The Celebrated R.A.F. Book of Heroes
Lot 316
The Celebrated R.A.F. Book of Heroes
Sold for £33,600 (US$ 56,441) inc. premium
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The Celebrated R.A.F. Book of Heroes
Being a pocket size autograph book containing one hundred and seven signatures of R.A.F. officer's collected in 1941, many being Battle of Britain pilots. The book contained in a brass mounted glass casket with inscribed plaque to the lid. (Casket damaged)

Footnotes

  • These autographs were collected by Norman Phillips who was a Mess Steward at R.A.F. Marklesham Heath. The book's leather covering was apparently cut from a mess chair by Douglas Bader. Winston Churchill, in a conversation with Bader referred to the book as "not a book of names, but a book of heroes. God forbid it should ever be lost." The book contains the signatures of the following, as well as many others. Squadron Leader D. R. S. Bader D.S.O., D.F.C. and bar, C.O. 242 Squadron. Squadron Leader R.R. Stanford-Tuck D.S.O., D.S.C. and bar, C. O. 257 Squadron. Wing Commander A.D. Farquhar D.F.C., 257 Squadron. Squadron Leader A.W.A. Bayne D.F.C. 17 Squadron. Many American Volunteers, 71 American Eagle Squadron, and other Canadian, Australian, Polish, and Czech pilots, many of whom did not survive the War.
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