We have from time to time had enquiries from a collector, who comes across aviation materials from WWII that may be of interest to this audience. Our senior editors are often taking on the challenge for David Torreggiani of looking for background or supporting information (a kind of fun puzzle) on an aviator when he comes across items or photos.
That has lead us to suggesting that perhaps David can list items here, for any aviation buffs to see first, when he wants to part with an item. So check out David's Bio at the bottom of this post, and here is the item David has been asked to place directly from family of this aviator. The family wants the jacket and log books to go to a good home. From David ...
" I have recently been asked to dispose of a WW2 Irvine on behalf of the family (friends of my wife’s).
AH McKee (21 Squadron) retired post war as a Squadron leader. He was a navigator in Mosquitos and flew 104 missions including on D-Day.
He was awarded the DFC and bar.
First operation was 12/10/41 and last operation was 26/4/45. He used this Irvine throughout the war and afterwards.
He flew 30 missions with Squadron Leader Henry Erskine, Joe Bodien DSO DFC an ace who shot down three aircraft in a Defiant and survived – not too many Defiant airman survived to tell the tale!.
Unfortunately the zipper is broken and it does exhibit use wear & tear (which is what you expect after 104 missions and general flying duties). There are two of his log books of which sections may be scanned (i.e. originals not for sale) and provided so that there is a personal connection and record of this aviator. These log books have his WWII squadron operational details.
I have many more photos etc. plus other information which could be emailed to any interested party. All reasonable offers will be considered (the family want it to go to a good home)."
Bio for David Torreggiani of Davidtags Militaria (Davidtags on eBay).
My parents military background have always given me an interest in all things Military. I started dealing in the early 1990’s to help fund my collection of WW2 militaria.
Over the years I have built up an extensive stock of both German and British militaria for sale including RAF items. My extensive contacts also give me access to a variety of items.
Whilst I do not run a website I am only an email away – firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to get in touch.