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Tiger Cub: A 74 Squadron Fighter Pilot In WWII – The Story Of John Freeborn DFC

John Freeborn reported to RAF Hornchurch on 29 October, 1938 and from Flying Training School to join  74 ‘Tiger’ Squadron. One of the first people John met when he arrived at the station was Bob Stanford Tuck of 65 squadron. A Flight’s Commander was Adolf ‘Sailor’ Malan. On first meeting Malan, John thought he seemed nice enough and soon learnt that he was a determined leader, a fine flyer and an aggressive fighter pilot.  John flew many operations with 74 Squadron in Spitfires during the early years of the war and The Battle of Britain; he was awarded the DFC for his efforts.  During a brief respite for 74, John Freeborn was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and on 29 August he was given command of A Flight. In 1941, the first couple of months saw 74 Squadron, now based at Biggin Hill flying across the Channel with 92 and 66 Squadron conducting fighter Sweeps and Circus sorties over the French coast. On 17 February 1941, John Freeborn learnt that he had been awarded a bar to his DFC. At that time he had destroyed twelve enemy aircraft and damaged many more.  In December 1941, John Freeborn’s time with 57 OTU came to an end and shortly after, he was posted to the United States of America as a Liaison Officer. Throughout the following years John would serve in 602 Squadron as a Squadron Leader supernumerary, then onto 118 Squadron as Commanding Officer and then finally he became the RAF’s youngest Wing Commander, responsible for the 286 Italian Wing stationed at Grottaglie.  The book has a bookplate signed by John Freeborn and Christopher Yeoman.

AUTHOR – C Yeoman and J Freeborn
PUBLISHER – Pen & Sword
FORMAT – Hardback
PAGES – 139
PUBLISHED – 2009
ISBN – 978 1 84884 023 2

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Category: Product ID: 4933

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John Freeborn reported to RAF Hornchurch on 29 October, 1938 and from Flying Training School to join  74 ‘Tiger’ Squadron. One of the first people John met when he arrived at the station was Bob Stanford Tuck of 65 squadron. A Flight’s Commander was Adolf ‘Sailor’ Malan. On first meeting Malan, John thought he seemed nice enough and soon learnt that he was a determined leader, a fine flyer and an aggressive fighter pilot.  John flew many operations with 74 Squadron in Spitfires during the early years of the war and The Battle of Britain; he was awarded the DFC for his efforts.  During a brief respite for 74, John Freeborn was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and on 29 August he was given command of A Flight. In 1941, the first couple of months saw 74 Squadron, now based at Biggin Hill flying across the Channel with 92 and 66 Squadron conducting fighter Sweeps and Circus sorties over the French coast. On 17 February 1941, John Freeborn learnt that he had been awarded a bar to his DFC. At that time he had destroyed twelve enemy aircraft and damaged many more.  In December 1941, John Freeborn’s time with 57 OTU came to an end and shortly after, he was posted to the United States of America as a Liaison Officer. Throughout the following years John would serve in 602 Squadron as a Squadron Leader supernumerary, then onto 118 Squadron as Commanding Officer and then finally he became the RAF’s youngest Wing Commander, responsible for the 286 Italian Wing stationed at Grottaglie.  The book has a bookplate signed by John Freeborn and Christopher Yeoman.

 

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