Signed First Day Covers. Movie Star signed photos. APOLLO & NASA SPACE. WW2 RAF Battle of Britain ace BOBBY OXSPRING signed handwritten letter on card. 5×8 inch Handwritten letter on index type card which is creased or folded across the centre (see scan) signed by Battle of Britain ace Bobby Oxspring DFC in which he answers a few aviation related questions. Group Captain Robert Wardlow “Bobby” Oxspring, DFC & Two Bars, AFC (22 May 1919 8 August 1989) was a Royal Air Force officer and flying ace of the Second World War. Oxspring was granted a short service commission as an acting pilot officer on 7 May 1938, being described at the time as “a tallish, good-looking, fair-headed bloke” and served in No. He was regraded to pilot officer on 7 March 1939. Flying throughout the Battle of Britain, Oxspring was promoted to flying officer on 3 September 1940 and on 25 October was shot down in Spitfire X4170 near Capel, Kent. Known as one of the battle’s great aces, he was one of the fraction of The Few selected by Fighter Command to have a portrait drawn by Cuthbert Orde, sitting for it on 9 December 1940. On 8 November 1940 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). One day in September, 1940, Flight Lieutenant Oxspring was engaged on an offensive patrol with his squadron. Whilst acting as rear guard, he sighted and engaged several Messerschmitt 109’s 3,000 feet above. After driving them off, he led his section in an attack against a large formation of enemy bombers and succeeded in destroying a Dornier 17 at short range and also in damaging two Heinkel III’s. He has at all times led his section with skill and determination, and has destroyed six enemy aircraft. Promoted to flight lieutenant (war substantive) on 3 September 1941, he became flight commander in No. 41 Squadron RAF and went on to command No. 91 Squadron RAF at RAF Hawkinge, No. 222 Squadron RAF and No. He was awarded a Bar to his DFC on 18 September 1942, with the citation. This squadron commander has rendered much valuable service. He has destroyed at least 7 enemy aircraft. Moving to Mediterranean combat, it is thought probable that Oxspring was the pilot who shot down renowned German ace Anton Hafner of JG 51 on 2 January 1943. Having led his squadron to be the highest scoring in the North African theatre, and survived his second shooting down of the war, Oxspring was awarded a second Bar to his DFC in February 1943, with the citation reading. During initial operations from forward airfields in North Africa Squadron Leader Oxspring led his formation on many sorties. He destroyed one enemy aircraft, bringing his total victories to 8. His outstanding devotion to duty and fine fighting qualities have been worthy of high praise. On 1 January 1944 he was promoted to temporary squadron leader and was promoted to squadron leader (war substantive) on 15 June 1944, the rank he held when the conflict ceased in 1945. During the war he had registered 13 solo kills with 2 shared, 2 probable kills and 4 solo V-1 flying bombs destroyed and 1 shared. WE ARE UACC REGISTERED DEALERS NUMBER RD209. We are UACC Registered Dealers RD209. Flat items are packaged in board backed envelopes with’Please Do Not Bend’ printed to the front. Items larger than 8×12 inches are usually sent in a sturdy tube. We are UACC Registered Dealer RD209. We continue to hold a large number of’Private Signings’ with Concorde Pilots, WWII Veterans, Celebrities and so on, in order to guarantee authenticity. _gsrx_vers_841 GS 7.0.16 (841). The item “WW2 RAF Battle of Britain ace BOBBY OXSPRING signed handwritten letter on card” is in sale since Saturday, August 10, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectables\Autographs\Certified Original Autographs\Military”. The seller is “buyautographs” and is located in Ashford, Kent. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country Of Manufacture: United Kingdom