Whitley card, 35 Squadron crest, newspaper cutting and photograph

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Whitley card, 35 Squadron crest, newspaper cutting and photograph

Description

Top right - aircraft card with artwork of a Whitley flying over a river with buildings either side and fire on the near bank. Bursts of anti-aircraft fire round aircraft. Captioned 'Whitley bomber - long-range bomber capable of carrying very large load of bombs, Rolls Royce 1,000 H.P. Merlin engines, 245 M.P.H. range 1,250 miles'.
Top right - newspaper cutting - he gave up rank to bomb again, Cheshire: 3rd DSO. Reports that Wing Commander Geoffrey Leonard Cheshire, awarded third DSO, youngest RAF group captain gave up rank to fly on operations again. Adds some other service history details.
Bottom left - half length image of an RAF officer wearing tunic and peaked cap standing on an airfield with hands on hips. Captioned ' Maurice Moon of 58 Squadron'.
Bottom middle - colour players cigarette card with 35 Squadron crest, winged horse head, moto - 'uno animo agimus'.

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Two coloured artwork cards, one newspaper cutting and one b/w photograph mounted on an album page

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PRosserLV19010021

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[picture]
[crest] "WHITLEY" BOMBER
Long-range Bomber, capable of carrying very large load of bombs
Rolls Royce 1,030 H.P. Merlin Engines. 245 M.P.H. Range 1,250 miles

Maurice Moon of 58 Sqdn.
[photograph]

PLAYERS CIGARETTES
[crest]
No. 35 (BOMBER) SQUADRON R.A.F.

He gave up rank to bomb again
Cheshire: 3rd D.S.O.

WING-COMMANDER GEOFFREY LEONARD CHESHIRE has won his third D.S.O. Last year, at 25, he became the R.A.F.'s youngest Group Captain – and then gave up the rank to fly on operations again.

By last June he had made 64 bombing trips. He was a leader of the 1,000-plane blitz on Cologne, and in January last year told the story of his seventh Berlin raid.

To fly again he surrendered command of his bomber station to lead a squadron. He has led it, says the citation, "with notable success."

In the summer of 1941 he went to Canada to ferry back a bomber and visited New York where he met and married Constance Binney, the actress.

He has written the story of his flights in "Bomber Pilot."

Two other wing commanders head this morning's awards. They get the D.F.C.

They are John Balmer, O.B.E., Australian, who has flown over New Guinea as well as Germany, and Anthony Heward, A.F.C., who flew in France at the beginning of the war.

Citation

“Whitley card, 35 Squadron crest, newspaper cutting and photograph,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 30, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/36561.

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