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Group Captain Peter Townsend CVO, DSO, DFC (deceased)


The signature of Group Captain Peter Townsend CVO, DSO, DFC (deceased)

Group Captain Peter Townsend CVO, DSO, DFC (deceased)

Peter Townsend was one of the most inspirational fighter leaders of the Battle of Britain. In February 1940, flying a Hurricane, he had shot down the first German aircraft to fall on English soil in World War II, and this was the first of a string of successes for the popular commander of 85 Squadron. Shot down twice, wounded, and flying part of the Battle when he couldnt walk, Peter Townsend survived to lead the first night-fighter squadron. He later became Equerry to King George VI, a post he held for 8 years. He died 19th June 1995.

Awarded the Distinguished Service OrderAwarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
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Items Signed by Group Captain Peter Townsend CVO, DSO, DFC (deceased)

First flown on 26th October 1931. The De Haviland DH82 Tiger Moth was to enjoy one of the longest and most distinguished careers in aviation history. Depicted here is an example of that variant employed by an elementary and reserve flying training sc......
First Wings by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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First flown on 26th October 1931. The De Haviland DH82 Tiger Moth was to enjoy one of the longest and most distinguished careers in aviation history. Depicted here is an example of that variant employed by an elementary and reserve flying training sc......

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 Two Hawker Hurricanes ME11D tank busters of No.6 Shiny Six Squadron about to attack retreating axis mechanised units, November 1942 at El Alamein. ......
Can Openers by David Pentland. (B)
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Two Hawker Hurricanes ME11D tank busters of No.6 Shiny Six Squadron about to attack retreating axis mechanised units, November 1942 at El Alamein. ......

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 In the azure skies above London and the south-eastern Shires of England during the long, hot summer of 1940, a small band of RAF fighter pilots, substantially out-numbered, and against all odds, flew and fought a savage aerial battle in defence of t......
Defence of the Realm by Robert Taylor.
Price : £230.00
In the azure skies above London and the south-eastern Shires of England during the long, hot summer of 1940, a small band of RAF fighter pilots, substantially out-numbered, and against all odds, flew and fought a savage aerial battle in defence of t......

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 Each print in this special Tribute Edition is signed by four famous RAF Fighter Aces that flew Hurricanes and Spitfires with Douglas Bader in the Battle of Britain in 1940. Sadly, none of these renowned pilots are still with us today. The signatures......
First of Many by Robert Taylor.
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Each print in this special Tribute Edition is signed by four famous RAF Fighter Aces that flew Hurricanes and Spitfires with Douglas Bader in the Battle of Britain in 1940. Sadly, none of these renowned pilots are still with us today. The signatures......

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First of Many by Robert Taylor (B)
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 Royal Air Force and Royal Navy fighter aircrews flew combat throughout the six long years of World War Two. At the outbreak of war in 1939 four RAF Hurricane squadrons and two equipped with Gladiators went immediately to France where in short time N......
A Time for Heroes by Robert Taylor. (C)
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Royal Air Force and Royal Navy fighter aircrews flew combat throughout the six long years of World War Two. At the outbreak of war in 1939 four RAF Hurricane squadrons and two equipped with Gladiators went immediately to France where in short time N......NOT
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 MK1 Hurricanes of No. 601 Squadron refueled and rearmed, climb to rejoin the battle during the summer of 1940. As the great air battle rages high above, life goes in the countryside as a Southern Railway train pulls out of a local village station, c......
Tangmere Hurricanes by Nicolas Trudgian.
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MK1 Hurricanes of No. 601 Squadron refueled and rearmed, climb to rejoin the battle during the summer of 1940. As the great air battle rages high above, life goes in the countryside as a Southern Railway train pulls out of a local village station, c......NOT
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 MK1 Hurricanes of No. 601 Squadron refueled and rearmed, climb to rejoin the battle during the summer of 1940. As the great air battle rages high above, life goes in the countryside as a Southern Railway train pulls out of a local village station, c......
Tangmere Hurricanes by Nicolas Trudgian. (AP)
Price : £300.00
MK1 Hurricanes of No. 601 Squadron refueled and rearmed, climb to rejoin the battle during the summer of 1940. As the great air battle rages high above, life goes in the countryside as a Southern Railway train pulls out of a local village station, c......

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 MK1 Hurricanes of No. 601 Squadron refueled and rearmed, climb to rejoin the battle during the summer of 1940. As the great air battle rages high above, life goes in the countryside as a Southern Railway train pulls out of a local village station, c......
Tangmere Hurricanes by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
Price : £380.00
MK1 Hurricanes of No. 601 Squadron refueled and rearmed, climb to rejoin the battle during the summer of 1940. As the great air battle rages high above, life goes in the countryside as a Southern Railway train pulls out of a local village station, c......

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Gathering of Eagles by Robert Taylor.
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Sunday 15th September, 1940 - a date that will live forever in military history.  The day the Luftwaffe made its final, massive effort to defeat the RAF, and pave the way for Hitler's invasion of England.  The day the tremendous air battles betwe......
Hurricane Force by Robert Taylor.
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Memorial Flight by Robert Taylor.
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Moral Support by Robert Taylor.
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Packs with at least one item featuring the signature of Group Captain Peter Townsend CVO, DSO, DFC (deceased)


Trudgian Hurricane Artist Proof Editions Pack.
Pack Price : £600.00
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Aviation Print Pack. ......

