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WWII auction raises less than hoped

Rare items from a German World War Two bomber that crashed over Lincolnshire have found a new owner - but raised less than expected.

The pilot's pocket watch and a pair of binoculars went for £320 at an auction in Market Rasen today - which was less than expected considering their good condition - and the history behind them. Their owner was on his way to bomb Hull in 1944 when he was shot down.

Items salvaged from German bomber to be auctioned off

Rare items salvaged from a crashed German World War Two bomber in Lincolnshire are to be auctioned off. Among the lots are a pilot's pocket watch and a pair of binoculars in a pig skin case which were retrieved from a Luftwaffe Dornier 217-M1 which came down at Legbourne near Louth in 1944.

The items are among 850 to go under the hammer at Perkins George Mawer in Market Rasen on Thursday 21 March. People interested in bidding can preview what is due to be sold on Wednesday afternoon at the firm's saleroom. Also there are charts from a U.S. lifeboat that washed up at Theddlethorpe.


Canadian World War Two heroes remembered

Top brass from the Canadian Royal Air Force and the RAF are converging on Burn, near Selby to recognise and commemorate the heroism of a Canadian bomber squadron formed in the village exactly 70 years ago. The squadron is today the Canadian equivalent of the British Red Arrows.

The squadron flew around 320 sorties from Burn, losing 17 of their Wellington bombers and 85 crew, including Squadron Leader S Marshall, Squadron Leader W E Mulford, one of the original Flight Commanders of the Squadron.

Relatives gather for WW2 pilot's funeral

Relatives of a World War Two pilot who was found dead in Lincolnshire have gathered in America for his funeral. Second Lieutenant Charles Moritz was killed in a mid-air crash near Faldingworth in 1944. His remains were accidentally found by aircraft enthusiasts last year.

A funeral with full military honours has been held in the 20 year old's home town of Effingham, Illinois. Among the mourners was one of the team from the Lincolnshire Aircraft Recover Group who found the pilot's remains.

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