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Vietnam Airborne Dress Cap

by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.

September 20, 2015, 1:00 PM EST

Muncie, IN, USA

Estimated Price: $50 - $100

Description: Vietnam Airborne Dress Cap

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J. Bancroft (early 20th Century) Horse Racing, Airborne Jockeyed by T. Lowe

by Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

September 2, 2015, 10:30 AM GMT

Derby, United Kingdom

Estimated Price: £30 - £40

Description: J. Bancroft (early 20th Century) Horse Racing, Airborne Jockeyed by T. Lowery signed, titled, watercolour, pastel and gouache, 22cm x 26cm

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Corgi No.420 Ford Thames Airborne Caravan

by Vectis Auctions Ltd

September 17, 2015, 10:30 AM GMT

Stockton on Tees, United Kingdom

Estimated Price: £70 - £90

Description: Corgi No.420 Ford Thames Airborne Caravan - very pale green over olive green, brown interior, spun hubs - some accessory pack decals added, minor touch-ins to edges of roof, Good Plus to Excellent in Good Plus to Excellent card box.

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Falling Skies Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) Airborne Attack Graph Movie Props

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August 30, 2015, 11:00 AM PST

El Segundo, CA, USA

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Description: Tom Mason's (Noah Wyle) detailed graph of attack logistics, using an airborne device. Illustrates graphical interpretation and notations regarding magnetic heading, longitudinal acceleration, vertical acceleration, and ground speed. Located in Tom's office. Approx. 16" x 10".

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Authentic WWII Eisenhower Style U.S. Army Paratrooper Dress Jacket - Highly Exceptional Condition

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September 20, 2015, 1:00 PM EST

Muncie, IN, USA

Estimated Price: $500 - $1,000

Description: This highly decorated soldier was awarded the following patches, badges & medals: 15th & 82nd Division Airborne Infantry, U.S. Army, 1st Class Tech Sergeant, Parachute, Fourragere & 2 Presidential Unit Citations. The 82nd Airborne patch was more than likely awarded for his actions at Normandy.

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U.s. Paratrooper Stein

by Big Art Auctions

September 6, 2015, 8:00 AM PST

Las Vegas, NV, USA

Estimated Price: $310 - $360

Description: U.s. Paratrooper Stein….this Stein Has Been Crafted To Chronicle The History And Progression Of The U.s. Paratrooper. The Body Of The Stein Is A Smooth, Black Glazed, High Quality Stoneware Decorated With A Platinum Wrap Around Design. Along The Top Border Are The Words, The History Of The U.s. Paratrooper. The Left Side Of The Platinum Design Features Several Images Of Paratroopers In Action And Airplanes Flying. It Also Includes The First Half Of A Timeline Detailing The Creation And Development Of The Paratrooper Beginning With The First Balloon Artillery Observers During The Civil War In 1864. The Right Side Of The Platinum Design Features More Images Of Paratroopers In Action, An Airplane And A Helicopter. The Timeline From The Left Side Continues On The Right And Concludes With The Support Of Hurricane Katrina Relief In 2005. A Pewter Medallion Featuring A Master Combat Parachutist Emblem With One Service Star Surrounded By Three Banners Stating: Ranger, Airborne, And Special Force, Is Fixed At The Center Of The Wrap-around Decoration. Just Inside The Border Of The Medallion It States, U.s. Paratrooper Silver Wings Upon My Chest Airborne All The Way Airborne - Hooah. Framing The Medallion On The Body Of The Stein Are Several Emblems For Paratrooper Units And Along The Bottom Are The Words, I Am An Airborne Trooper Of The Sky! A Paratrooper! Rows Of Raised Stars Decorate The Ornamental Pewter Lid And Fixed To The Top Is An Intricately Detailed Pewter Figurine Of A Parachute Floating Towards The Ground. A Fully Outfitted Parachutist Pewter Figurine Serves As The Thumblift For This Noble Stein. Limited Edition Of 5,000 Individually Numbered Pieces.….

