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Here on page three of our Gunsights section we have wanted items.

Over on page two of our Gunsights section it contains items such as spare glass, perspex, light bulbs, storage boxes and books.

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The Bulb holder made of alloy

The clip on the electrical cable marked AST D 640 and includes a Hawker inspection stamp HA 22

Shown above a copy of a letter dated 1938 from the Air Ministry to Mr I Bowen with reference to the arrival of the first Gunsight from C.P. Goers.

Battle of Britain GM2 Mk III Reflector Gunsight (No 1 pg 1 Gun)

This Gunsight is without equal, it is unique and the only known surviving example of its type.

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 In all the books written on the subject of WWII Gunsights and armaments there are no photos of an existing example.

At the time of the Munich crisis in 1938 increased orders were placed for the top secret Barr and Stroud reflector Gunsight.

These were for the new Spitfire and Hurricane fighters coming into production. Even with 24hr working the Barr and Stroud factory were already at full capacity and all other British optical factories were committed to other defence contracts.

The Air Ministry asked the company to find a suitable overseas licensee.

The result with Air Ministry approval was an agreement signed with C.P. Goerz of Vienna Austria.

Secret drawings and even a complete Barr and Stroud Gunsight were sent to Goerz, in Austria. Herr Neuman of Goerz signed a production contract with a British Air Ministry representative.

In Early 1939, with 55 sights delivered , the Anschuss pact was signed by Germany and Austria .

However Air Ministry fears of cancellation of the order , were groundless and Goerz were only to pleased to honour the contract . A total of 700 sights known as the GM2 MK II were delivered before the outbreak of war.

Considering that the reflector Gun Sight was classified as a Top Secret piece of equipment, vital to British security during WWII it seems unimaginable that the British Air Ministry would allow drawings and a complete sight to be even shown , let alone given to the Enemy.

It begs the question  was the Revi reflector gunsight used so effectively by the Germans during the Battle of Britain developed as a result of British Air Ministry incompetence?

The only people the MK II reflector Gunsight was secret to were the British.

The quality of this Gunsight exceeds the British made version, the bulb holder is made of alloy as apposed to Bakelite and the pad designed to reduce the impact of the Pilots head on the Gunsight in the event of a crash was covered in leather as apposed to just a rubber pad.

 How effective this pad actually was I would not like to say as the top of the glass which is also original is razor sharp and it appears that that is the point that the head would make first contact, perhaps this was a form of sabotage by the makers ?

A picture of the sighting ring , its quite difficult for me as I am not a professional photographer to get a decent picture but the actual image is crisp and clear.

The image of the sighting ring is crystal clear and the Gunsight is in excellent condition.

There is little doubt that this sight was used during the Battle and in fact fitted to a Hurricane as the clip on the electrical lead carries a Hawker part number.

This sight last came on to the market some thirty years ago at auction and at the time was fitted with an original Hawker Hurricane Gunsight bracket.

This is the only known surviving example of the 700 Gunsights supplied.  If aviation  Historians or Authors require pictures of this sight I am happy to supply them.

Below the Gunsight fitted to the Hurricane of Eugene (Red) Tobin.

After an uneventful early career with the French airforce Tobin joined the RAF flying Spitfires with 609 Squadron  on the 8th of August 1940.

 On the 19th of September 1940 He was sent to form 71 Squadron the first Eagle Squadron flying Hurricanes at Kirton-in -Lindsey Lincolnshire where this picture was taken.

Sadly Tobin was killed hear Boulogne on the 7th of September 1941 in Spitfire W3801 .

 He was was 24 years old and seems likely to be the victim of the German Ace Adolf Galland..

                   

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T1 bomb sight and Z-transmitter Equipment show below

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Lancaster Z Friendly Fire Equipment (No 54 pg1 Gun)

Top secret Z equipment used to prevent  friendly fire from Lancasters fitted with the AGLA Village Inn system. Z transmitted and picked up an infra red beam from any following friendly aircraft in the Bomber stream. Throughout Bomber Command, all aircraft had been fitted with "Z" equipment which would transmit the infra-red 'friendly' signal to any 'Village Inn' Lancasters they might come across. When picked up by the Z equipment  the guns in Village Inn Lancasters would be disabled and prevent friendly fire in the dark. A very rare piece for the serious Gunsight collector.

