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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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This is a Used Book
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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This is a Used Book
Aeronautica An Illustrated Reference Guide for Collectors - Click for the bigger picture SoldAeronautica An Illustrated Reference Guide for Collectors

A small but useful guide covering Military and Naval Air Force collectables from 1914 to 1984. The book is written by A.J.Marriott-Smith and was published in 1989. It provides 64 pages of information and is interesting in providing a guide to the values current a quarter of a century ago! The book is fully illustrated with a mass of photographs and covers everything from flight clothing and equipment, escape items, ephemera, badges, aircraft parts and even an RAF Fire Streak missile! This copy is in excellent condition and despite its age is a good general guide to anyone setting out on collecting aviation memorabilia.

Pages: 64
Cover: Hard
Author: A.J.Marriott-Smith

2110
This is a Used Book
Flight Equipment of the RAF 1920-1945 - Click for the bigger picture SoldFlight Equipment of the RAF 1920-1945

This booklet is described as ‘A Quick Reference Guide for Collectors' and was put together by Kevin King & Dave Humphrey and Edited by A.J.Marriott-Smith. It is fully illustrated with 66 black and white photographs and it also has an invaluable section covering RAF Stores Clothing issue numbers from 22C/1 (Belts, Life Saving, Self Inflating, Type A) through to 22C/1070 (Backpack for Overall, Flying, Lightweight) which of course is more commonly known as the Beadon Suit. Whilst in no way is this meant to be a comprehensive listing it is a most useful booklet for any serious collector of RAF flight clothing to have on his shelf. I was chatting to Kevin King a while back about his book and he told me it was now so scarce even he did not have a copy himself! Sadly these now change hands for significantly more than the 1990 published price as the issue has become a collectors item in its own right. Grab yourself a copy whilst you have the chance! This is a second hand example but is in excellent used condition.

Pages: 19
Cover: Soft
Author: Kevin King & Dave Humphrey

OC371
This is a Used Book
HMS Victorious Commissioning Book 1966-1967 - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Victorious Commissioning Book 1966-1967

Another commissioning book published by Gale & Polden Portsmouth. The cover shows age staining and fading front and back and the spine shows wear. Despite this the 99 pages are clean and this historic book is perfectly readable despite the passing years. Masses of photographs and cartoons and a comprehensive record of life on board this famous carrier during ‘the swinging sixties’. If you or family members served on board at this time this is one from the bookshelf remembering the times when the Senior Service had proper fixed wing carriers in the Fleet!

Pages: 99
Cover: Hard
Author: Captain T.S.McIntosh & the Ships Company

OC370
This is a Used Book
HMS Ark Royal 1970-1973 6th Commissioning Book - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Ark Royal 1970-1973 6th Commissioning Book

Privately Printed in 1973 and profusely illustrated with photographs & drawings. The maroon front and back cloth cover shows some age related rippling but inside the pages are very clean and the bindings firm. The book was published for the officers and ratings of the aircraft carrier ARK ROYAL and marks the ship's sixth commission between 1970 and 1973. Over this period she made four Mediterranean deployments, three voyages to the West Indies, and three cruises in the Norwegian Sea. The Cold War was still in being and the infamous KOTLIN incident took place. The Soviet destroyer was shadowing ARK ROYAL but came too close and collided with the carrier. The combined efforts of Royal Naval ships and the KOTLIN rescued five of the seven Russian sailors who fell overboard on impact. The commission also saw ARK ROYAL called upon to display her power at Belize, and she made visits to Florida and New York in addition to taking part in NATO exercises. A fine reminder of a fine ship and a perfect addition to the library of a crew member or their family.

