Tel: 1 (905) 634-3848

Text: 1 (905) 906-3848

Purveyors of Authentic Militaria

eMedals-A Royal Australian Air Force Tunic to W/O Robert "Bobby" Bunting who Claimed 5 Victories Over Italy & North Africa

Item: W3441

A Royal Australian Air Force Tunic to W/O Robert "Bobby" Bunting who Claimed 5 Victories Over Italy & North Africa

Hammer Price:

Bid History

$167
2

Time Remaining:

Buyer's Premium  

eMedals proudly ships worldwide, see our shipping information

What's a max bid?

Your maximum bid should be the highest amount you're willing to pay for an item.

Your entered maximum bid will not be disclosed to the seller or other auction participants at any point.

Max bidding example:

If the current auction price is $100 dollars and you place a maximum bid of $120 dollars, the system will bid $101 dollars on your behalf.

If no other participant places a bid, you win that auction lot for $101 dollars.

If another auction participant places a bid of $110 dollars, the system will subsequently place a bid of $111 dollars on your behalf. The system will continue to bid in $1.00 dollar increments until your maximum bid of $120 dollars is exceeded.

If another auction participant places a bid for $125 dollars, the auction lot price will display $121 dollars having exceeded your previously submitted maximum bid by $1.00 dollar.

Buyer's Premium

All bids are subject to a Buyer's Premium which is in addition to the placed successful bid. The following rate of Buyer's Premium will be added to the Hammer Price of each Lot that you purchase:

Twenty percent (20%) of the Hammer Price

A Royal Australian Air Force Tunic to W/O Robert "Bobby" Bunting who Claimed 5 Victories Over Italy & North Africa

This tunic is fabricated from navy blue wool, the front with four pockets: a smaller one on each breast, which have decorative straps giving them a pleated-look, while the lower pockets on either side at the waist are larger and deeper and are designed without pleats. Each of the four pockets have fold over flaps with reinforced button holes and small black plastic buttons illustrating the Royal Australian Air Force eagle surmounted by the King's crown, maker marked and marked "Y6-245" on their reverses. Appearing above the left breast pocket are 25 mm x 112 mm Royal Australian Air Force Wings in white and light blue embroidery on a black wool base, with side-by-side period Ribbon Bars representing the British Distinguished Flying Cross and the American Distinguished Flying Cross below, each bar with intact lugs and held in place by pins on the underside. The front is completed by a vertical row of four large black plastic buttons illustrating the Royal Australian Air Force eagle surmounted by the King's crown on the right side, facing an equal number of reinforced button holes on the left, each of the buttons maker marked and marked "Y6-244" on their reverses. There are navy blue wool belt loops sewn in place on either side at the waist, supporting a 51 mm wide navy blue wool belt, the left end with a black plastic buckle with dual prongs, the right end with two rows of two black eyelets each for length adjustment. There are 58 mm x 67 mm Warrant Officer 1st Class rank insignias fabricated from light blue and red embroidery on black wool bases, sewn in place on the forearm on each sleeve. The rear of the tunic is single-vented. The inside of the tunic is lined in black cotton, with white cotton incorporating light blue and dark blue stripes in the sleeves and is without pockets. The collar has a 86 mm long black strap for hanging the tunic on a hook above the manufacturer's label. The label is marked with the Broad Arrow production insignia flanked by "A." on the left and "F." on the right (Australian Forces), dated "1945", maker marked "M. TX " (Melbourne Textiles) and marked "SIZE 17", with the owner's name "Bunting" in handwritten black ink above the date. The tunic measures 440 mm across the shoulders and 760 mm in length overall, exhibiting scattered wear in the navy blue wool fabric throughout, light soiling in the white cotton of the sleeves in the interior. Very fine. Footnote: 409075 Warrant Officer Robert "Bobby" Bunting, Royal Australian Air Force was with 93 Squadron Royal Air Force in the North African and Italian theatres during the Second World War. Bunting was awarded the British Distinguished Flying Cross as an Ace, his citation stating for "Courage determination and fighting spirit.", the announcement of the award appearing in the Third Supplement to the London Gazette 36555 of Tuesday, June 6, 1944, on Friday, June 9, 1944, page 2757 and in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette of Thursday, June 22, 1944, page 1253. The insignia was received from London on May 25, 1946 and presented by Registered Post on January 24, 1947, Bunting residing at 80 Abbott Street, Sandringham, Victoria. In Addition, for his Second World War Service, Bunting was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the Africa Star with North Africa 1942-43 Bar, the Italy Star and the Australian Service Medal 1939-1945. He was also awarded the United States Distinguished Flying Cross for the Salerno Landings in 1943, the announcement appearing in the Supplement to the London Gazette 38547 of Friday, February 25, 1949, on Tuesday, March 1, 1949, page 1049 and in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette of Thursday, March 24, 1949, page 723. Bunting is credited with destroying five aircraft: four while in Spitfire VIII - MH934 which included two Fw 190's on February 29, 1944 south of Cisterna and two Me 109's on March 24, 1944 south-east of Rome, and one while in Spitfire VIII - MA583, a Fw 190 on July 27, 1944 south of Nice. He also is credited with damaging a Fw 190 on October 2, 1944 north of Anzio while in Spitfire VIII - MH934 and credited with "Likely" downing a Fw 190 on March 27, 1944 at Cassino while in Spitfire VIII - MA687. An account of Warrant Officer Bobby Bunting claiming two Focke-Wulfs south-east of Rome states: "We dived from out of the sun and I identified the a/c as FW 190s. I attacked the nearest a/c and fired from 250 yds; with one ring deflection and closed to 100 yds. The E/A dived away streaming black and white smoke. I was then attacked by two E/A and broke port. Blue leader [Turcott] saw the E/A I had attacked burst into flame at 500ft and crash. I continued turning and dived on one of the two a/c that had been attacking me. I opened fire at 150 yds with 10º deflection and saw strikes all around the engine and cockpit. Pieces flew off the E/A and I watched until it struck the ground and burst into flames. I then chased two E/A that I noticed diving towards Rome, but was forced to return as my ammunition gave out."
Back To Top