Lot

305

Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin

In Medals, Militaria and Country Pursuits

This auction is live! You need to be registered and approved to bid at this auction.
You have been outbid. For the best chance of winning, increase your maximum bid.
Your bid or registration is pending approval with the auctioneer. Please check your email account for more details.
Unfortunately, your registration has been declined by the auctioneer. You can contact the auctioneer on +44 (0)1284 748623 for more information.
You are the current highest bidder! To be sure to win, log in for the live auction broadcast on or increase your max bid.
Leave a bid now! Your registration has been successful.
Sorry, bidding has ended on this item. We have thousands of new lots everyday, start a new search.
Bidding on this auction has not started. Please register now so you are approved to bid when auction starts.
1/10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 1 of 10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 2 of 10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 3 of 10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 4 of 10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 5 of 10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 6 of 10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 7 of 10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 8 of 10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 9 of 10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 10 of 10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 1 of 10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 2 of 10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 3 of 10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 4 of 10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 5 of 10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 6 of 10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 7 of 10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 8 of 10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 9 of 10
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin - Image 10 of 10
Interested in the price of this lot?
Subscribe to the price guide
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin badge, having amethyst set eyes and pin fitting engraved verso P/O J. Fleming Pres. By. Irvin Co, 19mm, together with a group of six miniature medals mounted for wear to include an M.B.E. 1939-1945 Star with Battle of Britain clasp, Air Crew Europe Star, Defence, War with oak leaves and E.R. II 1953 Coronation medal, a matching set of six miniature medals mounted on a cloth covered card panel and a boxed King's Badge.JOHN FLEMING. John Fleming was born in Scotland on 29th July 1915 and taken to New Zealand as a child. He graduated as a Bachelor of Commerce in 1935 from Victoria College, Wellington and got his Masters degree there two years later. In 1938 Fleming was nominated for one of the few direct-entry permanent commissions in the RAF, offered each year to graduates of British and Commonwealth universities. He was accepted and sailed for the UK on 6th May 1939.Fleming began his flying training at 5 E&RFTS Hanworth on 12th June, moving on 19th August to 2 FTS Brize Norton for No. 40 Course, which ran from 21st August 1939 to 17th February 1940. With the course completed, Fleming was posted to No. 1 Air Armament School Manby for a Specialist Armament Course, this ended on 6th July. Fleming then went to 6 OTU Sutton Bridge, for conversion to Hurricanes, after which he joined 605 Squadron at Drem on 5th August. The squadron moved south to Croydon on 7th September. The following morning they were ordered off and met a force of enemy bombers, escorted by Me109s, over Tunbridge Wells. In the ensuing combat Fleming was shot down in flames. He baled out, made a delayed drop of 20,000 feet and landed, badly burned and shocked. Fleming was taken to Wrotham Cottage Hospital, at that time housing twelve expectant mothers. He was transferred to the RAF Hospital Halton, where he was put aside as a hopeless case after refusing to have both his legs amputated at the hip. With burned eyeballs, lying blindfolded in a small room, having injections of morphine every four hours, he was, in his own words, 'left to rot'. He was found by Archibald Mclndoe. The surgeon suggested that as he was far too badly burned for plastic surgery, he might like to go to Queen Victoria Hospital at East Grinstead to try the saline bath treatment. Mclndoe pointed out that the treatment was still largely experimental but by then Fleming had nothing to lose. He transferred from Halton in October and within ten days of starting