A rare medal combination awarded to a Pathfinder and the awards bestowed on a highly decorated Canadian officer go to sale
RARE PATHFINDER’S MEDAL PAIRING SOLD
The medal group of one of just 11 men to be awarded the combination of the CGM and DFM fetched £40,000 at a Noonans’ auction
Warrant Officer Victor Roe was born in Nor wich in May 1923. One of nine children, all removed from their parent’s custody, he grew up in homes.
After schooling , Roe worked as a farmhand at Goudhurst Farm and later Copping Farm near Tonbridge in Kent. He enlisted in the RAFVR in Januar y 1943, training as an air gunner and advancing to sergeant.
He joined his first crew at L ossiemouth, training on Wellingtons alongside Warrant Officers J Forde ( pilot), H Warner (bomb aimer), J Rollins (navigator) and Sergeant D Carruthers (radio operator). They were posted to 466 Squadron in August 1943 and flew seven sorties before converting to the Halifax , when Sergeants D Cole (flight engineer) and W Quirke (midupper gunner) joined them.