You are looking at a small bookplate signed by the following late great Battle of Britain RAF fighter ace: Squadron Leader Ginger Lacey DFM CdeG (French) AE:Joined the RAFVR in January 1937 as a Pilot and called up at the start of WWII, he joined 501 Squadron at RAF Filton. He was sent to France with the squadron on 10th May 1940. He shot down a Me109, a He111 and a Me110 on the 13th and two He111's on the 27th. Returning to England when the squadron was withdrawn on 19th June and went to Croyd...on after a short time in Jersey. He shot down a Me109 on 20th July, shot down a Ju87, probably another and probably a Me110 on 12th August, damaged a Do17 on the 15th, got a probable Me109 on the 16th, shot down a Ju88 and damaged a Do17 on the 24th, shot down a Me109 on the 29th, shot down a He111 and probably a Me110 on the 30th and shot down a Me109 on the 31st. He shot down two Me109's and damaged a Do17 on 2nd September, shot down another two Me109's on the 5th and a He111 on the 13th. In this fight he was hit by return fire from the He111 and had his radiator was shot off. He was forced to baled out, with slight burns. On the 15th he shot down a He111 and two Me109's and damaged a third Me109. He was shot down over Ashford on the 17th and baled out, unhurt. He shot down a Me109 on the 27th, damaged a Ju88 on the 30th, got a probable Me109 on 7th October, shot down Me109's on the 12th, 26th and 30th and on the latter day he also damaged another Me109. Commissioned in January 1941, he was promoted to Acting Flight Lieutenant in June and appointed A Flight Commander. He shot down a Me109 on 10th July, damaged another on the 14th, shot down a He59 on the 17th and two more Me109's on the 24th. He was posted away to 57 OTU on 18th August 1941 as an instructor. He later joined 602 Squadron at RAF Kenley in March 1942 and damaged Fw190's on 24th March and 25th April. He was sent to HQ 81 Group on 7th May as Tactics Officer. He went to the A AEE Boscombe Down on 28th September 1942 to do research on rocket armament before moving to 1 Special Attack Instructors School at Milfield on 30th November as Chief Instructor. Posted overseas on 26th March 1943 to in India arriving in June and joined 20 Squadron at Kalyan, to convert it from Lysanders to Hurricanes. On 6th July 1943 he went to 1572 Gunnery Flight, to convert Blenheim bomber squadrons on to Hurricanes and later from Hurricanes to Thunderbolts. He became CO of 155 Squadron on 6th November 1944 but moved on the 23rd to take command of 17 Squadron at Palel. He shot down a Nakajima Oscar on 19th February 1945. In March 1946 Lacey led the squadron to Japan. He was posted back to the UK in May. he stayed in the RAF after WWII and retired in March 1967.He passed away in May 1989.This bookplate piece would look great mounted in Ginger Laceys book: 'Ginger Lacey: Fighter Pilot'.Please note the small bookplate is not attached glued to the larger picture of Ginger Lacey.International bidders please note any item(s) purchased for over 20 must pay for and be posted by international signed for postage only.
