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These are some of the SOLD items that have been listed on our website

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RAF Ditching Whistle - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Ditching Whistle - A good original example of the early chromed Air Ministry whistle; this was replaced later in WWII by a white plastic example that was carried in the pocket of a 41 pattern Mae West life jacket. Ours carries a crisp Kings Crown and A.M. below. It is then embossed 293/AA/22 Con14C. I would say this one is pretty much a dead ringer for the one shown in Mick Prodger's Luftwaffe V RAF flight Equipment book top centre of page 39 where he describes as 'an early example.' The chrome finish is in good issued condition and comes complete with hanging ring and these were often attached to the Mae West of the collar of the battle dress blouse. It still functions with a very loud blast exactly as intended 75 years ago. A small but essential piece of RAF escape equipment to which many downed RAF aircrew owed their lives.
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Fleet Air Arm 807 Squadron Battle Honours Board . - Click for the bigger picture SoldFleet Air Arm 807 Squadron Battle Honours Board . - Like the 810 Squadron board we have just listed, this one is again from my own personal collection and is only being offered for sale as we do not have room to display it as it deserves. These items are most certainly of both national importance and historic interest and it is very much hoped an appropriate museum will step forward and take on custody as a testament to all those Naval Air Service personnel who served with distinction in WWII and beyond. This Honours Board features the Squadron badge, the motto 'Quoquo Versus Ferituri' which translates to mean 'Ready To Strike In All Directions'. Below this is listed in relief lettering, picked pout in gold, her Battle Honours for Atlantic 1940, Malta Convoys 1941 - 42, North Africa 1942- 43, Sicily 1943, Salerno 1943, South France 1944, Aegean 1944, Burma 1945, Malaya 1945 and Korea 1950 -53. What a list!

807 Squadron was formed in September 1940 and initially equipped with Fairy Fulmar aircraft. First embarked on HMS Pegasus, where they served until February 1941, after which they transferred to HMS Furious on convoy duties. In April 1941, 807 Squadron joined HMS Ark Royal flying Fulmars and saw action defending the critical Malta convoys between 1941-42 when 'the Fortress Island' was effectively besieged by Axis forces. Unlike 810 Squadron, 807 were still on the 'Ark' when she was sunk and many of the squadron's aircraft were lost in November 1941 although fortunately none of her personnel. Four surviving machines were flown off to Gibraltar and were saved together with their crews.

The squadron was gradually re-equipped with replacement Fulmars, which were joined by Sea Hurricanes and were assigned to HMS Argus. In June 1942 the squadron flew off the carriers HMS Argus and HMS Eagle to cover 'Operation Harpoon'. They then re-joined HMS Furious flying Supermarine Seafires and they took part in Operation Torch, the North African landings. In May 1943 the squadron had been assigned to HMS Indomitable and provided cover for the Allied invasion of Sicily. Indomitable was damaged by a torpedo in July, causing 807 Squadron to transfer to HMS Battler, from which they supported the Allied invasion of Italy. Next they were then posted to HMS Hunter to support 'Operation Dragoon', the landings in the South of France in August 1944. In March 1945 817 joined the Eastern Fleet aboard HMS Hunter and provided cover during the re-occupation of Rangoon, and attacks on enemy shipping in the Andaman Sea.

Post WWII the Squadron was disbanded but was reformed in 1958 at RNAS Lossiemouth. The squadron embarked on the next generation HMS Ark Royal in March 1960 where it remained for the next year, taking part in major exercises and carrying out cold weather trials in the Arctic Circle. In March 1961, 807 transferred from HMS Ark Royal to HMS Centaur. And after seven months in the Middle and Far East 807 NAS disbanded aboard Centaur in Portsmouth on 17 May 1962. Interestingly this Honours Board has written on the back 'Centaur 1291 13.06.62.' So it appears as 'Centaur' was 807 Squadrons last posting the board remained with the ship until she was broken up in 1972 but was fortunately saved at that time, together with the 810 Honours board which we have also just listed for sale. This piece of history is an impressive size measuring 48" x 35" (122 cm x 88 cm) and it is extremely heavy.

Please also check out the associated 807 Squadron Commanders Board we are also listing today. We would very much like the two boards to stay together and to encourage this we will offer a 10% discount to a single customer who buys both. This is a one off opportunity to purchase a unique piece of WWII Naval aviation history that will never be repeated.

