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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.

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Squirt - The official journal of the Birmingham Auxiliary Fire Service - Vol 1, No 14, April 1940. Small style magazine approx. 30 pages, illustrated. Scarce early edition of this detailed and informative magazine. Stock no 6419
Small approx. 25mm dia tin and celluloid "Food For Britain" single pin lapel badge. In good clean condition for its age. Stock no 5405
"Flak" The Story Of A Canine Hero Of the War. Flak - a wartime (C.1943)_children's book by Shirley Gouldren with superb colour illustration by J Abbey. Wonderful children's story about a dog which helps a RAF pilot escape from occupied Holland during the war. Hardback with approx. 34 pages in good clean sound used condition. Stock no T1157
"How To Put Up Your Morrison Shelter" Leaflet. How To Put Up Your Morrison Shelter (Steel Table Shelter) 8 page illustrated leaflet issued by the Ministry Of Home Security. (1941) Includes separate single leaflet - The Morrison Shelter - List Of Parts. This scarce leaflet is in good sound used condition. Stock No T1364
"Mightier Yet!" M.O.I Leaflet 1940. Single doubled sided leaflet issue in 1940 by the Ministry Of Information entitled "Mightier Yet!". A morale boosting message on the state of Britain's defences. In good clean condition with only slight age discolouration. Stock No 5093
"O.T.B" Factory National Service Badge. "O.T.B" Factory National Service Badge. Blue and white enamel with button hole fixing and low number 155. In overall good used condition with some scuffing to enamel. Stock no 6194
"The Land Girl" - July 1941. A July 1941 (No 4 - Vol 2) edition of the "The Land Girl" (Womens Land Army) magazine, 16 pages in good sound used condition.
"We Want North Country Women Behind Us" War Work Leaflet. Recruitment leaflet issued by the Ministry of Labour c.1941 entitled "We Want North Country Women Behind Us". Interesting leaflet urging women from the north of England to volunteer for war work in the factories producing weapons. Double sided leaflet approx. 14 x 21 cm in sound but well worn condition. stock no 6064
"Yank" The Army Weekly Magazine. October 6th 1944 (Vol 3 No16) edition of "Yank" the army weekly magazine. 24 pages in good sound condition with just some slight foxing and damage to pages certainly above average condition for its age. Good content and full page pin up girl. Stock no 5710
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.
1936 RAF Hendon Air Display Programme. Programme for the RAF air display at Hendon on Saturday 27th June 1936. Approx 90 pages fully illustrated with details of the air display, articles and superb advertisements some in colour. In overall very good sound condition. Stock no 6491
1939 Issue Ration Book. Early style ration book issued in October 1939 from the Plymouth food office. In excellent used condition for its age and retains a number of pages. Hard to find these early issue books. Stock no 6381
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 Desk Diary - Surrey Women Fire - Watching Duties. 1944 wartime diary written by a Surrey women engaged in fire - watching duties and her husband was in the RAF. Very interesting document which reveals social conditions in wartime Britain. In good sound condition and is clearly written. Stock No T1149
A.F.S Matchbox Cover. Wartime Auxiliary Fire Service matchbox cover. Tin and celluloid construction in good condition with just some slight rust bleed. A.F.S emblem to front and rear. Good clean example. Stock no T464
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.M Prismatic Gun Sight. Air Ministry Prismatic Type G1 Gun Sight stores reference 7A/1661. Used mainly as turret gun sight but also used in some early fighter aircraft, proved not to be a success and replaced in 1940 by the popular reflector sight. Sight is in good what would appear to be unissued condition. Stock no 5668
A.R.P - Damper - Enamel Sign. Small enamel sign 15 x 11 cm, Ministry of Works "Damper" Controlling Air Supply - A.R.P. In good / excellent condition with just some slight damage around the screw fixing holes. Stock no 6170.
A.R.P Cleansing Depot Enamel Sign. Scarce enamel direction sign approx. 60 x 30 cm for "Cleansing Depot" these depots were to deal with the effects of a gas attack. Sign in overall good bright condition with some loss and damage to the enamel (see photo) the main lettering is still largely undamaged, this however does not distract from the overall good appearance of a difficult to find wartime sign. Stock no T249
A.R.P Comic Postcard. Comic A.R.P postcard entitled the Hi-De-Ho with the message to go to the air raid shelter and take your gasmask. Card is in good franked condition with postmark for 1939. Stock No 5502
A.R.P Handbook No 7. Anti -Gas For Merchant Shipping. Scarce Air Raid Precautions Handbook No.7 (2nd edition) Anti-Gas Precautions For Merchant Shipping. Small style 42 page handbook published 1937 by HMSO. In excellent condition ex IWM, with only some slight rust bleed from staples. This is one of the harder to find handbooks. Stock no 6902
A.R.P Handbook No 8 - Duties of Air Raid Wardens. Air Raid Precautions Handbook No 8 - The Duties Of Air Raid Wardens. Card cover booklet with 26 pages published 1938. In excellent condition for its age with some rust bleed from staples. Handbook was issued to a warden in the Borough Of Hornsey post no D33 and has been completed with all name and address. Stock no 6298
A.R.P Handbook No12 - Air Raid Precautions For Animals. Air Raid Precautions Handbook No 12 (1st Edition) - Air Raid Precautions For Animals. Card cover booklet with 30 pages published 1939. In good clean condition with some rust stains around staples. One of the harder to find handbooks. Stock no 6305
A.R.P Ilford Christmas Card A.R.P Public Service - Ilford 1938 - 1939 Christmas Card in good clean condition with embossed A.R.P insignia to front. Stock no 5836
A.R.P Public Shelter Enamel Sign. A rare and desirable A.R.P Public Shelter enamel sign measures approx. 91 x 23 cm. In overall good used condition with some enamel damage and decolourisation to a small area (see photo).
