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WWII Fleet Air Arm Lucite Trench Art Picture Frame - Click for the bigger picture In Stock WWII Fleet Air Arm Lucite Trench Art Picture Frame - A particularly impressive example, largely constructed from Lucite, that was also called Plexiglas, and was used for making aircraft canopies in World War 11. Clearly some scrap material has been made up into a transparent picture frame, that features a photograph of a Royal Naval Rating, dressed in his no 1 uniform, in what looks to be a studio portrait;the photo has some age related marks, but still displays well. The front panel of Lucite slides out of the frame so the photograph can be removed, as shown. Very sadly it is not named, so the provenance of the piece has been lost down the years. On the base is a set of Fleet Air Arm pilots wings, hand carved from hardwood, with inset a naval anchor and a Kings Crown above. Our assumption is this sailor became an FAA pilot, flying with the Royal Navy in WWII. The only additional clue we have is a pencil number on the back of the photograph that is probably a studio reference, so no great help in our research. This is one off the better executed pieces of trench art that we have had in for quite some while, and with the festive season approaching this would make an excellent present for the Fllet Air Arm, aviation or trench art collector in your life! Measures 6" x 4.6" (15 cm x 11.5 cm) £68.00
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WWII RAF Sweetheart Brooch - Click for the bigger picture In Stock WWII RAF Sweetheart Brooch - An original WWII example that was hand carved from mother of pearl, with a safety pin attached to the reverse. These are often called 'Bethlehem badges' and they were carved before the First World War as souvenirs for tourists to the Holy Land and often included religious imagery such as crosses and crucifixes, the Star of Bethlehem, the Star of David and doves. The original source for the mother of pearl used in Palestine was the Red Sea, but by the Second World War some of the raw material was imported.

When Bethlehem was captured by British and Commonwealth forces in late 1917 a new market developed targeting allied soldiers and unit badges carved from mother of pearl were popular as sweetheart brooches and were bought by military personnel to send or take home to their wives or girlfriends. Some are engraved 'Bethlehem' or 'Palestine' on the reverse but this one is unmarked so we cannot establish its precise origins. Suffice to say it is a lovely period example of the type and features standard 'RAF' lettering to centre with laurel leaves and wings, surmounted with a Kings Crown above. This would make an ideal Christmas present or stocking filler for the RAF or sweetheart badge collector in your life. Small, but beautifully formed, the wings measure 2.25" (5.5 cm)

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322 (Dutch) Squadron 1939-1945 Certificate of Appreciation - Click for the bigger picture In Stock 322 (Dutch) Squadron 1939-1945 Certificate of Appreciation - No. 322 Squadron of the Royal Air Force was formed from mainly Dutch personnel on 12th June 1943 at RAF Woodvale. It served at a variety of fighter stations during the Second World War, operating Spitfires. In 1944 it was tasked with intercepting the V-1 Flying bombs and in total claimed 108 1/2 destroyed. On 7th October 1945, the squadron disbanded at Wunstorf in Germany, but was subsequently reformed as No. 322 Squadron RNLAF, keeping its Dutch motto 'Niet praten maar doen' or translated "Don't prattle, act" and its mascot "Polly Grey" the parrot.

This original certificate was presented by Colonel I. A. Aler on behalf of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Frank Lawrence Boutcher, who served with 322 Squadron as a flight mechanic and later transferred to Bomber Command and promoted to Fitter, servicing Stirling and Halifax heavy Bombers. Whilst working on the latter an engine caught fire and he beat the flames with his hat! Subsequently he was posted to the Air Sea Rescue Training Centre and eventually going to Calshot in Hampshire to work on rescue boats. Interestingly he was interviewed for the Bomber Command Digital Archive in 2018 that can be accessed via this link, that tells his wartime story in his own words.

https://ibccdigitalarchive. lincoln. ac. uk/omeka/collections/document/10115

The certificate has been more recently framed using anti glare Perspex acrylic, that has minor scratching to the surface but does not detract. The certificate remains in good condition with minor creasing, but now protected by the framing. An unusual piece of 322 (Dutch) Squadron ephemera, dedicated to a man who made an important but previously unsung contribution to both his Squadron and to the War effort. Measures 15" x 12" (39 cm x 31 cm)

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Avro Aircraft Branded Cigarette Case - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Avro Aircraft Branded Cigarette Case - A further fine example of "Tobacciana" we are listing today, which came from the same collection as the 'Avro' Rolstar lighter. The case is made by 'Kingcraft' and stamped Made in England. We are assuming this dates from a similar period as the lighter, estimated at the 1950's but we stand to be corrected.

'Avro' of course needs no introduction, being founded by A. V. Roe in 1910 and is perhaps best remembered in WWII for the 'Lancaster' and post war with the iconic 'Vulcan'. 'Avro' was absorbed into Hawker Siddeley Aviation in July 1963, when the 'Avro' name ceased to be used, so this item would not be later than '63. Condition is excellent and suspect it has never been used for its intended purpose. The case is covered in a tan calf leather, with just minor handling marks. The 'Avro' winged logo is embossed into the leather and picked out in gold leaf. The catch and hinge are both in good working order, as is the sprung clip to hold the cigarettes in place. This fine case would be equally at home with an 'Avro', aviation or "Tobacciana" collector.

