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  1. Here are some vintage souvenirs of the Air Training Corps. The beret is the standard R.A.F. pattern as still worn today, some of the other items are obsolete. The badges were usually chromium plated and not particularly attractive, this example is an earlier one in white metal, of better quality. The beret has the standard black cotton lining and is minus the cellloid patch, which is usually the case with well worn examples. Berets were always freshened up by submerging them in a bucket of cold water and later letting them dry continually forming them into shape until dry, this was the least harmfull method of cleaning. The battledress jackets and trousers were always ironed under a damp cotton handkerchief, the trousers and jacket sleeves having a smart crease. Some profis used to coat the inner of the crease with a fast drying glue like UHU or Pattex and then iron from the outside, the crease always stayed perfect, this was officially frowned upon. The battledress jackets were of the woolly 1949 pattern and worn with a blue RAF shirt with detachable collar and a suitable black tie. The trousers were a plain pattern in matching material, however, no patch pockets and could also have been worn with the dress tunic, so were probably not specificly battledress type. These were worn with an RAF type tunic belt, which however had a chrome buckle, which was worn turned inward, so as not to be seen. Boots were of the old type of the early forties, all leather and with a toecap, usually worn with 13 studs and horseshoe irons, which made the required sound on the parade ground. These boots had always to be kept immaculate, with mirrorpolished caps, and had to be acquired privately. The battledress was worn with two shoulder flashes, AIR TRAINING CORPS embroidered on bluegrey, beneath which was the squadron designation, in this case 27F - F being one of the original founder squadrons from the late thirties and early forties. This Sqn. was stationed in Chingford, Essex (now greater London). No further equipment was provided. Some NCOs were permitted to wear a blue 37 pattern webbing belt, which they had to provide themselves. RAF pattern greatcoats could be worn with chrome ATC buttons, and had to be provided by the wearer himself, but were not worn in 27F Sqn Rank Badges worn: Cadet: No special badge Cadet 1st Class: Star as specified Corporal: As per RAF two chevrons on each upper sleeve Sergeant: Three Chevrons on each upper sleeve Flight Sergeant: Three Chevrons on each sleeve, surmounted by a white metal kings crown Warrant Officer II: Lower sleeve large crown in a wreath Warrant Officer I: Officers uniform, each lower cuff had an embroidered Royal coat of arms, collar each side with a brass VR over a T - Volunteer Reserve, Training, cap as per Officers pattern, with badge as officers, but in gilt brass with a red velvet layer behind the crown (usually Queens crown) Some special badges were worn such as marksmanship badge or glider pilot badge. However, on going to Summer Camp (Leamington Spa) or other outward excursions, extra items of equipment were provided, standard was the RAF haversack with strap, which was all blue blancoed and with brass fittings, in this was kept the groundsheet, folded in regulation plattern and tucked in, entirely filling the haversack. For parades, whitened 1937 pattern gaiters and webbing belts were worn, the rifle with a white blancoed carrying strap. The standard rifle was the Number 4 Mk.1 (wartime dated), no bayonets were issued. For manoevers and on board an aircraft, a regulation bluegrey cotton overall was issued. This had buttondown ankles and cuffs, a buttoned flyfront and a turndown collar, worn over the battledress. Second picture shows the contemporary shoulder flashes - missing are only the Sqn. designation patches (27F, etc.). Two examples of the rank badge for "Cadet 1st Class", only one of these was worn on the upper left sleeve - here one mint example, the other used and slightly faded. An RAF tunic buckle in brass, these were worn as chrome plated - but not visibly. A standard RAF other ranks cap badge with kings crown, pre 1952 (WW2) An old photo showing the typical dress of the late 1960s period. In a way, it wasn't much different to going to school. Motto: Venture - Adventure A Chipmunk trainer, one of the first aircraft to be used in connection with the A.T.C. in the 1960s
  2. Oberstleutnant Walter Oesau, a popular Hoffmann photo as a postcard, unwritten. Small photo of an unidentified pilot - Flugzeugführer, Uli (Ulrich) born 12.5.1919, failed to return from a mission on 14.10.1941, on Velox photopaper. Dornier Do 215 medium bomber, postcard by Film-Foto-Verlag, Berlin SW68 No. R.194. This aircraft was only produced in small numbers and was also exported to various countries. Heinkel He 111 - Unsere Wehrmacht - Das Flugzeug wird zur Tankstelle geleitet. Kunstverlag Schwerdtfeger, Berlin. Photo: Riebicke Unsere Wehrmacht - He 111 - Startbereit. Schwerdtfeger, Berlin. Photo: Heinke Unsere Wehrmacht - Blick in den Funkraum einer BV 138. Schwerdtfeger, Berlin. Photo: A. Schulze Photo series of a funeral for Luftwaffe personnel, probably Flak, one photo is dated 14.3.1943. No further description
  3. Leutnant Karl Allmenröder, Sanke Karte (Pour le Mérite), 1896-1917 He was a member of the Richthofen "Flying Circus" and joined Jasta 11 in late 1916 and gained over 30 victories before being shot down on 27. June 1917 near Zillebeke, Belgium. The photo was taken before he gained the Pour le Mérite and which has been added later to the photo. His other decorations as seen in the photo are the Iron Cross 1st class, the Military Pilots Badge and the Oldenburg Friedrich-August-Kreuz 1st class. After the crash he was recovered from the battlefield and buried in his home town Solingen-Wald, where his grave can be seen today. All of his decorations can be seen in this photo (Sanke) taken at the funeral: The Hausorden von Hohenzollern (Ritterkreuz) can be seen in the photo (centre). The circumstances leading to his death are still unclear. A Canadian ace, Fl./Lt. Raymond Collishaw, R.N.A.S., was accredited with this, however, there is a discrepancy in the dates. Oberleutnant Oswald Bölcke and Leutnant Max Immelmann amongst their comrades. Front row: Salffner, Meding, Lt.Albert Oesterreicher, Bölcke, Hptm. Hermann Kastner, Lt. Max Immelmann, von Krause, Lt. Ernst Hess Back row: Lt. Max Mulzer, von Schilling, Oblt. Maximilian von Cossel, Fromme, Oblt. von Gusnar Taken the last day on which Bölcke and Immelmann together in the same group. Bölcke was despatched the next day for preparation for the Verdun Offensive. He was in Douai in June for the funeral of Max Immelmann + 18.6.1916
