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The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, C.B.E (top), (L to R) Commander's neck badge, 2nd type, Military Division, in silver-gilt and enamel; Distinguished Service Cross; Air Force Cross; 1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; Defence Medal with King's Commendation for Brave Conduct and War Medal.<br />
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The historic medals and logbooks of legendary test pilot Eric 'Winkle' Brown have been saved for the nation and will be displayed in a British museum.<br />
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A deal has been secured for the hero's prestigious decorations and all his flying journals after they failed to sell at auction earlier this week.<br />
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They had been expected to sell for £200,000, possibly to an overseas buyer, but bidding only reached £140,000, falling short of the reserve price.<br />
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Now it has emerged that the National Museum of the Royal Navy has negotiated a deal with Captain Brown's family to buy his stunning archive.