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Dambuster hero's DFC and Bar sell for £25,500

By Sam Dean

Published 16/12/2015

The medals of a hero pilot who died in the famed Dambusters mission have been sold for £25,500, with the proceeds going towards building a life-saving dam in Uganda that aims to provide safe, clean water for nearly 100,000 people
The medals of a hero pilot who died in the famed Dambusters mission have been sold for £25,500, with the proceeds going towards building a life-saving dam in Uganda that aims to provide safe, clean water for nearly 100,000 people

The medals of a hero pilot who died in the famed Dambusters mission have been sold for £25,500, with the proceeds going towards building a life-saving dam in Uganda that aims to provide safe, clean water for nearly 100,000 people.

The Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar were awarded to Flight Lieutenant John Vere 'Hoppy' Hopgood, a 21-year-old who flew one of the 19 Lancaster bombers in the renowned mission to destroy three dams deep in Nazi Germany, but never returned.

He received serious wounds on the approach to the Mohne Dam but managed to fly the plane low enough for his bouncing bomb to strike.

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