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WWII M.B.E./D.F.C. GROUP OF 7 MEDALS TO MUSTANG FIGHTER PILOT F/LT. F.J. HOPE, R.A.F.

*** RESERVED *** The thunderous and iconic single-seater Mustang Pilot's boat-busting 1944 D.F.C., logs and ephemera, amidst a hail of anti-aircraft fire, consisting of: M.B.E. Civil Division; Distinguished Flying Cross with reverse dated 1944; 1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star with France & Germany clasp; WWII Defence Medal; WWII War Medal; Efficiency Medal with Territorial clasp to F/Lt. F.J. Hope, D.F.C., R.A.F.; 2 Pilot's Flying Log Books covering complete service from 18 Sep 1941 to 1 Feb 1946. Accompanied by original material including Buckingham Palace slip, Certificate of Service, Certificate of Release, M.B.E. Bestowal Certificate, letter of congratulation and original photograph of Francis with his wife, Jessie, and her WWII Defence & War Medals in box of issue addressed to Mrs J. Hope together with W.A.A.F. document.
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D.F.C. London Gazette 29 Dec 1944: "Flight Lieutenant Hope has proved himself an exceptionally skilful and courageous pilot.  He has flown on a large number of sorties, including many to the Falaise Gap and had obtained some excellent photographs. His aircraft has often been damaged by anti-aircraft fire and on five occasions it has been attacked by far superior numbers of enemy fighters but, despite all opposition, he has always pressed on and completed his sortie. Flight Lieutenant Hope has also participated in many naval bombardment and artillery reconnaissance sorties since ‘D’ day. In September 1944, he was detailed with another aircraft for a particularly difficult and dangerous mission over Flushing. The port defences were extremely heavy. He flew for nearly two hours at 5,000 feet and damaged the dock installations and enemy shipping, in spite of most severe antiaircraft fire. On returning to base, he was unable to lower the undercarriage of his aircraft. By most skilful handling, he accomplished a masterly landing without further damage. Flight Lieutenant Hope’s outstanding efficiency, determination, and devotion to duty are worthy of high praise."
 
M.B.E. Gazetted 1 Jan 1964. Francis Joseph Hope enlisted as a Private in the Territorial Army on 22 Jun 1929 and transferred Royal Air Force, 29.3.1941; took to the air for the first time, 18.9.1941, and spends the next 21 months training, flying Oxfords, Hudsons, Ansons, Hurricanes, and Mustangs; Commissioned Pilot Officer, General Duties Branch, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 5.6.1942; posted to No. 2 Squadron, R.A.F.V.R. (Mustangs), 9.7.1943; First Operation, 8.9.1943, taking photographs over Le Touquet; subsequent operations photographing enemy installations over Normandy; Flight Lieutenant, 5.6.1944; ‘“D” Day- Shot up 1 Bus and 2 Trucks’ (6 Jun 1944); ‘Intercepted by 4 ME 109’s- turned upside and spun from 3500 feet- regained control at 2000 feet- No damage’ (13 Jun 1944); to France with No. 2 Squadron, 29 July 1944; to Belgium, 26 Sep 1944; One Hundredth Operation over Rotterdam, 26 Sep 1944; Mission over Flushing Harbour, 30 Sep 1944 ‘Intense light, medium, and heavy flak- made landing with one wheel only down. Hits on 7000 ton ship’; 110th and last Operation, 6 Oct 1944; posted No. 41 Squadron (Hurricanes), 9 Nov 1944; Retired, 12 Dec 1946.
 
After the War Hope served as Assistant Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Lusaka, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, and was awarded the M.B.E. on the occasion of the Federation’s Dissolution as Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland were granted Independence.
 
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