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Fleet Air Arm 807 Squadron Commanders Board - Click for the bigger picture SoldFleet Air Arm 807 Squadron Commanders Board - Listed today is the final board from my personal collection, which is being offered for re-homing purely because we don't have room to display it appropriately at the Oldnautibits HQ. We purchased this board at the same time as the 807 and 810 Squadron Honours Board which we have also listed on the site today. It is very much hoped the two items, that are irretrievably intertwined, will remain together and to encourage such a sale we are offering a 10% discount on our list price to a single customer who purchases both 807 related items. Ideally that customer will be a Museum or public institution and the boards will be exhibited to be enjoyed by the general public rather than be locked away in a private collection as now.

This Board features the Squadron badge, in transfer form, and an image of out turned swords in a 360 degree ark, which makes every sense when you consider the Squadron motto 'Quoquo Versus Ferituri' which translates to mean 'Ready to strike in all directions'. Below that, picked out in gold lettering, is a list of 807 Squadron Commanders commencing with Lt Commander J.Shalto Douglas D.S.O, R.N. who was CO from 1940-1942 with the final incumbent listed as Lt Commander G.A. Rowan Thomson, R.N. who was serving from 1961-1962. 807 Naval Air Squadron was finally disbanded aboard Centaur in Portsmouth on 17 May 1962 so Rowan Thomson was the last of a long line of illustrious Commanders of this illustrious Naval Squadron.

First on the list is Lieutenant-Commander James Sholto Douglas was commanding 807 Squadron consisting 12 Fulmars when HMS Ark Royal joined the battle to find and sink 'The Bismark'; he was subsequently awarded the DSO. He was a descendant of the famous 'Douglas' military family of Morton Castle. The next CO was equally illustrious Lt (and later Commodore) Fraser Fraser-Harris, a Naval aviator extraordinaire. He was involved in the hunt for German cruiser Konigsberg. With skilled navigation in poor conditions Fraser-Harris's aircrewman, Leading Torpedo Air Gunner George Scott Russell, was spot on as they dived at an angle of 60 degrees from 8,000 ft through a thin layer of cloud with the sun behind them. Their 500 lb bomb hit the cruiser's bows, making a large flaming hole while others also struck the ship, which they saw sinking as the Skuas departed through the smoke. They had achieved complete surprise, with one bullet hole in a wing being the only damage sustained during what was the first sinking of a major warship by aerial bombing. Fraser-Harris was mentioned in dispatches and subsequently awarded the DSC for his daring and resource in the conduct of hazardous and successful operations. He survived the War and subsequently served with the Royal Canadian Navy.

Room does not allow a full summary of the service careers of all from this list of Naval Aviators but the above taster gives an idea of the sort of men who commanded this illustrious Fleet Air Arm Squadron. Formed at Worthy Down in September 1940 and which went on to win Battle Honours for the Atlantic 1940, Malta Convoys 1941 - 42, North Africa 1942 - 43, Sicily 1943, Salerno 1943, South France 1944, Aegean 1944, Burma 1945, Malaya 1945 and finally Korea 1950 -53. Interestingly chalked on the back of this board are the names and dates of K.A.Leppard R.N. and Lt Commander W.A.Tofts, A.F.C R.N. ; these clearly remain from the time when instructions were issued to an unknown hand, to update the latest Commanders back in the 1950's and 60's. In addition painted on the back is 'Centaur' 1290 13.06.62'. 807 Naval Air Squadron was disbanded aboard HMS Centaur in Portsmouth on 17th May 1962, so it would appear, as with our relating Honours Board, the Squadron Commanders Board remained with the carrier after their departure and was recovered when 'Centaur' was broken up at Cairnryan, Scotland, in September 1972.

This board measures 38" x 26" (96 cm x 55 cm) and has substantial brass locating points on the back for wall hanging. I have tried, but so far failed, to find pictures these boards in situ on HMS Centaur. If any visitors to the site should have photographs in their collection showing them on display we would love to hear from you! Like our Honours Boards this is a one of chance to secure a unique set of items relating to some of the most important aspects of Fleet Air Arm and Royal Navy history.

