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A super rare original grouping, RAF pilot trained in the USA, comprising of his U.S. Pilot Graduation Wing, pin back in Sterling Silver. Engraved to"H.P.Gibbons RAF dated October 1942, SEAAFTC" and includes the two book booklets and two period distintive insignia (one screw back and one pin back) and a copy of the combat report.
H P Gibbons trained in the USA gained his wings in Oct 1943 by Americans at the South East Army Air Force Training Command.
Flight Lieutenant Gibbons was with 168 Squadron when he was killed in action on 1/1/45 in action flying a Typhoon aircraft serial number MN486 and is buried in the Eindhoven Woensel Cemetery sadly he was only 24.
I have researched the casualty records in the National Archives and have a copy of the Personal Combat Report. It reads:-
"F/L Gibbons took off at 0906 hours for the purpose of conducting an air test on A/C QCD. He returned during the attack on the aerodrome and was seen by 1479766 LAC Whitfield R.W. (ME) to attack and a FW190 from behind and above. F/L Gibbons was then at 100 feet and the FW190 at 50 feet. The tail was seen to fly off the FW190 and it crashed into the ground. F/L Gibbons a/c also crashed he being attacked by another ememy a/c at the same time. LAC Whitfield was familiar with the Typhoon QCD and knew the F/L Gibbons was the pilot doing the air test"
A scarce grouping of items to an RAF Sgt Pilot H Hutchinson, trained at the Spartan School of Aeronautics No 3 British Flying Training School in Miami Oklahoma. Awarded wings 19th February 1945 just a bit too late to fly on operations. After the war he trained as a French teacher.
The grouping consists of the following:-
1 x Log book first entry December 1943 and completed training in 24th March 1945 with a total of 232 hours 57 minutes detailing all aspects of flying training. Arriving back in England July 3rd 1945.
1 x Period set of RAF Pilots Wings.
1 x Metal plate named certifying award of RAF wings.
1 x Small booklet from Spartan Flying School 14 pages of printed photo aspects of Flying training.
A rare grouping to an RAF Sergeant Pilot Jack Coller. Trained on flying boats by the U.S. Navy.
The grouping consists of the following :-
His graduation U.S. Navy Pilot Wing engraved
"Sgt J.J.Coller RAF 7-3-42 in sterling silver and 1/20th gold filled, pin back by Amico.
WWII RAF period RAF pilot wing removed from uniform penned on the reverse Coller.
One pair of Tropical RAF eagles in silk thread.
One pair of RAF regulation RAF eagles in silk thread.
One enlisted RAF cap badge.
Four King's crown RAF buttons 2 small and 2 large each example is in brass and bakelite.
Naval Aviator certificate named to "Sgt Pilot Jack J Toller" dated 3rd July 1942 it has been laminated measures 13 3/4" x 10" note the mis-spelling of Toller not Coller.
RAF photo dated June 1941 also laminated.
Photo of an RAF Sunderland Flying boat also laminated.
Here is a South African Air Force grouping. It consists of the following items:-
1. Embroidered Pilot wing.
2. South African Air Force Cap Badge.
3. Shoulder Rank Squadron Leader.
4. Pair of Sunglasses and case Tinted Nos 2 or 3 Case MkII.
Here we have a small grouping of several items relating to RAF Cadet Alan Wilson in the overseas training program for RAF cadets at Polaris Flight Academy based at War Eagle Field in the Mojave Desert in California.
We have the following items:-
1. Presentation brass and enamel plaque named to A.B.Wilson dated Oct 28 1941 for merit in the course. Measures 3 1/4" x 2 1/8"
2. Printed Gold Star Merit Award card for A.B. Wilson's completion of the course without accident. Measures 4" x 2 3/8"
3. Leather wallet embossed Polaris Flight Academy on the front and on the inside A.B.Wilson presented by Major C.C.Moseley. Some wear and tear please see images. Measures 4 1/4" x 3 1/8" Closed
4. Large Flight map of San Diego area dated Aug 1940, inked AB Wilson LAC RAF.
5. Class photograph No2 British Flying Training School measures 15" x 10" some wear and tear.
6. Alien registration receipt for Alan Bert Wilson in original envelope.
I have no other information on Alan's service with the RAF but this grouping could benefit from further research. I don't have the time!!
Hear we have a WWII RAF Casualty medal group consisting of :-
1. Original issue Aircrew Europe Medal.
2. 1939-45 Star.
3. 1939-45 War Medal.
4. Official Air Ministry box of issue.
5. Navigator sweetheart brooch hand made "trench art" perspex with a photograph.
6. Seven pages of information on lost aircraft dates etc. Also a set of notes of another aircraft lost on the same mission from 218 SQ.
Flight Sgt Alan Walker joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve and qualified as a Navigator. He and his crew members of 90 Squadron were lost on 23rd April 1944. Airborne 2220 on 22nd April from Tuddenham, flying in a Sterling EF159 they were shot down by Oblt Dietrich Schmidt of 11/NJG1 on a mission to bomb railway yards. The aircraft crashed between Mortefontaine and Vivieres France.
A good original group of medals, 1939/45 Star and Air Crew Europe Star privately impressed on the back Sgt WOP/AG M.P.Tobin.
Sgt Martin Patrick Tobin flew with 432 Canadian Squadron and was lost on operations on the night of 25th June 1943, flying in a Wellington on a raid to Wuppertal, the aircraft was presumed to have ditched in the North Sea. He was the only RAF person on board all others were RCAF. Aircrew records in RAF museum ref RAFM/32/2/1HKS
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