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    "The hardest worked destroyer in the Fleet"

    Normandy Bombardment Ship - Juno Beach - HMS Faulknor (H62).
    HMS Faulknor (H62) was the lead ship in the "F" class of destroyers. Commissioned in 1935, she was named for Captain Robert Faulknor, an 18th-century officer who died in an action off Guadeloupe in 1795. During WWII, she would earn eleven Battle Honors and was dubbed "The hardest worked destroyer in the Fleet."

    The White Ensign of the Faulknor is a 54" x 108" wool bunting, completely sewn flag, finished with a roped canvas header with a stiffener and two Inglefield clips. The ensign is marked "HMS FAULKNOR".

    When the war began in September 1939, Faulknor was assigned to patrol and escort duties in the English Channel. She sank the first U-boat of the war, the U-39, and would go on to sink two more in quick succession. She participated in the operations in Narvik before joining in the attack on the Vichy French forces at Mers-el-Kebir. Beginning in August 1941, it carried out numerous escorts of convoys in the Arctic and across the Atlantic, protecting that of Prime Minister Winston Churchill during his trip to the Atlantic Conference in December 1941. In June 1943, it was deployed in the Mediterranean Sea as part of Operation Husky off Sicily and also participated in Operation Avalanche in front of Salerno. In January 1944, it supported Operation Shingle, the landing at Anzio. Returning to England in April 1944, the Faulknor was assigned to Operation Neptune and integrated into the Eastern Task Force, Force "J" as a bombardment ship. On D-Day, it opened fire on the German positions west of La Rivière. After the landings, she provided directed fire against German gun emplacements, firing so many shells that she had to return to Portsmouth to rearm. On 7 June, she ferried Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery across the Channel. From July to September 1944, HMS Faulknor resumed its escort missions in the English Channel. On May 8, 1945, it received on board the surrender of the German garrison of the island of Guernsey. This is an opportunity for a D-Day, Normandy, Atlantic War, naval war in Europe collector.

    The Battle honors of the HMS Faulknor are: Atlantic 1939-43; Norway 1940; Spartivento 1940; Malta Convoys 1941; Arctic 1942-43; Sicily 1943; Salerno 1943; Aegean 1943; Mediterranean 1943-44; Anzio 1944 and Normandy 1944.

    The ensign of the Faulknor is in Good Condition - used, worn and soiled, but otherwise complete.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee.

    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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