Mr Pearson's RAF Sunglasses
These sunglasses – designed especially for RAF pilots – formed part of Mr Wilfred Pearson's RAF uniform.
The specially designed circular darkened glass lenses are framed by wire metal with leather blinkers.
Born in Selston Nottinghamshire, Mr Wilfred Pearce is remembered in local community history as being headmaster of Tapton House School in Chesterfield for fifteen years (1965 – 1980).
Prior to his career in teaching, Mr Pearson served with the RAF in the Second World War. He flew in a range of aircraft including Tiger Moths as well as Vickers Wellington and Warwick bombers. These sunglasses survive from that period.
Serving in the RAF during the Second World War was certainly very risky. According to the Imperial War Museum, only 24% of those who joined the RAF survived the war unscathed. Without doubt, we owe a great debt to the men and women who risked their lives to defend freedom.