Group Captain Brian Kingcombe medals 190521 CREDIT DIX NOONAN WEBB
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Spitfire Pilot's Battle Of Britain Medals Sell For £110,000

The auctioneers set a guide price of between £30,000 and £40,000 for the medals but a collector paid around three times that amount.

Group Captain Brian Kingcombe medals 190521 CREDIT DIX NOONAN WEBB

A Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot's medals have sold at auction for £110,000.

Group Captain Charles Brian Fabris Kingcome was awarded a number of medals, including a 1942 Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and a 1940 Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).

The collection of seven medals sold had a guide price of between £30,000 and £40,000 set by auctioneers at Dix Noonan Webb, but the collection eventually went for around three times that to a UK collector of outstanding gallantry awards.

Gp Capt Kingcome was 23 when he led 92 Squadron from RAF Biggin Hill during the Battle of Britain, before being shot down and hospitalised in October 1940.

He returned to fly with the squadron until appointed to the command of 72 Squadron in February 1942.

At age 25 he was one of the youngest Group Captains in the RAF, commanding 244 (Spitfire) Wing, Desert Air Force, providing fighter support for the Eighth Army from Africa into Sicily and then through the campaign in Italy.

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Charles Kingcome was one of the youngest Group Captains in the RAF during the Second World War (Picture: Dix Noonan Webb).

His DSO citation described him as "traditionally modest", adding: "He has destroyed a total of 11 enemy aircraft, probably destroyed 5 and damaged 13."

Following the sale of the medals, Christopher Mellor-Hill from Dix Noonan Webb said the "outstanding price" reflected Group Captain Kingcome's "status as one of the exceptional Battle of Britain heroes".

"He epitomised the Battle of Britain image of the daring, adrenaline-driven young men who became 'one of the few' in defending our country," he said.

Cover image: Group Captain Brian Kingcome's seven medals for service during the Second World War (Picture: Dix Noonan Webb).