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RAF COVER Signed by D.H.T DOWDING Battle of Britain SPITFIRE Fighter Pilot autograph.74 Sqn.WW2
DOWDING, P/O The Hon. D. H. T. 33422 British. 74 Squadron
Personally signed by :-
Wing Commander D.H.T (Derek Hugh Tremenheere) Dowding, 2nd Baron Dowding. Spitfire pilot with 74 Sqn during the Battle of Britain.
Dowding shared in the destruction of a Do 17 with A.G 'Sailor' Malan CO 74 sqn and H. M. Stephen on 24th May 1940
THE SON OF ACM HUGH DOWDING HEAD OF RAF FIGHTER COMMAND 1940.
INFORMATION FROM :- THE SOUTH EAST ECHO
P/O Dowding was born on 9th January 1919, and like his father and grandfather attended Winchester College from 1932 until 1937.
Among many sporting victories, Derek won the Baidland Cup - a competition held outside of school - for skiing from 1934 to 1936. He was an ardent skier, becoming RAF champion and was on the fringes of the British Olympic team just as the war broke out. Then he found himself fighting his old Germans friends from the ski slopes.
After Winchester, Derek entered RAF College Cranwell as a Flight Cadet in September 1937, a year after his father was appointed Commander of the newly established Fighter Command.
On graduation in July 1939, Derek was commissioned and posted to 74 Squadron, joining the Tigers on the 14th August at Hornchurch.
In the battles over France, Dowding shared a destroyed Do 17 with 'Sailor' Malan and H. M. Stephen on 24th May 1940, and was also awarded a probable Ju 88 on the same patrol. He later told a friend that he quite enjoyed flying except when the Germans were shooting at him and that the Luftwaffe’s pilots and aircraft were superb – not at all what the British pilots had been told in training!
Derek remained at Sutton Bridge until 1941 and on 7th October of that year joined 135 Squadron as B Flight Commander but left shortly afterwards to journey to the Middle East where he served as a test pilot from 1942 until 1945.
After the war, he commanded a bomber squadron at RAF Upwood before being posted to America with the British Joint Service Commission, attached to the US Air Force in the Pentagon and at Montgomery, Alabama.
Unfortunately, the strain of the war years had taken its toll and he began to drink, a problem which he overcame with great determination and the love and support of his third wife, Odette, but which left him with severe diabetes.
He was invalided out of the RAF in November 1956 with the rank of Wing Commander.
Derek inherited his father’s title in 1970 and sat on the cross benches in the House of Lords. His final public engagement was in 1991 when, with the Queen, he attended the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Royal Observer Corps, the organisation founded by his father.
After leaving the RAF, Derek began a new career, demonstrating his undoubted talents for politics, photography and electronics, firstly selling air-traffic control systems with the Phillips Group before joining the Chicago based insurance group Mackeller Robinson with whom he remained until his death.
Derek Dowding died on 22nd November 1992. The title passed to his eldest son Piers Dowding.
ALSO SIGNED BY WG CDR ERIC BARWELL. DFC AND BAR BATTLE OF BRITAIN DEFIANT PILOT WITH 264 SQN AND HURRICANE PILOT WITH 242 SQN.
BARWELL, P/O E. G. 77454. British. 264 & 242 Squadrons.
Personally signed by :-
WING COMMANDER ERIC BARWELL. DFC AND BAR BATTLE OF BRITAIN DEFIANT AND HURRICANE PILOT WITH 264 AND 242 SQN'S
FLEW SPITFIRES, MUSTANGS AND TEMPESTS LATER IN WW2 EUROPE. 6+ AIR COMBAT VICTORIES
Born in Suffolk in August 1913, Eric Barwell joined the RAFVR in 1938 to train as a pilot. He was commissioned into No.264 Sqn in February 1940, flying the Boulton-Paul Defiant. His squadron flew in support of the evacuation of Dunkirk, and he claimed two Me109s, two Ju87 Stukas and a Heinkel during this evacuation. However, in the combat with the Heinkel, his aircraft was damaged and he was forced to ditch, managing to put it down in the water between two British destroyers. He and his gunner were rescued by HMS Malcolm. On 24th August, while scrambling to intercept bombers, he and his wingman were attacked by five fighters, his wingman being immediately shot down. His gunner managed to shoot down one of the enemy fighters before the Defiant managed to escape, but it was clear that the aircraft was no match for the German fighters. They were withdrawn from combat and used in a night-time training role. Barwell was awarded the DFC for the six victories scored. In April 1941, he scored a night-time victory over a Heinkel, with a second also probable. He transferred to No.125 Sqn flying Beaufighters, claiming a Dornier damaged on 1st July 1942. By March 1943, No.125 Sqn were equipped with Mosquitoes. He shot down two Ju-88s in this aircraft, and also recorded his final victory, over a V-1 rocket. He was awarded the bar to his DFC and transferred to various experimental squadrons before leaving the RAF in September 1945. Sadly, Eric Barwell died on 12th December 2007.