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I thought I'd quickly show you a small fraction of the rare items which will be going to auction in 2017. Of course, they will still be for sale up to the date I present them to the chosen Auction House.

This is a message for all past and future customers of Bombphoons. My new book/s will feature hundreds of pictures of the pieces I've sold over the years. I'd very much like to name the new owners of each item. If you would prefer not to be named in print do please let me know.

Code: 53656Price: On Request

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EXCEPTIONAL!! Sterling Silver WWI USAAS 93rd Aero Squadron Badge

This is an stunning example of the insignia of the American 93rd Aero Squadron.

The 93rd Aero Squadron was an Air Service, United States Army unit that fought on the Western Front during World War The Squadron was only active between 21 August 1917 – 31 March 1919, so this is one very rare piece of insignia.

Code: 53651Price: 450.00 GBP

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RARE!! 1941 Pattern Mae West Inflation Lever & Fixing Ring

Perfect for completing the look of your 1941 Pattern Mae West.

Condition is excellent, the 'marks' are patination of the brass where the nickel plating has worn.

Check out Code; 53595 1941 Mae West Bladder. I will fit the lever etc. if purchased together.

Code; 53445 will show you these look when complete

Code: 53650Price: 265.00 GBP

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MINT!! WWII Oxygen Mask Hose

In mint condition and with the correct Air Ministry stamped Mk IV Bayonet Fitting.

Suitable for all WWII RAF 'G' & 'H' Type Oxygen Masks

Code: 53649Price:

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COMPLETE!! Creagh Osborne 1915 Radium Compass

This is one very, very rare Creagh Osborne Compass. My research has come up with Aeronautical & Maritime use. I also read of these being used in the very first British Army Tanks. Although how a magnetic compass would work inside a metal tank?

Code: 53648Price: 850.00 GBP

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COMPLETE!! Creagh Osborne Pattern 259 WWI Cockpit Compass

This compass is a direct descendant of the 1915 type of Naval Compass shown above.

The Pattern 259 was patented in 1913 and used by the Royal Flying Corps from 1915 onwards. It soon became the primary Cockpit Compass of the Royal Flying Corps throughout WWI.

This example is in superb, complete condition. Ready for installation into your Instrument Panel or for solo display.

Code: 53647Price: 1400.00 GBP

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GENUINE!! Metal & Enamel Airfield 'WARNING' Sign from 1954

In superb condition for an outdoor enamel sign.

Not known exactly which Airport this is from but regionally it is from the Liverpool/Blackpool area.

Measures 43cms x 28cms

Code: 53646Price: 350.00 GBP

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Replica (Not Fake) 1920-1924 Canadian Air Force Pilot Wing - CAF Buttons in an original 'SCULLY' Box.

This early Canadian Air Force Wing was sold to me as an original wing, but after a few authentication enquiries I was informed it to be a "Replica"....notice I use the word "Replica" and not "Fake".

This Wing was never made to deceive. It is thought this Wing is one of a small number made in the 1960's for presentation/wear by early Canadian Air Force Pilots of the 20th Century. It is therefore a very rare Pilot Wing in its own right.

Multi-piece made, it replicates superbly the Pilot Wing of the 1920-1924 Canadian Air Force. I believe the Wing and CAF lettering to be in silver, and the Maple Leaf looks to have a copper finish.

I understand this replica Wing was presented to the CAF Veterans along with with a pair of original CAF buttons, so I have displayed this Wing in a similar fashion. I've even shown them in an original William Scully box.

Even though this is a replica, it's a rarity in its own right. Indeed I've never seen another example.

Code: 53645Price: 340.00 GBP

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Group Captain J A Sproule DFC RCAF

The following pictures show Group Captain J A Sproule DFC RCAF as he escorts Prince Phillip on a Royal visit to CJATC Rivers in October, 1954.

Pathe News clips can also be seen of GC Sproule on this link;

This is the self same young Pilot Officer who flew his Armstrong Whitley over Germany on the very first RAF Raid of WWII.

So much more has been written about this extraordinary Gentleman. Indeed his own words can be found in his own publication; "437 Squadron History".
It's definitely worth researching deeper, an amazing individual.

Code: 53644Price: On Request

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The Latest Museum Acquisition - Group Captain J A Sproule DFC

What I'm showing here is the Full Dress Uniform of Group Captain J.A Sproule DFC


On the night of 3rd September 1939 the RAF made its first raid over Germany when ten Armstrong Whitley Bombers of 51 & 58 Squadrons took off from Leconfield. The ten Aircraft were flown by the very first 50 RAF Airmen to fly over German soil in World War Two. One of these fifty Airman was a young Pilot Officer, 39693 John Alexander Sproule.

John Alexander Sproule was born on November 23rd 1917 (Brandon, Manitoba). He joined the RAF in March 1937 having already learnt to fly at Brandon Flying Club. He was placed with 58 Squadron at Boscome Down learning to fly the Armstrong Whitley. He then completed a full tour of operations with Bomber Command.
After some time he was placed as a Specialist Navigation Instructor at St Athans (Wales) and Port Albert (Ontario), he started Trans Atlantic and Middle East flights with No. 24 Squadron, that flew Douglas Dakota’s.
During D-Day he acted as Second in Command of the Airborne Invasion with No. 48 Squadron that also flew Dakota’s, pulling gliders.

During Market Garden he was shot down on September 17th 1944 while resupplying Polish Airborne troops. During this action he was wounded but successfully achieved his objective. For this he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. His citation reads;

“One morning in August 1944, Wing Commander Sproule led his squadron on a vital supply mission to France. While over the target his aircraft was hit by light anti- aircraft fire in many places. Although the aircraft had sustained much damage and the rudder was useless, a course was set for a landing ground which was safely reached. Almost as the aircraft touched down it collided against a tree.
Even so, a successful crash landing was effected. This officer displayed exceptional skill and great determination in the face of most adverse circumstances.”

In 1944 he was transferred from the RAF to the RCAF (Service number 89500). As Commander of No. 437 RCAF Squadron he also took part in the Rhine Crossing on March 24th 1945. He stayed with the RCAF until his retirement in 1969.

Code: 53641Price: On Request

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