It measures 6"x4" (15 cm x10 cm)
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Avro Aircraft Table Lighter - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Avro Aircraft Table Lighter - We are continuing our "Tobacciana" theme today by listing this very attractive miniature table lighter that is branded to the base 'Rolstar' & 'Made in England'. We do not know a great deal about the brand or manufacturer but online research indicates they utilised this design for use as a corporate gift. This covers both marine and aviation sectors, with examples found carrying the names 'RMS Ascania' (1925-1956), 'SS Iberia' (1954-1973) and as final image attached 'BOAC', which was established in 1939 and operated until amalgamated in 1974 with BEA, to become British Airways. Despite having an Art Deco look, we would guess this lighter probably dates to the 1950's but we stand to be corrected.

The chrome shows some age wear, but is generally in good display condition. The action works as intended, but as no flint is fitted and currently lacking fuel, we can't guarantee it is still in working order, so is therefore for sale as a desirable 'Avro' collectable. 'Avro' of course needs no introduction, being founded by A. V. Roe in 1910 and is perhaps best remembered in WWII for the 'Lancaster' and post war with the iconic 'Vulcan'. 'Avro' was absorbed into Hawker Siddeley Aviation in July 1963, when the 'Avro' name ceased to be used. The lighter measures c. 2" diameter (6 cm) and stands 1.75" tall (5 cm)

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Japanese WWII Military Cigarettes Branded 'HOH YOKU' - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Japanese WWII Military Cigarettes Branded 'HOH YOKU' - An amazing survivor from WWII, these were produced and sold from around 1941/1942 by the Monopoly Bureau of Japan. The brand, literally meaning 'Mythical Bird of Gigantic Wingspan', was designed to stimulate the fighting spirit, although all packaging of this type was abolished after 'VJ Day' in 1945.

The pack remains intact, with just minor wear to the cardboard commensurate with its age and still with its original contents intact and untouched. Thanks to the continued services of our Japanese consultant, ex colleague and friend Yasu, the wording on the side and ends of the pack have been kindly translated reading :

拾本入:10pc pack

定價拾五銭:retail price at 15 sen (=1/100 yen)

ほうよく:=鵬翼=HOH YOKU (Brand Name)

The image on the front appears to show a Mitsubishi G4M land based medium bomber, operated by the Japanese Imperial Navy from 1940-1945. Perhaps appropriately in the current context it was nicknamed by allied fighter pilots as "The Flying Lighter", as it was extremely prone to ignition after a few hits; it was also referred to as the 'Betty'.

Whilst the history of this pack is now lost it came to us from a source in the USA and seems likely it was taken back to the States as a war souvenir. A scarce survivor from WWII and an item that should appeal to both aviation and militaria collectors alike and also to those who are into the specialist area called "Tobacciana", which encompasses all Items related to tobacco or its industry.

The final picture attached shows an identical pack taken from a captured Japanese POW Officer in New Guinea, by a GI from Chicago Area in 1944, thus confirming this brand was available to and used by Japanese service personnel in WWII.

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Jumbojig F-84 G 'Thunderjet' Jigsaw Puzzle - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Jumbojig F-84 G 'Thunderjet' Jigsaw Puzzle - Now for something completely different! Here we have an aviation themed jigsaw puzzle, complete with its original packaging, which retains all its 70 interlocking pieces. Made up the puzzle depicts an image of a Netherlands Airforce F-84G Thunderjet that carries nose art on the aircraft in the foreground stating 'Jumbo Stunt-Team'. Research indicates the Netherlands Airforce started operating the US made Thunderjet in 1955 and served with 306, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315 and 316 Squadrons, until being retired in December 1970. The type was an American turbojet fighter-bomber aircraft, developed 1944 and first flew in 1946 with the United States Army Air Force.

The base of the box is marked 'Made in Holland' and the box ends also shows reference number 1043, as well as confirmation it contains '70 fully interlocking pieces'. We have no indication when this puzzle would have been manufactured, but it clearly has some age to it, but remains in really excellent original condition. The assembled jigsaw measures 12" x 8.5" (30.5 cm x 21.5 cm)

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RAF Fighter Station Scenic Panorama Book - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Fighter Station Scenic Panorama Book - These wonderful booklets from a past age were published by Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd, a London based firm established in 1866. Whilst it is undated going on the aircraft depicted (Meteor, Javelin, Vampire, Swift, Chipmunk), it would probably have been printed around 1956. The back page is marked 'By appointment to the Late King George VI, the late Queen Mary and to HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother' so was certainly produced after March 1953.

The booklet show some evidence of being played with and minor staining and wear but despite the passing years surprisingly it comes complete with 45 of the original 46 moveable inserts "of models of Planes etc for arranging in position to give a three dimensional effect". Clearly technology in 2023 has moved on a little but this is a reminder of the simple life those of us who grew up 'plane crazy' in the 1950's used to enjoy!

