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Category: Military
Reference No: 9405
Status: Available
Price: £60.00
   RAF HEROES OF WORLD WAR II & LATER   RAF HEROES OF WORLD WAR II & LATER   RAF HEROES OF WORLD WAR II & LATER   RAF HEROES OF WORLD WAR II & LATER

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A fine collection of 11 ink signatures on printed aircraft display pieces, 3” x 2.75” or larger, of:

John “Cat’s Eyes” Cunningham (1917-2002)

British airman, the most famous night fighter, successfully claiming 14 night raiders using AI (Airborne Interception - the aircraft version of what later became known as radar.)

Johnnie Johnson (1915-2001)

British airman, who shot down 34 confirmed enemy aircraft, as well as seven shared victories, three shared probables, ten shared damaged and one destroyed on the ground. This score made him the highest scoring Western Allied pilot against Luftwaffe aircraft, thus officially becoming the British and Western Allied flying ace, with the greatest number of victories in the European Theatre of World War II.

Denys Edgar Gillam (1915-1991)

British airman. During the Battle of Britain he served with No. 616 Squadron. On September 2nd, 1940 Gillam was shot down by a Bf110 but he was picked up though by Air Sea Rescue Launch off Dunkirk. March 1942 saw him forming the first Typhoon Wing at Duxford and subsequently taking command of 20 Sector 2nd TAF in April 1944. In October 1944 he led an attack on the German Staff Conference at Dordrecht which killed many of the senior staff of the 15th Army.

Donald Clifford Tyndall Bennett (1910-1986)

Australian bomber pilot who rose to become the youngest air vice marshal in the RAF. In 1942, he led a raid on the German battleship Tirpitz. Shot down during that raid, he evaded capture and escaped to Sweden, from where he was able to return to Britain. He led the "Pathfinder Force" (No. 8 Group RAF) from 1942 to the end of the Second World War in 1945.

Dermot Boyle (1904-1993)

British air marshal. In the RAF from 1922, Boyle served in the Second World War initially as a staff officer with the Advanced Air Striking Force in Reims in which capacity he organised the evacuation of the Force through Brest in May 1940 when the German army broke through. His war service included tours as a bomber squadron commander, as a station commander and also as an air group commander.

Harry Burton (1919-1993)

British air marshal. During the Second World War Burton served as a bomber pilot with No. 215 Squadron and then No. 149 Squadron before being shot down over the Black Forest and taken prisoner He staged a dramatic escape, becoming one of the first officers of any of the British services to escape from a German prisoner-of-war camp during the war

Hugh Verity (1918-2001)

A member of the small group of RAF pilots who flew clandestine missions to support Special Operations Executive (SOE) agents and the French Resistance during the Second World War; they also picked up aircrew who had been shot down in Occupied France.

Bill Randle (1921-2012)

British bomber pilot. In September 1942, his Wellington bomber was hit by anti-aircraft fire. He pressed on and delivered his bomb load over Essen but was forced to bail out near the German-Belgium border. With the aid of the Comet Escape Line he travelled through France to cross the Pyrenees into Spain, escaping into Gibraltar.

Keith Williamson (1928-    )

British pilot. Commissioned in 1950, Williamson volunteered to join No. 77 Squadron RAAF flying Gloucester Meteors in a ground attack role in the Korean War in January 1953. He later enjoyed an illustrious career in the RAF and as Chief of the Air Staff persuaded the British Government to build a completely new airfield at Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands in the aftermath of the Falklands War.

David Emmerson

Emmerson enjoyed a distinguished career in RAF Coastal Command until he retired in 1991. His finest hour came during the Falklands War of 1982. Between April and June of that year he was detached to Ascension Island in the South Atlantic to command a force of Nimrod aircraft deployed in support of the battle group.He was the captain of the Nimrod that supported the first Vulcan attack on Port Stanley airfield on the 1st May. He also led the first crew to operate within air defence radar and fighter range of the Argentinian bases of Puerto Belgrano and Commodoro Rivadavia. This was in broad daylight. Another of his operational sorties was to provide surface surveillance in support of the amphibious landings on East Falkland on the night of the 20th/21st May. This was after a flight of 7200 nautical miles, lasting 19 hours.Emmerson was awarded the Air Force Cross later in 1982 for his courage and leadership in the conflict.

Finally:

Squadron Leader Fawcett Hagbert Buggé (1900-1992 ?)

Wikipedia is silent about this airman, and his story is largely a matter of conjecture.A genealogy site for the Buggé family reports someone with his extraordinary name as having been born in 1900 and dying in 1992.The London Gazette of 1926 reports an airman with his name being promoted to rank of Flying Officer in December of that year and in 1942 one F.H. Buggé, of No.2 Service Flying Training School was awarded the Air Force Cross.The aircraft pictured above his signature is the Airspeed AS.10 Oxford, a twin-engine aircraft used for training aircrews in navigation, radio operating, bombing and gunnery during the Second World War.

Each of the pieces is in very good condition.