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DFC group to Flying Officer W J Lewis

DFC group to Flying Officer W J Lewis

2,550.00

An exciting medal group awarded to Flying Officer William John Lewis (184716) RAF VR.

The group is as follows:

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) dated 1945,
India General Service GV clasp Burma 1930-32 (named: 6283192 Pte W.J. LEWIS. THE BUFFS.),
1939-45 Star,
Air Crew Europe Star with France and Germany Bar,
Defence Medal
War Medal

The group comes with some research as well as the Buckingham Palace certificate of issue, named to Flying Officer W J Lewis as well as a newspaper clipping of the award, with the strap line "Caterham Officer Awarded The D.F.C."

Although difficult to research and at first glance, it would appear odd that this Air Gunner in the RAF should have the IGS and was enlisted in the 'Buffs' at that time as a Private. Many ex soldiers re-mustered to the RAF once the war started and due to aircrew losses in Bomber Command, many of the aircrew were much older than you would think. A quick look at the CWG website will reveal aircrew in the mid to late thirties. It is thought that this is the case with William that he joined the army at a young age and then re-mustered for aircrew duties. He joined the RAF in 1943 and was Commissioned in August 1944. He joined as an air gunner, and after training was posted to 10 Squadron who were flying the Handley Page Halifax. He was operational a few months prior to D-Day so was eligible for the Air Crew Europe star, and as he saw service with the squadron after D-Day was also entitled to the France and Germany bar.

He completed 38 sorties with the Squadron as a rear gunner, his first sortie was on the 19th May 1944 to Boulogne. He was involved in a number of sorties to help soften up targets on the coast, including gun batteries and communications sites, prior to D-Day. Squadron operational record entries for June are also included and detail his sorties. The ORB records are available for the Squadron at the National archives and further research can be carried out online.

There is a list of his operational sorties as a tail gunner

The group also comes with a copy of the DFC medal citation, which states:-

"He has taken part in numerous operational sorties against such heavily defended targets at Stuttgart, Keil and Bittrop, as well as numerous others in enemy occupied territory. He has consistently proved himself to be an outstanding air gunner whose courage, skill and enthusiasm has won him the complete confidence of his crew. In June 1944, shortly after leaving the target at Juvisy, his aircraft was attacked by an Me 109. this officer coolly and accurately advised his captain as to evasive action, brought his guns to bear upon the attacker and opened fire. The enemy fighter burst into flames and crashed to the ground. His Vigilance and coolness on this occasion have been typical of that displayed throughout his tour."

Letter from Buckingham Palace confirming the award of the DFC

A very nice group, worthy of further research.

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158 Squadron DFM Group.

158 Squadron DFM Group.

2,450.00

DISTINGUISHED FLYING MEDAL. Aircrew Europe, (F&G) Air Gunner.158 Squadron (HALIFAX) 1590748. Sgt.(Air Gunner) William KNOX. R.A.F.(VR)

An exciting Halifax "combat" award won from the Mid-Upper Gun turret on the night of 12/13th August 1944.

The target was BRAUNSCHWEIG (Brunswick) and the aircraft MZ373, NP-K, left RAF Lissett at 21:25. The aircraft was attacked by a JU88 night fighter at 17,500ft on the way to the target.

This was a particularly nasty raid during which 158 Squadron lost two aircraft. The night's total losses were 27 aircraft. Knox's Halifax was also seriously hit by cannon shell and riddled with machine gun fire from the enemy aircraft and holed in the fuel tanks, the starboard elevator and in the tail end of the fuselage. Tail Gunner warned the pilot to initiate an avoiding corkcrew and Mid Upper Gunner (Sgt W Knox) then sighted the enemy aircraft and opened fire at 350yds range. He fired 350 rounds which hit the enemy causing him to break off the attack. (* the enemy aircraft was seen damaged and was probably lost). Sgt W.Baxter (Flight Engineer) made a quick calculation that the fuel and damage situation was such as to allow the aircraft to continue on its mission, which it did, also making a safe return to base. Sgt W.Baxter as also awarded a DFM for this action in the same Gazette as Sgt W. Knox (20th Feb 1945).

Medals as follows:
Distinguished Flying Medal to: 1590748 SGT W KNOX R.A.F.
1939 - 45 Star
Air Crew Europe, with France and Germany bar
Defence Medal
War Medal

The group comes with an extensive file of research on Knox and his fellow crew members with details of their awards and service. Copy combat reports and a full file of Sgt Knox's sorties copied from the squadron ops' books.

The original squadron recommendation /citation form at first stated that this was an "Immediate" award, but was later altered (probably erroneously) to read "none-immediate" in two out of three places....however, and from long experience in RAF matters we feel that this was indeed an Immediate award in line with most such awards which were made for an individual occurrance and 'one off' combat such as this. It could maybe be confirmed by looking at Sgt W. Baxter's papers which probably confirm they were both "immediate" awards!

This DFM was regularly and proudly worn by William Knox and has sustained some edge bumps to the rim and to parts of the naming. ALL the naming is however fully clear and fully readable with no erasure whatever of any characters. The ends of the ribbon bar were superbly and professionally reinforced in silver during the recipient's lifetime. It's actually quite nice to see a medal that has shared a proud life with its most worthy winner.

The group comes with a set of RAF sleeve badges, an Air Gunner's
Brevet "AG" Wing and a brass RAF WWII cap badge .

