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DIE RITTERKRRUZTRAGER DE LUFTWAFFE 1 The absolute must have book in both English and German of every RK winner who served in the Luftwaffe as a fighter pilot. Short bio's for each person, and although well out of print, it is still a sort after book and with all pages intact.
DIE RITTERKRRUZTRAGER DE LUFTWAFFE 2 Second and last addition and absolute must have book in both English and German of every RK winner who served in the Luftwaffe as a Stuka and ground attack pilot. Short bio's for each person and although well out of print it is still a very sort after reference book with all the pages intact.
FLOTTENCHEF ADMIRAL LUJENS CARD The last captain and went down with the Bismarck.
GENRALMAJOR GALLAND CARD
HAUPTMANN HANS MARSEILLLE The 'Star of Afrika' and was credited with shooting down more allied planes than any other Luftwaffe pilot. Bailed-out in N. Africa and killed when he hit his tail-plane.
HAUPTMANN SAYN WITTGENSTIEN CARD
KAPITANLEUTNANT LEHMANN-WILLENBROCK CARD
KAPITANLEUTNANT PRIEN CARD
KAPITANLEUTNANT ROSENBAUM CARD
KAPITANLEUTNANT SCHEPKE CARD
KORVETTENKAPITIAN KRETSCHMAR CARD
KORVETTENKAPITIAN PRIEN CARD
LEUTNANT KURT WOLFF - SANKE CARD 523 A member of the Flying Circus and he always wore his lucky-charm night cap in battle, except the day he rushed to engage the enemy and forgot to put it on, and on that day he was subsequently shot down and killed. In excellent condition.
LOTHER FREIHERR VON RICHTHOFEN - ROTHENBERG CARD 3000 A member of the Flying Circus and achieved 40 victories in relatively short period of time, and therefore was deemed by some as far more capable than his famous older brother. Killed in a plane crash after the war in 1922. In excellent condition
LT MAX IMMELMANN Immelmann with an early Litewka uniform in 1915. (as he was awarded his PLM on 12 January 1916).
LT ROTH Lt Roth - 'The ballon buster' This is a rare card
MAJOR HANS PHILIPP CARD
MAJOR VON MALTZAHN CARD
MAJOR WICK CARD
OBERLEUTNANT RUDOLF BERTHOLD - SANKE CARD 423 Refused to leave the front and insisted on flying while badly injured and achieved 44 victories by the end of the war. Was strangled by his own Blue Max by German Communists in 1920. In excellent condition.
OBERLEUTNENT MARSEILLE CARD
OBERLEUTNENT MARSEILLE CARD The Star of Afrika
OBERSTLEUTNANT MOLDERS CARD
ON THE FIELD OF HONOUR 1 A classic and must have for any RK collector or reader of the award winners, for the swords, diamonds, and golden diamonds. Reasonably priced as a good 2nd hand book, and first addition and signed by the author.
ON THE FIELD OF HONOUR 2 The second and last addition and a classic and must have for any RK collector or reader of all the award winners for the oak leaves. Reasonably priced as a good 2nd hand book, and first addition and signed by the author.
RITTERMEISTER MANFRED FRHR. VON RICHTHOFEN - SANKE CARD 503 This is the holy grail of all the German WW1 PLM winners sanke cards and it is seldom found on collector websites nowadays, and usually fetches around USD$150. In excellent condition.
RITTMEISTER MANFRED FRHR. VON RICHTHOFEN - SANKE CARD 532 The famed Red Baron, Rittmeister Manfred Frhr. von Richthofen, leading German WW1 ace with 80 confirmed victories. This sanke card is probably the next most sort-after of the Baron, following sanke number 503. In excellent condition.
THE ARMED FORCES OF WORLD WAR 2 A nice comprehensive book on all the armed forces and their uniform and rank structures in WW2. Good condition.
WW1 GERMAN ARMY AIR SERVICE BAVARIAN OFFICERS LITEWKA UNIFORM - NAMED WW1 Bavarian aviation officers early war Litewka tunic and trousers (not to be confused with the 'Kleiner Rock', which were introduced from late 1915). Both the Litewka's and Kleiner Rock's were very popular with pilots because they were a more comfortable uniform to wear. Made with the distinct Litewka soft doeskin silvery grey wool material and with the straight lower pockets. Two rows of silver (Bavarian) buttons, and matching collar patches and slip-on type shoulder boards and all corresponding in colour for the 8th Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment. Matching gilded winged propellers on each shoulder board and with vertical loops for one award on the left hand side (presumably for a Bavarian pilots or observers badge) and a smaller set of vertical loops on the right hand side (possibly for an Austro-Hungarian pilots badge or Gallipoli Star). And with a nice pair of dark navy coloured straight-leg trousers of similar soft doeskin wool material with WW1 period matching metal buttons marked 'solide neuheit'. Named to a Lt 'Rothe' or "Bothe' (as it is hard to tell the first letter being period hand-written in ink italics). Initial research has found a PLM winner, Fritz Ritter von Roth, who did serve in the 8th Bavarian Atty Regiment, before joining the the Air Service in late 1917, and he was famous for being known as the "Balloon Buster". Although his spelling differs, with the 'e' at the end, Roth(e) was spelt both ways, and it is a well known Southern German surname with both spellings being used (in the same way that Goring was also spelt Goering).