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U.s. Paratrooper Stein

by Big Art Auctions

September 3, 2015, 4:00 AM PST

Las Vegas, NV, USA

Estimated Price: $310 - $360

Description: U.s. Paratrooper Stein….this Stein Has Been Crafted To Chronicle The History And Progression Of The U.s. Paratrooper. The Body Of The Stein Is A Smooth, Black Glazed, High Quality Stoneware Decorated With A Platinum Wrap Around Design. Along The Top Border Are The Words, The History Of The U.s. Paratrooper. The Left Side Of The Platinum Design Features Several Images Of Paratroopers In Action And Airplanes Flying. It Also Includes The First Half Of A Timeline Detailing The Creation And Development Of The Paratrooper Beginning With The First Balloon Artillery Observers During The Civil War In 1864. The Right Side Of The Platinum Design Features More Images Of Paratroopers In Action, An Airplane And A Helicopter. The Timeline From The Left Side Continues On The Right And Concludes With The Support Of Hurricane Katrina Relief In 2005. A Pewter Medallion Featuring A Master Combat Parachutist Emblem With One Service Star Surrounded By Three Banners Stating: Ranger, Airborne, And Special Force, Is Fixed At The Center Of The Wrap-around Decoration. Just Inside The Border Of The Medallion It States, U.s. Paratrooper Silver Wings Upon My Chest Airborne All The Way Airborne - Hooah. Framing The Medallion On The Body Of The Stein Are Several Emblems For Paratrooper Units And Along The Bottom Are The Words, I Am An Airborne Trooper Of The Sky! A Paratrooper! Rows Of Raised Stars Decorate The Ornamental Pewter Lid And Fixed To The Top Is An Intricately Detailed Pewter Figurine Of A Parachute Floating Towards The Ground. A Fully Outfitted Parachutist Pewter Figurine Serves As The Thumblift For This Noble Stein. Limited Edition Of 5,000 Individually Numbered Pieces.….

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Campaign Groups and Pairs

by Dix Noonan Webb

September 8, 2015, 10:00 AM BST

London, United Kingdom

Estimated Price: £1,500 - £2,000

Description: A rare Second World War and Korean War campaign group of seven awarded to Sergeant L. Kent, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, late Middlesex Regiment and 2nd Parachute Regiment (A.A.C.), in which latter unit he was present at the airborne invasion of Sicily and afterwards at Arnhem, where he was wounded and taken prisoner at the Bridge itself1939-45 Star; Italy Star; France and Germany Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Korea 1950-53 (6200750 Sjt. L. Kent, K.O.S.B.); U.N. Korea 1950-54, contact marks and a little polished, generally very fine (7) £1500-2000---Sergeant L. “Taffy” Kent originally joined the Middlesex Regiment but then transferred to the Army Air Corps. In common with many other soldiers of the Army Air Corps, he successfully completed No. 57 Parachute Course at R.A.F. Ringway, was awarded his “Red Beret” and was posted to ‘A’ Company, 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment as a Bren Gun Carrier driver.He was subsequently among those to be deployed in the airborne invasion of Sicily on 12 July 1943, when his unit and the Parachute Brigade took off from North Africa embarked in 105 Dakotas, eight of them towing Waco Gliders, and 11 Albermarles towing Horsa Gliders. The Brigade's first casualties occurred while they were still en route, when two Dakotas were shot down flying over an Allied convoy and another nine damaged and forced to turn back. When they reached the Sicilian coast, Axis anti-aircraft fire shot down 37 and a further ten were damaged and forced to abort their mission. The survivors, however, landed successfully and captured and held the vital Primosole Bridge. “Taffy” Kent survived this operation and on 11 September 1943 took part in the sea-borne attack on Taranto Harbour in Italy with the 1st Airborne Division. The Battalion probed as far north as Foggia before being withdrawn back to the U.K. in preparation for D-Day.On 17 September 1944, during Operation ”Market Garden”,  the 2nd Battalion, including Sergeant Kent, dropped at Arnhem with recce. and airborne engineers and some 3rd Battalion soldiers, and captured the road bridge in Arnhem itself. The force was soon cut off but held its ground against incessant German tank and infantry attacks for three days and four nights. The division objective was to hold the Bridge for 48 hours before being relieved by the advancing 30 Corps, which never arrived. By dusk on 20 September, Lieutenant-Colonel Frost, who was commanding 2nd Para was wounded and, as his battalion had been reduced to a few survivors, he ordered his men to break out. It was one of the most fierce and famous battles of the Second World War and Lieutenant J. H Grayburn of 2nd Para was awarded the V.C. The two Parachute Brigades had contained 3,082 men of the Parachute Regiment; of these, 2,656 were killed or reported missing and only 426 made it to safety. “Taffy” Kent, who was serving in Frost’s H.Q. Company, was wounded and captured. In the published roll of British Army P.O.Ws 1939-45, his name appears without a P.O.W. No. or camp location, suggesting that he was still being treated in a hospital at the time of the German surrender in May 1945.After his release from captivity he was posted to the Training Wing of the Parachute Depot but on 4 February 1947 he rejoined the Middlesex Regiment. He then transferred to the King’s Own Scottish Borderers for active service in the Korean War; sold with a paperback edition of Arnhem Spearhead, by James Sims, also of 2nd Para., together with copied roll verification of the recipient’s role and capture at Arnhem and a copied group photograph of ‘A’ Company, 2nd Para taken at Easton Hall, Lincolnshire in June 1944, which includes the recipient.

