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The superb and rare Malta 16th January 1941 'First Day of the Luftwaffe Blitz' Immediate award for gallantry of the Member of the Order of the British Empire group awarded to Engineering Lieutenant Commander T. Wheeldon Royal Navy.who when serving aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Imperial at Malta under repair, helped fight the fires on the ammunition ship M.V.
Essex after she was hit by a bomb and set on fire, 'he climbed down into the wrecked engine room in extremely hazardous condition and endeavoured to locate the source of the fire and shut down an auxiliary Diesel Generator which was still running. 'Essex' had over 3,000 tons of ammunition which was in the process of being unloaded, and particularly loaded lighters were lying alongside. Had the fire reached any of this ammunition, a disastrous explosion might have occurred which would have wrecked H.M.S. Illustrious and numerous other vessels and resulted in appalling loss of life inside and outside the dockyard.' Group of 7: Order of the British Empire, Member, M.B.E., 2nd type; Naval General Service Medal 1909-1962, GVI 1st type bust,
1 Clasp: Palestine 1936-1939; (LIEUT. ( E ) T. WHEELDON. R.N.); 1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star with North Africa 1942-43 clasp; Defence Medal; War Medal. Mounted loose style as worn. Condition: Good Very Fine.
Together with a large and small size tunic ribbon bar's, - these both with Mentioned in Despatches Oakleaves, however no evidence to suggest such and award; and a Gieves Limited envelope, this addressed to: 'Cdr (E) R.
Wheeldon R.N., Saint Margaret's Hotel, Dunfernline, Fife. Thomas Wheeldon was commissioned into the Royal Navy, and joined the Engineering Branch, and with the Arab Rebellion in Palestine, saw service on and off the coast of Palestine, when serving as a Lieutenant in the Engineering Branch. With the outbreak of the Second World War, Wheeldon was still serving as a Lieutenant in the Engineering Branch, and was then posted aboard the destroyer H.M.S.
Imperial. Imperial had an active war, serving in the Atlantic, off Norway in 1940, and then in the Mediterranean. On 24th May 1941 she joined the 2nd Destroyer Flotilla at Alexandria. In July 1940 Imperial provided cover for the convoy's MF1 and MS1 from Malta to Egypt, but had to return early to Alexandria due to a defect, and as such did not take part in the Battle of Calabria on 9th July, but was then deployed with the destroyer Hereward for escort to Convoy AN2 from Alexandria to Piraeus, and then resumed fleet screening duties with Flotilla on return. In August 1940 she provide distant cover for Convoy MS2 from Alexandria to Malta, and was then detached to escort the Force F consisting of the aircraft carrier Illustrious, the battleship Valiant, and the cruisers Coventry and Calcutta from Gibraltar to Alexandria, and later in September then covered Covoy MS3 from Egypt to Malta, and Convoy MS4 from Malta to Egypt. On 11th October 1940 when escorting the Convoy MF3 into Valetta harbour at Malta, H.M.S. Imperial was mined 15 miles south of Delimara, sustaining major structural damage and then towed into Malta by H.M.S. Decoy. Imperial was then in dock at Malta under repair from then through to February 1941. On the morning of 10th January 1941, the convoy of Operation 'Excess' was heading for Malta carrying much-needed supplies when the vessels were attacked by Italian bombers. An immediate response by Fulmar aircraft launched from the decks of H.M.S. Illustrious drove them away. As they retreated in disarray, a fresh formation swooped in. To the horrified surprise of the Naval escort, these were not Italians but German Ju87 and Ju88 aircraft, hell-bent on destroying the aircraft carrier. Illustrious was hit six times and badly damaged. With German bombers hot on her tail, Illustrious nevertheless managed to reach the relative safety of Grand Harbour. Thanks to adverse weather, enemy raiders stayed away long enough for the injured to be attended to and repairs to get underway. In the early afternoon of Thursday, 16th January
1941 the sun burned away the morning cloud to leave a clear bright sky.
