Squadron Leader Tony Bartley DFC
Cuthbert Orde Portrait
Signed by Tony Bartley
Orde portrait signed by Tony Bartley
Black and white photocopy of Bartley’s portrait by Cuthbert Orde, signed by Tony Bartley in blue ink
Very Good condition. Measures 21 x 14 cm and it neatly fits into a copy of Bartley’s autobiography ‘Smoke Trails in the Sky’.
Tony Bartley epitomised the young, dashing RAF fighter pilot of the Battle of Britain. He learned to fly in 1938 and joined the RAF the following year first being posted to 92 Squadron, flying Spitfires. He was credited with 8 victories during the Dunkirk evacuation and the Battle of Britain before joining 74 Squadron as a flight commander in March 1941.
He spent a rest period as a flying instructor and then as a production test pilot at Vickers Supermarines before returning to operations in February 1942 as a flight commander with 65 Squadron and then in May he became the Squadron’s CO. The following August he was appointed to command 111 Squadron in North Africa and he returned to the UK in January 1943 after the end of his tour and flew with the Americans over the D-Day landings. After the war he married the famous actress Deborah Kerr.