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6515
Outfit First -Aid For An Airborne Lifeboat - Click for the bigger picture SoldOutfit First -Aid For An Airborne Lifeboat - On offer is a scarce wooden case complete with most of its original wartime contents which formed an important part of the standard contents of the RAF's airborne lifeboat system. These were designed by Ufa Fox in 1943 to be dropped from the carrying aircraft (Lockheed Hudson and later Vickers Warwick) to aid the rescue of allied aircrews downed at sea. The lifeboat was 32' in length (10M) and was a wooden canoe shaped craft which came complete with sails and a 4 horsepower engine. When released from the mother aircraft at 700' (210 M) its decent was slowed by six parachutes. On hitting the water these were jettisoned and coamings were inflated to make the boat self-righting. The lifeboats carried a wide range of rescue/emergency equipment including a Gibson Girl transmitter, waterproof suits with insulated linings, rations, signalling devices and of course the first aid kit. Our set is in its original grey painted wooden case which measures 12" x 12" x 4.5" (30 cm x 30 cm x 12 cm) with stencilling to lid 'First Aid Outfit' Stores Reference 9A-02420, a red cross and below 'Airborne Lifeboat'. Whilst the set contains what looks to be the original wartime issue contents we understand this would have been sealed in an inner galvanised lining to protect the medical supplies from the elements. This is now missing but does not detract from a display point of view. Many of the items are wartime dated and carry stamps such as 'H.M.Government March/June 1939' or 'Air Ministry Medical Department January 1944'. The comprehensive contents also include malaria tablets, sun screen and lip salves, essential sea sickness tablets clearly marked 'for Military use only' and much else besides. The inside lid of the case is stamped AM with a Kings Crown and when opened the smell reminds me of my late Grandmothers medicine cabinet! In a lifetime collecting I have never seen another and this is very much a museum grade artefact which most specialist museums would love to own. We can only imagine today the feelings of a downed Bomber Command crew on seeing an airborne lifeboat floating down and it must have felt as close as they could get to the biblical 'Manna from Heaven'. Grab it whilst you can as it certainly won't be with us long!
4950
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 31 years old this example is effectively mint and boxed and is in factory fresh condition 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 genuine 'mint and boxed' examples whilst our very limited stocks remain.
2060
RAF G type Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF G type Flying Helmet - Receivers, ear pads and wiring loom fitted. Marked size 2 but fits bigger. 1980 dated, very good condition inside and out.
4011
RAF 'C' type Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF 'C' type Flying Helmet - 2nd pattern with an internal wiring loom introduced into RAF service in 1944. In excellent original condition and named on the elastic chin strap to Fl. Lt. Saunders and again on the inside of the lining, which shows some service staining. It is stamped size 2, 6 7/8 - 7. The loom is in near perfect condition with the correct wartime bell shaped jack plug. Receivers are marked 10A/13466. Overall an excellent example of this classic RAF helmet.
446
Microphone Assembly - Click for the bigger picture SoldMicrophone Assembly - RAF WWII, Type 48 10A/14381 AM marked, original stores label. Unissued.
4952
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 male 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 31 years old this example is effectively mint and boxed and is in factory fresh condition 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 genuine 'mint and boxed' examples whilst our very limited stocks remain.
2110
This is a Used Book
Flight Equipment of the RAF 1920-1945 - Click for the bigger picture SoldFlight Equipment of the RAF 1920-1945

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

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

2127
This is a Used Book
Aeronautica An Illustrated Reference Guide for Collectors - Click for the bigger picture SoldAeronautica An Illustrated Reference Guide for Collectors

