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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 358

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The rare Second World War Coastal Command operations 1945 O.B.E., 1941 D.F.C. and Immediate Second Award Bar group of ten miniature dress medals worn by Group Captain J. W. Louw, Royal Air Force, a veteran of three full Operational Tours

Close combats with Focke-Wulf Condors and a U-Boat 'kill' aside, his skills as a Pilot were much in demand in November 1942, when, at short notice, he was ordered to make a rendezvous with H.M. submarine Seraph
, 20 or 30 miles south of Toulon: in dangerous sea conditions, he landed his Catalina flying boat alongside Seraph and embarked General Giraud of the Free French, just in time for him to fulfil his vital role in the North African landings

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.), Military Division, Officer's 2nd type Badge, silver-gilt; Distinguished Flying Cross, G.VI.R., with Second Award Bar; 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, with M.I.D. oak leaf; General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Malay Peninsula; France, Republic, Legion d'Honneur, Chevalier's breast Badge, silver, silver-gilt and enamel; France, Republic, Croix de Guerre, with Palme upon riband, mounted as worn, good very fine (10)

For his full-size awards and a biographical note, please see Lot 211.

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