A.R.P Warden Car Badge. Unusual pattern A.R.P car badge or door plaque measures approx. 14 x 8 cm, brass with chrome finish in good condition with some slight pitting to chrome. Stock no 6415
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.
Air Crew Europe Group / Log Book 102 / 77 Sqdn Halifax. A good air crew Europe group to F/Sgt A.Y McCarroll comprises his medals 39/45 star, aircrew Europe star and France and Germany clasp plus war and defence mounted as worn. His medal issue slip and letter confirming issue dated 1949. Medal bar and identity tags. Air Gunners log book covering the period October 1940 to January 1942. Flying commenced with 210 Sqdn on Catalina and Sunderland's on search and escort and U-boat patrol, tour finished in 1942. 1943 saw him at air gunnery school, OTU Kinloss and 1663 Conversion Unit Rufforth converting to Halifax before joining 102 sqdn Pocklington were he completed 11 operations to German targets. Joined 77 Sqdn Full Sutton in June 1944 were he completed a further 4 operations to French targets including rocket sites. Log is in excellent condition for its age is clearly written and has all correct signatures. A excellent bomber command group in need of further research. Stock no 6451
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 Button Stick. Wartime R.A.F Air Ministry brass button stick in good used condition with clear A.M and stores reference number markings. A scarce item of R.A.F equipment.
Air Ministry Panchromatic Aircraft Camera Film. A unopened tin containing Night High Speed Panchromatic aircraft film, container in good condition with some small dents, retains its paper labels which have rust stains but are still readable. Clearly A.M marked ref no 14B/1241, dated June 1942. Measures approx. 18cm. Stock no 5428
Air Ministry Weekly Intelligence Summary March 1944. Rare March 1944 edition of the R.A.F Air Ministry Weekly Intelligence Summary No 236. This "Secret" marked illustrated booklet of approx. 40 pages with fold out maps reports on recent actions of the RAF in all areas, contents include - The western front, allied air attacks, leaflet operations, German jet aircraft etc. A rare and interesting booklet in good sound condition. Stock no 5537
Air Raid Incident Card - Undercarriage Washed Ashore. Rare air raid incident card dated 19th October 1943 - Worthing. On the 19th October 1943 the undercarriage of a bomber was washed ashore at Goring on sea, It was found high and dry on the beach but mine fields in the area made it unsafe to collect the object. The RAF at Tangmere was notified and was collected by the R.E. In good condition. approx. 21 x 12cm Stock no T1459
Air Raid Precautions Sealing Tape. Small tin (approx. 6cm dia) of Butterfly Brand Specially Prepared Air Raid Precaution Sealing Tape, with its original contents. In good condition with just some slight rust staining to the tin. Stock no T284
Air Raid Warden Sign. Small (approx. 15 x 10 cm) press aluminium air raid warden sign. Sign is in good used condition with some slight scratches to painted area. Stock no 5165
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
Airsea Rescue Launch Log, Kent 1940 Interesting log for the Air Sea Rescue Motor boat "Dandy" covers the period September 1940 to March 1942. The first entry Sept 21st 1940 - received boat from Perkins & Sons, Dandy was based in the Whitby / Herne Bay area of Kent. 23rd September - Received information from police, plane down in sea 5nw of Hearne Bay. Proceeded at 10am to position, information received that both pilots British had been saved . The book is full with daily entries and is clearly written, the book itself is in well used condition as would be expected the original staples have rusted away but is still in a overall sound condition. This is a rare and unique record and is worthy of further research. Stock no 5521
All Clear - Muswell Hill Wardens. The Yule Log Book - Christmas 1940 edition, articles, reminiscences, and poems by the Muswell Hill air raid wardens. 12 page booklet in excellent condition with just slight rust bleed from the staples. Stock no
Another 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 Aircraft Command Home Guard Certificates. Pair of certificates to Edwin Stanley Stannard his Home Guard service document for the years 7th October 1942 to 31st December 1944 comes with its original envelope which has printed ink stamp to reverse - London Home Guard Rocket A.A Battery. Small postcard size certificate thanking him for his service in the Anti Aircraft Command dated 31st December 1944. All items are in good used condition. Stock no T1036 Stock no T1036
ARP & NFS News Monthly. October 1944 edition of the national civil defence journal ARP & NFS News Monthly, volume 7. No 5. 32 pages of news and articles plus adverts for equipment etc. In excellent condition with just some slight foxing. Stock no 6493
ATS Ring. A good quality wartime A.T.S sterling silver ring. In excellent condition with no damage to enamel. Stock no 5837
Battle Of Arnhem - POW Letter. Rare prisoner of war letter from Cpl J.A.Linden to his mother who had been taken POW during the Battle of Arnhem whilst serving with the 1st Parachute Brigade, 89 Parachute Field Security Section. The letter dated 3/2/45 with Stalag XVIII post mark is in worn but sound condition, written in pencil Linden comments that he hasn't received any letters recently and the weather is getting warmer. Stock no 6460
Bodmin Gas Mask Leaflet. Borough Of Bodmin Gas Respirator Distribution Leaflet. Single sided leaflet approx. 19 x 23 cm giving details of collection of gas masks. In good condition with very slight damage to edges and some foxing. Stock no 5250
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.
