This DFC medal group of a British Spitfire pilot who survived the war despite crashing and being given up for dead by his colleagues has an estimate of £8000-10,000 in Plymouth Auction Rooms’ November 21 sale.
After fighting in the Battle of Britain and
surviving a near-fatal mid-air collision in 1942, two years later
Flight Lt Bob Poulton's Spitfire developed a leak near Fruges,
He was forced to parachute out and landed in
a field with a broken leg. He was captured, taken to a German
hospital and sent to a POW camp.
The squadron believed that he had died and
the original telegram reporting him missing has been kept and is
included in the lot. There is also his Caterpillar Club membership
card, awarded to all whose lives had been saved by an Irwin
parachute, a hand-written POW war-time log containing humorous
sketches, stories and names of fellow inmates, and a poignant album
of photographs from 1940.
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