A rare medal combination awarded to a Pathfinder and the awards bestowed on a highly decorated Canadian officer go to sale


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.

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