Careless Talk Costs Lives Poster. Careless Talk Costs Lives poster by Fougasse, "You Never Know Who's Listening". Card poster with original string for hanging, measures approx. 20 x 32 cm. In very good condition with just a couple of stain marks (see photo). Stock no 6494
Casualty - 58 Squadron Coastal Command Log Book Log book and letters to Flight Sergeant F. Mockridge who served with 58 Squadron as an air gunner flying Halifax from RAF Stornoway, he was killed with the rest of the crew when Halifax HX178 crashed into the sea 10 miles southeast of Shiant Island while on flare dropping operations. A number of letters are included one letter of condolence from officer commanding 58 squadron, the other from parents of other crew members and work colleagues. The log covers the period July 1943 to 16th October 1944 and details 31 sorties a total of 283 operational flying hours on mainly anti sub patrols. 20/7/44 anti shipping strike - bombed Granville, 30/7/44 a/s patrol attacked U-boat. The log is in good condition with some wear/damage to spine but is still sound, clear and well written with all correct signatures. A excellent coastal command log book well worth of further research. Stock no 6490.
Churchill Ashtray Made By De Havilland Workers. Rare large Churchill ashtray (approx. 18 cm dia and 14 cm high) these were produced by workers at the De Havilland aircraft company reputedly made using surplus aluminium from the Mosquito fighter. In good used condition with some light scratching possible from cleaning, a rare and desirable large item of Churchilliana, a super display piece. Stock no 5830
Civil Air Guard Flag. Rare Civil Air Guard (CAG) flag approx. 55 x 27 inches in good condition for its age with just some wear / damage to the top right hand section (see photo). The Civil Air Guard was a 1938 scheme in which the government subsidised training fees for members of local flying clubs, in return for future military call-up commitments. Stock no 5587
Civil Defence / Home Guard Certificate - Suffolk. Certificates and I.D cards issued to Mr Oliver Lang of Beccles Suffolk. 1. Special Constables Warrant Card issued October 1938. 2. National Registration Identity Card issued 1943, completed as "Warden" 23/8/43. 3. Original framed Home Guard service certificate 20th January 1943 to 31st December 1944. 4. East Suffolk Civil Defence service certificate. All items are in good sound used condition. Nice interesting group of documents to one Beecles resident. Stock no T634
Dunlop ARP Lapel Badge. Small Dunlop ARP lapel badge on its original issue card. Blue enamel on silver base with button hole fixing, issue card marked sterling silver. Badge is in excellent unissued condition. Stock no T939
Early R.A.F Officiers Mess Serving Fork. Nice quality early R.A.F officers mess serving fork (salad / meat) approx. 22cm long. In good used condition with some slight distortion to fork ends see photo, heavy quality item with R.A.F lettering to handle. Stock no 6872
Early RAF Air Gunners "Winged Bullet" Badge A good original scarce R.A.F air gunners "Winged Bullet" badge, issued between 1923 to 1939 before being replace by the AG brevet. Brass with three lug fixings to rear complete with backing plate. A excellent original used example of this scarce badge. Stock no 6641.
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.
