Unsung heroics of the last RAF pilot to go into battle against the Luftwaffe in a biplane during a top secret mission are revealed as his family put his bravery medals up for sale

Mail Online | 6/8/1940 | Amie Gordon For Mailonline
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The unsung heroics of an RAF pilot who took part in a top secret mission in World War Two have been revealed after his medals were put up for sale by his family.

Herbert Horatio Kitchener went into battle against the Luftwaffe in a biplane, in a secret sortie to help the Norwegians in their last ditch effort to repel the Germans after they invaded the Scandinavian country in April 1940.

Distinguished - Flying - Medal - Bravery - Norway

He was later awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for his bravery in Norway and the Norwegian Cross - the equivalent of the Victoria Cross - for helping the country in its time of need.

Now Wg Cdr Kitchener's medals, his flying goggles and hat, photographs and official letters and log books, have been put up for sale by his family.

Gloster - Gladiator - Biplanes - Lake - Aandelsnes

Some 18 Gloster Gladiator biplanes landed near a frozen lake at Aandelsnes in Norway only to find a massive lack of facilities, fuel and ammunition for them.

The planes were destroyed one by one in a German bombardment but not before the British had taken down 14 enemy aircraft using a combination of a machine gun on the ground and feint air attacks.

Commander - Kitchener - Men - Squadron - Gladiator

Wing Commander Kitchener and the men of 263 Squadron were re-equipped with another 18 Gladiator biplanes to support the Battle of Narvik, further north.

Over a period of days Wg Cdr Kitchener and his fellow pilots engaged in furious dog-fights and claimed 50 victories in all.

Wg - Cdr - Kitchener - Bombers - Stuka

Wg Cdr Kitchener shot down two German bombers and two Stuka dive-bombers and helped provide air cover for the evacuation of Narvik.

Ten of the 18 biplanes returned to the aircraft...
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