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Welcome to War Years Collection

Specialising in WW2 Home Front And Aviation Collectables. We have over 25 years experience in selling and collecting the above, we offer a wide range of items which includes uniforms, ephemera, insignia, ceramics etc to suit the novice or established collector.

All our items are original to the period. We endeavor to accurately describe and photograph all items and we offer a money back guarantee.

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1930s Private Purchase Flying Helmet. 1930s inter war private purchase flying helmet as used by the RAF etc in good clean condition with Gosport tube fixing (hoses missing) size 6 7/8. Clean makers label to inner lining "S Lewis's 27 Car Burton St London. Leather in good supple condition all fixings still operate, lining in good used condition with some slight staining. A nice clean example.
1942 R.A.F Navigators Log Sheet, 37 Squadron. A single navigators log sheet for operation on the 31/10/1942 to attack M.T west of Alamein. Log (RAF Form 441) completed clearly in pencil is good sound used condition giving details of route, weather, timings etc. 37 Squadron were based in Egypt. Wellington aircraft serial number BB478. Pilot Sgt Sheppard - Navigator Sgt Baxter. Stock no 5459
1944 Advertising Ration Period Calendar. Ration Period Calendar for July to December 1944 issued byThomas Hedley & Co Ltd advertising Sylvan washing powder. Produced in thin card for use by shop keepers the calendar retains good colour and is in good unused condition. A rare and unusual home front display item.
A.M Navigators Chart Table plotting Arm. R.A.F navigators chart table plotting arm, A.M ref no 6B/156 and serial no 1383/40. In good condition all joints are free moving and some slight marking to Perspex. Retains good clear markings. Stock no 4155
A.R.P Edition London Map. Large A.R.P emergency edition map approx 80 x 95 cm of Lomdon covering the area of Rickmansworth and Chorleywood dated 1941. Map has various red and blue crayon markings showing showing post and zone areas uxb etc suspect has been used for training excercises. Map is in used condition and has some damage to edges, but still sound and readable. A interesting rare home front item
A.R.P Whistle. Wartime A.R.P issue whistle by J. Hudson & Co Birmingham. In good overall used condition with clear A.R.P and makers stamp.
A.T.A Handling Notes For Dakota Aircraft. Rare A.T.A pilot and flight engineers handling notes for Dakota aircraft. 40 page card cover booklet dated April 1945 which supersedes the January 1944 issue, in good sound clean condition with some slight rust marks to front and rear covers. Contents include - flying particulars, engine limits, mechanical details and flight engineers supplement. A rare and hard to find A.T.A item.
Air Ministry Brush. R.A.F / A.M boot / uniform brush in good condition wood handle has some lose of varnish finish, A.M marked and contract no 294/B/7126 stamped to side of wood handle. Stock no 5307
Air Ministry Photograph - Hurricane Cockpit. Good clear detailed photograph (23 x 19 cm) showing pilots controls of the Hurricane cockpit. Photo is printed on A.M paper and stamped "Secret" also ink stamp for Royal Aircraft Establishment and dated 8th October 1942. Photograph is in clean condition with some damage to edges (see photographs).
Aircraft Generator Propeller. A super quality wood with brass fittings aircraft generator propeller approx 46 cm in length. Broad Arrow and A.I.D markings in excellent condition with just a couple of small areas of damage to the propeller edges which does not distract from this quality piece. Retains most of its original finish, a lovely display item. Stock no 5439
Another "Janes" Journal by Pett. Another "Janes" Journal by Pett, softcover A5 booklet published 1944/45 approx. 80 pages of stories, comic strips etc of a semi clad Jane serving in various armed forces units, also a number of black and white nude photographs. The booklet is in well used but sound condition, the paper is off typical wartime production and is a little hard and rough around the edges. The front cover has some damage to spine and edges and some staining. Overall a good copy of this rare wartime comic booklet. Stock no 5450
Anti-Hitler Matchbox Cover. Rare wartime Anti-Hitler matchbox cover "In The Allies Grip". In good overall clean condition has some slight rust bleed and splitting to edges. Stock no 5500
Battledress Buckle Escape and Evasion Compass. WW2 Battledress buckle escape and evasion compass designed to look like a normal buckle when not in use. A small pointer is attached along with the pointer pivot, once the buckle is removed from the tunic it can be stood on a flat surface, the pointer assembled in place working as a compass and showing north. This rare buckle compass is in good working order.
Birmingham L.D.V Identity Card. June 1940 dated City Of Birmingham L.D.V membership card issued to H.S. Lewis of Erdington. Small single sided card in good used condition. Stock no 5445.