Factory A.R.P Badge. Factory / company A.R.P button hole fixing lapel badge, blue enamel shield surmounted by unknown company initial "H" and numbered 199. In excellent condition produced by Thomas Fattorini Ltd. Stock no 5530
Fire Guard Enamel Sign. Fire Guard Enamel sign approx. 50 x 35 cm showing assemble point location, would have been used in a factory, large buildings etc. The sign is well worn the white enamel has faded and gone thin (see photo) there are a number of chips (all have been treated with rust preventer). But taking all this into account this rare sign is in sound condition and displays well. Stock no 5423
Fire Watcher Badge. Chrome and enamel "Fire Watcher" lapel badge in good condition with no damage to enamel, button hole fixing. Stock no T507
Fire Watcher Badge. Chrome and enamel "Fire Watcher" lapel badge with button hole fixing. In good uncleaned used condition with no damage to enamel. Stock no T508
Fire Watcher Badge. Brass and enamel "Fire Watcher" button hole fixing lapel badge. In good uncleaned used condition. Stock no T509
Flying Headgear Of The World. Flying Headgear of The World 1934 - 1945 by Jim Weld. 50 page fully illustrated card cover booklet published 1980. This is a extremely rare book to find in this near mint condition, published in the 80s it was the first reference book on flying headgear. Stock no 5586
German Operation Sea Lion Invasion Book. Rare original map book produced in Berlin 1940 in preparation for operation seal lion the invasion of Britain, this large booklet of over 450 pages has maps and photographs of the Southern Coast of England and shows in great detail the terrain and towns and cities of Southern England. Operation Sea Lion was postponed on the 17th September 1940 so these books were never needed. In excellent sound condition with just some slight foxing. A rare and interesting book which are extremely hard to find.
Group of Letters Air Raids / Blitz 1940 - 1944 A interesting collection of approx. 70 letter from Mrs E Braun, 58 Brewery Road, Caledonian, London N7 mainly to and from her son who was serving with Hospital Staff RAF Halton Bucks. They cover the period 1940 to 1944 the main batch being 1940. They make interesting reading giving a insight into the war years with many mentions of air raids. Stock no 6360.
Help For The Homeless - Borough Of Lambeth Booklet. Small booklet issued by the Metropolitan Borough of Lambeth entitled Help for the Homeless and others affected by enemy action and evacuation facilities. 23 page booklet in good clean sound condition with some slight rust bleed from staples. Rare interesting small booklet. Stock no T892
Home Guard A Handbook For The LDV. Home Guard A Handbook For The L.D.V by John Brophy. Published 1941 by Hodder & Stoughton a small card cover booklet. Approx 126 pages. In good clean sound condition. Stock No 5769
Lancaster Bomb Pre Selector. Air Ministry Bomb Pre Selector reference number 5D/1063. fitted to Lancaster and most other wartime bombers this was part of the bomb aimers control panel. In good to excellent overall condition. Stock no 5672.
Lancaster Design Certificate For Flight Trials. Rare original air ministry design certificate for flight trials for Lancaster MkIII ED362. Dated 12.12.1942 and signed by Director of Technical Development S.McMurray. ED362 served with 100 Squadron and was reported missing on operations to Cologne 29/6/1943. The single double sided certificate is in excellent condition with on slight age decolourisation. A rare and unique piece of Lancaster ephemera. Stock no 6561
Leicester Blitz Souvenir - Booklet. Leicester Blitz Souvenir booklet with over 50 official photographs, 48 page fully illustrated hardcover book published circa 1946 in excellent clean condition.
Local Defence Volinteer Corps, Meeting Postcard. Postcard from the Local Defence Volunteer Corps Keymer Section Hassocks - details a meeting of the above section will be held at the Assembly Rooms , Hassocks Hotel.
Log Book To F/L E. Chapman, Parachute Training Instructor. Rare and interesting R.A.F log book to F/Lt E Chapman parachute instructor. The log covers the period March 1942 to September 1944 and list numerous training parachute descents by either balloon or aircraft. Chapman qualified as instructor on the 26/6/42 the log is signed by Group Captain Maurice Newnham the founder of the parachute training school to confirm this. (with the log comes a copy of the scarce 1947 book "Prelude To Glory" the story of the creation of Britain's parachute army by Maurice Newnham.) During his time at Ringway he made 25 descents and trained 832 pupils. In August 1943 he was stationed in India were he continued training using Dakota aircraft. The log is in good condition (24 pages completed) and is well written and entries are detailed. Stock no 5889.
London Air Raid Shelter Ticket. Rare London Civil Defence Region - Borough of St Pancras, Goodge Street Underground Station Air Raid Shelter Ticket. Just off Tottenham Court Road Goodge Street was one of only eight London Deep Level shelters. The 14 x 9 cm ticket is in good clean used condition. Stock no T993
London CD Training For Air Raid Wardens Booklet. Booklet issued by the London Civil Defence Region entitled Notes on practical training for the guidance of air raid wardens, published 1939, 32 pages in sound but well used condition. Gives a good insight into the training given to London wardens. Stock T889.
Luftschutz (German ARP) Sandbag. Original WW2 German Luftschutz Air Protection (German ARP) heavy duty brown paper sandbag (approx. 30 x 43 cm). Full markings to front and in excellent unissued condition. Stock no T541
Luftwaffe Aircrew Blendspiegel (signal mirror) Scarce Luftwaffe aircrew Blendspiegel Fl415610 (survival signal mirror) used by downed airman to signal passing ship or aircraft made from polished chrome steel and cloth carrying case with printed instruction to back, stored in the crew member trouser pocket or attached to his schwimmweste. In excellent condition with just some age staining to cloth cover. Stock no 6896.
