A Second World War D.F.C. and Battle of Britain group of six to Flight Lieutenant I.H.Edwards, Royal Air Force,

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A Second World War D.F.C. and Battle of Britain group of six to Flight Lieutenant I.H.Edwards, Royal Air Force,

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A Second World War D.F.C. and Battle of Britain group of six to Flight Lieutenant I.H.Edwards, Royal Air Force,
Distinguished Flying Cross, G.VI.R., dated 1942; 1939-1945 Star with Battle of Britain bar; Burma Star with France and Germany bar; Defence Medal; War Medal with MID Oakleaf; Air Efficiency Award, G.VI.R. (Act Flt Lt I.H.Edwards R.A.F.V.R.). Mounted as worn. The bars both contemporary tailor's copies, some contact marks and polishing, otherwise very fine. (Lot)

Footnotes

  • D.F.C. London Gazette 22.9.1942.

    M.I.D. London Gazette 1.1.1945.

    Air Efficiency Award 30.12.1943.

    This officer has completed numerous sorties over enemy occupied territory. He is a skilful and determined leader whose confidence has set an inspiring example. He has destroyed at least two enemy aircraft and damaged several more. Flight Lieutenant Edwards participated with distinction in the recent combined operations at Dieppe.


    This Officer was posted to this Squadron on 22.11.1941 from No.152 Squadron after his operational rest. He immediately showed his keeness to once again engage the enemy. Since 1940 in 170 Operational Hours he has destroyed at least two enemy aircraft and probably destroyed or damaged four others. he has taken part in 24 sweeps over enemy occupied territory 12 of which were undertaken in leading his Flight and 3 when in command of the Squadron. He has at all times shown great powers of leadership, and in the face of the enemy is cool and determined, inspiring his Flight with confidence and setting an example to the men under his command. He shows particular interest towards new pilots joining the squadron showing personal interest in each one, and giving them instruction and help from his invaluable experiences. In recent operations over Dieppe, Flight Lieutenant Edwards led his flight with skill and courage and took part in all three operations with the greatest determination.

    The lot comes with his 2 Log Books which cover all his flying, and his M.I.D. Certificate in envelope of issue.

    Flight Lieutenant I.H.Edwards began flight training in April 1937 and flew on and off until June 1939. He began an Instructor's course at Woodley, Reading in September 1939 and transferred to No.15 F.T.S. Lossiemouth Intermediate Training Squadron flying Harvards. In May 1940 he transferred to No.1 School of Army Co-Operation at Old Sarum flying Lysander's and Hector's. In August he went to No.7 Fighter O.T.U. at Hawarden and began flying Spitfires at the end of this month he was involved in Battle Patrol and Dog Fights. In September he went to 234 Squadron St.Eval in Cornwall and was involved in various Dog Fights. On the 20th whilst flying in a Lockheed Hudson he was attacked by a Dornier 17 but came out unscathed. For the remainder of September he was involved in numerous scrambles in the Plymouth, Land's End and Falmouth areas. October involves many Scrambles and his log book is annotated with details of other crew member's and their scores. On the 1st November he "Beat Up" a German E Boat killing 3 including the Gunner who fired at him, the remainder of the month was active with many Scrambles over St.Ives, Falmouth and the Scillies. On the 29th he destroys a Ju.88 having fired 2040 rounds and on the 30th he destoys an Me.110 with 728 rounds, the action against the Ju.88 was mentioned in the Times on the 2nd December and is glued to the log book. December is busy with Scrambles most days. On the 17th he is transferred to Central Flying School Upavon for a Flying Instructors Course, and in January he is sent to No.54 (N.F. O.T.U. at Church Fenton where he remains until October 1941. He moves to No.152 (Hyderabad) (F) Squadron at Swanton Morley and then on to No.19 Squadron in November. The Squadron move to Ludham in December 1941 and he is involved in Sector Reconnaissance and Scrambles.

    On the 24th of March he is a Wing Escort to Bostons on a raid on the Abbeville Marshalling Yard, an F.W.190 is destroyed although he does not mention who claims it. He moves to Hutton Cranswick in April and to Perranporth in May. In August he moves to Southend and on the 19th the squadron provide cover on Dieppe. In October he transferred to No.59 O.T.U. Milfield and later transfers to 587 Squadron at Weston Zoyland. The remainder of his wartime service does not result in any serious action and in June 1945 he moves to Sherman Field Fort Leavenworth returning on the Queen Mary in August. He was finally demobilized on 21st March 1946 with just over 1500 hours to his credit.

    He appeared to be unfortunate when it came to his medal issue and was given a Burma Star rather than the correct Air Crew Europe Star.
A Second World War D.F.C. and Battle of Britain group of six to Flight Lieutenant I.H.Edwards, Royal Air Force,
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