An Extraordinary WWII RAF Bomber Command Medal Quartet and Associated Items, comprising War Medal, Defence Medal, Air Crew Star and 1939-45 Star with bars to 1097775 Flying Officer Leslie Pulfrey. The lot also includes Flying Log, No. 2 tunic and a remarkable detailed personal war time biography of Flying Officer Pulfrey written by his nephew Mr. J. Pinguey. A unique lot.
*Son of John and Florrie Pulfrey, Leslie Pulfrey was a Sheffield man, born on 24th September 1914 who had joined the local Constabulary before the war. After training in 1942 he passed into the RAF on 28th September 1942 as a bomb aimer and joined 103 Squadron flying Lancasters out of Elsham Wolds, flying twenty-three operations. After receiving his commission in August 1943 and further OTV training he joined 550 Squadron at North Killingholme, again in Lancasters.
On the night of 16th/17th June 1944 whilst returning from a raid on the oil refinery at Sterkrade in Germany, Lancaster ME840 BQ-V was attacked and shot down by a German Night Fighter over Aalten in Holland. Only one crew member survived the attack, Flight Engineer Roy Kay. Flying Officer Pulfrey's body was found by a local farmer, Mr Eerden, wrapped in a parachute as if it had failed to open, however Flight Officer Pulfrey also appeared to have bullet wounds to his neck. He is buried, along with his crew, at Wisch Varsseveld Cemetery.
In later life the family of Flying Officer Pulfrey and Mr Eerden went on to establish a great friendship and create a detailed memoir to him. As a final postscript, in 2004 four F-16 Fighters from the Royal Netherlands Airforce flew over the village of Aalten to mark the 70th Anniversary of the death of Flying Officer Pulfrey and his comrades.
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