Freeborn joined No 74 Squadron at Hornchurch in October 1938 and saw action over Dunkirk scoring a number of victories, during which time his aircraft was hit and he was forced to crash land in France. During the Battle of Britain he continued to increase his tally, being awarded the DFC in August and made a Flight Commander. He was awarded a Bar to his DFC in February 1941 the citation of which quoted 12 victories and many more damaged. He left 74 Squadron in June 1941 and became a flying instructor. In December 1942 he was posted as a Flight Commander to 602 Squadron, until he took command of No 118 Squadron in June 1943. In June 1944 he was appointed Wing Commander Flying of 286 Wing in Italy.
Wing Commander John Connell Freeborn DFC*
Hand signed 5in x 7in photograph - numbered and certified on reverse.
Accompanied by matching biography card giving RAF career details.