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The wartime medals awarded to the man who masterminded the Dambusters Raid and the sinking of a fearsome German battleship have emerged for sale.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Ralph 'Cocky' Cochrane planned in minute detail the audacious RAF operation to destroy three German dams using inventor Sir Barnes Wallis' 'bouncing bomb' in 1943.

A year later he came up with the idea of how to bomb the formidable Nazi battleship the Tirpitz - while sat in his bath.

His medals are being sold for £8,000 at a London auction.