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RCAF 434 'Bluenose' Squadron Commemorative Flag - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RCAF 434 'Bluenose' Squadron Commemorative Flag - This one presents a bit of a mystery! It tuned up in a house clearance in Durham back in 2011 when we acquired it and has remained tucked away in our stock room ever since, pending research! The flag which is an RCAF ensign of standard design and similar to the RAF ensign but with the addition of a maple leaf to the centre of the roundel. It is we believe made of nylon and is of the printed variety. What adds special interest is the addition of machined embroidery, picked out in yellow reading WL-K R. C. A. F. Sqd.434 ENGLAND FEB-JULY 1944. 434 Squadron was one of the 15 that were stationed at various airfields in the County of Yorkshire, England as part of RCAF 6 Group. 434 were also known as the "Bluenosers"; the squadron was adopted by the Rotary Club of Halifax, Nova Scotia and took the nickname "Bluenose" in reference to the common nickname for Nova Scotians. The Squadron motto reads "IN EXCELSIS VINCIMUS" which translated means, most approparately, "WE CONQUER IN THE HEIGHTS". Initially formed on 13th July 1943 and based at Tholthorpe but transferred to Croft in December '43 where it remained for the rest of the war. Looking at the map Croft airfield was in County Durham and just 25 miles (40K) from Durham where the flags tuned up, so we surmise these were produced for a commemorative event at Croft at a date unknown.

Our investigation also confirms the Squadron codes used by 434 in WWII were 'WL' so the reference to WL-K appears to relate to an aircraft registration that took us to Halifax V LL179. Sadly it appears this aircraft, piloted by F/Sgt G. Mould, left Croft on the 20th January 1944 on a raid to Magdeburg and was lost, possibly shot down by a night fighter at Muckendorf SW of Berlin, in the early hours of 21 January 1944. Four of the crew including the skipper were sadly killed whilst the navigator, wireless operator and the bomb aimer survived and became POW's. Strangely our commemorative flag is dated 'Feb-July 1944' so after the date Halifax WL-K was lost. If any visitors to the site can clarify this apparent conundrum we will update our listing.

The flag measures 10" x 6" (25 cm x 15 cm) and the flag pole stands 15.5" (39 cm) to the top of the finial. It exhibits minor storage creasing and age related marks and with a slight curvature on the pole but overall it remains in good display condition. We were able to purchase two identical examples and these are priced individually. A total 1374 airmen volunteered to fly with 434 Squadron and of these 347 made the ultimate sacrifice and this emotive item is a lasting reminder of those lost on the final flight of Halifax WL-K.

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His Royal Highness Prince Phillip 1921-2021 - Click for the bigger picture In Stock His Royal Highness Prince Phillip 1921-2021 - We mark the occasion of the sad death of His Royal Highness just short of his 100th birthday with a small montage of photograph of the other loves of his long and illustrious life. I understand before the war he had a desire to become a fighter pilot, but he decided on following the family tradition and joined the Royal Navy, where he graduated from Dartmouth Naval College as the top cadet of his intake. The Duke was on active service in the Royal Navy throughout the Second World War, with his first naval appointment, aged 18, as a midshipman to HMS RAMILLIES, which escorted the first contingents of the Allied Expeditionary Force from Australia to Egypt. His Royal Highness subsequently joined HMS VALIANT in the Mediterranean Fleet and was involved in action including, on 21st March 1941, the Battle of Matapan, off the coast of Greece, against the Italian fleet and for his work in control of the searchlights Prince Philip was mentioned in despatches. He was later awarded the Greek War Cross of Valour. Towards the end of the Second World War Prince Philip served in the destroyer HMS WHELP in the Pacific and was present in Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender on 2nd September 1945. His first and only Command was post war aboard HMS Magpie.

The Duke learned to fly, starting his flying training on 12th November 1952 at White Waltham, his instructor being Flt Lt Caryl Ramsay Gordon -followers of 'The Crown' please note! After initial training on the De Havilland Chipmunk he continued on the North American Harvard. Prince Philip was awarded his "wings" by Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir William Dickson at Buckingham Palace on the 4th of May 1953. He further qualified to win his helicopter wings in 1956 and his private pilot's licence in 1959. He recorded 5,986 hours in his logbooks flying in 59 types of aircraft. The Duke's final flight was on 11th August 1997 from Carlisle to Islay, following which he has stopped flying, although he never lost his interest in all thing's aviation related.