WW1 GERMAN ARMY AIR SERVICE BAVARIAN OFFICERS MODEL 1910 FIELD UNIFORM A superb Bavarian officers 1910 pattern tunic and matching trousers for a lieutenant in the German Army Air Service. Tailored fine gaberdine grey material with Swedish cuffs, silver buttons and double matt silver litzen to the collar on patches of black velvet with poppy-red edging. Correct Bavarian threaded matching shoulder boards, each with propellers, however, one propeller is missing a wing and the other is broken-off but still intact. Does have areas of light mothing and then especially to the lower right-hand front bottom skirt. On the left-side there are 3 Loops for a ribbon bar and then 6 loops to house 3 awards with rubbing evidence to the fabric to show that they have been used. Matching trousers with leather shoe fasteners at the bottom. The tailors name is visible on the trouser buttons as well as to the top rear on the pants, being 'Isidor Bach Munich' who was then a well known premium out-fitter and tailor of WW1 officers uniforms. This aviators uniform was found in a house clearance in Denmark about 10 years ago. (Medals & badges in some of the photo's are not included).
WW1 GERMAN ARMY AIR SERVICE PILOT\'S SILVER PLATED GOBLET GROUPING WW1 German Pilot's Group to Wilhelm Rehbein. Imperial German Pilots Grouping of Wilhelm Rehbein, consisting of a fine silver-plated goblet with miniature Prussian Army Air Service pilots qualification badge mounted to the centre. The goblet has a makers or hall mark to the outer edge of the outside bottom rim. A nice dark patina to the goblet which stands at 19 cms in height. Accompanied by photograph of Rehbein in field grey uniform (standing) wearing a pilots badge and a black wound badge. Also comes with three documents, one of which is understood to be his death notice.
WW1 GERMAN GROUP TO OTTO BARNEBECK 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and 1914-18 Honour Cross awarded to Otto Barnebeck of Stuttgart. WW1 Iron Cross 2nd Class Grouping, consisting of 1914 Iron Cross 2nd class award accompanied by the original 1917 dated citation, 1914-1918 Honour Cross with award citation for the 1914-18 Honour Cross awarded in the 1930’s, large celluloid on tin coloured image of the recipient in field grey uniform and a studio cabinet photograph of the recipient in field grey uniform wearing the Iron Cross 2nd class.
WW1 GERMAN GROUP TO PFILIPP SCHAFER German medal group of two to Pfilipp Schafer with photos and award documents. Also includes a Gott Mit Uns Belt Buckle and a 25th Anniversary Medal Impressed/engraved on the back. Iron Cross 2nd Class and Hindenberg Cross 1914-1918 with Swords. 25th Anniversary Rosette and Clasp impressed/engraved on the back.
WW1 GERMAN IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS A nice convex type early quality EK1 with no makers mark. Excellent silver and 99% of the black gloss paint is intact and with a good secure working pin.
WW1 IMPERIAL GERMAN FLAG WITH PHOTOGRAPH A large size Imperial German State flag with an original period photograph showing it being captured by the men of an engineer regiment at the Hotel de Ville, Douai, France on September 16 1918. The flag has been carefully cut from the pole shown in the photo, and is otherwise it is in very good worn condition after over 100 years and has lots of character.
WW1 PRUSSIAN FLAG 2.5M X 1.5M A huge 2.5m x 1.5m Prussian battle flag of fine printed composition on traditional flag cloth. The flag bearing the design of Iron Cross to the corner, and the Imperial eagle to the centre. The flag with its heavy duty stitched reinforcing section at one end. To the upper staff area, the flag attachment. The main rope to the lower section. The flag with the stamped ink 'Kaiserliche Kriegsflg 1,5 x 2,5’ marking to the reinforcement. The flag showing some general wear and use overall. Some holes to the field (the holes ranging from 1cm approx to the largest approximately 3cm). The printed colours remaining fresh & vibrant. An inked name is visible to the base of the central roundel. Possibly inked by the person taking the flag as a souvenir. This came from a large naval collection and haven’t been on the market for over fifty years. The size of this flag is of the type carried on Capital shipping i.e. major battleships, or U-boats. Particularly rare to the market. The design of the flag is of the 1903 – 1919 pattern, and typical of those carried during the First World War.
