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Spitfire ML417 Underside Panel - Click for the bigger picture SoldSpitfire ML417 Underside Panel - This item is from a small collection of aircraft relics we have just got in and are currently listing and includes airframe parts from a Hurricane, Mosquito, Airacobra, and Beaufighter. Sadly most do not have the details of the actual airframes or crash site they were recovered from but this piece is an exception.

It is labelled with a ticket indicating the panel was removed from the underside of a Mk IX Spitfire ML 417 and a quick search online indicates it was delivered to 443 squadron of the RCAF in spring of 1944 and is credited with destroying two BF109s', an FW190 damaged and a further 109 probably destroyed. She survived the war and in 1949 was rebuilt as a MK Tr9 and served with the Indian Air force. In 1972 she returned to the UK and was converted back to a Mk IX at Duxford, returning to the sky in 1984 and seems likely this damaged panel was removed at this time. She was last reported being operated by 'Planes of Fame' in the US.

The panel measures 15.75" x 12 1/2" (40 cm x 32 cm) and is finished in matt grey and clear indication of stress damage which would seem to be the reason for its removal and replacement. We are unable to ascertain where this panel was mounted on the air frame but we have no reason to doubt the story supplied with the piece. A good display size for a collection and a genuine Spitfire panel at an entry level price!

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WAAF Other Ranks V Neck Pullover - Click for the bigger picture SoldWAAF Other Ranks V Neck Pullover - This garment came in with a selection of other WAAF uniform items and we have therefore assumed seeing it is finished in RAF blue this is another WAAF issue item. The inside collar is marked with 5090018 which we assume to be the original owners service number. Sewn into the hem is a makers label marked H & E Ltd and branded 'Puritex' regd;it is also broad arrow property mark. The date is mis-stamped but seems to have originated in the 1950's. This garment is very small and is marked size 1. The wool has the odd snag and hole so all in all not in the best condition but it could be darned and could still make a good display item. It is priced accordingly!
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One Flight Too Many - Click for the bigger picture SoldOne Flight Too Many - One Flight Too Many I was delighted to received a copy of this excellent volume for Christmas and can recommend it as an excellent read. It covers the often forgotten art of Photographic Reconnaissance (PR) and is written by a former PR Spitfire pilot, Jimmy Taylor. It gives a very clear description of what he had to do, the aircraft and cameras he was given, how he planned and took his photographs, and how he navigated his way, alone and unarmed under constant observation by enemy radar, to his distant targets. This is also Jimmy Taylor's autobiography, so the reader has access to his frank contemporary diary of autumn 1944 and goes with him on his exciting sorties, including when he was chased by a then-unknown German jet, and his last one, when his engine blew up and forced him to parachute into a part of eastern Holland and led to his eventual capture with details of the heroic behaviour of the Dutch Resistance. Taylor's story is told with humour and modesty and makes for fascinating reading, and is enhanced with hundreds of photographs taken at the time, including some of his own sorties. This is a great book in every sense: it will enlighten readers who are curious about the work of the PR squadrons and will fascinate aviation enthusiasts of all ages myself included! We do not actually stock this volume but it can be purchased for £27.50 plus shipping from the distributor, YPD Books at www.ypdbooks.com or from your local bookseller. Pages: 756 Cover: Hard Author: Jimmy Taylor
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USAAF Gunners Belt type A-3 - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF Gunners Belt type A-3 - .Made by Irving Air Chute Company and comes complete in its original issue box which is fully stamped up and the box shows a manufacturing date of March 6 1943 but is further dated dated 2-1-44 which is also stamped on the belt fabric. Inside other than minor rust to meal parts the belt is in near mint condition and even carries an inspection label saying 'serviceable when checked 25 April 1944'! These belts were fixed to the aircraft, normally in waist gunners position, to prevent air gunners being blown out of aircraft. The belt is made from cotton webbing reinforced with nylon thread and the metal parts are nonmagnetic heat treated steel. The belt was designed to be used by the gunner in a standing position and forms a loop running through the parachute harness and around a mounting point attached to the floor of the aircraft in front of the gunner. The British part number for this item is 106F/5. Extended the belt measures 66" (168 cm).