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Groups and Single Decorations For Gallantry

by Dix Noonan Webb

September 8, 2015, 10:00 AM BST

London, United Kingdom

Estimated Price: £3,000 - £3,500

Description: An outstanding ‘Malaya Emergency’ O.B.E. and Airborne Division ‘North-West Europe’ immediate M.C. group of nine awarded to Colonel E. J. O’B. ‘Rip’ Croker, Leicestershire Regiment and Parachute Regiment; ‘he personally killed 3 Germans with his rifle and when a serjeant was wounded he immediately attacked his assailant and killed him with a fighting knife’The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) Officer’s 2nd type breast badge; Military Cross, G.VI.R. reverse officially dated 1944; 1939-45 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence and War Medals; General Service 1918-62, 1 claps, Malaya, G.VI.R. ( Lt/Col. E. J. O’B. Croker. O.B.E. M.C. R. Leicesters) some official corrections to first letter of surname and parts of unit; Coronation 1937; Coronation 1953, together with companion miniature medals, both sets mounted as worn, good very fine (18) £3000-3500---M.C. London Gazette 21 December 1944. The recommendation states:‘T/Major Edward James O’Brien Croker, 12 Para Battalion, 5 Para Brigade, 6 Airborne Division.On 19th July, 1944, Major Croker’s Company led in a Battalion attack on the village of Puten en Auge [Putot-en-Auge]. The village was occupied by about 100 Germans and the position had a large number of automatic weapons in it. Mortar and Machine Gun fire was intense. The two leading platoons became completely pinned by fire by the time half the village was cleared and the situation looked desperate. Major Croker then led the third platoon personally against one of the strong points consisting of three houses. He personally killed 3 Germans with his rifle and when a serjeant was wounded he immediately attacked his assailant and killed him with a fighting knife. As soon as this strong point fell the enemy lost heart and the remainder of the village was rapidly captured. It was mainly due to the courage, ferocity and personal leadership and complete disregard of danger of Major Croker that the whole of its Garrison was either killed or captured. His example was an inspiration to the whole Battalion.’O.B.E. London Gazette 19 October 1951. The recommendation states:‘Lieutenant-Colonel Edward James O’Brien Croker, M.C., Royal Leicestershire Regiment.For outstanding services as G.S.O.I. Singapore Base District since 20th November 1949.In addition to his normal work, which has been of a high order he has shewn very marked ability and enthusiasm in the organising and conducting all Courses for officer training and promotion examinations. His outstanding achievement, however, has been his exceptional devotion to duty during the Singapore riots in December 1951, when he displayed qualities of the highest order. His organising ability and untiring efforts contributed in a very large measure to the smooth conduct and efficiency of the Military measures taken to restore law and order and in the following days. His services have been of great value to the Army and fully deserve recognition.’Edward James O’Brien Croker was born on 21 June 1910, son of Engineer Rear-Admiral E. J. O’B. Croker. He was educated at Imperial Service College and was commissioned into the Royal Leicestershire Regiment. Prior to the outbreak of the war he was for a time attached to the Royal West African Frontier Force. Promoted Captain in 1938 and Temporary Major in 1942, Croker subsequently trained with the 6th Airborne Division in preparation for the Normandy Invasion. He landed on D-Day with the 5th Parachute Brigade, under the command of Brigadier J. H. N. Poett, in the area to the north of Ranville, Croker being in command of “B” Company of the 12th Parachute Battalion. The action at Putot-en-Auge, and the gallantry of Major Croker, is described in Lieutenant-General R. N. Gale’s With the 6th Airborne Division in Normandy, whilst Para! by Peter Harclerode also mentions his part in the attack on Pont L’Eveque in August 1944 and in Operation ‘Varsity’, the 6th Airborne Division’s drop for the crossing of the Rhine in March 1945.Croker served afterwards in Malaya as G.S.O.I. H.Q. Singapore Base District from November 1949 to December 1951, being rewarded with the O.B.E. for his work there. He retired in 1958 with the Honorary rank of Colonel and died on 13 May 1967.For related Croker family medals see Lots 163, 228, 280, 421 and 424.

