Despatches

A unique ‘air’ VC sells for a huge sum at auction, and a rare ‘Rorke’s Drift’ South Africa medal goes under the hammer

COURTESY OF SPINK

UNIQUE MALAYA ‘AIR’ VC COMMANDS HEFTY PRICE

Spink auction house has sold the VC awarded to a squadron leader who pressed his attack after watching his flight be destroyed

Born on June 14, 1912, Arthur ‘Pongo’ Scarf joined the RAF in 1936, and 62 Squadron in 1937. The squadron received Blenheim bombers in February 1938, deploying to Malaya in September 1939, from where Scarf led 62 Squadron from Alor Star as the Japanese invaded in December 1941.

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