Group Captain R.W. Oxspring DFC3 - AFC - Vliegerkruis

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Group Captain R.W. Oxspring DFC3 - AFC - Vliegerkruis

Berichtdoor Roel » 21 Mei 2008, 13:08

De medailleset van RAF Group Captain R W Oxspring DFC AFC is pas verkocht door het Britse veilingshuis Golding Young voor de prijs van 44.000 Britse Ponden.

De set bestaat uit:

Distinguished Flying Cross and two bars,
Air Force Cross,
1939-45 Star with clasp, Battle of Britain,
The Aircrew Europe Star with clasp, France and Germany,
The Africa Star with clasp, North Africa 1942-43,
The Italy Star,
War Medal,
ERII Coronation Medal,
Dutch Vliegerkruis,

De originele advertentie:

Group Captain R W Oxspring RAF. Battle of Britain flying ace, one of only 42 DFC and double bars awarded.Distinguished Flying Cross G.J.R. 1940 and two bars, Air Force Cross, G.J.R.1949, 1939-45 Star with clasp, Battle of Britain, The Aircrew Europe Star with clasp, France and Germany, The Africa Star with clasp, North Africa 1942-43, The Italy Star, War Medal, ERII Coronation Medal, Dutch Vliegerkruis 1941 (9) Being sold with associated dress medals, log books and other items listed below. To be sold upon instructions from the Executors of Mrs. Joy Oxspring (Dec'd) Robert Wardlow Oxspring was born in Sheffield on 22nd May 1919, the son of a World War 1 decorated pilot of the same name. He joined the RAF in March 1938 on a short service commission and joined 66 Sqn. in the December and started operational flying in July 1940 and flew throughout the Battle of Britain. He was shot down by Bf 109's over Kent on 25thOctober, baling out with slight injuries (Caterpillar Club Badge) He was awarded the DFC on 8th November. September 1942 saw him awarded a bar to the DFC and a second bar was added in February 1943. In 1946 he was awarded the Dutch Vligerkruis by Royal Decree of the 31st October 1946 appearing in the London Gazette on 10th January 1947. He was awarded an AFC in January 1949 after leading a team of 54 Sqn Vampires to Canada and the USA, the first jet aircraft to cross the Atlantic. He retired from the service with the rank of Group Captain, having been Station Commander of RAF Gatow, Germany, in 1968 and settled in Lincolnshire near to RAF Cranwell. He died on 8th August 1989. Total Claims. 13 and 1 shared destroyed. 2 probable 13 damaged 4 V-1s destroyed Other items included in the lot, A Caterpillar Club badge inscribed "Flt.Lt. R W Oxspring" A silver RAF sweetheart brooch An 18ct gold commemorative medallion "25 Years Battle of Britain" cased. An electroplated salver with pie crust and shell cast rim, inscribed to centre Sqn.Ldr.R W Oxspring DFC AFC, from the Officers and Airmen 73 Squadron 12-1-49 to 14-11-49 Malta, 1 ¾" diameter An electroplated circular tray with rope twist rim, presentation relating to Group Captain Oxspring to centre 15 ½" diameter. An electroplated trophy relating to Wing Commander R W Oxspring 6 ½" high A silver oblong cigarette case, wood lined, inscribed "TO OUR C.O.SQN LDR BOB OXSPRING D.F.C. WITH VERY BEST WISHES FROM ALL RANKS OF "72" ON HIS MARRIAGE 28TH OCTOBER 1942" London 1941, 7 " wide A silver, leather and glass hip flask, with a screw bayonet cap, the silver sleeve inscribed " Presented to Group Captain R W Oxspring D.F.C. A.F.C. by the Officers and Airmen of No 151 Wing" and verso " Every Ounce Counts" makers mark Walker and Hall, Sheffield, 1959, 5 ½" high Until recently the medals have been on display at RAF Cranwell. Viewing: Monday 4th February 2pm to 5pm, Tuesday 5th February 2pm to 7pm, Monday 5th May 2pm to 5pm, Tuesday 6th May 2pm to 7pm. And other times by appointment. Photocopies of the logbooks will be available at viewing to preserve the originals. Estimate on request. All enquiries to Colin Young MRICS FNAVA. £40000-50000


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Berichtdoor Roel » 21 Mei 2008, 13:08

Air Ministry,
8th November, 1940.
ROYAL AIR FORCE.
The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy:—
Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Acting Flight Lieutenant Robert Wardlow OXSPRING (40473), No. 66 Squadron.
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 111's. He has at all times led his section with skill and determination, and has destroyed six enemy aircraft.

Air Ministry, 18th September, 1942.
ROYAL AIR FORCE.
The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy: —
Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross.
Acting Squadron Leader Robert Wardlow OXSPRING, D.F.C. (40743), No. 72 Squadron.
This squadron commander has rendered much valuable service. His skill, whether in attacks on the enemy's ground targets and shipping or in air combat, has been of a high order. He has destroyed at least 7 enemy aircraft.

Air Ministry, 16th February, 1943.
ROYAL AIR FORCE.
The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy: —
Second Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross.
Squadron Leader Robert Wardlow OXSPRING, D.F.C. (40743), No. 72 Squadron.
During initial operations from forward airfields in North Africa Squadron Leader Oxspring led his formation on many sorties. He destroyed 1 enemy aircraft, bringing his total victories to 8. His outstanding devotion to duty and fine fighting qualities 'have been worthy of' high praise.

Air Ministry, 10th January, 1947.
The KING has granted unrestricted permission for the wearing of the undermentioned decorations, conferred upon the personnel indicated in recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with the war: —
CONFERRED BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN OF THE NETHERLANDS.
Dutch Flying Cross.
Acting Wing Commanders
Robert Wardlow OXSPRING, D.F.C. (40743), Royal Air Force.


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