Acclaimed as one of the most exciting military collectibles of all time, these remarkable and historic profile albums are totally unique in the world of collecting.
Published over 30 years ago, this historic limited edition album contains a remarkable collection of profiles of iconic RAF Aircrew of WWII, some of the greatest names in the history of combat aviation. Each one of the fighter aces included personally wrote their own profile and has then INDIVIDUALLY HAND SIGNED each copy. The set of profiles is presented in a bound, gold leaf blocked collectors album.
This historic album contains a unique collection of individually hand-signed Profile documents featuring TWENTY-SIX of RAF Bomber Command’s most distinguished aircrew who served during the great bomber offensives of World War II
Flight Lieutenant VICTOR AZZARO
Marshal of the Royal Air Force SIR MICHAEL BEETHAM
Air Vice Marshal DON BENNETT
Flight Lieutenant DOUGLAS CAMERON
Squadron Leader JOHN COSTELLO
Flying Officer ROLAND HAMMERSLEY
Warrant Officer NORMAN JACKSON VC
Wing Commander ROD LEAROYD VC
Air Marshal SIR MICK MARTIN
Wing Commander ROY RALSTON
Air Commodore JOHN SEARBY
Group Captain J B TAIT
Warrant Officer DEREK TULLOCH
Group Captain KEN BATCHELOR
Flight Lieutenant JOHN BENISON
Air Marshal SIR IVOR BROOM
Group Captain LEONARD CHESHIRE VC
Flying Officer DANNY DANIEL
Air Chief Marshal SIR LEWIS HODGES
Air Chief Marshal “DIGGER” KYLE
Group Captain HAMISH MAHADDIE
Flying Officer BILL PARKER
Flight Lieutenant BILL REID VC
Squadron Leader DAVE SHANNON
Group Captain LEONARD TRENT VC
Air Chief Marshal SIR GUS WALKER
“Imagine a set of illustrated profiles, individually written and personally signed by the great Fighter Aces of WWI – immortal personalities like von Richthofen , Albert Ball, Eddie Rickenbacker and other legends that have passed into history. We can only imagine what such a collection would be worth today – what then will the value of this historic RAF Fighter portfolio achieve in years to come?”
617 SQUARDON SIGNED BOOKPLATE
Included in this exclusive copy is a bookplate which has been autographed by:
Squadron Leader BENNY GOODMAN – flying Stirlings and Lancasters with 617 Sqn he completed a full tour of 30 ‘ops including missions over Germany, Holland and France as well as taking part in all of the raids against the German battleship, the Tirpitz.
Squadron Leader TONY IVESON DFC AE – originally a Fighter Pilot he was posted to 616 Sqn in September 1940 flying Spitfires during the Battle of Britain, before volunteering for Bomber Command for his second operational tour. Joining 617 Sqn as a Pilot he flew many operations in Lancasters including the raids against the Tirpitz.
Warrant Officer COLIN COLE – joining the RAF in 1942 he flew as a Wirless Operator on Wellingtons, Stirling’s and Anson’s before joining 617 Sqn. Flying 18 missions, all on Lancasters, he took part in a number of special operations including the raid that finally sank the Tirpitz in November 1944.
Flight Sergeant KEN JENKINSON – initially on Lancasters with 57 Sqn as Radio Operator to pilot Ian Ross, he remained with the crew when they volunteered for 617 Sqn. Completing many specialist operations he flew on the first raid against the Tirpitz and his Lancaster crash landed in Russia returning from the raid.
Wing Commander JOHN BELL MBE DFC – after training as an Observer, his first tour was as a Bomb Aimer with 619 Sqn. He volunteered for a second tour with 617 Sqn, completing 50 ‘ops’
Warrant Officer FRANK TILLEY – after training as a Flight Engineer he volunteered for 617 Sqn taking part in all the raids against the Tirpitz, but at the end of 1944 was forced to crash land in East Germany after being badly shot up and injured on a mission.
Air Commodore JOHN LANGSTON CBE – originally serving as a Navigator with 630 and 189 Sqns, he then volunteered for 617 Sqn, taking part in operations including the viaduct bombing raids on Armsberg and Bielefeld.
Sergeant RAY GRAYSTON – Flight Engineer of Les Knight’s Lancaster AJ-N which attacked and successfully breached the Eder Dam.
Flying Officer BASIL FISH – volunteered for the Manchester University Air Squadron in 1941 and later joined the RAF. He served as a navigator with 617 Squadrons and participated in the missions which sank the Tirpitz.
Sergeant FRED “DOC” SUTHERLAND – Front gunner on Les Knight’s Lancaster AJ-N which successfully breached the Eder Dam.
Flight Sergeant GRANT McDONALD – Rear gunner on Lancaster AJ-F flown by Ken Brown, that attacked the Sorpe Dam.
Flight Lieutenant MURRAY VALENTINE – Flying his first operational tour as a Wireless Operator with 61 Sqn, he was selected to join 617 Sqn where he flew in the operations that dropped the “Tallboy” and “Grand Slam” bombs.