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Campaign Groups and Pairs 340


Five: Flying Officer C. J. Dibden, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, who was mortally wounded during the Second World War when his Spitfire crashed and burst into flames, 22 January 1944


1939-45 Star; Africa Star; Italy Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, with named Air Council enclosure, in card box of issue addressed to ‘Mrs. P. F. Manson, Stroat Farm, Tidenham, Nr. Chepstow, Mon.’, extremely fine (5) £120-£160


Clifford John Dibden was born in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, on 23 February 1917, the son of Private Charles E. Dibden, Essex Regiment, who was killed in action in Palestine on 3 November 1917. A keen rugby player, he played in the centre for Gloucester Rugby Club, and joined the Gloucestershire Constabulary as a Police Constable on 6 March 1939.


Joining the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve on 8 September 1941, Dibden was commissioned Probationary Flying Officer on 9 July 1943, and was assigned to 92 Squadron, where he flew Spitfires. In January 1944 his Squadron was posted to Marcianise, near Naples in Italy, to provide cover for the 8th Army. On 22 January 1944 twelve Spitfires took off from Marcianise to support British and American troops who had landed 30 miles south of Rome. Dibden’s aircraft hit a tree at the airfield on take-off, crashed into the ground, and burst into flames: Dibden was severely injured and burnt, and succumbed to his injuries later that day. He is buried at Caserta War Cemetery, Italy. The 92 Squadron Records book mentions: ‘Dibden was a most popular pilot and will be sadly missed.’ Dibden’s medals were sent to his widow, Pearl Frances Dibden.


Sold with a photographic image of the recipient and copied research.


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Three: Sergeant W. J. P. Wheat, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, who was killed when his Beaufort failed to return from a patrol on 22 June 1941


1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star; War Medal 1939-45, with named Air Council enclosure, nearly extremely fine (3) £300-£400


Walter Joseph Parsonage Wheat, a native of Liverpool, served with 217 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during the Second War, and was killed when his Beaufort W6528, piloted by Flying Officer Welsh, failed to return from a patrol on 21 June 1941- it is believed that their aircraft crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off La Rochelle. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.


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Five: Sergeant Birbahadur Limbu, 7th Gurkha Rifles 1939-45 Star; Burma Star; War Medal 1939-45; India Service Medal, all unnamed as issued; General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Malaya, G.VI.R. (21137001 Sgt. Birbahadur Limbu 7 G.R.) contact marks, nearly very fine


Four: Subadar Bhaddu Ghale, 3rd Gurkha Rifles 1939-45 Star; Burma Star; War Medal 1939-45; India Service Medal, all officially impressed ‘I.O.26824 Subdr. Bhaddu Ghale, 3.G.R.’, nearly very fine (9)


£60-£80


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Seven: Chief Air Fitter W. S. Fussey, Fleet Air Arm and Royal Navy


Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Korea 1950-53, 1st issue (L/FX.100622 W. S. Fussey L.A. (A) R.N.); U.N. Korea 1950 -54, unnamed as issued; Naval General Service 1915-62, 1 clasp, Brunei (FX.100622 W.S. Fussey. C.A.F. R.N.); General Service 1962-2007, 1 clasps, Borneo (FX.100622 W. S. Fussey. C.A.F. R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., E.II.R., 2nd issue (FX.100622 W. S. Fussey. C.A.F. (A) H.M.S. Gamecock.) mounted as originally worn, generally very fine, scarce combination (7)


£360-400


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Four: Sick Berth Chief Petty Officer F. A. Redrup, Royal Navy


Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Coronation 1953, unnamed as issued; Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.VI.R., 2nd issue (MX. 50812 F. A. Redrup. S.B.C.P.O. R.N.H. Haslar.) mounted as worn, number partially officially corrected on last, good very fine (4)


£60-£80


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Pair: Senior Nursing Sister W. Woof, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service, together with an extensive photograph album of the recipient’s post-War service in Malta


Defence and War Medals 1939-45, mounted for wear; together with an Oldham Royal Infirmary Nursing Badge, gilt and enamel, the reverse engraved ‘W. Woof’, the last with enamel damage and solder repair to pin fitting, otherwise very fine (3)


£100-£140


Winifred Woof was born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1913, and trained as a nurse at Oldham Royal Infirmary 1937-40, being registered by the British Nursing Council on 27 June 1941. In the February 1944 Navy List she is recorded as a Reserve Nursing Sister, serving at the Royal Naval Auxiliary Hospital, Woolton, with seniority 5 March 1943. She joined Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service on a Short Service Commission on 14 July 1950, and served at the Royal Naval Hospital, Malta, and the Royal Naval Air Station, Hal Far, Malta, being promoted Senior Nursing Sister on 1 March 1951. She withdrew from Naval service on completion of her Short Service Commission on 21 November 1953.


Sold together with an extensive photograph album of the recipient’s time in Malta, which includes several photographs of the then Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and Prince Philip, and numerous Royal Naval Nursing staff group photos, ships and aircraft, in all over 160 photographs and postcards; together with a portrait photograph of Sister Woof and a named invitation.


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