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Item OC419 Fleet Air Arm 810 Squadron Battle Honours Board - Click for the bigger picture SoldItem OC419 Fleet Air Arm 810 Squadron Battle Honours Board - On offer is a unique and historic item from my own personal collection and is only being offered for sale as we simply do not have room to display it and the other honours boards we are currently offering for sale. This collection is most certainly of both national and historic interest and it is very much hoped an appropriate museum will step forward and take on custody as a testament to all those who served with one of the most iconic FAA Squadrons of WWII. The board displays the Squadron badge and bellow the motto in relief the motto 'Ut Fulmina De Caelo' which translated means 'Like a thunderbolt from heaven'. Then follows Battle Honours awarded for actions in Norway 1940, Mediterranean 1940-1, Spartivento 1940, Atlantic 1941, 'Bismarck' 1941 (interestingly carved from wood not metal as the other awards),Diego Suarez 1942, Salerno 1943 and Korea 1951-3.

810 Naval Air Squadron was a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm carrier based unit formed on 3 April 1933 and was first assigned to the aircraft carrier HMS Courageous in May '33 and formed part of the Home Fleet. The Abyssinian crisis resulted in the squadron to be transferred to the Med from August 1935 to February 1936. It was then upgraded to use Blackburn Sharks in 1937 and the famous Fairy Swordfish in 1938. 810 was next deployed on the HMS Ark Royal and won her first Battle Honour for actions over Norway, after the German invasion in April 1940, soon followed in the same year by the actions in the Mediterranean and in November 1940 took part in the Battle of Cape Spartivento. 'The Ark' was then ordered into the Atlantic, thus adding a further Honour and in May 1941 began to search for the German battleship 'Bismarck', and the squadron was involved in the attack which crippled her. This directly led to her subsequent sinking and thus achieving her most prestigious award for 'Bismark', flying in atrocious weather conditions in the ever faithful 'Stringbag' aircraft. The Squadron then returned to the Med and operated against enemy positions on Sardinia.

They left 'The Ark' in September 1941, shortly before she was sunk in November and was reassigned to HMS Illustrious for operations in the Indian Ocean. They were then involved in the Battle of Madagascar in May, bombing shipping and land targets at Diego Suarez, followed by a period in the Mediterranean to operate against enemy positions on Sardinia. The squadron was reassigned in March 1942 to HMS Illustrious for operations in the Indian Ocean and were then involved in the Battle of Madagascar in May, bombing shipping and land targets at Diego Suarez.

Re-equipped with Fairy Barracuda 810 embarked aboard HMS Illustrious and operated in support of the Salerno landings in 1943. 810 Squadron was then re-grouped as part of the 21st Naval Torpedo Bomber Reconnaissance Wing in October 1943, and sailed in November to join the Eastern Fleet. They carried out attacks on docks and oil tanks at Sabang in Operation Cockpit in April 1944, and followed this in June with raids on the Andaman Islands. The squadron then disbanded in August 1945 but reformed and took part in the Korean War 1950-53, as well as the Suez Crisis. Disbanded again and reformed 810 embarked finally on her last carrier based deployment on 'HMS Centaur' serving in the Persian Gulf, The Far East and Australia. 810 Squadron, after an illustrious career was finally decommissioned for the final time in July 2001.

Interestingly written in the back of the Honours Board 'Centaur 810 Sqd 31656 and dated 27.03.61'. We believe this Honours Board was last displayed on 'HMS Centaur' during 810's deployment and was left in situ when the Squadron departed and was fortunately recovered when she was finally broken up in 1972. An interesting associated fact is HMS Centaur was used in April 1959, during the making of the classic film' Sink the Bismarck! and stood in for both the Royal Navy carriers 'Victorious' and 'Ark Royal'. Our board is large at 145" x 37" (57 cm x 37 cm) and is very heavy. Certainly a one off and a never to be repeated piece of Royal Naval aviation history.

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Wing Commander J.A.Thomson Office Name Board - Click for the bigger picture SoldWing Commander J.A.Thomson Office Name Board - This is a rather special item from my own collection that I am currently thinning out a little. It was purchased from a dealer chum who knows of my personal interest in RAF collectables. Like with so much kit we see its provenance has been lost down the years but unlike some less scrupulous dealers (and particularly some E bay sellers who many of us in the community will know of) we prefer not to create a history when it is not known. That being said with this Officers senior rank, initials and unusual spelling of his surname, as well as his area of employment within the RAF, we had a lot to go on in terms of clues to aid our research. It now looks as though we hit the jackpot with an item with more than probable Battle of Britain associations and a distinguished member of the elusive'Few'!