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U.S. Inland M1A1 Semi-Automatic Paratrooper Carbine with Rare Experimental Curved Barrel Extension

by Rock Island Auction Company

September 13, 2015, 9:00 AM CST

Rock Island, IL, USA

Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,500

Description: U.S. Inland M1A1 Semi-Automatic Paratrooper Carbine with Rare Experimental Curved Barrel Extension Named for their association with America's airborne units, the Paratrooper Carbine was solely made by the Inland Manufacturing Division of General Motors in two identified serial number blocks, with this one falling in the second block. "N" front and adjustable "PI" rear sights, with an Inland barrel dated "10-44", a Type III "JM" bayonet lug, flat bolt, milled trigger guard, "N" flip-switch safety and a "WA" magazine catch. The stock is the later low wood style with an inverted "RA-P" stamp on the right side, Ordnance cannons and "P" on the pistol grip, "RI/3" on the underside, leather cheekpiece with oiler and a cast metal buttplate. With a "1959" dated MRT canvas sling, full-blue "WI" magazine and an unusual barrel attachment. Marked "HF CO" on the base. The device is thick steel construction with a spring-loaded latch assembly for attaching to an M1 muzzle and front sight, and a 9 inch barrel extension with an upward bend of approximately 30 degrees and an internal diameter of roughly 44 caliber. While details are sketchy it is believed that the United States Army experimented with curved barrels after capturing examples of the "Krummlauf Device" for the StG44, there are surviving photographs of similar devices being tested on the M3 SMG. Though not documented, the full-automatic M2 Carbine would be a logical partner for such a device with a Paratrooper-stocked model being especially useful in the Krummlauf's original purpose as a defensive weapon for vehicle crews. Manufacturer: Inland Model: M1A1 BBL: 18 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 30 Carbine Finish: parkerized Grips: Serial Number: 6365293 Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun Condition: Very fine with 98% of the arsenal parkerized finish showing some mild wear and handling marks. The stock is very good with some dings on the forearm from the buttplate, mild scuffs on the leather and light wear overall. Mechanically excellent. Minor play is detectable in the extension when mounted, but it is a good fit for the M1A1 carbine.

