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1712 RAF Sweetheart Badge - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Sweetheart Badge - A classic example of the type, normally purchased by a serving member of the RAF and presented to his wife or girlfriend. My mother still treasures hers given to her by my late father after WW11.

This example is of the classic design and features a set of RAF wings, surmounted by a Kings Crown with the RAF logo below. It is of the pin back design and is clearly marked to the reverse ‘Sterling Silver’. Measures 1.75” (4.5 cm)
6162 RAF Observers Brevet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Observers Brevet - A nice early example of a flat 'O' brevet in oatmeal coloured silky thread, woven on a black felt backer. Initially, the observer was just that - a lookout. The pilot was responsible for all aspects of flight including navigation but as aircraft became more complex, the air gunner was added to the crew with the observer assisting the pilot with his navigation. Sometimes, a second pilot (usually a new pilot) acted as the observer to gain experience. This was how my late father experienced his first ‘Ops’ on Hampden’s back in 1941, with 144 squadron.

With the advent of ‘heavies’ and night bombing, a dedicated crew member was required to plot the aircraft position, given his own plotting table and the role was replaced by the navigator ; thus the Observer function was superseeded in 1942. As an aside the the 'O' brevet was often referred to by other aircrew positions as "the flying a---hole"! This example is likely to date from early WW11 period and it is in good issued condition and with the only fault being slight nibbles to the felt backer, but the silk wing itself is perfect. These are becoming less easy to find now. Measures 3.5” (9 cm)

2032 RAF Identification Bracelet Tab named to Sergeant E.E.Bond - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Identification Bracelet Tab named to Sergeant E.E.Bond - An emotive RAF ID bracelet engraved ‘Sgt E.E.Bond’ and below ‘C of E’ (Church of England) and ‘Royal Air Force’. It also details the owners service number 9647 which looks to be an early number and could even be possible he originally served with the Royal Flying Corps pre 1918. We will leave any further detective work to the new custodian. This was a metal detectorist’s find and was recovered from near Hunstanton in Norfolk which was very much on the edge of ‘Bomber Country’ in WW11. The finder was however not prepared to reveal to me the actual location where this 'treasure' came from! The tab is nicely engraved whilst the back is stamped E.P.N.S. The original attachment chain is missing so we will never know how it came to be buried (until recently) in the Norfolk earth!
1619 RAF Shirt Cufflinks - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Shirt Cufflinks - Small but beautifully formed! Each link features a very precise set of RAF wings surmounted by a kings Crown. The cufflinks are joined by a small chain and are finished in chrome. Traces of original red paint remain behind the RAF logo. We have no idea of age but despite being for sale as a collectable they remain entirely suited to their original function. Each link measures 9/10” (2.4 cm)
2160 RNZAF Trench Art Sweetheart Brooches - Click for the bigger picture SoldRNZAF Trench Art Sweetheart Brooches - Very nice matched pair both made from Cowrie shells which despite their undoubted age still pick up the silver and turquoise hues. One is in the form of a Pilots Brevet and engraved RNZ AF and the other is a of the New Zealand silver fern. The pin back plate on the Pilot’s wings is stamped ‘silver’. On the fern leaf the back plate is marked ‘STG’. Almost certainly dating to WW11 and probably given by a RNZAF pilot to his wife or girlfriend. Please check out the other RNZAF grouping we have also just listed.
2954 RNZAF Associated Badge Grouping - Click for the bigger picture SoldRNZAF Associated Badge Grouping - On offer is a set of four WW11 badges that were formerly the property of a gentleman who served with the RNZAF.His name was Langdon but sadly we don’t have any further information on him. The group comprises an RAF tie pin in silver gilt with Kings crown and eagle below. This has a pin back but no makers marks. Secondly a fern leaf badge, the emblem of New Zealand, with NZ embossed to the front again in silver gilt. This is also pin back and carries a makers mark to the back J.R.Gaunt London. The same design badge was worn by the NZ Staff Officers as a collar badge. Thirdly we have a brass and enamel winged badge featuring AAC logo to centre and Pupil below. It has a makers mark to the back reading Young & Co. Finally we have a lapel winged badge in brass and enamel with ATC superimposed in the central section over a blue enamel embossed background. We assume the final two badges were obtained during training in the US. So really a mixed bag but no doubt each has a relevance and a story to tell. We assume all dating to WW11. Seeing they have always been together we prefer to keep them that way so for sale as a single grouping.

