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Cased, WW1 Era British Observation Balloon Troops Negretti & Zambra Pocket Barometer / Altimeter With Magnifying Compass Compendium C1910. Sn 17917. - 17917
Although unsigned this altimeter as used by WW1 Era British Observation Balloon Troops was most likely made by the quality optics manufacturer Negretti & Zambra C1910. The face is marked compensated and is marked with barometric scale with a range from 23-31 inches of mercury. The outer rotating altimeter scale with a range from 0-8000 Feet set beneath bevelled glass. The brass instrument has a suspension ring. The instrument is contained in its leather over wood, green velvet lined case which has a brass button release catch. The magnifying glazed face of the case incorporates a compass enabling a bearing to be superimposed on a map or chart, the magnifier allowing reading of fine detail. The instrument is in full working order. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17917
£475.00

MINT, UN-ISSUED. WW2 Model AK39 Nazi German Luftwaffe Pilot's Arm / Wrist Compass. Sn 17317 - 17317
This is an original, WW2 Arm Compass issued to German Luftwaffe Pilots in near mint un-issued condition. It is complete with its webbing strap with metal buckle for wearing on the arm or wrist (the strap on this example measures 8 ¼”). The rear of the Compass is clearly stamped with model detail 'AK39 Anforderz FI 23235-1' and has serial number which appears to be ‘8841778’ (all illustrated). The compass functions as it should. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17317
£295.00

C1960’s British Army X Type (PX1 MK 4) Irvin Parachute Pack With Many Labels / Markings & Correct Harnesses. Sn 17189 - 17189
The British X-Type series of Parachutes were developed in 1940 under the initiative of Raymond Quilter of the GQ company, in collaboration with Leslie Irvin of Irvins, both parachute manufacturers. The X-Type became the standard parachute for the British Army during the Second World War. It proved a highly successful design, especially when compared to the cruder German parachute. X Types continued to be used post war and the X Type PX1 MK 4 was used by the British Army from the 1960s onwards . This X Type PX1 MK 4 parachute has the correct brown webbing harness with alloy central release buckle with stores codes (illustrated). The harness is fitted with loops to take a reserve pack. It has a brown canvas backpack with issue labels (all illustrated). It is complete with inner pack & parachute. It is in packed condition (the contents have not been checked). The pack measures 15”x21”x7” and weighs just under 9Kg. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17189
£395.00

1965 British RAF Fast Jet Hawker Hunter & Lightning Pilot’s High Altitude Pressure Jerkin MK 4 With Mae West Life Preserver Jacket By Frankenstein Manchester Size 3. AE 561 - AE 561
This is an original RAF Fast Jet Hawker Hunter & Lightning Pilot’s High Altitude Pressure Jerkin MK 4 With Mae West Life Preserver Collar activated by a pull cord cylinder contained in a pocket on the jacket. The cylinder is present (unkown if any compressed air is contained in the cylinder). The purpose of these jackets were to balance the pressure exerted on the inside of the lungs (by the oxygen flow) by applying equal pressure to the outside of the body using inflatable bladders connected to the same oxygen supply as the mask / pressure helmet. This was of particular importance if the cabin was to de-pressurise when flying at high altitudes. It has the correct features such as front zip, pockets with cords and press stud fasteners, extra pockets for housing accessories (accessories are absent), communication connectors & oxygen hose. The inside of the jacket has a nice WD label with stores references, size information and manufacturer label of Frankenstein Manchester. There are also 1965 dates (all illustrated). All fabric and stitching are clean and intact. The price includes UK delivery. AE 561
£695.00

RARE, Early WW1 British F.E. Becker & Co London Royal Flying Corps Pilot’s Wrist Altimeter With Original Wrist Strap. Sn 16302 - 16302
F.E. Becker & Co London were barometer and scientific instrument makers circa 1914. This is an original Royal Flying Corps Pilot’s Wrist Altimeter by F.E. Becker & Co London. It is in excellent untouched original condition, with a fine patina gained over a hundred years. It is particularly rare due to the fact that it has the Royal Flying Corps mark on the dial (Capital A Over Broad Arrow) other similar instruments were often a ‘private purchase’ but this altimeter is a correct RFC item. The tan leather strap is also in excellent condition. The strap is oversized to enable the altimeter to be worn over gauntlets, or the sleeve of a flying coat and has its original brass buckle. Sn 16302
£875.00

RARE, WW1 1917 Patt U.S. Air Service Type 1-A Pilot’s Western Electric Leather Flying Helmet To Jack Mayer Of The 88th Aero Flying Squadron. Sn 16179:1 - 16179:1
This is an excellent original WWI U.S. Air Service Western Electric Type 1-A Flying Helmet. The Western Electric Type 1-A was the first helmet to incorporate radio telephone communication equipment and saw limited use at the end of the war. The russet brown leather helmet is lined in flannel and laces in the back for a snug fit. The crown of the helmet is also fitted with a strap and buckle for further adjustment. There are leather housings for earphones mounted on each side (earphones lacking). An original label mounted on the inside reads "Western Electric Co. Inc. / No. 1-A Helmet / Large Size". The lining has contemporary ink handwriting ‘Jack Mayer 88 Aero Sqd’ ( The 88th Aero served on the Western Front, France: 24 May-11 November 1918, performed : Sorties 1,028,Combat missions: 557,Enemy combats: 13,Killed: 3 pilots, 3 observers,Wounded: 1 pilot, 6 observers, Missing: 3 observers (POW),Aircraft lost: 46, Victories Enemy aircraft shot down: 4 Enemy balloons shot down: 0,Total enemy aircraft destroyed: 4). The helmet is clean and undamaged. It fits approx. UK head size 7. The price for this rare to find WW1 pilots helmet worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 16179:1
£575.00

