Gordon Leonard Sinclair " Battle of Britain Fighter Ace " Second World War Signed Card Autograph £45.00
This is a Hand Signed White Card 5" x 4" by the late British Battle of Britain Fighter Ace.
W/Cmdr G. L. Sinclair was born in Eastbourne on 15th August 1916, and was educated at Eastbourne College. In February 1935 he enlisted as a gunner with "A" Battery of the Honourable Artillery Company. Gordon joined the RAF on a short service commission in March 1937. On 27th November 1937, he joined 19 Squadron when it became the first to receive the outstanding fighter of the day, the Spitfire, and he had the dubious honour of being at the controls of the first one to crash. During his first flight in the new fighter, the port undercarriage leg collapsed as he landed at Duxford on 16th August 1938. The aircraft flipped on to its back, but Gordon emerged from the incident without injury to himself or his reputation. With 19 Squadron, Gordon saw action over Dunkirk, destroying a number of aircraft. He was awarded the DFC (25/6/40). In late June, he was posted to 310 (Czech) Squadron as A Flight Commander and claimed 4 more victories. On 9th September, he was involved in a collision with another aircraft and forced to bale out. On 29th September, he was shot down over Thanet by a Bf 109 in an engagement but baled out unhurt. Gordon was awarded the Czech Military Cross (24/12/40). In January, 1941, he was posted to HQ 12 Group on staff duties. He then formed and commanded 313 Squadron in May, 1941. Gordon took command of 79 Squadron in September and led it until posted to Air Ministry in December. He was given command of 56 Squadron at Bradwell Bay in October 1943 and was promoted to Wing Commander in May 1944 and joined the staff at HQ 84 Group. In January 1945 Gordon returned to the Air Ministry and in October was appointed Personal Air Secretary to the Secretary of State for Air before spending two years as the Air Adviser to the Lebanese Government. He returned to Britain in 1955, serving at the Fighter Control Centre for the Yorkshire Sector. Gordon retired in 1957. In recognition of his wartime efforts, Gordonr was also awarded the Order of King George of Podograd by the Czechs. Gordon Sinclair passed away on 26th June 2005.