5C/3157

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Gunsight Storage Box (No 8 pg2 Gun)

Here we have a original gunsight storage box for a MK II gunsight. With inserts.

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Giro MK 10 Gunsight (pg2 Gun)

Here we have a Mk.10 Giro Gunsight in Near Excellent Condition in its Original Box

It is a Radar Ranged Sight and was Used in the Hawker Hunter Jet

Unfortunately the glass is broken however there is an undamaged spare included in the box

This Carries the Reference Number 8B/5014

The Hawker Hunter is a transonic British jet aircraft developed in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

 The single-seat Hunter entered service as a manoeuvrable fighter aircraft, and later operated in fighter-bomber and reconnaissance roles in numerous conflicts. Two-seat variants remained in use for training and secondary roles with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy until the early 1990s.

The Hunter was also widely exported, serving with 21 other air forces. Sixty years after its original introduction it was still in active service

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MK II Day Fighter Reflector Gunsight (Pg1 Gun)

Here we have the classic MK II Day fighter reflector Gunsight. This is a superb example with a flawless glass and dated 1941 making it one of the first square top versions to enter service with the RAF.  The day sight is different from the Night fighter version mainly in having an orange reticule sighting ring and has two adjustments for range and base feet.  Both work perfectly and the sighting ring is clear and crisp. It comes with an original box but the mounting supports have been removed at some stage so it sits in a soft green cloth. This sight was the mainstay of fighter command aircraft and fitted to the frontline fighters including the Spitfire and Hurricane .

The legend on the sight is clean and the rubber crash protector is in good shape. There is no evidence of corrosion and its only drawback is the lack of a bulb holder and original wooden supports in the box. The sight can however be illuminated with the introduction of a light source to the base of the sight.

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The above picture was taken by placing the actual sight listed on our light box facing a picture on the PC as you can see the sighting reticule  is in excellent shape the blurring and yellow colour comes entirely from the camera.

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Barr and Stroud Oval top Gunsight 1939 Mk I (pg1 Gun)

This Gunsight is a bit of a mystery. The base bulb holder and box are all original 1939 dated RAF British made. On closer inspection it appears the oval top is made in the US. It fits perfectly but there are a few very subtle differences from the British made version and it carries a US part number. It was not sourced from a dealer or a collector but from an elderly  British couple who had owned it for many years.  I can only assume that this was fitted during the war as a field Modification, if they had something that would fit and worked they would use that rather than have a grounded aircraft. This does reduce it's value but for someone looking for an oval top with an early date it represents a good opportunity to own one which does have an original wartime top but not fitted as original to this sight.    

 This base is dated 1939 and is complete with its box and bulb holder and in good working order.

This model being fitted with a single ring, either open or closed and the reticule is a simple dot with brackets and white in colour as apposed to orange, the picture makes it appear slightly orange but to the eye its pure white..

This usually indicates its for a night fighter which makes this sight possibly unique. These sights were first fitted to the Gloster Gladiator but were in use in the very early Mk's of Spitfire and Hurricane throughout the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain.

Below a MK I Spitfire

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RCAF MK II Oval Top Battle of Britain reflector Gunsight (pg1 Gun)

This stunning MK II Oval top Gunsight was imported from Canada. This Gunsight was in very short supply in 39 and 40 so much so that contracts were issued with an Austrian company to make them under licence.

This being the case its very hard to fathom how this sight ended up in Canada. One possible theory is that once they were replaced with MK II with the square glass that this sight made its way to Canada to used for training fighter pilots.

 Its pretty much inconceivable that this was not used during the Battle of Britain seeing that they were in such short supply.  Used extensively throughout the Battle of Britain in the Hurricane and Spitfire  as well as the late 1930s Bi plane fighters the Bulldog and Gladiator.

