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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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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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RAF Aircraft Engineering Tradesmans' Record of Training and Experience - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Aircraft Engineering Tradesmans' Record of Training and Experience

The cover is stamped RAF form 6859 and Revised March 1979. The personal details have been completed and is named to a G.A. Hendy who enlisted in July 1976. The page also carries a weak ink stamp that says 'Ships Library' and we believe 'HMS Daedalus' which was formed in 1917 as an RNAS base and subsequently home to both the RAF and the Fleet Air Arm. We have no idea how Hendy’s career went but the complete book is a blank so we can only speculate his chosen trade did not progress as expected! In view of this the book could be reused for a variety of uses 36 years after it was first issued. Modestly priced!

Pages: 58
Cover: Hard
Author: Not Stated

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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

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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
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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
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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)
5320 German WW11 Bakelite Flare Cartridge Case with Contents - Click for the bigger picture SoldGerman WW11 Bakelite Flare Cartridge Case with Contents - the lid carries the original label reading ‘Sternsignalpatronen’ with a red star indicating the cartridges were star code red and a rating number of 117. The label is dated September 1941 with further wording ‘dag Untersucht’ indicating the examination date ; this has not been filled in. The screw top reveals 5 red flare cartridges which are all deactivated/inert. The cartridge cases are stamped ‘Rauchspurpatrone rot’ meaning smoke streamer red. The calibre of the aluminium cartridges is 26.5 mm and would have been used in conjunction with the leuchpistole. Some of the cartridge stamping is now faded but we can decipher various manufacturing dates including 1940, 1941and 1944. Some also carry expiry dates that are 4 years later. An identical case is illustrated in Mick Prodger’s Flying Equipment excellent reference book on page 82 although these cases were used by all branches of the the German Wehrmacht in WW11. The inside of the cases carries various manufacturers marks. An excellent display example and scarce to find with contents and entirely safe to own in a collection within the UK.Case measures 4. 75” high by 4” diameter.(11.5 cm x 10.5 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.
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