Suddenly out of the blue a formation of Stuka diver bombers screamed across the skies over Grand Harbour. Wave after wave of Luftwaffe aircraft followed in their wake - more than seventy of them, raining bombs on the Dockyard and surrounding areas. The Germans had launched their first concentrated and ferocious attack of the war in the Mediterranean. Barely able to prepare for the onslaught, Malta's few defending Hurricane and Fulmar aircraft took to the air to try and repel the raiders. Bofors guns boomed out constant rounds which echoed and re-echoed across the harbour. The valiant response succeeded in preventing all but one bomb from falling on Illustrious but could not protect the surrounding 'Three Cities' of Senglea, Vittoriosa, and Cospicua from heavy bombing. Valetta, too, was badly hit, sending its citizens scurrying for cover. Malta's oldest urban communities, established and fortified in the 16th Century by the Knight's of Malta, were now reduced to rubble. Some 200 houses were destroyed and another 500 damaged. The effect on the population was devastating. The majority had fled their homes to take refuge inland during the early raids of June 1940. But when enemy activity quietened down in the autumn, many evacuees had drifted back home to rejoin Dockyard workers who had stayed behind. Now these civilians were in the eye of the storm and large numbers fell victim to the Luftwaffe raids. Most lost their homes and everything they owned, hundreds were trapped under collapsed buildings, many were killed - men, women, and children. Included in the original convoy for Operation 'Excess' had been the Merchant Vessel 'Essex' which was one of four merchant ships which accompanied 'Excess' and was the only one being destined for Malta. M.V.
'Essex' was an ammunition ship, and carried 4,000 tons of ammunition, 3,000 ton's of potato seed, and 12 crated Hurricane's as deck cargo. Like Illustrious, 'Essex' made it to Malta, and berthed at Somerset Wharf, near
No.3 Dock on 11th January 1941. During the massed attack on Valetta Harbour on 16th January 1941, M.V. 'Essex' was hit by bomb and caught fire, with all the Essex's officers being killed, incapacitated or else ashore, and all light's were out. As such there was a vessel lying in the centre of Valetta, loaded with 4,000 tons of ammunition (though some had by then been unloaded), and was on fire, and liable to blow up at any time. An number of servicemen volunteered to assist in putting out the fire in order to prevent an explosion, and one of these was Engineering Lieutenant Wheeldon, who as the citation for the immediate award of his Member of the Order of the British Empire states: Lieutenant Wheeldon voluntarily assisted in fighting the fire in M.V. 'Essex' and displayed courage and initiative. He climbed down into the wrecked engine room in extremely hazardous condition and endeavoured to locate the source of the fire and shut down an auxiliary Diesel Generator which was still running. 'Essex' had over 3,000 tons of ammunition which was in the process of being unloaded, and particularly loaded lighters were lying alongside. Had the fire reached any of this ammunition, a disastrous explosion might have occurred which would have wrecked H.M.S. Illustrious and numerous other vessels and resulted in appalling loss of life inside and outside the dockyard.' Wheeldon was awarded his M.B.E., an award 'for gallantry' and as such a rare award, in the London Gazette for 5th August 1941, the original recommendation having been made on 6th April 1941 by the Vice Admiral for Malta. However since his gallant action, H.M.S. Imperial had been repaired, and on completion of her post refit trials, she then took passage to Gibraltar to work-up on 23rd March 1941, and on 27th March was deemed ready for operational work-up from Gibraltar. On completion of her work up she then sailed back to Malta in April 1941, to resume duties with her Flotilla in the eastern Mediterranean, and probably took part in the passage to Alexandria as part of Operation Salient. On 28th April she formed part of the escort for the supply ship Breconshire from Malta to Alexandria, sailing in convoy with the cruisers Abdiel, and Dido, and the destroyers, Jaguar, Jervis, and Juno, and arrived at Alexandria with that force on the 30th April. On 7th May she acted as escort to the cruiser Ajax, together with the destroyers Havock and Hotspur for a bombardment of Benghazi, and with the German invasion of Crete, on 28th May she was part of a force consisting of the cruisers Orion, and Dido, and the destroyers Decoy, Jackal, Hotspur, Kimberley, and Hereward for the evacuation of troops from Heraklion, with the destroyers including Imperial being used to ferry troops from the shore to the awaiting cruisers which were outside the harbour. During the return journey to Alexandria on 29th May, the evacuation force came under air attacks in the approaches to Kaso Straits. Imperial was disabled by near misses which damaged steering gear beyond repair which in view of air threat, with the ship's company taken off by Hotspure which then sank Imperial by torpedo in position 32.23N by 25.40E. Wheeldon who was rescued from Imperial, subsequently survived the war, being promoted to Engineering Lieutenant Commander.