Pages: 116
Cover: Hard
Author: Captain A.D.Cassidi, A.D.C. & The Sh

OC368 Aircraft Rating- Certificate of Test Rubber Stamp - Click for the bigger picture SoldAircraft Rating- Certificate of Test Rubber Stamp - An original rubber stamp which we imagine would have been used to stamp a log book to certify the person named had passed the appropriate test of his ability to act as pilot in command (P1) or co-pilot of the designated type of aircraft detailed. Spaces detailed for a signature, date and the Civil Aviation Authority Authorisation number. The final wording confirms ‘This certificate is valid for 13 months from the date of the test shown above’.The stamp appears to have a decent age to it although we are unsure how old it is. Would add an air of authenticity to an aviation desk or display! We don't have an ink pad here but the rubber looks to be in good condition. Stamp measures 4”x 2.25” (10 cm x 6 cm)
3042 USAAF Parachute Seat Pack Cushion Part No 44D9370 - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF Parachute Seat Pack Cushion Part No 44D9370 - this fine WW11 example is fully stamped as shown including Part number and clearly dated September 30th 1944. We are unsure which model of parachute this would have been used in conjunction with but looks to be from a fighter pilots seat chute. It was held in place by four loops at each corner as opposed to the snaps seen on the Irvin seat pack cushion we have also listed today. On many USAAF cushions the crutch strap exits near the front whilst this example has the cut out in the middle of the cushion and is similar to the RAF Irvin style cushion. The manufacturers stamp is not clear but might read HMC. The canvas is all in good shape with just minor fading and a couple of water stains to the underside but no damage. The interior stuffing is a little flattened. Measures 16" x 13" (40 cm x 33 cm)
4364 RCAF Irvin Parachute Seat cushion - Click for the bigger picture SoldRCAF Irvin Parachute Seat cushion - this example was originally fitted to a pre war Irvin seat pack that was dated to 1937 so we are assuming this is of a similar vintage although it does not carry any ID marks to help. The interior sorbo rubber filling is a little compressed and hardened and very minor water stains on the fabric but otherwise this item is in excellent original condition. The central strap cut out is larger than on RAF examples and is more oval in shape. The cushion has four brass ventilation eyelets set into it as well as four snap poppers to locate it onto the parachute seat pack. The reverse side is finished in a synthetic leatherette patterned material. A scarce item and would be perfect for completing an early Irvin display. Measures 15" x 13" (28 cm x 32 cm)
5641 RAF Heliograph Mirror stores reference number 27H/2107 - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Heliograph Mirror stores reference number 27H/2107 - a small but essential instrument issued with the 1941 pattern Mae West and held in the breast pocket. This example is contained within its original calico pouch with securing line attached. Whilst the pouch shows some age and storage marks the instrument is in near perfect condition. The sighting tool is broad arrow marked marked with stores reference number 27H/2107. The signal mirror is again excellent and carries full instructions for use on the reverse. An identical example is illustrated in Mick Prodger’s 'Flying Equipment' reference book on page 61. Like all great inventions this is a very simple concept with little to go wrong and was proven to be a life saver by many downed aircrew in WW11. Case measures 3” x 3" when closed (8 cm x 8 cm)
PC205 RAF K Type Dinghy Mast, Sail and Storage case - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF K Type Dinghy Mast, Sail and Storage case - the original K life raft was introduced in January 1942 as a single man boat which was simply paddle powered or more likely simply drifted with the current. One year later a mast and sail were added to the kit to enable the dingy to be sailed down wind and so increase the chance of rescue. The telescopic alloy mast, sail and rigging lines would all have been stored in the dingy pack, a fine example of which we are also listing today. The mast, stores reference 27C/2054, is made from seven light alloy metal tubes which telescope to a minimum length of 15” (38cm) and when extended, the 66” (69m) for storage. The head of the mast is fitted with a flange to which three stabilising shrouds are connected. The lower end is plugged and fits into the recess provided for it on the thwart. This example is complete and in exceptional condition with no issues. The red cotton sail Stores reference 27C/2085 is equally good with just a couple minor stains and is in the form of an isosceles triangle. The instructions for use are always to hand being printed on the back of the sail! All rigging lines and sheets are in place and all in apparently unused condition. To complete the set we also have the very scarce issue storage bag Stores reference 27C/2056. Made from red cotton, this was used to store the mast, guy lines and sail within the seat pack types A, MK.II and III & 111* The case is fully stamped with basic instructions and stores reference number. This is a very complete and scarce set in fine condition and would display perfectly with an appropriate seat pack or could provide the finishing touch if you are lucky enough to own an appropriate RAF K life raft.
