This is the item I was referring to on the HWH thread.
It is a silver cigarette box which was presented to F/O J.J O'Meara at the height of the Battle of Britain by his Squadron colleagues. Knocked about a bit but that is unimportant given the significance and I feel privileged to be the custodian. The cedar wood lining still imparts its fragrance even after a 70 year exposure to cigarettes.
They must have thought a good deal of him to fork out but for what purpose? It wasn't his birthday on the 7th Sept., but he moved on to 72 Squadron on the 19th Sept. The Squadron had already been withdrawn from Kenley to Leconfield on the 19th August so the presentation was probably at Leconfield.
He moved again to 421 Flight on the 3rd Oct., to Hawkinge and was still with 421 Flight in a further move to West Malling on the 15th November. 421 eventually became 91 Squadron.
Among his 12 victories was a He59 which he pranged while flying a high-performance pale blue Spitfire on the 26th November 1940.
'Orange' O'Meara was awarded the DSO and DFC&Bar.
Much more info and pics at www.jjomeara.com