These pages display a number of the rare items that I have had the pleasure of selling. To view more details and a larger photograph please click on the thumbnail picture.
RAF Flight Sergeant Pilot Tunic & Side Cap
WW2, RAF Flight Sergeant Pilot Service Dress Tunic with Separate Belt plus his Forage Cap. RAF blue serge material, with brass Kings Crown buttons. Issued to RAF Flt/Sgt, J.W. Molineux, who trained and qualified as a pilot in Canada, where he was presented with his wings. On returning to the UK he then flew with the RAF. In July 1944 he was transferred to the Air Transport Auxiliary service, at White Waltham airfield. Here he began ferrying various types of aircraft to RAF air bases around the country, flying as an ATA Pilot 3rd Officer. The tunic has his Wartime pattern Sergeant stripes and shoulder Eagle badges and his Canadian issued RAF wings. Tunic has its label with the size. His Forage Cap has a brass other ranks badge and buttons. It has his initials on the inside sweat band (see photo). The tunic & Cap look to be in a good 'issued' condition. His ATA badge and ephemera are also listed on this site, item number 50998.
RAF Type E* Oxygen Mask
An 'Original' WW2, RAF E* Oxygen Mask. This pattern is a modified version of the E mask, which was the first all rubber oxygen mask to be produced for Wartime RAF Aircrew. This mask superseded the earlier canvas D-type oxygen mask. Basically the same as the first pattern of E type mask, the E* has an anti-suffocation valve on the left side, and Elastic harness straps instead of leather. Air Ministry Ref No. 6D/624. This example is in a very good condition, fitted with a 10A/12570 microphone plus wiring loom and plug. The rubber mask is still nice and supple (this is a Genuine Wartime issue Mask) with some slight cracking. It has a rubber stamp mark on the outer edge, plus rubber Air Ministry Ref No. stamps on the leather parts of the harness straps. The harness strap is in a good condition. The inside chamois leather edging strip is still clean (also with a rubber stamp, still showing). In a Very Good overall condition (guaranteed to be wartime issue).
Early Wartime RAF Officer Cap
WW2 RAF Officer Peak Cap. Green under the peak, which show's it's an early Wartime pattern. There is a good Kings Crown Bullion Badge stitched onto a mohair band. It has a black patent leather chin strap and internal leather sweat band. Inside is a Regent Street, London, Tailors label. Size is approximately 22" circum, which is a size 6 7/8. it is in an Excellent overall used condition, without any moth or other damage.
RAF Shirt & Collar
RAF Shirt & Separate Collar. Six button fully opening front. Air Ministry Ref No 22B/511, stamp found inside the neck. Single cuff with buttons, and comes with a collar stud. Size = 40" chest, 23 ½" arm, 32" back length, 14" neck. Comes with a separate, collar which is A.M. & Kings Crown stamped. In a very good 'used' condition. Here is another item that seems to be getting harder to find.
WW2 British Paratroopers Smock
A British 1942 Pattern Parachutists Oversmock / Jacket. This garment covered the equipment and Denison smock during the jump. This is a rare first issue, which is dated 1942 (see photo). The printed label, although slightly worn still states that its a size 4, manufactured by O.W.S Ltd. The smock is in an excellent condition with a working zip (replacement puller) Newey press studs and tail flap.
RAF DFC Medal Grouping
RAF DFC Miniature Medal Grouping. Consists of his old original miniature DFC group of seven medals, Crew photo, his Bomb aimer Brevet, Cap eagle & crown badge, folder of research including copy DFC citation. RAF F/Lt. R.V. Allan DFC, flew with 44 and 97 Squadrons. His first Operation was on the 10th October 1941 flying in a Hampden bomber with 44 Squadron to Dunkirk. He flew on a total of 36 operations with 44 Squadron mostly in 1942 when Bomber command were losing a lot of aircrew, so he was lucky to survive. Later transferring to 97 Squadron he flew on a further 15 operations, giving him an overall operations total of 51. These targets were all European (mainly over Germany). The medal group is in a fine condition. The crew photo is an original, and his two badges are in a very good condition. The folder of research has copies of his operations from the 97 Operations Record Book, his DFC citation which also lists his operations with both Squadrons, and a piece of research on a 1000 bomber raid to Cologne which he was involved in with 44 Squadron. More research is needed for his earlier tour with 44 Squadron etc...
WW2 Original British Commando Cap Comforter
An Original WW2 British Commando Cap Comforter. This hat is made from wool and is tubular in construction. It rolls up into a comfortable hat. Many wartime photographs of Commando and Special Forces men are seen wearing it. This one is in excellent and in near mint condition. It has a clear rubber stamp inside with the manufacturer and War Department arrow, plus a nice and clear 1943 date. Will be hard to better.
WW2 British Commando Beret
Wartime dated Royal Marine Commando Beret. 100% original beret made of green woollen cloth and with a cotton liner. Black leather head band. A rubber stamped Kangol wear marking with a clear 1945 date. Black rubber stamped WD mark and a linen label. No badge. In a very good (possibly un worn) condition. It has a few moth nips here and there (see photos).
RAF Log Book, Medal Group, KIA
RAF Log Book and Medals to a Whitley Bomber Navigator who was Killed in Action. RAF Sgt. Eric Hampson flew with 77 Squadron. He began his Observer / Navigation training at RAF Ansty, Coventry, in March 1941 and gained his Observer brevet later that same year. He also passed his Bombing and Gunnery Courses making him a good 'all round' crew member. Posted to No. 10 OTU he then trained for Operations on the cumbersome Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Bomber. Crewing up with Captain Pilot, F/Lt Drury, they joined RAF 77 Squadron based at RAF Leeming, Yorkshire. His Bomber Command Operations commenced on the 11th December 1941 to Cologne. A previous operation to Aachen had to be aborted due to a mechanical fault with their Whitley. Further operations were completed to Wilhemshaven on two occasions, Dusseldorf, Emden (now with a new crew), St. Nazaire, St. Nazaire, Rostock, Dunkirk. In May 1942, 77 squadron move to RAF Chivenor. Here they are on attachment to Costal Command on U Boat / submarine patrol. On 1st June 1942, on the returning leg to RAF Chivenor from an anti submarine patrol, the all round visibility deteriorated very quickly and their Whitley V (AD698) KN 'R' crashed into 300 ft. high cliffs on the isle of Lundy. Sadly, All six crew members died in the crash. Five of them, including Sgt. Hampson were never found and they are remembered on the Runnymede memorial. Sgt. Hampson was only 26. His Log Book is stamped on the front and last entry pages 'Killed In Action'. The neat well written log book has 34 pages of entries, and is in a very good condition. It comes with his boxed medal group of three, which includes the Air Crew Europe star, 1939-45 and War medals. His medal slip is also included which is found in a folder of some research (more research is needed). A very good 'Early' RAF wartime casualty group.
RAF Observer Parachute Harness
WW2, RAF Observer / Chest Type Parachute Harness. Made using all 'Original' Metal work and back pad, but with 'New' authentic type webbing. The webbing is of the correct specification and weave with a central black fleck. The harness has been stitched together using the correct method and cotton (please study the photos). Air Ministry Ref No. 15A/144 label and authentic looking rubber stamps. It has all these 'Original Parts' - Mk 1 Irvin Back Pad, A.M. Ref No. 15A/191. Wartime 'round disc front' Quick Release Box. Harness adjustment buckles. Parachute pack quick release hooks and spring steel shoes. Rear metal loops for attaching a dinghy pack. A Top Quality made item ideal for the collector or re enactor. Sold Only as a collectable. Note: Heavy item, so please ask for a postal/courier quote.