PC204 Emergency Seat Pack Rubber Water Cushion - Click for the bigger picture SoldEmergency Seat Pack Rubber Water Cushion - this example is fitted within a zipped canvas pouch stamped Stores ref 27C/2134 ‘ Jecco’. This company was founded in Bournemouth in 1926 under the name John E Clarke and Company Ltd, a coach and car trimming business designing car hoods, coachworks and other products and was contractor to the Air Ministry in WW11. The zip (by Dot) is in working order and by opening reveals the water cushion inside. The cushion has a metal plug for filling and emptying(marked 27) in the corner of the cushion. The cap retention chain is in place but no longer attached to the cap. The cushion is complete although the rubber is somewhat dried with minor cracking to edges and can no longer be guaranteed for its original purpose but back in WW11 would literally have been a life saver to aircrew who crashed in the desert or at sea! It is faintly stamped with Stores Ref nos 27C/2138.
PC203 RAF Dinghy Seat Pack Type A Mark 3* - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Dinghy Seat Pack Type A Mark 3* - stores reference 27C/2445 and designed to carry the single-man fighter pilot Type K dinghy which was carried folded within the pack attached to the seat type parachute in place of the usual Sorbo rubber seat cushion. The MK111* pack was identical to the earlier Mk11 but with the addition of an external pouch to house the emergency bail out bottle which was introduced in April 1944. Manufactured in heavy olive drab cotton canvas, broadly rectangular in shape with a separate cover attached with press-studs which are all in mint condition. These packs have internal stowage pockets to house the accessories not carried within the dinghy itself; this example is empty of contents. The exterior of the pack carries a multi-lingual label stitched to the cover with basic operating instructions in English, French, Czech and Polish. The pack is complete with lanyard and quick release connectors to attach to the '41 pattern Mae West. The whole set is in virtually mint faultless condition and would be impossible to improve upon and would certainly match the collectors maxim to ‘buy the best you can afford.’ Please check out the K dinghy mast and sail as well as the emergency rubber water cushion and inflator which we are also listing today and which would have been originally stored within a similar pack.
PC202 Luftwaffe AK 39 Armbandkompass - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe AK 39 Armbandkompass - An essential aid for downed Luftwaffe flight crew. The first model of the AK 39 was believed to have been introduced in 1939. This second pattern carries number Fl 23235-1 on the reverse side as well as the designation AK 39. Unusually it also has what looks like a production code number stamped reading 30232305. The compass bezel swings freely and aligns correctly to north although we can not guarantee its accuracy after 70 years! The transparent rotating bezel has black sighting marks (as opposed to the later red examples introduced in 1943). The underside has white /translucent sliding windows with red course makers which would have enabled the owner to set a marching route having first taken a bearing. The leather wrist strap is original to the instrument and the buckle is sound. When worn over a flying suit it would have had a strap extension fitted although many were simply looped on to the owners Schwimmveste; this example just carries the standard strap. Generally in excellent display condition although like most we have seen the air bubble in the damping alcohol is rather larger than when in service.
PC201 Luftwaffe K-33 winter Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe K-33 winter Flying Helmet - this was the standard WW11 unwired helmet for use by aircrew for primary training as well as for combat crew positions where no communication was necessary. These were also used by single engine fighter pilots early on during the Blitzkrieg in 1939/40. It is interesting by mid war virtually all crew positions required radio contact this helmet but is documented in manufacture certainly until 1943 with later examples carrying the provision for attaching two and three point oxygen mask. This helmet is of the latter type but has had the rear oxygen mask adjusting strap removed with the brow oxygen mask clip locked in position. This may have been an in-service modification. The leather is in excellent condition with no issues and both the goggle snaps are in place and working. The chin strap buckles show minor rust Inside carries fur lining. No makers label appears to have been fitted to this helmet but it is of a medium size. Generally this helmet would represent an excellent addition to a Luftwaffe collection at an entry level price
