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6825
RAF Engraved Cigarette Case - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF Engraved Cigarette Case - An excellent example that whist not dated almost certainly originated in WW11. The outside of the case in engine turned and to the centre is a crisp set of RAF wings surmounted by a Kings Crown; whilst the paint is now largely worn away we believe the crown was originally red and the ‘RAF’ lettering was set against a blue background. The case, which is chrome finished, has the odd bump from usage which is as to be expected but remains in generally good condition with no wear to the chrome and the hinge and spring catch both remain in good working order. The reverse of the catch is marked ‘Made in England’ and possibly the makers name, which we have been unable to decipher. Inside is equally crisp and the case retains the original elastic for holding the cigarettes in place. What lifts this example well above the norm is a presentation engraving on the inside lid reading :‘To Babs with all my love, Al.’ Sadly the history of the piece has been lost down the years but we can only assume this was given by 'Al' to 'Babs' as a present to his wife or girlfriend as a sweetheart gift and in the days when almost everyone smoked and enjoyed up to 40 ‘Woodbines’ a day would have been a functional rather than a rmantic present! This case would sit happily in any RAF collection and is significantly cheaper then a similar silver example that also turn up from time to time. Measures 3 3/4” x 3 1/2” (9.5 cm x 8.5 cm) £42.00
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OC230
A pair of RAF Photographic Printing Blocks - Click for the bigger picture New Stock A pair of RAF Photographic Printing Blocks - We believe these date from WW11, deduced by the uniforms worn but also both appear to be dated 1943 on the reverse. One block features a photographic image etched on a copper plate showing an RAF man relaxing off duty with pipe in hand, who is wearing Khaki Drill shorts, long socks and an RAF Battledress blouse. No rank or other badges are shown so it is impossible to identify who, where or exactly when. The other block, which is of identical dimensions 4.25"x3.00” (11cm x 7.5 cm) and the etching features an RAF sergeant standing in his No 1 Other Ranks uniform without cap and with hands in pockets. Sadly the paper label to the reverse is in poor condition but also appears to be dated 1943 as mentioned already and also an indistinct name which we have been unable to decipher. Printing blocks like these were used alongside similar blocks containing typescript and were mounted in a printing press to commercially produce images and text for publications and it seems likely both images may have been printed in the same unknown wartime article. The copper etchings are nailed to a mahogany hardwood block and these represent a modestly priced and unusual pair for an RAF or printing collection that illustrates a technology that is now just for the history books. £10.00
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OC462
Battle of Britain Ground Crew Support Set - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Battle of Britain Ground Crew Support Set - Manufactured by ‘Leddo’ to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain back in 1990 against model No. BB1003. This was a brand of die cast toys, founded in 1982 by Matchbox co-founder Jack Odell and Burt Russell and they produced diecast vehicles in Enfield, England from 1983 to 1999. The name was created by the founder by a reversal of his Odell's surname, a mnemonic device from when he served in WW11 in the African desert and he used it then to avoid forgetting his wireless call sign! The company, like so many, could not however compete against low cost producers in the Far East and ‘Lledo’ went bankrupt in 1999 and Jack Odell died 2007. The demise of his ‘Lledo’ range saw the end of die cast manufacturing here in the UK or for that matter in Europe.

The three models in this set carry the ‘Days Gone’ range sub branding which was launched in 1983. The models are a Refuelling Bowser, a Balloon Barrage Tender and a Mobile Airfield Workshop Tender, that enabled the ground crew to bring the repair facilities to the fighters they were charged with maintaining. They are made in a scale that varied according to the model but they are in the range of 1:50 / 1:64 but are generally classified as about 1:60. Finished in RAF blue they are all finely detailed and remain in excellent condition despite being 20 years old. What makes this set stand out from the crowd is that as well as the internal display box it also comes with the original external card posting box that has a label with the address 250, Southampton, S09 7YG and a postage paid stamp. Whist these sets still turn up quite frequently this is the only example we have seen with the full packaging included. The boxes show evidence of minor age wear but generally reflect the models themselves, that appear never to have been played with.

Modestly prices but clearly never to be repeated so grab this set whilst you can!

£18.00
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5552
Supermarine S-6 Craftsman Made Model Aircraft - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Supermarine S-6 Craftsman Made Model Aircraft - The Supermarine S.6 was designed in the 1920’s by R.J.Mitchell as a single-seat racing seaplane for the RAF High Speed Flight and was built by Supermarine specifically for the Schneider Trophy races. In its first event in 1929 Flying Officer H.R.D. Waghorn flew N247 at a speed of 328.63 mph came first, in a course record time. By 1931 the British team set a new world speed record 380 mph and with a third straight win the trophy was won outright and in perpetuity. R J Mitchell used much of the knowledge gained with the S.6 in developing the Supermarine Spitfire and the rest, as they say, is history!