WW2 Nazi German Luftwaffe & NSFK Glider Pilots Uvex Flying Goggles. Sn 15703:59 - 15703:59
Uvex goggles were used by Luftwaffe & NSFK glider pilots during WW2 (see pages 79 & 233 of the book Vintage Flying Helmets by Prodger). This is an original example of the Uvex flying Goggles in good condition. The goggles are clean & undamaged with all of the correct Uvex features including One piece synthetic foam cushion mask for comfort, plated frames and headband with adjustment buckle. The lenses are intact. There are no visible date, model or manufacturer marks on these goggles. The display head illustrated in the images is not included. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:59
£425.00

Post WW2 Korean War Era British 2nd Pattern Type C RAF & Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Fighter Pilot’s Leather Flying Helmet With Ink Pilots Name ‘Forrester’. Sn 15670:10 - 15670:10
An original WW2 era 2nd Pattern Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm & RAF pilot's Type C leather flying helmet. These helmets were introduced in the late 1940’s and had 2 additional loops to the rear of the helmet (see page 206 of the book Vintage Flying Helmets by Prodger). The helmet is made of the correct brown leather with correct chamois leather lining and padded leather ear roundels. It has the correct webbing chin strap, press stud fasteners, hook and straps including the correct 2 additional post WW2 loops to the rear. It also has the correct leather rubber ear cups for comms. The helmet is clean and undamaged with just light service wear. The lining has a contemporary hand written ink name ‘Forrester’ no doubt the name of the pilotsissued with this helmet (illustrated). The helmet is a small head size approx. UK size 6. The lining has an indistinct blue ink roundel (illustrated). The price for this helmet worthy of further research regarding the pilot’s name includes UK delivery. Sn 15670:10
£250.00

Early WW2 ‘Blitzkrieg’ Nazi German Luftwaffe K33 Fighter Pilot’s Brown Leather, Fleece Lined, Combat Flying Helmet By Wriegal & Wagner . Sn 15793:16 - 15793:16
This is an excellent original K33 Luftwaffe flying helmet. These helmets are similar in construction to the LKp S100 & FK34 flying helmets but had no provision for communication equipment. K33 helmets were issued to fighter pilots and air crew in combat positions where no communication was necessary early in the Blitzkrieg (see page 23 of Luftwaffe Vs RAF by Prodger). All leather, straps with buckles and press stud fasteners are present clean and intact. The leather is supple. The helmet has the correct clean fleece lining and original, crisp, ink printed, cloth manufacturer’s label ‘Wriegal & Wagner Uchtenfels Bayer Ostmark Grosse’. The helmet would fit approx. head size 6 ½. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15793:16
£375.00

Framed Original WW2 Nazi German Luftwaffe Parachute Fragment Recovered From The Crash Site Of German 2 Group KG55 Griffin Squadron Heinkel He111 Bomber Number 2877 Shot Down By AA Fire Over Birmingham 19-11-1940 With Notes Regarding Fate Of Crew - 15703:22
Kampfgeschwader 55 "Greif" KG 55 or Battle Wing 55 was a Luftwaffe bomber unit during World War II. KG 55 was one of the longest serving and well-known in the Luftwaffe. The wing operated the Heinkel He 111 exclusively until 1943, when only two staffeln of its four Gruppen (Groups) used the Junkers Ju 88). The Luftwaffe He111 Bomber Number 2877 took off from Dreux near Paris to take part in a night raid over Birmingham 19th November 1940. The aircraft hit by Anti-Aircraft (AA) fire over Birmingham and when the wireless operator saw the observer bale out, he followed suit. The aircraft was completely wrecked and burnt out. Armament: Parts of one MG 15 and some pieces of armour were found. Markings on a small plate found in the wreckage showed that the aircraft or component was made at Heinkel Werke, Oranienburg. Its bomb load included at least one 500 kg bomb slung on the underside of the aircraft. The aircraft crashed at Workshop Farm, Wolvey, Warwickshire. This parachute fragment 13” x 11” measured within the frame was recovered from the crash site. The fragment with section of cord attached has old dry blood stains and areas of scorching no doubt as a result of the action which left the pilot & one gunner killed and the 2 crew who baled out, captured as prisoners of war. One edge of the fragment has ink writing ‘He 111 19-11-40 (date)’. A card mounted within the frame has information regarding the incident, the aircraft shot down, names & designations of the 4 man German crew together with what happened to them as a result of being shot down (illustrated). The glazed gold painted wood frame measures 15”x 12”x ½”. The rear has hanging rings with cord and a label naming the crash site of the aircraft which can be seen in image 3. More information regarding the Griffin Squadron, the aircraft that was shot down and its crew together with later excavations of the crash site can be found at the website www.aircrewremembrancesociety.co.uk. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:22
£345.00
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