Bombers Over Merseyside. Bombers Over Merseyside - The authoritative record of the Blitz, 1940 -1941. 44 page card cover booklet published 1943 by Liverpool Daily Post. Illustrated record of the blitz in good sound condition for age a little foxing a good example. Stock no 5268.
F.A.A - Aircrew First Aid Outfit. Fleet Air Arm First Aid Outfit For Air Crews - complete un - opened kit in good condition with clear lettering / instruction to its waterproof rubberized canvas pouch retaining all its original contents. Dated June 1944. Produced by T.J Smith & Nephew Ltd Hull. Similar to the RAF version the Royal Navy variant is harder to find. A good example.
Gloster Gauntlet Photograph. A good period photograph of Gloster Gauntlet K5278 which crashed at RAF Ternhill 1st June 1936. In good condition with slight creasing to edges. Approx 16 x 11cm. Stock no 5456
London G.P.O Home Guard Insignia Group. Home Guard Insignia group to the 20th City of London (3rd General Post Office, Cannon Street) Battalion, comprising rare sew on type G.P.O Home Guard armlet, single COL - 20 printed H.G distinguishing shoulder flash and single embroidered G.P.O badge also a small lapel badge for the U.P.W (union of post office workers). Items are in used condition and have been removed from uniform, the armlet has some rust type staining. A good rare original untouched Home Guard group.
Lord Haw-Haw Post Card. Wartime postcard published by Bamforth and Co Ltd, No 807 in the Wartime Greeting series. Caption comparing Lord Haw - Haw to a Donkey. Postcard is in good used franked condition with some slight staining. Plus two small private snapshots of his brother Frank Joyce in his army uniform. A interesting and rare lot. Stock no 4676
Luftwaffe Sidecap Eagle Badge A good original used Luftwaffe sidecap eagle insignia, shows signs of being remove from cap, some general wear due to use, not a mint example but a good used original example. Stock no 4317
Luftwaffe Table Spoon. A good used Luftwaffe alloy table spoon, clear Luftwaffe eagle stamp to front of handle and Fl.U.V stamped on back. Overall good used condition.
Luftwaffe Target Photograph R.A.F Manby. Interesting Luftwaffe target photograph of R.A.F Manby Lincolnshire showing the airfield and surrounding area. Printed on paper and dated August 1941. In good condition with centre fold crease and slight damage to lower left hand corner.
P.O.W Made Cigarette Case. A wonderful item a engraved aluminium cigarette case made by a P.O.W on a English farm for a Land Army girl after she had run over a donkey! Engraved on front shows her pickup truck having hit the donkey engraved on reverse is her Land Army living accommodation. Case is in good condition with clear engraving a lovely land army related item.
Pilots Handbook For The Airspeed Oxford. The Pilots Handbook For The Airspeed Oxford - 2nd Edition March 1940. Produced by Airspeed Ltd, The Airport, Portsmouth. 24 page card cover booklet in good used condition some damage to spine but still sound. Pilots notes compiled by Airspeed test pilots.
R.A.F - P.O.W Identity Disc. Stalag Luft 2. R.A.F Prisoner of War identity tag for Stalag Luft 2, in good original condition with just a small section missing from lower section (see photo). Stock no 5446
R.A.F 1941 Pattern Mae West Whistle. Good used example of a R.A.F 1941 pattern mae west whistle, Ref No 23/230, Air Ministry stamped. Overall good sound condition with just some slight loss of the chrome plating.
R.A.F Air Gunners Log Book 24 Squadron S.A.A.F. R.A.F flying log book to air gunner 1851248 R.H Lawrence covers the period 3/5/44 to 7/6/45. His first posting was to 12 AGS flying Ansons from RAF Bishops Court Ireland from 3/5/44/ to 3/6/44 he then moved to 70 OTU flying Marauders from RAF Shandur Egypt 19/9/44 to 25/10/44. Lawrence then joined 24 Squadron S.A.A.F based at Pescara Italy carrying out 37 operational sorties as mid upper gunner on Marauders attacking targets in Northern Italy covering the period 27/12/44 to 7/6/45. The log is in good condition for its age slight damage to spline and some foxing and staining to the pages however the book is still sound . All entries are clearly written and has all the correct signatures. Op no 11 - Revigo marshalling yards heavy accurate flak, op 13 Anti flak mission at Monfalcone, Op 20 anti flak mission to ammo dump anti personnel clusters dropped, Op 34 attacked 29th Panzer Division, all the ops are clearly written a above average log worthy of further research. Last entry reads grand D.A.F flypast Udine, 24 sqdn led by o/c l/col Margo DFC had the honour of leading the bomber wing in! Stock no 5138
R.A.F Ashtray. Unusual art deco style blue glass R.A.F ashtay with printed transfer pilots wings to each side. Ashtray in good condition with undamaged transfer and with slight chip in the glass on top corner, which doesn't distract from this unusual very decorative R.A.F desk item.