The booklet is published in full colour and features inside two double page dioramas, that in turn fold out to make a single collage image of the complete airfield, as final picture. Each of the inside pages has numbered slots in which to place the appropriate figural pieces and when not in use the pieces can be kept in the envelope section attached to the back cover, which also features user instructions. It is understood almost 100 different 'moveable books' were produced by Raphael Tuck & Sons from the late 19th century through the last quarter of the 20th century. Whilst today's youngsters would be satisfied with nothing less than a sophisticated Meta Quest Pro VR headset, those of us who want some quiet nostalgia from times gone by will enjoy adding this modest booklet to their collection. Measures 12" x 10" (closed) or 30 cm x 25.5 cm.

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RCAF Alloy Plaque - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RCAF Alloy Plaque - This one is a bit of a mystery! Made from we believe cast aluminium, in the form of a waisted shield. To the top cast in relief is an eagle of same design as used by the RAF. Below is an RCAF other ranks cap badge, surmounted by a Kings Crown. The plaque then features a diagonal bar and below that is an aircraft in flight. This appears to be a single engine machine, but we have been unable to identify it and it may perhaps be generic. Then at the bottom of the shield is an RAF ensign mounted on a pole. The RCAF used the standard RAF ensign, introduced in 1921, one year after the Canadian Air Force was founded, when permission was granted for the Canadian Air Force to use the RAF Ensign. During World War II the question of a specifically Canadian air force flag was raised and in July 1940 the Royal Canadian Air Force adopted its own ensign by replacing the red disc at the centre of the RAF Ensign with a red maple leaf, that remained in use until 1965. Based on this timeline we have assumed the plaque dates to before July 1940 and could well be pre War. Finally at the very bottom of the shield is an image of the World with both North and South America featured.

The plaque measures 10 1/2" x 71/2" at the widest point (27 cm x 19 cm).It remains in excellent original condition. If any visitors to the site can add anything more to our description or where it might have been mounted we will update the listing accordingly. Certainly in a lifetime of collecting we have never seen another.

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RCAF 434 'Bluenose' Squadron Commemorative Flag - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RCAF 434 'Bluenose' Squadron Commemorative Flag - This one presents a bit of a mystery! It tuned up in a house clearance in Durham back in 2011 when we acquired it and has remained tucked away in our stock room ever since, pending research! The flag which is an RCAF ensign of standard design and similar to the RAF ensign but with the addition of a maple leaf to the centre of the roundel. It is we believe made of nylon and is of the printed variety. What adds special interest is the addition of machined embroidery, picked out in yellow reading WL-K R. C. A. F. Sqd.434 ENGLAND FEB-JULY 1944. 434 Squadron was one of the 15 that were stationed at various airfields in the County of Yorkshire, England as part of RCAF 6 Group. 434 were also known as the "Bluenosers"; the squadron was adopted by the Rotary Club of Halifax, Nova Scotia and took the nickname "Bluenose" in reference to the common nickname for Nova Scotians. The Squadron motto reads "IN EXCELSIS VINCIMUS" which translated means, most approparately, "WE CONQUER IN THE HEIGHTS". Initially formed on 13th July 1943 and based at Tholthorpe but transferred to Croft in December '43 where it remained for the rest of the war. Looking at the map Croft airfield was in County Durham and just 25 miles (40K) from Durham where the flags tuned up, so we surmise these were produced for a commemorative event at Croft at a date unknown.

Our investigation also confirms the Squadron codes used by 434 in WWII were 'WL' so the reference to WL-K appears to relate to an aircraft registration that took us to Halifax V LL179. Sadly it appears this aircraft, piloted by F/Sgt G. Mould, left Croft on the 20th January 1944 on a raid to Magdeburg and was lost, possibly shot down by a night fighter at Muckendorf SW of Berlin, in the early hours of 21 January 1944. Four of the crew including the skipper were sadly killed whilst the navigator, wireless operator and the bomb aimer survived and became POW's. Strangely our commemorative flag is dated 'Feb-July 1944' so after the date Halifax WL-K was lost. If any visitors to the site can clarify this apparent conundrum we will update our listing.

The flag measures 10" x 6" (25 cm x 15 cm) and the flag pole stands 15.5" (39 cm) to the top of the finial. It exhibits minor storage creasing and age related marks and with a slight curvature on the pole but overall it remains in good display condition. We were able to purchase two identical examples and these are priced individually. A total 1374 airmen volunteered to fly with 434 Squadron and of these 347 made the ultimate sacrifice and this emotive item is a lasting reminder of those lost on the final flight of Halifax WL-K.

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RAF No 7 Group Novices Boxing Championship Cup 1925 - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF No 7 Group Novices Boxing Championship Cup 1925 - No. 7 Group was created on the day that the RAF officially came into being on 1st April 1918 by renaming of the Royal Flying Corps 'Southern Training Brigade'. Initially the Group was subordinate to No. 2 Area and on 8 August the designation "Training" was added making the Group's new title 'No. 7 (Training) Group'. With the post war reductions, the Group was disbanded on 16th Aug 1919 but with military logic was reformed the following month, when South-Western Area was downgraded to group status. On 1st April 1920, the Group was transferred to Inland Area's control but was disbanded for the second time on 12th April 1926. Following the outbreak of the Second World War, the Group was reformed on 15th July 1940 as No. 7 (Operational Training) Group, under Bomber Command control.