You are looking at a very nice bookplate with the original autograph of the following legendary late great WWII Spitfire fighter ace:Squadron Leader 'Ben' Bennions DFC : Joined the RAF in 1929 as an aircraft apprentice at RAF Halton and qualified three years later as an engine fitter. He later trained as a pilot and in January 1936 joined 41 squadron RAF in Aden as a sergeant pilot flying Hawker Demon fighters. The squadron returned to the UK later that year to be re-equipped with Hawker Fury's..., and again in 1940 with the Spitfire. Ben Bennions received his commission in April 1940. While stationed at RAF Hornchurch, he scored his first air victory on 28th July 1940 when he shot down a Me109. On the following day, after shooting down his second Me109, his Spitfire was damaged and he had to crash land in Kent. On 15th August 1940 while on a temporary rest break at RAF Catterick, his squadron was in action against an enemy force of 120 bombers and 21 Me110 fighters along the Yorkshire coast near Hartlepool. He shot down one Me110 and damaged another. The squadron returned to Hornchurch and on 5th September he shot down a Ju88 and probably shot down a Me109, and the following day two more Me109's. He shot down another Me109 on 9th September and further successes quickly followed bringing his score to 12 air to air victories, five probably destroyed, and five damaged. On 23rd September 1940 he is credited by one source for shooting down the famous Luftwaffe ace Hans-Joachim Marseilleover the Channel. Marseille survived, and would go on to achieve 158 air victories to rank as the most successful German ace against the Western Allies. Ben Bennions was badly wounded on 1st October 1940. That morning he had been awarded the DFC and was about to go on leave when he was scrambled to intercept enemy aircraft . He shot down one of the raiders before a shell exploded in his cockpit, blinding him in the left eye and badly damaging his right arm and leg. He was badly burned and bleeding heavily but managed to bail out, and somehow managed to open his parachute before passing out.He was found in a field near Hatfield, and taken to hospital where quick action saved his right eye, but nothing could be done for the left. He was transferred to Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, where he was one of the first pilots in the care of Sir Archie McIndoe, the pioneer of plastic surgery for the treatment for severe burns. As one of "Archie's Guinea Pigs", he became a founder member of the Guinea Pig Club. Also, as one who had parachuted to save his life, he was eligible to join the Caterpillar Club. Following remarkable recovery from these injuries, he later became a fighter controller and was promoted to squadron leader. In January 1943 he was mentioned in dispatches. He later served in North Africa as a senior controller and liaison officer with an American Fighter Group equipped with Spitfires. With only a limited flying category he was permitted to fly on convoy patrols but was not allowed to take part in combat operations.In October 1943, he commanded a Ground control interception unit that was sent ashore at Ajaccio on Corsica. As he left the landing craft, an enemy glide bomb exploded, and he received shrapnel wounds. For the second time he became a patient of McIndoe at East Grinstead. For the rest of the war, he was a senior fighter controller at various units in the North of England.He passed away in January 2004.This bookplate would look great mounted in any RAF book but especially Ben Bennions book 'Ben Bennions DFC: Battle of Britain Fighter Ace'.The small signed bookplate is not attached glued to larger picture of Ben Bennions.International bidders please note any item(s) that sell for over 20 must be paid for and use international signed for postage only sorry.
You are looking at a small bookplate signed by the following late great Battle of Britain RAF fighter ace: Squadron Leader Henry Baker :He began his flying training at 9 E RFTS Ansty on 25th July 1938. After completing his training he joined 19 Squadron at Duxford on 15th December 1939. While over Dunkirk on 1st June 1940 he shot down a Me110 and damaged another. He was involved in a car accident and spent two months in hospital. after recovering, he joined 41 Squadron in late August 1940 and fl...ew his first operational sortie with the squadron on 14th September. On the 15th he shared in shooting down a He111 and damaged another and on the 30th he shot down a Me109. On 8th October 1940 he joined the newly-formed 421 Flight at Hawkinge. On 1st November he shot down a Me109 and damaged another, on the 24th he shot down another Me109 and damaged another and a few days later he shared a Me109 and damaged another. Near the end of 1940 he was loaned to 306 (Polish) Squadron at Ternhill, which had only recently become operational. On 11th January 1941 421 Flight was renumbered 91 Squadron. He was posted away and joined 74 Squadron at Biggin Hill on the 23rd. On a 'Rhubarb' operation on 26th May he shot down a Me109. With his tour completed in late July 1941, he spent the next six months instructing. After a period in hospital, followed by a convalescence at Torquay, he was posted to a fighter squadron in the Western Desert in May 1942. Promoted to Acting Squadron Leader, he became CO of229 Squadron at Ta Kali, Malta in September. On 12th and 13th October he damaged Me109's. In December 1942 he returned to the UK and in January 1943 he went to RAF HQ Northern Ireland as OC Tactics and Training. In April he became an instructor at 55 OTU Annan, Scotland but in May went to Gibraltar to take part in ferrying 300 Hurricanes to Cairo. New pilots took them on to Teheran, where they were picked up by Russian pilots. Back in the UK in July 1943, he joined 118 Squadron at Coltishall as a supernumerary Flight Lieutenant. In January 1944 he was based at Croydon as a ferry pilot and in March he went to CFS Montrose for an instructors course, following which he went to Wrexham as CFI. During January 1945 he was posted and became CGI at 17 FTS Cranwell and after another ground job at RAF Kimbolton later in the year, he was released from the RAF on 1st January 1946 as a Squadron Leader. He passed away in July 2013.This bookplate piece would look great mounted in any Battle of Britain book.Please note the small bookplate is not attached glued to the larger picture of Henry Baker.International bidders please note any item(s) purchased for over 20 must pay for and be posted by international signed for postage only.