I had the pleasure to meet his Royal Highness and Her Majesty at a reception at Buckingham Palace back in 2002. After the official presentation to their Majesties, I had the pleasure to chat both with The Queen and Prince Philip. Suffice to say they were an absolute delight to meet and as is often reported with Prince Philip you got exactly what was written on the tin! I could not resist asking if the story concerning The Queen being particularly fond of the Engine Room on the Royal Yacht was true and that she would take guests down to see it after dinner. I had specifically read that after the Gulf War in 1992 General Norman Schwarzkopf was invited aboard Britannia and duly inspected the spotless Engine Room. After his tour it is reported he confronted Her majesty and asked: 'Okay. I've seen the museum piece. Now, where's the real engine room?' The Queen and Prince Phillip laughed and confirmed the account was entirely true, with the Queen demonstrating with her arms bent how the pistons of the engines pumped back and forth! Britannia at this time had been decommissioned (in 1997) but the event was still very much in the fore in 2002. Before the Royal party departed, I suggested their Majesties better take care or the then Government may take the Royal train next. I will not repeat here what her Majesty replied!

The islanders of Tanna, one of the islands in Vanuatu in the South West Pacific, worshiped the Duke of Edinburgh as a god. Looking at what he achieved during his amazing 99 year life one tends to agree they were on the right track! His Royal Highness will be much missed by Her Majesty, The Royal Family and the citizens of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the wider world. It is only fitting that his final journey will be on that icon of British engineering, a Land Rover hearse, designed for the purpose by the Duke himself. Fair wind and following seas your Royal Highness. R. I. P.

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RAF No 7 Group Novices Boxing Championship Cup 1925 - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF No 7 Group Novices Boxing Championship Cup 1925 - No. 7 Group was created on the day that the RAF officially came into being on 1st April 1918 by renaming of the Royal Flying Corps 'Southern Training Brigade'. Initially the Group was subordinate to No. 2 Area and on 8 August the designation "Training" was added making the Group's new title 'No. 7 (Training) Group'. With the post war reductions, the Group was disbanded on 16th Aug 1919 but with military logic was reformed the following month, when South-Western Area was downgraded to group status. On 1st April 1920, the Group was transferred to Inland Area's control but was disbanded for the second time on 12th April 1926. Following the outbreak of the Second World War, the Group was reformed on 15th July 1940 as No. 7 (Operational Training) Group, under Bomber Command control.

The cup is stamped EPNS to the base and numbered 33288; much of the electro plating has now worn away after 95 years of polishing, but it still makes an impressive display piece from the very early days of the RAF. The front is engraved with a good crisp RAF crest with the 'Per Adua Ad Astra' legend, the RAF eagle and surmounted by a Kings Crown. The opposite side is engraved 'RAF No 7Group Novices Championship 1925 Light Weight Special Contest Runner Up'. Whilst the cup comes without specific provenance we have assumed it was awarded for a lightweight boxing championship back in 1925, but we stand to be corrected. The cup, which stands a fraction over 6" tall (15.5 cm) is in generally good condition other than the odd bump and ding commensurate with its age (like us all! Editor)

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RAF Safi Malta Trench- Art Ashtray - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF Safi Malta Trench- Art Ashtray - Royal Air Force Safi was located on the island of Malta, established in 1941 as a diversion airstrip for the main operating base at RAF Luqa ; a similar diversion airstrip to Safi was located at RAF Krendi.

RAF Safi was constructed at a time when Malta was under intense aerial bombardment (it became the most bombed place on earth in 1942) and Malta's Air Command needed to have alternative diversion airstrips to use as emergency landing grounds. Construction at Safi started in 1941 and the strip became operational in 1942 and was inaugurated by AOC Malta Sir Keith Park and it remained operational throughout the War. Post WWII Safi was reduced in function to become a Maintenance Unit. Today Safi's runway has long gone and the hangars and dispersal area have been extensively redeveloped.

