RAF uniform to AVM H.A.V. Hogan - Battle of Britain pilot & 'Ace'

RAF uniform to AVM H.A.V. Hogan - Battle of Britain pilot & 'Ace'

Code: U27609

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e'Rare service dress uniform to Air Vice Marshall Henry Algernon Vickers Hogan (26181), C.B., D.F.C., p.s.c, c.f.s.   He was born in Rawalpindi, India (now Pakistan) on 25th October 1909, son of Lt. Col. Edward M. A. Hogan and Margaret Venetia.  He was educated at Malvern College and entered the RAF College, Cranwell in January 1929 where he gained the Sword of Honour before being appointed to a permanent commission on 20th December 1930.  Hogan then joined 54 Squadron flying Bulldog fighters but was seconded to the Fleet Air Arm, joining 404 flight (later 800 Squadron) on Hawker Nimrods and Ospreys, laterly based on H.M.S. Courageous.  In 1934 he became an instructor at No.1 Flying Training School, RAF Leuchars, Fife, but returned to Central Flying School in 1936, serving on the staff for two years.  In 1938 he was posted to No.1 Bomber Group at Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, serving with the Long Range Development Unit and taking part in the RAF Long Distance Flight from Egypt to Australia, piloting one of three Vickers Wellesleys.  Hogan then became chief flying instructor at 15 FTS, Lossiemouth, moving with the unit to Middle Wallop in May 1940 before attending No.6 OTU to convert to Hurricanes.  Hogan took command of 501 (City of Gloucester) Squadron at Croydon on June 22nd, part of Air Vice Marshall Park's frontline 11 Group Fighter Command and entered fighter operations.  He claimed a Bf109 on July 20th and damaged a Do17 on August 12th before crash landing at Lympne.  He damaged another Do17 on the 16th and a Bf110 on the 18th.  Hogan then shared a Do17 on the 27th and destroyed a He111 on the 30th.  He claimed a 'probable' Bf109 on September 17th but was shot down the next day after engaging He111s & Bf109s over West Malling.  Fortunately Hogan managed to bale out of his Hurricane, V6620, without injury.  On the 27th he shared a Bf110, destroyed another on October 5th, shared another on 7th and destroyed Bf109s on 12th and 15th.  With another 'probable' on 27th he had a tally of 5 destroyed, 3 shared, 2 probables and 1 damaged enemy aircraft making him an 'Ace.'  He was awarded the DFC on 25th October 1940.  At this point Hogan was posted to Grangemouth to form 58 OTU but with the airfield there unserviceable he went to Church Fenton instead and formed 54 OTU.  By June 1941 he'd been promoted to the rank of Group Captain and was sent to the USA tasked with setting up the pilot training scheme there as Director of Flying Training (USA).  Returning to the UK in 1943 he was appointed Chief Instructor at the Empire Central Flying School at Hullavington.  In April 1945 he was appointed Commanding Officer of 19 FTS on its formation at Cranwell.  After the war he held various positions in Fighter Command including AOC 81 Group, then 83 Group (2nd Tactical Air Force), before retiring in April 1962 as an Air Vice-Marshal.  He died on 28th June 1993 at the age of 83.

Here we are offering Hogan's No.1 Service Dress tunic, trousers, cap and greatcoat with the rank of Air Vice Marshal.  The tunic has a beautiful padded Queen's crown pilot wing, gilt belt buckle, brass Queen's crown buttons, Air Vice Marshal rank lace on the cuffs and medal ribbons for The Most Honorable Order of the Bath, Companion's (C.B.),  Distinguished Flying Cross & bar (D.F.C.), 1939-45 star & Battle of Britain rosette, Air Crew Europe star, Defence and War, General Service, Jubilee (1935), Coronation (1952) and the US Legion of Merit.  There are also stitched loops above the ribbons on which his medals could be mounted.  Of very high quality, this tunic has a lovely red satin lining and unusual 'double' skirt pockets.  It comes with matching button-fly trousers and his service dress 'Air-Rank' cap.  This was manufactured by Bates Hatters of Jermyn Street and is complete with the original 1957 postmarked box addressed to him at HQ 83 Group, RAF Wahn.  Interestingly, the customs declaration states the value then at just over £9!  Finally there is Hogan's greatcoat with staybrite buckle, buttons and AVM rank lace on the removable epaulettes.  Each piece almost certainly dates from his promotion to AVM in July 1956.  There is light moth trailing in the pile of the greatcoat but the tunic, trousers and cap are all in excellent undamaged clean condition.  Whilst only the trousers are initialled 'HVH' and none of the pieces have a tailors label (bar the cap), these were originally obtained from Hogan by the late Chris John who was an avid collector of RAF Battle of Britain flying kit.   They come with a couple of letters from Hogan to John referring to some photographs (included in the lot).  The letters are dated January 1989/July 1991 and both are handwritten and signed 'HAH Hogan'.  Also included are copies of some newspaper obituaries, a large 20 x 25cm photograph of Hogan (dressed in what appears to be this very uniform), a similar sized photo of a sketch done of him during the war by offical war artist Eric Kennington, a copy photo of him as a Squadron Leader with other aircrew, an Imperial War Museum photo of 2 Hurricanes of 501 Squadron c.August 1940, a copy photo of the RAF College Cranwell Cricket Team (July 1930) with Hogan and Douglas Bader on the front row, a copy photo of members of 501 with names written  beneath (via Hogan to C John), a letter to Hogan from the Medway Aviation Research Group regarding the excavation of his Hurricane V6620 that crashed on 18th September 1940, photocopies of the London Gazette announcements of his DFC and Legion of Merit awards and some information on the RAF long distance flights.

An extremely rare opportunity to purchase a uniform belonging to a high scoring Battle of Britain 'Ace' fighter pilot.  Stock code U27609.

NB - Very bulky/heavy. Postage is given as an estimate.