Our detective work led us to James Anderson Thomson was born on 18th January 1916 and joined the RAF on a short service commission and began his initial training on 25th November 1935. On completion was posted to 56 Squadron at North Weald but subsequently joined 64 Squadron at Church Fenton, with a further transfer to 73 Squadron at Digby and then on again to 245 at Leconfield, where he was posted in October 1939. He saw action over Dunkirk in May 1940 damaging a DO 17 and Bf 109. Thomson was then transferred to 302 City of Pozna Polish Fighter Squadron on Hurricanes as 'A' Flight Commander. He was sent to RAF Duxford with a 302 detachment from 18th to 25th September 1940 to operate with Bader's 'Big Wing'. On 29th October Thomson collided with F/Lt. JT Czerny during a routine patrol over Brooklands. He bailed out, slightly injured. His Hurricane, P3085, crashed at Penny-Pot Hill, Chobham. He was posted away from 302 on 28th December 1940.

In 1941 he took command of 258 Sqd and served with them in the Middle East. It is clear as well as being one of the 'Few' Thomson had what could be termed 'a good war'. With victory in 1945 James Anderson Thomson decided to stay on in the RAF, finally retiring on 18th December 1957, with 22 years' service under his belt, as a Squadron Leader but retaining the rank of Wing Commander. So in summary our research now indicates the correct Rank, initials and surname to form a perfect fit with our name board but the final confirmation would be to match his role in the RAF in those post war years to find out if he 'flew a desk'. Further online research via the London Gazette confirmed in October 1948 Thomson was retained in the RAF 'General Duties Branch'. So it seems fair to surmise 'The General Duties Branch' could well encompass The 'Admin/Plans ' department detailed on our sign board so the final bit of the jigsaw has slotted into place!

The sign measures 20" x 8.25" (51 cm x 21 cm) and is made from pine and a black painted frame. The painted name detail shows exactly the age wear as you would expect for an item that is now about 70 years old. The reverse shows similar and this board carries exactly the patina you would hope for and we are more than happy to guarantee this is a period piece. The back also features two metal surrounded hanging slot so looks like the board was removeable for periods when Thomson was away from his office.

The Wing Commander got his final 'posting' on 30th October 2001 and is buried in St. Mary the Virgin churchyard, Ewelme, Oxfordshire. A full summary of Wing Commander J.A.Thomson's career complete with picture is detailed in Kenneth Wynn's excellent Men of the Battle of Britain.

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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 condition and appears to be in virtually unread condition.

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

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RAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Mk VIII Flying Goggles - This pattern, issues against stores reference 22C/930, were the final and most successful of the RAF issue flying goggles of the Second World War. Introduced officially in October 1943, they were not supplied to aircrew until the earlier stocks of it's predecessor the Mk VII were exhausted. When they did reach the squadrons they were immediately well received, being much lighter than the Mk VII and provided a secure and comfortable fit on the C, D and E flying helmets of the time. They continued on the RAF inventory until made obsolete by the introduction of the Mk I Bone Dome flying helmet although they remained an issue item up until the 1970's.

This set has clearly seen service use with some paint rub to the brass frames, but remain in good original condition. This set is currently fitted with tinted lenses, although when issued the set would also have included a clear pair now absent;these show some fogging but still display well. The original back strap is in place; the elastic is a little stretched but is fine for display in a collection or with an appropriate flying helmet. The leather padding is in excellent condition, as is the leather nose cover. If you like your kit to be mint and boxed these are probably not for you but as a set that has clearly seen service they are ideal and are offered at an entry level price to reflect their current condition

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This is a New Book
Trending Collectibles 2015 Military Aviation Review - Click for the bigger picture SoldTrending Collectibles 2015 Military Aviation Review

This excellent reference book for collectors has been compiled and edited by Mick J Prodger, the highly respected author of Vintage Flying Helmets and Luftwaffe Vs. RAF. For a full report on the background and raison d'être for this important new volume, please read our feature article on the Oldnautibits home page. The First Annual Market Report for Collectors contains 144 pages with 474 colour photographs featuring:- • Flying Headgear • Flying Clothing • Uniforms • Life Jackets / Parachutes • Escape / Evasion / Survival • Wings / Badges / Insignia • Aircraft Parts / Relics • Aviation Ephemera Every item is described in detail with its ACTUAL 2014 sale price achieved listed in GB pounds, US Dollars and Euros. All sales information is sourced from internationally known reputable sellers, which of course includes the team here at Oldnautibits, as well as selected private collectors. This is not just a price guide based on "expert" opinions – but rather a source of real prices paid for genuine items! Sorry this final volume is now sold so we are out of stock.

