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AN OUTSTANDING SECOND WAR HONORARY ‘INTELLIGENCE’ M.B.E. AND EXTREMELY RARE GREAT WAR BELGIUM PILOTS’S D.F.M. GROUP, FOR ‘DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF BY HIS SKILL AND HIS DASH’, ONE OF JUST FOUR SUCH AWARDS TO ALLIED PILOTS. CONTINUING IN SERVICE, HE WAS CAPTURED IN 1940 BUT ESCAPED TO BRITAIN, WAS ATTACHED TO THE R.A.F. AND SERVED AS HEAD OF THE ESCAPE AND EVASION DEPARTMENT OF BELGIUM STATE SECURITY, LONDON. HERE HE ORGANISED THE ROUTES AND CONTACTS FOR GETTING ESCAPED AND DOWNED AIRCREW BACK TO THE UK AS WELL WORKING CLOSELY WITH HIS COUNTERPARTS IN MI9 WITH RECRUITMENT AND COVER STORIES FOR AGENTS GETTING IN AND OUT OF BELGIUM

THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE, M.B.E. (MILITARY) MEMBER’S 2ND TYPE BREAST BADGE, SILVER-GILT; DISTINGUISHED FLYING MEDAL, G.V.R. (NO 243 FLT WARRANT OFFICER CHARLES DELLOYE, AVIATION BELGE.) ON 1ST TYPE HORIZONTAL STRIPED RIBAND; BELGIUM, KINGDOM, ORDER OF LEOPOLD II, COMMANDER’S NECK BADGE, SILVER-GILT AND ENAMEL, BILINGUAL MOTTO, WITH NECK RIBAND; ORDER OF LEOPOLD, MILITARY DIVISION, OFFICER’S BREAST BADGE, SILVER-GILT AND ENAMEL, FRENCH MOTTO, WITH ROSETTE ON RIBAND; ORDER OF THE CROWN, OFFICER’S BREAST BADGE, GILT AND ENAMEL, WITH ROSETTE AND CROSSED SWORDS EMBLEM ON RIBAND; MILITARY CROSS, FIRST CLASS, L.III.R., GILT AND ENAMEL, WITH ROSETTE ON RIBAND; CROIX DE GUERRE, A.I.R., BRONZE, WITH BRONZE PALM EMBLEM ON RIBAND; YSER MEDAL 1914, BRONZE AND ENAMEL; COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL FOR THE GREAT WAR 1914-18, BRONZE; ALLIED VICTORY MEDAL 1914-19, BRONZE; COMBAT VOLUNTEERS MEDAL 1914-18, BRONZE; FRONTLINE FIRE SERVICE CROSS 1914-18, BRONZE; EVADERS CROSS, BRONZE; VOLUNTEER’S MEDAL 1940-45, BRONZE; ARMED RESISTANCE MEDAL 1940-45, BRONZE; POLITICAL PRISONER’S CROSS 1940-45, SILVERED AND ENAMEL, WITH RIBAND BAR WITH THREE STARS; PRISONER OF WAR MEDAL 1940-45, BRONZE, WITH FIVE BRONZE RIBAND BARS; COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL FOR THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1940-45, BRONZE, WITH SMALL CROWN EMBLEM ON RIBAND; MEDAL FOR MILITARY FIGHTERS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1940-45, BRONZE; VOLUNTEER’S MEDAL, BRONZE.

Appointed Honorary M.B.E. 11 November 1946. This would have been for his work as head of the escape and evasion department at the Belge Surete de L’stat, London. These Awards were not Gazetted but are confirmed.

D.F.M. London Gazette 19 July 1919 (originally recommended for a M.M.):

‘A pilot who has distinguished himself by his skill and his dash, and who was always to be found ready to start on difficult enterprises. During the Flanders offensive of 1918, his work was largely responsible for successful counter battery work.’

The D.F.M. one of just 5 awarded to Allied airmen during WW1.

Belgium Croix de Guerre, 4 February 1919:
‘A remarkable pilot for his skill. His courage and his dash. Carried out many very fruitful reconnaissance missions over enemy lines during more than 100 hours of observation flights’.

Emblem for Belgium Croix de Guerre, 12 June 1919:
‘Showed much courage and devotion to duty during the Flanders Offensive in 1918’

DELLOYE AND THE GREAT WAR

Charles Jules Ghislain Joseph Delloye was born in Thorembais les Béguines, Belgium in July 1894. He joined the Belgian military in June 1914 and was on active service with the Compagnie des Aviateurs from 14 August 1914. Delloye was an early member of the Belgian Air Force, being one of just 175 Officers and men being called to service at the start of the War. Initially based at Antwerp, Delloye was one of the defenders of that place in the early days of the War. A huge number of Belgium troops became prisoner ………………….

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Sold with extensive and impressive quantity of copied research, including; Documents relating to Delloye’s awards (all in listing confirmed), detailed service records from Belgium, citations for D.F.M and Croix de Guerre/emblem, photo copies of 11 WW1 photographs of Delloye in and around aircraft, RAF service papers, copies of documents relating to the Belgian Air Force and British awards, citations for some of the same and many others too numerous to mention. Relating to above, there are a large number of copied letters and documents relating to Delloye from the Belgium archives, British Embassy in Belgium, fellow collectors, National Archives and many other sources. These collected between 1970 and the early 1990’s in what is an extremely impressive long term research project by the previous owner of the group.

CONCLUSION

Condition; DFM EF, on rare 1st type horizontal striped ribbon, other medals GVF to EF. Provenance: The Reverend E. Hawkes Field Collection, Glendinings, November 1950 (Catalogue pages included) J. B. Hayward, 1973. Medal has been in the same collection between purchase from Hayward and 2021.

The D.F.M. is outstanding and extremely rare in its own right, being one of just 4 Allied awards. To add to this, the Recipient had a quite amazing service, being one of the original members of the tiny Belgium Air Service, serving with it from the very start of the first war in August 1914. Remaining in service, to be captured in 1940, escaping to Britain where he was appointed to the R.A.F. and would head the Belgian security department tasked with helping Allied aircrew escape and evaders get back to the UK,. For this he was honoured with an M.B.E. and numerous Belgian Awards.

Code J2952        Price £8985