Our model is small but beautifully formed. It is quite clear this is a one off handmade model, probably produced in a workshop at the time utilising scrap aluminium and mounted on a display stand possibly made from Paxolin. The float struts are riveted through the wings and whilst the starboard one has a slight wobble it is absolutely fine on display The fuselage detail and open cockpit are all correct with distinctive engine nacelles designed to house the 1,900 hp Rolls-Royce R engine. The underside of the fuselage confirms the wings have been made from a separate section of metal and is bolted to the fuselage. The polished aluminium of the airframe and the stand support show some age related staining but generally it has survived in excellent original condition and the propeller still turns.

Many of these S.6 models were commercially produced as car bonnet radiator mascots. We do not believe this applies here as it is clearly handmade, as described above. It makes a very fine decorative display model today, despite being in the region of 90 years old, and representing a design that paved the way for the most iconic fighter of all time. Wingspan measures 5 ¾” (14.5cm) and the model stands 4” (10.5cm) high from base to top of the fin.

£245.00
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1742
Original Distinguished Flying Cross Issue Case - Click for the bigger picture Reserved Original Distinguished Flying Cross Issue Case - Recently purchased at auction this is an original case as issued, marked D.F.C to top of lid and with recessed beige velvet section where the medal was located. First introduced on 3rd June 1918 and was originally awarded to RAF commissioned and warrant officers, including officers in Commonwealth and allied forces. In March 1941 eligibility was extended to Naval Officers of the Fleet Air Arm, and in November 1942 to Army officers, including those from the Royal Artillery, serving on attachment to the RAF. The medal was awarded for "an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy".

The medal is now abscent and we have no information on who it was awarded to, but it almost certainly dates from WW11. The leatherette covered case remains in remarkably good condition, whilst the gold leaf to the DFC stamp is now slightly faded, but clearly readable. The brass hinges and latch clip are full operational and this emotive case would make an ideal display item in an RAF collection or of course absolutely perfect if you are lucky enough to own an original DFC, that is now lacking its case. Alternatively very decent replica medals are available to buy at modest prices and would be set off perfectly with this original case. The fabric on the inside of the lid is again in good condition with minor age related staining and clearly marked with London’s Royal Mint crest. The case measures 5.75” x 3.25” (15 cm x 8 cm) These case are becoming increasingly scarce so grab this one whist you can!

 
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607 County of Durham Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force Plaque - Click for the bigger picture In Stock 607 County of Durham Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force Plaque - 607 Squadron was formed on 17 March 1930 at RAF Usworth, County Durham, as a day bomber unit of the Auxiliary Air Force flying Westland Wapitis. In September 1936 the role of 607 was changed into that of a fighter squadron.

Equipped with Gladiators, 607 was deployed to France as the Air Component of the British Expeditionary Force in November 1939 and fought in the Battle of France. In March 1940, the squadron was re-equipped with the Hawker Hurricane and following the British 'withdrawal', the squadron returned to it's home base of Usworth but was subsequently relocated to RAF Tangmere in September 1940. The squadron took an active role in the Battle of Britain, but at a cost, losing 26 of its pilots. In October 1941, they transferred to RAF Manston and remained there until 1942 when it transferred to India with Mk V111 Spitfires replacing Hurricane’s in 1944. The Squadron was disbanded in Burma in August 1945 but reformed in May 1946, at RAF Ouston in Northumberland as a day fighter squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. After flying Spitfires for five years, it converted to Vampire Jets in October 1950 and was disbanded again on 10 March 1957.

Sadly we know nothing of the origins or age of this plaque other than it is a hand painted one of item and not commercially made. The board on which the plaque is painted has clearly been wall mounted at some stage in its life. The crest shows a Kings Crown and below a winged lion salient; surrounding the lion is the script 607 (County of Durham) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force ; 607 chose not to have a motto. The varnished board measures 20 ¼” x 17 ¼” (51 cm x 44 cm). 607 served with distinction in the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain and also had Battle honours for Rakhine, Manipur and the Burma campaign 1944–45 before disbanding. Both the plaque and board show age related wear but still makes an impressive statement, aided by the Squadrons significant part in the Battle of Britain.