  4. Hermann Göring: "Alles was fliegt, gehört mir!" Göring, an original Uniform (internet photo) M. 35 helmet with 1st pattern Luftwaffe insignia. Helmet has suffered wear and storage, light corrosion, excessive dampness, chinstrap missing, liner was probably originally light tan, split at seam and one further split due to shrinkage. Marked ET62 and batch number 3762, no further markings. Finally, a close-up of the Lufwaffe eagle 1st type. As mentioned, it is stamped ET62 and with serial number 3762, definitely an early example A close-up of the national colours, black-white-red and the neck guard with the number 3762 The liner before cleaning and slight restoration Peaked cap for flying branch and paratroops. Form not quite in keeping with regulations, but popular and tolerated. Mid to late war, top is of bluegrey "doeskin", a few moth nips, upper has also some "grazing". Artificial leather chinstrap with correct buttons and peak with hemmed edge, light gold coloured rayon lining and artificial leather sweatband, no markings. Insignia is of zink. A peaked cap for Luftwaffe signals units. Top is of bluegrey whipcord-gabardine, piped in signals brown. All aluminium insignia of superb quality, patent leather chinstrap with some congealing and age, bound artificial leather peak with green underlay, russet brown cotton lining with maker's details, dated 1939 and size stamp: G.A. Hoffmann, Berlin W.29, a renowned maker. Sweatband of papp-mâché to be repaired.
  5. Dreieckrechner A Luftwaffe navigation instrument as always part of the personal items taken on board, mostly larger aircraft with more than the pilot. This, officially known as a Dreieckrechner for calculating various aspects of navigation, position, altitude, speed and wind. It is two sided. It was first patented by C.E.Plath (Nautical Instruments) of Hamburg-Altona in 1936 and produced by Dennert & Pape of Hamburg-Altona, both firms are, as far as I know still in existence. This item was first introduced as "Baumuster Plath DR2" in 1936 with the designation Fl.23825, which was a special number for Luftwaffe equipment, so that orders for replacements were made using these LW Codes. Also still known as a "Knemeyer" after its original designer. This particular example was produced in August 1941. It has suffered a bit from postwar bad storage, but still fully functional for those who are familiar with it. This is the basis of modern instruments as still produced by these companies and in use today in modern aviation, with the designation "Aristo". Further models were produced in 1942/3 as DR3 and DR4 as from 1944, in use till the end of the war. A special variation in slightly luminous yellow for night flights was also later produced. A copy of an original instruction leaflet shows and explains the various parts of the instrument and its functions. Not sure which member of the crew had the function of navigating. Either the Observer, Bordmechanik or Bordfunker. I remember Ms. Neusüß explaining to me that Walter Neusüß as Bordfunker also was sometimes involved with "Navigation". (transferred from equipment section)
  6. Ehrenliste der Deutschen Luftwaffe, 7. September 1942 These were regular bulletins published almost every week. This edition contains exclusively awards for the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold. Other examples will also include other decorations such as the Knights Cross or the Fliegerpokal, etc. These documents have now become scarce and expensive. This example includes at least one well-known name, such as the famous Battle of Britain pilot, Gerhard Barkhorn. At the end of the page is the facsimile signature of Hermann Göring. Unteroffizier Erich Baxmann, Bordfunker in einem Kampfgeschwader Gerhard Barkhorn, Oberleutnant in einem Jagdgeschwader
  7. Fritz

    Royal Flying Corps

    Some original RFC - Royal Flying Corps items: (transferred from previous section) 2 other ranks' cap badges, one well worn, the other still with all detail A pair of shoulder flashes, white on black A further badge, unknown, gold bullion on dark blue, propellor over "O", possibly RFC or RNAS (?) does anyone have any info on this? A pilots wings, beige embroidery on khaki cloth Three contemporary postcards Leefe Robinson shot down Zeppelin LZ 11 over Cuffley, Potters Bar, Herts. on 3rd September 1916, here depicted A portrait of an unknown RFC man A group photo of RFC men, handwritten in pencil, very faint, hardly legible short message dated 22/6/18 The RFC, still wearing the khaki uniforms of a special cut, were redisignated Royal Air Force on 1st April 1918. Further item: Wing for Observer, Royal Flying Corps. Unused, early quality unpadded, to the rear light brown weave. The observer wing was worn till about 1940/41 Notes by Leon21: Two bladed propeller indicates a Leading Aircraftsman / 1st class mechanic After further research , It is referred to as a twin bladed airscrew over the letter O which is the trade patch of a Naval Petty Officer Air Mechanic the letter O is for Ordnance. A highly skilled Petty Officer would have been through technical courses in gunnery and torpedo schools, it is most likely Air Fleet Arm formed in 1924 which became a separate branch from the R.A.F and controlled by the Navy.
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