WW1 RNAS/RAF DSC GROUP TO DOUBLE FIGHTER ACE CAPT. C.B. RIDLEY An extremely rare Distinguished Service Cross Group of Three to Double Ace Fighter Pilot Captain Cyril Burfield Ridley D.S.C., Royal Air Force, late Royal Naval Air Service. A superb Great War Ace's 1918 D.S.C. group of three awarded to Captain C. B. Ridley, Royal Air Force, late Royal Naval Air Service, credited with at least 11 Victories with No. 1 (Naval) Squadron and No. 201 Squadron, flying over 200 Ops; Ridley completed over 40 Air Combat Sorties in Sopwith Triplanes and Camels, an early expert in low strafing he once came down to just 10ft to deliver his attack - before tragically losing his life in a mid-air collision whilst with No. 12 Squadron in Germany in May 1920. Distinguished Service Cross, G.V.R., Hallmarks for London 1917; British War and Victory Medals (Capt. C. B. Ridley. R.A.F.). Good very fine. D.S.C. London Gazette 17 April 1918: "For distinguished services as a pilot and for courage in low-flying expeditions during which he attacked enemy trenches with machine-gun fire from a height of 30 feet. On 9 March 1918, he attacked a formation of enemy scouts, selecting one which was attacking one of our machines. The enemy aircraft dived down with a quantity of smoke issuing from it, but it appeared to flatten out at 2,000 feet and disappeared in the mist. He has previously destroyed several enemy machines and has at all times led his flight with great skill and courage." Cyril Burfield Ridley was born at Esher, Surrey on 18 January 1895. He was educated at Arundel House, Surbiton and at an early age showed a great interest and proficiency in aeronautics. Ridley soon became a keen member of the Aero Club, in his time becoming an accomplished builder of both gliding and powered aeroplanes. During 1910, aged only 15, Ridley built a glider with the vast wingspan of 18ft, so successful that it was demonstrated at the Crystal Palace and Sandown Park. A cutting of Flight, dated 26 August 1911 also includes an image of 'Master C. Ridley, the boy model maker, who won the Gamage Silver Challenge Cup and Gold Medal for longest flight at this competition.' His love for the air developed into a career, working as an Aeronautical Engineer for the Sopwith Aviation Company, during which time he also qualified as a pilot, from Hall School, Hendon, with Certificate No. 2427 on 20 February 1916. He was thence commissioned Flight Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Air Service on 25 June 1916, being posted to Dover and successfully completing both patrols and escort sorties. Although his initial training had been a success, the first combat victory for Ridley was not accounted for until Spring 1917, sharing an Albatros DIII over Villers Les Cagnicourt on 29 April 1917, later sharing an Albatros DV, near Messines on 17 July 1917, his first 'solo' that of a another DV following '...a very hot engagement with six enemy scouts near Ypres, 14 August 1917. A DFW was scored over Zillibeke, 10 September 1917 with his report stating: One two-seater observed approaching our formation over Zillibeke at 16,000 feet at 5.05pm. On being observed it immediately dived east and I fired a short burst into it, whereupon it dived vertically and turned west, eventually appearing to flatten out at 1,000 feet over Ypres. I followed it down firing continuously at it from point-blank range until my gun jammed over the enemy trenches. The E.A. was last seen going down low over the trenches with puffs of smoke emitting from its engine.' What else that is evident from the study of the supporting documentation is that of his many 'probables'. Many inconclusive combats are noted, including in June, that of driving an enemy scout to 900 feet, strikes seen entering the fuselage and wings, 3 September 1917. A mere three days later, north of Lille, Ridley shot up an enemy kite-balloon, causing the enemy observer to make use of his parachute, Ridley noting he was lucky to clear '...very intense A.A. fire' upon his climbing from the target. A charming margin note, following that '...the balloon appeared to be hit but did not catch fire', stated only 'Balls'. By December 1917, Ridley was promoted Flight Lieutenant and had converted to Camels, claiming an Albatros DV at 18,000ft, near Passchendaele, 6 December 1917. He then returned home until February 1918, completing Home Defence Duties from Dover and London. March 1918 saw a return to the Front and he shared in a kite balloon over Ypres, later confirmed as a decoy bearing a straw Observer. His unit was thence re-named No. 201 Squadron Royal Air Force in April, adding one more kite balloon to his score, east of Boyelles, 8 April 1918. Before July 1918 and his appointment as a Flight Commander, four more kills were added, these being a Pfalz DIII, two Fokker Dr. Is and a Fokker DVII, going to earth '...completely out of control', 4 July 1918. Great detail may be gleaned from the Squadron records of the wholly treacherous circumstances which Ridley found himself on a number of occasions and the exact frequency of his service. He is shown to have engaged 10 enemy scouts on 21 March 1918, having been forced to withdraw on account of his guns