With copy of original citation for his award of an Immediate Order of the British Empire copy London Gazette page copy photo of the raid on Malta on January 16th 1941.Copy pages re HMS Imperial together with a photo of the ship picture and copy details of MV Essexfull details of 16th January 1941 the Illustrious Blitz (Story of a George Cross) and details headed The Luftwaffe unleashed re the raid of the 16th Janusry 1941.Coloured copy showing raid of the Luftwaffe on Malta docks by German JU 87 and 88 aircraft.
Condition NEF mounted loose style for wear.
Code: 51095Price: 2250.00 GBP
An interesting Crimean War Group to Private Martin Henehan, 33rd Duke of Wellington’s Regiment of Foot, who having been present at the Battle of Alma, and then the Battle of Inkermann, was then awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry, beDistinguished Conduct Medal, VR, naming neatly erased. Crimea Medal, three clasps, Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol (No.3169 MARTIN HENEHAN. 33rd REGT).
Turkish Crimea Medal 1855, suspension altered to British Crimea type, unnamed as issued. Martin Henehan (spelt in other references as Henchan or
Heenahan) served during the Crimean War as a Private (No.3169) with the 33rd Duke of Wellington’s Regiment of Foot, and was present at the Battle of Alma on 20th September 1854, and at the Battle of Inkermann on 5th November 1854, and at the siege Sebastopol, and serving in the trenches he was dangerously wounded in action during the first attack on the Redan on 18th June 1855.
Henehan had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in the Gazette for 9th February 1855, this award being almost certainly for his gallantry during the Battle of Inkermann on 5th November 1854.
With copy details re. the award of the DCM 3169 Pte Heenahan(or Henehan) Martin 33rd Foot RD 9.2.55 confirmation of wounds received on the First Attack on the Redan copy page from Edinburgh Gazette dated July 13th 1855 confirming wounded 3169 Martin Henehan dangerously copy roll pages.
Regimentally impressed naming some contact wear and edge-bruising, condition Very fine
Code: 51093Price: 1650.00 GBP
Family groupings to the Johns Family.A Second World War B.E.M. pair awarded to Master Cooper G. W. Johns, Royal Victualling Yard, Deptford British Empire Medal, (Civil) G.VI.R., 1st issue (George William Johns); Imperial Service Medal, G.VI.R., 1st issue (George William Johns, B.E.M.), together with related Central Chancery forwarding letter and certificate for the last, dated 17 December 1947, and addressed to the recipient’s widow, ‘Mrs. E. L. Johns, 52, Beechhill Road, Eltham, S.E. 9’, virtually as issued.
With LG pages dated 4th January 1944 confirming award of British Empire Medal (Civil Division) to George William Johns Master Cooper Royal Victorian Yard Deptford.
LG pages dated 16th May 1947 confirming award of the Imperial Service Medal Johns BEM George William Johns Master Cooper Royal Victorian Yard Deptford.(Home Civil Service)
The Second World War campaign group of four awarded to Flying Officer F. C.
H. Johns, D.F.C., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, who was decorated for his gallantry as a Navigator in Mosquitos of No. 515 Squadron prior to being killed in action on an intruder mission over Germany in July 1944
1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star, bar, France and Germany; Italy Star; War Medal 1939-45, in their original Air Ministry card forwarding box, with issuance slip for medals confirming award of all four medals and France & Germany bar for ACE addressed to the recipient’s mother, ‘Mrs. E. L. Johns, 52, Beech Hill Road, Eltham, London S.E. 9’, virtually as issued (6)
B.E.M. London Gazette 4 January 1944.
George William Johns was awarded his B.E.M. in respect of his services as a Master Cooper at the Royal Victualling Yard, Deptford. As such he would have been no stranger to enemy air raids, the dockyard not just taking severe punishment in the Blitz 1940-41, but again in 1944-45 with the advent of V-weapon attacks - in fact seven V1s and a V2 landed in the dockyard, or its immediate environs, within a matter of weeks.
Frederick Charles Haver Johns, the son of George William Johns, witnessed active service as a Navigator in Mosquitos of No. 515 Squadron and No. 23 Squadron 1943-44, and was killed in action on an intruder mission over Germany on the night of 24-25 July 1944, when his pilot was Squadron Leader P. W. Rabone, D.F.C., a veteran of the Battle of Britain and fighter ace.
Johns was himself decorated for gallant deeds in No. 515 Squadron, being posthumously gazetted for the D.F.C. 1 June 1945, with effect from the date of his death in action.