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by Lyon & Turnbull

September 2, 2015, 11:00 AM BST

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Estimated Price: £1,500 - £2,000

Description: "Operation Husky", amphibious invasion of Sicily by the British Eighth Army & General Montgomery - annotated Second World War Allied Invasion maps and documentation Map: Italy 1:100,000 Sheet 270 Catania. War Office, Second edition, 1942, 143.5 x 119.5cm, marked up by hand for invasion by British Eighth Army, 13th and 30th Corps, with details for Commandos, Airborne Troops of XIII and XXX Corps, notes on dummy paratroopers, diversions, naval and air bombardments, objects to be destroyed, MTB smokesreens, possible SAS TPS drops, &c.; [Second map: of Coastal area in Bay of Noto around Avola] 122cm across diagonal, marked up by hand for British Eighth Army, 13th Corps, 5th Division, with Notes on 5 day Operations, with Intentions "Land on D day & capture Syracuse on D. day", with printed and manuscript annotations for D day, by night D/D plus one, and after D day, the map extensively marked up by hand with notes on enemy defences, beach obstacles and access for tanks and troops, gun positions to be captured, line to be taken by 15 Bde to prevent enemy res. destroying beach head, the map cut down to show only relevant area; with a folder of typescripts or typescript duplicates of military documents including Address by Commander Eighth Army, Gen. Sir B.L. Montgomery, 15 Feb.1943, (3pp); Tripoli (2pp) Part II After Tripoli (5pp); The Battle of Egypt (21pp.); Brief Diary of Sicilian Campaign (6pp); "Bathbrick, Discussions 16 Feb., 1943 (4pp.); together with a copy of Eighth Army, Personal Message from the Army Commander, July 1943; War, vol. 40, 9 July 1943; Soldier's guide to Italy; Forward to Victory; and a few post-war papers of Major R.R. Lack

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Groups and Single Decorations For Gallantry

