quality-war-antiques
war-antiques-history
customer-support-war-and-son

WWI D.F.C. GROUP OF 4 MEDALS TO CAPT. M.M. FREEHILL, R.A.F. (7 VICTORY SOPWITH CAMEL ACE)

** NEW ** The 7 Victory Ace over The Western Front Royal Flying Corps 46 Squadron Sopwith Camel Pilot's D.F.C. Group, who continued to service with the R.A.F. in South Kurdistan before his untimely death as an active Squadron Leader in 1939. Consists of: Distinguished Flying Cross George V; WWI War Medal to Capt. M.M. Freehill, R.A.F.; WWI Victory Medal to Capt. M.M. Freehill, R.A.F.; Iraq Active Service Medal 1924-38 with South Kurdistan 1930-31 clasp. Accompanied by high resolution copy photographs of Freehill and complete file of combat reports and casualty reports.
Price:
£7,500.00
Description

Distinguished Flying Cross Gazetted 8 Feb 1919 (FRANCE): "A brilliant Leader who has destroyed five enemy aircraft and has displayed conspicuous bravery in attacking enemy troops on the ground. On 4th November, observing that a machine-gun post was holding up the advance of our infantry, he attacked it from a very low altitude, inflicting heavy casualties on the crews and putting them to flight. Later on he carried out a reconnaissance of the Army front at a height of 50 feet in the face of intense machine-gun fire bringing back most valuable information." Maurice Michael Freehill was born in Chiswick, London on the 21 Jan 1899, the son of Eugene and Lillian Freehill. Educated at Dulwich College, Freehill enlisted with the Hampshire Regiment on 20 Jan 1917 and then transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as a cadet, being commissioned Temporary Second Lieutenant on 21 June 1917 and promoted to the rank of Flying Officer on 13 Sep 1917. Posted to 46 Squadron R.F.C. and flying Sopwith Camels, Freehill scored his first victory over a German LVG reconnaissance 2-seater on 23 Mar 1918. His next two victories on the 3 and 20 April were over Albatros C biplanes, the 4th victory recorded over a Fokker Dr.I and the 5th which gave him the coveted title of 'ace' was a Fokker DVII on 7 Aug over Armentieres. Freehill then accounted for another brace of Fokker DVIIs on 15 Aug and 3 Oct, for his seventh and final victim. Casualty reports also show that Freehill's aircraft was also shot through on two occasions. Freehill remained with the R.A.F. post-war, granted a permanent commission on 1 Aug 1919 with the rank of Lieutenant and retaining his acting rank of Captain. On 23 Aug 1923 he served at the Electrical & Wireless School at RAF Flowerdown before being posted to 25 Squadron on 5 Dec 1923. On 25 Sep 1925 he was posted to No.5 Armoured Car Company, part of the R.A.F. forces in Iraq, remaining there with No.1 Squadron and No.55 Squadron from 1 Nov 1926. After a spell in the UK at RAF Digby, Freehill returned to 55 Squadron in Iraq before serving with 41 (Fighter) Squadron and promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader on 1 Apr 1937. After being posted to No.58 (Bomber) Squadron for flying duties on 22 Apr 1937, sadly Freehill then died at York Military Hospital on 3 Feb 1939. He is buried in All Saints Churchyard, Newton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire.

1.       23 Mar 1918 - LVG C - Camel B9149 46 Squadron, R.F.C. - Bullecourt - DESTROYED

2.       3 Apr 1918 - LVG C - Camel B5636 46 Squadron - 57 D L32 - DESTROYED

3.       20 Apr 1918 - Albatros C - Camel B5636 46 Squadron - Harnes 1000hrs - DESTROYED

4.       30 May 1918 - Fokker DR.I - Camel B5636 46 Squadron - Estaires - OUT OF CONTROL

5.       7 Aug 1918 - Fokker DV.II - Camel B5636 46 Squadron - S.W. Armentieres - DESTROYED

6.       15 Aug 1918 - Fokker DV.II - Camel B5636 46 Squadron - S.E. Peronne - OUT OF CONTROL

7.       4 Oct 1918 - Fokker DV.II - Camel H773 80 Squadron - Beaurevoir - OUT OF CONTROL

new-item

Cards we accept

cards-warandson

War Medals

Militaria

14 Drapers Lane, Leominster,
Herefordshire,
HR6 8ND

07714 631 313
01568 616 414