On 24th July, Spink
London will hold a diverse auction of Orders, Decorations, Campaign
Medals and Militaria, comprising 472 highly sought after lots.
At the forefront of the sale are
the decorations and medals awarded to Air Commodore E.B. 'Daisy'
Sismore of the Royal Air Force, recognised as the R.A.F.'s finest
wartime low-level navigator, and the man who planned and
participated in some of the most daring raids of WWII.
Lot 52; Estimated £40,000 -
Born in Northamptonshire in 1921,
Edward Barnes Sismore joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve aged 18 and
trained as an Observer. He survived night-flying operations with
110 Squadron in slow and vulnerable Blenheims, before joining 105
Squadron, where he formed a successful partnership with his pilot
'Reggie' Reynolds, flying Mosquitoes. He went on to fly with other
R.A.F. 'legends', including Air Chief Marshal Sir Basil Embry, and
Air Vice Marshal Robert 'Pinpoint' Bateson.
Air Commodore E.B.
Sismore with Reggie Reynolds
before the Jena raid, 27.5.1943
Amongst the many awards Sismore
received, his first was an 'Immediate' Distinguished Flying Cross
for undertaking the R.A.F's first daylight bombing raid on Berlin:
an 1100 mile roundtrip timed to coincide precisely with a radio
broadcast to be given by Reichmarschall Hermann Goering to
celebrate the 10th anniversary of Hitler's accession to
power. Dropping bombs close to the broadcast station, Sismore's
explosions were heard across Germany, and the speech went
Copenhagen, 1945: Sismore (top
right, arms behind back) with Bateson (left foreground) and Embry
Other awards followed for his
leading roles in the 'Mosquito Daylight Spectaculars' on the
Gestapo Headquarters in Aarhaus, Copenhagen and Odense.
Sismore and 'Mickey' Martin
talking to the press after their record-breaking flight from London
to Cape Town, April 1947; Table Mountain in the background
Sismore being presented to H.M.
The Queen at R.A.F. Bentley Priory
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