RAF 1930 pattern Sidcot flying suit collar - DFM history

RAF 1930 pattern Sidcot flying suit collar - DFM history

Code: S19573

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'Suits, Flying, 1930 pattern, collars, fur, Type A'.  Stores reference 22c/300.  Size 5.  Removable collar used with the 1930 pattern 'Battle Of Britain' flying suit.  This example has good dense mid brown coloured fur on the same rubberized cotton backing from which the suit is manufactured.  Shows moderate use and  soiling and has possibly been wet at some stage as the cloth is wrinkled and a bit stiff.  With A.I.D., size marks and the owner's name and service number.  The sizing of these collars is not an exact science and sometimes collars with the same markings differ in size.  In our experience, most collars will fit at least one size either way of that indicated.  This will also fit the 1940 and 1941 pattern suits.  This belonged to Flying Officer Gwyn Martin 981426 / 110857, who flew as an Observer with 75 (NZ) Squadron from Feltwell on 40+ operational sorties.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for an attack made on German warships at Brest and La Pallice in July 1941 (including the Gneisenau," Scharnhorst" and Prinz Eugen"). A smaller attack was made on Cherbourg. The operations were carried out in daylight and extremely heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire and fighter opposition were encountered by all aircraft when approaching the targets, which at Brest was protected by a balloon barrage. The air crews engaged succeeded, nevertheless, in securing direct hits on their objectives and in inflicting very severe damage in the target area. During the combats with enemy fighters 21 hostile aircraft were destroyed and others were severely damaged. The precise timing of attack by the various formations of aircraft and their correct approach to and accurate bombing of the objectives, in the face of such powerful opposition, demanded great skill and high courage. The great success of these operations was largely due to the bravery, determination and resource displayed by the officers and airmen, who participated in various capacities as leaders and members of the aircraft crew.  (information from The London Gazette No. 35259, Dated 1941-09-02).  Good overall condition.  Stock code S19573.