Pages: 144
Cover: Soft
Author: Mick J.Prodger

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RAF H Type Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF H Type 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 checked by RAF stores in December 1997 and subsequently declared 'Serviceable' by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford. 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 nearly 33 years old this example is effectively as good as they come. 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. When they are gone they are gone.
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Pegasus Carved Winged Horse marked Arnhem 1944 - Click for the bigger picture SoldPegasus Carved Winged Horse marked Arnhem 1944 - The winged horse depicted relates to Greek mythology and it was thought it had magical powers. In 1941 this image was adopted by the British Airborne Forces who will be remembered not least for their actions in operation Market Garden and in particular the capture of the bridge at Benouville which has now been renamed Pegasus Bridge. We have no provenance with this item, although it looks to be hand carved and certainly has some age to it. The mount dedication details an unusual spelling of "airborn" and we can only speculate on who worked this unique example of trench art. An impressive display item that would provide a focal point in any airborne related collection. Sculpture stands 9" (22 cm)high.
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Wing Commander Roy Ralston, Officers Service Dress Cap - Click for the bigger picture SoldWing Commander Roy Ralston, Officers Service Dress Cap - Another item I am letting go from my personal collection. Wing Commander Roy Rolston, DSO*, DFC, AFC, DFM, needs no introduction and was regarded as one of the most brilliant low-level bomber pilots of the Second World War. He survived 91 operational sorties including a remarkable run of 21 consecutive attacks on Berlin and his medal tally, detailed above, is a reflection on his skills in the air and his undoubted bravery. Ralston was always on the lookout for targets of opportunity and if for some reason he had not dropped his bombs over the designated target he would seek out alternatives on the home run. One such example was on Dec 8 1942, when he spotted a train entering a tunnel on the Paris-Soissons line. Racing in over the hedge tops, he lobbed a bomb into the mouth of the tunnel, circled and returned to finish the job by blocking the other end! Ralston's reputation grew as he tackled a wide variety of targets and on November 7 1942 he led six Mosquitos at wave top level to attack two large motor vessels entering the Gironde. They succeeded in scoring several hits with 5001b. bombs. The citation for the Bar to his DSO, mentioned a "high degree of skill, flying far into enemy territory in bad weather and frequently at 50 feet".

Joseph Roy George Ralston was born in Manchester and entered the RAF as a 15 year old apprentice in 1930 and trained as a Rigger but went on to pilot training and newly promoted Flight Sergeant Ralston joined No. 108 Squadron, which was equipped with the Bristol Blenheim. In the summer of 1940 he moved to 107 Squadron and was commissioned in 1941. In May 1942 he joined 105 flying the DH Mosquito. His exploits with the squadron were recognised with a DSO and Bar. After a period on training in the summer of 1944 he was posted to become Wing Commander Training with the Pathfinder Force. He ended the war in command of 139, a crack Pathfinder Mosquito squadron, which he took over in March, 1945. After the war Rolston applied for a permanent commission but his operational career had taken its toll, and at the medical he was told he had tuberculosis, which ended his flying career. He died aged 81 in 1996.

His visor cap, which is of classic WWII shape with a somewhat extended visor and carries his name, R.G.Ralston, hand written under the peak. It's provenance is it was purchased by a collector direct from Wing Commander Ralston in 1991. We then purchased it 20 years later, having been consigned to a top UK Military Auctioneers. When purchased the leather cap band was missing but we obtained a suitable replacement from another RAF visor cap which has now been stitched in place to bring it back to excellent display condition. The inner lining retains an original triangular makers label but all the details have now been worn away and is unreadable. The cap carries a fine Officers Kings crown badge whilst the patent leather chin strap shows some age related wear. The fabric is in outstanding original condition and has manged to avoid the attentions of the dreaded moth. The cap also came with a photograph, copied from Rolston's own collection in 1991 when he sold off much of his wartime memorabilia to collectors. The photo features a Mosquito of 139 Squadron with Ralston himself and five others including the Squadron CO Wing Commander 'Reggie' Reynolds.

An historic grouping of significant importance to an outstanding Pathfinder pilot who beat the odds to tell the tale!

