Revered Belgian RAF Ace, Raymond A. LallemantAutographed aircraft panelWhile in pilot training at war’s outset, Raymond A. “Cheval” Lallemant, was forced to flee Belgium after it was overrun by the Germans. Making his way to England, he soon joined the RAF’s 609 Squadron based at Biggin Hill. There he joined a melting pot of pilots from Belgium, France, Norway, and Canada.He became an ace in Hawker Typhoons, served as a test pilot for the company producing Typhoon and Tempest engines, flew with 197 Squadron and 198 Squadron, then returned to 609 as Officer Commanding, another two victories to his credit.Lallemant made tank and train busting a fine art while at 609, but was shot down by ground fire and spent several months recovering from burns. He returned to combat with 349 (Belgium) Squadron, flying Spitfires over occupied Germany.Raymond Lallemant has autographed this panel #2/6 which depicts the personal marking that adorned his 349 Squadron Spitfire. It comes with a photo taken at the signing.Artwork was researched and hand-painted by noted aviation artist, Ron Kaplan, on actual scrap aircraft aluminum. Mounted to black plexi in a ready-to-hang, black lacquer 15” by 16” shadow-box frame with an ID plaque centered beneath.This is from one of Kaplan’s early panel series – a short edition and thus extremely rare. It’s a unique piece with which to start, or add to, your allied aces signature collection.
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