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RAF WOP / Air Gunner Log Book & Tunic 2 Tours DFM

A superb RAF "Two Tour" Log Book & Tunic to a Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, who was awarded a DFM for Gallantry, by the King,

RAF Flight Sergeant (later F/Lt) William Roy Street was one of the very few Bomber Command Aircrew who survived the War, after entering it so early on in 1940.

He had incredibly completed Two Tours of Operations by September 1942 (at least 56 Op's) !
The majority of these were difficult Targets over France, Germany, Holland & Italy.
Even more remarkable was that these were completed in the slow fabric covered twin engined Vickers Wellington and the larger more cumbersome four engined Short Stirling.

F/Sgt Street started his Flying Operations with RAF 40 Squadron based at RAF Alconbury.
He flew as part of pilot Sgt Cowsill's crew, as Front Gunner in Wellington bombers.

His first 'Op' was on the night of 17th June 1941, to Boulogne and it ended with the aircraft crash landing at base.
Not a good start !

Further Ops then followed over a four month intense period to - Boulogne, Cologne, Cologne, Bremen, Bremen, Brest, Munster, Osnabruk (attacked by Me 110 and badly shot up) Amsterdam, Hamburg, Cologne, Hamburg, Mannheim, Hamm, Hanover, Duisburg (Me 110 shot down) Duisburg, Le Havre (he is now a WOP flying with Sgt. Edis crew) Karlsruhe, Duisburg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Kiel, Turin (Italy) Frankfurt, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Stettin, Rotterdam, Emden.

So ended F/Sgt. Street's First Tour with 40 Squadron.

He is then 'screened' training at 18 OTU, Bramcote until May 1942.

Then it is the start of his Second tour with RAF 218 Squadron, operating Stirling Bombers out of RAF Marham.

Here he is crewed up to fly with skipper F/O Allen, initially as the Mid Upper gunner but then onto Wireless operator.

The crew's first 'Op' is to Borkum and its another bad start to operations for F/Sgt. Street, in them being attacked by a Me 110, but managed to evade serious damage and returned safely to base.

Further Operations then follow to - Cologne, Essen, Bremen, Emden (crash landed) Bremen (he is now part of Sgt. Elsom crew based at RAF Downham Market), Duisburg, Duisburg, Duisburg, Hamburg, Saarbrucken, Duisburg, Osnabuck, Kattegat, Fehmarn, Frankfurt (hit by Flak front & rear turrets out of action) Nurnburg, Saarbrucken, Karlsruhe, Bremen, Duisburg, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Bremen, Wilhelmshaven, and then his final operation of his second tour, on 16th September 1942 to Essen.

His Operational sorties are in need of research.
This will give a better picture of how hard it was for Bomber Command aircrews to survive a tour.

Promoted to Flt /Lt, it seems that he did not push his luck any further by carrying on with Operations so he went onto training units and finally finishing the war with Transport Command.

The Log book is well written with plenty of signatures and squadron rubber stamps, and with approximately 85 pages of entries.

Included are some copies of newspaper clippings relating to F/Sgt. Street, and gaining his award of the DFM plus one with a photo.

His very nice wartime officer tunic with AG brevet and medal ribbons, which is in an excellent condition.

A fine group of items to a brave airman who apart from the skill of his crew members, also had a good slice of luck on his side, to survive whilst others around him fell.

Code: 51306


RAF WOP / Air Gunner Log Book & Tunic (more photos)

More photos of the 2 tour DFM Log Book & Tunic, stock number 51306.

Code: 51307


RAF 1943 Pattern Escape Boot Knife

A rare RAF 1943 pattern Escape Boots Knife.

This is a simple folding penknife, which is nearly always missing from the boots.

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

The right boot upper has a small internal pocket which holds the boot knife (see in example photo's).

This is the first version of the knife, which has a thin blade part.
There are no manufacturer or Air Ministry stores Reference 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.

In a very good condition.

Code: 51304


German 1 Kg B1E Incendiary Bomb (INERT)

An INERT German Incendiary Bomb dropped by the Luftwaffe on the UK, during WW2.

Magnesium fire bombs were dropped in their hundreds during the Blitz and Bombing raids on British Towns & Cities.
Most exploded and burnt fiercely on impact, but some like this one, fell dud or were rendered harmless quickly by the Civil Defence or Armed Forces.

This ICB is in a good condition, with a stamped nose fuze cap. There are markings on the body including some Wa stamps and a 1936 date (this might want cleaning). The fins have been repainted.

FOR SALE TO THE UK ONLY due to postal restrictions.

Code: 51301


Air Ministry Engineers Head Lamp / Torch

A wartime issue RAF Engineers Head Lamp / Torch.

This handy lamp, when worn allowed the engineer to have both hands free to work.

Used by Aircrew Flight Engineers as well as ground crew mechanics and armourers for aircraft maintenance.

The Head Lamp has an adjustable elastic strap which is clearly marked Air Ministry, Ref. No. 5A/1969, fixed to a metal lamp unit.

A wiring loom goes to a metal Battery Box, stamped A.M. with Stores Ref. No. 5A/1968.
This has a rear access door for the batteries and a waistband clip and hanging loop.

In an Excellent condition.

Code: 51302

65.00 GBP

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RAF Airman's 'Long Johns' Pants

Wartime issue RAF Airman's 'Long Johns' Underwear.

Worn underneath the Battledress and Flying Gear.

Made of knitted Cotton with elasticated ankle bands and a heavy cloth waistband.
This has 3 brass buttons and a pleated back which can be adjusted with ties for a comfortable fitting.

A good clear Air Ministry Rubber Stamp with Kings Crown on the front.

Size 3 (waist = 32", inside leg = 27").

In an Excellent 'Un-used' condition.

Code: 51303


RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Boots

A pair of RAF 1941 Pattern, Suede Flying Boots.

Stores Ref No. 22C/752.

Size, 9.

Lightning marked Zips.
These are in a good working order.

The Boot outer brown suede is in very good condition and the bottom rubber galosh is good, but with some cracking, although these are still supple (see photos).

The soles and heels are original.

Inside the boots, the fur is nice and clean and odour free.

Overall, In a very good 'Used' condition.

Code: 51299

225.00 GBP

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RAF 1941 Pattern Leather Flying Gauntlets

A pair of 1941 'diagonal zip' leather flying gauntlets.

Air Ministry Ref No. 22C/759 & 22C/764, Size 9 ½".

A.M. and Kings Crown stamped.

A good near matching pair of supple chestnut brown leather gauntlets with original working zips.

In a very good supple condition (the right glove has a score mark in the palm, see photos).

Code: 51300


RAF Dinghy Knife & Sheath

RAF Small Type Dinghy Knife.

Stores Ref. No. 27C/2125, engraved on the blade, also a makers mark on the other side.

The knife was found in the K-Type Dinghy Equipment pack and also found attached to some 41 pattern Mae Wests.

Fitted with a floating cork grip and a curved blunt tipped safety blade, to prevent accidental damage.

In a good condition (looks to have been sharpened).

A press stud keeps the knife fixed inside the Leather Sheath, and a cord lanyard prevents knife loss.

The leather Sheath is in a good condition.

Overall size = 7".

Sold to the UK & EU Only, due to postal restrictions.

Code: 51297


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.

Code: 51298


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