R.A.F. and R.C.A.F.

Uniforms and Accessories

  • Flying Officer J-8972 Alfred Herbert Russell D.F.C. tunic and visor cap, named four pocket service dress with the rank of Flying Officer to both cuffs, melton Canada titles to both shoulders, brass R.C.A.F. buttons, R.C.A.F. Pilot wing on the left chest, one tour Operational wings maker marked "Birks Sterling” complete with its proper back plate on the left chest pocket, Distinguished Flying Cross, 1939-1945 Star and Canadian Volunteer Service Medal ribbons on the left chest, this large size tunic is British maker marked “Hector Powe London’, all insiginias are original to the tunic. Comes with its size 7 1/4 visor cap with embroidered Officer’s King’s Crown cap badge also British maker marked “Harrods Ltd London”. Also included is his Service and Pay Book with entries from 1940 to late 1944, and some Canadian Pacific Railway tickets stubs, all are in very good + condition, $750.00 NEW

F/O Russell was awarded the D.F.C. for his actions on 18 January 1944 destroying U-610

On 8 October, F/O Russell and crew in 3+J (DD863) were escorting convoy SC 143 in poor weather. W/C J.R. Frizzle, the Commanding Officer of 422 Squadron co-located at Castle Archdale, was along for the ride and wrote this report:

". . . At our height of 500 feet we could see the water about fifty per cent of the time, visibility ranging intermittently from zero to one mile . . . As we came out of a cloud I noticed the second pilot, F/O Art Menaul lean forward for a better look at . . . a prominent wake ahead, the object making the wake being hidden from my view . . . The wake was scarcely 200 yards ahead, and almost immediately Menaul yelled "It's a submarine."

". . . When Russell took over we were 500 feet above the water and not more than 700 yards from the sub . . . Russell partially closed the throttles and dived at a fairly steep angle because of our proximity to the target . . . The U-boat had opened fire as we turned, but the shots were wild and well below us. On the other hand our nose gunner's .5's were ricochetting off the hull and conning tower in all directions, and by the time the range had been reduced to 200 yards the enemy's 4.7 inch flak gun was silenced.

"We passed over the U-boat at approximately a hundred feet, and as we climbed to port the galley advised that three DC's had dropped and a fourth had failed to release. Nos. 1 and 2 fell to port and No. 3 to starboard abreast of the conning tower, which lifted 15 to 20 feet as No. 2 exploded . . . (W)e turned in for a second attack . . . (b)ut there was no submarine. Instead there were fifteen or more Germans, surrounded by debris, swimming about in a rapidly spreading oil patch." 30


  • Officer’s 4 pocket service dress with the rank of Pilot Officer to both cuffs, melton Canada titles to both shoulders, brass R.C.A.F. buttons, British maker marked “Alexander Daniels Leicester”, medium size, vg.+ $75.00 NEW
  • Officer’s 4 pocket service dress with the rank of Pilot Officer to both cuffs, melton Canada titles to both shoulders, missing all its brass R.C.A.F. buttons, large size, vg.+ $50.00 NEW
  • Officer’s summer khaki four pocket Service Dress tunic to Flight Lieutenant with RCAF King's crown brass buttons and Canada shoulder titles, maker marked and dated 1943, vg.+ $50.00 
  • Other Rank's four pocket Service Dress tunic, size 16, height 5'7" to 5'8", chest 37" to 38", stamped with a Canadian maker marked and a Canadian Broad Arrow, dated 1942, Corporal chevrons to both arms, printed eagle shoulder titles, all insignias are original to the tunic, R.C.A.F. brass buttons, complete with its waisbelt, vg.+  $75.00 NEW
  • Other Rank's four pocket Service Dress tunic, size 14, height 5'7" to 5'8", chest 35" to 36", stamped with a Canadian maker marked and a Canadian Broad Arrow, dated 1942, complete with its proper printed eagle under Canada shoulder titles which are original to the tunic and its cloth waist belt, R.C.A.F. brass buttons, in close to mint condition, exc.+  $100.00
  • Other Rank's four pocket Service Dress pants, size 23, height 5'9" to 5'10", waist 30" to 32", stamped with a Canadian maker marked and a Canadian Broad Arrow, dated 1942, vg.+  $50.00 NEW
  • Suspenders for Battedress and Service Dress trousers, vg.+ $20.00