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Wing Commander Robert Stanford Tuck Flying Logbook - Click for the bigger picture SoldWing Commander Robert Stanford Tuck Flying Logbook - From a limited edition of 2, 500 copies which were published in 1996 and is an exact facsimile of the original. This lavishly produced replica covers Stanford Tuck's RAF career from his basic training in 1935 in an Avro Tutor to his final sortie in a Canberra in 1954. The section covering the Battle of Britain in superb and recorded in the matter of fact manner of the day. Tuck's final wartime Op on 28th January, 1942 reads "Rhubarb Patrol. Prisoner of War." When he went "in the bag", he had achieved 29 victories and had he continued on operations, could well have become Britain's top scoring ace. As close as it comes to owning the real thing! Complete with numbered limited edition certificate.
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Wing Commander Robert Stanford Tuck Log Book - Click for the bigger picture SoldWing Commander Robert Stanford Tuck Log Book

From a limited edition of 2, 500 copies which were published in 1996 and is an exact facsimile of the original. This lavishly produced replica covers Stanford Tuck's RAF career from his basic training in 1935 in an Avro Tutor to his final sortie in a Canberra in 1954. The section covering the Battle of Britain is superb and recorded in the matter of fact manner of the day. Tuck's final wartime Op on 28th January, 1942 reads "Rhubarb Patrol. Prisoner of War." When he went "in the bag", he had achieved 29 victories and had he continued on operations, could well have become Britain's top scoring ace. As close as it comes to owning the real thing! Complete with numbered limited edition certificate. In excellent condition.

Pages: 432
Cover: Hard
Author: Robert Stanford Tuck

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Irvin Air Chute Parachute Bag - Click for the bigger picture SoldIrvin Air Chute Parachute Bag - Of standard pattern and design and whilst not dated is likely to be of WWII vintage. The zip pulls are protected by a snap fastening flap that is overprinted 'Mfg. BY IRVIN AIR CHUTE LTD, FORT ERIE, ONTARIO. Manufactured in heavy canvas with twin webbing handles and original zip fasteners marked 'DOT', both in good working order. The canvas fabric retains good colour but has some stains/soiling commensurate with service use. The Irving Air Chute Company was formed by Leslie Irvin in Buffalo, New York, the world's first parachute designer and manufacturer of parachutes in 1919. The Canadian branch was established in 1925. The bag is empty but has been stuffed for photographic purposes only and measures 17"x 16" x 13" (43 cm x 41 cm x 33 cm)

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NSFK Sponsoring Members Vehicle Pennant - Click for the bigger picture SoldNSFK Sponsoring Members Vehicle Pennant - The Treaty of Versailles prevented Germany from having an actual Air Force, therefore all aeronautical training was undertaken under the guise of the DLV (Deutscher Luftsport-Verband), formed in 1933 and the NSFK (National Socialist Flying Corp) took over from the DLV in 1937. The NSFK was run on strict paramilitary lines, with most students members of the Hitler Youth. They were taught the basics of aviation via model aircraft and were able to take flights in gliders from the age of 14 with progression to powered flight that led to the start of formal Luftwaffe training. Thus Germany circumvented the constraints of Versailles and had a meaningful trained air force by 1939. The NSFK continued to exist after the Luftwaffe was founded, but to a much smaller degree and mainly performed air defence duties such as a reserve anti-aircraft service. All NSFK related equipment is now very scarce. This fine original example features a woven image of Icarus, the mythological god who flew too close to the sun with wax wings. The figure is highly detailed and in each hand he is holding handles which are attached to his outstretched wings with the letters "NSFK" above and a swastika below, with oak leaves and the letter F to the bottom rim. This signifies a "Förderer" or 'Sponsor', indicating that this was given to German nationals who made a monthly contribution to the NSFK. The original cord is still in place with a slightly rusty metal spring clip to the top and loop fastening to bottom. The end of the pennant is reinforced with multiple rows of stitching. The side as pictured here is in near perfect display condition with just one minor rust stain. The reverse side carries a woven fabric manufacturers label named to Fahnenrichter 1869 Köln. Research indicated this company was established in 1869 and is a family firm now in its 6th generation and still in business and operating from Köln today. The reverse side also features the same Icarus based imagery. The fabric is not in quite such good shape with two minor areas of damage, possibly caused by moth. Despite this an excellent and scarce example in great display condition. In a market now sadly filled with fake items we can absolutely guarantee this item, which came from an defunct museum display and is the real deal with a full money back guarantee to authenticity. It measures 14.5" x 8.5" (17 cm x 22 cm)
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Mk III Flying Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldMk III Flying Goggles - Like the RAF Mk IIIA's goggles we have just listed this set is about as good as they come! This example is RCAF issue and the back strap is clearly stamped with stores Ref. 22/397. Interestingly the strap is also stamped 22C/13 C.C.B. The Mk III pattern was introduced into RAF service in 1935 against stores reference nos 22C/69 and featured curved Perspex lenses, black painted brass frames and wide leather face pads intended to protect the wearer in an open cockpit which was the norm in the 1930's. Despite the pre war design many saw service into the Battle of Britain and beyond. The RCAF model was manufactured to an identical to the Air Ministry issue pattern but it clearly continued to be issued long after it was declared obsolete by the Air Ministry as confirmed by the 1942 manufacturing date on this set.

