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GROUP OF 7 MEDALS, CATERPILLAR BADGE & EPHEMERA TO MAJOR R.C.V. STEWART, A.A.C

** NEW ** The spectacular Army Air Corps officer's 'Caterpillar' group, consisting of: 1939-45 Star; France & Germany Star; WWII Defence Medal; WWII War Medal; General Service Medal with Palestine 1945-48 clasp to Major R.C.V. Stewart, A.A.C.; Coronation Medal 1953; Territorial Decoration dated 1957 with 2 further award clasps; one dated 1965 loose; the other covered by ribbon in mount. Caterpillar Badge engraved 'Maj. R.C.V. Stewart' to reverse, Caterpillar Club Membership card to 'Major R.C.V. Stewart' mounted in frame alongside Stewart's corresponding group of miniature medals. Framed set of US enamel and silver metal badges to Airborne Units, annotated verso and with plaque 'To Col. R.C.V. Stewart From His US Friends'; Stewart's 15th Parachute Regiment Beret with War Dept. arrow marked 'J. Compton, Sons & Webb Ltd. 1954' to interior.
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£2,995.00
Description

Robert Charles Victor Stewart was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant into the Royal Artillery on 10 Aug 1940 and made Temporary Captain 7 Sep 1943 before transferring to the Army Air Corps on 2 June 1945, attaining the rank of Acting Major with the Glider Pilot & Parachute Corps on 28 Oct 1948, conferred the Territorial Decoration on 8 Nov 1957 and clasp on 16 Mar 1965. Stewart was appointed Second-in-Command of 15th (Scottish) Battalion Parachute Regiment from 1961-1962, Commanding from 1962-65 and attaining the rank of Brevet Colonel on 10 Nov 1965 and full Colonel on 12 Aug 1966. On the night of 22 Sep 1952 thirty-five members of 15th Battalion approached Renfrew Airport in a US Air Force C62 aircraft after an exercise in Germany. The pilot of, Lt. Col. Charles Quinette, reported a fault with the undercarriage to Stewart and the need to crash-land. Stewart concluded that the plane would have to lighten its load of the entire crew: "I asked the pilot to put us out alongside the main runway. None of the 'chutes had been fitted, but they were all hastily put on and everyone stood up at 'Action Stations' with their kit bags and weapon valises left behind on the seats. As they stood by the door, their confidence was shaken by the unusual sight of ship's funnels close underneath. In fact, the conditions were nearly ideal with no wind and everyone got out in two passes at about 700 feet in the dark. All 35 of the paras landed without major mishaps, 34 on the airfield and one in the neighbouring Arkleston Cemetery, although four spent the night in Cowglen Military Hospital and were discharged in the morning."

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