6435 RAF Navigators Brevet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Navigators Brevet - A fine padded example of a Navigators half wing aircrew badge. This replaced the earlier Observer's brevet in 1942. This is the scarcer pin back example with a brass backing plate sewn onto the reverse of the badge. It is likely to have been used in conjunction with a Khaki Drill (KD) uniform and the pin back enabled it to be removed before the frequent washing necessary in the Mediterranean and Far East Theatres. A really nice example that would be impossible to upgrade. Measures 3” (8 cm)

5183 RAF Pilot's Brevet and Medal Bar with Mentioned in Despatches Clasps - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Pilot's Brevet and Medal Bar with Mentioned in Despatches Clasps - on offer is a particularly impressive pilots padded wings grouping which is sewn to a Khaki Drill (KD) snap back cloth base and was clearly used in conjunction with Khaki Drill tunic. Sadly we don’t have either the original owners name or the provenance that belongs with this piece but he clearly served with distinction in WW1 and WW11 as shown by his impressive medal bar. This confirms he was entitled to the 1914/15 Star, War Medal 1914/20,Victory medal with mentioned in despatches (MID), 1939-45 Star, Africa Star with 1st Army clasp,(indicating he served with the 1st Army in North Africa between 8th November ‘42 & 23rd May ‘43), Italy Star (rather faded), Defence Medal and 1939-45 with a further mentioned in despatches to complete the grouping! It would be nice to speculate this anonymous Pilot served with the Royal Flying Corps in WW1 and his wings were subsequently changed to the post 1918 RAF brevet at a later date but we will never know for sure.

Pilot’s wings used on Khaki Drill uniforms tended to be either pin back or with snaps (as here) so these important badges could be removed before the frequent washing that was required as the dyes were known to run. These wings are in fine original condition with signs of usage but no damage, moth or other faults. The medal ribbons show small signs of wear and some fading commensurate with their age – but they certainly have a story to tell. The stitching revealed on the reverse confirms this is an 100% original item and not a made up copy. Wings measure 4 1/2” wingtip to wingtip (11 cm.)

4882 RAF tropical Issue Snake Bite Lancet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF tropical Issue Snake Bite Lancet - These ingenious tools were developed by the Air Ministry to be carried by aircrew serving in the Far East theatre as part of the tropical survival kit 27P/19 in conjunction with the Beadon lightweight flying suit. The container is made from chrome plated brass and is embossed with the makers name Gardner Co. London as well as a crown and an A.M (Air Ministry) property mark. One end unscrews to reveal a small chromed lancet blade used to cut out the venom from a snake bite. The other end unscrews to reveal a cavity that would have originally contained a potassium permanganate capsule for use on the bite ; this is now absent. The chrome finish shows minor surface wear but generally an excellent original example. Measures 1 9/10” (6 cm)
6530 RAF Escape Compass - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Escape Compass - small but essential aid to shot down aircrew in WW11. The Air Ministry, in conjunction with MI9,went to great lengths to ensure all aircrew serving operationally carried a hidden compass to assist with finding their way out of enemy territory when used in conjunction with silk escape maps also carried hidden within their flight clothing or uniform. In the same way escape compasses were smuggled into POW camps to aid escape attempts and were hidden in Monopoly boards, bars of soap, packets of cigarettes and even pipes!

This is an example is of the second pattern with a star shaped compass card with two luminous dabs and a red tip to indicate magnetic north and a further dab of paint to show south. The case is made from brass and this example features nearly all its original paint and despite its 70 odd years of age appears to do its job today just as intended back in WW11. Please note image size is larger than the actual compass which measures a modest 6/10 ” (1.5 cm) diameter.

6529 RAF Pilots Wings - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Pilots Wings - good issued set of WW11 specification Pilot’s Brevet awarded to Pilots on completion of their training and worn with pride. The original Royal Flying Corps (RFC) Pilot's brevet or Pilot's Wings was designed by General Sir Frederick Sykes and General Sir David Henderson. It consisted of the wings of a swift in white silk embroidery with the monogram of RFC encircled by a laurel wreath of brown silk. The monogram was surmounted by a crown. The Wings were given Royal approval by King George V in February 1913 under Army Order 40/13. When the Royal Air Force was formed in 1918 the design was changed slightly. The wing shape took the form of an eagle and the monogram became RAF but has otherwise remained largely unchanged over the years.