Luftwaffe Flying License To Fighter Pilot Leutnant Edmund Fischer. Rare flying license to Luftwaffe fighter pilot Leutnant Edmund Fischer of Jagdgeschwader 26 (JG26). On the 18/8/44 he shot down a P47 over Beauvais, 25/8/44 shot down a P38 also over Beauvais. 25/9/44 shot down a Mustang over Arnhem belonging to 129 squadron flown by F/Lt P.N Howard and finally on the 27/9/44 he shot down a Spitfire over Nijmegen. During combat over Osnabruck - Hanover on the 12/10/44 he was shot down by a P51 of the 364 fighter group and was killed in the crash. A rare and interesting fighter pilots license ideal research project. In good clean condition with uniform photo, comes with photocopy of his Soldbuch. Stock no 5216
Luftwaffe Pilots Log Book (Flugbuch) Luftwaffe pilots log book to Fw Gunter Heinzel cover the period 5/8/1940 to 15/10/1941 approx. 280 flights are recorded flying Me110, He51,Ju52 and HE111. On the 15th October while flying BF110 - A2+FH of NJG 3 on a high altitude ultra short wave radio frequency beacon flight the aircraft crashed for reason unknown at Ebersbach killing both crew members. The log is in good sound used condition and has all the correct signatures and stamps. A interesting log in need of further research. Stock no 5755.
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
Medal Group And Log Books To Sgt Wilkinson R.A.F. Medal group and log books to Sgt Wilkinson wireless operator / air gunner covers the period 1943 - 1950. Log book 1 - issued by the USAAF covers his training with 111 OTU Nassau Bahamas May 1943 to July 1943 flying B25s. (Temporary log but has correct signatures). Log book 2 - RAF pilots log book? - cover the period 1943 - 1948. Transferred to 200 Squadron October 1943 first entry aircraft delivery Dorval (Canada) to Yundum (West Africa) B24 Liberator. Log records various training flights until 22/6/44 when taking part in his 1st operations Convoy Escort. No further ops are listed until March 1945 now with 203 Squadron 3 ops are listed, log is certified 1st tour is completed and that 141 hours of ops have been completed this is in need of further research to find the missing ops. The remainder of the log details various training flights on Wellington and Lancasters up to 1948 while based at RAF Shawbury. Log book 3 - covers 1949 to 1950 flying as wireless operator on mainly Wellingtons and Lancasters from RAF Shawbury on various training and exercise flights. Wilkinson took part in operation Foil June 1949 the largest training exercise since WW2 and also took part in the Battle of Britain flypast September 1949. Interesting group in need of further research comes with his medals mounted as worn - 39/45 star, The Burma Star, Defence and War medal, named medal box with issue slip. Stock no 4419
Named Air Crew Europe Medal Group. 76 Squadron - P.O.W. Named Air Crew Europe medal group to Flight Lieutenant H.D Coverley, (Son of RFC Pilot Henry Coverley) 76 Squadron Holme on Spalding Moor whos Halifax LK795 was shot down on the famous Nuremberg raid 30th March 1944. The crew baled out after being attacked by Me110 near Hamm all were taken POW except for Sgt Motts who was killed when his parachute caught fire. Pilot Coverley was awarded Caterpillar badge. There is an account of this action in Martin Middlebrook book -The Nuremberg Raid. The medals are in good uncleaned condition and all have been engraved with Coverley details this being quality early engraving not the more commonly found "Boots" type. A rare and interesting named group, a excellent research project. Stock no 6850.
National A.R.P Animal Guard Badge. National A.R.P Animals - Animal Guard lapel badge. Chrome and enamel finish, pinback fixing, numbered 4060. Badge is in good used condition with no damage to enamel. Stock no T920
National Fire Service Identity Disc. National Fire Service Identity Disc issued to 951131 E. Lawrenson for area 31 Brighton. Produced in the standard pressed fibre board with embossed personal details. Stock no T453
Nox A.R.P Lamp Shield. "NOX" A.R.P Lamp Shield - Two part bakelite cover which fitted over the light bulb to restrict the light for blackout use. In good unused condition. Stock no T289
Objects Dropped From The Air, CD Training Pamphlet No 2 1)Civil Defence Training Pamphlet No2 - Objects Dropped From The Air. 2) Ministry Of Home Security Addendum No 2 - Objects Dropped From The Air. 1) 40 page booklet published 1943 by HMSO and fully illustrated detailing explosive objects which may be found on the ground after a air raid, German and British. In good condition with some rust bleed from staples and slight damage to front cover. 2. 4 page leaflet issued by Ministry of Home Security detailing changes to German bombs and incendiary container, in good clean condition with very small damage to centre fold. Both are rare and difficult to find pamphlets in the civil defence training series. Stock no 6480
Picture Post 1942. October 31st 1942 edition of "Picture Post" with Air Vice-Marshal Keith Rodney Park C.B, M.C, D.F.C front cover. In good sound condition with small patch of damage to front cover see photo. Stock no T261
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.
