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WWI M.M. GROUP OF 4 MEDALS TO SGT. R.E. TOLLERFIELD, R.F.C. (OBSERVER W.I.A. BY THE RED BARON'S JASTA 11)

** NEW ** The rare Red Baron aerial combat 11 Squadron Observer's M.M. for a blood and thunder escape from Manfred von Richthofen and Jasta 11 when wounded in action and with all other planes in their formation shot down. Consisting of: Military Medal George V to 1197 Cpl. R.E. Tollerfield 11/Sqn. R.F.C.; 1914 Star & Bar to 1197 2/A.M. R.E. Tollerfield, R.F.C.; WWI War Medal to to Sgt. R.E. Tollerfield, R.F.C.; WWI Victory Medal to 1197 Sgt. R.E. Tollerfield, R.F.C.
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Military Medal Gazetted 9 July 1917, Recommendation: "For the gallant work performed by Cpl. Tollerfield, No. 1197, 11 Squadron R.F.C. especially on 22 Apr 1917 when on Photographic Reconnaissance with Capt. Manning, he took photographs as ordered depsite being attacked by 14 hostile machines and wounded in the hand. All the other machines of the formation were shot down and Capt. Manning and Cpl. Tollerfield successfully engaged the hostile machines until the rest of the formation had recrossed the lines; then they returned to our lines with engine damaged and controls shot through. Cpl. Tollerfield, although wounded, kept a rapid and accurate fire on the hostile aircraft and enabled his pilot to return safely to the lines safely. The photographs taken by this NCO under the above difficult circumstances were all successful and covered the correct area. Cpl. Tollerfield did not go to hospital but had his hand dressed at a CCS daily and continued his work as an Observer. This NCO has done very gallant and useful work as an Observer with this Squadron for about 7 months and has had many successful combats with hostile aircraft. On 12 Apr 1917 he was promoted from 2/AM in recognition of his gallantry and good service in the air; on the following day when flying with Lieut. Savery, he shot down a hostile machine. Cpl. Tollerfield has always behaved with great coolness and gallantry in combats with hostile aircraft."

At 1430 hrs six FE2b aircraft of 11 Sqn. took off from Le Hameau on a Photographic Reconnaissance Patrol. What might have been expected to be a routine operation soon turned to disaster when the formation was spotted by the exhuberant Manfred von Richthofen, already with 45 victories to his name. The Red Baron led his staffel down and made short work of the FE2bs, shooting down 4 aircraft and wounding Tollerfield. Manfred von Richthofen claimed Lieut. W.F. Fletcher's machine as his 46th victory, whilst Ltn. K. Wolff claimed 2 aircraft and Ltn. K. Schaefer another. Reginald Edmund Tollerfield was born in Parkstone, St. Clements, Dorset on 6 Feb 1896 and worked as a Motor Mechanic and Chauffeur before enlisting into the Royal Flying Corps on 20 Apr 1914. With the rank of 2nd Airman he went to France with No.12 Squadron on 9 Sep 1914; a member of the 'Contemptible Little Flying Corps', transferring to No.11 Squadron in Sep 1916, wounded in action on 22 Apr 1917. Tollerfield eventually transferred to the R.A.F. on their formation as Sergeant Mechanic Pilot and was discharged on 19 Apr 1922, dying in Moscow, Russia in 1969, aged 73.

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