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RAF Station Biggin Hill Officers Mess binder for use with documents, menus, magazines or similar. Gold embossed King's crown Royal Air Force crest and lettering on the front. Lovely period item from this famous wartime fighter station synonymous with the Battle of Britain. Late war or late 1940s. Love it! #ww2 #raf #bigginhill #rafbigginhill #rafstation #officersmess ##1940s #vintage #battleofbritain #fighterstation #fightercommand #royalairforce #spitfire #hurricane#finesthour #thefew #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany
Mon 12th February 2018
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Large nickel plated bronze RAF station bell with classic 'crown' top. This is the smaller of the two sizes produced, measuring approximately 30cm in height (not including protruding clapper when fitted) and 28cm diameter. Stamped 'A.T.W' with War Department broad arrow on the crown top and engraved to the side with King's crown A.M. marks and all important 1940 date. This example is complete with the often missing original clapper.  The crown top has been painted red and the entire bell may well have been this colour at some point. Other than giving it a quick clean we have left the bell in original condition. It has relatively minor 'dings', scratches and surface wear where it has been struck over the years but has a very pleasing overall patina commensurate with age. A superb, impressive and imposing display piece. New to the website but sold already.. #ww2 #raf #airministry #bell #1940 #vintagebell #battleofbritain #aviation #flying #scramble #wingsforvictory #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany
Thu 8th February 2018
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Help please! Does anyone recognise this patch / badge? It's on an original WW2 American M-41 field jacket with an English made 8th Army Air Force shoulder patch. So far I've drawn a blank so any suggestions are very welcome... #ww2 #worldwartwo #usarmyairforce #usarmy #m-41jacket #fieldjacket #8thairforce #8aaf #themightyeighth #patch #squadronpatch #insignia #bombgroup #vintagejacket #vintageclothing #1940s #1940sclothing #pilot #aircrew #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #badges #whatisthis?
Mon 29th January 2018
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WW2 RAF/ SOE escape and evasion pencil nib compass. British Bank No.433 nib by West Brooks & Co. Ltd. Leicester.  This appears to be a standard 'dip-pen' nib but close inspection reveals a tiny indentation punched in the centre at the balance point.  The nib is magnetised and by placing the indentation on a pivot would swing North.  Alternatively the nib could be carefully floated in still water to the same effect.  Excellent working condition and rare to find.  The final photograph shows the nib balanced on a mapping pin.  A recent sale on our website. #ww2 #raf #soe #specialoperationsexecutive #mi9 #escapecompass #escapeandevade #royalairforce #vintagepens #dippen #claytonhutton #prisonerofwar #compass #clandestinewarfare #pow #westbrooksandco #vintagewriting #aviation #flying #1940s #worldwartwo #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany
Thu 25th January 2018
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First pattern RAF blue service dress cap. Introduced in 1919 this Prussian blue is considerably lighter than the RAF blue we know today. Short lived and extremely rare. This example on display at the RAF Museum Cosford. #raf #vintageuniform #vintagehat #vintagecap #1900s #servicedress #airmuseum #aviation #vintageclothing #aircrew #pilot #flying #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany
Wed 24th January 2018
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USAAF A-11 flying helmet manufactured by J. S. Menihan Corporation. Size extra large.  The leather is in very good condition - clean and fairly supple but rather crumpled and a little dry to the touch.  This early example has a basic press stud arrangement for oxygen mask attachment - two single studs on the left and a close pair on the right to take a 'flat hook' mask clip, one of which is attached.  With emboidered manufacturer's label. Rather than the external adjustable buckled strap at the nape of the neck this early helmet has a strip of elastic sewn internally. Unwired but we can supply the correct 'Y' loom at extra cost if required. #ww2 #usarmyairforce #usaaf #armyaircorps #vintageclothing #flying #flyinghelmet #1940s #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #pilot #aircrew #aviation #aviationcollectables #8aaf #8thairforce #memphisbelle
Tue 23rd January 2018
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RAF 1930 pattern flying helmet. Stores reference 22c/51.  Chestnut brown leather helmet with a chamois lining.  Wide leather chin strap with a simple friction buckle fastening.  Single rear goggle strap.  This example has been fitted with chamois lined earflaps, stores reference 22c/57,  for use with radio equipment or Gosport earpieces.  Also fitted with bakelite receiver carriers, stitched in place beneath the earflaps.  There is a faded label in the crown of the lining and a faint Air Ministry mark plus names of  previous owners. The 1930 pattern helmet replaced the MK.1 used by the RFC during the Great War and is also the forerunner of the type B introduced in 1935.  A good '+' to very good used example of this early RAF helmet. #Interwar #prewar #1930s #raf #airministry #royalairforce #flyinghelmet #vintageheadgear #vintage #pilot #aircrew #flying #warbirdkit #aviation #aviationcollectables #ww2 #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany
Mon 22nd January 2018