Plymouth Co-Op Ration Card. Ration coupons card issued January 1940 by the Plymouth Co-Operative Society. The small foldout card is in good used filled out condition. Stock no 6383
Press Photos, Crashed Junkers Ju88, London 1941. Severn good quality press photographs approx. 16 x 12 cm all dated 17th April 1941 with censor stamp. Showing remains of a Junkers JU88 which crashed in Campden Hill Road just of Kensington High Street. All photos are in good condition and are of excellent quality with descriptions and various censor stamps. A super group of period photographs. Stock no T1675
R.A.F 1936 Pattern Flying Boots. A good pair of size 8 RAF 1936 Pattern flying boots, leather is in good supple condition, fur lining is sound with only some slight moulting and wear mainly in the heel area. The boots have been re-heeled but soles would appear to be original. Clear A.M markings. These are a good sound used pair of these hard to find Battle of Britain pattern boots. Stock no 5739
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 Crew First Aid Outfit. Wartime R.A.F First Aid Outfit For Air Crew in unopened condition. The waterproof cotton pouch is in good condition although has some age staining see photograph, contents, A.M markings are clear and readable, the pull to open tags are intact and has been opened slightly approx. 3 cm. Due to contents type only for sale to over 18s and UK residents. Good complete example. Stock no 5467
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 quality pair of R.A.F cuff links, Kings Crown RAF wings emblem to front and RAF colours to back. In excellent condition with only slight wear. Stock no 5665.
R.A.F Egg Cup. Wartime white china other ranks mess egg cup in good used condition, blue kings crown RAF stamp to front with maker mark to base.
R.A.F G.Q Parasuit. Wartime R.A.F G.Q (Gerald Quilter Parachute Company) Parasuit (dual purpose type). In excellent unissued condition with just some rust type staining to the O.D heavy cotton material. Good large clear A.M label with A.I.D stamps etc. All zips are working, one has the pull missing. A good example.
R.A.F Log Book To LAC Bowerbank Drogue Operator. R.A.F log book covering the period January 1943 to January 1943 to LAC W. Bowerbank who served as Target tug drogue operator at RAF Gianaclis Egypt. Log is well filled out and has all correct signatures and is in good sound condition. Comes with small photograph of Bowerbank, his flying clothing issue card dated 1942 and his RAF association card. Main aircraft flown - Maryland, Defiant and Baltimore. Stock no 5519
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 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 Toast Rack Early wartime or pre war R.A.F officer's mess toast rack with pilot wing stamp to base. In good used condition with some wear to chrome finish. Stock no 5922
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.F.C Riding Crop. A unusual Royal Flying Corps item a R.F.C Riding Crop approx. 29cm in length in good used condition with cane body and nice quality R.F.C wings embossed end cap. Stock no 5560
RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets. Good used pair of R.A.F 1941 pattern flying gauntlets named and issued to 1605755 E. Maggs. Zips in good working order, leather still supple and sound,leather to palms show signs of being well used, may be improved by cleaning. Clear A.M stamps, size 9/10. A good pair of sound issued honest gloves. Stock no 6164.
RAF Caterpillar Club Tie. Caterpillar club tie ex 103 squadron air gunner. These were worn by air crew who had baled out and were saved by there parachute. This example dates to around the 1980s and is made from polyester and is in used condition. The history will be given to the purchaser, The crew in question had to abandon there Lancaster on a raid to Dusseldorf. Stock no 5961.
RAF Mustard Spoon 1939. Unusual item of RAF tableware, small mustard spoon dated 1939 with AM mark and stores reference number 21c/541. In good used condition measures approx. 9cm. Stock no 6455.
Rare Eisenhower D-Day Letter. This inspirational letter from Eisenhower, Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force was handed out to allied troops on the eve of D-Day. This is a 100% original example not one of the many reproduction, it measures 6 x 9 inches and has the correct 3 folds. The leaflet is in good clean used condition. Stock no 6898
Reichsluftschutzbund Ausweis. Reichsluftschutzbund (National Air - Defence League - part of the German Civil Defence organisation) Ausweis for Baubearbeiter. I.d for official responsible for a building. issued 26/3/1941 by regional group Hessen / Rheinland South to Hans Haupt. Pass in good clean issued condition with good photograph and correct stamps. Stock no T586
Report Of The R101 Airship Crash. Report Of The R.101 Inquiry - Presented by the secretary of state for air to parliament by command of His Majesty, March 1931. Scarce HMSO publication published 1931, approx. 130 pages with illustrations. The report details the findings of the inquiry into the airship disaster of October 5th 1930. Included with the booklet is a edition of the Daily Express 6/10/1930 reporting on the crash. The report is in good sound used condition, the newspaper has discoloured and is in a fragile condition but still readable. Stock no 5948.