We assume this nicely worked ashtray dates from the WWII period of occupation by the RAF and it features an RAF eagle and below a scale map of Malta and Gozo with the location of RAF Safi clearly marked. We were fortunate to purchase two of these ashtrays, clearly both worked by the same hand. The first sold even before we could list on the website and is now in the collection of one of our regulars back on Malta where it belongs;we don't anticipate its partner will be with us long. Items related to the Air War on Malta are few and far between and this is the first related pair of items we have ever handled relating to RAF Safi, so grab it whilst you can as we are unlikely to find another. Made from a good weight of copper plate the top surface is nicely polished whilst the bottom is 'au nateurel'. The ashtray measures 4.75" diameter (12 cm). The final pictures attached show AOC Keith Park, taken at the offoicial opening of RAF Safi, with the ceremony perfomed by Field Marshall Lord Gort VC, Malta's then Govenor.

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RAF EX-POW Association Silver Jubilee Dish 1977 - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAF EX-POW Association Silver Jubilee Dish 1977 - The Royal Air Forces Ex-POW Association was established in the 1950s by a small group of ex-prisoners of war who met occasionally at a pub in the Holborn district of London, England. Flight Sergeant "Dixie" Deans MBE (1913 – 18 February 1989) was a founder member and first president of the Association. Over 10,000 airmen of the Royal Air Force, Fleet Air Arm and other service fliers were captured and became Prisoners of War during World War II. Members from more recent conflicts are still active in maintaining the comradeship that POWs forge in adversity.

Our ceramic dish was made from fine bone china by the Royal Worcester factory which was established in 1751 and is believed to be the oldest or second oldest remaining English porcelain brand still in existence today. The dish carries the RAF Ex-POW barbed wire logo to the centre and around the side the wording 'Royal Silver Jubilee year Reunion London May 13th-16th 1977'. The Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II marked the 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the thrones of the United Kingdom. It was celebrated with large-scale parties and parades throughout the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth throughout 1977, culminating in June with the official "Jubilee Days", held to coincide with the Queen's Official Birthday. Clearly the EX-POW association played an important part in the festivities, although sadly now 43 years later, the "Kriegies", my late Father included, have nearly all received their final posting. The dish, which measures 4.5" diameter (11 cm), is in fine condition.

The final image attached shows the dish displayed with some items from my own POW collection; these are not for sale but included here for interest. The little clay dish we believe was made whilst Dad was a POW at Stalag Luft 111 (along with Dixie Deans)and intrestingly the barbed wire motif is also used, as subsequently adopted by the POW association. The map shows the enforced march the POW made in early 1945, during one of the coldest winters on record. We also show some original POW currency and an instruction booklet issued to my Father when he finally got back to the UK in the Spring of '45, with instructions how to enjoy his leave, the first he had had since being captured in August 1941. I expect he needed no coaching!

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RAFVR Venerable Bede Church Lads Brigade Presentation Trophy - Click for the bigger picture In Stock RAFVR Venerable Bede Church Lads Brigade Presentation Trophy - Another absolutely unique one off item in the form of a hallmarked silver miniature cup, mounted on a hardwood base and with engraved plaques to all sides. The one to the front reads 'Presented by Cadet Cowling RAFVR (Late Corporal of Venerable Bede C. L. B) to be awarded annually to the Smartest C. L. B Lad'. Circular silver plaques have then been mounted around the base with the earliest being awarded to Private E. Worsley in 1943 and the last to Private T. Spaven in 1953. Every year in between is also detailed with the exception of the disc for 1949 that is AWOL! Clearly this was an important and treasured trophy, with the cup being made from silver with the hallmarks indicating it wasmanufactured by H. J. Cooper & Co Ltd, who operated from Thavies Inn, Holborn Circus, London from around 1890 to the 1930's. The date stamp on the cup is an ornate 'P' indicating it was manufacturers in 1930.

Research indicates 'The Venerable Bede' was a monk lived in the 7th & 8thcentury and is widely regarded as the greatest of all the Anglo-Saxon scholars. In 682, Bede moved to the monastery at Jarrow, where he lived until his death in 735. His bones have been in Durham Cathedral since 1022, having been brought from Jarrow by a monk called Alfred who had them buried alongside Cuthbert's relics, where they remained until they were moved to the Cathedral's Galilee Chapel in the 14th century. The 'CLB' on the plaque refers to the 'Church Lads Brigade', a Christian youth organisation founded in 1891 and became the first scout group incorporated in the world in 1909. The Church Lads Brigade movement set out to instruct young men in discipline, morality and physical training and instil the values of the wider citizen by social and religious training, based on the religion of the Christian faith and the teaching of the Church of England. The discipline and hierarchy was based on military standards. During WWI, at the age of 18, the lads were drafted into the Army, and it is estimated that around 50,000 Brigade Lads served in the First World War and of these 24 from the Church Lads' Brigade were awarded the Victoria Cross. In WWII Cadets performed important duties on the Home Front such as fire-watching, guarding reservoirs and other strategic locations and over 250,000 former CLB members served in HM Forces during the war, with Cadet N. Cowling, who presented this award, being one of the many, serving with the RAF Volunteer Reserve.

