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RAF cover signed WWII WW2 BoB 501 Sqn Battle of Britain LEE DFC BB13d
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Battle of Britain Air Force Cross cover signed by Squadron Leader 'Hawk-Eye' Lee DFC, Battle of Britain pilot and fighter ace

JS(CC)93d RAF Battle of Britain cover, dual numbered JS(BB)13d as part of our Battle of Britain mini-series, depicting four Hawker Hurricanes of No 501 Squadron flying in formation and along side the Air Force Cross (AFC) gallantry medal is shown.

The cover bears Royal Mail 17p Lord Dowding / Hawker Hurricane stamp which is shows 'SD-N' cancelled with 60th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain postmark.

The cover is hand signed by a Battle of Britain pilot who flew with No 501 Squadron, Squadron Leader Kenneth Lee DFC whose aircraft 'SD-N' is depicted on the cover and the stamp. Lee was acreditted with over 8 victories between May and November 1940. Lee was shot down in 1943 and was held as POW in Stalag Luft III at Sagan and Belaria until May 1945. 

Official special, numbered and certfied on reverse.

Squadron Leader Kenneth Norman Thomson Lee DFC
Born in Birmingham, on 23 June 1915. Lee joined the RAFVR on 25 January 1937 and his  number, 740004, was the fifth to be issued. He went to 11 E&RFTS, Perth for a two months ab initio course, after which he returned to his job, flying at weekends at 9 E&RFTS, Ansty.

In January 1939 Lee was released by his employer to spend six months with the regular RAF. He joined 111 Squadron at Northolt and in late March he was commissioned and went to 43 Squadron at Tangmere. Lee did not return to his job and on 4 September 1939 he joined 501 Squadron at Filton.

The squadron flew to France on 10 May 1940 and on this day Lee claimed a Bf 110 destroyed. On the 12th he destroyed a Do 17 and on the 13th a Bf 110. The squadron was withdrawn from France on 18 June and re-assembled at Croydon on the 21st.

Lee claimed a He 111 destroyed on 27 May and a Do 17 on 6 June. Four days later, attacking some He 111s, his Hurricane was, most probably, hit by return fire and exploded. He took to his parachute and landed at Le Mans. In the scramble to be evacuated, Lee's right hand was injured and he did not fly for several weeks.
Lee damaged a Ju 87 on 29 July and claimed another destroyed on 12 August. He was shot down on the 18th by Oberleutnant Schopfel of JG 26 over Canterbury, in Hurricane P3059. Lee baled out, with a bullet wound in the leg, and landed in a corn field near Whitstable and was taken to the local golf club to wait for an ambulance.
He rejoined the squadron in October and was awarded the DFC (22.10.40).  On 29 November Lee was posted to the Special Duties Flight at Stormy Down and later went to 52 OTU, Crosby-on-Eden, as a Flight Commander.

In December 1941 Lee went to the Middle East and served with 112 Squadron in the Western Desert, as a Flight Commander. He moved to 260 Squadron on 18 September 1942 and destroyed a Mc 202 on 10 November. He took command of 123 Squadron at Abadan, Persia in March 1943. The squadron went to the Western Desert in May and on July 27 1943 Lee was shot down and captured on a dawn raid on Crete. He was held in, Stalag Luft III at Sagan and Belaria (PoW No 1861).

Freed in May 1945, Lee was released from the RAF later in the year, as a Squadron Leader

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