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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 225

A rare 1953 A.F.M. and 1965 Q.C.V.S.A. group of eight awarded to Master Pilot E. J. Treeves, Royal Air Force

Air Force Medal, G.VI.R. (1323638 F. Sgt. E. J. Treeves. R.A.F.); 1939-45 Star; Burma Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, S. E. Asia 1945-46 (W/O. E. J. Treeves. (1323638) RAF); General Service 1962-2007, 2 clasps, Borneo, Malay Peninsula (M. Plt. E. J. Treeves (P1323638) R.A.F.), second clasp loose upon riband, as issued; Royal Air Force L.S. & G.C., E.II.R., with Additional Service Bar (M. Plt. E. J. Treeves. (1323638) RAF), mounted as worn, good very fine (8)

A.F.M. London Gazette 1 January 1953.

Q.C.V.S.A. London Gazette 12 June 1965.

Edward James Treeves was born in 21 March 1923 and joined the Royal Air Force on 15 August 1941. Having completed his training at various stations, which included specialisations on gliders, he joined No. 31 Squadron, operating Dakotas from Hathuzari, India in March 1945. The unit mainly focussed upon re-supply missions to assist the troops that were forging ahead in the Burma campaign and by VJ Day he had notched up some 479hrs 40mins with the Squadron. He remained with the unit, that transferred to assist in the operations in South-East Asia in the coming months and flew on scores of Ops, including heading into Surabaya on no less than four occasions from 11-20 November, at the height of the Battle going on at that place.

Having flown further Ops, he was to join No. 61 Group Communication Flight at Kenley on 3 December 1946. By the time of the award of his A.F.M., he had some 3,357hrs 35mins on his Flying Log Books as Pilot and was advanced Master Pilot in April 1957. Treeves saw further active service with No. 209 Squadron in the jungles of Borneo and thence in the Malay Peninsula. He also qualified to on the Launch Operations for the Thor Weapons System with the United States Airforce in late 1958.

By October 1967, he had notched up 6,747hrs 15mins on his Flying Log Books and retired on 21 March 1978; sold together with his full set of Flying Log Books, bound into one Volume, identity tags, cloth insignia and riband bars, besides a series of letters, Thor Rocket Certificates and qualifications.

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