A full list of 'The Smartest lad's to whom this was awarded annually is :Pte E. Worsley 1943, Pte J. Thompson 1944, Pte E. Blackburn 1945, Pte G. Rhodes1946, PteL. Carlisle 1947, Pte G. Glover1948, Pte E. Worley 1950, Pte S. Jenkins 1951 and Pte E. Worley wins it again in 1952! The recipient in 1949 is unknown due to the missing plaque. In terms of location we have

located a Venerable Bede Church of England Secondary School in Sunderland and whilst we stand to be corrected have assumed this Church Lads Brigade would have been based in the same area. The cup shows minor age related wear whilst the plastic (Bakelite?) base has a couple hairline cracks in it, but are hardly visible when on display and possibly caused when it was originally screwed to the base. The cup, including its plastic stand, is just over 3" tall (8 cm) but measured from the hardwood mount it stands a fraction over 4" (10.5 cm).

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Wing Commander Guy Gibson D. F. C. RAF Pilot's Flying Log Book No 2 - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Wing Commander Guy Gibson D. F. C. RAF Pilot's Flying Log Book No 2 - Clearly this example is a replica, with the original held as a national archive item at the Public Records Office. Despite this, these copies are now incredibly rare and have become a sought after collector's item in its own right. This was published in a single run by 'After the Battle ' magazine in 1975 and sold out very quickly and are now only very occasionally available on the second hand market. I will certainly never be selling my own copy but we have now been fortunate enough to find a further example that is offered for resale here. This one even comes with the original paper insert order form issued with the book when first offered for sale and is now nearly always missing.

Guy Gibson's Log Book No. 2 was faithfully replicated from the original copy held in the Public Record Office, London. The first and last pages have been stuck together as in the original book. The photograph that had been inserted on the page following the entry for the Dams raid on May 16, 1943, is missing in the original and is missing here. This log book remains in excellent used condition with just minor fading to a part of the cover, (which actually adds to the authenticity in our view) and is marked 'Log Book No2' ;it is not known what happened to Guy Gibson's original log book covering the period up to November 15, 1940. The written entries end of September 15, 1944. Just Three days later, on September 19, Gibson piloted a Mosquito, acting as Master Bomber and target illumination for an attack on Bremen. At 21.53 hours he turned for home but three-quarters of an hour later crashed in flames at Steenbergen, Holland. Mystery continues to surround his loss but the current theory is he was mistaken for a Luftwaffe Junkers 88 and was sadly shot down and killed by 'friendly fire'.

Don't just take our word for it just how good this facsimile is and I quote from Amazon. com reviewer J. R. Perkins: "As an historic document, this item ranks up there with the best. Especially if you have an interest in aviation from the Second World War, as Guy Gibson is one of the best known pilots of the Royal Air Force and to have a reproduction of his Log Book is something really special. Some of his less known sorties are listed here, being his time as a night fighter pilot with 29 Squadron flying Blenheims and then Beaufighters defending the skies of England against German night bombers. Truly a very special book to own and treasure. Wing Commander Guy Penrose Gibson VC DSO DFC (12 August 1918 – 19 September 1944), was the first CO of the Royal Air Force's 617 Squadron, which he led in the "Dam Busters" raid (Operation Chastise) in 1943, resulting in the destruction of two large dams in the Ruhr area. He was awarded the Victoria Cross and died later in the war. He had completed over 170 operations at the age of 24. "

One personal and emotive entry in the log book, made on 21st November 1940 and is featured in our attached photograph. Gibson met Eve Moore, a show dancer and actress, in December 1939 when she was performing in the revue'Come Out To Play' at the New Hippodrome Theatre, Coventry. Gibson proposed to Eve in October 1940 and she accepted and on 21st November he flew down to Cardiff in a Blenheim and the log book connotation reads under 'Duty'section:'To Cardiff -To be Married!

This edition is not to be confused with modern copies that have recently been offered from Holland and is from the original one off limited edition 'After the Battle' print run. We did however spot one offered on UK eBay that sold on 1st November 2020 for £350 plus delivery; ours is rather more modestly priced!

