A Sky-High Price for Ace's Medals; How the Bravery of World War II Fighter Pilot Is Still Making History
Koster, Olinka, Daily Mail (London)
Byline: OLINKA KOSTER
MEDALS awarded to World War II fighter pilot Johnnie Johnson fetched a world record price at auction yesterday.
The collection belonging to the Air Vice-Marshal, who died earlier this year aged 85, was sold for [pound]241,500. They had been expected to go for no more than [pound]150,000.
Johnson, the highest scoring RAF pilot to survive the war, accounted for at least 38 enemy aircraft over Britain and occupied Europe.
Under the hammer at Spink Auctioneers in London were his CB (Companion's) and CBE (Commander's) neck badges; his triple' DSO (Distinguished Service Order) and 'double' DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross).
Other medals, including the Belgian Croix de Guerre and French Legion of Honour, were sold along with a photographic archive and a complete run of flying log books. It had been the pilot's wish for them to be sold at auction.
Johnson's youngest son, Chris, 54, of Cambridge said his father would have been delighted.
'As a world record you couldn't have wanted better,' he said. 'He would have been chuckling to have had another record. …