Lot 1269

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(1899 – 1967) Canadian World War I flying ace credited with 37 victories. He became the leading ace of RAF 41 Squadron until his capture following a vicious dogfight against 20:1 opposition. Scarce war-date "Combats in the Air" battle report, 1p. 4to., "Albert", Aug. 1, 1918, recording his 30th "kill" flying an S.E. 5a and encountering nine Fokker biplanes and a D.F.W. In part: "...I saw 9 Fokker Biplanes over LAMOTTE at 13,000 ft....E.A. dived on me...They then disappeared...Later at 8-40 pm I saw 1 E.A. 2-seater D.F.W....I dived and E.A. dived also, at 50 yds. range I opened fire...E.A. went into a flat spin and disappeared still going down...out of control..." Also bears a signed holograph addition by Squadron Leader GEOFFREY HILTON "BEERY" BOWMAN , DSO, MC & Bar, DFC (1891–1970), English ace credited with 32 victories. After attaining the rank of major in the Royal Flying Corps, he later became a group captain in the Royal Air Force. He notes that the aircraft was "completely out of control...& should have been seen by ground observers...". Typed text and Claxton's signature are light but legible, else very good.

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May 1, 2019 10:00 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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