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Pre WWII flying Helmet (pg1 Pilot)

Here is a stunning pre war flying helmet in very good original condition comes complete with a hardwood display stand.

Fitted with Gosport tubes.

The Gosport speaking-tube system was intended to provide communication between an instructor and a trainee pilot, usually in a Tiger Moth. It was invented by flying instructor Robert Smith-Barry at the School of Special Flying he opened at Gosport in 1917; he had tried conventional single-tube speaking tubes and electrical apparatus but neither were audible above the engine noise. The double-listening tube approach was however an immediate success. The first test took place over the Solent on 20th June 1917

£295

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US Airforce1st Lieutenant Officers Jacket 15th Air force (pg1 Pilot)

This is superb piece of history in excellent clean condition and original in every respect.

Worn by an officer of the 15th US Air force who flew B17 and B24 heavy bombers along with Fighter Squadrons made up of P47 Thunderbolts P51 Mustangs  and the P38 Lightening.

This officer served in the Mediterranean campaign, 18 months overseas service signified by the  the 3 Hershey bars on the left sleeve, with a gold bouillon 15th Squadron patch. Silver on the shoulders signifies this was a for 1st Lt.

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In the 18 months of existence the Fifteenth Air Force, operating principally from the complex of airfields in southern Italy, destroyed all gasoline production within its range in southern Europe; knocked out all the major aircraft factories in its sphere; and destroyed 6,282 enemy aircraft in the air and on the ground.

The Fifteenth crippled the enemy's transportation system over half of once-occupied Europe with repeated fighter and bomber attacks. On occasion it helped disperse enemy counter attacks and spearheaded the advances of our own armies.

The Fifteenth dropped 303,842 tons of bombs on enemy targets in nine countries of Europe, including military installations in eight capital cities. Its combat personnel made 148,955 heavy bomber sorties and 87,732 fighter sorties against the enemy.

It lost 3,364 aircraft and 21,671 personnel killed, wounded, missing and taken prisoner -- 20,430 bomber crewmen and 1,187 fighter pilots

Shown above a B 24 Liberator heavy Bomber of the 15th Air Force

The last ground battle of the war was launched by the Fifteenth Air Force.  An offensive performance described by Field Marshal Alexander as the "Last Battle to End the War" was held April 9th-18th 1945.  A bombardment by 1233 heavy bombers of the Fifteenth Air Force saturated the German defences by dropping nearly 25,000 bombs within five miles of Allied Forces.  This bombing allowed the U.S. Fifth Army and the British Eighth Army to penetrate into Northern Italy. 

£275

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RAF Escape Axe (pg1 Pilot)

A vital piece of equipment for crews of Bombers and larger aircraft an escape Axe it does what it says and is used as a tool to escape from damaged aircraft in nice original condition.

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£75

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USAAF Gunners gloves(pg1 Pilot)

Here is a pair of  gloves as used by the USAAF gunners during WWII in Bombers like the B 17 etc. In nice original condition they have some minor marks from use but otherwise supple and perfectly usable. please enlarge the pictures to asses. 

Seen under a B17 Waist Gunner .

£140

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1940's Goldpfeil Men's Grooming Set(pg1 Pilot)

Here we have a Men's Grooming Kit Manufactured in Germany by Goldpfeil

It Consists of a Tartan fabric-lined case, containing a complete 10-peice grooming set

The Lids to the containers appear to be chromium-plated.

All Contents are in a very good overall condition, with signs of wear and tear commensurate with age. the engine turned razor (no blade) can be dismantled. All items are intact.

The Container for the bristle shaving brush is partially cracked on one side but is not split.

The Lower section of the case has a waterproof lining.

The Set would make a nice addition to any collection.

£70

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Irvin Pilots back pad type I Parachute and original carry bag (pg1 Pilot)

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Here is superb back pad type 1 parachute in good clean condition the chute itself is post-war but is the wartime pattern, the carrying bag is  original wartime and carries the A/M stamp.. This type of chute was carried by Fighter and Bomber pilots , it is complete with the original silk parachute the lines may well be cut I have not unpacked it as its quite a skill to pack these and I don't want to risk getting it back in, in most cases the lines were cut when these were sold as they have a limited life.  

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Squadron Leader Glaser a Spitfire pilot who served in the Battle of Britain and throughout the war once told me that he never unbuckled his parachute until he left the aircraft. During his early days he had seen Pilots jump from aircraft without their chutes in the panic of an aircraft hurtling towards the ground they often undid their chutes as they rushed to releases their seat belts, so he always made a habit of not doing so until he was clear of the aircraft so that when it happened to him he wouldn't jump without his chute.