This example is of the flat type and being surmounted by a crisp Kings Crown and is likely to be of WW11 vintage, although the details of the original owner have been lost. It is in good issued condition with no moth or other damage and the only fault is a slight stain as shown on the leading edge of one wing. This looks to have age to it and we prefer to leave it exactly as it came to us. Measures 4 1/2” wingtip to wingtip (11.5 cm)

6528 USAAF A-9 Summer Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF A-9 Summer Flying Helmet - mint and probably unissued example. The A-9 was virtually identical to the factory modified A-8 and was essentially an emergency procurement item first issued just 17 days after the USA entered WW11.

This example is fitted with 5 hooks to take the A-10 oxygen mask. No communication equipment is fitted and the helmet remains exactly as it left the factory in 1942 against order no 42-19386 P. The draw strings for adjusting the fit are still in place and the goggle snaps are perfect. The leather chin strap is shearling lined for added comfort and stamped on the inside AN. The interior of the helmet carries a woven label and the size is a Medium;‘powder puff’ pads are fitted for ear comfort but can be easily removed if communication equipment was added.

This is a text book example of this modest but important Army Air Force summer flying helmet from WW11 which would be impossible to upgrade
6124 RAF Trench Art Dinner Gong and Period Photograph - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Trench Art Dinner Gong and Period Photograph - On offer is a finely worked brass decorative plaque fitted with a rope hanging line. Whilst it has no striker we have assumed it may have been intended as a dinner gong when made although it makes an equally interesting wall plaque. Whilst its specific history has been lost down the years it came in a lot with a framed RAF squadron photograph showing all the chaps posed beside and on a Vickers Wellington Bomber. They are all dressed in khaki drill so seeing the engraving on the gong it is safe to assume this item originated in Egypt and was made using scrap recovered from the battlefield and sold as a souvenir to RAF personnel serving in Egypt in WW11.

Sadly no squadron codes are visible on the ‘Wimpy’ (so named after the portly character in the Popeye cartoons) so we have no idea when and where the photograph was taken but it safe to assume the original owner of this piece is featured in it. The photograph and frame show some age wear whist the gong is as good as the day it was made. It features standard Egyptian tourist images of the pyramids, sphinx, camels and palm trees whilst to the centre is a very fine RAF crest surmounted by a Kings Crown with the RAF motto ‘Per Adua Ad Astra’. We have no doubt local craftsman in the souk would turn out similar objects featuring Luftwaffe badges equally proficiently depending on the current occupying forces and the state of the war in North Africa at the time! The gong/ plaque measures 9.5” diameter (24 cm) and the squadron photograph is 15.5” long (38 cm.)
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'So Many' A Folio Dedicated to All Who Served With Bomber Command 1939-45 - Click for the bigger picture Sold'So Many' A Folio Dedicated to All Who Served With Bomber Command 1939-45

In 1990 a unique fine art folio was published entitled “So Few” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. This is the companion volume, published by W.H. Smith in 1995. This is an impressive hardback book containing 276 pages with many colour and black and white illustrations, letters and short biographies of 25 Bomber Command aircrew who are featured. It carries colour plates of the aircrews’ cherished memorabilia like Mae Wests, Irvin jackets, flying helmets and other related wartime ephemera. The book was compiled in association with the Royal Air force Benevolent Fund as a tribute to the pilots, navigators, bomb-aimers, signallers, flight engineers and air gunners in Bomber Command in World War Two 1939 - 1945. This book profiles the selected aircrew with silhouettes of each of them in 1995, a photograph, where possible, taken during the war, a facsimile of a written reminiscence and a colour photograph of their memorabilia. We have a copy in our own library here, as well as the companion volume and we would commend to anyone with an interest in or association with Bomber Command. Whilst the fighter boys have tended to attract the most attention post war it must be remembered Bomber Command suffered a higher casualty rate than any other part of the British military in World War Two and my own late Father served as a pilot with the Command and beat the odds, largely as a result of being captured in 1941. This is a large coffee table style book measures 13 1/4” x 9 1/2” (34 cms x 24 cms) and weighs in at 1.8 Kilos. Condition is excellent although the dust cover is slightly sunned and has a minor tear but inside the condition is hard to fault.

