Hull-born Spitfire pilot Ronald Berry's WW2 medals sold for £120,000

Hull-born Spitfire ace's medals sold for £120K

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Medals and decorations awarded to a Spitfire pilot who fought in the Battle of Britain have been sold at auction for £120,000.

Air Commodore Ronald 'Ras' Berry, was a 23-year-old pilot with 603 squadron during World War Two.

Born in Hull, East Yorkshire, in 1917, he flew more than 400 combat missions.

The auctioned lot, which included his CBE and Distinguished Service Order, cost the un-named buyer £144,000, with commission included, in London.

Mr Berry shot down 10 enemy aircraft, claimed his part in the destruction of another six, had eight "probables" and also caused damage to nine.

He downed three German Messerschmitt 109s in one day during 1940 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar.

An estimated 1,023 RAF and 1,887 Luftwaffe aircraft were lost in what became known as the Battle of Britain.

Oliver Pepys, of auctioneers Spink, had said before the sale there was expected to be "significant interest" in the auction's lots.

A spokeswoman for Spinks said the medals had been sold as a complete lot but would not go into detail about the buyer or whether the lot had been bought by a UK resident.

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