£1395

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C Type Flying Helmet (pg1 pilot)

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  • Here is a C Type flying helmet No 3 size 7 1/8 to 7 8/8 nos 23169
  • Please note it does not contain the headphones.
  • The leather is in good overall condition it has been used.
  • £275

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    H Type Oxygen mask Helmet (pg1 pilot)

     

  • Here is an H type oxygen mask size medium it is well used but has some cracking around where it makes contact with the face and the microphone please enlarge the pictures to see the condition. It comes complete with its microphone and jack. 10H/14207

    The H type was introduced in about 1945 and carried on being used into the early post war years.

    Out of stock

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    International buyers are Responsible for making sure that this can be imported to your destination country.

    WW2 RAF Dinghy Survival Knife  (pg1Pilot Equipment)

    Here we have a dingy survival tool carried in the survival kit or flying overalls by aircrew of the RAF and FAA.

    It has a rounded end to prevent damage to a dingy with the blade on the inside. The Knife is very sharp and will still cut

    It was used primarily to cut parachute lines after bailing out and this is what you reached for if you were having difficulty getting out of your parachute in the water .

    It is has it's original high visibility paint . It has a wooden handle that would float if dropped in the water.

    It Carries the Reference Number 27C/2125 Made by Joseph Rogers and Sons Sheffield Cutlers to His Majesty and carries the A/M Kings crown.

    I have two of these available pretty much identical in condition please click on the pictures left to enlarge them..

    Knife 1

    £85

    Knife 2

    £85

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    RAF throat microphone (pg1Pilot Equipment)

    Here is an RAF throat microphone. I cannot seem to find out much about this piece but it does have a standard wartime plug used on the C type helmet wiring looms so assuming it must be RAF.

    £125

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    Type H Oxygen Mask (pg1Pilot Equipment)

    This is a Type H Oxygen mask as used by the RAF

    This is a Size Large

    It is in good condition and comes with the microphone complete with the wiring loom. It also has the oxygen hose connected with the attached fitting and clip

    Constructed of soft, flexible grey rubber, it is secured to the flight helmet by means of an elasticized webbing harness.

    Oxygen entered the mask through the flexible hose and tubular channels molded into each cheek. The expiratory valve is mounted directly above the inlet junction, while an additional aspiratory valve on the left side of the mask permits outside atmospheric air to enter the mask and supplement the oxygen supply at lower altitudes.

    £250

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    RAF Mk VIII goggles (pg1Pilot Equipment)

    Here is a nice original set of MK VIII goggles the glass is in good condition without the usual delamination the lens are clear when the goggles are worn with no impairment of vision. The strap is missing a clip please enlarge the pictures left to see the condition.

     

    £250

     

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    K Type Dingy parachute pack named to 22 Sqd  (pg1 Pilot)

    An original World War II RAF K Type one man dinghy pack, TYPE A MARK 3.  

    These packs are intended to be used by fighter pilots who wear the seat type parachute and replace the normal parachute seat cushion.

      It is stencilled 22 SQUADRON  It has its multi language instruction panel sewn to the front and the main press studs that hold the front to the back have been replaced using original new old stock World War II press studs.  

    The pack  has the small part of the quick release clip that fits to the 41 pattern life jacket and it has the external pocket for the high altitude bail out bottle.  With its various stencilling and general busy appearance and the fact that it doubles up as a seat cushion this is a very nice display piece. You are buying just the pack, there is no dinghy.   

    This has clearly seen action and is in used condition. All the pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them so please see the pictures for condition.

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    22 Squadron has an illustrious History from 1915 to the present day its finest hour was probably during WWII, the Squadron made many attacks on the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in Brest. During one of these, on 6 April 1941. Flying Officer Kenneth Campbell and his crew made a daring and courageous penetration of the formidable defences and hit the Gneisenau with a torpedo just before being shot to pieces. The Gneisenau was out of action for nine months and Flying Officer Campbell was awarded the VC, posthumously. Throughout 1941 the Squadron was on the attack constantly and when the year ended it had sunk over 100,000 tons of enemy shipping.

    Drawing of F/O. Campbell VC attack on the Gneisenau by unknown artist 1943.

    Read the full history of 22 Squadron Link here

    £375

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    Supermarine Seafire / Spitfire Armour Plate (pg1Pilot Equipment)

    Here we have a piece of Armour Plate as Used on the  Supermarine Seafire

    This has the  Supermarine Part Number 37727. This shows that is was used on the Mk. XV Seafire Onwards

    377 = Seafire XV

    27 = Main Fuselage / Hull

    Supermarine Seafire XV

     

    £799

    We have 2 of these available

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    Suede Flying Boots (pg1Pilot Equipment)

    Here is a really nice pair of suede  and sheep skinned lined flying boots. In good overall condition see the pictures which all enlarge for condition.

    Both zips work perfectly and the straps are intact.

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    £275

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    Suede Flying Boots 2 (pg1Pilot Equipment)

    Here is a really nice pair of suede  and sheep skinned lined flying boots.

