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Page 1 Electrical Miscellaneous

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Page 2 Electrical Switches


Undercarriage switch (Nos 1 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

This is a mint condition boxed rare undercarriage indicator switch. This switch was used on many  types of RAF Wartime aircraft including both Lancaster and Spitfire. Its function was prevent the undercarriage being retracted while the aircraft was on the ground.

AM Ref: 5C/1974

£125

Shown under and right  the MK VII c Spitfire

The Mk VII was a pressurised fighter. It had a more advanced pressurisation system than the Mk VI, using a sliding cockpit canopy, which was more popular than the locked cockpit on the Mk VI. The best high altitude version of the Mk VII was powered by the Merlin 71, and could reach 416mph at 44,000 ft. The Mk VII remained in production from August 1942 until early in 1944, although only 140 aircraft were produced in that time. The Mk VII was a little more successful than the earlier MK VI but the “interim” Mk IX turned out to be capable of operating high altitude itself, and the Mk VII soon lost its special status as a high altitude fighter, although it remained in use throughout the war.

MK VII Spitfire Undercarriage switch (Nos 2 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

This is an original undercarriage indicator switch taken from a MK VII Spitfire  it was fitted with a supplementary plate stamped with the Supermarine Spitfire part nos.

Supermarine code  35134 13 6

351 denotes a MK VII Spitfire

34 denotes instrument panel

£225

£175

Hurricane Undercarriage change over switch (Nos 3 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

This is a mint condition very rare as new undercarriage switch as fitted to the Hurricane. Not sure if other types used it but the Hurricane definitely did.

Ref: 5C/1991

Seen in situ under in a Hurricane panel to the left of the U/C indicator.


 

Rotax Heated Glove switch (Nos 4 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

This is a switch to heat the gloves of aircrew in bombers. This switch would most noticeably be found in the Gun turrets. In good serviceable condition.

Ref: 5C/2186

£85

Rheostat for Goggles (Nos 5 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

A.M Ref: 5C/420

These Were Used Early on in the War

£55

Spitfire Dimmer Switch (Nos 6 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Wartime Dimmer switch used in  many applications both in Bombers and Fighters fitted  to Spitfires (main panel)

  Type G 

AM Ref: 5C/724

£35 each

 

Click on the pictures to enlarge them the Gun sight dimmer is shown in situ in a Spitfire listed as nos 4


 

Cockpit dimmer switch (Nos 72 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Here is a Gunsight dimmer switch used in Spitfires and other fighters fitted with reflector Gunsights. These are slightly taller than the standard dimmer switch. We have three different reference numbers available.

5C/763 12 volt Air ministry stamp has day and off legend.

1 available

Out of stock

Cockpit dimmer switch (Nos 73 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

5C/2470 Broad arrow stamp has day and off legend.

2 Available

£75

Cockpit dimmer switch (Nos 74 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

5C/2469 Broad arrow stamp has day and off legend.

3 Available

£75


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Cockpit dimmer switch 5C/1181 (Nos 7 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

AM Ref: 5C/1181

Used on Lancaster Bomb aimers panels and other applications such as navigators lamps ect mainly in Heavy bombers.

 New old stock in their original boxes.

£40

Type R  Dimmer switch (Nos 8 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

These dimmer switches superseded the earlier type with the knob being easier to use whilst wearing flying gloves. Original used condition.

Ref: 5C/2526

£25

 Dimmer switch Plate (Nos 9 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Ref: 5C/2691

 

£25

Fighter/Spitfire Magneto switch 2 (Nos 10 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Short switch Fighter magneto. Used in all Mk's of Spitfire and other fighters including the Hurricane.

We have two which are in unopened packets they will be sent on a first come first served basis so if you order today you will received an unused switch in its packaging. All are in good serviceable condition.

Ref: 5C/548

 

Shown above a Spitfire MK FR 18

 

Five currently in stock

£195

 


Twin Magneto switch and frame (Nos 11 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Here we have a mint boxed long stalk twin magneto switch with its protective cage. This version was used on all twin and four engine Wartime RAF Bombers and Fighters. Obviously in four engine types two sets would be used. This set really is mint with its sealing wires in place and should be suitable as a flying part.

Ref: 5CW/

Seen under in situ in a Mosquito

 

£275

Very early Twin Magneto Switch (Nos 12 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Extremely rare 1930s twin magneto switch.

Fitted to the By Plane fighters of the RAF.

5A/333

£155

Twin Magneto Switch Guard (Nos 13 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Extremely rare 1930s twin magneto switch Guard

As Fitted to the Avro Anson and other 1930 aircraft

Ref: 5C/341

£125

Early Brass switch  (Nos 14 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

 

This switch was used as a mag switch on early  1930s aircraft and as a landing light switch on the Spitfire and other RAF wartime aircraft.