Pages: 276
Cover: Hard
Author: Michael Pierce, John Golley & Bill G

4957 RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared ‘Serviceable’ by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked in December 1997! This example is marked ‘Small’ and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and female plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible ‘quick connect’ loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being over 31 years old this example is effectively as good as they come and other than minor storage marks to the inner chamois lining, is close to mint condition. Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can’t guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last examples whilst our very limited stocks remain.
6416 'Buzzy Bee' Logo Panel - Click for the bigger picture Sold'Buzzy Bee' Logo Panel - This one is a bit of a mystery! We purchased it from an auction together with a section of aircraft fabric cut from a De Havilland Hornet Moth circa 1936. Anyone interested in such things will find it listed on page 117 of Mick Prodger’s excellent ‘Trending Collectables 2015 Price Guide’- if you don’t yet have one in your library please get in touch as we have a few copies left. When purchased we were told the vendor had stated ‘both items had come from a defunct private museum here in the UK that had closed down’ and our panel had been ‘cut from a 1930’s racing aircraft that had crashed shortly after WW11.’ We have no firm evidence to back this up although having researched the Hornet Moth canvas the story told lined up exactly as told. This panel is we believe made from aluminium and is of riveted construction. It has minor 'creases' in places but is generally flat so ideal for wall display. The ‘Buzzy Bee’ image is very decorative and has been sprayed against a white roundel which is 24” in diameter (61 cm) ; this in turn is set over a black and yellow background. The paint is still quite bright but has lifted in places as shown in our attached image. The metal does not have any identifying marks to help us obtain any sort of ID although the front does carry a quite crudely painted ‘L471’.This could just be a collection reference number so is really no help to us. The panel needs to be handled carefully as the edges are cut metal but mounted on a wall it make a decorative talking point. Of course if any visitors to the site can assist with any additional information concerning this piece we would be delighted to hear from you. It is a slightly irregular size but the approximate measurements are 33” x 23” (84 cm x 58 cm).
5133 Limited Edition Print signed by Warrant Officer Norman Jackson VC - Click for the bigger picture SoldLimited Edition Print signed by Warrant Officer Norman Jackson VC - We have been fortunate to purchase four limited edition prints which we are listing today, all published by ‘Legends’(UK) in 1989. Each is signed in pencil by the artist J.G.Keek and the subject in this case Warrant Officer Norman Jackson V.C. Norman Cyril Jackson was born on 8 April 1919 and died on 26 March 1994. In July 1943 he joined No. 106 Squadron as a Flight Engineer serving on Avro Lancaster bombers. Jackson completed his tour of 30 Ops on 24 April 1944, but, as he had flown one sortie with a different crew, he chose to fly once more so that he and his original aircrew could finish their tour together. Jackson's 31st Op was a raid on the German ball bearing factories at Schweinfurt on the night of 26–27 April. Having bombed the target, Jackson's Lancaster serial ME669 was attacked by a German night fighter and a fuel tank in the starboard wing caught fire. Jackson, already wounded from shell splinters, strapped on a parachute and equipped himself with a fire extinguisher before climbing out of the aircraft and onto the wing, whilst the aeroplane was flying at 140 miles per hour (230 km/h), in order to put out the fire. He gripped the air intake on the leading edge of the wing with one hand, and fought the fire with the other. The flames seared his hands, face and clothes. The fighter returned and hit the bomber with a burst of gunfire that sent two bullets into his legs and in the action he was swept off the wing. Meanwhile the fire burned out of control and the Pilot gave the order to abandon aircraft. Four of the remaining members of the crew landed safely but the captain and rear gunner have not been accounted for. Meanwhile Jackson fell 20, 000 feet (6, 100 m), but his smouldering and holed parachute worked to save his life and also to give him membership of the elusive ‘Caterpillar Club’! He suffered further injuries upon landing, including a broken ankle, but managed to crawl to a nearby German village where he was captured. He spent 10 months recovering in hospital before being transferred to the Stalag IX-C prisoner of war camp from where he made two escape attempts, the second of which was successful as he made contact with a unit of the US Third Army. Jackson's exploit became known when the surviving crewmen of his bomber were released from German captivity at the end of the war. He was promoted to warrant officer and his Victoria Cross award was gazetted on 26 October 1945. When he went to Buckingham Palace to receive his VC from King George VI, he was accompanied by Leonard Cheshire who was also due to receive his on that day. Group Captain Cheshire insisted that, despite