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

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

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RAAF Turnerchute Parachute Bag - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAAF Turnerchute Parachute Bag - WWII period Australian made parachute bag by 'Turnerchute'. Turner Parachute Pty Ltd was established in 1940 in Sydney. Its principle founders were Ben Turner, an experienced parachutist and rigger who had been brought out from England by Light Aircraft Pty Ltd, another Sydney company making parachutes which had been established a few years earlier; and George Brereton Sadlier, a successful sheep grazier who became company chairman. Plant was installed in May 1940 in a large, 18,000 square feet three storey building in which all the necessary processes - from cutting, stitching silk and heavy webbing to inspection and storage - were located. The firm successfully contracted to the Australian Government for the supply of a wide range of military parachutes including personnel parachutes, flare parachutes, supply parachutes, towing targets, safety belts, windsock indicators and associated equipment.

This bag differs from the standard RAF issue version of the period in that it is secured by lift the dot as opposed to zip fasteners. These are stamped 'Carr Australia.' The fabric is generally in good issued condition with strong carry handles. Interestingly on one end stencilled in red it is marked '94' and below '12 Sqd'. No. 12 Squadron was a Royal Australian Air Force general purpose, bomber and transport squadron formed in 1939 and saw combat in the South West Pacific theatre of World War II. From 1941 to 1943, it mainly conducted maritime patrols off northern Australia. The squadron was based at Merauke in western New Guinea from November 1943 to July 1944, when it was withdrawn from operations. After being re-equipped, it operated as a heavy bomber unit from February 1945 until the end of the war. The bag is empty but packed for display measures 16"x 18"x 13" (41 cm x 46 cm x 33 cm)

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RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared 'Serviceable' by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked on 6th December 1997! This example is marked 'Small' and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and female plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible 'quick connect' loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being 32 years old this example is effectively as good as they come, both inside and out! Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can't guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last examples whilst our very limited stocks remain.
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RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared 'Serviceable' by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked on 6th December 1997! This example is marked 'Small' and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and female plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible 'quick connect' loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being 32 years old this example is effectively as good as they come, both inside and out! Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can't guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last examples whilst our very limited stocks remain.
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RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared 'Serviceable' by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked on 6th December 1997! This example is marked 'Small' and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and female plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible 'quick connect' loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being over 31 years old this example is effectively as good as they come, both inside and out! Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can't guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last examples whilst our very limited stocks remain.
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John Rabone Battle of Britain dated Air Ministry tape measure - Click for the bigger picture SoldJohn Rabone Battle of Britain dated Air Ministry tape measure - This is the first one of these we have had here. The brass handle folds out and is marked '100 ft'. The tape scale is in feet on one side and metric on the other and winds back into the brown leather case. The case is embossed with the AM (Air Ministry) property mark and crown and the all important 1940 date. Around the centre is embossed with makers details 'John Rabone & Sons, Birmingham, England'. On the reverse side is stamped 'Rabone's Metallic wired tape'. Whilst we have not removed the full tape from the reel it appears to be in decent issued condition with normal service wear as you would expect for a 74 year old measure, so is offered for sale as a collectors item and not warranted for its original use! The leather case has a nice antique patina again with signs of service use. Sadly no history with this one but no doubt would have had a variety of uses on a wartime RAF base. Diameter of case 6" (16 cm).
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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)
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RAF Pilots Wings - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Pilots Wings - good issued set of WWII specification Pilot's Brevet awarded to Pilots on completion of their training and worn with pride. The original Royal Flying Corps (RFC) Pilot's brevet or Pilot's Wings was designed by General Sir Frederick Sykes and General Sir David Henderson. It consisted of the wings of a swift in white silk embroidery with the monogram of RFC encircled by a laurel wreath of brown silk. The monogram was surmounted by a crown. The Wings were given Royal approval by King George V in February 1913 under Army Order 40/13. When the Royal Air Force was formed in 1918 the design was changed slightly. The wing shape took the form of an eagle and the monogram became RAF but has otherwise remained largely unchanged over the years.