Royal Air Force Journal 25 Anniversary Edition. Royal Air Force Journal 25th Anniversary Edition March 1943. 48 page illustrated card cover booklet in above average condition for its age with some slight rust bleed from staples. Stock No 4555
Royal Flying Corps - Technical Notes. Technical Notes - Royal Flying Corps published 1916 by HMSO. 42 page hardback manual with 38 foldout plates, contents include wireless, flight and stability, magneto and engines etc. In good used condition with some slight damage to plate edges, however still very sound and readable for its age. Stock no 5831
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
Royal Observer Corps Certificate of War Service. Royal Observer Corps certificate of war service issued to Observer Officer W.A Wilson. Measures approx. 28 x 20 cm in good condition with centre fold. Stock no 6072
S.F.P - 137 Armband. Unusual Street Fire Party armband has the addition compared to the standard SFP armband of the number 137 which I presume was a area or sector identification. In good condition with only slight wear showing. Stock no T426
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.
Spares Kit for RAF Mark IV B Goggles. Leather case spares kit for Air Ministry Mark IV B goggles, stores ref 22C/167 by J & R Fleming Ltd. Case is in excellent condition with clear A.M markings, contents include clear lenses, tool for removing flip shield, "everclear" demist stick and strip of chamois backed leather, missing from the kit are the guide plates and rivets. Stock no 6141
Special Constabulary Long Service Medal. Special Constabulary Long Service Medal with 3 long service clasps for 1935, 1942 and 1948 awarded to George. C. Porter. In good original condition. Stock no T653
Spitfire Remote Contactor control Box. Air Ministry Remote Contactor Control Box type 2 reference no 110A/338, fitted to Spitfire and other aircraft it has a clockwork mechanism which would transmit a signal every 15 seconds to identify the aircraft as friendly to radar operators on the ground. Wooden box and unit in good condition and appears in working order. Stock no 5667
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.
Sweetheart Handkerchief Anti Aircraft Battery Theme. Good quality wartime sweetheart handkerchief (approx. 42 x 42 cm) showing anti aircraft gun battery in a art deco style. Made of rayon in excellent condition for its age. Stock no 5883
Target Germany 8th USAAF first Year O ver Europe. "Target Germany" The U.S Army Air Forces official story of the VIII bomber commands first year over Europe. (British edition) published 1944 by the H.M.S.O. 120 page card cover booklet in good clean condition, front cover partly detached from the staples otherwise a good example. Stock No 4607
The 15th USAAF Over Italy. The 15th USAAF Over Italy - published 1947 by the AAF Publications Company. A pictorial history approx. 72 pages card cover in good condition for its age, some foxing and rust bleed from staples, Stock no 51317
The Black-Out Book. "The Black-Out Book compiled by Evelyn August - one hundred and one black out nights entertainment. Hardback book published 1939 by George Harrap & Co. 216 pages full of games and puzzles etc. In well used but sound condition with some damage to spine and some foxing to pages. Stock no 6380
The Champions Of Democracy Plate. The Champions Of Democracy Plate produced by Alfred Meakin circa 1941. Full colour transfer of Roosevelt and Churchill facing the Statue Of Liberty. This colourful plate which was unusual for the early war period is in good condition with no chips. A nice piece of wartime Churchilliana. Stock No 5507
The Complete First Aid Outfit Book and A.R.P The complete first aid outfit book and ARP published by Odhams Press Ltd London. 128 pages which details first aid and what to do in an air raid, unusually the first aid kit inside the front cover is original and complete, also comes with its original delivery box. In very good condition with some foxing to pages, however difficult to find in this complete condition. Stock no T282
The Midnight Watch Broadsheet. The Midnight Watch - Broadsheet of Britains fire guard and civil defence workers, February 1944 edition (no19). Large single double sided sheet in good sound condition with some browning of the paper. These do not usually survive in this good condition due to wartime paper quality restrictions. Stock no T1245
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.
Trophys Presented to Battle Of Britain Pilot Sqn Leader W.T.Ellis A.F.C. A pair of trophys and his dog tags presented during the 1950s to Sqn Leader W.T.Ellis A.F.C ex Battle of Britain. 1. Tankard engraved - presented to Sqn Ldr W.T.Ellis AFC by the officers of No 2 Squadron C.F.S Examining Wing 1954. 2. Belived to be Central Flying School trophy engraved - Sqn Ldr W.T. Ellis A.F.C 1952 - 1954. . A pair of identiy discs. Ellis joined 266 squadron at Wittering on August 26th 1940 and moved to 92 squadron at Biggin Hill on September 21st. Three days later he crashed landed on Higham Marshes, damaged in starboard wing and glycol system by a Bf109 in action over Maidstone. Ellis claimed a share in a JU88 on the 27th and on Oct 10th he crashed landed near Poynings Station after being damaged by return fire from a Do17 engaged of Tangmere. His Spitfire X4552 was a w/o, On Nov 5 made a force landing at Gravesend after combat with Bf109. On Dec 1st 1940 he got a probable BF109. He was commissioned inOct 1941, adwarded AFC 2nd Jan 1940, retired June 8 1963 as a Wing Commander. (Men Of The B.O.B). Both items are in good conditions with some slight damage to tankard rim and wood base. A interesting and rare group to a B.O.B pilot. Stock no 5309.
