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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.
4042 USAAF A-11A Intermediate Flight Trousers - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF A-11A Intermediate Flight Trousers - A very crisp set manufactured by Ben Greenholtz & Co with a 1945 contract date. The waist size is marked at 34”. The fabric is all in really good condition and the trousers feature a very crisp Army Air Force decal to the top of the left leg. The pocket section below this, as well as a panel in the rear, is finished in a deeper olive shade than the rest of the garment and this looks like a period a field repair. The set also features a very small patch repair to the back rear panel but clearly these have all been professionally done and actually add to the interest of the garment. All the various zips and snaps are in good shape and functioning and the original leather and fabric braces are still fitted. The A-11 A represented and updated version of the A-11 and first entered service on November 4th 1944 and remained in service until June 4th 1945 when the A-11B variant was introduced which in turn remained an issue items with the AAF and USAF for many years to come. This set certainly tick all the boxes and despite clearly having been issued are in exceptional condition.
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.
4986 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 over 31 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.
4973 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 over 31 years old this example is effectively as good as they come and other than minor storage marks to the inner chamois lining, is close to mint 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 examples whilst our very limited stocks remain.
5606 Luftwaffe Summer Fliegerkombi Flying Suit - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe Summer Fliegerkombi Flying Suit - The German one piece flying suit, officially known as a ‘Fliegerschutzanzug für Sommer K/S0 34’ first entered service in 1934 for aircrew use in temperate climates. These suits were cut large enough to fit over the standard uniform that was worn beneath. A regulation issued on July 4th 1940 and April 24th 1941 introduced a replacement two piece protective flight suits for fighter pilots designed to increase the wearers mobility and not be as restrictive in the close confines of a cockpit but the one piece suits continued to be worn right up until the end of the war although they tend to be more associated with bomber crews.

The summer flight suit underwent minor modifications in June 1940 with the earlier horizontal fly opening being replaced with a vertical zip together with various improvements added as a result of combat experience. Our suit is of the second pattern and carries both the vertical fly zip as well as an extra quick release emergency aperture facility to enable the suit to be removed quickly in an emergency. The label clearly dates the suit to 1940 so must have been produced in the second half of that year so is contemporary with the Battle of Britain. Whilst we tend to be cynical of supposed provenance, unless this can be proven, but we were told when purchased the suit belonged to an HE111 of KG 4 crew member who survived when his aircraft crashed near Immingham on March 22nd 1941. In checking the suit in detail we found faintly inked into the inside lining ‘Heisig’ who we have traced through research as a crew members of the crash of a 5/KG4 Heinkel He 111P-4 (2938), operating from a base at Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Feldwebel (Flight Sergeant) H. Heisig survived the crash, was captured and he survived the war as a POW, returning to Germany in 1946.

Our suit is constructed in classic ‘pepper and salt’ fabric and whilst it would still display well in a collection or better still dressed on a mannequin it has clearly seen significant wear and subsequent repairs, which would seem to endorse the provenance detailed above. The fabric has a number of nicely executed repair patches that might be period but could also have been done post war to restore the suit to display condition. The main diagonal chest zip is an original Rheinnadel whilst the shoulder zip is an Elite model. Both the leg and waist pocket zips are Zipp brand and stamped "D.R.G.M."to the reverse indicating, Deutsche Reichs Gebrauchsmuster, indication ‘German National Registered Design’. The sleeve zips are however replacements and the crutch and leg zips have been sewn closed for display purposes. The snaps are all original marked Prym. The suit carries the leather oxygen mask attachment point and the leather collar strap is in place.

The interior features a crisp a machine stitched white fabric tailors label with black woven manufacturers name Bekleidungsfabrik Habelt, Crailsheim, Wrttbg and Baujahr 1940 and Grosse: 11b, indicating the suit size. The ring pull for the emergency release mechanism is missing but the flap is laced shut. The internal cloth cuffs again show sign of wear and service use. If you have possible interest in adding this piece to your collection please ask for a range of detailed pictured we have available which will show more specifically the condition and issues mentioned. A most interesting Battle of Britain period suit that clearly has a story to tell; if however you like your kit mint and boxed this one is not for you!