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P-39 Airacobra Crash Relics - Click for the bigger picture SoldP-39 Airacobra Crash Relics - On offer is another grouping of crash relics, this time from a P-39 Airocabra. Sadly we don't know the actual aircraft these came from but the previous owner advised the relics were recovered from a crash site in Russia. The Bell P-39 Airacobra was introduced into service in 1941 one of the principal American fighter aircraft in service when the United States entered the war. The P-39 was used extensively by the Soviet Air Force who took around a third of aircraft produced with 4,719 being delivered to the Soviet Union of the N & Q variants.

The relics in this grouping have been nicely conserved and carry much of the original olive drab, brown and grey paintwork. Several of the pieces are stamped or stencilled with serial numbers. In addition two sections of alloy also carry distinctive blue and white square I/D marks located beside clear cut outs on both sides of the skin. One piece was clearly a cable duct sheathing with the remains of the severed cable inside whilst another is finished in camouflaged paint and shows clear signs of original flak damage. This grouping, like others we are currently listing, would benefit from being mounted on a display board but we will leave that decision to the new custodian. The largest panel in the group measures 21" x 6" (54 cm x 15 cm) so overall an excellent size for display purposes.

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Item 6230 Bell P-39 Airacobra Crash Relics - Click for the bigger picture SoldItem 6230 Bell P-39 Airacobra Crash Relics - On offer is a substantial piece of airframe skin from a Bell P-39 which is accompanied by a further piece from the same aircraft which is described as a wing spar section. The main piece carries much of the original olive paintwork; it is heavily compressed and it is clear the aircraft impacted the ground at significant speed. Like the other items listed from this collection we have no details of the air frame but we understand these pieces were recovered from Russia. We have been unable to identify what part of the aircraft this was from although a clue might be an inspection hatch aperture. The relic measures an impressive 53" in length (135 cm) but needs to be handled with care due to sharp edges. The wing spar section is also painted in olive drab and is of more modest proportions 24"x 9" (61 cm x 23 cm).
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RAF H Type Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF H Type 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 checked by RAF stores in December 1997 and subsequently declared 'Serviceable' by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford. 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 nearly 33 years old this example is effectively as good as they come. 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. When they are gone they are gone.
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FAA 756 Squadron Presentation Tray - Click for the bigger picture SoldFAA 756 Squadron Presentation Tray - engraved to reverse 'To S/Lt A.C.Taylor from his Brother Officers 757 Squad'n June 27th 1942. The bowl is made from silver plate and is also marked 'silver plate on copper'. Sadly we don't have any provenance with this one although it seems 756 Squadron were flying the Fairy Swordfish in 1942 The dish is in good condition for its age with engine turned engraving to the front and grapes shown in relief around the edge. Measures 10" diameter (25 cm)
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RAF H Type Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF H Type 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 checked by RAF stores in December 1997 and subsequently declared 'Serviceable' by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford. 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 and the only point to mention is very minor age staining to the inside chamois lining. 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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H.S.& S Catapult Container 1939 - Click for the bigger picture SoldH.S.& S Catapult Container 1939 - Here we have another interesting and unique (to us) item of stock fresh in! This is an empty container which is made from some form of compressed card and finished in an ochre paint with applied varnish on top. The lid is stencilled N 11 and below H.S.& S. with an M below and is dated 1939 and clearly marked 'Catapult'. The body of the case is marked in the same way with a black band at the base. The lid is a press fit and can be secured by canvas banding. We can only speculate what it held when issued 74 years ago but our current thoughts are Royal Navy and perhaps Fleet Air Arm and the contents were part of the catapult launch system on aircraft carriers or even equipment associated with ramp launched Sea Hurricanes from merchant ships? If any more knowledgeable visitors to the site can add some hard facts we would be glad to amend and update our current description. Come what may the container is certainly too big for a Dennis the Menace hand held catapult of Beano comic fame! Certainly an unusual and decorative designer piece which would certainly form a talking point or a great mystery object! Case measures 21" (53 cm) and diameter on lid 9" (23 cm)
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RAF B Type flying helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF B Type flying helmet - A classic example of the most desirable of the RAF WWII flying helmets. The earliest dated example we have seen is 1935 and the pattern remained the standard RAF helmet until 1941 when it was replaced by the early version of the externally wired C type. We are unable to date this example precisely as the small woven label in the inside crown has been removed, a modification often carried out in WWII to avoid giving the manufactures details to the Luftwaffe as a calling card! The helmet is however stamped on the shell 22C/65 and on the receiver covers 22C/66 so likely to have been early war issue as later helmets were stamped according to size 22C/285-22C/292.