the bath treatment microscopic dots of skin began to grow, although initially they could only be seen with a magnifying glass. Fleming was at East Grinstead until August 1941, when he was discharged to RAF Kenley. In September he was posted to 23 OTU Pershore as Chief Armament Instructor and Station Armament Officer. Two years later Fleming was seconded to 12 Group RCAF, to take up the post of Inspector of Bombing and Gunnery at OTUs in Canada. He was awarded the MBE in 1944. In March 1945 he was recalled to the UK to join one of the specialist teams tracking down V1 and V2 sites in France and Belgium in the wake of the advancing Allied armies. He went to Manby in September for the first Advanced Empire Air Armament Course, after which he was sent to the RAF Staff College Bracknell for a course. In June 1946 Fleming returned to New Zealand on leave, his first visit in over seven years. He held a series of appointments in Britain and overseas prior to retiring at his own request on 5th February 1959. Fleming settled in England and became a trust administrator, he died in 1995.
Attributed to Flying Officer John Fleming R.A.F 605 Squadron. A yellow metal Caterpillar Club pin badge, having amethyst set eyes and pin fitting engraved verso P/O J. Fleming Pres. By. Irvin Co, 19mm, together with a group of six miniature medals mounted for wear to include an M.B.E. 1939-1945 Star with Battle of Britain clasp, Air Crew Europe Star, Defence, War with oak leaves and E.R. II 1953 Coronation medal, a matching set of six miniature medals mounted on a cloth covered card panel and a boxed King's Badge.JOHN FLEMING. John Fleming was born in Scotland on 29th July 1915 and taken to New Zealand as a child. He graduated as a Bachelor of Commerce in 1935 from Victoria College, Wellington and got his Masters degree there two years later. In 1938 Fleming was nominated for one of the few direct-entry permanent commissions in the RAF, offered each year to graduates of British and Commonwealth universities. He was accepted and sailed for the UK on 6th May 1939.Fleming began his flying training at 5 E&RFTS Hanworth on 12th June, moving on 19th August to 2 FTS Brize Norton for No. 40 Course, which ran from 21st August 1939 to 17th February 1940. With the course completed, Fleming was posted to No. 1 Air Armament School Manby for a Specialist Armament Course, this ended on 6th July. Fleming then went to 6 OTU Sutton Bridge, for conversion to Hurricanes, after which he joined 605 Squadron at Drem on 5th August. The squadron moved south to Croydon on 7th September. The following morning they were ordered off and met a force of enemy bombers, escorted by Me109s, over Tunbridge Wells. In the ensuing combat Fleming was shot down in flames. He baled out, made a delayed drop of 20,000 feet and landed, badly burned and shocked. Fleming was taken to Wrotham Cottage Hospital, at that time housing twelve expectant mothers. He was transferred to the RAF Hospital Halton, where he was put aside as a hopeless case after refusing to have both his legs amputated at the hip. With burned eyeballs, lying blindfolded in a small room, having injections of morphine every four hours, he was, in his own words, 'left to rot'. He was found by Archibald Mclndoe. The surgeon suggested that as he was far too badly burned for plastic surgery, he might like to go to Queen Victoria Hospital at East Grinstead to try the saline bath treatment. Mclndoe pointed out that the treatment was still largely experimental but by then Fleming had nothing to lose. He transferred from Halton in October and within ten days of starting the bath treatment microscopic dots of skin began to grow, although initially they could only be seen with a magnifying glass. Fleming was at East Grinstead until August 1941, when he was discharged to RAF Kenley. In September he was posted to 23 OTU Pershore as Chief Armament Instructor and Station Armament Officer. Two years later Fleming was seconded to 12 Group RCAF, to take up the post of Inspector of Bombing and Gunnery at OTUs in Canada. He was awarded the MBE in 1944. In March 1945 he was recalled to the UK to join one of the specialist teams tracking down V1 and V2 sites in France and Belgium in the wake of the advancing Allied armies. He went to Manby in September for the first Advanced Empire Air Armament Course, after which he was sent to the RAF Staff College Bracknell for a course. In June 1946 Fleming returned to New Zealand on leave, his first visit in over seven years. He held a series of appointments in Britain and overseas prior to retiring at his own request on 5th February 1959. Fleming settled in England and became a trust administrator, he died in 1995.