Headdress

  • R.A.F. / R.C.A.F. Officer’s visor cap, war economy all metal King’s Crown Officer’s cap badge, size 7, vg.+ $150.00 NEW
  • R.A.F. / R.C.A.F. Officer’s visor cap,  with embroidered Officer’s King’s Crown Officer’s cap badge, size 7, has the shape of a U.S.A.A.F. 50 mission cap, vg. $50.00 NEW 
  • Original W.W.2 issued Royal Canadian Air Force transfer for the steel helmet, Canadian made, exc. $10.00

Flying Helmets and Accessories

  • W.W.2 type "C" brown leather flying helmet, rare wartime variant fitted with four goggle brown retaining straps two front and two rear as well as a strap and buckle in the rear center of the helmet, three press stud fasteners are fitted on either side of the face for attaching the type "E" oxygen mask, comes with a press stud clip to the right side to accommodate type "E*", "G" oxygen and "H" masks, chamois lined with proper elastic chinstrap, medium size, in mint condition $250.00
  • Issued bright yellow survival cap worn over the flying helmet as an aid to visibility in the event of ditching in the sea, vg.+ $40.00
  • Flying helmet press stud clip to accommodate type "E", "G" oxygen and "H" masks, exc. $40.00
  • Oval padding housing for the type 'B' flying helmet, Canadian maker marked, matching pair, vg.+ $10.00
  • R.C.A.F. Receivers C-3 10A/3698, pair of receivers for flying helmets, not wired, vg.+ $75.00
  • Type 48 electro-magnetic microphone 10A/12570 complete short lead and 10H/14207 plug for use with wired helmet, complete with black rubber band, vg.+ $75.00
  • M.T.L. (Microphone Throat Laryngophone) No.2 Mk2 with complete with its short lead and 10H/14207 plug for use with wired helmet, rare vg.+ $90.00

Flying Clothing and Accessories

  • Canadian made fleece yellow silk material pants liner for the two piece flying suit, small size, dated 1943, exc. $25.00
  • Canadian made fleece yellow silk material pants liner for the 2 piece flying suit, medium size, dated 1943, exc. $25.00
  • Canadian made jacket and pants liners for the 2 piece flying suit, fleece brown silk material, medium size, both are dated 1943, exc. $25.00
  • Canadian made jacket and pants liners for the 2 piece flying suit, fleece dark blue silk material, medium size, both are dated 1943, exc. $25.00
  • Immersion suit Mk7 trousers, Ref. No. 22C/1676, small size, British maker marked and dated 1964, exc. $25.00
  • RCAF life vest light, REF. No. 5A/1097, vg.+ $50.00
  • British EASCO life jacket light battery tin, vg. $25.00