The cup is stamped EPNS to the base and numbered 33288; much of the electro plating has now worn away after 95 years of polishing, but it still makes an impressive display piece from the very early days of the RAF. The front is engraved with a good crisp RAF crest with the 'Per Adua Ad Astra' legend, the RAF eagle and surmounted by a Kings Crown. The opposite side is engraved 'RAF No 7Group Novices Championship 1925 Light Weight Special Contest Runner Up'. Whilst the cup comes without specific provenance we have assumed it was awarded for a lightweight boxing championship back in 1925, but we stand to be corrected. The cup, which stands a fraction over 6" tall (15.5 cm) is in generally good condition other than the odd bump and ding commensurate with its age (like us all! Editor)

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RAF EX-POW Association Silver Jubilee Dish 1977 - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF EX-POW Association Silver Jubilee Dish 1977 - The Royal Air Forces Ex-POW Association was established in the 1950s by a small group of ex-prisoners of war who met occasionally at a pub in the Holborn district of London, England. Flight Sergeant "Dixie" Deans MBE (1913 – 18 February 1989) was a founder member and first president of the Association. Over 10,000 airmen of the Royal Air Force, Fleet Air Arm and other service fliers were captured and became Prisoners of War during World War II. Members from more recent conflicts are still active in maintaining the comradeship that POWs forge in adversity.

Our ceramic dish was made from fine bone china by the Royal Worcester factory which was established in 1751 and is believed to be the oldest or second oldest remaining English porcelain brand still in existence today. The dish carries the RAF Ex-POW barbed wire logo to the centre and around the side the wording 'Royal Silver Jubilee year Reunion London May 13th-16th 1977'. The Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II marked the 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the thrones of the United Kingdom. It was celebrated with large-scale parties and parades throughout the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth throughout 1977, culminating in June with the official "Jubilee Days", held to coincide with the Queen's Official Birthday. Clearly the EX-POW association played an important part in the festivities, although sadly now 43 years later, the "Kriegies", my late Father included, have nearly all received their final posting. The dish, which measures 4.5" diameter (11 cm), is in fine condition.

The final image attached shows the dish displayed with some items from my own POW collection; these are not for sale but included here for interest. The little clay dish we believe was made whilst Dad was a POW at Stalag Luft 111 (along with Dixie Deans)and intrestingly the barbed wire motif is also used, as subsequently adopted by the POW association. The map shows the enforced march the POW made in early 1945, during one of the coldest winters on record. We also show some original POW currency and an instruction booklet issued to my Father when he finally got back to the UK in the Spring of '45, with instructions how to enjoy his leave, the first he had had since being captured in August 1941. I expect he needed no coaching!

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RAFVR Venerable Bede Church Lads Brigade Presentation Trophy - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAFVR Venerable Bede Church Lads Brigade Presentation Trophy - Another absolutely unique one off item in the form of a hallmarked silver miniature cup, mounted on a hardwood base and with engraved plaques to all sides. The one to the front reads 'Presented by Cadet Cowling RAFVR (Late Corporal of Venerable Bede C. L. B) to be awarded annually to the Smartest C. L. B Lad'. Circular silver plaques have then been mounted around the base with the earliest being awarded to Private E. Worsley in 1943 and the last to Private T. Spaven in 1953. Every year in between is also detailed with the exception of the disc for 1949 that is AWOL! Clearly this was an important and treasured trophy, with the cup being made from silver with the hallmarks indicating it wasmanufactured by H. J. Cooper & Co Ltd, who operated from Thavies Inn, Holborn Circus, London from around 1890 to the 1930's. The date stamp on the cup is an ornate 'P' indicating it was manufacturers in 1930.

Research indicates 'The Venerable Bede' was a monk lived in the 7th & 8thcentury and is widely regarded as the greatest of all the Anglo-Saxon scholars. In 682, Bede moved to the monastery at Jarrow, where he lived until his death in 735. His bones have been in Durham Cathedral since 1022, having been brought from Jarrow by a monk called Alfred who had them buried alongside Cuthbert's relics, where they remained until they were moved to the Cathedral's Galilee Chapel in the 14th century. The 'CLB' on the plaque refers to the 'Church Lads Brigade', a Christian youth organisation founded in 1891 and became the first scout group incorporated in the world in 1909. The Church Lads Brigade movement set out to instruct young men in discipline, morality and physical training and instil the values of the wider citizen by social and religious training, based on the religion of the Christian faith and the teaching of the Church of England. The discipline and hierarchy was based on military standards. During WWI, at the age of 18, the lads were drafted into the Army, and it is estimated that around 50,000 Brigade Lads served in the First World War and of these 24 from the Church Lads' Brigade were awarded the Victoria Cross. In WWII Cadets performed important duties on the Home Front such as fire-watching, guarding reservoirs and other strategic locations and over 250,000 former CLB members served in HM Forces during the war, with Cadet N. Cowling, who presented this award, being one of the many, serving with the RAF Volunteer Reserve.

