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451* Royal Flying Corps. A WWI / WWII group of six to Wing Commander Oliver Chance-Cassels, OBE, DFC, Royal Flying Corps later Royal Air Force The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) breast badge, 2nd type, silver-gilt Distinguished Flying Cross, G.V.R., unnamed as issued with 1st type riband British War and Victory Medals (Lieut. O.C. Cassels. R.A.F.) Defence and War Medals, third and fourth polished, therefore very fine better, swing mounted for wear, with a file of extensive research OBE London Gazette 8 June 1944 Wing Commander Oliver Chance Cassels, D.F.C. (72824), Royal Air Force Reserve Volunteers ‘This officer has been Chief Instructor of the Senior Course of the Royal Air Force School of Administration for 27 months. During this time, 49 Courses have been passed through the school . Wing Commander Cassel’s exceptional ability as Chief Instructor, combined with his hard work, enthusiasm and leadership, have been the inspiration of instructors and students alike’. DFC London Gazette 3 December 1918 Lieut. Oliver Chance-Cassels. (France) ‘On 21st August this officer carried out a most successful artillery patrol lasting 3 1/2 hours. He observed thirteen active hostile batteries, three of which were silenced. As an artillery pilot his work has been quite exceptional, and while engaged on this service he never hesitates to engage enemy aeroplanes as opportunity occurs’. The recommendation states ‘On the 21st August 1918, this officer carried out a most successful artillery patrol lasting 3 1/2 hours, during which he observed 13 active hostile batteries, three of which he silenced. On 12th August 1918, he carried out a successful shoot with 266 S.B., causing several fires in the battery position, and also exploding an ammunition dump. This shoot was carried out under very adverse weather conditions. As an Artillery Pilot this officer’s work has been quite exceptional, particularly during the offensive, whilst carrying out his patrols. He has always shown courage, devotion to duty and reliability of a very high order’. Wing Commander Oliver Chance-Cassels (1898-1984) was born in Blackheath, Kent and a native of Ottery St Mary, Devon. He was educated at King’s College School, Eastbourne College and Harper Adams Agricultural College. In 1904 the family moved to Argentina, and on 2 August 1917 Cassels joined the Royal Flying Corps serving with 12 Squadron until 25 January 1918, he was commissioned Lieutenant in May 1918 and was a qualified pilot on DH6, BE2E, BE12 and RE8 aircraft, he qualified as an Artillery Spotter Pilot in February 1918. Records dated 1917 list Cassels as living with his parents at “Hillsdon”, Brimscombe, Stroud, Gloucestershire, promoted to Squadron Leader on 26 June 1939 and was stationed in the Secretarial Branch for the war and after the war resided at Hatherley House, Cheltenham (6) £4,000 - £5,000

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