N/A


Magneto Cage (Nos 15 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

This is a magneto cage  in good original condition. This cage was fitted to Lancasters, which had two sets and many other Wartime RAF aircraft. Nicely marked with Kings Crown. The cage worked in conjunction with an undercarriage switch and prevented the mags from being turned off accidentally.


£125



 

Twin lever Bendix Magneto ignition switch (Nos 16 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

This switch appears serviceable . Each lever has three positions and move freely the centre pulls in and out freely.

AN3253.1

Bendix Scintilla 10.32891

As Used in American Aircraft Such as the Consolidated PBY Catalina

Seen in Situ Below

 £125

 

Ignition Switch (Nos 18 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

 

Jos. Pollock Core

Out of stock more wanted contact me

Venner ignition switch (Nos 19 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

This is a strange piece it has a small clockwork timer which operates immediately the knob is turned to on winding back to off.

Any info on this gratefully received. email me

I have seen these switches used as detonators but never marked up ignition. 

Operates for about 15 seconds and is marked for 5 amps 24 volts DC and 5 amps 240 AC.

 £55

 

De Havilland Mosquito Ignition Switch (Nos 20 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Long Stalk Ignition Switch that Attaches via a bar to the Magneto Switch

Ref: 5CW/1968

Seen in Situ Below to the Top Right

£25 each

 

Mint Boxed on/off switches (Nos 21 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Here we have a limited number of the standard on/off switch used in practically all WWII RAF Wartime aircraft from Spitfire to Lancaster. They are all mint in their original boxes.

 

A/M 5C/543 re designated as 5CB/131


£35 each

 

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Beaufighter windscreen wiper control (Nos 22 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Here is a wiper control used in Beaufighters, Mosquitoes  and Ansons. Its in good condition and appears serviceable.

Out of Stock

Prop feathering switch Lancaster bomber (Nos 23 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Lancaster prop feathering switches supplied mint. Thses were used in a variety of multi engine aircraft including the Lancaster and Mosquito sets of two or four available

in unopened original box

£35 each

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Lancaster/Mosquito prop feature covers (Nos 24 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

These are superb reproductions of the covers that protected the prop featuring buttons used a variety of wartime aircraft. machined from solid aluminium a variety of types were used including tin and Bakelite these particular ones were used early in the war and introduced again later as supplies of alloy became more readily available.

£75 each

Supercharger switch (Nos 26 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Supercharger and fuel switches. Fits in the Spitfire panel on the supercharger plate and below the fuel gauge.

AM Ref: 5C/531

£25 each

Engine anti ice rotary switch (Nos 27 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Ref: 5CW/5503

As Used in the Aircraft Such as the Varsity and Hastings

£25

 

 

£35

Shakelton Four engine fuel priming switch (Nos 28 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Ref: 5CW/4207

the stores ticket carries the serial number WR 953 this idetifies this piece was removed from a Shakelton of  228 Sqn, RAF
Serial: 4/228 (WR953)

One of the four MR.Mk.2 aircraft of 228 Squadron that toured South America in October-November, 1955. The aircraft carried the squadron number on the rear fuselage, although this was not officially adopted until May, 1956, and were numbered '1' to '4'. Note Union Jack on fin, and also the non-standard outline to the roundel.

 

We have several of these but this is the only named one.

Master Engine synchronizer switch (Nos 29 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Used in British aircraft although it appears to made in the US the US stopped using Port/ Starboard Inner/ Outer a long time before sync systems appeared. The British persisted in the terminology.

£55

Heavy Duty switch (Nos 30 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Looks like a switch used on an ACC trolley. Heavy duty switch rotates 360 degrees make of Bakelite and ceramics.

Good serviceable condition.

 £75

 

Type TD-1 rotary switch (Nos 31 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

 £25

Type TD-2 rotary switch (Nos 32 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

 £25

 

 Hurricane charging regulator switch (Nos 33 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

 

This is a mint boxed  switch used  in the  Hurricane  Used in conjunction with the Merlin II, Mk I Hurricane and the Mercury XX engines with Rotax generators this was later superseded by automatic generators later in the War..

AM Ref: 5C/651

£65

Ground /Flight Switch (Nos 34 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Used when starting heavy bombers such as the Lancaster and Halifax ect. Once running the switch is thrown and the aircrafts own generators take over. A/M Crown in functional condition.

£65

Lancaster Rotary switch (Nos 35 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

A WW2 RAF  Rotary switch used on the Lancaster main instrument panel to operate the Landing lights.

Ref: 5C/2910

£45

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Multipoint changeover switch  (Nos 36 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

This switch is for the change over of electrical equipment in experimental aircraft so probably used in most types of RAF wartime aircraft in the design stage.

