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    RAF ‘Caterpillar Club’ Cased & Mounted For Wear 4 Medal Group To Flt/ Sgt H.W.Mo Caterpillar Club’ Cased & Mounted For Wear 4 Medal Group To Flt/ Sgt H.W.Moss 20

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    UNIQUE, WWII British RAF ‘Caterpillar Club’ Cased & Mounted For Wear 4 Medal Group To Flt/ Sgt H.W.Moss 207 Lancaster Squadron Shot Down Over Paris 1944 MIA Evaded Capture With Assistance Of French Resistance With Provenance & Copies Original Escape Docs - M 109

    Harry William Moss was born on 10th February 1916 and enlisted in to the RAF in June 1941. After training he was posted to 207 Lancaster Bomber Squadron as a Bomb Aimer. On the night of 20-21st April 1944 whist on a night bombing mission, his aircraft (Lanc ‘H’) was attacked and shot down by a German night fighter over Paris. Engines on fire Harry opened the escape hatch as the aircraft went into a steep dive and started to spin. He was unable to overcome centrifugal force and exit the aircraft so pulled the parachute inside the fuselage and luckily he was violently dragged clear as the aircraft neared impact with the ground. He was so close to impact that he hit the ground after just 2 turns of his open chute. Harry found himself in the St Mande district of Paris close to a German AA battery. Harry could hear German Soldiers nearby and saw them firing flares. He was wearing a civilian tunic under his uniform tunic so removed the tunic and pulled out his trousers to hide his flying boots. On foot he reached Champlan on the morning of the 21st . At Champlan he declared himself to 2 Frenchmen who instructed him to hide in a haystack promising to return. After a short time fearing betrayal Harry left the hay stack and walked towards Lonjumeau where he met another Frenchman and in broken French declared himself to him. The man took Harry to his home nearby. The man later introduced him to members of the French Resistance who facilitated his escape and provided him with forged identification documents. Together with a downed American airman the resistance facilitated their passage over mountains into Spain and then to Gibraltar where he was flown back to England on 5th June 1944. When his aircraft was shot down, Harry was recorded as Missing In Action and an MIA telegram sent to his family. This is Harry’s WW II medal group consisting of his 1939-45 star, Defence Medal, 1939-45 War Medal and Air Crew Europe Star with rare original ‘caterpillar club’ silk worm form pin badge (founded by Leslie Irvin of the Irvin Airchute Company of Canada in 1922, the Caterpillar Club is an informal association of people who have successfully used a parachute to bail out of a disabled aircraft. After authentication by the parachute maker, applicants receive a membership certificate and a distinctive lapel pin. The requirements for membership are rigid – members must have saved their lives by jumping with a parachute). The back of the original Caterpillar badge with hinged pin is engraved ‘Flt /Sgt HW Moss’ and is accompanied by the original plastic card certificate of membership numbered 17498 which bears Harry’s name. The medals are mounted for wear and contained in a later leatherette covered wood case with hinged lid. This superb RAF collection is accompanied by a Dossier which contains high quality copies of Harry’s escape documents provided by the resistance which bear images of Harry, family correspondence, contemporary photos, the MIA War Dept telegram sent to his family on 21st April 1944 together with a riveting account of the action resulting in Harry being shot down and evading capture. All of the original documents are still in existence and in the hands of a UK collector. We will be able to put the holder of the original documents in contact with the purchaser of this superb unique collection. Price includes UK delivery. M 109
    £ 1,495
    Subcategory:Other Accessories
    Condition:Used - Good condition for age
    Price:£ 1,495
    Sale type:Trade
    Manufactured Year:WW 2
    Your reference:M 109
    Recommended Usage:Collection item
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