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Check out our books page recently updated 18th December 2014

Please note: The forthcoming third edition of the " Men of the Battle of Britain" is due to be released and coincide with the opening of 'The Wing' at Capel - le - Ferne,  June 2015. Once again a lot more info of pilots have come to light.  I know that I have been saying it for a long time but it will be well worth the wait!


Pre publication announcement

This stunning limited edition book is exclusive to Vector, it is due to be released at the end of January 2015. We have produced a limited edition of only 10 copies worldwide with some incredibly rare Battle of Britain signatures.
Over half have been sold already!

A History of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association by Geoff SimpsonBookplate

A HISTORY OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN FIGHTER ASSOCIATION
By
Geoff Simpson

In 1945 it was announced that Allied airmen who had taken part in the Battle of Britain in 1940 would be entitled to the “immediate” award of the 1939-1945 Star, with Battle of Britain Clasp. This was the only Clasp awarded with the 1939-1945 Star.

In the following years holders of the Clasp held informal get-togethers. In 1958 the Battle of Britain Fighter Association (BBFA) was formed, with full membership only available to holders of the Battle of Britain Clasp. Lord Dowding was the first President. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother became Patron. That post is now held by HRH The Prince of Wales.

As well as organising reunions and providing some welfare assistance to members and widows, the Association has played a key role in researching entitlement to the Clasp and pronouncing on claims for the Clasp. A considerable part of the knowledge existing today on these matters came from the work of successive BBFA archivists, the late Group Captain Tom Gleave and the late Wing Commander John Young.

The Association has also become closely associated with the Battle of Britain thanksgiving service held every September in Westminster Abbey.

The Association's archives are held in part by the Secretary of the BBFA, Group Captain Patrick Tootal and in part by the Air Historical Branch, RAF (AHB) at RAF Northolt.

Geoff Simpson has now been invited by the Association to use these archives as the basis of a book on the history of the organisation.

We have produced a limited edition of only 10 copies worldwide with a custom made slipcase and a bookplate signed in pencil by 16 of 'The Few'.
Over half have been sold already!

The signatures are:
Wing Commander Terence Kane
 Flight Lieutenant  Mike Croskell
Flight Lieutenant Richard  Jones
Air Commodore John Ellacombe CB DFC*
Wing Commander Jack Rose DFC MBE
Squadron Leader Tony Pickering
Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC*
Group Captain John Peel DSO DFC
Squadron Leader Stan Duff DFC
Squadron Leader Tony Iveson DFC
Squadron Leader Nigel Rose
Flight Lieutenant Terry Clark DFM
Flight Lieutenant  Len Davies
Group Captain Richard Haine DFC
Squadron Leader Gerald Stapleton DFC
Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson

£125 + postage and packing


602 Squadron by Gil Cohen

ORIGINAL DRAWING
by
Gil Cohen

Signed by the following Battle of Britain 602 Squadron veterans
Paul Webb, Nigel Rose, Sandy Johnstone, Donald Jack, Mickey Mount, Glen Niven, Paddy Barthropp, Hector Maclean

£250  postage and packing


Helping Hand by Robert Taylor

Helping Hand
by
Robert Taylor

Originally this print was only signed by Robert Taylor, but I have one copy in mint condition signed in pencil but the following World War II aircrew:
Rob Smith
Johnnie Johnson
Don Lopez
Gunther Rall
Walter Krupinski
Hub Zemke
Geoffrey Page
John Morgan

£325 + postage and packing

Bader's Bus Company by Robert Taylor

Bader's Bus Company
by
Robert Taylor

Mint condition signed by the following World War II aircrew
Sir Hugh Dundas
Sir Denis Crowley Milling
Johnnie Johnson
Geoffrey Page
Hub Zemkie
John Morgan
Walter Krupinski
Gunther Rall
Don Lopez
Rod Smith

£295 + postage and packing

Ramrod - Outward Bound by John Shaw

Ramrod - Outward Bound
by
John Shaw

Signed by 8 Mustang pilots
Col. Clarence E - Bud Anderson,
Maj. William H Allen,
Cpt. Clinton D. Burdick,
Col. Art Fiedler,
Col. Joe A. Peterburs,
Col. Steve Pisanos,
Col. Larry H Powell,
Cpt. Clint White

We have obtained the extra signature of Barney Nolan pilot of the 482nd bomb Group 33 Combat Missions 

£285 + postage and packing

Only one each of these prints available.


