An Early 20th Century Louis Vuitton Suitcase, mounted with black canvas and black painted trim, brass locks impressed LV, brown leather handle, canvas lining with two straps, paper Louis Vuitton label printed with the no:753949 and the address 70 Champs Elysees, Paris, bearing some travel labels including Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, 60cm by 22cm by 39cm
The property of Wing Commander V.A. Gittins. He first joined the Royal Air Force in February 1921 and served in China in 1927, and H.M.S. Glorious at Malta in 1931 and 1937. Gittins was appointed Chief Technical Officer of the Royal Air Force Hurricane Wing sent to Russia in 1941. He was awarded the Russian Order of the Red Star, one of several Soviet awards to 151 Wing. It is probable that his M.B.E. was awarded for similar services. In 1944 he was C.T.O. with No. 51 O.T.U. at Cranfield, and in 1945 he went to Burma. After V.J. Day he was posted to Java as Command Engineer Officer, Netherlands East Indies. He returned to the UK in 1946 where he remained until 1953 when he retired from the R.A.F. In 1959 he was commissioned into the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve as Wing Commander, Commanding Sussex Wing, Air Training Corps.