WWII

Dambuster Pilot's 'Lucky' Teddy Bear Mascot To Go Under The Hammer

'Pinnie The Wooh' is expected to fetch up to £10,000 when on sale later this month.

Pinnie The Wooh together with the original note (Picture: East Bristol Auctions).

A teddy bear that accompanied a pilot during the Second World War Dambusters raid is expected to fetch up to £10,000 at auction.

The bear, named 'Pinnie The Wooh', flew with pilot David Maltby as his lucky mascot on all of his missions with Bomber Command.

The 23-year-old lost his life when his aircraft crashed into the North Sea in 1943.

The bear was recovered from the wreckage and was put on display in the boarding school where Maltby's father was Headmaster.

When the school was set for demolition, a former pupil took it into his care and has had it ever since.

The teddy is to go under the hammer in East Bristol Auctions' 'Military, History & Transportation Auction' on Friday 15th November.

Auctioneer Andrew Stowe said: "There is something both incredible and heartbreaking about this bear."

'Pinnie' carries an estimate of £5,000 - £10,000.