Flying Equipment and Miscellaneous

  • RAF ditching whistle, stamped A.M. Crown 23/230 on one side and 293/14/L1795 on the other, working condition, vg.+ $75.00 
  • Bombsight dry compass with the following markins on the top Bomsight,, REF 6E/0.276, Canada, No.2549/43, R.C.A.F. under Broad Arow, Ontario Hughes Owens Co. Ltd, 10cm in diameter, in working condition complete with its proper wooden transit box, vg.+ $90.00
  • Wooden transit case for the above bomsight compass  $25.00
  • Signaling mirror hand held lamp, marked "Canada REF. No. 5A/823 and 1320, complete with it electric wire and wooden transit case, vg.+ $90.00 
  • Floating safety raft knife, stamped with a British maker marked, a Broad Arrow and the following nomenclature number '27C/2125' complete with its proper leather sheat and safety line, in close to mint condition, exc.  $40.00
  • Douglas combined protractor and parallel rule, to lay or read off a course or bearing, to use as a parallel rule and to find dep. and lat. between two positions, complete with its proper cardboard case and instruction sheet, exc. $40.00
  • Bore inspecting mirror for 303 in. gun complete in its wooden transit case, stamped with a British maker marked, dated 1937 and the Air Ministry, exc. $50.00
  • Escape/evasion compass measuring 16mm in diameter, in working condition, exc.  $ 25.00
  • Escape/evasion compass measuring 12mm in diameter, in working condition, exc. $25.00
  • W.W.2 issued ration biscuits (12) still in there original wartime tinfoil and paper wrapper, Canadian maker marked, exc. $25.00
  • W.W.2 issued concentrate chocolate, six small rolls still in the original wartime paper wrapper, Canadian maker marked, exc. $25.00
  • White cotton holdall, stamped Air Ministry and dated 1942, exc. $20.00 
  • Indicator, Frequency Type C2 R.C.A.F. REF” No. 10D/3789 Manufactured 1943 by Canadian Marconi Company, with its proper cover but missing its antennavg.+ $40.00
  • Crystal Calibrated Wavemeter Type TE149 Manufactured RCA Victor Company LTD. Montreal Canada 1942vg.+ $25.00
  • Remote Control Unit Type C5 R.C.A.F. REF. No. 10D/3415, Norhern Electric Company Limited Canada 1942vg.+ $25.00
  • Remote Control Unit Type AR2 R.C.A.F. REF. No. 10D/1277, Norhern Electric Company Limited Canada 1943vg.+ $25.00
  • Receiving Tuning Head Type CRV-23253, a unit of of Model ARB, Radio equipment, vg.+ $15.00
  • BC-375E radio transmitter, serial No.8298, Order No.18-WFSCPD-42, Made by General Electric CO. U.S.A. with mounting FT-151. With its Transmitter Tuning Unit TU-6-B 3000-4500 KC, also made by General Electric CO. U.S.A. A PE-73-C Dynamotor Unit  with mounting FT-107 and a BC-306-A load impedance (antenna variometer) Royal Canadian Air Force REF. No. 10EA/7924 with mounting FT-142. This radio was found on Canadian made Lancaster, B17, B24, B25, B26 and early B-29’s, vg.+ $450.00

Web Equipment

  • Pattern 37 blue canvas revolver holster, stamped Air Ministry, "M.W.& S. Ltd." 1941, vg.+ $30.00
  • Pattern 37 blue canvas revolver holster, stamped  "M.W.& S. Ltd." 1944, with Broad Arrow, vg.+ $25.00
  • Pattern 37 blue canvas revolver holster, stamped with the Canadian maker mark "Z.L. & T. Ltd” and with a Canadian Broad Arrow, vg.+ $30.00 
  • Pattern 37 ammunition pouch, 1st Pattern, stamped with the Canadian maker mark “M.S.& U. Ltd” and with a Canadian Broad Arrow, dated 1941, vg.+  $35.00
  • Pattern 37 ammunition pouch, 2nd Pattern, stamped with the Canadian maker mark "Z.L. & T. Ltd” and with a Canadian Broad Arrow, dated 1943, vg.+  $25.00 
  • Pistol or revolver cleaning rod, stamped with a Canadian Broad Arrow, exc. $20.00
  • Pattern 37 blue canvas basic pouches Mklll for Sten gun magazines, British maker marked and wartime dated, exc. $40.00
  • Water bottle carrier, skeleton type, blue canvas, Canadian maker marked and wartime dated, exc. $5.00
  • Water bottle carrier, sleeve type, blue canvas, Canadian maker marked and wartime dated, exc. $5.00
  • R.C.A.F. duffle bag, named to R.C.A.F. 30063 Chabot J.M., stamped with a Canadian Broad Arrow, vg. $20.00

