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Beaumont with the bear in the cockpit.<br />
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This tatty old teddy bear might not look like much but it has just gone on sale for a staggering £7,000 - because it was the lucky mascot of a celebrated Battle of Britain fighter pilot.<br />
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Flight Lieutenant Stephen Beaumont took his cherished bear with him in his Spitfire on numerous daredevil sorties to defend Britain from the aerial onslaught from Hitler's Luftwaffe. <br />
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Beaumont, one of The Few, was 30 years old when his Squadron Commander, 26-year-old George Darley, removed him from combat duties midway through the Battle because of his 'advancing age'.<br />
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He became an instructor and quickly rose through the ranks to the Wing Commander before helping plan the aerial assault aspect of the D-Day invasions.<br />
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Beaumont died in 1997 aged 87 but his bear lives on, despite suffering from a little wear and tear.<br />
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It is tipped to fetch $10,000 - around £7,000 - when it goes under the hammer at Bonhams auctioneers.