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DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS GROUP OF 6 MEDALS TO MAJ. H.E.N. WILDSMITH, S.A.A.F. (FIGHTER ACE)

** NEW ** Distinguished Flying Cross with reverse dated 1942 and contemporarily engraved H.E.N. St. Leger Wildsmith, El Alamein; 1939-45 Star; Africa Star with North Africa 1942-43 clasp; Italy Star; WWII War Medal; South Africa Service Medal, all named to 47886 H.E.N. Wildsmith. Accompanied by corresponding miniature medals, S.A.A.F. pilot wings cloth patch and entire copy of Wildsmith's WWII log book, as the original is on display at the S.A.A.F. Museum in Swartkorps, Pretoria.
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D.F.C. Gazetted 1 Dec 1942: "Captain Hugh Errol Noel Wildsmith (P. 47885), South African Air Force, No. 2 (S.A.A.F.) Squadron. This officer has participated in a large number of Sorties, including numerous fighter escorts and sweeps. On one occasion in July 1942, during an escort flight, his squadron engaged a formation of enemy bombers and destroyed 4 of them. Throughout the engagement, Captain Wildsmith displayed great courage and initiative. In October 1942, his squadron was detailed to escort a bomber force well into enemy territory. Whilst over the target area, Captain Wildsmith became separated from the formation and his aircraft was attacked by 10 enemy fighters. Displaying great skill, he destroyed one of the attackers and frustrated the efforts of the others until he was able to re-join his formation. This officer has invariably displayed outstanding leadership and high courage. He has destroyed at least 3 enemy aircraft.”

Hugh Errol Noel Wildsmith was Commanding Officer of 2 Squadron in the Western Desert and the Middle East, Hugh also flew with 4 Squadron in East Africa, 41 Squadron in Abyssinia, 9 Squadron in Syria and the Middle East and 3 Squadron in Italy.  Wildsmith is officially recorded as a South African ace with 4 confirmed, 1 probable, 1 damaged widely recorded. Wildsmith was shot up a number of times including having his canopy blown off and a collision with an ME 109 in a head on attack (which resulted in a forced belly landing). Wildsmith flew 106 Operational Sorties as Commander of No. 2 Squadron (and 107 others) mainly in Kittyhawkes and Spitfires.

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