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Reference Stock Item   Description Price
6911
This is a New Book
RAF Type E Partial Pressure Helmet Instruction Manual - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 17th May 2021

RAF Type E Partial Pressure Helmet Instruction Manual

The iconic Taylor E Partial Pressure Helmet was developed by Baxter Woodhouse and Taylor ltd in the 1950's and saw limited service with the RAF in the 1960's against Stores reference 22C/2093-2105. These helmets were hugely expensive to manufacture and saw very limited use and as such examples hardly ever appear on the collectors market today. I have been lucky enough to own two of the type over the last 20 years but sadly both are now with new homes. The second one that came in was a boxed mint example that came complete with its ring bound Instruction Manual. These manuals, produced by Baxter Woodhouse, are now nearly as scarce as the helmets and are themselves becoming 'hens teeth' to purchase when they do occasionally turn up.

In order to satisfy the demand we have come up with a cost effective solution and have loaned our own copy to a specialist printer who has done a fantastic job in recreating a superb facsimile and frankly when placed alongside the original it is hard to identify which is which. They have used strong card covers and heavy duty paper that replicate the look of the original and having just taken delivery we are delighted with the result and we are sure our customers will be as well.

The booklet contains 39 pages and is profusely illustrated with black and white photographs covering all aspects of the helmets use in service. These include a full description, general functions, donning and removing the helmet and pre-flight checks and tests. This is then followed by post flight action, servicing and maintenance, functional tests and details on the use of the B. W. T. Nitrometer and the B. W. T. test rig. The manual also includes details of service modifications to the helmet carried out as a result of service use. Interestingly the copy was clearly typed inhouse by a staff member at Baxter Woodhouse in the days before word processing and numerous 'typo' are faithfully reproduced in our facsimile! We have not seen an original manual for sale in years but if they do turn up they are likely to be priced at north of £100. Our facsimile is rather better value and is an essential item if you are lucky enough to own a Taylor E helmet but also a fascinating manual that will be appreciated by helmet collectors who can only dream of such ownership. We have a very limited quantity available so grab a copy whilst you can as you are not going to be able to source one from Amazon. com!

Pages: 39
Cover: Soft
Author: Baxter Woodhouse and Taylor Limited

£40.00
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OC473
This is a Used Book
RAF Pilot's Notes for Bristol Beaufighter Mark V1,TEX & X1 - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 13th May 2021

RAF Pilot's Notes for Bristol Beaufighter Mark V1,TEX & X1

The Beaufighter prototype first flew in July 1939, just six months after the layout drawings had been agreed and was met with an order for 300 aircraft, under Specification F.17/39. Entering service in July 1940 it operated as a night fighter in the Battle of Britain. Robust, versatile and heavily armed, the Bristol Beaufighter operated in many roles and theatres, remaining in RAF service until 1960 and when withdrawn from service 5,928 had been manufactured. The Mk VI featured Hercules X VII engines and over 1,000 examples of this model were built. The TFX variant was a torpedo fighter aircraft, dubbed the "Torbeau" whilst the Mk XIC was supplied to Coastal Command. These pilot's notes, like the Lancaster version also listed today, is a scarce original copy dated January 1944 and is a second edition A. P.1721. The cover is named in feint pencil to a F/Sgt K. R. ………., the final lettering of which we have been unable to decipher.

The booklet has 44 pages and contains a vast amount of information, with Part 1 including a general description of the aircrafts operating systems and controls. Part II deals with handling, Part III operating data for the Hercules engines, whilst Part IV details what to do in emergencies. Part V then concludes with superb pull-out diagrams/photos illustrating fuels systems, the pilots instrument panel, the port & starboard sides of the cockpit and Emergency Exits and related equipment carried. The booklet remains in remarkably good issued condition and with just minor service wear and age related staining to the front and back covers and rust to the staples. These original examples are becoming increasingly hard to find now and this one would sit happily in any RAF related collection. During its service the Far East that the 'Beau' acquired its nickname of "Whispering Death" because the quiet, fast, and low-flying abilities enabled the aircraft to be on top of the enemy before he had time to react. Grab yourself the chance to own this scarce booklet relating to an iconic aircraft of WWII ; we suspect it will be a long tome before we see another.

Pages: 44
Cover: Soft
Author: Promulgated by order of the Air Minsitry

£85.00
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OC472
This is a Used Book
RAF Pilot's and Flight Engineer's Notes : Lancaster I, III & X - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 13th May 2021

RAF Pilot's and Flight Engineer's Notes : Lancaster I, III & X

Designed by Roy Chadwick, the Lancaster four-engine bomber entered service in February 1942 and became the backbone of RAF's Bomber Command in WWII and flew 156,000 operations over occupied Europe, successfully delivering 608,612 tons of bombs. The 'Lanc' had a crew of seven and these booklets were issued to all pilot's and flight engineers and contained invaluable information about the aircraft's operation, controls, handling, and emergency procedures. Most editions that turn up today are modern reprints and whilst convincing they are replicas. On offer here is a scarce original edition, printed in April 1944 and marked on the front cover A. P. 2062A (3rd edition), 2062C (2nd edition), 2962F (1st edition) and named to Pilot Officer Roeder (?)and below is written 'No 15'. We surmise this refers to 15 Squadron RAF, which converted to the Avro Lancaster in December 1943, operating from Mildenhall.

