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RAF Escape Boot Knife

A rare RAF 1943 pattern Escape Boot Knife.

This is a simple folding penknife which slips into a pocket inside the 1943 pattern Flying Boot (see in example photo's).

Used to cut away the top leg part of the flying boot to leave an ordinary looking civilian shoe.

This is the second version of the knife, which has a more robust knife part and was less likely to break when using.

There are no manufacturer or Air Ministry Ref. numbers on any Escape kit, for obvious reasons, so this knife is completely void of any markings.
Probably manufactured for the Air Ministry by George Ibberson, but this is only an assumption as they were known to produce similar types of knives during the war.

A rare knife which always seem to be missing from the flying boots.

In a very good condition with some slight wear & tear.