A full list of 'The Smartest lad's to whom this was awarded annually is :Pte E. Worsley 1943, Pte J. Thompson 1944, Pte E. Blackburn 1945, Pte G. Rhodes1946, PteL. Carlisle 1947, Pte G. Glover1948, Pte E. Worley 1950, Pte S. Jenkins 1951 and Pte E. Worley wins it again in 1952! The recipient in 1949 is unknown due to the missing plaque. In terms of location we have

located a Venerable Bede Church of England Secondary School in Sunderland and whilst we stand to be corrected have assumed this Church Lads Brigade would have been based in the same area. The cup shows minor age related wear whilst the plastic (Bakelite?) base has a couple hairline cracks in it, but are hardly visible when on display and possibly caused when it was originally screwed to the base. The cup, including its plastic stand, is just over 3" tall (8 cm) but measured from the hardwood mount it stands a fraction over 4" (10.5 cm).

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WWII Luftwaffe Personal Photograph Album , Brittany, France - Click for the bigger picture In Stock WWII Luftwaffe Personal Photograph Album , Brittany, France - A small but beautifully presented wartime photograph album. The covers are made from red leatherette material that are generally in good condition but with some small pressure indentations. Neither the cover or flyleaf page is named but the album contains 25 pages with a single original black and white photograph to each page. This came in by way of an auction and as no captions have been added it has proved a bit of a challenge to add some limited provenance, but we have done our best!

The title page picture shows a typically 'Nordic 'Luftwaffe Flieger (Private) confirmed by his collar badge; standing behind is a lady who we assume was his wife or girlfriend. In the following photograph the same chap features but he now seems to be sporting 'Gefreiter' rank badges (Lance Corporal). It is our assumption he was the owner of the album and took most of the photographs but sadly we are unable to name him. It is possible further clues may be on the back of the photographs but we prefer not to disturb them. Virtually every shot features a number of Luftwaffe colleagues in full uniform and in many they appear to be sightseeing and several featuring bridges and rivers. Another photo shows a couple of chaps standing on we believe on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and then a larger group posing with a part built timber building in the background. Another photograph is of a distinctive art deco looking building with a signboard above and a group of military personnel in front and one standing inside at an open window. Whilst quite hard to decipher the writing on the rooftop signboard appears to say 'Erholungsheim' which trnslated means 'Rehabilitation Centre' or 'Sanitorium' followed by 'Schwarze Spiegel' which literally translated mean 'Black Mirrors'. A Luftwaffe wing logo, as used on rank collar tabs, is shown on the sign as well, so clearly for use of injured/rcovering Luftwaffe personnel.

A more conclusive photograph appears a little later with another group of Luftwaffe personnel posing with a viaduct behind them. We have a positive ID on this and believe it to be the railway viaduct which crosses the town of Morlaix in Brittany, in which case the river featured in several shots could be the Morlaix river. Further research confirms an airport that was captured and used by was also used as a Luftwaffe and was situated 3.25 km NNE of Morlaix near the village of Ploujean. It was occupied by the Luftwaffe from June 1940 and was used by Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen", Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter", Jagdgeschwader 77 "Herz As" and Nachtjagdgeschwader 1. It was extended and improved by Spring 1941 and used moderately by fighters and bombers until February 1942 but was very little used after that date. So whilst not definitive we believe this album records life in Brittany by the German occupiers sometimes from 1940-1942.

So a small but interesting WWII Luftwaffe album and definitely worthy of further research. Sadly no details of the base he was stationed at are shown and the mainly off duty nature of the pictures would seem to confirm these were taken with his personal camera when touring away from base. The album measures 4.5" x 3.25" (12 cm x 8.5 cm) with strong binding and no loose pages or photographs.

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607 County of Durham Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force Plaque - Click for the bigger picture In Stock 607 County of Durham Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force Plaque - 607 Squadron was formed on 17 March 1930 at RAF Usworth, County Durham, as a day bomber unit of the Auxiliary Air Force flying Westland Wapitis. In September 1936 the role of 607 was changed into that of a fighter squadron.

Equipped with Gladiators, 607 was deployed to France as the Air Component of the British Expeditionary Force in November 1939 and fought in the Battle of France. In March 1940, the squadron was re-equipped with the Hawker Hurricane and following the British 'withdrawal', the squadron returned to it's home base of Usworth but was subsequently relocated to RAF Tangmere in September 1940. The squadron took an active role in the Battle of Britain, but at a cost, losing 26 of its pilots. In October 1941, they transferred to RAF Manston and remained there until 1942 when it transferred to India with Mk VIII Spitfires replacing Hurricane's in 1944. The Squadron was disbanded in Burma in August 1945 but reformed in May 1946, at RAF Ouston in Northumberland as a day fighter squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. After flying Spitfires for five years, it converted to Vampire Jets in October 1950 and was disbanded again on 10 March 1957.