R.A.F B-Type Flying Helmet. Unissued B-Type flying helmet (stores ref 22C/65) as issued without the domed leather ear pieces which were issued separately, the dark brown leather is in near perfect condition and the chamois lining has just a few small storage marks, the buckle is in working order. Full A.M markings showing size 2. You would find it difficult to find a better example. Stock No 5415
R.A.F Cuff Links A good pair of wartime R.A.F cuff links, oval base with embossed Kings Crown pilot wings in good sound condition with some slight tarnish to finish which may clean. Stock no 4446
R.A.F Gold Sweetheart Wings. Super quality gold R.A.F pilots sweetheart wings with its original Gieves case. Gold wings measure approx. 5cm with red and blue enamel. Pin fixing in good working order hallmarks to reverse. A excellent quality sweetheart in outstanding condition. Stock no 5161
R.A.F Medical Services Sweetheart Badge. A excellent quality and detailed small pre or early war R.A.F medical services mother of pearl sweetheart brooch. A small Kings Crowned caduceus of mercury with two serpents entwined around a winged staff detailed in mother of pearl with a pin back fixing.
R.A.F Pilots Wings. A unused pair of flat R.A.F pilots wings late war variant issued to Squadron Leader Woodcraft AFC, also small envelope address to him at RAF Mepal dated Nov 1945. Wings in unissued condition with a couple of rust type stains and slight damage to wing tips. Stock no 5132
R.A.F Powder Compact. Small approx. 5 cm diameter R.A.F ladies powder compact with RAF badge to lid and mirror on inner face. Plated metal with inner tray for powder comes with original home made felt cover. In excellent condition, celluloid badge retains good colour protected over the years by the cover. Stock code 5246
R.A.F Sugar Tongs. A nice quality pair of wartime R.A.F officers mess sugar tongs, clear maker mark and ref no and R.A.F Kings Crown stamp. In excellent uncleaned condition slight tarnish to one side which would clean. A unusual and hard to find piece of RAF cutlery. Stock No 5260
R.A.F Sweetheart Ring. Good quality R.A.F sweetheart ring hand made from aircraft black perspex / plastic with brass R.A.F eagle. Stock No 5238
R.A.F Type H Flying Gloves. R.A.F Type H electrically heated flying gloves (Size small?). A good matched used pair, with leather in sound supple condition with heated rayon lining ( one has come detached slightly from the leather glove which could be easily repaired however does not detract from the overall appearance). Press studs are in working order, leather is discoloured and has some staining mainly to palms due to use. Overall a good sound pair of these hard to find gloves. Stock no - 5258
R.A.F Wartime Aircrew Stopwatch. 1941 dated R.A.F MkIII navigational aircrew stopwatch in good working order, clearly marked to reverse A.M, stores reference 6B/221 - 5539 / 41. Stock no 5326.
R.C.A.F Egg Cup. R.C.A.F egg cup larger than a standard egg cup approx. 11cm in height possible for goose egg use. In good clean condition with clear R.C.A.F emblem to front.
RAF 1st Pattern D Type Flying Helmet. RAF 1st pattern D Type Flying helmet. The helmet is in used condition the lightweight cotton twill fabric is in a sound and clean condition with some slight staining to the front, the rubber ear cups are good and the Bennett buckle and leather strap are in good working order. press studs are intact and working. The inner silk lining is sound and intact (one very small hole on the lower edge) but grubby due to use, there is a small area of damage to one ear pad. Felt sweat band to front of helmet may be a period replacement. Size label 2 and AID stamp to lining. However this is a good sound used example of the rarer 1st pattern helmet and displays well. Stock no 5182.
RAF Foot / Bed Warmer. An unusual R.A.F item ceramic foot / bed warmer produced by Lovatt and Langley Ware England. In good condition with clear RAF stamp to top, makers stamp to rear. A nice inter war period rare display item.