Titles in this pack :

Tangmere Hurricanes by Nicolas Trudgian. (AP)
Hurricane Heroes by Nicolas Trudgian (AP)
Squadron Scramble by Nicolas Trudgian (AP)
Holding the Line - The Battle of Britain by Nicolas Trudgian (AP)

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Battle of Britain Hurricane Print Pack.
Pack Price : £500.00
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Titles in this pack :

Hurricane Country by Nicolas Trudgian.
Tangmere Hurricanes by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
Holding the Line - The Battle of Britain by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
Squadron Scramble by Nicolas Trudgian.
Hurricane Mk.IIC by Ivan Berryman. (F)

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Nicolas Trudgian Battle of Britain Hurricane Prints.
Pack Price : £370.00
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Titles in this pack :

Hurricane Country by Nicolas Trudgian.
Tangmere Hurricanes by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
Hurricane Mk.IIC by Ivan Berryman. (F)

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Robert Taylor Aviation Prints - Hurricane Pack
Pack Price : £360.00
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Titles in this pack :

First of Many by Robert Taylor.
Front Line Hurricanes by Robert Taylor.

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Battle of Britain Hurricane Prints by Nicolas Trudgian.
Pack Price : £400.00
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Titles in this pack :

Tangmere Hurricanes by Nicolas Trudgian. (AP)
Hurricane Heroes by Nicolas Trudgian (AP)

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Nicolas Trudgian Spitfire and Hurricane Prints.
Pack Price : £300.00
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Titles in this pack :

Tangmere Hurricanes by Nicolas Trudgian. (AP)
Fighter Legend - Johnnie Johnson by Nicolas Trudgian.

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Group Captain Peter Townsend CVO, DSO, DFC (deceased)

Squadrons for : Group Captain Peter Townsend CVO, DSO, DFC (deceased)
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Group Captain Peter Townsend CVO, DSO, DFC (deceased). A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
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No.85 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 1st August 1917
Fate : Disbanded 19th December 1975

Noctu diuque venamur - We hunt by day and night

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No.85 Sqn RAF

No. 85 Squadron was formed on the 1st of August 1917 at Uphaven. Shortly afterwards the squadron moved to Mousehold Heath nea Norwich under the command of Major R A Archer. The squadron transferred to Hounslow in November 1917 and in March 1918 received its new commander Major William Avery Bishop VC, DSO, MC. On 1st April 1918 No.85 Squadron was transferred into the new Royal Air Force and went to France in May1918 flying the Sopwith Dolphin and later SE5A's. 85 Squadron duties were fighter patrols and ground attack sorties over the western front until the end of the war. On 21st June 1918 Major Edward Mannock DSO MC became commanding officer. On the 26th July 1918 during a patrol with Lt DC Inglis over the front line Major Mannock failed to return and on the 18th of July 1919 Major Mannock was awarded a posthumous VC. No. 85 Squadron had 99 victories during their stint on the western front, returning to the UK in February 1919, and being disbanded on the 3rd of July 1919. 85 Squadron was reformed on June 1st, 1938, as part of A Flight of 87 Squadron based at RAF Debden commanded by Flight Lieutenant D E Turner. The squadron started training on the Gloster Gladiator until the 4th of September when Hawker Hurricanes were supplied. On the outbreak of World War Two the squadron moved to Boos as part of the Air Component of the BEF 60th Fighter Wing, and their Hurricanes were given the role to support the squadrons of Bristol Blenheims and Fairey Battles. By 1st November 85 Squadron's Hurricanes were moved to Lille Seclin. 85 Squadron scored its first victory of World War Two when Flight Lieutenant R.H.A. Lee attacked an He111 which crashed into the Channel, exploding on impact while on patrol over the Boulogne area. In May 1940, during the German advance, 85 Squadron were in combat constantly and over an 11 day period the squadron confirmed 90 enemy kills. When their operating airfields were overun the squadron's last remaining three Hurricanes returned to England. The squadron lost 17 pilots (two killed, six wounded and nine missing). During the Battle of Britian the squadron took part in the conflict over southern England and in October the Squadron moved to Yorkshire and were given the new role of night fighter patrols. 85 Squadron continued in the night fighter role for most of the war, with only a brief period as bomber support as part of 100 group.
Aircraft for : Group Captain Peter Townsend CVO, DSO, DFC (deceased)
A list of all aircraft associated with Group Captain Peter Townsend CVO, DSO, DFC (deceased). A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.
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Hurricane



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Manufacturer : Hawker
Production Began : 1936
Number Built : 14533

Hurricane

Royal Air Force Fighter, the Hawker Hurricane had a top speed of 320mph, at 18,200 feet and 340mph at 17,500, ceiling of 34,200 and a range of 935 miles. The Hurricane was armed with eight fixed wing mounted .303 browning machine guns in the Mark I and twelve .303 browning's in the MKIIB in the Hurricane MKIIC it had four 20mm cannon. All time classic fighter the Hurricane was designed in 1933-1934, the first prototype flew in June 1936 and a contract for 600 for the Royal Air Force was placed. The first production model flew ion the 12th October 1937 and 111 squadron of the Royal Air Force received the first Hurricanes in January 1938. By the outbreak of World war two the Royal Air Force had 18 operational squadrons of Hurricanes. During the Battle of Britain a total of 1715 Hurricanes took part, (which was more than the rest of the aircraft of the Royal air force put together) and almost 75% of the Victories during the Battle of Britain went to hurricane pilots. The Hawker Hurricane was used in all theatres during World war two, and in many roles. in total 14,533 Hurricanes were built.

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