by Dix Noonan Webb

September 8, 2015, 10:00 AM BST

London, United Kingdom

Estimated Price: £1,800 - £2,200

Description: A good Second World War D.F.C. group of five awarded to Flight Lieutenant J. G. Rogerson, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, a long-served night fighter specialist who claimed three enemy aircraft destroyed during a busy tour of operations in Mosquitos of No. 141 Squadron in 1944Distinguished Flying Cross, G.VI.R., the reverse officially dated ‘1945’ and privately engraved, ‘J. R.’, in its Royal Mint case of issue; 1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star, clasp, France and Germany; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, generally good very fine (5) £1800-2200---D.F.C. London Gazette 16 January 1945.James Gibson Rogerson was born in Leeds in 1922 and was educated at Ingledew College, Roundhay and Worksop College.Enlisting in the Royal Air Force in 1941, he commenced training as an Observer (Radio) and joined No. 1457 Flight at Predannack, Cornwall, in November 1941, which unit was operating in Havocs in conjunction with Hurricanes of No. 247 Squadron. He remained similarly employed - largely on night operations - up until and after the Flight was re-designated No. 536 Squadron in September 1942, in which month he was commissioned as a Pilot Officer, R.A.F.V.R.In July 1943, having attended 54 and 62 O.T.Us, he joined No. 151 Squadron at Colerne, a night fighter unit then converting from Beaufighters to Mosquitos. He remained similarly employed until January 1944, amassing many hours on night patrols, sometimes operating out of Ford and Middle Wallop but, alas, with no luck.No. 141 Squadron - 3 confirmed ‘kills’In January 1944, on transferring to No. 141 Squadron at West Raynham, however, he commenced an operational tour of duty in Mosquitos equipped with A1 and Serrate, and quickly gained success. Thus a confirmed Me. 110 destroyed while supporting a raid on Berlin on the night of 30th:‘Our aircraft obtained another visual at 600 feet and opened fire in a 5-6 second burst. E/A’s port engine burst into flames and it reared up and blew up, parts of it flying passed our aircraft, which pulled out of the way. Mosquito watched it spiral down in flames with thick black smoke pouring out and crew saw a dull reflection through cloud where E/A had crashed. It is claimed as one Me. 110 destroyed’ (combat report, refers).Having then flown in support of Bomber Command raids on Meulan, Stuttgart, Berlin and Essen in March, Rogerson, and his regular pilot, Squadron Leader Rice, made four aborted chases over Essen on the night of 26-27 April, owing to ‘intense jamming’ throughout. Trips to Hasselt and Aachen proved equally unproductive in May, so, too, a spate of operations - including patrols off the Normandy beachhead - in June. Then in a patrol over Northern France at the end of the month - on the 27th - pilot and navigator achieved their second confirmed victory, a Ju. 88 shot down over Cambrai after a 30-minute chase:‘Mosquito dropped back to 600 feet and opened fire from 10 degrees below and dead astern. Both engines of enemy aircraft burst into flames and bits flew off. Mosquito fired again causing large fires in both engines and large pieces were seen coming away. Enemy aircraft was now well alight and crosses on wings could be seen as it went down in a steep dive to port, up into a loop and passed straight over Mosquito to port behind, leaving a trail of thick black smoke. Enemy aircraft went vertically down and there was an enormous explosion just before it hit the ground in the Cambrai area at 0122 hours. Claimed one Ju. 88 destroyed’ (combat report, refers).Ten days later, on the night of 7-8 July, Rogerson and Rice claimed a further confirmed victory, another Me. 110, near Amiens:‘Mosquito opened fire with a four second burst at 600 feet range. Strikes were seen all along the top of the mainplane leading to a large explosion in the fuselage which was quickly well on fire. The E/A was now definitely established to be an Me. 110. E/A turned over on its back and passed underneath Mosquito and was followed down to 3,000 feet range on A.1 when blip disappeared. Mosquito straightened up and orbited to look for E/A and immediately a terrific explosion was seen directly below. Scattered pieces of E/A were seen floating down in flames and one large remnant hit the ground with a further explosion. Combat took place at approx. 8 miles N.W. of Amiens at 0050 hours at 10,000 feet height. One Me. 110 claimed destroyed.’Rogerson and Rice, who were now half-way through their operational tour, went on to complete another dozen sorties over Belgium, France, Holland and Germany, sometimes being assigned to specific ground targets - thus a low-level strafe of an enemy airfield at Steenwijk on 17 September, on the eve of the airborne lift to Arnhem: ‘Very pleasant trip apart from very accurate moderate light flak experienced over target. Two large buildings damaged. Airborne invasion of Holland followed.’On another intruder patrol over Holland at the end of the month, pilot and navigator damaged two trains and a motor vehicle in the Almelo area. Their final mission was flown on 6 October, in support of a Bomber Command raid on Dortmund.Rogerson, who meanwhile had qualified as a Navigator Radio Leader, was awarded the D.F.C. and ‘rested’ at 51 O.T.U.Sold with the recipient’s original R.A.F. Observer’s and Air Gunner’s Flying Log Book, covering the period September 1941 to March 1945, including carbon copy wartime combat reports; his Buckingham Palace D.F.C. forwarding letter; a section of map of Belgium and a wooden crest of 141 Squadron.

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Groups and Single Decorations For Gallantry

