WW2 HURRICANE - Gr Cpt Byron Duckenfield & Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC & bar, AFC, Air Commodore John Ellacombe CB, DFC & bar, Wing Commander Peter V Ayerst DFC, Wing commander Bob Foster DFC, Lieutenant Peter Twiss OBE DSC & bar - personally SIGNED 12x8
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WW2 HURRICANE personally signed 12x8
Gr Cpt Byron Duckenfield AFC (deceased)
Byron Duckenfield started at Flying Training School on 25th November 1935 in a Blackburn B2 at Brough. As a Sergeant, he joined No.32 Sqn at Biggin Hill on 8th August 1936 and flew Gauntlets and Hurricanes. He joined 74 Squadron at Hornchurch on 11th April 1940, flying Spitfires, and on 5th May was posted to 501 Squadron flying Hurricanes at Tangmere. On the 11th of May at Betheniville, he survived a crash in a passenger transport Bombay aircraft in an aircraft in which he was a passenger, While coming into land the aircraft at 200 feet the aircraft stalled and the aircrfat fell backwards just levelled out as it hit the ground.
Five of the passengers were killed when the centre section collapsed and crushed them. Duckenfield was fortunate as he had moved position during the flight.
As the two passengers sitting each side of where he was sitting had died in the crash.
On 23rd July 1940, he rejoined No.501 Sqn at Middle Wallop, then moved to to Gravesend two days later, scoring his first victory on the 29th of July 1940.
During August and September he scored three more victories. After a spell as a test pilot from 14th September 1940, he was posted to command 66 Squadron on 20th December 1941, flying Spitfires.
On 26th February 1942 he took command of 615 Squadron flying Hurricanes from Fairwood Common, taking the squadron to the Far East. In late December 1942 he was shot down in Burma and captured by the Japanese. He remained a POW until release in May 1945. After a refresher course at the Flying Training School in November 1949, he took command of No.19 Squadron flying Hornets and Meteors from Chruch Fenton. After a series of staff positions, he retired from the RAF as a Group Captain on 28th May 1969.
PRIVATE SIGNING - 15/10/10
Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC & bar, AFC
Tom Neil joined 249 Squadron flying Hurricanes just before the start of the Battle of Britain flying from North Weald on 7th September; his first victory was an Me109, followed in quick succession by 10 others and 1 probable. On 7th November he collided in mid-air with Wing Commander Francis Beamish and his aircraft lost its tail. He baled out of his Hurricane unhurt, Beamish force-landing unscathed. Tom was awarded a Bar to his DFC in November Later he served in Malta where he gained another victory, over an Mc200. In September 1942 he was given command of 41 Squadron flying Spitfires before moving to the 9th USAF, 100th Fighter Wing flying P51 Mustangs before and after D-Day. In January 1944 he was posted as Fighter Liason Officer with the US 100th Fighter Wing, and flew with the unit on D-Day. He is believed to be the first English pilot to land on French soil after D-Day. Tom Neil finished the war with 12 and 4-shared victories.
Private signing 23/10/10
Air Commodore John Ellacombe CB DFC*
John Ellacombe joined the RAF in 1939 and was posted to 151 Squadron in July 1940, immediately converting to Hurricanes. On 24th August he shot down a He111, but a week later his Hurricane was blown up in combat and he baled out, with burns. Rejoining his squadron a few months later, in February 1941 was posted to 253 Squadron where he took part in the Dieppe operations. On 28th July, flying a Turbinlite Havoc, he probably destroyed a Do217. Converting to Mosquitos, John was posted to 487 Squadron RNZAF, and during the build up to the Normandy Invasion and after, was involved in many ground attacks on enemy held airfields, railways, and other 'targets of opportunity'. He completed a total of 37 sorties on Mosquitos. Flying a de Havilland Mosquito XIII with a devastating set of four 20mm cannon in the nose, John Ellacombe flew deep into occupied France on the night before D-Day searching out and destroying German convoys and railway targets. As the Normandy campaign raged on, 151 Squadron intensified its interdiction sorties - including night attacks on Falaise and the Seine bridges. On August 1st Ellacombe took part in the famous attack by 23 Mosquitoes on the German bar-racks in Poitiers, led by Group Captain Wykeham Barnes. Ellacombe had first joined 151 Squadron during the Battle of Britain, direct from Flying Training School. Within weeks he had scored his first victory but also force landed in a field, having shot down a He 111, and baled out of a blazing Hurricane. He baled out a second time during the Dieppe Raid in 1942 but was picked up safely. Postwar he had a long and successful career in the RAE.