jamming. Between the calendar year of April 1917-18, Ridley is confirmed as having flown in excess of 200 sorties, a most intriguing mission being that shared with South African Ace Flight Lieutenant S. M. Kinkead, engaging Gothas off Westende, on 13 November 1917. His service during the year was eventually rewarded with a richly-deserved D.S.C, his recommendation (NAAIR1/74/15/9/165 refers) states a record of 17 victories, no doubt as a result the many probables which may be attributed following his continuous and varied combat flying in those previous twelve months. The skill of Ridley was far more than a consistent and active combat pilot. He was also a superbly proficient enemy strafer, with numerous entries providing details: Flight Lieutenant Ridley attempted an attack on Rechem. He fired 150 rounds from 250 feet at troops on the ground in a small town probably near Menin,being unable to find the aerodrome. He experienced very severe machine-gun and A.A. fire and flying onions. He encountered E.A. in mist and returned with his machine riddled with bullets' 13 July 1917 Flight Lieutenant Ridley observed bodies of troops in shell holes and trenches just in front of our advancing troops near Becelaere. He went down to within 10 feet of the ground and was much below the level of the trees at times. He dived at these batches of troops who ran from shell hole to shell hole pursued by the triplane. Our troops waved and cheered as the pilot flew over them and dived towards the enemy who were in complete panic.' 20 September 1917 Flight Lieutenant Ridley saw a block-house behind which were about 100 men. Some appeared to be climbing over the top or perhaps sniping our troops. He fired 150 rounds at these men and took several dives at them until too close to the ground, when he had to pull off. Apparently some of these troops were shot. Position N. of Becelaere.' 26 September 1917. By July 1918, now promoted Captain, Ridley was requested to complete a test flight upon the RAM B8783. As a vastly experienced pilot in low-level missions, his report would be essential for the approval of new machines. However a report regarding the machine makes for stark reading: Having flown this machine, I consider it very slow, exceedingly heavy on controls, and unmanageable for manoeuvring near the ground. I therefore consider it unsuitable for low-flying and ground strafing work. After I had been in the air for fifteen minutes, the engine failed, owing to a broken piston liner, and I was forced to land.' The conclusion from the field confirms the trust in the opinion of Ridley, concluding it is '...little doubt that this machine is unsuitable for any military purposes.' Following the Great War, Ridley remained with the Royal Air Force but was killed in a training accident. His Bristol fighter collided mid-air with the aircraft of Flight Lieutenant J.D. de Pencier, on 17 May 1920 over Lindenthal, Cologne, Germany. Both men were serving with No. 12 Squadron, with the aircraft crashing from a height of approximately 450 feet (Berliner Lokal-Anzeiger, refers), their crew sustaining injuries but surviving. He is buried in the Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany; together with Commissioning Documents as Flight Sub-Lieutenant and as Captain, two portrait photographs of the recipient, besides a large file with a number of original newspaper cuttings, copied photographs and documents, all pertaining to the education, career and death of the recipient, 33 copied images, some with annotations from the original photograph album of the recipient of his service throughout his service and copied Log Book entries.
WW1 RNAS/RAF GROUPING TO LT. F. L. MORRISON Royal Naval Air Service / Royal Air Force Observers Medal & Logbook Grouping, consisting of British War and Victory medals “LIEUT F.L. MORRISON R.A.F.” In card boxes of issue and includes numerous items of insignia, his original flying goggles and wrist compass. Selection of original documents including a Duty Ration Book, Signal card book with handwritten notes and his RNAS Pilots Flying Logbook inscribed FL MORRISON SUB LIEUT RNVR on the front cover and covering the period from 16th October 1916 to his last flight on 14th October 1918. Frank Leslie Morrison was born in Brighton on the 24th August 1892. Enlisting into the RNAS in August 1915 his service number was F7491 and his occupation was that of a Draughtsman. In October 1916 was granted a Commission as a Sub-Lieutenant in the RNVR for meteorological duties with this terminating in April 1917 when following his training he was appointed an Observer Sub-Lieutenant. Serving in Greenwich, Eastchurch, Vindex, East Fortune and Orotava he then transferred to the RAF with service in 278 and 206 Sqns before being transferred to the unemployed list on 24th March 1919. Medal entitlement confirmed as BWM and VM only. He was married in April 1922 and by 1939 he was living with his wife Alice in Woking with his occupation shown as a Public Works Contractor, he was also a volunteer A.R.P. warden. Frank Leslie Morrison died in Woking in July 1977. For further research: BE 2E and Short Renault aircraft. Balance of Group not framed in plastic storage box.
