Spink is pleased to announce the sale of the important D.S.O., '1940' D.F.C. and Bar Group of Nine awarded to Wing Commander R.F.T. 'Bob' Doe, of the Royal Air Force. Wing Commander Doe was the third most successful Fighter Pilot of the Battle of Britain, who, with 14 victories, was also one of the few to achieve recognition flying both Spitfires and Hurricanes. His medals will be sold by Spink in London at auction on 25th November 2010. The lot is estimated to fetch £130,000-160,000.
Herewith is Doe's incredible tale of heroism… Wing Commander Robert Francis Thomas Doe, D.S.O., D.F.C. was born in Reigate on the 10th March, 1920, and educated at Leatherhead School. A shy, sickly boy, he left school at 14 to work as an office boy at the News of the World. He was one of the first young men to volunteer for the RAF Volunteer Reserve and started to train as a pilot at Hanworth Flying School. He gained a short service commission in the RAF in March 1939 and completed his training as a pilot at RAF Little Rissington.