The MK II reflector Oval top Gunsight was only used for a short time between 1938 and 1940 being fazed out at the end of 1941 and replaced with the square glass model in 1941.

This Gunsight is in excellent condition it is complete and even has the original packaging used to keep moisture out probably why it survived so well. The only fault I can find is that it has a very small piece removed from the rubber head protector. The reticule is crisp and clear.

If you know about these sights you will know how incredibly rare they are and this one is quite unique in having an RCAF transfer. The box is also unusual in being painted grey , I believe this is period as it has a number painted on the box over the grey paint.

Reference number 7A/1124 dated 1940

Among the greats. Douglas Bader (fourth from right), the English flying legend, commanded 242 Canadian Squadron RAF. At the beginning of the war, the RCAF had not yet equipped and assembled squadrons for deployment in Europe. There were however many Canadians who were either in the RAF, or who were RCAF in the Royal Air Force. In order to show Canadians back home that their boys were fully engaged in the war, it was decided to create a special squadron (242) manned by Canadians already in the RAF. This squadron assembled some of the finest talent of the waryoung fighter pilots from across the land, now seen fighting the Nazis as a cohesive unit. The photograph below right was taken at RAF Duxford in September of 1940.

Above left Stanford Bob Tuck seen here in a Mk I Hurricane during the Battle of Britain the oval top Gunsight clearly visible.

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                          The prototype MK II Gunsight was tested at Farnborough, and then at Martlesham in a Bristol Bulldog for air firing tests. The trials reports led to various modifications. A substantial rubber pad was fitted to protect the pilot from injury in the event of a rough landing, the range/base setting was modified to two similar knurled rings with their own scale and indicator, and the lamp changing was also made easier. The blue-tinted swing-in sun screen was found to be effective in high brightness situations although the orange reticule was not perfect in some conditions.

The modified sight was accepted as the standard fixed Gunsight of the RAF, being known as the Reflector Sight Mark II. it was patented in 1937, and the first sights of an initial order of 1,600 reached some Gloster Gladiator squadrons in 1938.

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B17 Flying Fortress Mk 18 Giro Gunsight (pg1 Gun)

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The Mk 18 and MK 14 Giro Gunsight was the American Sperry version of the British MK II Gunsight. The Mk 14 was fitted to the Mustang and other US Airforce Fighter aircraft and the MK 18 was the turret version. Both types being used extensively in WWII and the Korean war. Although designed for use in turrets there does seem to be some evidence that they were also occasionally used in some fighters such as the Mustang and the later Sabre jet fighter in Korea.

This Gunsight was generally fitted to the Martin 250 CE  which is a 24 volt, electrically operated turret containing two .50 calibre machine guns. Four ammunition boxes provide 1600 rounds of ammunition. It was mounted on the top of the aircraft, about mid-way down the fuselage.

This turret was used on American bombers such as the A-20 Havoc, B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying Fortress, and B-26 Marauder. During the war, the Royal Canadian Air Force realized the limitations of their .303 calibre machine guns and took steps to switch from the hydraulically operated Fraser-Nash mid-upper turrets to the Martin. However, this modification was only included on the last 276 of the 431 Canadian built Lancasters.

B 24 Liberator

B17 Flying Fortress

Canadian built MK X Lancaster

 This Gunsight is complete and in superb condition and a great addition for any serious Gunsight collector.

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B 32481 32482 SM

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Hurricane original Gunsight mount (pg1 Gun)

This a super rare original Gunsight mount for a Hurricane , the first one I have owned its in excellent condition probably  from some sort of magnesium alloy as its super light. It came attached to the GM 2 MK III shown at the top of the page but does fit the standard MK II reflector Gunsiight.

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MK II Night Fighter Reflector Gunsight (Pg1 Gun)

Here is a really nice peace and the rarest of the MK II Square glass reflector Gunsights being a night fighter version.

With a nice early 1941 date, the night fighter sight differed from the classic day version in only having a single ring for open and closed, a white target circle with a dot as apposed to orange cross hairs and ranging ring found on the day fighter sight.