This booklet contains 46 pages detailing a vast amount of information, including a general description of the aircrafts operating systems and controls in Part 1. Part II deals with handling, part III operating data for the Merlin engines, whilst Part IV explains what to do in emergencies. Part V then covers supplementary notes for the Flight Engineer and concludes with part VI which contains superb pull-out diagrams/photos illustrating the pilots instrument panel, the port side of the cockpit, the flight Engineers panel and diagrams of the fuel system. The booklet remains in remarkably good issued condition and with just minor service wear and age related staining to the front and back covers and rust to the staples. These original examples are becoming increasingly hard to find now and this one would sit happily in any RAF related collection. If any visitors to the site can help identify Pilot Officer Roeder please get in touch and we will add to our description.

Pages: 46
Cover: Soft
Author: Promulgated by order of the Air Council

£85.00
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OC471
This is a Used Book
Adler-Liederheft Feldpostausgabe des Liederbuchs der Luftwaffe - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 10th May 2021

Adler-Liederheft Feldpostausgabe des Liederbuchs der Luftwaffe

On offer is an original copy of an Adler Luftwaffe songbook published in Berlin 1939, then priced at a modest 20 Pfg! The literal translation of the booklets title is 'Adler-Liederheft Field post edition of the Luftwaffe songbook' and the cover shows a trio of JU 87 Stuka dive bombers in flight, as well as a Luftwaffe eagle and swastika set against an inverted sword. Inside it carries 8 black and while photographs and drawings showing the Luftwaffe in action and alongside a range of no doubt patriotic songs and the accompanying music. The booklet has 31 pages in total and despite now being 82 years old (this is not a reprint) it remains in remarkably good overall condition, with just light wear to the covers. Booklet measures 6.25"x 4.50" (16 cm x 11 cm)

Pages: 31
Cover: Soft
Author: Adler-Liederheft

£20.00
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5631
Kriegsweihnacht Nazi German 1941 dated 78 RPM Records - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 11th May 2021

Kriegsweihnacht Nazi German 1941 dated 78 RPM Records - Literally translated meaning 'War Christmas' and 'Unsere Weihnachtslieder' meaning 'Our Christmas'. Whilst we have no equipment here to play these records on going from the label details record one numbered T70429 (without printing on the card cover) contains two Christmas recordings – one a classical German folk piece composed by Herbert Napiersky, (who is thought to have been involved with Hitler Youth Songbook) entitled 'Tal und Hügel Sind Verschneit' that we believe translates to 'The Valley and Hill are Covered with Snow'. The other side features a German Christmas carol 'Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen' translated as "A Rose Has Sprung Up " recorded by Walter Rein (1893-1955) a German composer, academic, and musicologist.

The other record numbered T70431 is contained within a similar card case marked 'Musikas' and has contact details for the towns of Nerrebrogade, Kongevej (the principal shopping street of Frederiksberg in Copenhagen) and Enghavevej, another district of Copenhagen. Denmark was occupied by Germany from 9th April 1940, in Operation Weserübung, so it seems these records were retailed by Danish stores for purchase by the occupiers over Christmas of 1941 and intended as spirit lifting recordings for German troops, as they prepared for their 3rd Christmas at war and with the anticipated a longer conflict ahead. One side carries the title 'In Den Heiligen Nächten' which we believe translates to a folk song 'In the Holy Nights ' written by Heinz Grunow " (1913-1989). On the reverse side is 'Hohe Nacht der klaren Sterne' by Hans Bauman which translated means 'Great Night of the Clear Stars' which we believe he wrote in 1936. Baumann (1914 –1988) was a German poet, songwriter, literary translator and author of children's books. In WWII he joined the German Army and spent most of his time on the Eastern Front working in the propaganda unit. Versions of the various songs are available on You Tube if you should wish to check them out. This record was recorded by Singgemeinschaft Rudolph Lamy in Berlin.

These records are a little outside of our normal area but came on with some Kriegsmarine items and as we often say they would most certainly have a story to tell if they could only talk! We imagine they would still play on the correct equipment and whilst the condition looks quite acceptable we are offering for sale after 80 years as collectables from a time when the World was a very different place. In August 1941 Joseph Goebbels had banned all music arranged by British, Poles, Russians & French citizens, the only works that survived his purge were by Chopin & Bizet and domestic orchestras were forced to turn their attentions to many obscure German composers, so by Christmas of that year the available playlist was considerably curtailed!

If these are your area of collecting we suggest you also check out as well item OC471 in the book section, an Adler Luftwaffe songbook published in Berlin 1939, which we have also just listed.

£48.00
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