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    Normandy, WTF Lead Ship for Assault Force U, HMS Enterprise (D52).
    HMS Enterprise (D52) was an Emerald-class light cruiser commissioned in 1926. She served in the inter-war period and had been decommissioned and placed in the Royal Navy Reserve Fleet. She was the thirteenth vessel in the Royal Navy to bear the name Enterprise.

    This is a 52" X 70" silk White Ensign, with a sewn canton and field. The flag is finished with a blue pole sleeve for mounting to a staff. The flag is marked in black on the lower reverse hoist: "HMS Enterprise (d52)". This is not an ensign for outdoor use, but rather was likely a ceremonial flag for the ship's company for quarterdeck display or parades.

    At the commencement of WWII, Enterprise was recommissioned, attached to the North America and West Indies Squadron for convoy duty before being assigned to the Home Fleet. She carried a £10 million (over £600 million today) shipment of bullion to Canada and then assisted in saving the Norwegian national treasury before being sent to the Mediterranean Sea, Cape Town and duty off South America hunting German surface raiders. She was then assigned to the fleet in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf for convoy and escort duty before returning to the UK. After an extensive refit and modernization, she participated in the December 1943 Battle of the Bay of Biscay, engaging a fleet of German destroyers and torpedo boats during which she sank the T-26, assisted in sinking the T-25 and T-27 and damaging four destroyers. In May of 1944, she was assigned to Assault Force A of Operation Neptune, the maritime component of Operation Overlord, the allied invasion of Europe. Enterprise was the lead ship of sub-Force U, the bombardment ships for Utah Beach composed of British ships Hawkins, Black Prince, Erebus, and Soemba, and US ships Nevada, Tuscaloosa and Quincy. She fired over 9,000 rounds at Normandy targets. Returning German fire wounded both her captain and executive officer. After D-Day, she continued to patrol and bombard the French coast until VE Day. This is a flag for a Normandy, D-Day, European Theater, Royal Navy or WWII naval collector.

    Battle Honors in the Royal Navy are cumulative to the ships name. For her service in the Second World War, HMS Enterprise added four Battle Honors to the one she inherited: Havana (1762); Atlantic (1939-40); Norway (1940); Biscay (1943) and Normandy (1944).

    The flag is in Excellent condition - it is modestly used and the diagonal white portions of the canton are discolored from age, but otherwise complete.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.

    For those who did not receive a hard copy of the auction catalog, we present here the introductory comments and history of Dr. Rungee and his remarkable collection. If you scroll further, you will also find various contemporary newspaper articles, as well as a selection of the many letters of donation and transmittal which accompanied the collection and a categorization of the collection.


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    December, 2019
    14th Saturday
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