3013 Luftwaffe Flying Boots - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe Flying Boots - A very original set of the classic single zip pattern dating from around the middle of WW11. This model replaced the earlier Pst 4004 pattern that featured a double zip on each leg and so made better use of both materials and manpower. This pair is clearly earlier production than the late war ‘economy' version boots we have also just listed.

These feature original ‘Zipp’ brand zips with a single lightning bolt which is characteristic of earlier production. The riveted leather pulls are still in place and the zips are both in good working order. The grain leather uppers are really very good shape;the nubuck sections at the top of legs show some wear and the left boot interestingly has a repair strip across it. We have no idea when this was done and could well be period. On the same boot the inner top nubuck section shows minor cracking to the surface finish. On display or displayed on mannequin we would not see any problems.

The Original soles with anti slip bump pattern are fitted and clearly branded with a hand motif and ‘WO’. Unlike many examples we see these soles are not cracked and only show light service wear. Inside is in great shape and none of the mothing often found with very clean fur and apparently little wear. The labels are both very nice, clean and not washed out. These confirm these boots have not been mismatched as they both carry identical information. The size appears to be 28 1/2 and we believe the manufacturing date to be July 1944. The leg and instep straps are again all original with matched buckles.

Not much more we can say other than whilst not mint these boots are well above the average for an genuine issued set and would sit happily in a collection or dressed on an appropriate mannequin. I have owned these myself since 2006 but it is now time to rehome them. Good original wartime Luftwaffe issue boots are getting increasingly hard to track down now so grab these whilst you can!

4833 Luftwaffe Late War Flying Boots - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe Late War Flying Boots - These boots represent something of an enigma. At first glance they matched fairly closely the pair illustrated in Mick Prodger’s Luftwaffe V RAF Flight Clothing reference book bottom of page 150, described by him as: ‘‘Towards the end of the war, quality declined visibly in manufacture of all flying clothing and equipment, and nowhere is it more obvious than in flying boots. These late war boots are made from a patchwork of dyed leather and unfinished suede, the single zip fasteners are made from black plastic, and the metal fittings are crudely cast and shaped from steel or zinc’.

In checking the detail of our boots we noted minor variances between left and right although they came in together and are both named to same chap so have clearly been issued and used as pair. One has an eclectically heated label sewn in although no signs of it being a heated boot but we have noted possible evidence where a heating snap may have been removed. In addition the friction clips on the top leg straps are to a slightly different pattern, as are the snaps. The zips are a matched pair by Ri-Ri of plastic economy style; one features a leather pull tab and the other does not. The last shape is sharper than early war issue boots and the soles are leather rather than the rubber ‘Willop’ pattern. The other unusual thing is no bottom straps over instep are fitted and in checking the detail no sign of these having been removed. Both boots carry RB number labels and include what we believe to be the owners initials R.B.Y.

We have subsequently discussed these discrepancies with Mick Prodger and between us have come to the conclusion these are probably a pair of reconditioned/reissued boots characteristic of late war production. The Germans, like everyone else, had a shortage of raw materials like rubber and metal by 1944; worn and damaged RAF Irvin jackets were repaired, reconditioned and reissued in just the same way. Sadly we don’t have any provenance with the boots but as we have often said if they could only talk they would certainly have a story to tell!

So whilst not an exact matched pair we believe their current condition is as they were used in service in the final stages of WW11 circa 1944/45 and would sit happily as such in a collection or on a mannequin. The leather and suede sections are in generally good display condition, the zips are fully functional and the interior sheepskin lining is actually very good indeed. The leather soles and rubber heel tips are sound and do not show excessive wear.

So now you have it. If you like your kit ‘mint and boxed’ these are probably not for you. If however you like kit that has certainly been well used and representative of service condition in the closing stages of WW11 then these could be just the ticket. If of possible interest please drop us a line for a range of detailed photographs that will fully illustrate exactly what we have on offer.
6499 Mk 111 Flying Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldMk 111 Flying Goggles - Like the RAF MK 111A’s goggles we have just listed this set is about as good as they come! This example is RCAF issue and the back strap is clearly stamped with stores Ref. 22/397. Interestingly the strap is also stamped 22C/13 C.C.B. The Mk 111 pattern was introduced into RAF service in 1935 against stores reference nos 22C/69 and featured curved Perspex lenses, black painted brass frames and wide leather face pads intended to protect the wearer in an open cockpit which was the norm in the 1930’s. Despite the pre war design many saw service into the Battle of Britain and beyond. The RCAF model was manufactured to an identical to the Air Ministry issue pattern but it clearly continued to be issued long after it was declared obsolete by the Air Ministry as confirmed by the 1942 manufacturing date on this set.

