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Chess Set belonged to James "ginger" Lacey

Article about: Something a bit different. This chess set once belonged to battle of britain pilot James Harry Lacey also known as ginger Lacey.This was purchased roughly 1950 when the contents of the house

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    Something a bit different.
    This chess set once belonged to battle of britain pilot James Harry Lacey also known as ginger Lacey.This was purchased roughly 1950 when the contents of the house he had lived in in Wetherby were sold(not sure if all contents or just some) .Since then it has remained with the family who purchased it and has now been passed on to me by my uncle.
    On top of the box is the now faint signature of James and RAF S ldr (squadron leader)
    One of "The Few", Lacey downed at least 28 enemy planes during World War Two and was a rare example of someone who served in the RAF on both the first and final day of the war.
    Due to both skill and luck, in his own words, he survived nine crash landings and famously shot down a German plane that had just bombed Buckingham Palace.
    Lots more info in this wikipedia article
    James Harry Lacey - Wikipedia

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    What a great item to have and would display well with other RAF artifacts

    Very cool

    Regards Larry
    It is not the size of a Collection in History that matters......Its the size of your Passion for it!! - Larry C

    One never knows what tree roots push to the surface of what laid buried before the tree was planted - Larry C

    “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” - Winston Churchill

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    Wow, great acquisition to your collection !
    Paul

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    Quote by Pauls1970 View Post
    Wow, great acquisition to your collection !
    Paul
    This is ephemera of the best kind. Previously owned by a known "personality" and with good provenance

    Regards

    Mark
    "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares more about than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature with no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."

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    What an historic chess set, Imagine Ginger Lacey trying to concentrate on a game whilst at dispersal waiting for the scramble bell!! .Regards Paul

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    Very nice, classic Staunton design.
    I am a keen chess player myself. (Club level).

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    That is pretty cool, as a chess player I would love to have it. I corresponded with Lacey BITD and he offered to sell me a Luftwaffe Honour Goblet. Still kicking myself that I didn't pull the trigger.

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