£65.00
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5292
RAF Fazakerley Ephemera and Photographs - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Fazakerley Ephemera and Photographs - A modest but interesting grouping! We have struggled to find much on RAF Fazakerley on line other than the name ‘Fazakerley’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon words ‘faes’, meaning border or fringe, ‘aecer’ meaning field and 'lea', meaning a clearing in a wood. Situated near Liverpool the Fazakerley family were the main landowners in the area, and took their name from the township. Clearly Liverpool was severely bombed in the Blitz and the camp at RAF Fazakerley, located at Field Lane, was certainly functioning as a base for No 8 Barrage Balloon Centre, in August 1940 and supported 6 flights and 8 balloons. A Royal Ordinance Factory was located close by and we suspect they had a busy war!

The grouping is made up of a hand painted card marked Royal Air Force, a Kings Crown and laurel leaf crest and Fazakerley below, picked out in yellow paint. Inside is a period wartime black and white picture of an RAF Sergeant smoking a pipe, with a wireless operator trade badge to his right shoulder The card is dedicated inside with a hand written ‘Best Wishes to all’ and a signature we have been unable to decipher. The Sgt has an impressive medal bar and we believe he may also have served in WW1.

The other plain card mount contains a further photograph of we believe the same gent, also with pipe and the back is dedicated ‘Many Happy memories’ and behind the photo the card is dated 10th September 1940 and is signed Cpl Lavender, although again we are not entirely sure as the handwritting is hard to decipher. This photograph, clearly taken before he got his extra stripe, indicates a blackboard with Morse code detail so we assume at this stage he was teaching Morse to RAF radio operators. This is confirmed by two large more keys being located on the table Infront of him.

Worthy of further research and a snap shot (literally!) from the Battle of Britain period from a little heard of RAF station of WW11.

£12.00
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Framed Photograph of WW1 Aviator - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Framed Photograph of WW1 Aviator - Sadly we don't know who this good looking chap was as no clues inside or outside the frame. He was described when purchased as 'A German Aviator of WW 1'. His black leather flying coat does not conform to the RFC standard pattern and other than his goggles we do not have much else to go on. So we will simply describe as above with name, location and date unknown. The photograph is mounted in a glazed frame, which shows some age related wear and on the reverse provision for desk or wall mounting. Frame measures 9 1/2 x7 1/2" (24 cm x 19 cm) £12.00
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5396
Saucy Alloy Ashtray - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Saucy Alloy Ashtray - We believe these were cast from alloy recovered from shot down aircraft and sold post WW11, although without any makers marks this is hard to authenticate. The ashtray is double sided.; the front features a smaller gent wearing black striped trousers, bow tie and jacket walking beside a statuesque taller lady, with his hand behind her. From here mouth is a speech bubble ‘OH!’. When the ashtray is turned over the reason for the exclamation is clear and the ‘gentleman’ (could he be intended to represent our then Prime Minister ?) has his hand places where it is not supposed to be! Perhaps not entirely appropriate in our ‘Me Too’ society but it is of its time. Pictures of the reverse side available on request! Measures 5 ½” x 3 ½” (14 cm x 8.5 cm)

£18.00
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5577
DH Tiger Moth Elevator - Click for the bigger picture In Stock DH Tiger Moth Elevator - The de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth first flew in 1931 and was designed by Geoffrey de Havilland and built by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. In total about 9,000 were built and operated by the RAF and many others as a primary training aircraft. It has become a design classic and many remain airworthy in private hands today.

When purchased we were told this original elevator came from one of the 20 Tiger Moths operated from Brooklands Flying Club and that they carried an all red colour scheme. We have nothing to support this provenance so this may or may not be correct. All we can say is it 'scrap' written on it when it came in so was clearly removed at some stage when it became unserviceable. It is a bit warped at the tip so clearly not an airworthy example but would make nice display item for a wall as neither too big or too heavy.

The wooden frame is covered in doped canvas, with one inspection cover removed as shown. Some parts have been touched up in silver paint, possibly applied when the elevator was repaired. It might benefit being repainted but we will leave that decision to the new owner as we prefer to leave it exactly as it was when it came out of service. It measures 53" or 137 cm measured on the leading edge and front to back at widest point is 21.5" or 55 cm. As with all our stock a range of detailed photographs are available on request and if you have interest let us know your location and we can obtain a delivered price.

