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RAF COVER SIGNED BY WILLIAM BLACKADDER BATTLE OF BRITAIN HURRICANE PILOT WW2
NO475 OF 980 SIGNED BY CROWLEY-MILLING AND STEEDMAN
UNKNOWN NO SIGNED BY W.F BLACKADDER, POSSIBLY UNIQUE ONE-OFF
Personally signed by :-
WING COMMANDER W.F (William Francis) BLACKADDER. OBE, DSO, MID
Battle of Britain HURRICANE PILOT WITH 607 SQN.
William Francis Blackadder joined 607 Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force in early 1936. He was called for full-time service at the outbreak of war and flew to France with the squadron on November 15th 1939.
On May 11th, the day after the Blitzkreig started, Blackadder shared in destroying a He111 and claimed another, unconfirmed. On the 18th he claimed a Do17 destroyed but return fire forced him to crash-land near Denais. 607 suffered heavy losses and was withdrawn to England on May 22nd. Blackadder was awarded the DSO (gazetted 4th June 1940), the citation stating that he had shot down three enemy aircraft and carried out several very important reconnaissances of bridges and roads at a time when information was hard to come by.
When the Battle of Britain began 607 was stationed in the north of England at Usworth and on August 14th intercepted German raids coming in over the North Sea, Blackadder damaging two He111’s and destroying another the next day.
The squadron was moved south to Tangmere on September 7th and on the 9th Blackadder shared in the destruction of a Do17, on the 13th he damaged a Ju88, on the 14th shared two Ju88’s, on the 26th destroyed a He111 and on October 4th shared in destroying another.
On November 9th Blackadder was posted to Turnhouse as Sector Controller in the Operations Room, later doing the same job at Usworth, Ouston, Prestwick and Ayr. He commanded 245 Squadron at Aldergrove from June 1941 to July 13th 1942, when he was posted to 10 Group, as Controller at Rudloe Manor.
B1ackadder went for a course to the Army Staff College, Camberley on January 1st 1943, after which he was posted to HQ Fighter Command, as Wing Commander Tactics, on May 7th 1943. He moved to HQ Allied Expeditionary Air Forces on September 28th.
Blackadder's final wartime posting was as CO of the Air Fighting Development Unit at Wittering. He was made an OBE (gazetted 1st January 1945) and was released from the RAF on November 19th 1945. He rejoined 607 Squadron at Ouston in September 1946 and served with it until December 1948, after which he became CO of the Northumberland Wing, ATC until February 1st 1951.
ALSO SIGNED BY SIR DENIS CROWLEY-MILLING
BATTLE OF BRITAIN HURRICANE FIGHTER PILOT
PERSONALLY SIGNED BY :-
AIR MARSHAL SIR DENIS CROWLEY-MILLING. KCB, CBE, DSO, DFC, AE. CROWLEY-MILLING, P/O D. 78274. British. 242 Squadron 1940
HURRICANE PILOT WITH BADER'S 242 SQN DURING THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN. 8+ VICTORIES IN WW2.
He joined the RAFVR in 1937 as a Sgt, joining 615 squadron in France. During the Battle of Britain he was posted to 242 squadron and after winning a DFC joined 610 squadron as a Flight Commander in 1942. But, on 21st August he was shot down over France, evading capture and with the help of the resistance reached Spain, where he was interned for three months. After reaching England he rejoined 610 squadron and in 1942 was awarded his second DFC for operation on Typhoons. In 1943 he went to the USAAF Headquarters in England co-ordinating fighter operations with US heavy bomber raids. After the war he stayed in the R.A.F. and had a very successful career, rising to the rank Air Marshal. He died in late 1996.
ALSO SIGNED BY
AIR CHIEF MARSHAL SIR ALASTAIR STEEDMAN
PERSONALLY SIGNED BY :-
Air Chief Marshal Sir Alastair McKay Sinclair Steedman, GCB, CBE, DFC
(29 January 1922 – 2 January 1992) was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force.
Sir Alastair Steedman DFC (1922 - 1992) who flew Spitfires, Hurricanes and Mustangs during WWII before being shot down over Italy. He evaded capture and flew again. Post war, he held numerous ranks as well as Military Representative to NATO.