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    Any one collect compasses

    I collect a lot compasses slowed down since moving to Montana it's hard to find military surplus here. But in Calf I would find them easy from ones our troops used and ones issued to other countries. Well this one I got for 45 bucks at a military show in San Jose many years ago from what I found out on the net probably was made for a Britishicon Lancaster Bomber from WW2 even the packing crate.











    Found this photo on the net Lancaster bomber with the same compass.
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    This was the last one I picked up got it as a winter project saw it on Epay with make offer for 20 bucks nothing to loose being ex Navy this WW2 US Navy small boat compass was up my ally. Before and after photo's



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    Came out good the paint came off easy covering the deviation chart and the brass cleaned up nicely and with a little haze gray paint out of a spray can not bad.
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    Here is a interesting one think it was for escape and evasion used for a pilot. Think I picked this one up at the Alameda Antique fair at the old NAS base in Alameda they have it first Sunday of the month on the tarmac about four hours to see every thing for sale miss going to it use to work at the sail loft there when in the Navy and our ship pulled in there once and CHB 3 another unit I was with was there sad to see it closed down but at least the old base is being used.




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    Nice! I like the Waltham A-17 as well. Extra credit for the genuine band.

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    Here is another one out of the collection a WW2 Britishicon issue marching MK1 compass has a bakelite case when you have it closed it locks the compass needle so it don't move.




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    A brave brave man indeed
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    He lives/lived 3 miles from me. Met him several times very unassuming man

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    Absolutely...........just another unassuming person of age who hid his history and his personal achievements as a true leader. What a lovely guy
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    Gil, I guess you'd have met him at functions and reunions as well. We had a few here as well...I was lucky enough to have joined while many were still serving.
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