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    WWII R.A.F. Officers' Service Jacket Identified to Flight Lieutenant William Henry Marshall Who Was Shot Down and Escaped and Evaded Capture in France, 1943. A regulation R.A.F. blue wool jacket with a R. W. Anderson & Sons, York tailor's tag in the inside right pocket which is inscribed in ink "Dec. 1943. / P/O. W. H. Marshall". The jacket has Flight Lieutenant rings on the cuff and a padded Flight Engineers wing on the left breast. Marshall's ribbon bars, sewn above the left breast pocket include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Distinguished Flying Medal, War Medal, among others. Also included is a copy of William Scott's The Vital Spot, a fictional account of Marshall's adventures after being shot down.

    William Henry Marshall was an experienced Flight Engineer who completed numerous sorties in No. 138 "Special Duties" Squadron, a group responsible for flying clandestine missions over Belgium, France and Holland. On the night of May 12, 1943 Marshall's Halifax was shot down over France and he and a fellow crew member - after many adventures - escaped to Gibraltar and ultimately returned to operational flying. One of Marshall's many adventures was secretly putting an English penny coin in the pocket of a German soldier he was seated next to on the Paris Metro - "I knew it was a foolish thing to do but I imagined his surprise when he did eventually find it!".

    Condition: A few small moth nips, otherwise in excellent condition.


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    June, 2017
    11th Sunday
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