Battle of Britain pilot's rare WWII medals swoop into Essex auction

In just under a week's time, Stacey's in Essex, UK will be holding an auction of Antiques, Jewellery and Collectables, offering a variety of pieces that entry level collectors will be interested in.

The best section, however, is probably the medals and militaria. This includes:

A WWII medal group awarded to Flight Lieutenant N M Reddington DFC who took part in Operation Jericho, the RAF raid on Amiens Prison. It includes 1939-45 Africa & Air Crew Europe stars, Defence and War Medals with original named box of issue and various photos and research.

Secondly a set of memorabilia with a fascinating if somewhat gruesome story belonging to Flight Sgt Peter Else of 610 Squadron:a collection of ephemera, WWII medals and his honourably disabled war badge.

Battle of Britain medals
Budzinski's Battle of Britain medals

Else was shot down in the Battle of Britain losing his left hand and forearm in the process. He recalled during his bail out seeing his left hand still clasping the controls after it had been severed following a hit from an ME-109, an event which the first army winner of the Victoria Cross might have sympathised with.

The star of the sale however is a rare WWII medal set: a Polish Battle of Britain grouping to Jan Budzinski who claimed the credit for 2.5 kills.

The lot comes complete with Pilot's flying logbook, and personal photograph album, alongside his medals with original Battle of Britain bar and Polish Cross of Valour for bravery in the Battle, and extensive research detailing his kills and combat history. It is expected to sell for £5,000-7,000.

The sale takes place on September 6.


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