WW1 ROYAL FLYING CORPS MESSAGE STREAMER A very good and slightly used WW1 RFC Message Streamer. WW1 RFC aircrew regularly used these message streamers throughout the war to drop information and coordinates of enemy positions to their troops on the ground. In addition, these streamers were also used by the Flight and Squadron Commanders by attaching them to the their wing struts and sometimes on the tail fin, so that the other pilots could easily identify them in the air. A good example with correct central pop-button at the top inside of the pouch to secure the weight and message within the canvas pouch square. Measures 54 inches or 137 cms in length. Note: SE5a aircraft not included !
WW1 ROYAL FLYING CORPS OFFICERS MATERNITY TUNIC A wonderful WW1 Royal Flying Corps maternity tunic for a lieutenant and complete with a set of classic RFC pilots wings. A high quality standard officers cut tailored tunic in very good used condition and with no mothing. Matching RFC badges to the collar and two sets of pips to each shoulder board and with RFC buttons securing the boards to the tunic. Period set of 5 matching bakelite buttons inside and with 2 metal pop-buttons to the top to fasten-up the front and with the 2 original fastening hooks to the neck collar. Bottom horizontal slit pockets with flaps. The inside is all in very good overall used condition. A fantastic set of RFC wings with only slight abrasions to the outer left-side wing feathers, which is quite common as the left-hand arm rubs across that side of the tunic by the wearer. A museum quality example of a scarce RFC junior officers pilot's tunic.
WW2 GERMAN NURSES AWARD GROUPING TO HERTA TONNDORF WW2 German Nurses Award and Insignia Group to Herta Tonndorf from Hannover. WW2 German Nurses Award & Insignia Grouping, consisting of the social welfare / red cross medal with its original full length ribbon. War Merit Cross Ribbon and War Merit Cross without Swords. 2x brooch badges in enamel for the Deutsche Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross), cotton Red Cross armband with the remains of the ink issue stamp visible and personal identity card from the German Red Cross with image of her in uniform.
WW2 LUFTWAFFE BOMBER FLIGHT CLASP IN GOLD WW2 Luftwaffe Bomber Operational Flying Clasp in Gold for 110 or more Operational Flights. Winged Bomb pointed downwards riveted to centre. Broad Pin Reverse and without Maker Mark. .
WW2 LUFTWAFFE CASED DAY FLIGHT FIGHTER CLASP IN SILVER WW2 cased Luftwaffe Day Fighter Clasp in Silver awarded for 60 or more Operational Flights. A very nice example of a Tombak non maker marked Luftwaffe Flight Clasp in silver, good silvering generally, slight frosting still showing to the edges of all of the leaves, slight toning to the lower base coloration of the left hand set of leaves. The black patinated finish to the upward pointed eagle all intact. Complete with its wide tapering pin, original hook and hinge. One small delicate rivet holding the arrow to the main award. In it's original fitted case, which is in immaculate condition with the lettering to the exterior ‘Frontflugspanger fur Jager Silber’.
WW2 LUFTWAFFE ENLISTED RANKS SIDE CAP. A pristine early war quality dark blue fine cloth enlisted ranks overseas cap. The exterior there is no moth damage and a deep blue Luftwaffe rayon lining to the interior. Standard machine bevo stitched-on eagle and national roundel. A small length of cotton has come loose from the eagle stitching to the top which could be easily rectified. Size is approx 55 cms.
WW2 LUFTWAFFE OFFICERS WHITE TOP SUMMER CAP- NAMED WW2 Luftwaffe Officer’s White Top Summer Visor Cap. A good example of the Luftwaffe officer’s white top summer visor cap, possibly size 56. White top is removable, and in overall good condition with very slight age foxing to the top. Complete with its correct removable bullion wire eagle on white backing cloth with its correct national cockade, standard cap cords, mohair centre band, silver piping to the upper and lower sections of the mohair centre band. Double ribbed edge peak. Light tan sweatband, which shows some minor wear use. Complete with its solidified orange rubber cushion behind the sweatband in the forehead area. The inner cream silk lining is slightly water stained with its undamaged central celluloid lozenge fully titled as a Luftwaffe issue cap and with the ‘EREL’ trademark underneath the lozenge, with the original owner’s name to a paper tag within the aperture for name tags on the celluloid lozenge.
