A Second World War M.M. group of seven to Wing Commander J.D.Bradley, Royal Air Force,
Lot 131
A Second World War M.M. group of seven to Wing Commander J.D.Bradley, Royal Air Force,
Sold for £6,815 (US$ 11,325) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Second World War M.M. group of seven to Wing Commander J.D.Bradley, Royal Air Force,
Military Medal, G.VI.R. (1057447 Sgt J.Bradley R.A.F.); 1939-1945 Star; Air Crew Europe Star; Africa Star with North Africa 1942-43 bar; Defence Medal; War Medal; Campaign Service 1962, two bars, Radfan, South Arabia (Wg Cdr. J.D.Bradley. R.A.F.). Mounted as worn with corresponding miniatures. Very fine or better. (Lot)

Footnotes

  • M.M. London Gazette 20.7.1943


    Joint citation with 568967 Sergeant J.W.MacFarlane.

    These airmen were wireless operator and flight engineer, respectively, of a bomber which was shot down over Heraklion on 5th September, 1942, 3 of the crew being killed and a fourth member taken prisoner. Sergeants Bradley and Macfarlane evaded the enemy, and a fortnight later, linked up with certain British organisers, but they were not content merely to remain passive and inactive until arrangements could be made for them to be evacuated. From October 1942, until he was actually evacuated on 14th February 1943, Sergeant Bradley operated a hitherto disused W/T set and made contact with R.A.F. Headquarters, Middle East, sending much valuable information. During the period he remained cheerful in all difficulties and shared, with other members of the organisation, in the trials of hurried night moves and constant hiding necessitated by the activities of German field troops and counter-espionage agents. He also proved invaluable in making friendly contacts with local inhabitants. Sergeant Bradley assisted the organisation in every way and voluntarily became an active and enthusiastic agent. Sergeant MacFarlane proived himself equally valuable, not only assisting Sergeant Bradley but giving continual and encouraging assistance to other wireless operators.

    Sold with copy recommendation as detailed above, originally they were recommended for the B.E.M.


    The lot comes with, Caterpillar club badge (F/S d.Bradley), Late arrivals 'winged boot' badge, an assortment of photographs, a typed report of his time between 5.9.1942 and 17.3.1943 which graphically details his existence, movement and work he carried out; a letter from the MOD dated 29.6.1973 regarding him leaving the Active List of the R.A.F.

    A total of 74 MMs were awarded to the RAF for WW2, 4 of which were for Crete.
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