The rare Second World War Siege of Malta Officer of the Order of the British Empire, Great War Western Front Royal Flying Corps Technical Branch Sergeant Major’s Royal Air Force Meritorious Service Medal and long service group awarded to Warrant O...

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    The rare Second World War Siege of Malta Officer of the Order of the British Empire, Great War Western Front Royal Flying Corps Technical Branch Sergeant Major’s Royal Air Force Meritorious Service Medal and long service group awarded to Warrant Officer 1st Class later Wing Commander H. Hipwood, Royal Air Force, formerly Royal Flying Corps, who enlisted into the Royal Flying Corps in November 1914, and saw service out on the Western Front, being promoted to Temporary Sergeant Major and Chief Motor Mechanic in November 1917. On the formation of the Royal Air Force he was on home service and was appointed a Warrant Officer 1st Class, and then awarded the Royal Air Force Meritorious Service Medal in the London Gazette for 3rd June 1919. Hipwood remained in service during the inter-war period in Iraq and India, and was awarded the Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1932 before being commissioned. With the outbreak of the Second World War he was sent to the Mediterranean and saw service as the Chief Technical Officer at RAF Kalafrana, the seaplane operations centre on the southernmost tip of Malta, and as such found himself serving through the siege of Malta. It was for his work in this role between April and August 1941 that he was appointed an Officer of the Military Division of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the New Years Honours List as published in the London Gazette for 1st January 1942. He was responsible for the overhaul and repair of all aircraft in the island during a period when the number of aircraft increased from three Gladiators to its size and complication as of August 1941. Frequent shortages of spares and equipment made a great deal of improvisation necessary but he tackled this with great efficiency and initiative. It was chiefly due to Squadron Leader Hipwood’s example of hard work and quiet efficiency, that such a high standard of work was turned out in spite of difficulties.

    Group of 10: The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Officer, Officer, O.B.E., 2nd type, Military Division; 1914-1915 Star; (2195 1.A.M. H. HIPPWOOD. R.F.C.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (2195 SGT. H. HIPWOOD. R.F.C.); 1939-1945 Star; Africa Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVR Coinage bust; (2195. S.M.1. H. HIPWOOD. R.A.F.); Royal Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, GVR Coinage bust; (2195 C.M.M. H. HIPWOOD. R.A.F.)

    Condition: Good Very Fine.

    Together with the following:

    Warrant Officer’s Warrant appointing Henry Hipwood to be a Warrant Officer 1st Class in the Royal Air Force on 1st April 1918, facsimile signature of ‘Winston S. Churchill’.

    Invitation Card to attend the second annual re-union dinner of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service to be held at the Babylon Hotel in Baghdad on 9th June 1926. Addressed to: ’S.M.1. Hipwood’.

    Ministry of Food Ration Book for 1953 to 1954, issued in the name of Henry Hipwood, of Knowle, Bristol. Together with another for his wife, and also a National Registration Identity Card, issued to him, stamped for June 1943 when at Kempsey, and overstamped for May 1950 when at Bristol, with one to his wife, May Hipwood.

    Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood letter of condolence on the death of Wing Commander H. Hipwood, Royal Air Force, dated 22nd June 1961.

    Air Ministry Letter to his widow, offering their condolences on the death of Wing Commander H. Hipwood, Royal Air Force, dated 22nd June 1961, and addressed to her at 4 Hengrove Road, Knowle, Bristol.

    A fine photograph of the recipient and his wife attending a function, the recipient is shown wearing his miniature medals.
    A photograph of his wife in India in a “Dandy” being carried down the Murray Hills.

    Henry Hipwood came from Birmingham and enlisted into the British Army on 16th November 1914 as an Air Mechanic and saw service as a 1st Class Air Mechanic out on the Western Front with the Technical Branch, being promoted to Temporary Sergeant Major and Chief Motor Mechanic on 1st November 1917, before transferring into the Royal Air Force as a Warrant Officer 1st Class on 1st April 1918. It was for his meritorious service out on the Western Front during the Great War that Hipwood was awarded the scarce Royal Air Force Meritorious Service Medal in the London Gazette for 3rd June 1919.

    Remaining in the service post-war, Hipwood was out in Iraq as a Sergeant Mechanic 1st Class when he attended the second annual re-union dinner of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service held at the Babylon Hotel in Baghdad on 9th June 1926. Hipwood was serving as a Sergeant Mechanic 1st Class when he was awarded the Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 13th November 1932. He also saw service in India.

    Hipwood was commissioned during the inter-war period, and was promoted to Flying Officer (No.35015) on 20th July 1934. Promoted to Flight Lieutenant on 14th April 1939, with the outbreak of the Second World War he was still in service, and went on to see service in the Mediterranean as the Chief Technical Officer at RAF Kalafrana, the seaplane operations centre on the southernmost tip of Malta, and as such found himself serving through the siege of Malta. Promoted to temporary Squadron Leader on 1st September 1940, and to temporary Wing Commander with the Technical Branch in the London Gazette of 16th December 1941, he was then appointed an Officer of the Military Division of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the New Years Honours List as published in the London Gazette for 1st January 1942, his award having been nominated for his services between 1st April and 31st August 1941.

    Hipwood’s recommandation reads as follows: ‘As chief technical officer at Kalafrana, Squadron Leader Hipwood has been responsible for the overhaul and repair of all aircraft in the island during a period when the number of aircraft has increased from three Gladiators to its present size and complication. Frequent shortages of spares and equipment have made a great deal of improvisation necessary but this has been tackled with great efficiency and initiative. It is chiefly due to Squadron Leader Hipwood’s example of hard work and quiet efficiency, that such a high standard of work has been turned out in spite of difficulties.’

    With the end of the Second World War Hipwood relinquished the temporary rank of Wing Commander and reverted to substantive Flight Lieutenant and war substantive Squadron Leader on 1st November 1947. On his retirement he was given the rank of Wing Commander. Hipwood latterly lived in Knowle, Bristol, and died in 1961.