£125.00
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5215a
RAF Team Rife Championships Presentation Hip Flask - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Team Rife Championships Presentation Hip Flask - The Royal Air Force Rifle Association was founded in 1921 with the object, as expressed at the time, of ‘promoting interest in small arms shooting for Service purposes by means of individual and collective Competitions. It was renamed in 1946 as the Royal Air Force Small Arms Association. Sadly this one came without any provenance but we are assuming the engraving refers to the RAF Middle East Command where we had a significant presence in the 1930's including Iraq, Palestine and India. The flask has no makers marks but it was clearly presented to the Runners up in an RAF rifle competition back in 1934. The plated metal base cover slides off revealing a glass flask beneath and the top is covered in leather with a viewing slit to check remaining contents. The flask carries a screw top metal stopper and overall it is generally in very sound used condition. Measures 5.6" high (14.5 cm) £24.00
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6501
RAF ID Bracelet Named to M.F.Pitman - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF ID Bracelet Named to M.F.Pitman - On offer is another RAF ID bracelet. This example is named to ‘Pitman M.F.’ and the service number is recorded as 1187201. A nice additional touch is an RAF Other Ranks cap badge image, complete with Kings Crown, has been added. Unlike the other example we have just listed this one is complete with chain and clasp. The chain is of a very modest diameter and we speculate this may have belonged to a WAAF serving with the RAF in WW11. On the reverse of the tab are either makers marks or marks indicating the metal used. We have been unable to identify these and as pure speculation it is possible this bracelet was made up for the owner whilst serving overseas. Another item that warrants further research which we will leave to the next custodian. The bracelet face plate measures 1.4” (3.5 cm) £32.00
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3511
RAF Navigators Brevet - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Navigators Brevet - fine padded example of a Navigators half wing aircrew badge. This replaced the earlier Observer's brevet in 1942 and was worn with pride on the left breast of the Navigators No 1 tunic and on his Battledress tunic above any medal ribbon bar. This is of the sew on type (as opposed to the pin back tropical issue badge we have also just listed). This example is in excellent issued condition with minor service wear but no moth or other damage. These are always difficult to date but almost certainly of WW11 vintage. Sadly the history associated with it has been lost. Measures 3.25” (8 cm) £35.00
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5513
WW11 Period RAF Themed Embroidered Panel - Click for the bigger picture In Stock WW11 Period RAF Themed Embroidered Panel - A particularly fine example which has been mounted on a card backboard. The centre of the panel features a large RAF crest surmounted by a Kings Crown and the motto ‘Per Adua Ad Astra’. To the top right and bottom left corner is an RAF roundel which carries a birds wing picked out in RAF blue. In the opposite two corners are stylised RAF aircraft, flying amidst the outline of fluffy blue clouds. The one shown top left is a single engine fighter whilst that depicted bottom right is a twin engine bomber. Both are in early WW11 green and brown camouflage and both feature RAF roundels. The colours are as vibrant as when they were stitched, we speculate around 75 years ago. Sadly the hands that created this emotive artwork failed to sign or date the piece so we will never know exactly when it was made or by whom. It is however likely to have been worked by a mother, fiancée or girlfriend of someone serving in the RAF in WW11. The piece measures 18.0” x 18.5” (46 cm x 47 cm) and would perhaps benefit by framing but we will leave that decision to the new custodian. Certainly a one off and reminds us of a ‘sampler’ but of Second War vintage. £48.00
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6154
Victory Through Air Power Propaganda Scarf by 'Glamour Wear' of London - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Victory Through Air Power Propaganda Scarf by 'Glamour Wear' of London - A commemorative headscarf entitled 'Victory through Air Power'. The scarf is printed with illustrations showing the story of flight from the Orville Brothers invention of the 'flying machine' through to the conclusion of the Second World War. Large square commemorative cream-coloured headscarf printed with insignia and aircraft illustrating the story of flight and in each corner is a pilot’s brevet for the RAF, RAAF, RCAF and USAAF. In the centre is the phrase 'Victory through Air Power' printed in red and surrounding a depiction of Orville and Wilbur Wright 1902 as 'Inventors of the flying machine' and around this are various illustrations showing bombing raids, crashed aircraft, flying formations and burning cities and factories. The scarf is made of Rayon (probably due to the lack of silk immediately post war) and the edge is finished in short tassels. Printed in one corner of the headscarf is the name of the manufacturer 'Glamour Wear, London'. Jacqmar is perhaps the most famous maker of propaganda scarves but we have been unable to find anything on ‘Glamour Wear of London’ but we assume this item was manufactured in the early post WW11 period to celebrate aviation in general and victory in WW11 in particular. The condition is generally good but it does have a few tiny holes and we suspect the colours have faded a little over the years. The range of images depicted are superb and the scarf would display well framed behind non reflective glass. Measures 30” x 30 ”(76cm x 76 cm) £68.00
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4717
Royal Air Force National Savings Poster - Click for the bigger picture Reduced Royal Air Force National Savings Poster - An original example that was published by H.M. Stationary Office for the National Savings Committee against reference number NSC 5/294. It is dedicated to the men and women of the RAF and shows the Command badges and uniforms in use between 1939 and 1945. In addition it depicts paintings of a Spitfire, Lancaster, Sunderland and a Meteor with a typical airfield watch tower in the background. This poster was printed by Fosh & Cross in London and was first published in 1949. It has been pasted to a hardboard mount and whilst it is not in the best condition it is still displays well despite it’s 66 years but is priced to reflect it’s current condition. £32.00
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5440
934 Barrage Balloon Squadron Trench Art Plaque - Click for the bigger picture Reduced 934 Barrage Balloon Squadron Trench Art Plaque - Totally unique and scarce item of WW11 trench art relating to a barrage balloon squadron. The plaque is hand carved from a solid lump of oak and features to the front a kings Crown and below the RAF eagle(although this interpretation has the look of a parrot!)and below 934 Squadron. The Crown and RAF eagle are highlighted in gold paint which is now rather faded. To the bottom left is finely carved overlapping letters RAF and to the bottom right the letters BB which seeing 934 was a balloon Squadron we assume refers to Barrage Balloon, but could possibly be the makers initials. Research indicates 934 Squadron was part of no 13 Balloon Centre which in turn was part of 32 Balloon Barrage Group which was under the command of Air Commodore A.A. Walser who served in WW1 as both an Observer and Pilot with the RFC and won both the MC and the DFC. 13 Group was formed at Collaton Cross, Plymouth on 3 September 1939 and it was made up of 5 flights of 8 balloons but by August 1940 24 balloons are recorded. Plymouth suffered a severe pounding in WW11 in what has become known as the Plymouth Blitz which ran from June 1940 to April 1944. We understand 934 Squadron was disbanded in November 1944, presumably after the threat of further air raids was minimal but undoubtedly the men and woman who served at Collaton Cross had an important and no doubt dangerous role to perform on the home front. Sadly we have no provenance with this piece although it was purchased in south west England) but a scarce and unusual subject of an often overlooked arm of the RAF. Measures 10” x 6” (26 cm x 14 cm.) £65.00
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6324
Aviation Tie - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Aviation Tie - A perfect present for the aviation enthusiast in your life! On offer is a brand new quality British made tie in navy blue with yellow images of the de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth which served with such distinction with the RAF as a basic trainer from 1932 until final retirement in 1959. A total of 8, 868 were manufactured and many are still airworthy today. The tie is 100% polyester and is hand washable. We have a limited quantity of these and when they are gone they are gone. £10.00
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6153
