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Battle of Britain pilot photograph - unpublished


Code: P17717

This is a studio contact strip photograph of Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot Sergeant Clarence William Francis, in his Sergeant Pilot uniform. Approximately 35 x 35mm.  Francis was posted to 74 Squadron at Rochford on June 24th 1940.  This was the satellite station for Hornchurch.  He 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 relating to him are extremely rare.  There isn't even a photo of him in the excellent 'Men of the Battle of Britain' book.  This photograph 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.  It is in excellent condition.  Sold with a photocopy of the RAF route document authorising Francis to travel from No.7 Operational Training Unit, Hawarden to No.74 Squadron, Hornchurch, dated 15th July 1940.  Stock code P17717.