It seems likely he first met Rabone during 23’s sojourn in Sicily in late 1943. Be that as it may, they had certainly teamed-up by the summer of 1944, and not without success, as verified by the following extract taken from a combat report dated 21 June 1944:
‘At 1515 hours when turning at Zuidlaarder Meer, at a height of about 300 feet, Mosquito espied a Me. 110 taking off from Eelde airfield. The enemy aircraft, which was quite oblivious of the lurking presence of the Mosquito, appeared to be fitted with A.I aerial and long range tanks. Mosquito, eager for a kill, made a sharp turn to the west by which time the Me. 110 was airborne with wheels retracted. Our aircraft came in from astern and slightly above (300 feet) and promptly gave the Hun a three second burst of cannon, but no strikes were observed. This was immediately followed up with a second burst of two seconds and strikes were seen on the starboard engine with pieces falling away. Before the hun got his breath back a delightful third burst of cannon presented at 50 yards range at a height of about 100 feet. This created havoc - the Me. 110’s starboard wing and starboard engine burst into flames, the port engine belched forth black smoke, and the enemy aircraft dived into the ground enveloped in a mass of flames, smoke and destruction. The attack and subsequent destruction occurred from 300-100 feet. No return fire was experienced ... Mosquito landed at Little Snoring at 16.30 hours, after a most enjoyable afternoon’s sport.’
As stated, Johns was killed in action in the following month, and is buried in Hanover War Cemetery. Rabone’s body was washed ashore on Heligoland Island three months later, and was afterwards interred at Hotton British Military Cemetery, Belgium; sold with a quantity of research, in which reference is made to an excellent photograph of Johns and Rathbone in Bowman’s and Cushing’s Confounding the Reich.
Code: 51102Price: 795.00 GBP
A Great War Military Medal group of 4 to Private G.S. Dickens, Royal Army Service Corps.Military Medal, Geo V (MS-933 PTE G.C. DICKINS. M.T. A.S.C.)
1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal (MS-933 PTE G.C. DICKINS. (A.S.C.)
Private Gilbert Charles Dickens, clearing station Blackheath, Royal Army Medical Corps, died of wounds at home aged 26, the son of Mr. C.W.
Dickens, of 9 Woodside Cottages, Waverley Road, Weybridge, Surrey. Buried Paddington Cemetery. Arrived in France 23rd September 1914, wounded 23rd March 1918. Awarded the Military Medal 18th May 1918. Invalided home with gunshot wounds to the arms and legs 14th July 1918. London Gazette entry for M.M. 6th August 1918. He died of his wounds plus Pneumonia 16th February 1919. His mother, a munitions worker died four days later of Pneumonia and Influenza 20th February 1919 at her home at 9 Woodside Cottages.Waverley Road,Weybridge,Surrey. With 21 pages copy papers, confirming he was wounded and awarded the MM LG 6th August 1918 and copy death certificate.CWGC information MIC entered 23rd September 1914 (4) Nearly extremely fine
Code: 51096Price: 575.00 GBP
Private G. V. Lynch, Australian Army, who was wounded and taken P.O.W. in Greece in April 1941. 1939-45 Star; Africa Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Australian Service Medal 1939-45, these last three officially inscribed, ‘NX. 4493 G. V. Lynch’; GreGerald Vaughan Lynch was born in Sydney, N.S.W., in September 1913, and enlisted in the Australian Army in October 1939.Embarked for the Middle East in October 1940, he was posted to 6 Divisional Ammunition Company and, in common with some 2000 other Australian troops, was taken P.O.W. in Greece in April 1941.
As succinctly put by a fellow P.O.W., ‘we got down to the foot of Greece and had nowhere else to go ... A few thought we had been betrayed, but we didn’t have a hope. We had the sea at our feet and were surrounded by the Germans’.
For his own part, Lynch was removed from the list of missing when the International Red Cross located him at a P.O.W. hospital at Kokinia in July 1941, from whence he was entrained for Stalag 317 (XVIII C) at Markt Pongau, near Salzburg, Austria - many of the camps inmates had to perform forced labour and by the War’s end some 4,000 of them had perished, most of them Soviet prisoners. Discharged in October 1945, Lynch died at Nambour, Queensland, in September 1983; sold with the recipient’s original Greek Commemorative Medal certificate of award, dated 15 May 1980, together with a wartime photograph showing Lynch and others and a file of research containing Attestaion forms and discharge certificate with copy of the Newspaper The Sun April 30th 1941 re Anzac evacuation of Greece titled Surrender that was the only way out this was reproduced by the Sun on the 12th October 1989.