WAAF Officers Mess Presentation Tray RAF BC HQ - Click for the bigger picture In Stock WAAF Officers Mess Presentation Tray RAF BC HQ - sadly the history with this one has been lost down the line. All we know if was presents to Joyce by her colleagues in the Officers Mess during the dark days of the war and is dated 9 August 1941. Joyce was clearly stationed at HQ RAF Bomber Command at the time but that is all we have to go on. The reverse gives us no more clues other than it is made of plate and silver soldered. The tray would be equally useful today and is in good condition with just minor marks associated with its 78 years of use. Lets hope ‘Joyce ’ appreciated the gift. Measures 10” diameter (26 cm). £42.00
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The Waist Gunners - Click for the bigger picture In Stock The Waist Gunners - On this item, and other sculptures offered, we are acting as agents and your enquiry will be redirected to the artist who will then handle any questions, sales, payment and despatch. This fine work of art captures a poignant moment as the waist gunners of a USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress relax on the grass beside the airfield perimeter track while their aircraft is prepared for the mission. While RAF Bomber Command flew night ops, their US counterparts flew daylight raids. Both figures wear classic B-3 flight jackets with matching A-3 shearling trousers. The A-6A flying boots carry the characteristic double strap fastenings and are also shearling lined for insulation. The crew member playing with his puppy is sporting a classic Rough Wear B-2 flying cap, while his buddy wears an A-11 flying helmet. Additional back support between the figures is provided by the gunner's QAC parachute packs which would be stored near their crew positions and clipped on in the event of an emergency. We are proud to have assisted the artist as technical consultants in the creation of this work of art which is made from cold-cast bronze, is signed by the artist and is available in a strictly limited edition of 250. Length: 17" (44cm) £325.00
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PS106
RAF Bomber Pilot - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Bomber Pilot - On this item, and other sculptures offered, we are acting as agents and your enquiry will be redirected to the artist who will then handle any questions, sales, payment and despatch. This sculpture features a pilot of RAF Bomber Command about to board his aircraft, possibly an Avro Lancaster, prior to another night operation to the heart of Germany. His headgear consists of a second pattern C type helmet and classic Mk. VIII flying goggles. He wears a thermally insulated flying suit, often referred to by the inventor's name Irvin. His life jacket is the 1941 pattern Mae West and over this is an observer's parachute harness. He carries his parachute pack in his right hand and his flying gauntlets in his left. Flying boots are 1941 pattern favoured by bomber aircrew and which feature an ankle strap designed to prevent the boots falling off in a bail out situation. The detail on this sculpture is amazing and we are proud to have assisted the artist as technical consultants in the creation of this work of art which is made from cold-cast bronze, is signed by the artist and is available in a strictly limited edition of 250. Height: 16" (41cm) £275.00
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PS105
At Readiness - Click for the bigger picture In Stock At Readiness - On this item, and other sculptures offered, we are acting as agents and your enquiry will be redirected to the artist who will then handle any questions, sales, payment and despatch. This sculpture entitled "At Readiness", depicts a scene set in August 1940 while the Battle of Britain was at its height. Exhausted pilots of 11 Group Fighter Squadrons, located in the South of England, wait at dispersal for the order to scramble and take on the first Luftwaffe raids of the day. This pilot is trying to relax in an old leather armchair but finds it hard to concentrate on the novel he's reading in an attempt to divert his attention from thoughts of the battle to come. For many the waiting was the worse part. He wears a crumpled service dress uniform with an open neck shirt and non regulation cravat which helps to reduce chaffing in combat. His 1932 pattern Mae West is unbuttoned but would provide an invaluable life aid in the event of ditching "in the drink". His boots are the coveted 1936 pattern with thick fur lining to provide additional insulation and warmth in the air. We are proud to have assisted the artist as technical consultants in the creation of this work of art which is made from cold-cast bronze, is signed by the artist and is available in a strictly limited edition of 250. Height: 9.5" (23cm) £275.00
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PS104
The Battle of Britain Pilot - Click for the bigger picture In Stock The Battle of Britain Pilot - On this item and other sculptures offered, we are acting as agents and your enquiry will be redirected to the artist who will then handle any questions, sales, payment and despatch. This sculpture entitled 'The Battle of Britain Pilot' personifies a typical fighter pilot at the start of WW11 and is characteristic of the Battle of Britain period. He is wearing a crumpled service dress uniform standing looking into the sky with an air of youthful defiance that earned these young men Churchill's accolade 'The Few'. His flying helmet is the iconic RAF B type with bulbous receiver carriers and is fitted with a D type constant flow oxygen mask, E type microphone dating from 1935 and the detail even extends to the 6D/101 connector and RT cable and bell plug. His goggles are the Mk111A of pre war design, whilst his flying boots are 1936 pattern which were jealously guarded by fighter pilots of the period. He also wears a 1932 specification Mae West lifejacket which often proved a lifesaver in the event of a bail out over or a ditching in the English Channel. We are proud to have assisted the artist as technical consultants in the creation of this work of art which is made from cold-cast bronze, is signed by the artist and is available in a strictly limited edition of 250. Height: 16" (41cm) £275.00
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4490
US Army Air Corps Presentation Whistle - Click for the bigger picture In Stock US Army Air Corps Presentation Whistle - We endeavour to offer unusual and unique items and this is certainly the first time we've seen one of these! The item incorporates an oversized ceramic whistle marked US Air Corps to one side and USA on the other, while the top is embossed with Army Air Corps. The USAAC was established in 1926 and was abolished in June 1941 when the USAAF was formed, so it seems likely this dates from betwen 1926 and 1941. The whistle is realistically finished in a bronze colour with blue lettering and is attached to a heavy marble base. We believe it could well have been a presentation item and perhaps to be used as a paperweight on an officer's desk or maybe as a display item in the military store. The whistle itself measures 3.5" (9cm) and including the base it is almost 4" high (10cm).The final image attached shows it diplayed alongside a regular Air Ministry snail whilst that clearly shows this is an impressive display piece! If any visitors can give us a more accurate description, please let us know and we will add to the listing. £38.00
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3453
RAF Technical Training Command Plaque - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Technical Training Command Plaque - On offer is a oak framed board with an applied crest named to RAF Technical Training Command and surmounted by a King's Crown and below the legend Labore. Terrestri. Caelestis. Victoria. The crest is in extremely good condition and we would guess the item dates from around the WWII period. Measures 16" x 14 " (40cm x 354cm). £35.00
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4393
RAFA Isle of Man Presentation Item - Click for the bigger picture Reduced RAFA Isle of Man Presentation Item - Featuring a wood base surmounted by a brass globe on which is perched a brass eagle with outstretched wings. To one side is an RAF ensign while to the other is the Isle of Man flag. The base carries the Royal Air Force Association scroll and below silvered engraved plaque reading "Presented to the Royal Air Force Association Isle of Man Branch with grateful thanks from all members on the occasion of the Annual Conference Douglas 21/22nd June, 1952." This item was purchased at auction after the Isle of Man RAFA Club recently closed due to the sadly declining membership. While signs of years of polishing to the plaque and base, it is still readable and the item has a beautiful aged patina. Measures 12" (31cm) from base to top of flag. £95.00
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3449
RAF/USAAF HQ 3rd Bomb Wing Silver Presentation Cigarette Case - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF/USAAF HQ 3rd Bomb Wing Silver Presentation Cigarette Case - Featuring finely engraved RAF King's Crown wings to left corner of the lid and USAAF winged officers' branch insignia to the right and below "Presented to Norman & Phyllis on the Occasion of their Marriage from the Officers of HQ 3rd Bomb Wing 1943". We sadly have no surname so difficult to trace the provenance of this piece but speculate Norman and Phyllis were both serving officers in the RAF and USAAF back in 1943. The 3rd Bomb Wing, part of the 8th Air Force, was formed in October 1942 and the HQ was based at Elveden Hall in Suffolk flying B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft.

