World War Two fanatic puts Worcestershire hoard up for auction
A militaria and aviation fanatic who has amassed barns full of rare war memorabilia has put his entire hoard up for auction.
John Hancocks, 85, said his fascination began as a child in Birmingham when the city was targeted by German bombers during World War Two.
His passion grew during his National Service as an RAF crash salvager based at Cosford in Shropshire.
The collection at his Worcestershire farm goes on sale with Halls on 24 May.
The auctioneer has estimated the value of the collection at about £100,000.
"I have gone as far as I can go with the collection and it's time for it to be shared with other people," said Mr Hancocks.
"The collection has given me enormous enjoyment. I've met many interesting people as a result of assembling it."
Mr Hancocks, who also served at RAF bases in Padgate, near Manchester, Colerne in Wiltshire, and Little Rissington in the Cotswolds, is selling up so he and he and his wife Pat, 83, can downsize.
The collection, which contains thousands of items, includes two Pegasus 103 engines from a Harrier GR3 jump jet - one complete and the other in 2,200 listed pieces.
He said his "pride and joy" was a cockpit of a Canberra TT18 bomber, while other treasured items included a Griffon 57 engine from a Shackleton surveillance aircraft.