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WWII COMPLETE ARCHIVE D.S.O./D.F.C. & BAR/A.F.C. GROUP OF 9 MEDALS TO GRP. CAPT. P.R. CASEMENT, R.A.F.

** NEW ** The most complete 'time-capsule' archive of a Coastal Command pilot who was the first to officially sink a German U-Boat in 1942, earning a bar to his D.F.C. Consisting of: Distinguished Service Order George V, dated 1942; Distinguished Flying Cross, G.VI.R., dated 1941, with second award bar, dated 1942; Air Force Cross, G.VI.R., dated 1951; 1939-1945 Star; Air Crew Europe Star with France and Germany bar; Defence Medal; War Medal with Mentioned in Dispatches oak leaf; General Service Medal Palestine 1945 - 48, Malaya & Cyprus clasps. Accompanied by the most comprehensive archive of material including all flight log books, personal diaries and accounts focussing on individual sorties, Commission warrant, D.S.O. warrant, M.I.D. certificate, letter of congratulations, personalised wartime scroll from airmen, Arctic Circle personalised poster, uniforms to including greatcoat, five tunics, trousers, dress shirts, flying suit, wartime boots and flying jacket, three R.A.F. peaked caps, 'Helmets Ltd' helmet, archive of original photographs, and coloured slide and personal items to include including 1944 inscribed hip flask, inscribed silver plate mounted cut glass jug, inscribed tankard teddy bear mascot, personalised travel case full of navigational instruments, coastal maps, De Havilland morse flashlight, school rugby ball, hand-drawn caricature by Rooney featuring Casement and the sunken U-Boat.
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£35,000.00
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D.F.C. Gazetted 24 Oct 1941. Bar to D.F.C. Gazetted: "Flt. Lt. Casement has completed many operational missions, during which he has attacked important industrial targets in Germany. He has also completed several patrols over the Atlantic and has assisted in the destruction of a U-boat. Throughout he has displayed efficiency and devotion to duty."

D.S.O. Gazetted: "Squadron Leader Casement has an outstanding record as an operational bombing pilot, which has been an example to all air crews. His courage and determination have been of the highest order. The exceptionally fine leadership of this captain of aircraft and the high standard he has set has greatly contributed to the success achieved by his squadron."

A.F.C. Gazetted 1 Jun 1951 after flying from Cornwall to Singapore for Coastal Command's first post-war Far East air exercise. Group Captain Peter Reginald Casement was born in Ballycastle, County Antrim in 1921 and educated at Marlborough College. His flying career began in 1939 when he learnt to fly Tiger Moths in Coventry; he undertook his first solo flight after just 11 hours and 30 minutes of training. He joined No 61 Squadron in 1941 and on 30 May 1942, flying with 61 Squadron, he piloted one of 73 Lancaster Bombers engaged in the first of Bomber Command's 'thousand bomber raids' on Germany. Later that year, during the Battle of the Atlantic he assisted in the destruction of a U-Boat. The bomber he piloted as Acting Flight-Lieutenant was the first to bring back photographic evidence of the sinking of a U-boat. These historic photographs plus his hand written descriptions are present in his album. Contemporary newspaper cuttings of the incident log the attacs that lasted over a 2-hour period, including these entries: '13:57 - The aircraft flew so low over the U-boat that the crew could see men standing on the conning tower. The front gunner sprayed the decks, and the bombs plumped into the sea right across the hull. The U-boat was covered in mountains of spray and foam, and when this had subsided there was no one on its deck. 14:01 - U-boat opened fire on the aircraft, which again shot up the conning tower, killing the gun crew.'

After the war Peter was posted to Amman in the Middle East, returning to the UK in 1948 to continue his RAF career in St Eval, Cornwall and at Joint Service Defence College Latimer, Buckinghamshire. Appointed to the rank of Wing Commander, the youngest in the R.A.F. at the time, he served in Cyprus during the Suez Crisis. His later career included stints at R.A.F. Binbrook, working back home in Northern Ireland where he was attached to H.M.S. Sea Eagle, working with Nato Submarines and R.A.F. Mountbatten in Plymouth and appointed C.O. of 210 and 120 Sqns., and Senior Air Staff Officer at H.Q. No,19 Group of Coastal Command. Peter ended his career as Station Commander of R.A.F. Topcliffe in Yorkshire in 1966. When Peter retired in 1968, he had flown 3,800 hours in 27 different aircraft. As a footnote, Peter Casement was a blood relative of Irish Nationalist Roger David Casement, both living in the same ancestral home of Magherintemple, Ballycastle. In a strange twist, Roger Casement was famed for trying to enter Ireland in a U-boat at Co. Derry during WWI, being arrested, tried and hanged for treason at Pentonville Prison in 1917.

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