RAF Mk VII Flying Goggles RAF Mk VII flying goggles stores ref 22C/826, frame retains 90% of its original paint finish, the leather / chamois surround is in good sound condition with only slight staining and retains good cushion effect. Leather nosepiece is in good condition. Strap is in good condition and has some rust staining, lenses are clear with only some slight delamination. Clear A.M markings below flip shield bar. A good pair of used goggles. Stock no 5499
Royal Flying Corps Shoulder Title. A single original Royal Flying Corps embroidered shoulder title, in good used condition shows signs of being removed from uniform, slight discolouring to oatmeal embroidered RFC, retains most of its original backing, a good used original example. Stock no 5204
Salute The Soldier War Savings Poster. Salute The Soldier - Remember Our Old Pals At ? - War Savings Will Speed Them Home! poster measures approx. 49 x 36 cm. National savings committee ref no L.T.23. Poster has spaces for photographs and press cuttings of boys and girls in the forces. Unusual poster for use with either factory or street saving group. Good clean condition with just some slight damage to edges. Stock no 5219
Salute The Soldier Week Plaque 1944. Salute The Soldier Week Plaque - War Savings Campaign 1944, presented by the war office to the local savings committee in appreciation of their success in salute the soldier week, this is the rarer small size version measures approx. 24 x 39 cm. The relief raised plastic plaque has maker mark to reverse and has wall mounting fixings is in excellent condition with just a couple of small marks which do not distract from this excellent example. Stock no 5210
Silver RAF Powder Compact. Solid silver R.A.F powder compact hallmark dated 1939. An excellent quality compact with RAF wings to lid, retains its original mirror, has some small minor dings to body which you would expect with age and use, otherwise a lovely 1930s compact.
State Express Tobacco War Service. The story of war service by the House of State Express 1939 - 1945. Wonderful 20 page card booklet detailing the war service of the State Express tobacco company and the importance of tobacco in war. Superb quailty booklet with colour illustrations. Booklet in very good clean condition with some slight damage to front cover edges.
The P.D.S.A In Wartime - Leaflet. Rare double sided door drop leaflet issued by the P.D.S.A (London Area) one side details the work of the P.D.S.A and ways of helping, the other side is appealing for jumble which would be collected by vans to help raise fund for animal treatment. The leaflet is in sound but used condition which some foxing and staining.
The Royal Air Force Quarterly - July 1932. A good clean example of The Royal Air Force Quarterly publication - Volume 3 - Number 3, July 1932 published by Gale & Polden approx 120 pages card cover with illustration. In very good sound condition for its age with some foxing full with interesting articles and advertisements.
USAAF A-35 Bomb Load Adjuster. USAAF Bomb load adjuster slide rule for the Vultee A-35 Vengeance dive bomber aircraft. Load adjuster in good clean working order, comes complete with its original leather case. Case retains good clear AAF markings. Manufactured by the Cox and Stevens Aircraft Corp Mineola N.Y.
USAAF B-5 Mae West. USAAF Type B-5 Mae West in sound but fairly well used condition, retains all straps and zips are in working order, some staining and fading of colour to material, front leather patches are intact but worn, retain spec details but difficult to make out date I believe 1945?. Overall a sound but used example and although not mint it still displays well. Stock no 4029
USAAF Pilots Navigation Kit Leather Case. Wartime USAAF Pilots Navigation Kit Leather briefcase. The leather has some wear / flaking to edges, original zip in working order, good clear lettering to front, internally the case is good clean order all pockets remain intact, overall a good used example. (no contents case only) Stock no 5186
W.V.S Armband. W.V.S armband green cloth armband with red printed lettering and Kings Crown with elastic straps to rear. In good clean condition. Stock no 5203.
Wartime Milk Bottle Tops. Two wartime milk bottle tops in excellent unissued condition - 1. Let Milk Be Your Health Warden. 2. The Silent Service Delivered Fresh Each Morning. Stock no 5327.
Wartime National Household Dried Milk. A good clean unopened tin of Wartime National Household Dried Milk, specially packed for British Ministry of Food by the U.S.A. The unopened tin retains its original paper label being in clean sound condition for its age with just a few small marks and damage to edges see photo. stock no 5447
Wartime R.A.F Torch - A.M 5A/476. Rare wartime R.A.F torch approx. 24 cm in length produced by Ever Ready clear A.M mark to base with stores ref no 5A/476. In fairly well used condition with small dents to casing and some lose of finish due to use. Sold as display item only but it all seems complete so with batteries it may work! A difficult item to find these days. Stock no 5185
Wiggins Teape Ltd 1939 -45. Interesting book detailing the wartime activities of the paper producer Wiggins Teape Ltd published 1946. Details how the factories and mills were turned over to wartime production. 32 page card cover book illustrated throughout in good condition with some rusting of staples and slight staining to covers..
Womans A.F.S Peak Cap. Womens Auxillary Fire Service 1939 dated peak cap. Black wool / felt hat with red piping, marked inside A.F.S 39 - size 6? in white lettering, AFS cloth badge to front. Retains a fairly good shape, has some slight moth damage to rear and inner band. Displays well.