the difference in rank, they should approach the King together. Jackson remembers that Cheshire said to the King, "This chap stuck his neck out more than I did - he should get his VC first"! Of course the King had to keep to protocol but Jackson stated he would never forget what Cheshire said. Post war Norman Jackson worked in sales for Haig Whisky. In 2004 his VC was sold at auction by his family and was bought by Lord Ashcroft for £235, 250 against a pre-auction estimate of £130, 000 and is now on display at the Imperial War Museum, London. Our print is signed by the artist and Norman Jackson and is numbered 67 of a limited edition of 1000. This print (and the others we have purchased) came sealed in acetate and we have left them as such to protect them. So the actual image quality is better than that shown in our listing. In addition to the pencil image of Jackson the print also carries the 106 Squadron crest top right with the motto below ‘Pro Libertine’ meaning ‘For Freedom’. This print is a large size at 24” x 16” (60 cm x 40 cm) and would benefit from being framed and glazed. The print is not faded and the original Norman Jackson pencil signature is strong. This is the last of the four fine prints we have listed today, items that can never be repeated, so grab the opportunity to own one whilst you can!
5136 Limited Edition Print signed by Flying Officer John Cruickshank VC - Click for the bigger picture SoldLimited Edition Print signed by Flying Officer John Cruickshank VC - We have been fortunate to purchase four limited edition prints which we are listing today, all published by ‘Legends’(UK) in 1989. Each is signed in pencil by the artist J.G.Keek and the subject, in this case John Cruickshank VC who was born 20 May 1920 and today is the oldest living recipient of the Victoria Cross for air action from the Second World War, as well as the last living Scottish holder of the VC.He was posted to 210 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Coastal Command in March 1943and he piloted a PBY Catalina flying boat, based at Sullom Voe. On 17 July 1944 on a patrol north into the Norwegian Sea to protect the British Home Fleet as it returned from the unsuccessful 'Operation Mascot' raid on the German battleship Tirpitz he found a German Type VIIC U-boat U-361 on the surface. Cruickshank had to fly the Catalina into the hail of flak put up by the U-boat. On the first pass his depth charges did not release so he brought the aircraft back round for a second time and this time straddled the U-boat with his charges sinking it with all hands. The German flak however had been deadly accurate, killing the Catalina's navigator and injuring four crewmen, including the second pilot Flight Sergeant Jack Garnett and Cruickshank himself. Cruickshank had been hit in seventy-two places, with two serious wounds to his lungs and ten penetrating wounds to his lower limbs. Despite this he refused medical attention until he was sure that the appropriate radio signals had been sent and the aircraft was on course for its home base. Even then he refused morphine, aware that it would cloud his judgement. Flying through the night it took the damaged Catalina five and a half hours to return to Sullom Voe with the injured Garnett at the controls and Cruickshank lapsing in and out of consciousness in the back. Once there Cruickshank returned to the cockpit and took command of the aircraft again and the Catalina was safely on the water. For this action in sinking the U-Boat and saving his crew he received the Victoria Cross while Flight Sergeant Jack Garnett received the Distinguished Flying Medal. John Cruickshank's injuries were such that he never flew in command of an aircraft again and after the war he returned to his pre-war job of banking. This print (and the others we have purchased) came sealed in acetate and we have left them sealed for protection so the actual image quality is better than that shown in our listing. In addition to the fine image of Cruickshank the 210 Squadron crest is also shown with the motto below “Yn y nwyfre yn hedfan”- translated literally as ‘Hovering in the Heavens’ This print is a large size at 24” x 16” (60 cm x 40 cm) and would benefit from being framed sand glazed. The print is not faded in any way and the original John Cruickshank pencil signature is strong. This and the other prints listed today depict chaps who are all real time ‘Boy’s Own' heroes and we hope you enjoy reading the account of their exceptional valour in WW11 even if you do not wish to invest in the prints!
5135 Limited Edition Print signed by Flight Lieutenant Bill Read V.C - Click for the bigger picture SoldLimited Edition Print signed by Flight Lieutenant Bill Read V.C - We have been fortunate to purchase four limited edition prints which we are listing today, all published by ‘Legends’(UK) in 1989. Each is signed in pencil by the artist J.G.Keek and the subject, in this case Flight Lieutenant Bill Read V.C. William Reid was born on 21 December 1921 and died 28 November 2001 was a Scottish recipient of the award. Reid was a 21-year-old acting Flight Lieutenant serving in 61 Squadron when he took part in the raid on Düsseldorf which led to the award of his VC. On the night of 3 November 1943, on the way to Düsseldorf, the windscreen of Flight Lieutenant Reid's Lancaster serial LM360 was shattered by fire from a Messerschmitt Bf 110 and the gun turrets