by Dix Noonan Webb

September 8, 2015, 10:00 AM BST

London, United Kingdom

Estimated Price: £1,800 - £2,200

Description: A good Second World War A.F.C. group of seven awarded to Flight Lieutenant S. D. Walbank, Royal Air Force, who completed an operational tour as a Hurricane nightfighter pilot 1941-42, sometimes flying solo low-level sorties to FranceAir Force Cross, G.VI.R., reverse officially dated ‘1944’; 1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star; Burma Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; General Service 1962, 1 clasp, Malay Peninsula (Flt. Lt. S. D. Walbank, R.A.F.), contact marks, generally very fine (7) £1800-2200---A.F.C. London Gazette 8 June 1944. The original recommendation states:‘This officer has been employed on Anti-aircraft Co-operation duties since October 1942. He had previously completed an operational tour with a Hurricane Night Fighter Squadron. During the time he has been employed on Anti-aircraft Co-operation work he has displayed exceptional devotion to duty and keenness in carrying out the tasks allotted him. He has completed over 100 hours night flying on Search-light Co-operation - much of it under adverse conditions. Flying Officer Walbank is a competent pilot who has shown the greatest keenness to fly at night.’Stanley Douglas Walbank, who was born in Bradford in September 1917, commenced his operational career as a Sergeant Pilot in No. 87 Squadron, a Hurricane nightfighter unit operating out of Charmy Down, and St. Mary’s in the Scillies, in March 1941. A few days later, with operations limited as a result of poor weather conditions, the Squadron’s Operational Record Book (O.R.B.) reported that ‘Two new Sergeants unfortunately overshot and made the aerodrome look rather like a salvage dump’, therein, possibly, the reason for Walbank’s transferral to No. 247 Squadron that April, although as we shall see, he was in fact a capable pilot.Also by that stage allocated to night fighting duties in Hurricanes, 247 went fully operational on moving to Predannack that summer, but a spate of convoy patrols filled the void, Walbank flying three such sorties on 27 May alone. So, too, by way of proving his skills, 25 minutes of aerobatics on 20 July, an episode made possible by using a brake-test as his excuse to get airborne - ‘a rather dubious excuse, one might add’, according to the O.R.B. And the occasional “Scramble” - and numerous “Rhubarbs” and “Intruders” - followed in the period leading up to his posting to anti-aircraft co-operation duties with No. 286 Squadron in October 1942, the O.R.B. crediting him with carrying out a solo “Intruder” operation to Morlaix and Lannion in October, the same month that he was sent to Colerne to gain experience with Havoc “Turbinlite” aircraft.But it was really after the Squadron moved to Exeter in May 1942, that the pace of cross-channel operations quickened, Walbank’s outings including a trip to Rennes in June, when his Hurricane was engaged by an E-Boat on his return to the coast - ‘He hit back and saw strikes on the vessel, the return fire ceasing, and landed back at Exeter at 0430 having carried out the whole operation between 200 and 500 feet’. While on other occasions suitable targets were frustratingly scarce:‘Flight Sergeant Walbank took-off at 0200 to intrude on the St. Briene-Rennes railway. He had quite an interesting trip, although an unproductive one. Near Lamballe he saw a well lighted chateau with two men standing on the front steps. He restrained a strong desire to shoot them up, in case they were French, and moved on. At Montauban, and again near Rennes, he saw a train, but in both cases left them alone, as they were passenger trains - although probably full of Hun troops. He toured around a bit longer, both along the main line and up and down the branch line from Rennes to St. Malo. Eventually, he left the country at Painpol, having been over enemy territory for an hour’ (247’s O.R.B. refers).Taking into account such low-level, solo, night forays over enemy occupied territory, it is perhaps not surprising that 247’s O.R.B. describes Walbank as one of the Squadron’s best pilots, nor, too, that he was consequently selected to serve in No. 536 Squadron, a newly formed Hurricane-Havoc “Turbinlite” co-operation unit, that September. Yet, if the O.R.B’s comments are anything to go by, he must have been mighty relieved to be re-mustered with No. 286 Squadron a few weeks later:‘The forming of 536 Squadron unfortunately lost us Flying Officer Hamilton, and Flight Sergeants Walbank and MacKay, who were posted as permanent Hurrie satellites. In view of the piss poor, repeat, piss poor, opinion held by all and sundry of Havoc co-operation duties, our sympathies go out to these types. We are sorry to lose them.’Awarded the A.F.C. for his subsequent services in No. 286 (Anti-aircraft Co-operation) Squadron 1942-44, in which period he was commissioned as a Pilot Officer, presumably Walbank was next transferred to the Burma front.Having then been placed on the Reserve at the War’s end, he obtained a regular commission as a Flight Lieutenant in May 1948, served in the Malay Peninsula in the mid-1960s, and was finally placed on the Retired List in July 1969; sold with the recipient’s original Buckingham Palace forwarding letter for his A.F.C.

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