NEW PRINT RELEASE TO COMMEMORATE THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF OPERATION BODENPLATTE

The Battle for Asch by Nicolas Trudgian

THE BATTLE FOR ASCH
By
Nicolas Trudgian

Inspired by the personal account of Major Alden Rigby of the 487th FS, 352nd Fighter Group, his Mustang is depicted during the epic battle of Asch airfield in Belgium at dawn on the 1st January 1945. The Luftwaffe's 'Operation Bodenplatte, the simultaneous attacks of airfields in the Low Countries, came as such a surprise that few of the allied units could respond in time.  The 487th Fighter Squadron at Asch were an exception and twelve P51s managed to scramble and put up a magnificent flight.
Before Alden had fully retracted his landing gear he shot down one of the enemy FW190's which was in pursuit of a fellow Mustang.  In the following 25 minutes of furious combat Alden shot down a further three of the raiders, becoming an Ace in  the process, and for this action he later received the Silver Star. In total, the Mustangs destroyed 24 of the attacking aircraft and the 487th FS was awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation.

Signed limited edition of only 130 world wide signed  by Major Alden Rigby and Nicolas Trudgian
A limited edition of 10 Tribute editions will be released at a later date

£60 + postage and packing


EXCLUSIVE TO VECTOR FINE ART

Hurricane Squadron Ace by Nick ThomasBookplateBookplate

SOLD OUT HURRICANE SQUADRON ACE SOLD OUT
The story of Battle of Britain ace
Air Commodore Peter Brothers CBE DSO DFC

An extremely rare limited edition of 25 copies worldwide with a purpose made slipcase.
This limited edition has 19 original signatures of 'The Few"

Air Commodore Pete Brothers CBE DSO DFC
Wing Commander Eric Barwell DFC*
Wing Commander John Freeborn DFC*
Air Commodore John Ellacombe CB DFC*
Wing Commander Frantisek Fajtl DFC
Flight Lieutenant Richard Jones
Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC* AFC AE
Squadron Leader B G Stapleton DFC
Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson
Squadron Leader Ken Lee DFC 
Flight Lieutenant David Denchfield
Squadron Leader Tony Pickering AE
Squadron Leader Peter Brown AFC
Wing Commander Bob Foster DFC AE
Squadron Leader Tony Iveson DFC
Wing Commander Terence Kane
Flight Lieutenant Terry Clark DFM AE
Flight Lieutenant Henry Sprague RCAF
Wing Commander Jack Rose CMG DFC MBE

£135 + postage and packing

I have two mint copies of this stunning print produced in 1990. Comes with the full certificate of Authenticity

Hurricane Force by Robert Taylor

Hurricane Force 
By
Robert Taylor

It depicts Pete Brothers Hurricane of 257 Squadron in combat over London
The print is signed by Air Commodore Peter Brothers CBE DSO DFC
Group Captain Frank Carey CBE DFC DFM AFC
Group Captain Peter Townsend DSO DFC CVO
Wing Commander Geoffrey Page DSO OBE DFC

£350 + postage and packing


Memorial Flight by Robert Taylor

MEMORIAL  FLIGHT
 BY
ROBERT TAYLOR

Signed by the following Battle of Britain and Bomber Command Aircrew

The Battle of Britain Signatures:

Group Captain John Peel DSO DFC O/C 145 Sqn
Group Captain Frank Carey CBE DFC DFM 43 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant Gordon Batt 238 Sqn
Group Captain Tom Gleave CBE O/C 253 Sqn
Air Commodore John Thompson CBE DSO DFC O/C 111 Sqn
Commander Ronald Hay DSO DSC 808 Sqn, FAA
Squadron Leader Vernon Simmonds 238 Sqn
Wing Commander Pat Hancock OBE DFC 1 Sqn
Squadron Leader Henryk Szczesny DFC 74 Sqn
Wing Commander Gordon Sinclair OBE DFC 310 Sqn
Group Captain George Darley DSO O/C 609 Sqn
Squadron Leader Donald Stones DFC 79 Sqn
Squadron Leader Peter Down 56 Sqn
Wing Commander Michael Ingle-Finch DFC 151, 607, 56 Sqn
Wing Commander Geoffrey Page DSO OBE DFC 56 Sqn
Wing Commander Peter Parrott DFC AFC 145,605 Sqn
Wing Commander Michael Constable-Maxwell DSO DFC 56 Sqn
Squadron Leader Boleslaw Drobinski DFC 65 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant Arnold Lauder 264 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant Fred Gash DFM 264 Sqn
Wing Commander Archibald McNeill-Boyd DSO DFC 600 Sqn
Group Captain Brian Kingcome DSO DFC 92 Sqn
Squadron Leader Cyril Bamberger DFC  41,610 Sqn
Wing Commander Robert Foster DFC 605 Sqn
Air Commodore Robert Deacon Elliott DFC 72 Sqn
Wing Commander William Gregory DSO DFC DFM 29 Sqn
Group Captain Desmond Sheen DFC 72 Sqn
Wing Commander Harbourne Stephen DSO DFC 74 Sqn
Air Vice Marshal Harold Bird-Wilson CBE DSO DFC AFC 17 Sqn
Wing Commander George Unwin DSO DFM 19 Sqn
Air Commodore Peter Brothers DSO CBE DFC 32 Sqn
Wing Commander John Kilmartin OBE DFC 43 Sqn
Squadron Leader John Gibson DSO DFC 501 Sqn
Squadron Leader Ben Bennions DFC 41 Sqn
Wing Commander Joe Kyall DSO DFCO/C 615 Sqn
Squadron Leader Lionel Casson DFC AFC 616 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant James Renvoize 247 Sqn
Alex Henshaw MBE Spitfire test pilot)
Group Captain Peter Townsend DSO DFC O/C 85 Sqn
Squadron Leader Frank Usmar 41 Sqn
Wing Commander Wilfred Sizer DFC 213 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant Raymond Homes 504 Sqn
Squadron Leader Charlton Haw DFC DFM504 Sqn
Wing Commander Robert Doe DSO DFC 234, 238 Sqn
Squadron Leader Dennis Armitage DFC 266 Sqn
Wing Commander Douglas Grice DFC MBE 32 Sqn
Air Commodore Donald Macdonell CB DFC O/C 64 Sqn
Squadron Leader Hugh Heron AFC 266, 66 Sqn
Wing Commander Roland Beamont  DSO CBE DFC 87 Sqn
Wing Commander Bernard Jennings DFM 19 Sqn
Group Captain Dennis David CBE DFC AFC 87 Sqn
Wing Commander James Sanders DFC 615, O/C 422 Flt.
Wing Commander Ronald Kellett DFC 249 O/C 303 Sqn
Air Vice Marshal George Chamberlain CB OBE FIU
Air Vice Marshal Alexander Johnstone CB DFC O/C 602 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant Denis Robinson 152 Sqn
Air Chief Marshal Christopher Foxley-Norris GCB KCB DSO CB OBE 3 Sqn
Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC AFC AFM 249 Sqn
Wing Commander Ivor Cosby DFC 610, 72, 222 Sqn
Wing Commander Frederick Higginson OBE DFC DFM 56 Sqn
Wing Commander Robert Stanford-Tuck DSO DFC 92, O/C 257 Sqn
Squadron Leader John Urwin-Mann DFC 238 Sqn
Air Marshal Denis Crowley-MillingKCB CBE DSO DFC 242 Sqn
Air Commodore Paul Webb CBE DFC 602 Sqn
Air Vice Marshal Edward Crew CB DSO DFC 604 Sqn
Group Captain John Hill CBE O/C 222 Sqn
Wing Commander Hugh Kennard DFC 66 Sqn
Squadron Leader Arthur Pond AFC 601 Sqn
Wing Commander Timothy Vigors DFC 222 Sqn
Squadron Leader Percy Morfill DFM 501 Sqn
Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM 501 Sqn
Wing Commander James Storrar DFC 145, 73, 421 FLT
Group Captain Alec Ingle DFC AFC 605 Sqn
Wing Commander Christopher Currant DSO DFC 605 Sqn
Air Commodore Ronald Berry CBE DSO OBE DFC 603 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant Robert Carr-Lewty AFC 41 Sqn
Air Commodore James Leathart DSO O/C 54 Sqn
Group Captain Allan Wright DFC 92 Sqn
Squadron Leader John Bentley-Beard DFM AFC 249 Sqn
Group Captain John Cunningham DSO DFC 604 Sqn
Flying Officer Croskell 213 Sqn
Wing Commander Thomas Hayes 600 Sqn
Group Captain John Bisdee OBE DFC 609 Sqn
Wing Commander Patrick Barthropp DFC AFC 602 Sqn
Group Captain Peter Simpson DFC 64, 111 Sqn
Group Captain Hugh Dundas CBE DSO DFC 616 Sqn
Air Commodore Roderick Chisholm DSO DFC 604 Sqn
Air Commodore Archie Winskill KCVO CBE DFC 72, 603 Sqn
Commander Richard Gardner DSC OBE 242 Sqn
Group Captain Irving Smith CBE OBE DFC 151 Sqn
Air Vice Marshal Johnnie Johnson CB CBE DSO DFC