It is complete and original with its original glass,  box and bulb holder with a nice crisp clean graticule as can be seen in the picture below.

A/M 8B/2666

Mk II N ( N stands for Night Sight )

Serial number 22394/41 (41 being the date.)

The Spitfire and Hurricane despite being excellent day fighters were not effective as night fighters and while other stop gaps such as the Bolton Paul Defiant and the Bristol Blenheim were pressed into this role the appearance of the  Bristol Beaufighter which was fast, heavily armed and equipped with AI Mk IV radar.

The first ground controlled interception stations were set up, so that operators could view a radar map of the action, and guide the night-fighters towards the bombers. Once within two or three miles, the crews used their onboard AI sets to get within visual distance and then, hopefully, make a kill.

The new system worked. In March 1941 22 German bombers were shot down. In April the figure was 48 and in May almost 100 enemy aircraft were destroyed by RAF night-fighters.

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 K14A P51 Gyro Gunsight (pg1 Gun)

Here is a superb K 14A Gyro Gunsight its all original and complete except it does not have the original glass,

it does have a glass fitted but unfortunately not original. I am sure with a bit of searching these will be available.

This is a Gyro Gunsight which works out the deflection required to hit the target.

This is the US version of the British MK II  Ace maker gunsight so called because with the introduction of this sight Pilots not skilled in deflection shooting amassed more kills rapidly becoming Aces.

Used in the P 51 Mustang .The P 51 was originally designed as a fighter for the RAF and initially not a success until fitted with the Rolls Royce Merlin, it  found fame with the USAF.

Due to its laminar flow wing and design of the radiator which cleverly produced a small amount of thrust negating the drag of the rad it could escort Bombers deep inside Germany keeping the bombers safer and inflicting serious casualties on the Luftwaffe.

Later in the war huge numbers of this effective US frontline fighter with its impressive range devastated German air defences.

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Seen above left the P51 Mustang and above right the K 14 A Gunsight in situ in a P51.

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Luftwaffe Revi 16B Gunsight (pg1 Gun)

This is an absolutely superb, complete and boxed 100% original mid war Revi B Gunsight. They don't come any better than this example.

The REVI (Reflex visier=Reflector gun sight) 16B was manufactured as of 1942 until the end of the war. It was used in the majority of the Luftwaffe aircraft types. Including the BF 109, FW190 and ME 262.

Fliegnummer (Fl-Nummer Anforderungszahl( Luftwaffe reference number)): Fl 52955

This example has a reference placard at the front of the sight which is an indication that this was a mid-war production sight.

The letter code bvf desginates the factory where it was produced.

bvf = Optische Werke, C.Reichert in Wien 107, Hernalser Hauptstrasse 219

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Seen above far right the REVI 16B in situ in the cockpit of a BF 109.

Here is a link to the Revi manual and link to the AP

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B17/B24 K 10 Compensating Gunsight (pg1 gun)

very good original condition K 10 compensating Gunsight. This rare Gunsight was fitted only in the rear turret of the B17 and B24 heavy Bomber and other USAF Wartime Bombers.

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Mounting for Giro Gunsight (pg1 gun) 

This is a really rare piece you will see a few Gunsights before you come across the mount. Used in both Bombers and Fighters for mounting the MKII Acemaker Giro Gunsight, 100% original in good condition.

This mounting is also suitable for attaching the cathode ray tube from Village Inn.

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Lancaster Z Friendly Fire Equipment boxed (pg3 gun)

Here we have a boxed version of the Z Friendly fire equipment.

This is in Excellent Condition

This Carries the Reference Number 5C/3157

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Lancaster Z Friendly Fire Equipment boxed 2 (pg3 gun)

Another mint boxed piece from the Lancaster Z friendly fire prevention system.

 

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RAF Mustang Gun sight (pg2  Gun)

This gun sight was used in the P51 Mustang. What makes this particular gun sight rare is the fact it was produced for use in the Mustangs supplied to the RAF. We can tell this by the Air ministry label with the Kings crown.