U.S Army Air Force Stationery Set. U.S Army Air Force Stationery Set, card folder measures approx. 20 x 28 cm containing 10 sheet of writing paper headed with a illustration of a P38 Lighting. Over the years we have had many types of stationery sets but this is the first time we have seen this nicely illustrated variety. In good sound used condition with some slight staining. Stock no 6197
USAAF Air Gunner Shirt Wings. USAAF sterling air gunner two inch wings, these smaller wings were worn on the shirt. This example was manufactured by Balfour. Pin fixing in working order and maker marked to reverse. A nice quality pair of wings in good condition. Stock no 5839
USAAF Dead Reckoning Computer Wartime U.S Army Air Forces Computer, Aerial, Dead Reckoning Type E-6B. In good fairly well used condition this being part of the pilots navigation kit. Stock no 6183
USAAF New Testament. A wartime USAAF New Testament published by the American Bible Society, inscribed on the front page "To George Love Mother". In very good used condition. Stock no 6473.
USAAF Type A10 Oxygen Mask Instructions Handbook 16 page leaflet dated February 5th 1943 entitled Handbook Of Instructions With Parts Catalog for the USAAF type A-10 converted oxygen mask. In good used condition has been folded with just some rust bleed from staple in top left hand corner. Stock no 4696
War Cookery Leaflet No 21. War Cookery Leaflet No 21 - How To Preserve Tomatoes. Foldout leaflet in good condition with some slight damage to edge. Dated April 1945. Stock no 4511
War-Time Aids For Animal Owners Booklet. Booklet issued in 1939 by the National A.R.P Animals Committee entitled "War-time Aids For All Animals Owners". 30 page card cover booklet in good sound used condition with some slight foxing and rust bleed from staples. Stock no T1014
Wartime Esquire Playing Cards. A complete boxed set of Esquire playing cards circa 1944. Produce by the USA Arrco playing card company for "Esquire" magazine for men which featured Varga art work. Cards in good used condition with box being in above average condition for age. Copyright 1943 printed on box. Stock no 5726
Wartime Knitting Pattern Bestway knitting pattern No 471 - Sleeveless Pullover For Men In The Army. The four page wartime leaflet is in good sound condition. Stock no 5531
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 5328
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 Police / Fire Whistle. Wartime City Police or Fire Whistle manufactured by C.T.W'S clearly stamped to front of whistle body. In good original uncleaned condition. Stock no T910
Wartime Police Ephemera - Harrow Road London. Interesting group of documents to Wartime police constable P.C 551 Arthur Rider of Harrow Road Station West London covers the period 1940 to 1941. Includes 8 note books listing numerous motoring and various offences. 6 x time cards recording time at court / overtime. Photographs 2 x gas training at Harrow Road Station and one of P C Rider in uniform. Booklet - Summons Headings useful to police (war legislation). Memorandum Slips production of National Registration Identity Cards. Letter summary of evidence of PC Rider with regards to a deserter. Scarce group to wartime policeman, all items in good / sound used condition. Stock no 6358
Wartime Post Office Savings Bank Leaflet. Small foldout leaflet issued by the post office (ref no PBW6) entitled "War Weapons - More Money" give details of war savings offered by the post office. In excellent unissued clean condition. Stock no 5040
Wartime R.A.F Mixing Bowl. Unusual item of RAF wartime kitchen / tableware a large (26 cm dia x 13 cm high) ceramic bowl which I suspect is a mixing bowl or possible a table serving bowl. In good condition with some wear to the glaze from use. Stock no 5349
Womens Land Army Armband and Issue Letter. A six year service yellow Womens Land Army Armlet in excellent condition with letter dated July 1948 from the Kent County Office wishing congratulations to Miss Baker for her long service.
WW1 RFC / RAF Medal Group WW1 Medal group to Frederick William Moore Private 2nd Class RFC / RAF. The group comprises 1914 - 18 War Medal, 1914 - 19 Victory Medal 134538 Pte 2 F.W. Moore R.A.F, boxes of issue, medal ribbons, original air ministry registered envelope and 2 x receipt letters. Moore was born in Battersea 26th May 1897, served in the army before joining RFC 24th November 1917 as private 2nd class, trade cook. Transferred to RAF on 1st April 1918. Served with No 9 squadron, France Nov 1917 to July 1919. All items in good condition (envelope in poor condition) and comes with some research. Stock no 5840.
WW2 WW2 "Cooper" factory on national service lapel badge, numbered on reverse 102. Button hole fixing in excellent possible unissued condition. Stock no 6047
WW2 Girl Guide "On War Service" Armband. Rare and unusual Girl Guide "On War Service" Armband. Navy blue armband overlaid with hand stitched printed "On War Service" insignia. In very good condition with just some general use wear. Stock no 6492
WW2 RAF Escape Map. WW2 RAF silk / rayon escape, evasion map, approx. 49 x 52 cm double sided with hemmed edges. Covers areas of Southern England, France, Holland, Germany, Belgium etc. In very good sound condition with just some slight age staining (see photo). Stock no 6495