     In good overall condition see the pictures which all enlarge for condition.

    Both zips work perfectly and the straps are intact.

    These are Size 11 and are Air Ministry Marked

    £275

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    D Type Flying Gloves (pg1Pilot Equipment)

    Here is a really nice pair of D Type Flying Gloves

     In good overall condition

    Fur Lined and Made of Leather

    These have No Labels so I Cannot tell if they are Original But they Certainly has Signs of Age and Usage

    £145

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    Battle of Britain MG15 Gunners Tool Kit Case (pg1Pilot Equipment)

    Here is a  case for maintenance tools of the MG15 Machine Gun. It is made of brown leather and is Stamped with FL46475, 40, K&S and two other stamps. It is dated 1940 it would have probably been used during the Battle of Britain.

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    I Would have been attached to the aircraft fuselage next to the turret of such aircraft as the the Heinkel 111 and  the JU87 "Stuka"

    £195

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    £275

    1938 Dated Luftwaffe M35 Map/Dispatch Case (pg1Pilot Equipment)

    Here we have a Brown  Pebbled Leather M35 Map/Dispatch Case

    This is Dated 1938 and has the L.B.A (S) Mark that shows it is from the Luftwaffe Stuttgart Depot

    It has a makers stamp although I cannot make this out

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    Map/dispatch cases were issued on a limited basis to specifically designated personnel such as unit commanders, messengers, and observers. The M35 map/dispatch case was based on the Weimar era, Reichsheer pattern map/dispatch case with minor variations. The M35 map/dispatch case underwent a front closure modification in mid-1936, and an additional small front pocket was added in 1938, although the early pattern cases continued to be manufactured through-out the war. 

    The case is roughly, 27cm tall, and 19cm wide, and 5cm thick, with folding, accordion, expanding side panels. The case has a fold over top closure flap with a machine stitched on, vertical closure strap which attaches to a leather reinforced, magnetic sheet metal, pronged roller buckle which is machine stitched to the bottom centre of the cases body. The front of the case features a vertical ruler pocket to the left side, seven central, vertical pencil holders and a small vertical pocket to the right side with an internal quick release pull tab. When in the closed position the top fold over flap covers the top openings of the ruler, pencil and tool pockets to ensure against losing the items.

     The leather interior of the case has two compartments with a central leather separating panel. The map case is in a good Original condition

     

    Aircrew thermos flask 2(pg1 Pilot)

    Here we have a large thermos flask used by RAF Aircrew

    This is a lot Bigger than the One Listed Above

    Unfortunately the liner has been removed so its for display only

    This is Air Ministry Marked on the bottom of the Thermos

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    £85

    Oxygen mask microphone  (pg1 Pilot)

     

    Here we have a microphone that fits into the oxygen mask used by RAF Wartime aircrew.

     

    This Carries the reference 10A/19043

    £25

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    £55

    Lancaster drift recorder (pg1 pilot)

    Here we have a Mk.II Drift recorder

    This is used in Lancaster Bombers as well as other RAF Aircraft

    It Carries the Reference Number 6B/258

    Dated 1943

    The Drift Recorder has an eyepiece and periscope for viewing a distant feature being tracked.
     

    Flying over water meant there were no fixes so the crew relied mainly on a drift recorder to measure the angle between the course indicated
    by the direction of the aircraft and the actual track


    During bombing, crosswinds brought in the “drift” factor. In order tofly a given ground track in a crosswind, an aircraft had to “crab” into
    the wind; the angle formed between the aircraft’s true heading and itsground track was called the “drift angle”.

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    Dunkerque1940 Medal (pg1 Pilot)

    Here we have a nice Dunkerque 1940 Medal

    The Dunkirk Medal is technically a ‘commemorative’ medal presented by the French National Association of Veterans of the Fortified Sector of Flanders and Dunkirk (and later administrated by the Dunkirk Veterans Association) on behalf of the French town of Dunkirk to remember the defence of the area during the retreat of the British Expeditionary Force during World War II. The medal was established in 1960 and initially awarded only to the French defenders of the Dunkirk pocket, numbering about 30,000.

    In 1970, the qualification for the award was expanded to include most of the British who served in the Dunkirk sector between 29 May and 3 June and their rescue forces - including the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Merchant Navy, and the civilians who volunteered to man the ‘little ships’.

    Aircrew Europe Star Repro Medal (pg1 Pilot)

    Here we have a really nice aircrew Europe medal (reproduction) ideal for collectors and renactors.

    Air Operations over Europe

    Ribbon

    A wide central stripe of light blue, flanked at the edges by narrow stripes of yellow and black to symbolise the continuous service of the Air Forces by night and day.

    Criteria


    The Air Crew Europe Star was earned almost exclusively by RAF personnel.