The frame retains almost all of the original paint finish with only minor rubbing. All of the frame screws are original and both frame 'stops' are in place. The ventilation holes above the stops were designed to prevent condensation forming on the inside of the lenses. The leather surrounds are in exceptional condition with no damage or repairs and retain suppleness. The lenses have light marking commensurate with age and service use but again are in exceptional condition. On the reverse side the leather and velvet face pads are in near mint condition and this set remains quite soft without the usual hardening of the interior padding. The leather nose cover is equally soft. The back strap is near perfect and the canvas spring covers and the springs themselves are in top condition, more or less as they left the factory 74 years ago! The brown leather back strap is fully stamped as already described with the friction buckle in good working order and the curled strap end remaining and not cut like so many we see.

Like the RAF Mk 111A goggles which we have also just listed this set definitely match the collectors maxim ‘Buy the best you can afford’. Don’t however just take our word for it and if you have possible interest please drop us a mail and requested detailed pictures which will prove the point. These iconic goggles will display perfectly with an RAF or RCAF B type flying helmet and we do not anticipate that they will be with us for long.

6534 RAF Mk 111A Flying Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Mk 111A Flying Goggles - First issued in 1936, the pattern reflected the same design characteristics of the Mk 111 but with smaller face pads, as the earlier goggles were designed for open cockpit use. The Mk 111A also featured curved Perspex lenses, like its predecessor, which caused distortion and also scratched easily so in the Battle of Britain many pilots chose not to wear them which resulted in many casualties during the conflict through burns and serious eye injuries. The design was also developed independently of the RAF B helmet and the strap arrangement did not work well with the large domed receiver cups. The result of all this was this model was quickly superseded and good examples are now very scarce.

This pair is way above the average and features none of the normal issues seen on this pattern. The brass frames are in great shape and retain almost all their black paint with both the hinge stops and ventilation trumpets in place. All four screws are present and the original leather nose cover is perfect. The Perspex lenses again excellent and just minor scratching. On the reverse side they are equally good with the velvet face pads showing signs of light service use but the inner padding is hardened, as normal. The back strap is near perfect; most Mk 111A’s we see have stretched or damaged springs/canvas covers whilst these are virtually as good as when they came out of the factory. The leather back strap perfect and the curled end is still in place ; these are often cut off for some reason. The friction adjustment buckle is in great condition and carries no rust. The stamping on the back strap is very feint and almost impossible to read. However under a magnifying glass we have been able to decipher the date of manufacture which is the magic 1940 and is followed by a broad arrow and an I below. Above it is the makers name and again whilst very feint we believe this could indicate these were made by Stephens & Co Ltd. Our research on line confirms William Stephens & Co made goggles for the RFC so looks like they continued as contractors to the Air Ministry although this set do not carry any AM stores reference information.

So to conclude this fine set meets or exceeds the time honoured collectors maxim: ‘Always buy the best you can afford'.
OC399 ' Ediswan' RAF Light Bulbs with original packaging - Click for the bigger picture Sold' Ediswan' RAF Light Bulbs with original packaging - on offer are a pair of vintage Air Ministry marked ‘Royal Ediswan’ 24 Volt 80 watt GLS gas filled pearl bulbs with BC connectors. Each comes in its original card and paper packaging clearly stamped ‘By Appointment to H.M.King George V1.’ Interestingly the paper wrapping is stamped in red ‘Important. In view of the paper shortage this wrapper should not be thrown away or destroyed but should be handed to the Local Authority or organization responsible for salvaging paper in your district.’ Each bulb is clearly stamped with AM (Air Ministry) and the stores reference nos. 5L/50. The Edison and Swan Electric Light Company Limited was an English manufacturer of incandescent lamp bulbs and other electrical goods. It was formed in 1883 with the name Edison & Swan United Electric Light Company with the merger of the Swan United Electric Company and the Edison Electric Light Company. We are not sure of the exact RAF application for these bulbs but it seem likely they originate from circa WW11/ 1940’s. We can not guarantee they still function as intended but like all our stock are for sale as a collectable only. Each bulb measures 2”(6 cm)
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