WW2 RAF DFC GROUP TO F/O T.D. RODGERS A Second War ‘Bomber Command’ D.F.C. Group of four awarded to Lancaster Navigator Flying Officer T.D. Rodgers, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Distinguished Flying Cross, G.VI.R., reverse officially dated 1945, in Royal Mint case of issue, with named Buckingham Palace enclosure; 1939-45 Star; France and Germany Star; War Medal 1939-45, extremely fine. D.F.C. London Gazette 17 April 1945 Terence David Rodgers joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and served during the Second World War as a Navigator with No. 550 Squadron (Lancasters), based at R.A.F. North Killingholme, Lincolnshire, from 26 August 1944. He was commissioned Pilot Officer on 5 January 1945, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in April of that year, most likely for his gallantry on the return from a bombing raid to Bochum on 4-5 November 1944: ‘At 17:17 hours on 4th November 1944, 550/F took off to bomb Bochum, under the command of Flight Lieutenant Ansell. The trip was uneventful to the target, which was successfully bombed. On return at approximately 20:20 hours, at 9,000 feet, two flying bombs were observed on either side of the aircraft, approximately level. The port one being coned in search-lights, the starboard one was shot down. At the same time, a burst of H/F exploded quite close to the aircraft, and several pieces of flak penetrated into the fuselage. One of them severely wounded the Flight Engineer, Flight Sergeant Sythes, in the right thigh. Although suffering from a great loss of blood and unconscious for ten minutes, he continued to give directions and advice regarding the engines and fuel charges. He was rendered excellent first aid by the Navigator, Flight Sergeant Rogers, who administered morphine, affixed a tourniquet, and treated him for shock. Course was set for Manston, where a landing was made with some difficulty at 21:00 hours.’ (Station Narrative No. 9, Station Operational Record Book refers). Promoted Flying Officer on 5 July 1945, Rodgers resigned his commission on 1 January 1948. His skipper on the Bochum raid, Flight Lieutenant Victor Ansell, was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross at the same time as Rodgers. Includes a letter of congratulation to the recipient on the award of his D.F.C. from the Base Commander, Headquarters, No. 13 Base, and a newspaper cutting regarding the above mission.
WW2 RAF DFC GROUPING TO WING COMMANDER C. A. VERNIEUX - FOR A SUCCESSFUL ATTACK ON THE GERMAN BATTLE CRUISERS SCHARNHORST & GNEISENAU A comprehensive Distinguished Flying Cross group of 5 to Wing Commander Cyril Ashley Vernieux, Royal Air Force, along with pilot's log books, photo's and supporting paperwork. A superb Second World War D.F.C. group of five awarded to Wing Commander C. A. Vernieux, Royal Air Force, who was decorated for his command of a section of three No. 15 Squadron Stirlings in a successful daylight strike against the enemy battle cruisers at Brest on18 December 1941: leading them in through curtains of flak - and in the face of enemy fighter opposition - he gained two direct hits. He had already completed a tour of duty in Hampdens of No. 50 Squadron in the period April-August 1940 - no mean feat for the flying glasshouse' was a slow and vulnerable war horse. Distinguished Flying Cross, G.VI.R., the reverse officially dated '1941', in its Royal Mint case of issue; 1949-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45. Good very fine. D.F.C. London Gazette 9 January 1942: 'One day in December 1941, a strong force of bomber aircraft carried out a determined attack on the German warships Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at Brest. The operation was carried out in the face of extremely heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire and determined attacks by enemy fighters. Nevertheless, the air crews engaged pressed home their attacks to the utmost and succeeded in scoring hits on their objectives. Several enemy aircraft were shot down. The success of the operation, which demanded the highest degree of skill and courage, reflects the greatest credit on the efforts of the following officers and airmen who participated in various capacities as leaders and members of aircraft crews.' The original recommendation states: 'This officer has completed 42 operational sorties, eight of which have been on Stirling aircraft since joining this squadron in October 1941. On 18 December 1941, he was detailed to lead a section of three Stirlings in a daylight attack on the battle cruisers at Brest. In spite of the delay experienced at the rendezvous, he succeeded in catching up the other two sections of his squadron shortly before reaching the target and, regardless of interference from fighters and intense heavy flak, bombed his target exactly on time and with such effect that a direct hit was scored on both battle cruisers. The accuracy of his run up was such that No. 3 in his section also secured direct hits on both ships. It is considered that Flying Officer Vernieux led his section with great skill and courage and that his steadiness under extremely arduous conditions was directly responsible for a notable feat of precision bombing.' Covering remarks by the Air Vice-Marshal, No. 3 Group: 'I concur in the above remarks and consider that the leadership displayed by this young officer when entrusted with the responsibility of guiding a section of Stirling aircraft into this very strongly defended area, fully merits special recognition. The time for training was exceedingly short, and