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

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

1276
This is a Used Book
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

278
USAAF Shoe-Insert - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF Shoe-Insert - Flying, Electric type AAF Q-1. To fit inside flying boots in cold conditions in conjunction with the F-3 and F-3a electrically heated suits. Fully stamped, mint unissued condition.
PC201
Luftwaffe K-33 winter Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe K-33 winter Flying Helmet - this was the standard WWII unwired helmet for use by aircrew for primary training as well as for combat crew positions where no communication was necessary. These were also used by single engine fighter pilots early on during the Blitzkrieg in 1939/40. It is interesting by mid war virtually all crew positions required radio contact this helmet but is documented in manufacture certainly until 1943 with later examples carrying the provision for attaching two and three point oxygen mask. This helmet is of the latter type but has had the rear oxygen mask adjusting strap removed with the brow oxygen mask clip locked in position. This may have been an in-service modification. The leather is in excellent condition with no issues and both the goggle snaps are in place and working. The chin strap buckles show minor rust Inside carries fur lining. No makers label appears to have been fitted to this helmet but it is of a medium size. Generally this helmet would represent an excellent addition to a Luftwaffe collection at an entry level price
1970
Luftwaffe LKpS101 Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe LKpS101 Flying Helmet - First introduced in 1938, this is the Summer Luftwaffe flying helmet made from the salt and pepper material as used for the Fliegerkombi. The helmet is in very clean condition although whilst the receivers are in place the wiring loom and throat microphones have been removed from the helmet at some stage. This could be replaced as a restoration project or alternative provides an excellent entry level display helmet in its current form. It fitted for a 3 point oxygen mask, and all snaps an buckles are in place. Inside the silk lining is in good clean condition but exhibits some wear in the brow section. The helmet carries a maker's label named to Siemens with a BAL ink stamp and is clearly dated 27th June 1938 so is clearly from the very first batch of production. The lining also carries a further label reading Bekleidungswerke Neumünster Grüße 56 which we understand refers to 'Clothing Works Neumünster'. LKpS101 helmets are new becoming hard to source so despite the modifications, it makes an excellent display helmet at an entry level price.
4622
RAF WWII Hand Embroidered 'Whitley' Table Cloth - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF WWII Hand Embroidered 'Whitley' Table Cloth - A totally unique and beautifully worked example and despite being 75 years old still in very fine condition. Sadly the history of the item has been lost down the years but fortunately we know exactly who made it and when! It is finely embroidered to the bottom edge 'Mrs Main, Edinburgh' and dated in blue '1941'. We can only surmise Mrs Main had a husband or son serving as aircrew in WWII and probably on a Whitley Squadron. We deduce this as table cloth features two slightly naive depictions of an Armstrong Whitworth A.W.38 Whitley which was one of three British twin-engine, front line medium bomber types in service with the Royal Air Force at the outbreak of the Second World War. It took part in the first RAF bombing raid on German territory and remained an integral part of the early British bomber offensive until the introduction of four-engine "heavies". On the alternate corners the cloth is further embroidered with a fine RAF crest with Kings Crown and 'Per Adua Ad Astra' legend below and opposite a winged roundel device. The table cloth measures 33" x 33" (84 cm x 84 cm). This wonderful souvenir from the early years of WWII could be used as intended on a small occasional table although it would look even better being framed and mounted behind glass and so form the centre piece of an RAF collection or display. We will however leave the final decision on that to the new custodian. It would of course make a wonderful present for the aviation collector in your life and something you will never find on any high street!
5651
Battle of Britain Pilot's Armband Bracelet - Click for the bigger picture SoldBattle of Britain Pilot's Armband Bracelet - This unique piece carries the initials M R to the central link and between them is an image of the Polish Pilots wings or 'Polski Lotniczy Orzel Wojskowy'. On each of the adjoining links is an embossed Polish National Eagle. This item was purchased from a deceased ladies estate here in England and came with photographs and letters named to Mieczyslaw Rozwadowski although we were not successful in purchasing the relating items. Sadly the association has been lost but we speculate this was given by Rozwadowski as a present to the unnamed lady friend and she kept it as a keepsake until her death. Rozwadowski was born in Poland on 30th May 1915 and was serving in the Polish Air Force before WWII. In September 1939 he was in action with PAF 111 Squadron and on the 8th he shared in the destruction of a Hs126. When Poland fell, Rozwadowski escaped to join the Polish airmen congregating in Romania. He did not follow the route taken by many of his comrades to France and service in the Armee de l'Air, but made his way directly to England. He was commissioned into the RAF as a Pilot Officer on 24 January 1940 service number 76720. When his training was completed he was posted to 151 Squadron based at Martlesham Heath on Hurricanes. Sadly Rozwadowski failed to return from an Op over the Channel off Dover on 15th August flying Hurricane I V 7410. The Squadrons operational record book for that day reports: 'Today the Squadron had a busy day. At 14.45 hours the squadron took off from Rochford and ran into a formation of Me 109's a few miles West of Dover. P/O Debenham followed one Me 109 and it crashed in France, P/O Ellacombe and P/O Rozwadowski (Polish) both shot one down, P/O Ellacombe's in flames and the other into the sea'. Rozwadowski, then aged 25, was reported missing in action and is commemorated on the Polish Air Force Memorial at Northolt. He was awarded the The Cross of Valour gazetted 10th September 1941 and Bar (gazetted 31st October 1947).This was awarded in wartime to an individual who "has demonstrated deeds of valour and courage on the field of battle." This poignant reminder of one of the Polish 'Few' carries no makers marks but is finished in a silver metal with the initials and the plots wing picked out in gold. It is in good used condition with a little wear showing to the links with the clasp in good working order. It measures 8.25" long (21 cm). It is possible Pilot Officer Rozwadowski wore this himself as an ID bracelet but we believe it is more likely it was given as a gift to his unnamed lady friend back in the summer of 1940. Like we have said so many times before if only it could talk it would certainly have a story to tell. All Battle of Britain related memorabilia is now scarce and items relating to the Polish members of 'the Few' are even scarcer.