This example is of the flat type and being surmounted by a crisp Kings Crown and is likely to be of WWII vintage, although the details of the original owner have been lost. It is in good issued condition with no moth or other damage and the only fault is a slight stain as shown on the leading edge of one wing. This looks to have age to it and we prefer to leave it exactly as it came to us. Measures 4 1/2" wingtip to wingtip (11.5 cm)

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RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared 'Serviceable' by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked in December 1997! This example is marked 'Small' and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and female plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible 'quick connect' loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being over 31 years old this example is effectively as good as they come and other than minor storage marks to the inner chamois lining, is close to mint condition. Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can't guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last examples whilst our very limited stocks remain.
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RAF Sweetheart Badge - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Sweetheart Badge - A classic example of the type, normally purchased by a serving member of the RAF and presented to his wife or girlfriend. My mother still treasures hers given to her by my late father after WWII.

This example is of the classic design and features a set of RAF wings, surmounted by a Kings Crown with the RAF logo below. It is of the pin back design and is clearly marked to the reverse 'Sterling Silver'. Measures 1.75" (4.5 cm)
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RAF Sweetheart Badge - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Sweetheart Badge - A post WWII example of the type, normally purchased by a serving member of the RAF and presented to his wife or girlfriend. This one is of the classic design and features a set of RAF wings, surmounted by a Queens Crown, with red enamel inserts. The RAF logo is below, set against a blue enamel background. It is of the pin back design and is finished in chrome. It does not carry any makers or other marks. Measures 1.75" (4.5 cm)

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WWII Japanese Army Two Piece Winter Flight Suit - Click for the bigger picture SoldWWII Japanese Army Two Piece Winter Flight Suit - On offer is a matched flying jacket and separate flight trousers of the standard Japanese design. In looking at the details today we have decided this actually came out of the factory as a one piece winter suit but has been modified at some stage in its life to make it into a two piece suit. We have seen several examples of this happening over the years and understand this was a period modifications that made it simpler to use. The RAF Irvin flight suit was designed as a two piece garment for exactly the same reason.

The jacket is in exceptional condition;it carries a superb rabbit fur collar in light brown whilst the body of the jacket is lined with white fur. The jacket itself is made from brown cloth which is very clean and just the odd mark commensurate with an issued jacket. It carries all original zips fitted to both sleeves and also to the double breast pockets, used for storing maps, pistol and personal items. The jacket is fastened with original eyes and hooks with a waist belt fitted complete with chromed buckle that shows minor rusting. The inside storm flap of the jacket carries the original Japanese factory manufacturing details which we have had translated. These confirm the jacket (suit) was the property of The Imperial Japanese Army and the production date is shown as 1941. It was made in the Osaka factory and carries an Osaka factory production stamp.

The trousers are an excellent match to the jacket but show rather more service wear with a little thinning to the fabric in places and the odd stain. The lining is the same white fur as the jacket. In checking the detail we would say the jacket and trousers are definitely a set and have always been used together. The zips are all original and functioning and on the ankles the fabric is gusseted. It is also zipped on the arms and two further waist zips to enable the pockets of a uniform worn below to be accessed. In addition the trousers feature fur lined pockets to both knees. The waist band is made from dark brown wool fabric. This has a few minor moth nibbles but nothing to worry about. Whilst we can not say for sure when this modification was carried out it looks to be period ;we understand two piece suits were favoured by fighter pilots although we have sadly got no provenance with this item.

On display in a collection or ideally set up on a mannequin it certainly looks the part. If you have interest in this suit please ask for additional photographs to enable you to check out the detail. Whilst not mint it is a very decent display example and now getting increasingly hard to find. It would of course display well with the winder flying helmet we have just listed, which was also manufactured in the Osaka factory.

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