft & Aeronautica Auction Catalogue - Click for the bigger picture SoldSotheby's Historic Aircraft & Aeronautica Auction Catalogue

A good used example relating to Sotheby's classic aviation sale held at Summers Place, Billingshurst on 26th & 29th November 1994. This covers a wide range of aviation collectables with some good photographic illustrations including a 1940 scramble bell, a sector clock, a fighter grip, log books, medals and even a full size relica V-1 flying bomb! The aircraft section with photographs in colour and black and white details some classic airframes including Harvard, Canberra, Hunter and an airworthy ex PRU Spitfire Mk X1X of the Battle of Britain Memorial flight. The estimate was £350, 000- £450, 000. How values have changed over the last 21 years! A great reference catalogue to have on the bookshelf. The pages are all in clean condition and the catalogue has not been written in. Sales estimates are shown but we do not have a record of prices realised.

Pages: 92
Cover: Soft
Author: Sotheby's

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This is a Used Book
The Men of The Battle of Britain - Click for the bigger picture SoldThe Men of The Battle of Britain

Men of the Battle of Britain was first published in 1989. This is a second edition published in 1999 to commemorate the 60th anniversary. It acknowledged worldwide as the standard work of reference giving career details of the Allied airmen who qualified for the “immediate” award of the 1939-1945 Star with Battle of Britain Clasp. The book records the service details of the airmen who took part in the Battle of Britain in considerable detail including their RAF service numbers. Where known, postings and their dates are included, as well as promotions, decorations and successes claimed flying against the enemy. There is also much personal detail, often including dates and places of birth, civilian occupations, dates of death and place of burial or, for those with no known grave, place of commemoration. There are many wartime head-and-shoulders photographs. Inevitably the high achievers who survived tend to have the longest entries, but those who were killed very quickly, sometimes even on their first sortie, are given equal status. The author KENNETH G. WYNN was born in London and was at school there during the Battle of Britain. He later served in the RAF, before moving to New Zealand, where he has lived for many years. He has written books on New Zealand holders of the Battle of Britain Clasp, the Charge of the Light Brigade and U-boats. This is a book I have had in my own library for many years and would commend it to anyone with a serious interest in the men behind the most important air battle in history. Amazon currently have just 4 copies of this hard to find edition second hand at prices from £120-£200. We have just this one example here and at a significant saving! Our example is second hand but looks to be in virtually as new condition even down to the dust cover.

Pages: 585
Cover: Hard
Author: Kenneth G.Wynn

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The battle of Britain - Click for the bigger picture SoldThe battle of Britain

This 50th-anniversary commemorative volume published in 1990, includes first-hand experiences of those engaged in the greatest air battle in history. The book, which is lavishly illustrated documents all aspects of the 1940 Battle of Britain. This on line feedback describes this book better than I can: ‘Without doubt this is the best introductory text on the Battle of Britain. It gives a very good narrative of the Battle and even the preliminary Phoney War and Battle of France. Major aircraft of the Battle and their armament are also included with technical descriptions, and cutaway illustrations. The book also covers tactics (especially those of the RAF from group down to squadron level, and how Sector Controllers marshalled the Battle), the RAF's use of RDF (radar), a diary of the Battle, a roll of RAF aircrew involved, and all of this is supplemented with a vast amount of very good period photographs. Overall a marvellous book which should be the first port of call for any reader wishing to learn about this most pivotal of air battles. Very highly recommended’. In addition to all this many of 208 pages illustrate in significant detail the flight clothing and equipment used by both the RAF and Luftwaffe back in the summer of 1940. So all in all an excellent volume for both the historian or aviation collector to add to the library. The dust cover has minor marks but all in all and excellent example.

Pages: 208
Cover: Hard
Author: Richard Townshend Bickers

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