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Rare WW1 and WW2 memorabilia up for auction

Flying jacket
The flying jacket is expected to fetch between 3000 and 5000

A rare American flying jacket, a Third Reich enamel street sign and an SS officer's dress-sword are among historical items being auctioned in Gloucestershire this week.

The objects will go under the hammer at Dominic Winter auction house as part of a sale of military, aviation and motoring memorabilia.

The leather flying jacket was owned by one of the notorious 'Flying Tigers', made up of United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps pilots who defended China against Japanese forces in WWII.

It features a sewn on 'blood chit' with a Chinese Republic flag over an inscription which translated reads; 'This foreign person has come to China to help in the war effort. Soldiers and civilians, one and all, should rescue and protect him.'


Other items for sale include a signed WWII Japanese silk flag decorated with inscriptions made by Japanese prisoners awaiting execution for war crimes in Changi Prison, Singapore after the war, and a Third Reich enamel street sign entitled 'Adolf-Hitler Platz' from the liberation of Nuremberg, 1945.

Lots like the America Flying Jacket tell their own unique story and will undoubtedly be something to treasure.
Dominic Winter

The original Nazi street sign contains two bullet holes from shots fired by U.S. soldiers in April, 1945, and is expected to fetch between £1200 and £1500.

Also for sale will be a rare Third Reich SS officer's dress-sword with an inlaid signature inscribed 'Heinrich Himmler' and a silver metal button worn by Barnes Wallis, famous for developing the "bouncing bombs" used by 'The Dam Busters' to breach the Möhne and Eder dams in Germany in 1943.

The button was from Wallis' days at Christ's Hospital School and comes with a signed letter dated 1970 that reads: 'I hope you will find this of interest and that it will help raise funds at your auction'.

Auctioneer Dominic Winter said: "In light of this year's 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, we are delighted to be holding this auction which is full of rare pieces from military and aviation history.

"Lots like the America Flying Jacket tell their own unique story and will undoubtedly be something to treasure."

More information about the auction can be found on the Dominic Winter auctioneers website .

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