Sadly we know nothing of the origins or age of this plaque other than it is a hand painted one of item and not commercially made. The board on which the plaque is painted has clearly been wall mounted at some stage in its life. The crest shows a Kings Crown and below a winged lion salient; surrounding the lion is the script 607 (County of Durham) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force ; 607 chose not to have a motto. The varnished board measures 20.25" x 17.25" (51 cm x 44 cm). 607 served with distinction in the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain and also had Battle honours for Rakhine, Manipur and the Burma campaign 1944–45 before disbanding. Both the plaque and board show age related wear but still makes an impressive statement, aided by the Squadrons significant part in the Battle of Britain.

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Framed Photograph of WWI Aviator - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Framed Photograph of WWI Aviator - Sadly we don't know who this good looking chap was as no clues inside or outside the frame. He was described when purchased as 'A German Aviator of WWI'. His black leather flying coat does not conform to the RFC standard pattern and other than his goggles we do not have much else to go on. So we will simply describe as above with name, location and date unknown. The photograph is mounted in a glazed frame, which shows some age related wear and on the reverse provision for desk or wall mounting. Frame measures 9 1/2 x7 1/2" (24 cm x 19 cm) £12.00
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Saucy Alloy Ashtray - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Saucy Alloy Ashtray - We believe these were cast from alloy recovered from shot down aircraft and sold post WWII, although without any makers marks this is hard to authenticate. The ashtray is double sided.; the front features a smaller gent wearing black striped trousers, bow tie and jacket walking beside a statuesque taller lady, with his hand behind her. From here mouth is a speech bubble 'OH! . When the ashtray is turned over the reason for the exclamation is clear and the 'gentleman' (could he be intended to represent our then Prime Minister ?) has his hand places where it is not supposed to be! Perhaps not entirely appropriate in our 'Me Too' society but it is of its time. Pictures of the reverse side available on request! Measures 5.5" x 3.5" (14 cm x 8.5 cm)

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DH Tiger Moth Elevator - Click for the bigger picture In Stock DH Tiger Moth Elevator - The de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth first flew in 1931 and was designed by Geoffrey de Havilland and built by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. In total about 9,000 were built and operated by the RAF and many others as a primary training aircraft. It has become a design classic and many remain airworthy in private hands today.

When purchased we were told this original elevator came from one of the 20 Tiger Moths operated from Brooklands Flying Club and that they carried an all red colour scheme. We have nothing to support this provenance so this may or may not be correct. All we can say is it 'scrap' written on it when it came in so was clearly removed at some stage when it became unserviceable. It is a bit warped at the tip so clearly not an airworthy example but would make nice display item for a wall as neither too big or too heavy.

The wooden frame is covered in doped canvas, with one inspection cover removed as shown. Some parts have been touched up in silver paint, possibly applied when the elevator was repaired. It might benefit being repainted but we will leave that decision to the new owner as we prefer to leave it exactly as it was when it came out of service. It measures 53" or 137 cm measured on the leading edge and front to back at widest point is 21.5" or 55 cm. As with all our stock a range of detailed photographs are available on request and if you have interest let us know your location and we can obtain a delivered price.

