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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 105

A well-documented campaign group of five awarded to Trooper R. G. Musto, 61st Reconnaissance Regiment

1939-45 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, with torn box of issue for the campaign Medals; Efficiency Medal, G.VI.R., Territorial (5252939 Tpr. R. G. Musto. Recce. Regt.), official correction to number, very fine, mounted on a display with relevant cloth badges (Lot)

Ray G. Musto would have landed with the 61st Reconnaissance Regiment on D-Day, 6 June 1944, as recalled in This Band of Brothers:

'The skeleton of 61st Regiment was also ashore on D-day, fulfilling for a moment a true recce role in the miniature 'break out' from the beach. Somewhere over there, beyond the low cliff which flanked the village of Arromanches, had occurred the first adventures of the campaign.'

Musto is confirmed as an Armoured Car driver with 'B' Squadron in Beaten Paths are Safest, for he swiftly moved his car to provide cover for the rescue of Sergeant Wells on 15 June 1944, deep in the 'bocages' country. The unit saw their share in the Battle of Mortain at Hill 314 in August 1944 and were also sent up to play a significant part around the Battle of Arnhem. They linked up with the 101st Airborne at Veghel by 18 September, Grave with the 82nd Airborne the following day and eventually reaching Nijmegan bridge and up to the south bank of the Rhine; sold together with three used wartime maps, a Recce Regiment map of their movements, captured German newspapers, besides numerous related books and Association booklets from his time.

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