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Aviation Artifacts

On this page are some of the miscellaneous aviation memorabilia in the collection that donít fall under a common classification. Basically itís the other related items page. The page includes pieces from different countries, from a range of eras, for a variety of uses and from both military and civil use.

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WWII Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Suitcase

F/O Deckland Archibald Bayley
September 6 1921 to February 14 1945

This is the suitcase of RCAF Flying Officer Deckland Archibald Bayley, J/24977, 117 Squadron RAF. F/O Bayley died February 14, 1945 and is buried at the Chittagong War Cemetery Bangladesh. He was the son of Samuel Anson Bayley and Sarah Lucy Bayley, of Vancouver BC and had one sister.

Also killed in the crash were; F/O D.A. Bayley (Pilot), F/L J.W. Slater (Navigator), F/O W.R. Thomson (Co-pilot), P/O J.E.Long, P/O E.E. Newell (Navigator on area experience).

Serving with the No.117 Squadron RAF, Air Command, South East Asia, at 07:08 hours on February 14 1945, F/O Bayley and crew departed Hathazari in Dakota III FD.820 on their first sortie of the day which was to fly direct to the KAN airstrip to drop supplies and return to base.

Weather reports compiled an hour earlier stated that the hill ranges north of latitude 20o north were cloudy, with showers and local thunder storms. 3 other aircraft took off for KAN along with FD.820 but within a few minutes returned to base without completing their mission. The pilots reported that the hill ranges to the east of KAN were covered with extensive cumulus clouds and violent turbulence was experienced in these clouds.FD.820 carried on with the mission but never reached the airstrip at KAN.

At 13:45, headquarters 342 Wing Operations were informed of the overdue. A search was conducted but the aircraft and crew were not found and they were listed as missing in action. Eventually wreckage with some personal effects and remains were found by the Army and it was confirmed that the crashed aircraft was Dakota FD.820, and that there were no survivors. It was later determined that the aircraft crashed due to poor weather.

The name and information on the suitcase is hand painted on and there are Trans-Canada Airlines (TCA) stickers plus the manufactures logo on it. The suitcase was manufactured by Christie Baggage of Ammerst Nova Scotia.

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K-20 Aerial Camera

Folmer Grayflex model K-20, serial no. AC-42-70952

The K-20 camera is a lightweight, handheld, aerial camera used for oblique photography during World War II (between 1941 and 1946).

The K-20 was made under contract for the military during WWII by Graflex and several other companies. Approximately 15,000 were manufactured by Folmer Graflex Corp. in Rochester, NY between 1941-1945. They use a 5.25"x20 to 5.25"x200 foot roll film, with an image size of 4x5 inches. The lenses were non interchangeable 6 3/8" f/4.5 adjustable diaphragm made by Kodak, Ilex, or Bausch & Lomb, depending on what was available at time of order. After WWII many of the K-20 cameras were destroyed so that the market would not be flooded with the cameras after the war had ended and they were sold to the civilian market.

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Type G45 Gun Camera

Williamson Mfg. Co. Ltd. London & Reading model G45, serial no. 15463

The G45 gun camera was used throughout WWII by British fighter units and armament schools from 1939 onwards. It was designed and manufactured by the Williamson company of London and Reading. It used 16 mm orthochromatic film supplied in 25 ft lengths with a frame speed of 16, 18 or 20 per second, these corresponding to the rates of fire of the Lewis, Vickers K and Browning machine guns. The G45 was fitted as standard on Fighter Command aircraft such as the Spitfire and Hurricane. It was controlled by an electrical switch operated by the gun-firing pneumatic system.

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Type M 4A Gun Camera

Bell & Howell model AN Type M 4A, serial no. 13749, dated 1943

U.S. Navy-Bu. of Ord., G.S.A.P. (Gun Sight Aim Point), Camera 16 m/m, 12 Volts.The lens is a Bell & Howell ANSIX Type-V, 35mm, F/3.5, serial no. 385623.

This type of camera would have been used on US Navy fighter aircraft during WWII to record, confirm hits during air to air combat and air to ground attack and was also shown in newsreels. The camera operated when the aircraft's gun trigger button was pressed.

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WWII Royal Air Force (RAF) Message Streamer

The message streamer was used by the RFC in WWI and the RAF in WWII to drop messages from aircraft to infantry and other troops on the ground.

Manufactured by W.S.Ltd., the streamer made out of cloth with the main colours being red, yellow and blue. The green cloth part of the streamer has lead weight in it with a pouch to put a message in. This streamer is marked B 27575/39/C.I.(C), includes British Air Ministry (A.M) stamp and is 5ft long and 4 inches wide.

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Wind and Navigation Calculator Mk.1. (Isothermal)

Manufacturer: R.(N.)
Ref. No.: 6B/243

Includes the original A.M. marked box.

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WWII Luftwaffe Dishes

This set includes a china cup, saucer with a fork, soup spoon, desert spoon and ladle made from aluminum.

On the bottom of the cup and saucer is FI. U.V. which is the abbreviation for "Flieger Unterkunft Verwaltung" which translated means "Flight Barracks Administration". Felda is a name of the river in the area the porcelain was made (or the company originates) and Rhon refers to the mountains in the same area and Stadtlengsfeld is the name of the town in the Wartburgkreis district of Thuringia Germany.

The glider represents the history of the area which is said to be the birthplace of German glider technology and home of several famous glider pilots. This style of glider logo was used between 1933 and 1945.

All items have the Luftwaffe Eagle on them.

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