WW2 SPITFIRE - Sqrd Ld Iveson, AFC, DFC & bar, Wing Commander Peter V Ayerst DFC, Wing commander Bob Foster DFC, Lieutenant Peter Twiss OBE DSC & bar Geoffrey Wellum DFC - personally SIGNED 12x8
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WW2 SPITFIRE personally multi in person signed 12x8
Squadron Leader Tony Iveson DFC
Tony Iveson fought in the Battle of Britain with RAF Fighter Command, as a Sergeant pilot, joining 616 Squadron at Kenley flying Spitfires on 2 September 1940. On the 16th of September, he was forced to ditch into the sea after running out of fuel following a pursuit of a Ju88 bomber. His Spitfire L1036 ditched 20 miles off Cromer in Norfolk, and he was picked up by an MTB. He joined No.92 Sqn the following month. Commissioned in 1942, Tony undertook his second tour transferring to RAF Bomber Command, where he was selected to join the famous 617 Squadron, flying Lancasters. He took part in most of 617 Squadrons high precision operations, including all three sorties against the German battleship Tirpitz, and went on to become one of the most respected pilots in the squadron.
Citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, gazetted 16th March 1945.
This officer has completed numerous sorties on his second tour of operational duty, including three attacks against the battleship Tirpitz. In January, 1945, he was detailed to attack the U-boat pens at Bergen. Whilst over the target his aircraft was attacked by two fighters. The first burst of machine-gun fire from the enemy aircraft struck the tailplane, rudder and elevator. The port inner engine was set on fire and the rear turret was put out of action. After the fighters broke off their attack Squadron Leader Ivesons aircraft came under heavy fire from the antiaircraft batteries. It was almost impossible to maintain level flight. Squadron Leader Iveson instructed another member of the crew to lash the control column in such a way as to ease the strain. Under these most trying conditions, Squadron Leader Iveson flew clear of the fire zone and afterwards reached a home based airfield where he landed his seriously damaged aircraft safely. By his great skill, courage and determination, this officer was undoubtedly responsible for the safe return of the aircraft.
Private signing February 21st 2011
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
Squadron leader GEOFFREY WELLUM DFC
Aged seventeen, he signed up on a short-service commission with the Royal Air Force in August 1939. The first aircraft he flew was the Tiger Moth at Desford airfield in Leicestershire, after successfully completing the course he then went on to fly the North American Harvard at RAF Little Rissington with 6FTS.
He was then posted directly in May 1940 to 92 Squadron, flying Spitfires. He saw extensive action during the Battle of Britain. His first Commanding Officer was Roger Bushell, (later immortalised in The Great Escape),and his close colleagues included Brian Kingcome
He claimed a Heinkel He 111 shot down on 11 September, and a quarter share in a Junkers Ju 88 downed on 27 September 1940. Two (and one shared) Messerschmidt Bf 109s were claimed 'damaged' during November 1940. A Bf 109 was claimed shot down on 9 July 1941 over France.
In February 1942 he was transferred to 65 Squadron based at Debden, being appointed a Flight Commander in March 1942.
On 11 August 1942, Wellum led eight Spitfires launched from the carrier HMS Furious to reinforce the fighter complement at Luqa airfield on Malta. Here he joined 1435 Squadron on air defence duties before being rested after a severe bout of sinusitis.
Private signing held on the 23RD OCTOBER 2012
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