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Air Vice-Marshal Sir Matthew Brown ‘Bunty’ Frew is credited with 23 aerial victories.

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The group included a DSO and bar and MC and bar.

As 45 Squadron’s top-scoring pilot for the Great War, Frew gained a reputation for saving his comrades at great personal risk whenever enemy aircraft got onto their tail.

Officially credited with 23 aerial victories, his real tally may have been far higher, since he often encouraged junior pilots in his squadron by giving them the credit for victories which were really his own.

Offered for sale complete with seven flying logbooks from the period 1916-48 and a named Air Vice Marshal’s RAF cap, the lot doubled hopes to sell at £35,000.

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A group of 17 medals awarded to Air Vice-Marshal Sir Matthew Brown ‘Bunty’ Frew (1895-1974), £35,000 at Spink.

The sale took place on April 22-23 and the buyer's premium was 20%.