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WWII Period RAF Themed Embroidered Panel - Click for the bigger picture In Stock WWII Period RAF Themed Embroidered Panel - A particularly fine example which has been mounted on a card backboard. The centre of the panel features a large RAF crest surmounted by a Kings Crown and the motto 'Per Adua Ad Astra'. To the top right and bottom left corner is an RAF roundel which carries a birds wing picked out in RAF blue. In the opposite two corners are stylised RAF aircraft, flying amidst the outline of fluffy blue clouds. The one shown top left is a single engine fighter whilst that depicted bottom right is a twin engine bomber. Both are in early WWII green and brown camouflage and both feature RAF roundels. The colours are as vibrant as when they were stitched, we speculate around 75 years ago. Sadly the hands that created this emotive artwork failed to sign or date the piece so we will never know exactly when it was made or by whom. It is however likely to have been worked by a mother, fiancée or girlfriend of someone serving in the RAF in WWII. The piece measures 18.0" x 18.5" (46 cm x 47 cm) and would perhaps benefit by framing but we will leave that decision to the new custodian. Certainly a one off and reminds us of a 'sampler' but of Second War vintage. £48.00
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Royal Air Force National Savings Poster - Click for the bigger picture Reduced Royal Air Force National Savings Poster - An original example that was published by HMStationary Office for the National Savings Committee against reference number NSC 5/294. It is dedicated to the men and women of the RAF and shows the Command badges and uniforms in use between 1939 and 1945. In addition it depicts paintings of a Spitfire, Lancaster, Sunderland and a Meteor with a typical airfield watch tower in the background. This poster was printed by Fosh & Cross in London and was first published in 1949. It has been pasted to a hardboard mount and whilst it is not in the best condition it is still displays well despite it's 66 years but is priced to reflect it's current condition. £32.00
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Aviation Tie - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Aviation Tie - A perfect present for the aviation enthusiast in your life! On offer is a brand new quality British made tie in navy blue with yellow images of the de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth which served with such distinction with the RAF as a basic trainer from 1932 until final retirement in 1959. A total of 8, 868 were manufactured and many are still airworthy today. The tie is 100% polyester and is hand washable. We have a limited quantity of these and when they are gone they are gone. £10.00
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WAAF Officers Mess Presentation Tray RAF BC HQ - Click for the bigger picture In Stock WAAF Officers Mess Presentation Tray RAF BC HQ - sadly the history with this one has been lost down the line. All we know if was presents to Joyce by her colleagues in the Officers Mess during the dark days of the war and is dated 9 August 1941. Joyce was clearly stationed at HQ RAF Bomber Command at the time but that is all we have to go on. The reverse gives us no more clues other than it is made of plate and silver soldered. The tray would be equally useful today and is in good condition with just minor marks associated with its 78 years of use. Lets hope 'Joyce ' appreciated the gift. Measures 10" diameter (26 cm). £42.00
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The Waist Gunners - Click for the bigger picture In Stock The Waist Gunners - On this item, and other sculptures offered, we are acting as agents and your enquiry will be redirected to the artist who will then handle any questions, sales, payment and despatch. This fine work of art captures a poignant moment as the waist gunners of a USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress relax on the grass beside the airfield perimeter track while their aircraft is prepared for the mission. While RAF Bomber Command flew night ops, their US counterparts flew daylight raids. Both figures wear classic B-3 flight jackets with matching A-3 shearling trousers. The A-6A flying boots carry the characteristic double strap fastenings and are also shearling lined for insulation. The crew member playing with his puppy is sporting a classic Rough Wear B-2 flying cap, while his buddy wears an A-11 flying helmet. Additional back support between the figures is provided by the gunner's QAC parachute packs which would be stored near their crew positions and clipped on in the event of an emergency. We are proud to have assisted the artist as technical consultants in the creation of this work of art which is made from cold-cast bronze, is signed by the artist and is available in a strictly limited edition of 250. Length: 17" (44 cm) £325.00
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RAF Bomber Pilot - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Bomber Pilot - On this item, and other sculptures offered, we are acting as agents and your enquiry will be redirected to the artist who will then handle any questions, sales, payment and despatch. This sculpture features a pilot of RAF Bomber Command about to board his aircraft, possibly an Avro Lancaster, prior to another night operation to the heart of Germany. His headgear consists of a second pattern C type helmet and classic Mk VIII flying goggles. He wears a thermally insulated flying suit, often referred to by the inventor's name Irvin. His life jacket is the 1941 pattern Mae West and over this is an observer's parachute harness. He carries his parachute pack in his right hand and his flying gauntlets in his left. Flying boots are 1941 pattern favoured by bomber aircrew and which feature an ankle strap designed to prevent the boots falling off in a bail out situation. The detail on this sculpture is amazing and we are proud to have assisted the artist as technical consultants in the creation of this work of art which is made from cold-cast bronze, is signed by the artist and is available in a strictly limited edition of 250. Height: 16" (41 cm) £275.00
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At Readiness - Click for the bigger picture In Stock At Readiness - On this item, and other sculptures offered, we are acting as agents and your enquiry will be redirected to the artist who will then handle any questions, sales, payment and despatch. This sculpture entitled "At Readiness", depicts a scene set in August 1940 while the Battle of Britain was at its height. Exhausted pilots of 11 Group Fighter Squadrons, located in the South of England, wait at dispersal for the order to scramble and take on the first Luftwaffe raids of the day. This pilot is trying to relax in an old leather armchair but finds it hard to concentrate on the novel he's reading in an attempt to divert his attention from thoughts of the battle to come. For many the waiting was the worse part. He wears a crumpled service dress uniform with an open neck shirt and non regulation cravat which helps to reduce chaffing in combat. His 1932 pattern Mae West is unbuttoned but would provide an invaluable life aid in the event of ditching "in the drink". His boots are the coveted 1936 pattern with thick fur lining to provide additional insulation and warmth in the air. We are proud to have assisted the artist as technical consultants in the creation of this work of art which is made from cold-cast bronze, is signed by the artist and is available in a strictly limited edition of 250. Height: 9.5" (23 cm) £275.00
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The Battle of Britain Pilot - Click for the bigger picture In Stock The Battle of Britain Pilot - On this item and other sculptures offered, we are acting as agents and your enquiry will be redirected to the artist who will then handle any questions, sales, payment and despatch. This sculpture entitled 'The Battle of Britain Pilot' personifies a typical fighter pilot at the start of WWII and is characteristic of the Battle of Britain period. He is wearing a crumpled service dress uniform standing looking into the sky with an air of youthful defiance that earned these young men Churchill's accolade 'The Few'. His flying helmet is the iconic RAF B type with bulbous receiver carriers and is fitted with a D type constant flow oxygen mask, E type microphone dating from 1935 and the detail even extends to the 6D/101 connector and RT cable and bell plug. His goggles are the Mk IIIA of pre war design, whilst his flying boots are 1936 pattern which were jealously guarded by fighter pilots of the period. He also wears a 1932 specification Mae West lifejacket which often proved a lifesaver in the event of a bail out over or a ditching in the English Channel. We are proud to have assisted the artist as technical consultants in the creation of this work of art which is made from cold-cast bronze, is signed by the artist and is available in a strictly limited edition of 250. Height: 16" (41 cm) £275.00
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US Army Air Corps Presentation Whistle - Click for the bigger picture In Stock US Army Air Corps Presentation Whistle - We endeavour to offer unusual and unique items and this is certainly the first time we've seen one of these! The item incorporates an oversized ceramic whistle marked US Air Corps to one side and USA on the other, while the top is embossed with Army Air Corps. The USAAC was established in 1926 and was abolished in June 1941 when the USAAF was formed, so it seems likely this dates from betwen 1926 and 1941. The whistle is realistically finished in a bronze colour with blue lettering and is attached to a heavy marble base. We believe it could well have been a presentation item and perhaps to be used as a paperweight on an officer's desk or maybe as a display item in the military store. The whistle itself measures 3.5" (9 cm) and including the base it is almost 4" high (10 cm).The final image attached shows it diplayed alongside a regular Air Ministry snail whilst that clearly shows this is an impressive display piece! If any visitors can give us a more accurate description, please let us know and we will add to the listing. £38.00
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RAF Technical Training Command Plaque - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Technical Training Command Plaque - On offer is a oak framed board with an applied crest named to RAF Technical Training Command and surmounted by a King's Crown and below the legend Labore. Terrestri. Caelestis. Victoria. The crest is in extremely good condition and we would guess the item dates from around the WWII period. Measures 16" x 14" (40 cm x 354 cm). £35.00
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RAF/USAAF HQ 3rd Bomb Wing Silver Presentation Cigarette Case - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF/USAAF HQ 3rd Bomb Wing Silver Presentation Cigarette Case - Featuring finely engraved RAF King's Crown wings to left corner of the lid and USAAF winged officers' branch insignia to the right and below "Presented to Norman & Phyllis on the Occasion of their Marriage from the Officers of HQ 3rd Bomb Wing 1943". We sadly have no surname so difficult to trace the provenance of this piece but speculate Norman and Phyllis were both serving officers in the RAF and USAAF back in 1943. The 3rd Bomb Wing, part of the 8th Air Force, was formed in October 1942 and the HQ was based at Elveden Hall in Suffolk flying B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft.