The round glass at the top is broken and the Internals

The RAF loved the early Mustangs and it was very much missed when the production line closed in favour of the Merlin engined Bs and Cs. As a low level fighter the P51A had few equals in speed and range, even if its agility was exceeded by the low altitude cropped wing Spitfire Mk Vs. Mustangs saw action all over Western Europe including Dieppe flying in ones and twos at ranges Spitfires could only dream about in their armed versions. Mustangs had the standard day scheme of green/brown uppers and sky undersides later replaced by the green/Ocean Grey/Medium Sea Grey scheme. Markings were a standard mix of B roundels on the upper wings and C and C1s on the under sides of the wings and fuselage sides (As on the green/Dark Earth versions). The RAF also had some of the 20mm cannon armed aircraft designated 1as. The last Mustang 1/ll squadron kept their aircraft until 1945. All others having been replaced by other types or Merlin Mustang versions

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Projector Type 2 Mk.1 Gunsight (pg2 gun)

Here we have a Projector, Type 2 Mk.1 Gunsight

This carries the Air Ministry Reference Number 8B/2525

It is Dated 1944

This has had a new Glass Fitted as the Original was Broken

Although the Plate States this is a Mk.I Variant,  it looks Similar to the Mk. III*N

It was used in daylight Operations as a Pilots Sight for Fixed Guns in Multi Engine Aircraft Such as the DeHavilland Mosquito

DeHavilland Mosquito

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Original Square Glass for MK II  Gunsight 2 (pg2 Gun)

Here we have a Original Square Gunsight Glasses.

This has some damage to the corner and a few chips on the edges

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Reproduction Oval Gun sight top (pg2 Gun)

Reproduction cast in alloy, complete with glass attached, holes for mounting bolts on the under side drilled and tapped. Simply attach to  Gun sight base. Nice alternative to the very rare and expensive original as fitted to RAF Battle of Britain fighters and discontinued in favour of the square glass type soon after.

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Village Inn Cathode Ray tube (pg3 gun)

 Here we have a Complete Original Cathode Ray Tube that was used with the AGLT "Village Inn"

It is in a Very Good Condition

It Carries the Part Number 8B/2536

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MK II Gunsight wooden box (pg3 gun)

This is very nice original wooden Gunsight box for the MK II reflector Gunsight. Please note the brackets for holding the Gunsight are not present its just the box.

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Giro Gunsight MK I dimmer control (pg3 gun)

This is very nice original dimmer control for the MKII/ Gyro Gunsight.

A/M 8B 2458 MK I Type 5

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Spare Glass for Oval Gunsight (pg2 Gun)

New cut glass for the Oval Gunsight top seen above only one left in stock.

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 12V White Reflector Gunsight Bulbs (pg1 gun)

Genuine 12volt wartime bulbs for the standard MKII reflector Gunsight fitted to Spitfire's ,

Hurricanes and pretty much every wartime RAF fighter. Used in other versions of the wartime reflector and projector sights. 

 In working order as new, bring that Gunsight back to life.

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24V White Reflector Gunsight Bulbs (pg1 gun)

Genuine 12volt wartime bulbs for the standard MKII reflector Gunsight

 . Used in other versions of the wartime reflector and projector sights. 

 In good working order as new, bring that Gunsight back to life.

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12V Reflector Gunsight Bulbs (pg1 gun)

Here we have a Genuine 12volt wartime bulb for the standard MKII reflector Gunsight fitted to Spitfire's , Hurricanes and pretty much every wartime RAF fighter.

 

 

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 Rocket firing Reflector Gunsight Glass holder (pg1 Gun)

This is an original Gunsight glass holder which sits on the top of the MK II reflector Gunsight base.

It is rocket firing modification and is in relic condition ithas clearly been recovered from a crashed aircraft so almost certainly has fired in anger.

 Unfortunately its history has been lost and so no exact details are known.

Commonly used by rocket firing Typhoons.

It Carries the Reference 8B/2157

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