Probably most known for his Test Pilot years and particularly the Red Hawker Hunter, Duke was also the highest scoring RAF ace in the Mediterranean Theatre. Duke joined No 92 Squadron in April 1941 scoring four victories before being posted to the Middle East to fly with No 112 Squadron. By the end of February 1942 he had 8 confirmed and 3 probable victories and awarded the DFC. He rejoined No 92 Squadron in November 1942, which was now also in the Desert becoming a flight commander and awarded a DSO in March and by the end of his second tour had added a further 14 victories to his total. In October 1944 he returned to the UK in October and became a production test pilot with Hawkers. Post war he flew most of the Hawker experimental aircraft and broke the World Speed Air Record in September 1953 in Hunter WB188.
This is a stunning head on photograph showing Hunter WB188 in flight with Duke in the cockpit painted in its 'duck egg blue' paint scheme. Interestingly, the picture was taken from the turret of a an Avro Lancaster.
Squadron Leader Neville Frederick Duke OBE DSO DFC** AFC
Hand signed 10in x 8in photograph - numbered and certified on reverse.
(100 produced - Portrait).