Lot includes over 100 items for about 95 pilots. Many of the RAF (and Canadians, and others) were Battle of Britain fighters. There are a couple series of collector cards; one is a limited edition of 200 put together to raise funds for charity, the "Salute to the Few," with Churchill's enduring line, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." Here are the stories and signatures of some of those few.
The group also includes non-Brits who fought, including Pierre Closterman (Free French AF, flying out of Britain), Marcel Albert, who flew for France, Britain and the USSR, as well as other UK pilots from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Many UK pilots include manned and unmanned "kills," such as Roland Beamont with 6 air combat victories and 32 V-1 "kills." This group also includes Frederick Barker, not a pilot, but believed to be the highest scoring air gunner of the war, and Douggie Oxby, RIO for night-fighter Mervyn Shipard. Tim Goldsmith was the highest ranking Aussie Ace.
Marmaduke "Pat" Pattle was believed to be the top British ace, even though he was shot down in 1941. The lot includes an envelope addressed to his mother, not signed, but in his hand.
There are four other Russian Aces, including Ivan Kozhedub, who claimed to be not only the highest scoring Russian ace, but the top Allied ace with 62+ victories. Vladimir Popkov was no "slouch" either, with 41 confirmed.
Most very good to excellent.
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