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RAF parachute bag. Standard issue wartime parachute bag in heavy canvas.  Twin webbing handles and original D-o-T  zip fastener. Clear war department arrow marked on each side.  Complete with internal 'flaps'. An address in Norfolk is marked near the top but this is rather faded. #ww2 #raf #royalairforce #parachute #vintagebag #1940s #pilot #aircrew #flying #aviation #aviationcollectables #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #parachuteharness #parachutejump #wardepartment #broadarrow
Sun 21st January 2018
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WW2 USAAF Suit, Summer, Flying AN6550.  Size medium (M38) but measures approx. 42" at the chest (pit to pit, zipped) and 35" at belt height.  Introduced in April 1943 to replace the A-4 this is a lightweight one-piece zip fronted pale green poplin suit with buttoned, flapped pockets at the chest and lower legs.  Buttoned ankle straps.  The cloth is in excellent clean condition showing very little wear or use.  Original brass Talon zip and belt.  Perhaps the most widely used suit by the AAF during WW2.  Super example. #ww2 #usaaf #armyairforce #flightsuit #flyingsuit #talonzipper #vintageclothing #1940s #1940sclothing #pilot #aircrew #aviator #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #vintage #aviationcollectables
Sat 20th January 2018
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RCAF privately tailored standard four pocket service dress tunic with a very nice semi-padded Royal Canadian bomb aimer's brevet, 'Canada' shoulder titles, flying officer rank lace and ribbons for the distinguished flying cross and Canadian Volunteer medals, the latter with silver Maple leaf denoting overseas service.  R.C.A.F. buttons are used throughout.  Labelled and named to a P/O J. Shore, service number 33030 (?). Dated 23.12.42. #rcaf #canadianairforce #raf #ww2 #vintageuniform #vintageclothing #1940s #1940sclothing #pilot #aircrew #flying #aviation #bombardier #aviationcollectables #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #flyingofficer
Fri 19th January 2018
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Standard four pocket RAF khaki drill jacket with faux French cuffs.  Tailored by P.B.G, 14 Prince Mary Ave., Jerusalem. Fitted with belt and buckle, brass buttons, removable epaulettes with flying officer rank lace and a nice locally made flat pilot wing. The belt buckle, buttons and rank lace all attached in such a way that they could easily be removed for laundering purposes.  Nice manufacturer's label which is marked 'V' as in 'Victory' for all his majesty's forces. #ww2 #raf #royalairforce #vintageclothing #vintageuniform #1940s #1940sclothing #pilot #aircrew #flying #aviation #aviationcollectables #servicedress #tropicalservicedress #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #pilotswings #wings #insignia #desertairforce #britainatwar #vintagejacket
Thu 18th January 2018
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By Wilkinson Sword.  British made flyer's body armour, Type A with Type C apron.  Devised by the 8th AAF Surgeon Col. Malcolm Grow in conjunction with Wilkinson Sword, the anti-flak vest is comprised of three parts, front, rear and abdomen/groin.  Each section is constructed using overlapping manganese steel squares sewn into pockets within an heavy brown canvas covering.  This was backed with a soft brushed cotton for comfort.  It was equipped with a quick-release system using cords and lift-the-dot fasteners that allowed the entire suit to fall away from the airman in case of emergency.  Intended for use by gunners, navigators, bombardiers and radio operators, whose duties involved standing or moving around the aircraft.  Flak suits were issued from a 'pool' prior to missions and returned at the end of the 'Op' for use by outgoing crews.  They were developed as a direct result of injuries sustained by 8th AAF crews flying from England.  Initially there was considerable resistance and objection to wearing them but it is estimated that they reduced flak and bullet fatalities by 50% & injuries by 70%. These early development suits were manufactured by Wilkinson Sword in the UK but production was slow and later models were manufactured in America.  This example has British war department broad arrow marks.  The RAF used flak suits in limited numbers and it is possible that this is one of those. #ww2 #raf #usaaf #aaf #1940s #flakvest #antiflak #flak #bulletproofvest #8thairforce #wilkinsonsword #aircrew #pilot #flying #aviation #flyingclothing #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #malcolmgrow #bombercommand #vintageclothing #wardepartment #memphisbelle #airgunner #waistgunner
Wed 17th January 2018
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This item was generally used by bomber command aircrew to help keep them warm at altitude. Lining, Electrically Heated Type G.  Size small, stores reference 22c/904.  One-piece button fronted collarless full length suit in brown Union twill.  To enable the wearer to don the garment more easily both legs have a single split from ankle to groin fastened with snap connectors.  The suit's electrical supply was taken through the attached flexible cable (umbilical) with a 3-pin connector/plug (5c/527). Snap connectors at the wrists and ankles accomodate the higher wattage 24 volt power supply and allowed the use of heated glove liners and booties to help provide the wearer with warmth at high altitudes. Complete with umbilical and plug.  Labelled. This is a reasonably good used example of what is now a very difficult suit to find. #ww2#raf #bombercommand #flyingsuit #vintageclothing #1940s #vintage #flightsuit #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #aircrew #pilot #flying #aviation #aviationcollectables #heatedclothing #wartime #windak #royalairforce #airministry