The case shows minor knocks commensurate with its 77 years service but is generally in good display condition with a strong hinge and near perfecxt wood lined interior with adjustable partition. On the base it carries silver makers marks

Mn & Wb indicating the piece was manufactuered by top makers Mappin & Webb. It also carries a London Assay mark and a date letter G confirming the manufacturing date was 1942, thus aligning to the engraving on the lid. It is rare to find a piece of wartime silver that is attributed to both the RAF and USAAF and we superct we are unlikely to ever see another. The case measures 7" x 3.5" (18 cm x 9 cm)
£160.00
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Framed Photograph of a Luftwaffe Administrative Officer - Click for the bigger picture Reduced Framed Photograph of a Luftwaffe Administrative Officer - This clearly shows rank badges for a Hauptbrandmeister and to the base of the photograph is embossed "Photo-Wiebeche". Below is a set of fabric Luftwaffe national emblem badge with evidence of original stitching together with a cloth Reichskokade. The grouping is mounted in a more recent frame measuring 28cm x 13cm (11.5" x 5.25"). £38.00
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RNAS Named Medal Grouping and Identity Disc - Click for the bigger picture Sold RNAS Named Medal Grouping and Identity Disc - Anything relating to the Royal Naval Air Service is now pretty scarce seeing it was only formed on 1st July 1914 and disbanded 1st April 1918 when it was merged with the Royal Flying Corps to become the fledgling RAF.

