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Royal Flying Corps Holster of Sholto Douglas!!!
A true Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force "MUSEUM PIECE".
This is the actual holster worn by Sholto Douglas in Combat in his days as an Observer with 2 Squadron and subsequently as Commanding Officer & Royal Flying Corps Fighter Pilot with 84 Squadron.....as they say, "the rest is History"........In 1940, during World War II, Douglas and Trafford Leigh-Mallory clashed with the head of 11 Group, Keith Park, and the head of Fighter Command, Hugh Dowding, over strategy in the Battle of Britain. Douglas argued for a more aggressive engagement with a 'Big Wing' strategy. When Charles Portal was made Chief of the Air Staff in October 1940 he supported Douglas, moving Park and Dowding and appointing Douglas to replace Dowding as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOCinC) of Fighter Command.
As commander-in-chief of Fighter Command, Douglas was responsible for rebuilding of the command's strength after the attrition of the Battle of Britain, but also for bringing it on the offensive to wrest the initiative in the air from the German Luftwaffe. He was therefore one of the main orchestrators of the only partially successful Circus offensive......
THIS AWESOME PIECE OF RFC/RAF HISTORY COMES WITH FULL PROVENANCE IN THE FORM OF A HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM SHOLTO DOUGLAS' THIRD WIFE, LADY DOUGLAS OF KIRTLESIDE.