yet in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire and attacks by enemy fighters, he kept his section well together and permitted his bomb aimer to carry out a successful attack.' Cyril Ashley Vernieux was born in January 1913 and commenced pilot training at R.A.F. Wittering in November 1936. Confirmed in the rank of Pilot Officer after gaining his 'Wings' in January 1937, he was serving as a recently promoted Flying Officer in No. 50 Squadron on the outbreak of hostilities in September 1939. He first flew operationally in the Squadron's Hampdens in April 1940, when he undertook a reconnaissance over the Elbe on the 23rd. In May he attacked targets in Cologne, Munich and Salzbergen, in addition to sorties to Flushing and Roermond in Holland. Having then flown another recce. over the Elbe on 1 June, Vernieux and his crew attacked eight further targets in the same month, Aachen, Frankfurt, Koblenz and Osnabruck among them. Then in July-August he raised his tally of operational sorties to the 32, his targets including Bremen, Gelsenkirchen, Wilhelmshaven. Tour-expired, he was quickly back in action after joining No. 15 Squadron - a Stirling unit - in October 1941, flying as 2nd pilot to Squadron Leader Sellick in a dusk strike on Brest on the 22nd. He gained further experience as a 2nd pilot in a return trip to Brest on the first day of November, prior to taking the helm himself in a raid on Mannheim on the 7th. Now fully acquainted with the Stirling's cockpit and controls, he undertook his D.F.C.-winning daylight trip to Brest on 18 December, leading a formation of three aircraft in the face of heavy odds. He was to return to Brest on the 27th and flew two more sorties in April 1942, against Rostock and Kiel. He remained on the Retired List after a stint of duty at the Air Ministry in the mid-to-late 50s. Vernieux was rested with an appointment at H.Q. Bomber Command and saw no further operational flying. A spell of duty in the Middle East ensued in 1946-47 and he was advanced to Wing Commander in March 1949. Having then entered the 'jet age', Vernieux was placed on the Retired List after a stint of duty at the Air Ministry in the mid-to-late 50s. Comes with a quantity of original documentation, comprising: (i) The recipient's R.A.F. Pilot's Flying Log Books (2), covering the periods November 1936 to November 1940 and November 1940 to June 1957, bound as one volume; together with a privately maintained R.A.F. Pilot's Flying Log Book (Form 414 type) for the period July 1944 to September 1945. (ii) Three confidential reports from the 1950s and a pair of invitation to the Russian Embassy to mark the 34th and 35th Anniversaries of the Soviet Armed Forces in 1952 and 1953; together with two or three career photographs.
WW2 RAF DFM GROUP TO FT. SGT (LATER P/O) T. J. GOSLING Killed in Action Distinguished Flying Medal to 658167 Flight Sergeant, later Pilot Officer, Terence James Gosling, 40 Squadron, R.A.F.V.R. A Second War ‘1943’ D.F.M. awarded to Wellington pilot, Flight Sergeant, later Pilot Officer, T. J. Gosling, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, who flew in at least 40 operational missions with 40 Squadron -predominately low level attacks, on Italian targets, including the Brato Marshalling Yards, 11 November 1943, when ‘he came down to 20 feet and machine-gunned two vehicles on the Florence Autostrade.’ Pilot Officer Gosling was killed in action during a raid on Turin, 25 November 1943, ‘his body was recovered from the sea and identified by means of clothing and his flying log’. Distinguished Flying Medal, G.VI.R. (658167. F/Sgt. T. J. Gosling. R.A.F.) mounted on investiture brooch. Very Fine. Have added other Medal entitlement of: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal and 1939/45 War Medal. D.F.M. London Gazette 20 April 1945, the recommendation states: ‘This pilot has completed 40 operational sorties for a total of 240 hours on which he has shown skill and resourcefulness as a pilot combined with great courage and determination. During the whole of his operational flying, he has not returned from the sortie without having completed the duty for which he was detailed. On 25th August 1943, at Taranto marshalling yards, he successfully illuminated the target despite heavy opposition with the result that the raid was successfully accomplished by the bomber force. He has successfully illuminated other targets with the same satisfactory result. His bombing has been extremely accurate on very small targets due to his determination and great care to make accurate bombing runs despite any opposition that may be encountered. On 11th November 1943, after successfully bombing the Brato marshalling yards, he came down to 20 feet and machine-gunned two vehicles on the Florence Autostrade. During the whole of his time on this squadron, Flight Sergeant Gosling has shown great courage and determination which has resulted in a highly successful tour of operations. Remarks by Air Officer Commanding: 'This N.C.O. throughout his tour has shown outstanding courage, determination and devotion to duty. He has been chosen on many occasions to carry out difficult tasks, all of which he has completed successfully. He is a shining example to his fellow crews, and I have no hesitation in strongly recommending him for this award.’ Includes named Buckingham Palace enclosure; Air Ministry letter confirming the whereabouts of the recipient’s burial, addressed to ‘T. Gosling, Flat 1, 4 Alexandra Drive, Liverpool’; two newspaper cuttings relating to recipient, including photographic images of him.