The grouping arrived contained in a quality fitted case named to George Kenning & Son London, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow. This firm were founded in 1860 and acquired Spencer & Co in 1947. Mr Kenning was a manufacturer and supplier of regalia to various societies and was also a Masonic jeweller. We speculate the owner stored his medals in this box that originally contained something else.

The medals are the British War and Victory Medals 1914-1920 which were awarded in simple terms ‘for just turning up!’ However unlike WW11 campaign medals these are both engraved ‘201925. 1. A.M. E.E. Lister. R.A.F. ’ but what adds additional interest is the inclusion of the relating aluminium Identity Disc. On line research confirms in WW1 thin aluminium discs (as here) were the first official types issued, typically made at Regimental depots on fairground-style machines, punching into the soft metal one letter at a time and the layout was rarely in perfect alignment. By 1915 the requirement was to wear two official tags, both made of compressed fibre, deemed more comfortable to wear in hot climates and both carrying identical details. These were again stamped out in a similar manner and an eight-sided green tag with two holes was strung through one hole and hung around the neck and through the second hole another much shorter cord was strung, which had a round red tag on it. Thus when a casualty was encountered on the field of battle this allowed the red tag to be retrieved simply by cutting its short string, leaving the green tag still in place on the body. It meant that others subsequently finding a body with only a green tag would know that the death had already been reported and the details on the green tag remained to prepare a grave marker.

