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    Killed in Action During the Battle of Britain

    Uniform Group Belonging to Pilot Officer Walter Beaumont, D.F.C., Royal Air Force Ace, Killed in Action During the Battle of Britain.
    Comprising: 1.) R.A.F. four-pocket, blue wool service dress tunic with gray/blue cotton lining. This is an early-issue tunic with large bottom pockets and interior first aid pocket. The tailor's tag in the inside right breast pocket reads: "Alkit, Ltd. / Cambridge Circus. W.C. 2 / Service Outfitters" beneath which is written (presumably in Beaumont's hand "Hon. W. Beaumont / 42 0/96288 11/39". It is unknown why Beaumont used the "Hon." title as it was reserved for the son of a viscount, baron or earl, which research fails to confirm he was. The tunic is complete with all buttons (Buttons, Ltd., Birmingham backmarks) and features the Pilot Officer rank stripes near the cuff of each sleeve. Matching flat brass "VR" (Volunteer Reserve) collar insignia with blade-style mounting brackets are affixed to each collar. Finally, an R.A.F. pilots' brevet (wing) is hand-sewn upon the upper left pocket. A matching belt is present though Beaumont opted for an additional inner hook and eye system, likely so it could be worn without the belt while flying, thereby reducing the risk the belt might become entangled in the parachute harness straps. For display purposes a pair of original trousers (these dated October 28, 1942 and issued to a Pilot Officer Hulhouse or Mulhouse). 2.) Beaumont's R.A.F. officers' service cap, size 6 7/8, The gilt maker's label on the inside crown of the hat is obscured a bit making exact identification difficult, but a fabric label affixed to the leather sweatband is marked, in ink and presumably in Beaumont's hand "Beaumont" with a service number. The hat is complete with black mohair band, leather chin strap, cloth-covered side buttons and gold bullion hat badge. 3.) Beaumont's personal copy of Royal Air Force Flying Training Manual, Part I Flying Instructions, London: Printed and Published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1935. Affixed to the front board is a paper label in ink bearing Beaumont's name. 4.) The uniform is augmented with several articles for display purposes including a clip-on tie, blue shirt and side-zip boots.

    Born in Yorkshire in 1914, Walter Beaumont joined the RAFVR in January 1937, and was soon promoted to Pilot Officer. He was called up for full-time service at the outbreak of war and joined 152 (Hyderabad) Squadron at RAF Acklington, Northumberland, early in 1940. In July, the squadron moved to RAF Warmwell, Dorset, after which P.O. Beaumont took part in the Battle of Britain. On August 8th, he was in action off Swanage, Dorset, and had to make a forced landing to save his plane. His Spitfire was twice damaged in action, but he nursed the plane back to base safely. Then on August 27th he bailed out after action against a Junkers Ju 88, his Spitfire R6831 being lost with Beaumont safely recovered from the sea eight miles off Portland. His last operational sortie was on September 23, 1940 was to be his last, he "failed to return from a patrol," and his Spitfire R7016 is thought to have crashed into the Channel. His body was never recovered. He had claimed two Messerschmitt Bf 109s destroyed on August 16th, two Junkers Ju 87s and a shared Messerschmitt Bf 109 on the 18th, a shared Ju 88 on the 23rd, another Bf 109 on the 25th and a shared Heinkel He 111 on the 27th. On the October 22, 1940, Walter was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). This group was once in the private collection of Malcom Smith, the long-time assistant secretary of the Battle of Britain Association.

    Please note that it has come to our attention that the service number in the tunic does not correspond to Walter Beaumont's number of 76308.

    Condition: 1.) Very good. Wear commensurate with service use including wear in the arm pits and evidence of wear where parachute straps would have rubbed with a few scattered, small snags and moth holes. Trousers in very good condition. 2.) Very good. Exhibits little wear other than that commensurate with honest use. 3.) Very good.

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    June, 2017
    11th Sunday
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