Code: 51100Price: 525.00 GBP
An interesting Third China War 1900 Medal awarded to Assistant Paymaster later Paymaster Commander R.R. Hamer, Royal Navy, who served aboard the cruiser HMS Arethusa during the Boxer Rebellion, and in the Great War was present at Jutland, before dying in 1942 during the Second World War having been accounting officer to the Falklands Islands Survey in British Antarctica. China Medal 1900, no clasp (ASST:PAYR R.R. HAMER, R.N. HMS ARETHUSA). Richard Rodney Hamer was born on 3rd October 1878, the son of the Reverend Richard Hamer, and Clara of Granby Vicarage, Nottingham. Hamer joined the Royal Navy as an Assistant Clerk on 15th January 1896, being posted to Victory, being posted to HMS Imperieuse on 5th March 1896, the flagship on the Pacific Station, he passed for Clerk on 15th January 1897, and was posted to the screw corvette Comus from 12th March 1897, and operating out in the Pacific off the coast of Chile, he was aboard her when she rescued shipwrecked sailors off Acapulco in July 1897, but was then posted back to the armoured cruiser Imperieuse from 25th August 1897, this ship being still the flagship on the Pacific station. Hamer was posted to the battleship Magnificent from 31st August 1899, being appointed Assistant Paymaster aboard her on the same date, serving with the Atlantic Fleet, and was then posted aboard the cruiser HMS Arethusa from 14th November 1899, seeing further service on the Pacific Station, and then with the outbreak of the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900, Hamer saw service on and off the coast of China, protecting the lives and property of British subjects there, and receiving the China Medal 1900 without clasp. After the cessation of hostilities this ship remained on the China station till she returned to England in April 1903, with Hamer being posted the armoured cruiser Hogue from 4th June 1903. Hamer was posted to the armoured cruiser HMS Suffolk from April 1904, then commanded by Captain David Beatty, later the Admiral of Jutland fame. Hamer was posted to the base ship Terror from 21st May 1906, followed by the Battleship Jupiter from 9th September 1908, being promoted to Paymaster on 30th October 1908, he was at the same time posted to the shore establishment Fisgard. Hamer attended a victualing course from 27th February 1909, and was posted to the cruiser Diamond from 24th August 1909, followed by the protecte cruiser HMS Fox in the East Indies from June 1912, having taken passage out aboard Hermione, he was promoted to Staff Paymaster on 30th October 1912 and was still aboard Fox at the outbreak of the Great War, and operated in the Indian Ocean, being aboard the Fox when she captured two German merchant ships, the Australia on 10th August 1914 and the Holtenfels on 11th August 1914, followed by the hunt for the German light cruiser S.M.S. Konigsberg, and participation in a raid on Dar-Es-Salaam where she bombarded the city. In January 1915, Fox was part of the force which occupied Malta Island, and from 1915 went on to see service in East Indies and off Egypt. Hamer was however posted to the armoured cruiser HMS Cochrane from 21st January 1916, as part of the 2nd Cruiser Squadron, he saw service at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916 and having been promoted to Fleet Paymaster on 30th October 1916, saw further service aboard Cochrane from mid-1918 at Murmansk during the allied intervention in the Russian Civil War, before being posted home aboard the destroyer Murray to join the battleship Agincourt from October 1918, and was serving aboard her at the cessation of hostilities. Posted to the battleship Indomitable in home waters from 24th April 1919, he was then posted to President for a victualing course from 13th May 1920, being then posted unemployed at Pembroke from 2nd June 1920, this was then cancelled and he was posted to the Submarine Depot Ship Titania from 10th September 1920, he applied to travel to the United States of America in December 1920, and married Gretchen Hamer on 14th February 1921. With the outbreak of the Second World War, Hamer was recalled for service as a Paymaster Commander and additional for the shore base Pursuviant, being then appointed on 21st March 1941 as an accounting officer to the Falkland Islands Survey in British Antarctica. Having been posted down there his ill health deemed it necessary to have him removed from the posting, and it being seen as imperative for him to be in a warm climate, he was admitted to the Royal Naval hospital at the Cape of Good Hope, where he died aged 63 on 14th January 1942, being buried in Simon’s Town Dido Valley Cemetery, South Africa. Additionally entitled to a 1915 Star Trio, 1939-45 Star and War Medal 39-45.
