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1941 Pattern Royal Air Force Leather Flying Gloves
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DESCRIPTION

The leather flying gloves of the British Royal Air Force were, like the RAF Irvin flying jacket and shearling flight boots, articles of equipment that were much sought after by the American combat pilots who began arriving in England in 1942 (Remember the scene in the film "12 O'Clock High" in which General Frank Savage gives Colonel Keith Davenport a pair of the lined flight boots and tells him "I hope that these are the type you wanted. I had to steal them from the RAF!"). This pair of leather RAF flying gloves is well marked in each glove. They are the gauntlet style, with the hand sections being lined in wool and the wrist and arm sections being unlined. The gloves have fully functioning zippers and show relatively light use but do show some wear-through on one palm.