Historic lot of wartime memorabilia could fetch £15,000 at Honiton auction

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:18 31 May 2019

Peter Casement's wartime memorabilia is going under the hammer. Picture courtesy of Sue Cade.

Peter Casement's wartime memorabilia is going under the hammer. Picture courtesy of Sue Cade.


Memorabilia from World War Two will be up for auction in Honiton on Friday, May 31.

A historic haul of wartime memorabilia - including medals, uniforms and logbooks - will go under the hammer at a Honiton auction house.

Chilcotts will sell the items, some of which date from World War Two.

The medals, a Distinguished Service Order, Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar and Air Force Cross group of eight were awarded to Peter Reginald Casement who flew with both Bomber Command and Coastal Command.

The medal group includes a 'Mentioned in Dispatches' oak-leaf and campaign clasps for France and Germany, Malaya and Palestine 1946-48 along with the set of miniatures and three original medal boxes.

Group Captain Casement was one of the few pilots to have seen service throughout World War Two, taking part in many strategically important missions during it.

During the Battle of the Atlantic, the bomber he piloted was the first to bring back photographic evidence of the sinking of a U-boat.

The British national press celebrated by printing the four photographs together with minute-by-minute accounts from the Air Ministry News Service.

These historic photographs plus his handwritten descriptions are in an album included in the lot.

During his active service, not only did Peter update his log books as required but he also wrote detailed accounts of many of his sorties.

Auctioneer Duncan Chilcott said: "While his log books document the RAF's nightly missions, Peter's notebooks shed light on the airmen's night-time battles with the cold, poor visibility, navigation problems, sickness, enemy search lights and flak.

"The combination of medals is rare in itself, but it's the fact that they were awarded to a pilot with such an extraordinary World War Two service and are being offered with an extensive archive of materials to accompany them that gives this such historical significance."

The medals and associated memorabilia, which includes his flying jacket, gloves and boots, several sets of uniform, photographs and RAF training manuals, are being sold as one lot by Peter's family.

The auction estimate is £10,000 to £15,000.

The sale is on June 1 at the Silver Street sale room in Honiton.

Viewing is on Thursday, May 30 from 9.30am to 5pm, Friday, May 31 9:30am to 7pm and on the sale day from 8.30am. The sale starts at 10.30am.

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