Freeborn was an early member of No 74 Squadron having joined the squadron in October 1938, and was to remain with the squadron until June 1941. In early September 1939 John was involved in the unfortunate incident which would later be named "The Battle of Barking Creek" where, accidentally, Spitfires of No 74 Squadron attacked Hurricanes of No 56 Squadron. However, over Dunkirk John claimed his first victories which was eventually to rise to a very respectable 13.5 by March June 1941. During the Battle of Britain John claimed more victories, resulting in the award of his DFC followed by the Bar in 1941.
Wing Commander John Connell Freeborn DFC*
Hand signed 5in x 7in photograph - numbered and certified on reverse.