    Can only be awarded after the 1939-45 Star has been qualified for.
     
    Aircrew Europe Star awarded for 60 additional days’ service in an RAF Unit engaged in operational flying over Europe from bases in the UK with at least one operational sortie.

    £40

    1939 - 1945 Star Repro Medal (pg1 Pilot)

    Here we have a nice 1939 - 1945 Star (reproduction) ideal for collectors and reactors.

    This has the Battle of Britain Bar

    This star was awarded for service in the Second World War between 3rd September 1939 and 2nd September 1945.

    RAF personnel had to participate in operations against the enemy providing that 2 months service had been completed in an operational unit. Non-aircrew personnel had to complete 6 months service in an area of operational army command.

    Members of fighter aircraft crews who took part in the Battle of Britain (10 July to 31 October 1940) were awarded the "Battle of Britain" bar to this medal.

    The ribbon has three vertical stripes of dark blue, red and light blue. The dark blue stripe represents the Naval Forces and the Merchant Navy, the red stripe the Armies and the light blue stripe the Air Forces. The ribbon for this medal, along with those of the other Second World War campaign stars, is reputed to have been designed by King George VI, with the three equal bands representing the equal contributions towards victory of the Royal Navy, Army, and the Royal Air Force respectively.

    £40

    Atlantic Star Repro Medal (pg1 Pilot)

    Here we have a nice Atlantic Star (reproduction) ideal for collectors and reactors.

    This has the Aircrew Europe Bar

    Awarded for service in World War Two, the Atlantic Star is a campaign medal of the British Commonwealth.

    The Star was to commemorate the Battle of the Atlantic which took place between 3rd September, 1939 and 8th May, 1945, while Allied convoys transporting goods and valuables from America and the colonies were under attack by German U-boats. The medal was granted for ‘six months’ afloat in the Atlantic, Home Waters, parts of the South Atlantic and convoys to Russia.

    Air crew members had taken part in active operations within the specified areas, on condition that they had completed two months service in an operation unit after earning the 1939-45 Star.

    Awarded for four months service in an operational unit or an air crew member, providing that they qualified for the Star.

    Any time spent as a Prisoner of War was not counted, unless the recipient had completed the period necessary to earn the 1939-45 Star and then been captured.

    The Atlantic Star was also awarded to the R.A.F and aircrew who took part in operations against the enemy at sea within the qualifying areas, subject to two months service in an operational unit.  However, the 1939-1945 Star medal must also be earned by the recipient before commencing qualifying service for the Atlantic Star medal.

    Shaded watered stripe of blue, white and sea green to signify the Atlantic.  Worn with the blue edge furthest from the left shoulder

    £40

    Original Navigators Half Wing Brevet  (pg1 Pilot)

    Here we have a Original RAF Navigators Half Wing Brevet

    £20

    Reproduction WW2 RAF Pilots Wings  (pg1 Pilot)

    Here we have a Reproduction RAF Pilots Wings

    £15

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    RAF Fighter Command Groups Map WW2 Battle of Britain Spitfire Hurricane Defences map (pg 1 Pilot)

    This is a reprint not an original

    Large Map showing areas of the United Kingdom covered by Ten, Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen Groups of Fighter Command, Royal Air Force. WW2 1940

    The locations of Royal Air Force airfields in Fighter Command and Anti-aircraft gun positions that were involved in the Battle of Britain / Defence of Britain during the Second World War are clearly shown on the map

    This is a large map .. ideal for Battle of Britain display or on a 'den' wall.

    Size approx 3 feet across by 4 feet in height

    The map also has information panels giving factual information on;

    Radar Chain and Observer Corps Network in July 1940

    Daily Aircraft Losses - British and German 10 July - 12 August 1940

    Daily Aircraft Losses - British and German 13 - 18 August 1940 

    Daily Aircraft Losses - British and German 24 August - 6 September 1940 

    Numbers of aircraft available for active operations 10 August - 7 September 1940

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    Disposition of RAF Balloon Squadrons 31 August 1940

    Disposition of RAF Fighter Squadrons 7 September 1940

    Disposition of Luftwaffe Units on 7 September 1940 

    £15

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    £70

    Harvard/ T-6 Texan Hydraulic Hand Pump (pg 1 Pilot)

    Here we have a Hydraulic Hand Pump as used in the North American T-6 Texan Trainer Aircraft

    It is located to the LHS of the Pilot next to the Seat

    It is used as an alternative to the Power Driven Hydraulic System to operate the Hydraulic Pump that controls the undercarriage and Brakes

    Part Number 55-58024-2

    The Handle does not move so sold for display only

    Seen Below in Situ on the LHS of the Cockpit

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    RAF Distance /time plotting tool (pg 1 Pilot)

    Distance time square Map scale 4 miles per inch

    Reference number 10AB/462

    £40

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