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Second World War pair with a superb photo / scrap book, attributed to Flight Sergeant P. Smith, Royal Air Force, who may well have been commissioned in the late 1940’s, but initially underwent his training in 1944 and saw home service towards the ...

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Second World War pair with a superb photo / scrap book, attributed to Flight Sergeant P. Smith, Royal Air Force, who may well have been commissioned in the late 1940’s, but initially underwent his training in 1944 and saw home service towards the end of the Second World War. Having joined 115 Squadron as aircrew, he flew as an Air Gunner in Lancaster bombers, and is believed to have been part of the crew of a Lancaster that made a belly landing at R.A.F. Mildenhall on 3rd February 1948, for which the pilot, Squadron Leader W.R.M. Nixon, D.F.C., was reprimanded. An aluminium shaving from the aircraft as it slid along the runway is kept within the scrapbook. He went on to see service in the Middle East in Egypt and left circa 1951. His superb scrap book / photograph album, usefully annotated, and covering his service circa 1944 to 1951 with some later personal images post service, runs to approximately 120 photographs, and some other items of ephemera and cuttings are also pasted inside.

Defence Medal; War Medal 1939-1945; mounted court style as worn.

Condition: Good Very Fine.

Together with the following:

A superb scrap book / photograph album, usefully annotated, and covering his service circa 1944 to 1951 with some later personal images post service. Containing approximately 120 photographs, covering his entire military service, the annotations giving an idea of unit served with, aircraft flown in. and time frame. The album is also usefully filled with postcards, dinners members, and membership cards. Also there is a shaving of aluminium that comes from his time with 115 Squadron. On 3rd February 1948 when flying as an Air Gunner in the Lancaster aircraft flown by Squadron Leader W.R.M. Nixon, D.F.C., the aircraft landed with its wheels up at RAF Mildenhall, resulting in a severe reprimand to the pilot. Despite a perfect belly landing some £2,500 of damage were caused to the aircraft.

A find studio photograph of the recipient in uniform with aircrew whistle and smoking a pipe.

An old painted 115 Squadron wall plaque.

Old enamel version 115 Squadron membership lapel badge, with King’s crown.

Attributed to Flight Sergeant P. Smith, Royal Air Force, who may well have been commissioned in the late 1940’s, but initially underwent his training in 1944 and saw home service towards the end of the Second World War. Having joined 115 Squadron as aircrew, he flew as an Air Gunner in Lancaster bombers, and is believed to have been part of the crew of a Lancaster that made a belly landing at R.A.F. Mildenhall on 3rd February 1948, for which the pilot, Squadron Leader W.R.M. Nixon, D.F.C., was reprimanded. An aluminium shaving from the aircraft as it slid along the runway is kept within the scrapbook. He may also have witnessed a mid-air collision during a fighter affiliation exercise between Lancaster and Hornet aircraft around this time, an incident that resulted in the death of the Hornet pilot, and also in the death of the entire crew of the Lancaster with the exception of the pilot who escaped with the nose of the aircraft broke off during the collision. A period of his time was spent with the squadron in the Middle East, specifically Egypt, where he spent time visiting the Pyramids and the local museums in Cairo, and he left the service circa 1951.