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WWII POSTHUMOUS PATH FINDER D.F.C. GROUP, LOG BOOK & EPHEMERA TO FLT. LT. K. USHER, R.A.F.V.R.

*** RESERVED *** The emotive and most complete Bomber Command Path Finder Force Navigator's posthumous D.F.C. group, consisting of: Distinguished Flying Cross George VI, reverse 1945 Flt/Lt. Kenneth Usher, R.A.F.V.R. 635 Squadron; 1939-45 Star; France & Germany Star; WWII War Medal in box of issue to C.W.G. Usher, Esq. 53 St. Thomas Road., Sheffield 10, Yorks. With entitlement slip to F/L 164722. Flying Log Book for complete service with 'Death Presumed' stamp. Cased Imperial Service Medal to Charles Usher, Kenneth's father; WWII Defence Medal with slips to Mrs Gladys Usher, Kenneth's mother, with box addressed as above. Accompanied by an archive of original material including Path Finder's badge and letter, Navigator cloth patches, dog tags, buttons, enamel RAF badge, a wealth of original letters, certificates, booklets, photograph and condolence slip.
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Kenneth Usher was born in 1924, the son of Charles and Gladys Usher of Great Wilbraham, Cambridgeshire. Undergoing flying training in Canada under the Joint Air Training Plan alongside 136827 Harold Frederick Morrish, Usher began service on 15 Dec 1943 as Leading Aircraftsman and was commissioned on 7 Apr 1944 to Pilot Officer, No.4 A.O.S., R.C.A.F. Joining 635 Squadron and flying in Lancasters, Kenneth Usher's introduction to operational missions was extreme, as his mission to Isle L'Adam Supply Depot resulted in his aircraft being twice holed by flak. Major operations to Hamburg, Russelheim,  The Ruhr, Kiel, Stuttgart, Essen and Dresden followed, as well as Gelsenkirchen when Usher's Log Book reports that F/E was 'wounded in face'. Flying in RNZAF's Flt/Lt. K.A. Beattie's Lancaster PB921 on 5 Mar 1945, in a night Op. Chemnitz, Usher was presumed missing and later declared dead, at the age of just 21. Kenneth Usher's D.F.C. was posthumously Gazetted 12 Feb 1946: "Acting Flight Lieutenant Usher, as navigator, has completed numerous operations against the enemy, in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."

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