5471
US N-2 All Purpose Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldUS N-2 All Purpose Goggles - Manufactured by Polaroid against Stock No.37-G-3050, these were issued as an 'all-purpose' goggle in WWII, and used by USAAF flight crews but also by ground forces including tank crews and Para troops. They feature many of the attributes of the B-8 pattern but rather more basic in construction. The frame is made from a beige sponge rubber fitted with an elastic back strap and were issued with a clear lens (as fitted) as well as two shades of green and a red tinted lens. The red lenses were for air gunners use as it enabled them to see tracer bullets far more clearly under daylight conditions, in a similar manner to the Variable Density Goggles which we are also listing today. This set is in excellent original condition with no perishing of the rubber or back strap. They come complete with a cloth pouch marked 'Polaroid All purpose Goggle Kit No 1021' and has various pouches to hold the spare lenses and a paper packet (that shows some damage) which was issued by Polaroid and marked 'Goggle M-1944' and shows how to change the various lenses in the kit. A very complete set in excellent original condition on offer at a modest price.
6524
Royal Air Force Association Ensign - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Air Force Association Ensign - A good original flown example manufactured by Ernest W.Perrett under the registered trade mark 'Excelsior'. Our research indicates by 1927 their works was established on the site of an old chapel in Canning Town London and was replaced by the Beulah Gospel Hall where the Excelsior Works of Ernest Perrett Ltd, flag makers operated from. The premises was badly bomb-damaged in the Second World War. Subsequently the works were relocated to Holloway Road, London N7. The 'Comrades of Royal Air Force Association' was formed as a single organisation dedicated to the welfare of serving and ex-serving RAF personnel in 1933 and Lord Trenchhard was the first President. In 1943 the name was changed to simply 'The Royal Air Force Association' or 'RAFA '. Our ensign measures 70" x 36" (178 cm x 92 cm) and is in excellent display condition with minor staining and one small moth nip. Whilst the flag is printed, the RAFA logo is a separate panel sewn in, as is the Union flag in the corner. It comes complete with it's original hanging line, and wood toggle.
4948
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 January 1983 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 male 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 mint and boxed and is in factory fresh condition 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 genuine 'mint and boxed' examples whilst our very limited stocks remain.
4534
Luftwaffe Bubble Octant Manufacturer by C.Plath - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe Bubble Octant Manufacturer by C.Plath - These instruments were carried by Luftwaffe bombers for astronomical navigation purposes, and were operated by measuring the height of a star. An artificial horizon is provided by a bubble, similar to a spirit level, and multiple readings good be taken to compensate for the speed of the aircraft in flight. The data plate is marked Libellen-Oktant mit Mittlungseinrichtung Bauart: Gerat-Nr. 127-134 B-2 Werk-Nr. 68117 Anforderz. FI 23750 Hersteller and the maker is C.Plath. The instrument comes in its issue metal box with the hinged and folding lid set with a white metal plate printed with instructions. Interestingly on the outside if the case lid is a period paper label which reads : German Instrument from Bomber Crashed at Eaton Socton (sic) Cambridgeshire October 1940. I went on line and found details as below so that seems to confirm the crash site and date as correct and apparently many local people helped themselves to souvenirs. 'Do215B (0060) L2+KS was on a photo-reconnaissance sortie to Coventry when it was shot-down on Thursday 24th October 1940. The aircraft came down in a shallow dive 'behind the Crown Inn at Eaton Socon.' The crew baled-out at very low and only one of them, Gefreiter M Dorr, survived. We have had these instruments before but always in a folding wooden case whilst this example is metal. It shows a little corrosion on base. You can see feint writing on side Look like 3/ Aufklaerungs Gruppe and below OB.d. l. although not entirely clear. On other side OC25 and could be 0060, so looks like from this information relates to the same aircraft. The instrument is in much better than relic condition and whilst it does have some spare parts fitted in the box it is not a complete example but still is a great display item and a super piece of WWII aviation history.
5472
USAAF Goggles, Variable Density with Visor Attachment - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF Goggles, Variable Density with Visor Attachment - This set are in mint unissued condition and come complete with the original tin marked American Optical Company stock No.74-G-79-40. The flip shield mount is dated and below stamped US. The variable density red lenses operate using the central knob and rotating this anti clockwise darkens the lenses thus giving differing degrees of density from clear through a range of pinks/reds and enabled the wearer to track targets in the vicinity of and across the face of the sun. The goggles were also fitted with a red plastic 'flip-down' visor which is marked 'Filters by Polaroid Corp and used for reducing glare in bright sunlight. This pattern of goggles were intended primarily for use by air gunners. The Rubber frame is is in perfect condition as is the elastic back strap. The inside of the metal case lid has an instruction sheet pasted in and the set is completed with the addition of two spare plastic flip shields in issue envelopes. It would be hard to find a crisper example of these highly engineered WWII specialist gunners goggles.
5374
USAAF B-6 Winter Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF B-6 Winter Flying Helmet - Standardised on 15 September 1941 these helmets saw widespread use and this example is in fine issued condition. The brown finished shearling leather is soft and has a nice vintage patina and seams all good with no damage or other problems. It is fitted with correct hooks in for use with A-9 and A-10 oxygen masks as well as the later snaps for use with the A-10R or A-10A masks. It comes fully wired with R-14 receivers fitted with correct Y loom and PL-54 jack plug. Inside is shearling lined and fitted with nice USAAF label that indicates a 1942 contract date. This pattern was replaced in 1943 by the AN-H-16. No size shown but we estimate medium+ plus and perfect on display head as shown. Drawstrings still in place and perfect shearling covered chin strap and buckles. I think hard to find nicer issued example. Further detailed pictures available on request.
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