£35

Spitfire 2 Way Switch (Nos 37 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Nice original 2 way switch

 As used by Spitfires and practically all RAF Wartime aircraft.

AM Ref: 5C/543

£25

Triple switch box (Nos 38 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Fitted to a variety of aircraft from Bombers to fighters. Rare triple switch box

Typically fitted to the main instrument panel in Lancaster's

In excellent condition


£125

 

5 way switch (Nos 39 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Good functional condition 2 available 5 switch selector used in numerous wartime aircraft.

£125

2 Way Toggle Switch (Nos 40 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

A.M Ref: 5C/547

£25

2 Way Master Switch (Nos 41 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

A.M Ref: 5C/877

Out of Stock

Micro switch (Nos 42 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Micro switch as used in Spitfire throttle and other applications.

AM Ref: 5C/2127

£35

Single Locking Switch (Nos 43 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Ref: 5C/3130

£35

Twin locking switch (Nos 44 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

A.M Ref:5C/2847

£35

Switch Magnetic Relay (Nos 45 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Ref: 5C/3943

Type: S2

£55


Control box (Nos 46 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Ref: 5UD/1517

Landing light motor control

Find this in the lighting section link here


Control box (Nos 47 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

AM Ref: 5D/632

£35

Switch box (Nos 48 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

These are really nice early bomb selectors pre 1943 used in Wellingtons

Hampton's ,Fairy Swordfish and other early WW11 Aircraft.

Switches are seized solid so for display only

 AM Ref: 5D 553

N/A

3 Way Switch (Nos 63 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Nice original 3 way switch

 As used by practically all RAF Wartime aircraft.

AM Ref: 5C/930

£25

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Spitfire IFF destruction set (Nos 73 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

This is a quality reproduction of the IFF (identification friend or foe) destruction system that sits on the lower right of the Spitfire cockpit and is used for destroying the aircraft IFF (Identification Friend or foe) in the event of the aircraft crashing. 

The bracket and cover is a reproduction the switches and covers are original wartime pieces and are also available separately below.

The IFF identified the aircraft as friendly on the British radar so it was important that it did not fall into enemy hands.

On pressing the button's a small explosive charge destroyed the IFF. There were two of these switches and they were placed inside a protective box with big letters DANGER on the top.

 

 

 

Out of stock full Spitfire identification friend or foe system available in the radio section link here

IFF destruction push button (Nos 72 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

IFF push button that sits on the lower right of the Spitfire cockpit and is used for destroying the aircraft IFF (Identification Friend or foe) in the event of the aircraft crashing.

The IFF identified the aircraft as friendly on the British radar so it was important that it did not fall into enemy hands.

On pressing the button's a small explosive charge destroyed the IFF.

 

 

 

Find these parts in the armaments section

IFF destruction push button covers (Nos 50 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Two mint condition IFF switch covers (Identification Friend or foe) in the event of the aircraft crashing.

One pair of covers

£95

 

Blank spring loaded switch cover (Nos 51 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

This is a blank as new old stock. These switch covers are used to protect the push button switches used in practically every kind of Wartime RAF aircraft, from Spitfire starter buttons to fire ex on Lancs. These being blank can be engraved or transfers applied to suit your purpose. We have multiples available.

Ref: 5K/2724

£20 each


Shown right the RAF's heavy Bomber the short Stirling.

Jettison Button and cover (Nos 52 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Jettison button and cover used to jettison bombs in Wartime RAF aircraft. 

Out of Stock

Bomb Jettison switch cover (Nos 54 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Ref: 5C/2114

Out of Stock More Wanted Contact Us

Bomb release switch on panel (Nos 55 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Here we have an interesting piece. The switch is generally used as a bomb release switch.

This particular one is mounted on a Perspex panel with brackets to mount to a tube. So far I have been unable to identify its application but would make an educated guess that its designed for use in a single engine fighter bomber. Both Hurricanes and Spitfires carried bombs.

The Spitfire had a cable release for dropping its payload. It is possible that with its tubular construction that this was fitted to a Hurricane.

£85

Spitfire etc starter buttons (Nos 56 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Spitfire starter buttons , used on practically all

WWII RAF aircraft.

£45 each

Early Style Spitfire Starter Button (Nos 70 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Here we have a very early type starter button used on Mk. I and Mk.II Spitfires

These are in a Good Serviceable Condition

Rotax Type N5CD

A.M Reference: 5C/857

This Type was also Used in The Fairey Battle and Gloster Gladiator

Seen Below in Situ in Mk.1 Spitfire

Out of Stock More Wanted Contact Us

 

Fairey Swordfish  Switch starting 5C/695 (Nos 57 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Unusually large starter switch Air ministry Kings crown mark. These were used in the Fairey Swordfish it probably had applications.