With CWGC info,copy roll page for no clasp China 1900 HMS Arethusa R.R.Hamer Asst/Payr 2 pages of service history entered service 15th January 1896 various copy pages from Navy Lists
Code: 51092Price: 495.00 GBP
Crimea Medal 1854 three clasps, Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol, awarded to Private James Sadler, 55th Westmorland Regiment of Footwho was present at the Battle of the Alma on 20th September 1854, the battle of Inkermann on 5th November 1854 and the siege of Sebastopol. Crimea Medal, three clasps, Alma, Inkermann and Sebastopol (JAS SADLIER 55th RT)
James Sadler, spelt Sadlier on the medal, enlisted as a Private (No.2175) into the 55th Westmorland Regiment of Foot on 18th February 1845, he would lead a distinguished service, being awarded his 1st Good Conduct Pay on 18th February 1850, followed by his 2nd on 18th February 1855, his 3rd on 18th February 1860, his 4th on 18th February 1861 and his 5th on 18th February 1866, being eventually awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, having served 21 years when he was discharged to pension at Preston on 3rd April 1866. During his service, Sadler was present overseas on garrison duty in Gibraltar for 3 years and 2 months, and on operations in Turkey and the Crimea during the Crimean War for 11 months, being present at the Battle of the Alma on 20th September 1854, the Battle of Inkermann on 5th November 1854, and during the siege of Sebastopol. In addition to the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Sadler is also entitled to the Turkish Crimea Medal 1855. During his entire service, he was only ever twice present in the Regimental Defaulter’s Book, and was never tried by court martial.
With 8 pages of service history and copy medal rolls upright engraved naming in capitals.
Condition edge-bruising, contact wear and slightly polished NVF
Code: 51091Price: 395.00 GBP
1st WW Trio to Mechanic J. Holdsworth, Nigerian Marine1914-15 Star (Mech. Nigerian Marine); British War Medal and Victory Medals (Mech., Nigerian Marine)
With details of the History of the Nigerian Marine and copy roll page confirming award of the trio to Mech J Hollisworth Nigerian Marine very rare trio to the Nigerian Marine.
Medals mounted as worn condition GVF
Code: 51101Price: 475.00 GBP
Warrant Officer B. K. McGowan, Royal Air Force, who flew operationally in the Far East as an Air Gunner in Catalinas 1939-45 Star, the reverse privately inscribed, ‘1668530 W./O. B. K. McGowan,
R.A.F.’; Atlantic Star; Burma Star, clasp, Pacific; War Medal 1939-45,
mounted as worn, good very fine, the third scarce (4)
McGowan commenced training as an Air Gunner in November 1943, qualifying at
the end of the year as a ‘steady type but must improve in the air.’ Three
months later he commenced his long association with Catalinas at an O.T.U.,
and in July 1944 he joined No. 191 Squadron out in India, participating in a
number of convoy escorts and anti-submarine patrols later in the year. By
this stage he was often acting as 2nd Engineer. Moving with the Squadron to
Ceylon in April 1945, where he also flew in Dakotas and Liberators, McGowan
joined his final posting, in Mombasa, in August of the same year.
Sold with the recipient’s original Flying Log Book, covering the period of
his training from November 1943 through to his final appointment in a
Catalina unit in Mombasa in July 1946.
Research details outlining 191 Squadron it was re-formed in May 1943 as a flying-boat squadron at Korangi Creek equipped with Catalinas.
The squadron operated the Consolidated Catalina to patrol the Persian Gulf and the Western Indian Ocean.
They carried out anti-submarine patrols and meterorological flights the squadron disbanded on the 15th June 1945 at RAF Koggala Ceylon.
Scarce Flying Boat Squadron group.
Code: 51104Price: 395.00 GBP
Chaplain to the Forces 3rd Class The Rev. C. Johnston, Royal Army Chaplains’ 1939-45 Star; Africa Star, clasp, 1st Army; Defence and War Medals, these unnamed; General Service Medal 1918-62, Geo VI, clasp, (The Rev. G. Johnston C.F.3 R.A.Ch.D.) mounted as worn, nearly extremely fine
Scarce GSM to a Chaplain
Code: 51099Price: 395.00 GBP
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