The case shows minor knocks commensurate with its 77 years service but is generally in good display condition with a strong hinge and near perfecxt wood lined interior with adjustable partition. On the base it carries silver makers marks

Mn & Wb indicating the piece was manufactuered by top makers Mappin & Webb. It also carries a London Assay mark and a date letter G confirming the manufacturing date was 1942, thus aligning to the engraving on the lid. It is rare to find a piece of wartime silver that is attributed to both the RAF and USAAF and we superct we are unlikely to ever see another. The case measures 7" x 3.5" (18 cm x 9 cm)
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WWII RAFVR Lapel Badge - Click for the bigger picture Sold WWII RAFVR Lapel Badge - The RAF Volunteer Reserve was formed in July 1936 to provide individuals to supplement the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. The purpose was to provide a reserve of aircrew to draw upon in the event of war. When the Second World War broke out in September 1939 the RAFVR comprised 6,646 pilots, 1,625 observers/navigators and 1,946 wireless operators. During the war, the Air Ministry used the RAFVR as the principal means of entry for aircrew to serve with the RAF. All those called up for Air Force Service with the RAF, both commissioned officers and other ranks, did so as members of the RAFVR under the National Service (Armed Forces) Act 1939.

This particular badge, which is numbered on the back with the official Air Ministry number 14921, was issued to a volunteer who served as a Navigator and completed two tours of duty with Bomber Command, the second with an elite Pathfinder Squadron and beat the odds and survived the war. These badges were made by the Royal Mint and were issued to those accepted for service in the RAF, but who were awaiting call up. Worn on the lapel of civilian clothes, to show others they were doing their bit and were not avoiding "doing their bit" for the war effort.

This is a fine wartime example that came directly from the original owners family and remains in superb original condition and retaining original buttonhole fitting. Measures c. 1" (2.5 cm) tall.

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RAF Team Rife Championships Presentation Hip Flask - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Team Rife Championships Presentation Hip Flask - The Royal Air Force Rifle Association was founded in 1921 with the object, as expressed at the time, of 'promoting interest in small arms shooting for Service purposes by means of individual and collective Competitions. It was renamed in 1946 as the Royal Air Force Small Arms Association. Sadly this one came without any provenance but we are assuming the engraving refers to the RAF Middle East Command where we had a significant presence in the 1930's including Iraq, Palestine and India. The flask has no makers marks but it was clearly presented to the Runners up in an RAF rifle competition back in 1934. The plated metal base cover slides off revealing a glass flask beneath and the top is covered in leather with a viewing slit to check remaining contents. The flask carries a screw top metal stopper and overall it is generally in very sound used condition. Measures 5.6" high (14.5 cm) A Recent Sale
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