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RARE, WW1 British Royal Flying Corps (RFC) MK 1 Pilot’s Leather Flying Helmet By Sparks & Dickenson Manchester (1911-1915) & WW1 WD Air Branch ‘Goggle Flying Mask MK 1’ By Spencer London. Sn 15703:25 - 15703:25
When the RFC was formed in 1912 there was no standard issue protective clothing for aviators. The first RFC flying helmet to be given an official designation was introduced in 1917. Standard pattern MK 1 helmets were produced in many configurations as civilian manufacturer’s with Government contracts were still producing helmets for their retail outlets and each manufacturer produced their own slightly different variants which all met the Government contract requirements. In an effort to standardise RFC goggles the ‘Goggle Mask MK 1’ was introduced in 1917 based on the popular commercial ‘triplex goggles’ (see pages 10-13 of the book Vintage Flying Helmets by Prodger). This is an original MK1 RFC flying helmet & MK 1 goggles. The helmet is made of the correct brown leather with correct half fur, half chamois leather lining, ear and neck flaps. It has the correct leather chin strap with buckle & press stud fastened flaps. The helmet is clean and undamaged with just light service wear. The lining has a contemporary label ‘Sparks & Dickenson 1 & 3 Mosely Street Manchester’ (this Company is listed in Slater’s business directory as operating between 1911 & 1915. They can also be traced in other directories until 1924.). The helmet is approx. UK size 6 ½. The helmet comes with the original RFC MK 1 Goggles with which the helmet was found. The goggles have the correct leather face mask to cover the nose & brow of the wearer and nickel plated brass frames with tear drop shaped lenses. The frame has a very small War Dept ‘A with arrow’ mark (WD Air Branch). The leather is impressed with matching WD Air Branch Mark, ‘Goggle Mask MK1’ designation and manufacturer detail ‘Howard Spencer, 19 Hanover Sq (London)’. The goggles are clean & undamaged with just light service wear and have the correct elasticated strap. The display head illustrated in the images is not included. The price for this nicely labelled rare to find WW1 MK1 RFC set includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:25
£895.00

Framed Original WW2 Nazi German Luftwaffe Parachute Fragment Recovered From The Crash Site Of German 2 Group KG55 Griffin Squadron Heinkel He111 Bomber Number 2877 Shot Down By AA Fire Over Birmingham 19-11-1940 With Notes Regarding Fate Of Crew - 15703:22
Kampfgeschwader 55 "Greif" KG 55 or Battle Wing 55 was a Luftwaffe bomber unit during World War II. KG 55 was one of the longest serving and well-known in the Luftwaffe. The wing operated the Heinkel He 111 exclusively until 1943, when only two staffeln of its four Gruppen (Groups) used the Junkers Ju 88). The Luftwaffe He111 Bomber Number 2877 took off from Dreux near Paris to take part in a night raid over Birmingham 19th November 1940. The aircraft hit by Anti-Aircraft (AA) fire over Birmingham and when the wireless operator saw the observer bale out, he followed suit. The aircraft was completely wrecked and burnt out. Armament: Parts of one MG 15 and some pieces of armour were found. Markings on a small plate found in the wreckage showed that the aircraft or component was made at Heinkel Werke, Oranienburg. Its bomb load included at least one 500 kg bomb slung on the underside of the aircraft. The aircraft crashed at Workshop Farm, Wolvey, Warwickshire. This parachute fragment 13” x 11” measured within the frame was recovered from the crash site. The fragment with section of cord attached has old dry blood stains and areas of scorching no doubt as a result of the action which left the pilot & one gunner killed and the 2 crew who baled out, captured as prisoners of war. One edge of the fragment has ink writing ‘He 111 19-11-40 (date)’. A card mounted within the frame has information regarding the incident, the aircraft shot down, names & designations of the 4 man German crew together with what happened to them as a result of being shot down (illustrated). The glazed gold painted wood frame measures 15”x 12”x ½”. The rear has hanging rings with cord and a label naming the crash site of the aircraft which can be seen in image 3. More information regarding the Griffin Squadron, the aircraft that was shot down and its crew together with later excavations of the crash site can be found at the website www.aircrewremembrancesociety.co.uk. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:22
£345.00

WW2 Era British WD RAF Lightweight Calf Length Suede Desert / Tropical ‘Mosquito’ Boots With Correct Draw String Tops Size 9. Sn 15703:17 - 15703:17
These unlined green suede boots were issued in what the Air Ministry termed ‘Mosquito Regions’. The leather soled boots have the correct draw strings at the top of the calf which could be pulled tight with trousers tucked in for protection against insects (see page 146 of Prodger’s book Luftwaffe vs RAF). The boots are clean and have no damage. The inside of the suede of each boot have ink WD arrow marks. The sole of each boot is impressed with WD arrow and size ‘9’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:17
£275.00

