RAF Battle of Britain pilot's map

RAF Battle of Britain pilot's map

Code: P17521

SOLD

Royal Air Force Edition.  Sheet 5, 'Midlands & Wales'.  Linen-backed paper map with card covers.  1939 dated.  Shows the airfields/artillery ranges in operation at that time.  Named in bold chinagraph pencil on the cover to 'Sgt. Francis'. Sergeant Clarence William Francis was posted to 74 Squadron at Rochford on June 24th 1940.  This was the satellite station for Hornchurch.  He flew Spitfires during the Battle, was commissioned in January 1942, eventually leaving the RAF in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant.  Francis was a private individual who did not seek attention or attend RAF reunion functions etc.  As such, items named to him are extremely rare.  This map was purchased originally some years ago - directly from the family along with various other items of his kit.  Some of these are in my own collection. The map is fair condition only.  The front cover is partially detached, torn and the back is missing.  The map itself is heavily soiled with wear and small tears on the folds and edges.  Various annotations/flight routes are marked in pencil.  Sold with a photocopy of the RAF route document authorizing Francis to travel from No.7 Operational Training Unit, Hawarden to No. 74 Squadron Hornchurch, dated 15th July 1940.  Stock code P17521.