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Post WW2 Korean War Era British 2nd Pattern Type C RAF & Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Fighter Pilot’s Leather Flying Helmet With Ink Pilots Name ‘Forrester’. Sn 15670:10 - 15670:10
An original WW2 era 2nd Pattern Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm & RAF pilot's Type C leather flying helmet. These helmets were introduced in the late 1940’s and had 2 additional loops to the rear of the helmet (see page 206 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 including the correct 2 additional post WW2 loops to the rear. It also has the correct leather rubber ear cups for comms. The helmet is clean and undamaged with just light service wear. The lining has a contemporary hand written ink name ‘Forrester’ no doubt the name of the pilotsissued with this helmet (illustrated). The helmet is a small head size approx. UK size 6. The lining has an indistinct blue ink roundel (illustrated). The price for this helmet worthy of further research regarding the pilot’s name includes UK delivery. Sn 15670:10
£250.00

Early WW2 1941 British RAF Fighter Pilot’s 1st Type, Type B Leather Flying Helmet By Reliance London With Correct Padded Chamois Leather Lining & Ink Pilots Name 'Miller’. Sn 15670:9 - 15670:9
An original early WW2 dated RAF pilot's 1st type, type B 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 (its padded ear ‘doughnuts’ are absent). 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 excellent, clean and undamaged. The lining has a contemporary hand written ink name ‘Miller’ no doubt the name of the RAF Pilot who was issued with this helmet (illustrated). Interestingly there were several aircrew named Miller listed as flying during the Battle Of Britain. Its original, clean, manufacturer’s label is marked ‘No.4 7 ½ - 7 ¾ (size) 1941 (date) Made By Reliance Manufacturing Co 30 York Way London & Worcester 1939 (date) . The price for this flying helmet worthy of further research regarding the pilot's name includes UK delivery. Sn 15670:9
£425.00

WW2 BATTLE OF BRITAIN 1940 British RAF Fighter Pilot’s Type B Leather Flying Helmet By Frank Bryan Ltd London & Worcester With Correct Padded Chamois Leather Lining With Air Ministry Label & Ink Pilots Name 'Barrie’ . Sn 15670:8 - 15670:8
An original Battle of Britain era 1939 dated Air Ministry 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 excellent, clean and undamaged. The lining has a contemporary hand written ink name ‘Barrie’ no doubt the name of the RAF Pilot who was issued with this helmet (illustrated) and its original manufacturer’s label which is marked ‘ Size 1, 6 1/2 to 6 3/4 AM (Air Ministry) Kings Crown 22C-65 (stores code) Made By Frank Bryan Limited London & Worcester 1939 (date) . The price for this Battle of Britain era helmet worthy of further research regarding the pilot's name includes UK delivery. Sn 15670:8
£595.00

Large Complete & Original WW1 Era British Air Ministry WD Sopwith Camel Fighter Aircraft Bi-Plane Laminated Mahogany Hub Boss & Propeller With Stamped Markings Worthy Of Further Research & Later Applied Thick Alloy Hub Plate For Wall Mounting . Sn 15745 - 15754
This is an original complete propeller with hub from a WW1 era Sopwith Camel aircraft. Made of laminated mahogany it is in excellent condition with just minor chips to the blade tips but these do not detract from the appearance of the piece. The hub has the correct bolt holes and comes with an alloy wall mounting plate. The wood of the boss has crisp impressed markings ‘Sopwith F1 AD 644 RH D2590 P2650 130 HP Clerget’ (Clerget was the name given to a series of early rotary aircraft engine types of the World War I era that were designed by Pierre Clerget. Manufactured in both France by Clerget-Blin and Great Britain by Gwynnes Limited they were used on Sopwith Camel & Pup aircraft. A contemporary image of a Sopwith Camel in flight is illustrated inset in image 2). It also has numbers ‘G567N73’ together with Air ministry War Dept ‘A with broad arrow’ mark and ‘ALD W5’ & ALD 558’ impressed cartouches. The propeller is 8 feet 6 inches in length and has period applied original green paint bands. the boss is 8” diameter and 6” thick. This large piece is a great aviation display item and worthy of further research. Due to the size of this item delivery will be within the UK only & by arrangement at cost. Sn 15745
£1,250.00

Early WW2 ‘Blitzkrieg’ Nazi German Luftwaffe K33 Fighter Pilot’s Brown Leather, Fleece Lined, Combat Flying Helmet By Wriegal & Wagner . Sn 15793:16 - 15793:16
This is an excellent original K33 Luftwaffe flying helmet. These helmets are similar in construction to the LKp S100 & FK34 flying helmets but had no provision for communication equipment. K33 helmets were issued to fighter pilots and air crew in combat positions where no communication was necessary early in the Blitzkrieg (see page 23 of Luftwaffe Vs RAF by Prodger). All leather, straps with buckles and press stud fasteners are present clean and intact. The leather is supple. The helmet has the correct clean fleece lining and original, crisp, ink printed, cloth manufacturer’s label ‘Wriegal & Wagner Uchtenfels Bayer Ostmark Grosse’. The helmet would fit approx. head size 6 ½. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15793:16
£375.00

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
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