and cockpit badly damaged. Saying nothing of his multiple injuries, he continued on his operation and soon afterwards the bomber was attacked again by an FW 190. His navigator was killed and the wireless operator fatally wounded. He was wounded again, as was the flight engineer, while the Lancaster received more serious damage with the starboard part of the tail plane being shot off. He decided to press on to the target, rather than turn back. Reid subsequently claimed that his main reason for carrying on was that turning back would have involved flying through or across the following bomber stream, with a real danger of mid-air collision. He reached the target, released the bombs, and only then set course for home. On the way back to Syerston, he saw the searchlights of RAF Shipdham, a USAAF-operated base in Norfolk. Despite being wounded and suffering from loss of blood, Reid succeeded in landing his plane - though the undercarriage collapsed and the aircraft slid along the runway. The wireless operator subsequently died in Shipdham's medical centre. Reid was awarded the VC on 14 December 1943. A part of his citation reads: “Wounded in two attacks, without oxygen, suffering severely from cold, his navigator dead, his wireless operator fatally wounded, his aircraft crippled and defenceless, Flight Lieutenant Reid showed superb courage and leadership in penetrating a further 200 miles into enemy territory to attack one of the most strongly defended targets in Germany, every additional mile increasing the hazards of the long and perilous journey home. His tenacity and devotion to duty were beyond praise”. When the Victoria Cross awarded to Flight Lieutenant Bill Reid was put up for sale in 2009 it sold for £348, 000 setting a new world record for the highest price paid for a Victoria Cross awarded to a Briton-or I should say a Scot! Our print is signed by the artist and Bill Read and is numbered 38 of a limited edition of 1000. This print (and the others we have purchased) came sealed in acetate and we have left them as such to protect them. So the actual image quality is better than that shown in our listing. In addition to the pencil image of Reid the print also carries the 61 Squadron crest top right with the motto below ‘Per Puram Tonates.’ This print is a large size at 24” x 16” (60 cm x 40 cm) and would benefit from being framed and glazed. The print is not faded and the original Bill Read pencil signature is strong. The edge of the mount has a couple of tiny marks on it but these in no way detract from a fine print that clearly can never be repeated so grab it whilst you can!
5134 Item 5134 Limited Edition Print signed by Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC - Click for the bigger picture SoldItem 5134 Limited Edition Print signed by Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC - We have been fortunate to purchase four limited edition prints which we are listing today, all published by ‘Legends’(UK) in 1989. Each is signed in pencil by the artist J.G.Keek and the subject, in this case Group Captain Leonard Cheshire, of 617 Dambusters Squadron. The print is numbered 602 of a limited edition of the 1000 produced in total. Group Captain Geoffrey Leonard Cheshire, VC, OM, DSO with Two Bars and DFC really needs no introduction but was born 7 September 1917 and died on 31 July 1992. He became a highly decorated Royal Air Force pilot during the Second World War. He was appointed as Commanding Officer of the legendary 617 "Dambusters" Squadron in September 1943 and pioneered a unique and effective way of marking targets. The 617 crest and motto ‘Après Moi Le Deluge’ is shown top right of the print. Cheshire was nearing the end of his fourth tour of duty in July 1944, having completed a total of 102 Operations, when he was awarded the Victoria Cross with his citation noting : “In four years of fighting against the bitterest opposition he maintained a standard of outstanding personal achievement, his successful operations being the result of careful planning, brilliant execution and supreme contempt for danger – for example, on one occasion he flew his Mustang in slow 'figures of eight' above a target obscured by low cloud, to act as a bomb-aiming mark for his squadron. Cheshire displayed the courage and determination of an exceptional leader”.He was the youngest Group Captain in the RAF and one of the most highly decorated pilots of the war, but after serving as the British observer on the Nagasaki nuclear attack he resigned from the Air Force in 1946. He subsequently founded a hospice that grew into the charity ‘Leonard Cheshire Disability’, and he became known for his work in conflict resolution; he was created Baron Cheshire in 1991 in recognition of his charitable work. For those who have not read his book ‘Bomber Pilot’ I commend it to you and it helped inspire my love of aviation back in the 1960’s. This print (and the others we have purchased) came sealed in acetate and we have left them sealed to protect them. So the actual image quality is better than that shown in our listing. This print is a large size at 24” x 1`6” (60 cm x 40 cm) and would benefit from being framed sand glazed. The print is not faded in any way and the original Cheshire pencil signature is strong. Clearly a signed limited edition that can never be repeated so grab it whilst you can!
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