WW2 RAF DFM MEDAL GROUPING TO FT. SGT A. PATON Distinguished Flying Medal Group of 6 to 1823942 Sergeant Alexander Paton, D.F.M., 578 Squadron, R.A.F.V.R. Distinguished Flying Medal (GVI), 1939-45 Star, France & Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, 1823942 Sergeant Alexander Paton, 578 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Sgt Paton served as an Air Gunner with 578 Squadron, as part of No. 4 Group, taking part in 37 bombing raids totalling 160 hours of operational air time. Recommended for the DFM on 16th September 1944, awarded in the L.G. of 12th December 1944. “Sergeant Paton has carried out 37 operations totalling 160.287 hours during which he has attacked many important targets which have included those situated in such well-known areas as Dusseldorf, Kiel, Russelsheim and Karlsruhe. Sergeant Paton has been exceptionally keen for operational flying. He possesses great energy which combined with a patient watchfulness which he has always maintained with consistent efficiency and ensured the success of the many operations he has carried out with his crew. His quiet Confident manner has always been of the utmost assistance to his Captain and it is recommended that he should be awarded the D.F.M. This Air Gunner has maintained a fine offensive spirit throughout his operational tour. His keenness for operations combined with his cool and calm manner has contributed to the successful tour of operations carried out by his crew.” He flew between April and September 1944, during which time the new 578 Bomber Squadron in barely a year managed to earn 79 D.F.M.s, 144 D.F.C.s, 2 D.S.O.s and a Victoria Cross. Few Squadrons had gained so many honours in such a short period of time during the push into Germany. See File for further details, official documents etc.
WW2 RCAF DFC GROUP TO SQN. LDR. C. A. RHUDE A Second War 1945 Lancaster Pilot’s D.F.C. group of seven awarded to Squadron Leader C. A. Rhude, Royal Canadian Air Force, who flew in at least 36 operational sorties with 576 and 550 Squadrons. Distinguished Flying Cross, G.VI.R., reverse officially dated ‘1945’; 1939-45 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence Medal, Canadian issue in silver; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, with Overseas clasp; War Medal 1939-45, Canadian issue in silver; Canadian Forces Decoration, G.VI.R., 2nd issue, with Second Award Bar (S/L C. A. Rhude) mounted for wear. Generally very fine. D.F.C. London Gazette 17 July 1945: "This young Canadian Captain of a Lancaster bomber has now completed 36 bombing sorties, many of which have been long and arduous flights deep into the heart of Germany, necessitating mental and physical strain whilst exposed to fighter and flak opposition. His powers of endurance and concentration on reaching the target have not been appreciably affected, as he then executed vigorous and determined attacks the accuracy of which have been amply proved by the photographic evidence he has brought back. By such excellent results verifying the accuracy with which he presses home his attacks, it is evident that Flight Lieutenant Rhude goes through all enemy opposition, and lets nothing deter him from his primary objective. It is recommended that such gallantry throughout his operational tour be recognised by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross." Cecil Anderson Rhude was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia in 1918. He was educated at Brown School, New Glasgow and Acadia University. Rhude enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force at Halifax in May 1941, and carried out his initial pilot training at No. 1 I.T.S. Trenton, and No. 20 E.F.T.S., Oshawa, Toronto. He was posted to the UK in January 1942, and having advanced to Flight Sergeant was commissioned Pilot Officer in December 1942. Rhude was posted for operational flying with 576 Squadron (Lancasters) at Elsham Wolds, in September 1944. He flew in at least nine operational sorties with the Squadron, including: Duisburg; Wilhelmshaven; Stuttgart; Essen (2);Cologne (2); Dusseldorf and Bochum. Rhude was posted to 550 Squadron (Lancasters) at Waltham (Grimsby), 8 November 1944. He flew in at least 27 operational sorties with the Squadron, including: Dortmund (3); Duren; Wanne Eickel; Karlsruhe; Mersberg (2); Essen (2); Ludwigshaven (2); Ulm; Koblenz; Cologne;Osterfield; Zeitz; Hamborn; Wiesbaden;Cleve; Dresden; Chemnitz; Duisburg; Pforzheim; Dessau; Kassel and Erin. Rhude returned to Canada in April 1945, and advanced to Flight Lieutenant in October 1946, and to Squadron Leader in January 1952. He was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration in 1953, and Second Award Bar in 1963. Rhude was discharged 31 May 1965. Comes with an unsigned painting of a Lancaster with Canadian marks - this framed and glazed, and mounted with a small plaque ‘S/L C. A. Rhude D.F.C.,C.D. R.C.A.F. 550 Squadron R.A.F.’; and copied research, including photographic images of recipient in uniform.