Lot 726: WWI A good RFC group to Wing Commander J, Lawson, who was shot down twice during "Bloody April" and wounded during bombing raids over Lille



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Lot 726: WWI. A good RFC group to Wing Commander J. Lawson, who was shot down twice during "Bloody April" and wounded during bombing raids over Lille, The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, 2nd Type, Civil Division, Commander's (C.B.E.) neck badge, silver gilt and enamel with neck riband in Garrard & Co case of issue, The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, 2nd Type, Military Division, Officer's (O.B.E.), silver gilt in Garrard & Co case of issue 1914-15 Star (PS-2942 Pte J. Lawson. R. Fus:), British War and Victory Medals (2. Lieut. J. Lawson . R.F.C.), General Service 1918-62, G.V.R., one clasp, Iraq (F/O. J. Lawson. R.A.F.), Defence and War Medals, 1953 Coronation, first four and last lacquered, good very fine and better, mounted for wearing, with many original documents and photographs including three b/w portrait photographs of the recipient in uniform (notably in RFC uniform), postcards of the recipient mostly group images whilst serving with the Royal Fusiliers, many inscribed verso by the recipient plus copied paperwork including typed accounts of "Bloody April". CBE London Gazette 10.6.1954. OBE London Gazette 1.1.1945. Wing Commander James Lawson born in Hallwell, Lancashire, 1895, served with the Royal Fusiliers during the Great War on the Western Front from 14.11.1915, discharged 5.8.1916 and appointed 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps, on the 5th April 1917, Lawson was engaged in a fight over Belgium just before midday being attacked by two German aircraft over St Eloi at 10,000 feet, the FE flown by Lawson and Sergeant Clayton was badly shot up by a single seater Albatross Scout and landed at Abeele airfield. Later on 7 April 1917 Lawson was again shot down this time by German Ace Lieutenant Walter von Bulow-Bothkamp (accredited for 28 aerial victories), Lawson whilst serving with 20 Squadron was flying over Ploegsteert when his aircraft was intercepted and forced to land south of Ploegsteert Wood, Lawson was unhurt but his observer 2nd Lieutenant H.N. Hampson was badly wounded and died later. Later in a bombing raid off Lille, Lawson was wounded when hit in the shoulder and right arm, post war service saw Lawson commissioned to Squadron Leader 21.4.1922 in No.14 Squadron (Palestine Wing, Ramleh), retired from service 13.5.1946 retaining the rank of Wing Commander. (a carton) Dominic Winter's Automobilia & Motoring Literature Vintage Bicycles Maritime & Railways, Toys & Models Thursday, 12th November 2015 Estimate: £800-1200
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