WW2 RAF BOMBER COMMAND DFC & LOG BOOK GROUPING
A superb Bomber Command DFC (medals), Flight Log Book and ephemera grouping to signaller Flt. Lt. James L. Sidley (DFC awarded December 1944).
Grouping to consist of :- DFC in its presentation case of issue, with DFC reverse lower arm engraved 1944. The Buckingham Palace forwarding slip named to ’Flight Lieutenant James L. Sidley, D.F.C.
1939 - 1945 Star, Air Crew Europe Star with France and Germany bar attached and the 1939 - 1945 War Medal mounted on a suspension bar as worn. (The medals are very clean, and untouched with matching clean ribbons showing no / very little signs of wear.) Medal forwarding slip, named to Sidley. Medal ribbon bar showing the whole medal entitlement. Sidley’s ‘S’ signaller half brevet.
A head and shoulder postcard size photo portrait of Flt. Lt. Sidley in uniform with 1939-1945 medal ribbon only visible on his uniform. A news paper photograph of Sidley and that of Flt Sgt William Christie (crew friend) on the award of their DFC and DFM respectively. These are attached to a postcard size photograph of them posing for the camera together.
Also with the grouping is Sidley’s Medical Board certificate named to AC / 2 Sidley passing him fit for air crew duties / training. And a certificate confirming Sidley’s enrolment in the RAF supplementary list of officers, with the rank of Flight Lieutenant, dated 25th April, 1947.
The medal and ephemera grouping is sold with Flt Lt. Sidley’s flight record log book.
The log is complete and untouched and is a superb record of Sidley’s air training, posting to OTU‘s, and a full account of his operation flight details with 51 Squadron.
The Log begins (page one) with Sidley’s name, rank and trade ’Wireless Operator’ dated 11 / 10 / 42. Unit 3 A. G. S. (Air Gunner School)
Page two is with his Air Gunner Results certificate, listing ‘Pass’ Average - Sound Worker.
Flight training started at RAF Madley on 5 / 8 / 42 with training in radio and signals operations. This is signed off after 20.15 hours flying time by the O.C. Air Operating Section No. 4 Signals School .
21 / 9 / 42 No. 3 Gunnery School Castle Kennedy flying in Botha’s with Polish pilots, showing just over 7 hours air gunnery training.
7 / 11 / 42 posted to Lossiemouth with No. 20 OTU for further air gunnery training in Wellington’s (just over 8 hours).
19 / 11 / 42 No. 20 OTU Elgin with a further 39 and a half hours air firing again in Wellington’s
Back to Lossiemouth with 20 OTU on 12 / 6 / 43 flying Wellington’s for further air familiarisation and air firing.
1 / 8 / 43 posted RAF Riccal on further air training flying Halifax four engined bombers.
Posted RAF Snaith with No. 51 Squadron on operational flying. Opps, start with night operations on 30 / 8 / 43 in Halifax bombers target ’Rheydt’.
31 / 8 / 43 (the next night and second opp.) target ‘BERLIN’.
Operational flights continue (un-numbered from this point ) clearly giving targets, duty as a WOP (Wireless Operator), aircraft flow (all Halifax). Interspersed with the operational flights are various ferry flights and air testing etc.
On 24 / 2 / 44 Sidley starts to number his opps. On this date this is his ’13’ target Schweinfurt.
3 / 3 / 44 14 Opp. aborted as aircraft lost prop.
15 / 3 / 44 Sidley’s actual 14 opp. Target Stuttgart, their aircraft was attacked on its bombing run, the port wing was partly shot away and the under carriage collapsed on landing. By this time Sidley war stationed at RAF Burn.
Opps. continue steadily from RAF Burn. 25th Opp. 6 / 6 / 44 ’D’ Day Target ‘Mont Eleury’. 26th Opp. Buzz Bomb Deport on 23 / 6 / 44.
Operations continue again steadily and with various incidents on to Sidley’s 36th and last opp. on 27 / 8 / 44.
Within the 36 opps. flown there are many significant and difficult targets, both industrial and enemy city sorties. I have only detailed a small number of them!
The log continues with Sidley in Wellingtons again, from September 1944 until the logs end in March 1946 with various non operational flights in Halifax and Lancaster Aircraft as well as Wellington‘s.
This is a stunning log containing Flt. Lt. Sidley’s full DFC tour of operations, which has been meticulously kept in a clean, clear and concise manner.
The group is sold with National Archive Gazette details for the award of Sidley’s DFC. And a brief resume of Sidley’s RAF operational career.
A stunning untouched grouping.
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