Lot 1208

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(1892-1975) New Zealand-born RAF Air Marshal during World War II, organized fighter patrols over France during the Dunkirk evacuation and was charged with the defense of London during the Battle of Britain. While Sir Hugh Dowding controlled the Battle from day to day, it was Keith Park who controlled it hour by hour. After the war, Chief of the Air Staff Arthur Tedder said of Park: 'If any one man won the Battle of Britain, he did.' Very rare World War I-date D.S. as Commander of the 48 Squadron, a 'Combats in the Air' report documenting an engagement of Capt. L.A. Payne with eight Fokkers resulting in a 'Decisive' kill. Leonard A. Payne (1894-1919) A British First World War flying ace born in Swaziland. He was credited with 11 confirmed aerial victories with the RFC while piloting a Bristol F.2 fighter. Killed in a flying accident. War-date D.S. (signed), 1p. legal folio, [France], Apr. 11, 1918, an aerial combat report. In part: '...Two E.A. dived at my machine from the left and right rear, and were engaged by my rear gun. My rear gun suddenly ceased firing and I immediately zoomed to the left...I saw the left E.A. going down out of control and smoking badly...This E.A. was seen lying crashed on the ground, still smoking badly...' File holes and some marginal tears, evenly toned, else very good.

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April 6, 2022 10:00 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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