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WWII Luftwaffe Personal Photograph Album , Brittany, France - Click for the bigger picture In Stock WWII Luftwaffe Personal Photograph Album , Brittany, France - A small but beautifully presented wartime photograph album. The covers are made from red leatherette material that are generally in good condition but with some small pressure indentations. Neither the cover or flyleaf page is named but the album contains 25 pages with a single original black and white photograph to each page. This came in by way of an auction and as no captions have been added it has proved a bit of a challenge to add some limited provenance, but we have done our best!

The title page picture shows a typically 'Nordic 'Luftwaffe Flieger (Private) confirmed by his collar badge; standing behind is a lady who we assume was his wife or girlfriend. In the following photograph the same chap features but he now seems to be sporting 'Gefreiter' rank badges (Lance Corporal). It is our assumption he was the owner of the album and took most of the photographs but sadly we are unable to name him. It is possible further clues may be on the back of the photographs but we prefer not to disturb them. Virtually every shot features a number of Luftwaffe colleagues in full uniform and in many they appear to be sightseeing and several featuring bridges and rivers. Another photo shows a couple of chaps standing on we believe on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and then a larger group posing with a part built timber building in the background. Another photograph is of a distinctive art deco looking building with a signboard above and a group of military personnel in front and one standing inside at an open window. Whilst quite hard to decipher the writing on the rooftop signboard appears to say 'Erholungsheim' which trnslated means 'Rehabilitation Centre' or 'Sanitorium' followed by 'Schwarze Spiegel' which literally translated mean 'Black Mirrors'. A Luftwaffe wing logo, as used on rank collar tabs, is shown on the sign as well, so clearly for use of injured/rcovering Luftwaffe personnel.

A more conclusive photograph appears a little later with another group of Luftwaffe personnel posing with a viaduct behind them. We have a positive ID on this and believe it to be the railway viaduct which crosses the town of Morlaix in Brittany, in which case the river featured in several shots could be the Morlaix river. Further research confirms an airport that was captured and used by was also used as a Luftwaffe and was situated 3.25 km NNE of Morlaix near the village of Ploujean. It was occupied by the Luftwaffe from June 1940 and was used by Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen", Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter", Jagdgeschwader 77 "Herz As" and Nachtjagdgeschwader 1. It was extended and improved by Spring 1941 and used moderately by fighters and bombers until February 1942 but was very little used after that date. So whilst not definitive we believe this album records life in Brittany by the German occupiers sometimes from 1940-1942.

So a small but interesting WWII Luftwaffe album and definitely worthy of further research. Sadly no details of the base he was stationed at are shown and the mainly off duty nature of the pictures would seem to confirm these were taken with his personal camera when touring away from base. The album measures 4.5" x 3.25" (12 cm x 8.5 cm) with strong binding and no loose pages or photographs.

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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 5.75" (14.5 cm) and the model stands 4" (10.5 cm) high from base to top of the fin.

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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 VIII 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 20.25" x 17.25" (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.

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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 WWI.

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 morse tansmitters keys being located on the table infront of him.

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

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Framed Photograph of WWI Aviator - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Framed Photograph of WWI 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 WWI'. 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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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 WWII, 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 5.5" x 3.5" (14 cm x 8.5 cm)

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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.

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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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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 WWII. 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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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 WWII vintage. Sadly the history associated with it has been lost. Measures 3.25" (8 cm) £35.00
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WWII Period RAF Themed Embroidered Panel - Click for the bigger picture In Stock WWII 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 WWII 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 WWII. 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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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 HMStationary 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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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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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" (44 cm) £325.00
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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" (41 cm) £275.00
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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" (23 cm) £275.00
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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 WWII 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 Mk IIIA 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" (41 cm) £275.00
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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" (9 cm) and including the base it is almost 4" high (10 cm).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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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" (40 cm x 354 cm). £35.00
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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" (31 cm) from base to top of flag. £95.00
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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)
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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 28 cm x 13 cm (11.5" x 5.25"). £38.00
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RAF Engraved Cigarette Case - Click for the bigger picture Sold RAF Engraved Cigarette Case - An excellent example that whist not dated almost certainly originated in WWII. 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 r0mantic 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 3.75" x 3 1/2" (9.5 cm x 8.5 cm) A Recent Sale
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