Private signing 01/11/10
Wing Commander Peter V Ayerst DFC
Peter Ayerst joined the RAF in 1938, and was posted to 73 Squadron in August 1939, flying Hurricanes. He went to France with the squadron, scoring his first victory in April 1940. After a spell instructing, when he shared in the destruction of a He111 with two other instructors, he had postings with both 145 and 243 Squadrons. In July 1942 he went to 33 Squadron, before promotion to flight commander with 238 Squadron, both postings with further combat success. After a period in South Africa, he returned to the UK, joining 124 Squadron flying Spitfire MkVIIs in defence of the invasion ports, where he scored his final victory; then flew Spitfire MkIXs on bomber escorts to Germany. He later became a Spitfire test pilot at Castle Bromwich. Peter finished the war not only a brilliant fighter Ace, but also one of the most highly regarded wartime instructors in the RAF. His final victory tally stood at 5 destroyed, 1 probable, 3 damaged and 2 further destroyed on the ground.
Private signing 19th December 2010
Wing Commander Bob Foster DFC
Wing Commander Foster was born in year 1920. He saw the clouds of war rising over the Europe, and decided to join the Royal Air Force Voluntary Reserve in January 1939. Mr. Foster described, that he didn't want to go to the trenches, but while the death in the sky was still possible, it was at least a more glorious way to go.
He flew a Hurricane fighter in the Battle of Britain and was a pilot trainer after that, processing some 100 pilots. He was then transferred to the 54th Squadron, who flew the Spitfire fighter, and in 1942 was sent as reinforcements to Australia. Located at Darwin mr. Foster fought against the Japanese. FInishing his 2nd tour mr. Foster then joined the Normandy invasion in ground duties.
In the war mr. Foster was credited with 9 aerial victories and he retired from RAF in 1947, returning to his pre-war workplace Shell.
Private signing 4th January 2011
Lieutenant Lionel Peter TWISS OBE DSC & bar (DECEASED)
Peter Twiss (Lionel Peter Twiss)
Peter Twiss OBE DSC and bar is a British Pilot who came to prominence as the pilot of the Fairey Delta 2, a British supersonic research plane, which broke the world speed record in 1956.
Born on 23rd July 1921, Lionel Peter Twiss was educated at Sherbourne School. As a boy, he had an interest in birds and birdwatching, and later took up bird photography. This interest in flight developed further, and in 1939 he applied to join the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. He was initially turned down, but the outbreak of WW2 intervened and he became a Naval Airman second class.
Peter Twiss initially Flew Hawker Hurricanes from catapult ships, and in 1942 flew convoy escort protecting the convoys to Malta. Serving with 807 squadron he flew Fairey Fulmars
and Supermarine Spitfires from the British carrier HMS Furious. When he was 21 he received the DSO (Distinguished Service Cross) for these operations. During "Operation Torch", the Allied landings in Morroco and Algeria in late 1942, his bravery was again recognised, and he added the bar to his DSO.
After completing his part in "Operation Torch", Peter Twiss was posted to the Naval Air Station at Ford,England to fly long-range intruder operations over Germany. By the time the war ended, he was a lieutenant-commander.
In 1944, Peter Twiss was to start his career as a Test Pilot, with the Operational Research Unit. He travelled to the United States, to eveluate test activity there, and had the chance to try his first Jet aircraft.
After the war, Peter joined Fairey Aviation as a Test Pilot, where he ws to fly many new Fairey aircraft including the Fairey Primer, Fairey Gannet, Fairey Firefly, and the Fairey Rotodyne compound-helicopter. In 1954, he started his work on the Fairey Delta 2, and flew the first Fairey Delta 2 (WG774) for its maiden flight on 6 October 1954.
The Fairey Delta 2 as flown by Peter Twiss
On 10th March 1956 Twiss broke the World Speed Record, achieving a speed of 1,132 miles per hour (1811km/h) in level flight. This comprehensively beat the previous record of 822 miles per hour, set by a F-100 Super Sabre on 20th August 1955.
In 1959, Fairey Aviation was sold to Westland Aircraft, a British Helicopter manufacturer, bringing to an end the Test flying Career of Peter Twiss. In 1960, he joined Fairey Marine, where he was responsible for the development and sale of the companies fast day cruisers. He appeared in the Bond film "From Russia with Love" driving a Fairey Marine Speedboat, and also in the film "Sink the Bismark" where he flew a Fairey Swordfish.
Private signing 17th January 2011
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