RAF heroes archive rediscovered in a shoebox.

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Flight Sergeant Douglas Alexander's DFM was recorded in his local paper.<br />
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Bomber command heroes WW2 exploits discovered in a shoebox.<br />
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The personal effects of a fearless 'Tail-end Charlie' have been discovered in a shoebox - and they include a charming set of photos of his wartime service.<br />
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Flight Sergeant Douglas Alexander, of 460 Squadron, took part in nearly 40 bombing raids over Germany, including the famous assault on Hitler's mountain retreat, Berchtesgaden.<br />
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As a tail gunner, he sat in a tiny glass turret at the rear of Lancaster and Halifax bombers - a terribly exposed position.<br />
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The shoebox, containing his bravery medals, logbooks and photos, was bought into auctioneer David Lay Frics, of Penzance, Cornwall, by his daughter.<br />
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Flt Sgt Alexander's medal group includes the prestigious Distinguished Flying Medal, awarded for 'exceptional valour, courage and devotion to duty', with his photos capturing the camarederie which existed in the RAF as the airmen risked their lives on every mission to defeat Adolf Hitler.