PC207 RAF Gosport tubes Stores Reference Nos 6F/154 - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Gosport tubes Stores Reference Nos 6F/154 - a good original set with interesting provenance. The Bakelite earpieces are both marked with the RAF stores reference number, Kings Crown and AM property mark. The swivel connections work fine and the cloth covered metal tubes arein generally good shape with one minor abrasion mark. The aluminium plug on the opposite end is again in good condition with signs of normal service wear. Unusually this pair is fitted with a rubber tubes near each earpiece, perhaps added to avoid abrasion from the flying helmet. This set came from the estate of a famous French pilot, M. Victor Mérentier, originally from Marseille. He helped establish between 1927-1929 the first aero postal routes around the world and in particular from France to Africa, then over Atlantic to the USA together with his colleagues Mermoz, Saint-Exupéry and Guillaumet, all legends in their home country. We are unclear if he served in WW11 perhaps with the Free French as that might explain why he was in possession of Air Ministry property!
6340b RAF Very Pistol - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Very Pistol - These were issued with one-man and multi- place dinghies to enable downed RAF aircrew to attract the attention of passing aircraft or ships. They were also carried by fighter pilots tucked into their flying boots so to hand if required in an emergency. The barrel is numbered 48616 and the pistol cocks and ‘fires’ with a very positive action. The the grips are in good condition, as is the retracting lanyard loop. This flare gun was in ‘live’ condition when purchased so we have had it deactivated so can be legally owned in the UK without a fire arms certificate. We also had the detached breach locking spring repaired. These are now getting increasingly hard to find and will make an excellent addition to an RAF collection. An identical example is illustrated in Mick Prodgers excellent reference book 'Luftwaffe V RAF Flying Equipment of the Air War 1939-45' on pages 68 & 69. Measures 8” (20 cm)
4879 Art Deco Bakelite RAF Trinket Box - Click for the bigger picture SoldArt Deco Bakelite RAF Trinket Box - A classic example of a 1930’s Art Deco trinket box with a design to the lid that shouts Odeon cinema! The box is made from brown fleck Bakelite and carries an applied RAF kings Crown brevet to the lid which could possibly have been fashioned from a sweetheart badge. The lid hinges up and reveals a decent size storage area inside and no doubt would have been used on a ladies desk or dressing table. Bakelite was prone to chipping and this box is no exception with a very small chip to the rear top right corner of the lid but this really does not detract from a rather unusual and attractive piece that will appeal to both an RAF, Bakelite or 1930’s collector. Measures 4” x 4” x 3 1/2” high (10 cm x 10 cm x 8.5 cm)
6080 WW 11 Military Desk Bell - Click for the bigger picture SoldWW 11 Military Desk Bell - A typical highly specified solid cast polished brass example with the button on the top engraved with a military broad arrow property mark, KF 0512 and clearly dated 1945 followed by AS. The bell operates exactly as intended and here in the Oldnautibits HQ every time it is sounded we can not help but to shout ‘NEXT!’ Probably never used today in the 21 century but in the first half of the 20th century and through WW11 every officious NCO would have had one on his office desk to call the next RAF or Army ‘Erk’ in line for his medical check up. We have no idea where this one served but clearly would have a story to tell despite the passing years. Fully functional today but I will refrain from listing possible uses here to avoid being labelled sexist! Measures 3 1/2” diameter and stands 3” high (8.5 cm x 7 cm). We have just one now remaining in stock and when that is gone they are gone. A perfect stocking filler which you won’t find on Amazon. com!
4893 WWII Blitz Ashtray Made Of Stone Recovered From The Houses of Parliament - Click for the bigger picture SoldWWII Blitz Ashtray Made Of Stone Recovered From The Houses of Parliament - The London Stonecraft Company were permitted to make souvenirs for sale to the general public to raise funds on behalf of HRH The Duke of Gloucester's Red Cross and St. John Fund. The objects they produced included bookends, inkwells, letter racks, ashtrays and serviette rings and they utilised stones recovered from historic bombed London buildings including the House of Commons after being bombed by the Luftwaffe in the London Blitz in 1940 and 1941. They also used historic stone from other damaged London buildings particularly from the East End that was very badly hit. Our ashtray is made from Portland Stone and a hand written label stating ‘Made from the bombed houses of Parliament 1941’ is attached to the base. The edge of the astray features stone in the rough and is dressed stone to top ; the base is covered in felt. The centre of the ashtray carries a British Lion and below the legend 'London 1941'. From our research the Houses of Parliament were bombed by the Luftwaffe on 20th September 1940, 8th December the same year and again on 10/11 May 1941 a raid which caused the greatest damage to the Palace of Westminster. Interestingly The House of Lords had more luck in being struck by a bomb which passed through the floor of the Chamber without exploding! Our ashtray measures 6” diameter and stands 1 1/4” tall (15 cm x 3 cm) The lead seal shows minor age wear (as shown in our picture) but this does not detract form a historical souvenir from the darkest days of WW11.
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