DFMs ...Getting scarcer all the time.....A medal with a great story from WW2.

Sgt Knox bombed Chateaudun on D-Day (6th June 1944) and carried out a total of 39 sorties during 170.36 hrs of operational flying.

There are further photographs on

gtrhistory@flickr.com or

ttandm4h@wordpress.com


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India, QSA, KSA Medal Group to a Sherwood Forester.

India, QSA, KSA Medal Group to a Sherwood Forester.

415.00

This trio comprises of:

India Medal (1896)
Clasps - Tirah 1897-98, Punjab Frontier 1897-98 named to:

4220 Lce Corpl R Curran 2nd Bn Derby Regt.

Queens South Africa Medal

Clasps - Cape Colony, Transvaal, Wittebergen named to:

4221 Corpl R Curran Derby Regt M.I.

King's South Africa Medal
Clasps - South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 named to:

4220 Cpl R Curran Sherwood Foresters.

Malta Company. 9th Battalion Mounted Infantry.

Copy rolls for all three medals, note mistake on number. All the medals are correctly named genuine issues. Currans group is in good condition overall with very minor 'group' type contact marks and edge knocks.

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Sikkim clasp IGSM to a Sherwood Forester

Sikkim clasp IGSM to a Sherwood Forester

320.00

Indian General Service Medal.

Sikkim 1888 Clasp named to:

215 Pte C Markham 2nd Bn Derby R.

Comes with copy medal roll.

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Sikkim clasp IGSM to a Sherwood Forester

Sikkim clasp IGSM to a Sherwood Forester

320.00

RESERVED

Indian General Service Medal.

Sikkim 1888 Clasp named to:

1270 Pte G Smith 2nd Bn Derby R.

Comes with copy medal roll.

There is one minor scratch on Smiths medal from the R to the Queens eye

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World War One Medal Pair to SR-9593 Gnr W H Bishop Royal Artillery

First World War British War Medal and Victory Medal Pair to :

SR-9593 Gunner W H Bishop Royal Artillery

William served as a Gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery. The SR prefix (Special Reserve), he was an experienced or skilled man used to stiffen new units. His later service number was 284593. This is his full award.
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World War One Memorial Plaque or Dead Mans Penny to Ernst Norris

World War One Memorial Plaque or Dead Mans Penny to Ernst Norris

World War One Memorial Plaque or Dead Mans Penny to Ernest Norris

There are 4 entries to Ernest Norris on the Commonwealth and War Grave Commission's superb site.




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Sikkim clasp IGSM to a Sherwood Forester

Sikkim clasp IGSM to a Sherwood Forester

320.00

RESERVED

Indian General Service Medal.

Sikkim 1888 Clasp named to:

1270 Pte G Smith 2nd Bn Derby R.

Comes with copy medal roll.

There is one minor scratch on Smiths medal from the R to the Queens eye

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Royal Sussex Regiment Killed in Action Trio

Royal Sussex Regiment Killed in Action Trio

ROYAL SUSSEX REGT CASUALTY TRIO. to G-4213 Pte R C Betts.

Killed In Action (KIA)

9th Battn R Sussex Regt,

Entered France 31st August 1915 Died 28th June 1916 aged 20 .

The son of William & Ester Betts, Reginald Crane Betts of Paston. North Walsham.

Buried at Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery in Belgium.

Born and educated at Paston Norfolk, enlisted at Petsworth Suffolk

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Medals to Northamptonshire Regiments

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First World War medals to A P Kirk Northampton Regiment

First World War medals to A P Kirk Northampton Regiment


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1914-15 Star and Victory Medal.

Star named to - 21679 Pte A P Kirk Northampton Regiment

Victory Medal to = Sjt A P Kirk Northampton Regiment

Medal Index Card confirms full entitlement to a Trio. It also stated that Arthur also served as;

WR/286537 Sjt Royal Engineers
11598 East Surey Regiment
333551 Royal Engineers

Entry to Theatre - 11th November 1915

These medals were bought on the understanding that the recipient of this medal was related to other medals listed on this site to A Kirk, Royal Field Artillery.

No ribbon - new ribbon can be supplied.

British War Medal to 27520 A Cpl W G Partner North'N .R.

British War Medal to 27520 A Cpl W G Partner North'N .R.


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William George Partner was an Acting Corporal Northampton Regiment

Medal Index Card confirms that he is entitled to a First World War pair of British War Medal and Victory Medal

Missing Victory Medal

First World War 1914 Mons Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal trio to: 3-10294 Pte B Howkins 1/North.N.R.

First World War 1914 Mons Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal trio to: 3-10294 Pte B Howkins 1/North.N.R.


Price: 220.00

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World War One 1914 Mons Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal trio to:

3-10294 Pte B Howkins 1/North.N.R.

Bert Howkins also served as 70086 in the same regiment.

Northamptonshire Regt

Bert Howkins entered France 12th November 1914

There is a note on his Medal Index Card which states that "The Secretary India office forward list of names of officers, ncos and men entitled to clasp 26/10/20

First World War 1914 Mons Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal trio to: Sjt A Gibbs  8562 2/North`n R

First World War 1914 Mons Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal trio to: Sjt A Gibbs 8562 2/North`n R


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World War One 1914 Mons Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal trio to:

Sjt A Gibbs 8562 2/North`n R

Albert Gibbs

Northamptonshire Regt

With copy Medal Index Card


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