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Mr Pearson's RAF Sunglasses

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. Also displayed is their original metal case.

Born in Selston Nottinghamshire, Mr Wilfred Pearson is remembered in local community history as being headmaster of Tapton House School, Chesterfield, for fifteen years (1965 – 1980). Before his move to Tapton School in 1939, he had worked as a teacher at Hasland Junior School.

Mr Pearson interrupted his teaching career to serve 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 those men and women who risked their lives to defend our freedom.

Last updated on 12 November 2020