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D-Day heroes secret mission revealed as medals go on sale

Lieutenant Frederick Balfour Scott was awarded the Military Cross by Field Marshal Montgomery for his leading role in Operation Mallard on June 6, 1944. 

The platoon commander led his troops after they were dropped behind enemy lines in Normandy to secure the landing beaches ahead of the seaborne invasion. 

On August 25, 1944, his regiment, the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, were tasked with capturing a heavily defended German garrison. 

Despite heavy machine gun fire and grenades Lt Scott led from the front and his bravery earned him the cross. 

On March 24, 1945, Lt Scott took part in Operation Varsity, the largest airborne operation in history to be conducted on a single day and in one location. 

Throughout his old age the Second World War veteran, who died in 2011, often revisited Normandy as a guest of honour at celebrations and commemorations. 

The heroic Scotsman’s story came to light after his family, who inherited his medals, put them up for sale through Staffordshire-based auctioneer Richard Winterton. 

Mr Winterton said: “It’s quite stirring to read about Scott and his actions during the Second World War – what a hero he was. 

“It doesn’t hurt to be reminded just what these men did for our country. It’s Scott’s remarkable story that makes this medal group so special.” 

Lt Scott’s other medals included in the sale are the 1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and the General Service medal. 

Other items for sale include his beret, bearing the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry badge, and a red, white and black Nazi armband. 

The collection is expected to fetch £3,000 when it is auctioned in Lichfield, Staffs, on Wednesday.

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