April 9, 2007
Medals and military insignia, including four Distinguished Service Orders, belonging to one of the Second World War’s finest airmen are expected to fetch up to £180,000 when they are auctioned this month.
are testament to a career that included numerous bold raids and two months
spent evading the Germans in occupied
Basil, one of the RAF’s best pilots of the Blenheim, right, and Mosquito, was
also famed for evading capture after being shot down over France while
protecting the British Army during the Dunkirk retreat. In an earlier series of
attacks on German fleets, he carried out ten raids in eight days. Sir Basil,
who became Air Chief Marshal, was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of the
Basil, who died in 1977, emigrated to
Wing Commander Jim Routledge, 72, an RAF historian, described him as one of the most inspiring leaders ever to serve in the RAF.
18 items will be offered for sale at Spink’s in