Here is a lovely US Navy ‘hand warmer’ mug produced by TEPCO during WW2 for the US Navy. No handle is added as the mug was meant to be clasped between hands and helped keep them warm. A really nice chunky mug with thick walls and lovely finish. This one I found on etsy and had posted over from America.
On my layover in the UK I took some time to pop Arthur my R32 back on the road. With this in mind and some lovely british late summer weather burning hole in my conscience, I took a drive out to the old sites of RAF Kirkbride and Great Orton (Wiggonby). Not much is left of Orton except its watch tower and a few other brick structures, but at Kirkbride much of the technical site and huge hangers remain. With in trepidation I took a wander around, despite some random builders and car mechanics staring at me! Well worth a look IMHO!
After an unexpected layover in the UK I thought I’d take some time to start restoring the old RAF bicycle I purchased some time ago. I intend to take off the running gear and get that all serviced and restored. The frame I am unsure of. It has been coated in black paint but underneath the disasterous black paint can be clearly seen the original RAF blue grey colour. Underneath on the frame gearing I found some more serial numbers and on the headset stamped into the frame is RAF then a serial number. Any suggestions as to how to take the black off but retain the blue would be very welcome.
Here is a dinky little stuffed toy, produced by Norah Wellings for the RAF comforts fund during the Second World War. With red lips and eyes looking right and even a small parachute in his pack it really is very cute. Very hard to find I believe. On the left foot is the Norah Wellings makers label and under his collar a label for the RAF comforts fund. The only item missing is a tiny set of goggles which I imagine got lost straight away and a paper label it was sold with. A lovely item and certainly one to cherish. I purchased this one from the ever reliable historic flying clothing company led by David Farnsworth http://www.historicflyingclothing.com
A recent trip to ikea for some bedroom drawers to ‘HACK’ also resulted in finding these hooks. A quick bit of DIY Andy and they made a great storage solution and display method for some of my folding chairs. Here is a US stamped folding chair by Dearborn that I bought from a farmer in Charleroi near Brussels. His father had acquired the chair and two others I had from the American Army after the left the area that had been used as a landing site during the invasion of Europe. Charleroi is now Brussels south airport.