RARE, WW2 British Air Ministry Coastal Command & Royal Navy Fleet Arm Special Version Irvin Pilot’s & Air Crew Sheepskin Lined Leather Flying Jacket With ‘AM’ & ‘N’ (Royal Navy) Marked Zip Pull & Correct Integral High Visibility Hood . Sn 15703:16 - 15703:16
This is a very good, rare to find WW2 British Flying Jacket. These jackets were a special version of the Irvin jacket and were issued to Coastal Command & Royal Navy Fleet Arm pilot’s and air crew. Because of the higher risk of ditching in open water the jackets had an integral fitted hood to provide additional protection against exposure and was painted yellow to aid visibity (see page 65 of Prodger’s book Luftwaffe vs RAF). The Dark brown leather jacket has the correct panels and waist strap with buckle and plush fleece lining. The jacket has the correct integral yellow painted fleece lined hood. The body of the jacket has traces of contemporary painted personalised decoration which was common practice in the era. The leather of the jacket is clean with just a few small areas of service wear to be expected. It’s body and cuff brass zips are present and function as they should. One sleeve zip pull is absent. The body zip pull is manufacturer marked ‘Flash’ & ‘Made In England’. The sleeve zip pull is AM (Air Ministry) Kings Crown & ‘N’ (Royal Navy) stamped. There are no visible date manufacturer or size markings. It is approx. UK size 40” chest. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:16
£675.00

WW2 Era British RAF Type E Airtex Lightweight Coastal Command / Tropical / Desert Unwired Pilot & Air Crew Flying Helmet. Sn 15703:15 - 15703:15
An original WW2 era British RAF Type E lightweight flying helmet (see pages 54 & 211 of the book Vintage Flying Helmets by Prodger). Made of lightweight airtex material the helmets were used by RAF Desert/ Tropical and coastal command air crews. This example is clean and undamaged. Internally the helmet has chamois leather padded ear roundels. All leather straps and studs of the helmet are present and it has its original webbing chin strap with press stud fastener. There are no visible manufacturer, WD or date marks on this helmet. The helmet is approx. UK size 6. The display head illustrated in the images is not included. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:15
£295.00

WW2 Era British 2nd Pattern Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Fighter Pilot’s Type C Leather Flying Helmet With Gosport Tubes WD Wired For Communication, Contemporary Ink Pilots Names ‘Martins’ & ‘Cove’ & WW2 RAF MK VIII Goggles . Sn 15703:14 - 15703:14
An original WW2 era 2nd Pattern Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm pilot's Type C leather flying helmet. These helmets were introduced in 1941 (see page 53 & 215 of the book Vintage Flying Helmets by Prodger). The helmet is made of the correct brown leather with correct chamois leather lining and padded leather ear roundels. It has the correct webbing chin strap, press stud fasteners, hook and straps. It also has the correct leather ear cups with brass zips which contain their original Gosport communication tubes with removable caps, original foam and grease paper padding and earphones. The helmet is wired for communication with WD / stores code marked ear phones and with Bakelite jack. The helmet is clean and undamaged with just light service wear. The lining has a contemporary hand written ink names ‘Martins’ & ‘Cove’ no doubt the names RAF Pilots issued with this helmet (illustrated). The helmet is a small head size approx. UK size 6 and has no visible WD model, maker or date markings. The helmet comes with an original pair of WW2 RAF MK VIII Goggles with which the helmet was found. Considered the ultimate RAF flying goggles of WW2 and in fact the last used by the RAF before switching to fibreglass helmets with wrap around visors the MK VIII was introduced in 1943, they had split angled lenses in streamlined grey painted frames hinged in the centre and backed with thickly padded leather cushions. MK VIII goggles were issued with an elasticated headband strap (see page 34 of Luftwaffe vs RAF by Prodger). The goggles are clean & undamaged with just light service wear and have the correct elasticated strap. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks on the goggles or strap. The display head illustrated in the images is not included. The price for this helmet worthy of further research regarding the pilot names includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:14
£575.00