Signed by the following Bomber Command Aircrew
The original Dambusters signatures:

Sergeant Jim Clay Bomb Aimer AJ-W
Flying Officer Harold Hobday Navigator AJ-N
Sergeant Dudley Heal Navigator AJ-F
Flight Sergeant George Chalmers wireless operator AJ-O
Sergeant Frank Appleby Flight Engineer AJ-W
Sergeant Johnny Johnson Bomb Aimer AJ-T
Sergeant Ray Grayston Flight Engineer AJ-N
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Group Captain James Tait DSO DFC  O/C 617 Sqn - Tirpitz
R W Hewitt 617 Sqn
Squadron Leader Benny Goodman 617 Sqn - Tirpitz
Squadron Leader Bob Knights DSO DFC 617 Sqn - Tirpitz
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Wing Commander Roderick Learoyd VC
Warrant Officer Norman Jackson VC
Group Captain Hamish Mahaddie DSO DFC  7 Sqn – Pathfinder

Colin has framed this to his usual high standards with an original wartime set of pilot wings, bombardier wings, navigator wings, air-gunner wings and radio operator wings.

All these are guaranteed original wartime.


Footnote: Check out the updated books page too!


Site Photo Nov 14

The building is now taking shape

Artist impression

The Battle of Britain Memorial TrustThe Wing Appeal

We have been proud supporters and fundraisers for the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust since 1992. We have raised large sums of money through signing events and auctions over the years. On the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with your help we raised a staggering amount of over £30,000.

In this year Colin was honoured to be nominated to become a Trustee of the trust, the fundraising this year with the trust and the Battle of Britain Fighter Association is going well.

On the 27th October 2011 we were privileged to be helping at the Charity Gala Dinner and Auction held at the RAF Club in aid of ‘The Wing’ appeal on behalf of The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust. The event was held in the presence of HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
We would like to thank everybody for their support, as it raised as staggering £27,000.

On the 18th October 2012 we held another Charity Gala Dinner and Auction, this time raising the amazing amount of £40,000.

At the gala dinner in October 2014, we raised over £29,000.

This is raising funds for the eagerly anticipated ‘The Wing’ education centre at Capel Le Ferne, if you are interested in this project please go to this website for further details
www.battleofbritainmemorial.org/the-memorial
Thank you for your continued support.

STOP PRESS

The Wing appeal has raised £3.4 million so far.