Item DescriptionAn outstanding original WWII US Army Air Forces Fighter Ace, Captain Newell O. Roberts, 94th Fighter Squadron DIDUI with original Rickenbacker letter sending the DI to Roberts also has a 2" pilot wing as part of the group. The DI is in Massaro's book on AAF DIs as 94A1. DI has sterling hallmark and a pinback attachment with drop-in pin. DI measures 27 mm by 13 mm. DI in excellent condition, surface shows minor wear. The shirt size pilot wing is marked AMICO Sterling, pinback, and... in very good condition. The letter from Rickenbacker is in excellent condition and a very rare item. The group also includes the book "Aces Against Germany" which has a section on him and the September 4th, 1943 issue of Collier's with an article entitled "Three Seconds to Fight - In Combat with a Yank Fighter Pilot' by Captain Newell Roberts. Captain Roberts was credited with 5 confirmed and 3 probables flying with the 1st Fighter Group in N. Africa - 1942-43. A very historical group. No reserve, so good luck. The photos above are of the actual item for sale and are intended to help show condition. Item will be shipped in a padded envelope via first class package rate to domestic and foreign addresses. We are happy to combine items to save on shipping. 00089
Hello Friends Nice group, sadly no name, but all came together. Please see photos for condition of photos. Email any questions- we are always happy to help. Stay safe out there (1506) I figure combined postage after the auctions end and then send an invoice. Combined postage is only given when all items are paid for on one invoice. I ship to the address shown when you pay for the item. I do not delay shipments. I ship when you pay. 100 Originality Guaranteed We arent happy unless you are happy... with the item. You can bid with confidence.I am an honest seller. If I make a mistake, it is unintentional. Please email me with any issues in a kindly manner so we can work them out. Please keep in mind my items are usually old, vintage items from barns, basements and attics where they have been for many years, some 60 years. They may be a bit dusty or dirty, smell a bit, and may have the occasional cobweb or animal hair on them. We wont send out anything in a horrible state, but we dont have them dry cleaned before we sell them. Please keep this in mind if you have allergies or other concerns. I am an active member of WAF, GDC, and USMF. Thank you00162
Hardcover. 8vo. Turner Publishing Company, Paducah, KY. 2002. 240 pgs. Illustrated. DJ has light shelf-wear present to the DJ extremities. Bound in cloth boards with titles present to the spine. Boards have light shelf-wear present to the extremities. No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks. Binding tight and solid. A Kentucky native, Johnson found fame with Hub Zemke's 56th FG, becoming the Wolfpack's first ace and eventually notching up 18 kills. On his last mission, he vi...olated the basic rule for successful strafing missions - "One pass, Haul ..." - and became a POW in March 1944. Postwar, Johnson held a succession of increasingly responsible Air Force positions and commands, specifically within the SAC community - 62nd FS CO, 82nd FG CO, 508th FW CO, 7th AD staff in England, SAC Headquarters staff, 95th BW CO and so on. In doing so, he racked up flight time in F-51s, F-84s, B-57s, B-52s, etc. His penultimate command was CO of the 8th AF, which was responsible for the war-winning Linebacker strikes in 197273 during the Vietnam War. Johnson died in 2002. Lt General Gerald Johnson Called to Command WWII Fighter Ace's Adventure Journey
