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Spitfire pilot's caterpillar brooch sells for more than £2,000 at auction

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A Spitfire pilot's caterpillar brooch has sold for more than £2,000 at auction.

It belonged to Sgt William Henry Tuckwell Farmer, an RAF pilot based in Cornwall during World War Two.

He was shot down over France in 1942 and the brooches were awarded to pilots who successfully parachuted out of their aircraft.

Fellows Auctioneers in Birmingham said each "tells a story that we would hope never needs repeating".

Sgt Farmer flew with the 234 Squadron and in July 1942 he had to jump out of his Spitfire when it was hit by machine gun fire over Landerneau.

He was taken as a prisoner of war to Stalag Lamsdorf shortly after.


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