The Awards of Air Vice-Marshal Farman for His Role in OverLord
The Awards of Air Vice-Marshal Farman for His Role in OverLord - The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, C.B. (Military) Companion's Neck Badge (silver gilt and enamels, 49 mm, in its hardshelled case of issue, marked "C.B. MILy" on the lid, maker marked "COLLINGWOOD OF CONDUIT ST., LTD. London" on the inside lid, recessed medal bed, enamel chipping on one reverse arm); The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, C.B.E. (Military) Commander's, 2nd Type Neck Badge (silver gilt and enamels, 63.5 mm x 79.5 mm, in a 1st Type hardshelled case of issue, marked "C.B.E." and "MILy" on the lid, maker marked "GARRARD & Co LTD. LONDON" on the inside lid, recessed medal bed); and Group of Six: 1914-15 Star (1682, PTE. E. FARMAN. 9-LOND.R.); British War Medal (1682. PTE. E.C. FARMAN. 9-LOND. R.); Victory Medal (1682. PTE. E.C. FARMAN. 9-LOND. R.); Defence Medal; War Medal 1939-1945; and Coronation Medal 1953. The naming on the WWI Trio is officially impressed, the WWII medals are un-named. Group of six is court-mounted with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran. Light contact, very fine. Accompanied by copies his WWI Index Cards (confirming the Trio to Private Farman of the 9th London Regiment), Supplement to the London Gazette, dated September 19, 1944 (naming "Captain Edward Crisp Farman, Royal Air Force" as a recipient of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire C.B.E.), Supplement to the London Gazette, dated January 1, 1953 (naming "Acting Air Vice-Marshal Edward Crisp Farman, C.B.E. Royal Air Force" as a recipient of Most Honourable Order of the Bath, C.B.) and two letters from the Central Chancery of The Orders of Knighthood, St. James's Place (confirming him as a recipient of both orders).Footnote: Edward Crisp Farman was born on November 8, 1897, the second son of Ernest L. Farman of Bayswater, London. He was privately educated as a youth before entering service in the First World War, in 1914, with the 9th London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles). He entered the French theatre on January 22, 1915, was discharged one year later, on February 11, 1916 and awarded the Silver War Badge. He followed his Army service with a commission in the Royal Air Force in 1918, appointed as a Temporary 2nd Lieutenant in the Administrative Branch (May 3, 1918), named a Pilot Officer (August 1, 1919) and two months later was on Staff, No. 4 Stores Depot as of October 18th. He was named a Flying Officer (November 3, 1919, without pay and allowances), and appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flying Officer on June 17, 1920. Farman married Mabel Emily Mitchell in 1920 and would go on to have one son between them. During the 1920s and 1930s, Farman was at various locations and had a number of positions and ranks, including: Stores Officer with 100 Squadron, Royal Air Force, Spittlegate, Grantham, Lincolnshire (August 12, 1921), Stores Officer, No. 23 Armoured Car Company (December 1, 1923), Stores Officer, No. 111 Squadron (April 1, 1928), was named Flight Lieutenant (July 1, 1929), Stores Officer, No. 100 Squadron (March 24, 1930), attended RAF Staff College at Andover (January 18, 1932), Supernumerary, No. 1 Air Defence Group (December 17, 1932), Stores Officer, RAF Headquarters, Middle East (February 1, 1935) and was with the Stores Branch as a Flight Lieutenant when he was named Squadron Leader (as cited in the London Gazette on March 31, 1936, effective April 1, 1936). Upon the outbreak of the Second World War, Farman was Supernumerary, No.1 RAF Depot (November 20, 1938) and later, Maintenance Staff Officer, Headquarters Maintenance Command (March 3, 1939), where he was named Wing Commander (April 1, 1939). His RAF service was interrupted by a two year stint, where he was attached to the Royal Canadian Air Force (1940-1942) and named Temporary Group Captain (September 1, 1941). After his time with the RCAF, he was named Commander, No. 16 Maintenance Unit, Royal Air Force (1942-1943), was Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, Headquarters No. 40 Group (May 5, 1942), then Deputy Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, Headquarters Maintenance Command. Farman was awarded his The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, C.B.E. (Military) Commander's, 2nd Type Neck Badge, as cited in the London Gazette on September 19, 1944, for his work during the planning of "Operation Overlord", the Allied invasion of Normandy. He was later Air Officer Commanding, No. 56 Wing (1945), Senior Equipment Staff Officer, Transport Command (June 4, 1945-1946), Temporary Air Commodore and Group Captain (January 1, 1946), named Air Commodore (October 1, 1946), Senior Air Staff Officer, No. 40 Group (1947), Air Officer Commanding, No. 42 Group (1947-1949), Director of Equipment (D) Air Ministry (1949-1950) and Senior Air Staff Officer, Maintenance Command (February 5, 1951-1953, where he was Acting Air Vice-Marshal, and later retained as Air Vice-Marshal). Farman was awarded his The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, C.B. (Military) Companion's Neck Badge as cited in the London Gazette on January 1, 1953 and subsequently retired, joining the Royal Air Force Reserves and enjoying his favourite pastime, golf. He died on July 26, 1966 at his home in Newbury, at the age of 68.