Tue 16th January 2018
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Manufactured by Minton's this china tureen measures approximately 18.5 x 12 x 10cm.  The rims of both the base and lid are decorated with dark blue and gilt bands and have a RAF King's crown crest. This would have graced the tables of an officers' mess during the 1930s or 1940s.  A recent sale on our website. #raf #royalairforce #tureen #minton #mintons #mintonschina #rafstation #vintagechina #1940s #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #vintagetableware #ww2 #wartimebritain #britainatwar #aviation #aviationcollectables
Mon 15th January 2018
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French made private purchase Hartman pattern Luftwaffe flying jacket. New stock to appear on the website in the next few months. #ww2 #luftwaffe #vintageleatherjacket #vintageleather #1940sclothing #1940s #aviation #flying #flyingjacket #pilot #aircrew #hartmann #erichartmann #flyingclothing #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #eclairzips
Sat 13th January 2018
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WW2 RAF leather C-type flying helmets. Early and later patterns. I hate stocktaking... #ww2 #raf #flying #flightclothing #flyinghelmet #pilot #aircrew #biggles #fightercommand #bombercommand #vintageclothing #1940sclothing #1940s #reenactment #aviation #aviationcollectables #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #vintageleather #aviator
Fri 12th January 2018
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USAAF Sweater, Mechanic's, Worsted, OD, Type A-1.  Size 38.  Dark green V-necked worsted wool sweater.  Issued to groundcrew but also widely used by aircrew. Quite rare to find.  Reproductions are now widely offered so nice to get an original.  In very good overall condition.  Available on the website now. #usaaf #usarmyairforce #ww2 #vintageclothing #vintageknitwear #1940sclothing #1940s #8thairforce #olivedrab #thehistoricflyingclothingcompany #aircrew #mechanic #pilot #flying #aviation #vintagesweater #worldwartwo #8thaaf #groundcrew #raf #flyingclothing #madeofwool #wool
Thu 11th January 2018
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RAF / USAAF station 'bell' box by Gents of Leicester.  Small wooden box approximately 20 x 14 x 7.5cm.  A glass panel in the front is painted on the back in black and has gold blocked lettering 'STATION COMMANDER' AND 'O.C.ADM. WING'. Below the text are two 2.5cm diameter unpainted circular areas through which white or red coloured 'discs' can be seen.  These are operated via a simple electro-magnetic mechanism and could be 're-set' using a push button on the right side of the box.  It is assumed that this box would have been attached to the wall or door of the Station Commander and Officer Commanding Administration Wing and the coloured 'discs' operated to indicate whether the room was occupied or vacant.  The box appears to be manufactured in some kind of hardwood.  It has neat box joints with a mitred moulding at the front and is varnished.  The mechanism is rather grubby and there is some paint flaking on the 'discs' but it might be possible to clean up and even get working again.  There is faint marking to the top of the box 'RAF St. Faiths'. RAF Bomber Command Station Horsham St Faith near Norwich opened early in 1940.  The first operational squadrons there were  19 Squadron and 66 Squadron with Spitfires.  Boulton Paul Defiants of A flight 264 Squadron also flew from St Faiths in 1940.  The airfield was taken over by the USAAF  September 1942 and used by the the 319th Bomb Group, the 56th Fighter Group and from early 1944 the 458th Bomb Group. RAF fighter command took the station back in July 1945 operating Gloster Meteors.  When the RAF left in 1967 the station was redeveloped for civilian use as Norwich airport. A pleasing item that would look great mounted in a collection room.  With another electro-magnetic switch that came with it.  Sourced in Norfolk close to the original base.
Tue 9th January 2018
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Manufactured by Walker & Hall in electro plated nickel silver this bottle or decanter 'label' is octagon shaped and approximately 5 x 2.5cm.  Slightly concave with a raised ridged border.  Fitted with a chain to hang around the neck of a glass decanter or bottle.  Engraved to centre with King's crown R.A.F. crest and 'MADEIRA'. These labels were used to distinguish the various spirits within the officers' mess.  Manufacturer's marks to rear. Available from our website now.
Mon 8th January 2018
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Air Defence Cadet Corps two-piece chromed metal belt buckle, the left section attached to a circular plate with a central horizontal slot.  The plate is inscribed around the edge 'AIR DEFENCE CADET CORPS'. The right section is attached to a smaller slightly domed circular plate  embossed with a stylized bird  motif.  The two sections interlock to form the buckle. The Air Defence Cadet Corps was formed in 1938 with the objective of encouraging  interest in pre-service aviation training.  The intention was to ensure there would be some combat ready pilots should war break out.  Squadrons were set up in as many towns around the UK as possible aimed to prepare cadets for joining the RAF or the Fleet Air Arm.  Before the end of 1940 the British government recognised the value of the cadet force and took control, renaming it as the Air Training Corps.  The Air Defence Corps was in existence for less than three years so any uniform items are scarce and sought after.  On our website now.
Sun 7th January 2018
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