A Second World War D.F.C. and Battle of Britain group of five to Flight Lieutenant B.M.Bush, Royal Air Force,
Lot 131
A Second World War D.F.C. and Battle of Britain group of five to Flight Lieutenant B.M.Bush, Royal Air Force,
Sold for £5,052 (US$ 8,406) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Second World War D.F.C. and Battle of Britain group of five to Flight Lieutenant B.M.Bush, Royal Air Force,
Distinguished Flying Cross, G.VI.R., dated 1945; 1939-1945 Star with Battle of Britain bar; Air Crew Europe Star with France and Germany bar; Defence Medal; War Medal with MID Oakleaf. Mounted as worn with corresponding miniatures. Very fine. (Lot)

Footnotes

  • D.F.C. London Gazette 23.3.1945.

    Flight Lieutenant Basil Martin Bush was a member of the RAFVR in Cambridge and had carried out some training at 22 E&RFTS before being called to full time service at the outbreak of war. He completed his training at 8 FTS Montrose and after converting to Hurricanes at 7 OTU, Hawarden he joined 504 Squadron at Castletown in early July 1940. His log book has notes relating to a number of Interceptions. On September 7th Bush made a forced landing at Eastchurch after a cannon shell went through his cockpit hood and petrol tank during a combat over the Thames Estuary. He was shot down on September 30th in an action over the South-West coast and crash landed near Yeovil, in Hurricane P 3021. Commissioned in July 1941, he transfers to 81 Squadron in September 1941 at Vayhenga, near Murmansk and damages a Me.110 on the 11th. On his return he goes to Montrose for an Instructors course and then begins training Army Pilots for glider towing. He then converted to Mosquitos having trained at 1655 Mosquito Training Unit, Warboys, and joined 139 Squadron at Upwood, and does OPs to Berlin, Hanover and Mannheim as well as many other cities. He was later with a Spitfire Flight training Lancaster crews to cope with attacking fighters. He was awarded the DFC serving with 128 Squadron in 8 (Pathfinder) Group, Bomber Command, in Mosquitos. He was released from the RAF in late 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

    Sold with his two original Flying Log Books entry notes for Aug, Sept and Oct 1940 have been scribbled over and then with a sticker applied on top (could be carefully removed).

    The lot also includes his Russian Identity Card, silk pass for showing to the Russians if shot down, Invitation to the film the Battle of Britain, photographs and a quantity of related ephemera (mainly post war) and various souvenirs.
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