From September 1939 to June 1940, Winskill was a staff pilot at BGS, Catfoss. After converting to Spitfires he was posted to 72 Squadron on October 4, moving to 603 Squadron on the 17th. He claimed a Bf 109 probably destroyed on the 28th, shared a He 111 on November 21 and two CR 42s destroyed on the 23rd. In January 1941 Winskill was posted to 41 Squadron at Hornchurch and later became a Flight Commander. He destroyed a Bf 109 on August 14 and later in the month was shot down near Calais. With the help of the French Resistance, he evaded capture and returned to England in December 1941, via Spain and Gibraltar. He was awarded the DFC (6.1.42), being then credited with at least 3 enemy aircraft destroyed. He was made a CBE (11.6.60) and retired from the RAF on December 18 1968. He was Captain of the Queen's Flight from 1968 to 1982 and was created a KCVO in 1980.
Air Commodore Sir Archie Little Winskill KCVO CBE DFC*
Hand signed 5in x 7in photograph - numbered and certified on reverse.
Accompanied by matching biography card giving RAF career details.
The late Sir Archie Winskill was one of those airman who did not have much missing from their CV - from having been shot down, evading capture (twice!) through to flying the Royal family. He was certainly one of those who you could write a whole book on - let alone condensing it all on to a small piece of card !