5C/695

 £55

Bomb Release switch and cable (Nos 58 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Mint condition Wartime bomb release switch used in nearly all RAF Wartime bombers complete with switch cable and plug.

£75

Push Button (Nos 59 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

A small push button Air Ministry crown.

£25 .

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1930s Twin Magneto switch 5C/341 (nos 60 page 2 ele)

New old stock serviceable condition in original box.

Out of stock more wanted contact us

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1930s magneto switch 5C/625 (Nos 59 Electrical switches (nos 61 page 2 ele)

New old stock serviceable condition in original box.

Out of stock more wanted contact us

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Ignition Test Switches  (Electrical switches (nos 62 page 2 ele)

Ground Testing Ignition Test Switch

Ref: 5C/1411

Nice A.M Crown

£125

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Boost Operated Switch (Electrical switches (nos 63 page 2 ele)

Type No 3-27142

Ref: 5C/4261

24V - 10a

Negretti and Zambra Ltd

£55

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Skid Indicator Contacting Unit (Electrical switches (nos 64 page 2 ele)

Skid Indicator Mk.3

Ref: 5C/3941

This is in Good Condition

£40

Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

£45

Dowty Switch (Electrical switches (nos 65 page 2 ele)

Type C.790Y

Ref: 5C/4228

New Old Stock in Original Box

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R.A.T.O.G Master Switch Cover  (Electrical switches (nos 66 page 2 ele)

Here we have a Cover for the R.A.T.O.G Master Switch

Ref:5C/5802

£35

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Graviner fire detector switch (Electrical switches (nos 67 page 2 ele)

 

Graviner fire detector switch. On this early type the protruding plunger was restrained by a fusible metal “slug” enclosed in a finned housing. When exposed to flame/heat the fusible metal slug melted releasing the spring loaded plunder to make the switch contacts. Others had a small squib restraining the plunger which exploded in a mild way when contacted by flame thus releasing the plunger.

This has the Air Ministry Crown and Ref:21F/373

£45

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Tumbler Switch  (Electrical switches (nos 68 page 2 ele)

Here we have a Tumbler Switch

Ref: 5CW/5493

£25

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£85

Lamp Test Indicator  (Electrical switches (nos 69 page 2 ele)

Here we have a Lamp Test Indicator

This was probably Used for Testing Landing or Navigation Lamps

This has Air Ministry Reference Number: 5D/1554

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Rheostat Type H  (Electrical switches (nos 70 page 2 ele)

Here we have a Rheostat Type H

This was  Used for the Fleet Air Arm to Dim Navigation Lights

This has Air Ministry Reference Number: 5C/929

£55

 

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7 Point Multipoint changeover switch  (Nos 71 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

This switch is for the change over of electrical equipment in experimental aircraft so probably used in most types of RAF wartime aircraft in the design stage.

Similar to the One Listed  above but has 7 Different Positions instead of three

We have two of these available as NOS

£45

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Percival Pembroke Switch Valve (Nos 75 Electrical switches page 2 ele)

Here we have a Valve Switch that was used in the Percival Pembroke

It has the Airframe Number 26PP on the Tag

£45

Lancaster DS Compass switch (pg2 Rad)

An original and very rare item. This is the correct switch for the DF Compass fitted to Lancaster's. This switch is situated on the lower left of the main instrument panel in the Lancaster.

Click Here to See this in the Radio Section

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Air Ministry Dinghy Immersion Switch(pg2 Pilot eq)

Here we have an Immersion Switch Used to Deploy the Large Dinghies in Heavy Bombers

It Carries the Air Ministry Reference: 6D/148

The Lancaster dinghy had two means of activation apart from the internal pull cord -  the First method was the external method, "from the outside by pulling the loop on the starboard side, rear of the tailplane leading edge", and the automatic method, "by an immersion switch". I think most of the larger RAF aircraft of this period had similar multiple methods of inflating and releasing the dinghy from its stowage location, along with safeguards to prevent it drifting away before the crewmen could clamber into it!

Shown Below is the Dinghy Stowage Diagram it shows the placement of the immersion switch at the front of the Lancaster

See this in Pilot Equipment Section

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Click Here to see this on the Altimeter Page

Grumman Avenger altitude switch (Ins pg3 Altimeter 10 ) 

Here we have a mint condition altitude limit switch. This aircraft used as a torpedo by both the RAF and USAF famously during the intense carrier battles of the Pacific war. This instrument  assisted in attaining the correct height for torpedo drops.

The Avenger entered U.S. service in 1942, and first saw action during the Battle of Midway. Despite losing five of the six Avengers on its combat debut, it survived in service to become one of the outstanding torpedo bombers of WWII .

Grumman Avenger in US Service

 

Grumman Avenger in RAF Service

 

 

 

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