Ace price – memorial to RAF star triples value at auction
THE bronze Memorial Plaque owned by the family of WW1 pilot Mick Mannock, went under the hammer at auction in London last month – and more than tripled its estimate of £8,000.
At the auction by Dix Noonan Webb on Thursday September 18 the plaque made £26,400 – well above its earlier valuation.
Wellingborough’s Major Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock was not only Britain’s most successful fighter pilot, with 61 victories over German aircraft officially confirmed, but also its most highly decorated. Before the war, Major Mannock worked for the National Telephone Company in Wellingborough and became secretary
He was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously having already received the Distinguished Service Order with two Bars and the Military Cross with one Bar.
The families of all British and imperial servicemen and servicewomen who were killed in action, died of wounds or died from other causes during the First World War received a plaque from the Government after the conflict was over.
A spokesman for Dix Noonan Webb, the international coins and medals specialists, told Extra Local: “As we commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the conflict, this plaque is a poignant reminder of the sacrifice made by Britain’s most brilliant fighter pilot of the First World War.
“Mannock’s time in Wellingborough was a crucial period in his life, turning a boy into a man, who then became a hero.”
Pictured above – HIGHLY PRIZED: Mick Mannock’s name is on the Wellingborough War Memorial, the local air training squadron is named in his honour, as is a local street, and even the Hart Family Brewery has named a beer ‘Flyer Pale Ale’ in his memory.