Lot Archive


№ 373


20 October 1993

Hammer Price:

A Peenemunde group of four to Sergeant G.B. Bates, Royal Air Force

1939-45 STAR; AIR CREW EUROPE STAR, clasp, France & Germany; DEFENCE AND WAR MEDALS, these unnamed as issued, sold with recipient's original Flying Log Book for the period 1941-1945, good very fine

Sergeant G.B. Bates was a Navigator with 75 (New Zealand) Squadron from July 1943. Flying Stirling bombers he took part in 25 night bombing operations. These included the famous raid on the V1 rocket site at Peenemunde on 17 August 1943. Other entries in his log book show that he was attacked by JU88's over Hamburg and Mannheim, the pilot and mid-upper gunner being wounded on the latter occasion, and his aircraft was damaged by flak on two occasions. After completing various training courses Bates joined 12 Squadron and flew three further operations in Lancasters, including the attack on Hitler's mountain retreat at Berchtesgaden. Sold with further details.