This example features an exceptional shell with the leather in really good condition, strong stitching and none of the surface lifting as is often the case with these helmets. The snaps for a D type oxygen mask show age and service related wear as you would expect. Both the Bennett buckles are in place, the chin strap example retains all its original leather cover whilst the rear adjusting strap one has lost a part of the cover. The chin strap retains a half of the chrome plated end ; invariably these are missing completely. Both receiver zips are original and full functioning but the leather pull tabs are later replacements. Inside the receiver covers the original receiver holders are still in place as well as what appear to be the original Air Ministry foams with all the correct stampings with stores ref 22C/67. In many B helmets we see these have been later fitted with RCAF examples for display purposes.

Inside the lining is generally good with one minor hole. The bottom area of the lining below the near perfect 'doughnuts' has been replaced. This appears to be a period repair and blends in with the wear on the crown area of the helmet. A further nice period touch is one of the doughnuts carries the owners initials D.H.L.C. but we can find no name or service number so tracing him could prove a challenge. The velvet brow pad is in exceptional condition but the velvet pad beneath the chin strap buckle is now absent. The label, probably for the reasons mentioned, is missing but we would guess the size is a 1 or 2 but perfect on a display head. Whilst not a mint example it displays remarkably well and it avoids most of the pitfalls that are often seen on the few remaining B helmets that turn up these days. This one almost certainly served at the time of the Battle of Britain so grab the opportunity to add it to the collection as it won't be with us for long. It is competitively priced to reflect its current above the average condition.

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USAAF type A-5 Chest Parachute - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF type A-5 Chest Parachute - A very clean example of the quick attachable chest parachute of the Group 2 Yellow category. The A-5 was standardised on January 5th 1945 and consisted of a Type A-3 24 ft canopy to be used in conjunction with an improved harness that included a Quick Release Box. This example is lacking the canopy but is otherwise complete with metal clips fitted to the reverse, bungees and 'D' ring and release cables all hidden beneath 'lift the dot' fastenings. It is crisply stamped up and was manufacturer by the Eagle Parachute Corp of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as well as Government no 45-266573. The opposite side is stamped 43J26406 24 Ft Dia and below is dated May 1945. The pack, which is stuffed for display purposes, also carries a parachute packing log record book stamped with Serial no.44-158812. Inside the part number is shown as 43J26406 but as this however appears to relate to an A4 pack so is probably not original to the pack but still a desirable additional detail. The olive drab canvas and three loop carry handles are all in excellent condition. Measures 17" x 10" x 6" (excluding grab handles) or 43 cm x 25 cm x 15 cm.
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RAAF Trench art Spitfire Mk V - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAAF Trench art Spitfire Mk V - Just imported direct from Australia this is a unique example of Australian trench art. The brass model is beautifully crafted and the stand mount is fashioned from an Australian Eucalyptus, also known by the more common name of gum trees, because they exude copious kino from any break in the bark.

The model confused us initially as it features a distinctive 'lump' on its nose section but research indicates this is a Mk V Spit but due to the dusty conditions in Australia the aircraft were tropicalized with a Volkes filter under the nose to protect the carburettors. In service it was thought the filter affected performance but other than a few MPH being taken off the maximum airspeed it made little difference. Mk Vs Spitfires operated in Europe and Middle East by RAF, RCAF, RNZAF and RAAF squadrons from 1941 onwards; in India/Burma from late 1943, and in Australia, where 245 Supermarine Spitfire VCs and one VB were transferred from RAF to RAAF in 1942-43.

The armament on the Spitfire Vb consisted of a drum-fed Hispano 20 mm cannon plus two.303 Browning machine guns in each wing. This model is nicely detailed and clearly shows the enlarged cannon blisters over each wing as well as the canons protruding from the leading edge. The underside unusually shows the retracted undercarriage. Other modifications on this variant included strengthened undercarriage with a slight increase in forward rake, the loss of the wheel bulges on the upper surface of the wing, repositioning of the cartridge chutes beneath the wings, and a slightly deeper radiator.

The stand support strut is also fashioned in brass and gives a sculptural look to the display. All in all a fine and rather scarce example of period RAAF Spitfire trench art that would sit happily in any collection. The model's wing span is 6" (15 cm) and the aircraft stands 10" (25 cm) measured from the gum tree base to rudder tip.

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