Medals, Militaria and Country Pursuits

Sale Date(s)
Lots: 1-599
Venue Address
The Auction Centre
10 Risbygate Street
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP33 3AA
United Kingdom

Most UK parcels can be sent in-house for our flat standard rate of £20 for up to 3 lots and £1.50 per lot thereafter. Global shipping rates are available upon request.

If purchasers require further cover, then they must arrange this themselves or use a courier with insurance. Please note that Lacy Scott & Knight DO NOT accept any liability for loss or damage, however caused.  

For larger items or bulk/box lots, please contact our postage department for a quote at  postage@lsk.co.uk

For overseas or high value lots we recommend MailBoxes (info@mbemail.co.uk ). If you choose an alternative courier we can pack for £8 per parcel. 

Important Information

Important Notice regarding Third Reich items

Please note that owing to the large number of reproduction Third Reich and Imperial German items on the market, we can give no guarantee as to the authenticity of any such items.  Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves in this regard before bidding.  We WILL NOT accept any returns on these items.

Buyer's Premium 22.5% + VAT

Bid live through our website for free (Please note that if you register with thesaleroom first then their 4.95% plus VAT fees still apply).   

Clients can also leave commission bids with us or bid live by telephone. 

Condition reports and additional images will also be uploaded to our website on a regular basis and upon request.

Postage & Packing

Most UK parcels can be sent in-house for our flat standard rate of £20 for up to 3 lots and £1.50 per lot thereafter. Global quotes are available upon request. 

If purchasers require insurance, then they must arrange this themselves or use a courier with insurance. Please note that Lacy Scott & Knight DO NOT accept any liability for loss or damage, however caused.  

For larger items or bulk/box lots, please contact our postage department for a quote at  postage@lsk.co.uk

For high value lots we recommend MailBoxes (info@mbemail.co.uk ). If you choose an alternative courier we can pack for £8 per parcel. 

 

Terms & Conditions

Buyers Premium - 22.5% plus VAT at prevailing rate 

Payment will be taken in full from the registered card on thesaleroom.com on the Wednesday following Home & Interiors sales and on the Friday following all other sales, unless payment has already been received.  Please see our Terms & Conditions for bank details if you prefer to make a bank transfer. 

Important Notice:  Due to high levels of fraud in the buying of gold and related items, we have had to introduce the following measures for gold and jewellery items:

  • The maximum payment by credit/debit card over the telephone is £500.  We strongly recommend buyers use the bank transfer facility.
  • Gold & jewellery items paid for by card over the telephone will not be shipped or released to couriers for at least 5 working days after payment has been made.

We trust that potential buyers understand why we have taken these precautions. and that by being vigilant we hope to reduce the instances of credit card fraud which affect not just auction houses, but also vendors, and the unsuspecting owners of fraudulently used credit cards. 

Bids - bid live through our website for free (Please note that you will still be liable for thesaleroom fees if you register on that platform first), telephone or email bids to fineart@lsk.co.uk (include your full contact details, lot number and bid amount). Our minimum acceptable bid is £5. We can arrange telephone bids with notice for lots with a minimum estimate of £300. 

Condition of lots - We generally do not state condition in the lot description.  Before bidding, please ensure that you are satisfied with the condition of the lots. Condition reports are available by email but please note that these are statements of opintion only and not fact.

Postage & Packing

Most UK parcels can be sent in-house for our flat standard rate of £20 for up to 3 lots and £1.50 per lot thereafter. Global quotes are available upon request. 

If purchasers require insurance, then they must arrange this themselves or use a courier with insurance. Please note that Lacy Scott & Knight DO NOT accept any liability for loss or damage, however caused.  

For larger items or bulk/box lots, please contact our postage department for a quote at  postage@lsk.co.uk

For high value lots we recommend MailBoxes (info@mbemail.co.uk ). If you choose an alternative courier we can pack for £8 per parcel. 

Please read our full terms and conditions for further information prior to bidding

See Full Terms And Conditions

Tags: RAF, Medal, Club, Badge, Pin