Tony initially joined No 32 Squadron on 27 July 1940, however the CO thought they were two new to the flying game, so after a few short flights sent Tony and two other back to the OTU. He rejoined the squadron on 25 August 1940, however two days later the squadron was moved north for a rest, the CO stated that after two days Tony did not need a rest and was posted to No 501 Squadron on 28 August. He was shot down on 11 September by Bf 109s, however evened the score by destroying a Bf 109 on 29 October. He left 501 Squadron on 20 December to join No 601 Squadron. On 14 February 1941 he was posted to Harwarden as a MU test pilot and then as an instructor.
Squadron Leader Tony Garforth Pickering AE
Hand signed 5in x 7in photograph - numbered and certified on reverse.