Our ID disc is characteristic of the pre 1915 pattern and reads ‘R.N.A.S. LISTER.E.E. Ship No 1888 Off. no 1935’. So clearly issued to Air Mechanic 1st Class E.E.Lister, although we have so far been unable to identify what ‘ship nos 1888’ relates to. We were also confused by the ‘Off No 1925’ as that did not line up with service number engraved on the medals but further research revealed why the service number does not match the one in the Muster Roll. We learned men who transferred from the RNAS to the RAF were given new numbers, to avoid confusion with similar RFC numbers. Thus RNAS men who transferred to the RAF had a ‘20’ prefix added to their RNAS number, so here Lister’s RNAS service number was modified from ‘1925’ to ‘201925’. All RNAS personnel were renumbered in this way in 1918, somewhat confusingly including the dead, even if they never got to serve with the RAF.

We have currently been unable to trace E.E.Lister’s service career but he does not seem to appear to be listed on the War Graves Commission site, so we are assuming he survived the war but is certainly worthy of further research. Whist a modest medal grouping it is made scarcer by relating to a Royal Naval Air Service mechanic, with the added interest of the inclusion of his early pattern identity disc. The medals and accompanying ribbons remain in fine condition and it is apparent they were never worn by the recipient.

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Original Royal Flying Corps Veterans Wings - Click for the bigger picture Sold Original Royal Flying Corps Veterans Wings - Aircrew who served with the Royal Flying Corps in WW1 were entitled to wear their qualification brevet on R.A.F, Army or even Home Guard uniforms if they served subsequently, including during WW11. The only exception to the rule being if they were posted on further flying duties, in which case the relevant flying badge took precedence. The brevet would be worn in conjunction with the relevant medal ribbons that were entitled.

In this instance we have a fine pilots brevet with padded wings surmounted by a good Kings Crown, with the RFC logo and laurel leaf below. It is in excellent original condition and retains some cotton stitching from when it was unpicked from the breast of the owners uniform. These badges were hard won and remained an emotive and personal reminder of the owners flying career. In this instance the provenance associated to the badge has been lost down the years but it undoubtedly would have a story to tell. The canvas backer shows minor wear but generally as good an example as you are likely to find. Measures 4 ½” wingtip to wingtip (11.5 cm)

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617 Squadron Honours Board 1943-1945 - Click for the bigger picture Sold 617 Squadron Honours Board 1943-1945 - It seems only appropriate we should list this item today, exactly 75 years to the day after Wing Commander Guy Gibson led 617 Squadron of the Royal Air Force on an audacious bombing raid to destroy three dams in the Ruhr valley, on an operation code named 'Chastise' that took place on the night of 16-17 May 1943.

We have no idea who created this board or where it was displayed but we imagine it must have come from a redundant museum. It appears to be a one off and whilst the mount is melamine or similar the wood effect sets off perfectly the high quality etched aluminium data plaques and black and white photographs. The board effectively recounts the history of 617 from immediately after the Dams Raid to the end of WW11 in 1945. It was deemed by the powers that be after 'Chastise' Gibson should be taken off operational flying and on 2 August, Gibson made his last fight with 617 Squadron, with his regular crew and his successor, Wing Commander George Holden. The information plaques detail the Ops flown by the subsequent Commanders Wing Commander Leonard Cheshire VC, Wing Commander Willie Tait and Group Captain Fauquier, together with dates and their targets. It also features two line drawings of the Avro Lancaster B1 in standard and modified forms. The board also carries black and white photographs mounted behind Perspex of Gibson, 617 crews, the 12,000 lbs 'Earthquake' and 22,000 lbs 'Grand Slam', both created by the Dam's bouncing Bomb inventor Sir Barnes Wallace. Another plaque gives considerable detail on the sinking of the 'Tirpitz' as well as a photograph of the post mission upturned hull of the wreck.

This is another one off item that we had intended to display here on the office wall but lack of space has precluded this so it is time to re home the board, when hopefully it can be shown to better advantage. It would sit happily in a private collection but ideally it would be better to go back into an appropriate museum display. It measures 48" x 24" (122 cm x 61 cm) and is fitted with brass hanging plates to aid wall mounting. As with all our stock feel free to request a range of more detailed photographs to check out the work involved in creating this homage to the amazing Commanders and crews of 617 Squadron.

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