You are looking at a small bookplate piece signed by the following late great RAF Battle of Britain fighter ace: Squadron Leader James 'Ginger' Lacey DFM:A Yorkshire man who was destined to become the top scoring RAF fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain. He joined the RAFVR in 1937, After an instructors course in 1938 he became an instructor at the Yorkshire Aeroplane Club. Called up at the start of WWII, he joined 501 Squadron, and in May 1940 was posted with the squadron to France. On t...he 13th he took off late on an early patrol, and shot down a Me 109 and a He 111. Later in the day he shot down a Me110. On the 27th he shot down two He 111's and then returned to the UK, in June, having made an emergency landing in a swamp on the 9th and overturned, and nearly drowning. On 20th July he shot down a Me109, and was then awarded a DFM. During the Battle of Britain, in August, he shot down a Ju87 and a probable on the 12th, damaged a Do17 on the 15th, probably shot down a Me109 on the 16th, and on the 24th shot down a Ju88 and damaged a Do17. On the 29th he shot down a Me109 and next day shot down a He 111 and probably shot down a Me110. He shot down a Me109 on the 31st and on 2nd September shot down two Me109s and damaged a Do17. Two days later he shot down two more Me109s, and was then sent on leave for a few days. on his return, on the 13th, he took off in very bad weather and shot down a lone He111 which had just bombed Buckingham Palace. Having destroyed it, he found the cloud too thick to return to base and was forced to bale out. On the 15th he shot down another He111 and two Me109s with a third damaged, on the 27th shot down another Me109 and on the 30th damaged a Ju88. During October he was in action frequently against Me109s, getting a probable shot downon the 7th and shooting down others on the 12th, 26th, and the 30th, damaging one also on this latter date. His score was now 23 air victories, and he had been shot down or forced to bale out nine times. Of his victories eighteen were scored during the Battle of Britain, and this was the highest score of any pilot for this time. In December he received a Bar to his DFM and was commissioned the following month. He converted to Spitfires early in 1941, and in June became a flight commander. During July he shot down a Me109 on the 10th, damaged one on the 14th, shot down a He 59 float-plane on the 17th and shot down two more Me109s on the 24th, causing them to collide. He was then posted as an instructor to 57 OTU. In March 1942 he joined 602 Squadron, and on 24th Marchhe damaged a Fw190. On 25th April he damaged two more, but was then posted to HQ 81 Group as Tactics Officer, now as a Squadron. Leader. He spent some time testing Hurricanes with rocket projectiles and 40 mm. anti-tank guns, and then became Chief Flying Instructor at Millfield. In March 1943 he was posted to India, and first was responsible for converting squadrons to Hurricanes at Madras. He then moved to Bangalore, where he converted Hurricane pilots to Thunderbolts. In September 1944 he was posted to 3 TAC at Komila as Squadron Leader Tactics, and the following month attended an Air Fighting Instructors Course at Armarda Road, which was run by Wing Commander. Frank Carey. In November he became temporary CO of 155 Squadron, flying Spitfire 8's over Burma, but later that month took command of 17 Squadron, equipped with the same aircraft. His squadron was responsible for giving ground support to a Gurkha regiment, so he ordered his pilots to have their heads shaved in the Gurkha fashion, which proved to be a very popular move. On 19th February 1945 he shot down a Nakajima Ki 43 Oscar, his twenty-eighth and last air victory. He passed away in May 1989. This bookplate piece would look great mounted in any RAF Battle of Britain book especially his book 'Ginger Lacey: Fighter Pilot' . Please note the small signed bookplate is not attached glued to larger picture of Ginger Lacey.International bidders plea
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