Badges, Insignias and Medals

  • R.C.A.F. brass cap badge, King's Crown, exc. $20.00
  • R.A.F. brass cap badge, King's Crown, exc. $15.00
  • R.A.A.F. Other Ranks King's Crown cap badge, Canadian maker marked "W. Scully, Montreal", in close to mint condition, $40.00
  • R.A.F./ R.C.A.F. Officer bullion cap badge, Queen's Crown, vg.+ $20.00
  • R.A.F. Pilot Wings, unpadded with King's Crown, vg.+ $15.00
  • R.A.F./R.C.A.F. Bomb Aimer wing, unpadded, exc. $5.00
  • R.A.F./R.C.A.F. Navigator wing, unpadded, exc. $5.00
  • R.C.A.F. Air Gunner wing, unpadded with R.C.A.F. at the bottom, exc. $5.00
  • R.C.A.F. Wireless Air Gunner wing, with R.C.A.F. at the bottom, exc. $20.00
  • NATO/ R.C.A.F. Aircrew wings, Queen's Crown, exc. $5.00
  • Flight Sergeant sleeve ranks, three chevrons which are individually sewn to blue wool backing complete with a King's Crown, matching pair, exc. $25.00
  • Canada shoulder tiltes, matching pair, white letters on blue wool exc. $20.00
  • Canada/USA shoulder titles, matching pair, white eagle and letters on blue wool, exc. $10.00
  • Palestine shoulder title, white letters on a blue wool backing, single, exc. $20.00
  • R.A.F. shoulder titles, matching pair, light blue embroidered eagle on blue canvas, exc. $20.00
  • R.A.F. shoulder title, single for right shoulder, blue wool, exc. $3.00
  • R.A.F. shoulder titles, red on khaki for the summer uniform, matching pair, exc. $5.00
  • USA shoulder titles, red letters and eagle on khaki canvas backing for the summer uniform, matching pair, exc. $30.00
  • USA shoulder titles with eagle, matching pair, white embroidered eagle and letters on blue wool, exc. $15.00
  • LAC propeller rank badges, light blue on dark blue wool, matching pair, exc. $10.00
  • VR (Volunteer Reserve) red embtroidered letters on khaki backing for summer dress, exc. $20.00
  • Canadian made Hurricane Mk llB I.D. bakelite plate taken from a crash site, vg.+ $75.00
  • Polish Air Force 24mm brass button, maker marked J.R. Gaunt London, exc. $10.00
  • Polish Officer rank star badges, two matching 18mm metal stars both with screw post and original white metal nut which are maker marked Milano, vg.+ $40.00
  • Polish Officer rank star badges, two matching 18mm metal stars both with screw post and original brass nut, vg.+ $35.00
  • Polish Officer rank star badges, three matching 18mm metal star with screw post, vg.+ $40.00
  • Polish Officer rank star badges, two matching 18mm metal star with screw post, vg.+ $25.00
  • Polish Officer rank star badge, 18mm metal star with screw post, vg.+ $15.00
  • Polish Officer rank star badge, 18mm metal star with tangs, vg.+ $15.00
  • Polish Officer rank star badges, two matching 18mm metal star with brass lug, vg.+ $20.00
  • Polish Officer rank star badge, 18mm metal star with brass lug, vg.+ $10.00 

Book, Documents and Maps

  • The R.C.A.F. Overseas 3 volumes, Volume 1: The First Four Years, Volume 2: The Fifth Year, Volume 6: The Sixth Year, published by Oxford of Toronto from 1944 to 49, Toronto, a monumental official history of the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War II,  this complete set is very scarce, hardcovers, all vg.+ $200.00 
  • The Creation of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Volume 2: The Official History of the Royal Canadian Air Force, by Douglas, published in 1986 by the University of Toronto, hardcover, vg.+ $20.00  
  • Canada's War in the Air, by L. Roberts, published in 1942 by A.M. Beatty of Montreal, thick blue card covers attached with blue plastic spiral binding, 160 pages of text with hundreds of b/w illustrations. 78 page addenda of contemporary adverts on all aspects of Canadian aviation, hardback, vg.+ $40.00 
  • A history of Canadian Naval Aviation 1918-1962, by J.D. Kelly and E.C. Russell, published in 1965 by the Department of national defence, hardcover, vg.+ $ 20.00 
  • Canadian in the Royal Air Force, by Les Allison, published by the author in 1978, signed by the author, hardcover, vg.+ $25.00.00 
  • Canadian Flying Services, Emblems & Insignia 1914-1984, by Bill Hampson, published by the author in 1986, softcover vg.+ $40.00 
  • Standard Technical Training Notes, Flying Mechanics (Engine), Air Publication 3042, dated 1944, over 150 pages with lots of figures some showing the Merlin XX engine, vg.+ $30.00
  • Manual "Pilot's Notes General" Air Publication 2095, published by the British Air Ministry, dated April 1943, soft cover 132 pages, exc. $20.00
  • Pamphlet 'Meteorology and Operational Flying over North West Europe', 9 pages, dated 1942, exc. $10.00
  • Armament Notes For Aircrew 'Bombs and Bomb Components', B.8.P., dated 11/43, 4 large format pages, exc. $10.00
  • British Army/Air map of Schwerin Germany, dated 1943, scale 1:250,000, vg. $15.00
  • British Army/Air map of Stralsund Germany, dated 1943, scale 1:250,000, vg. $15.00

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