WW2 Era British RAF Fighter Pilot’s Type C Leather Flying Helmet Air Ministry Wired For Communication Contemporary Ink Pilots Name 'G. Macdonald’ & WW2 RAF MK VIII Goggles . Sn 15703:13 - 15703:13
An original WW2 era RAF pilot's leather flying helmet. These helmets were introduced in 1941 (see page 53 & 200 of the book Vintage Flying Helmets by Prodger). The helmet is made of the correct brown leather with correct chamois leather lining and padded leather ear roundels. It has the correct leather chin strap, press stud fasteners hook and straps. It also has correct rubber ear cups for ear phones. The helmet is wired for communication with Air Ministry / stores code marked ear phones , mic and with Bakelite jack. The helmet is clean and undamaged with just light service wear. The lining has a contemporary hand written ink name ‘G.Macdonald’ no doubt the name of the RAF Pilot who was issued with this helmet (illustrated). The helmet is a small head size approx. UK size 6 and has no visible WD model, maker or date markings. The helmet comes with an original pair of WW2 RAF MK VIII Goggles with which the helmet was found. Considered the ultimate RAF flying goggles of WW2 and in fact the last used by the RAF before switching to fibreglass helmets with wrap around visors the MK VIII was introduced in 1943, they had split angled lenses in streamlined grey painted frames hinged in the centre and backed with thickly padded leather cushions. MK VIII goggles were issued with an elasticated headband strap (see page 34 of Luftwaffe vs RAF by Prodger). The goggles are clean & undamaged with just light service wear and have the correct elasticated strap. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks on the goggles or strap. The display head illustrated in the images is not included. The price for this helmet worthy of further research regarding the pilot's name includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:13
£575.00

WW2 Era British 2nd Pattern Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Fighter Pilot’s Type C Leather Flying Helmet With Correct Chamois Leather Lining & Gosport Comms Tubes. Sn 15670:7 - 15670:7
An original WW2 era 2nd Pattern Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm pilot's Type C leather flying helmet. These helmets were introduced in 1941 (see page 53 & 215 of the book Vintage Flying Helmets by Prodger). The helmet is made of the correct brown leather with correct chamois leather lining and padded leather ear roundels. It has the correct webbing chin strap, press stud fasteners, hook and straps for oxygen mask (5 of the female studs are absent from the body but could easily be replaced). It also has the correct leather ear cups with brass zips which contain their original Gosport communication tubes. The helmet is clean and undamaged. The outer bottom edge of the helmet is impressed with Royal navy Fleet Air Arm ‘Anchor & Kings crown mark’ together with indistinct stores code. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15670:7
£325.00

WW2 1941 British Air Ministry Low Altitude Female Fighter Aircraft Ferry Pilot’s Type B Leather Flying Helmet By Reliance Manufacturing Co London Correctly Without Wired Comms, Padded Chamois Leather Lining, Contemporary Theatre Made Fur Ear Muffs. - 15670:6
An original 1941 dated RAF Air Ministry Type B leather flying helmet. These helmets were used by female ‘ferry’ pilots who flew aircraft between air fields and delivered them to airbases from aircraft factories. These helmets were introduced in 1935 and used throughout WW2 (see page 201 of the book Vintage Flying Helmets by Prodger where a similar Type B helmet without comms is illustrated. The illustrated helmet does not have ear muffs). The helmet is made of the correct brown leather with correct padded chamois leather lining and without ear cups. It has the correct leather chin strap. The helmet is clean and has just light service wear to the leather body. There are no holes or damage. The lining has a contemporary hand written ink name and number which appears to be ‘NM 12381’ most likely the initials and service number of the pilot who was issued with this helmet. Interestingly this helmet has original Theatre applied fur ear muffs which would have assisted to keep the pilot warm when flying at low altitude which was common practice for ferry pilots. It has its original manufacturer’s label which is marked ‘1941 Made By Reliance Manufacturing Co 30 York Way London N1 No.4 7 ½ to 7 ¾’. The outer edge of the body is impressed with Air Ministry ‘AM King’s Crown’ mark. The display head illustrated in the images is not included. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15670:6
£395.00

WW2 BATTLE OF BRITAIN 1940 British RAF Fighter Pilot’s Type B Leather Flying Helmet By Compton Sons & Webb Ltd London Size No.4 With Correct Padded Chamois Leather Lining & Ink Pilots Name 'Turner’ . Sn 15670:5 - 15670:5
An original Battle of Britain era 1940 dated RAF pilot's leather flying helmet. These helmets were introduced in 1935 and used throughout WW2 (see page 52 & 197 of the book Vintage Flying Helmets by Prodger). The helmet is made of the correct brown leather with correct padded chamois leather lining and padded leather ear roundels. It has the correct leather chin strap, leather ear cups with brass zips for ear phones and split rear opening with long adjustment strap. The helmet is clean and has just light service wear to the edges of the leather body. There are no holes or damage. The lining has a contemporary hand written ink name ‘Turner’ no doubt the name of the RAF Pilot who was issued with this helmet (There were several air crew named Turner listed as involved in the Battle of Britain). It has its original manufacturer’s label which is marked ‘ No. 4 7 1/2 to 7 3/4 Made By J.Compton Sons & Webb Ltd London 1940 (date)’. The display head illustrated in the images is not included. The price for this Battle of Britain era helmet worthy of further research regarding the pilot's name includes UK delivery. Sn 15670:5
£545.00
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