Les Munro pictured with a sketch done by Britain's Royal portrait painter, Richard Stone. Photo /  Alan Gibson

Les Munro pictured with a sketch done by Britain’s Royal portrait painter, Richard Stone. Photo / Alan Gibson

 

Museums are plotting an 11th-hour bid to keep a Kiwi war hero’s precious medals in New Zealand.

Four museums have formed a consortium to stop medals belonging to the last surviving Dambuster pilot from falling into the hands of private overseas collectors.

The medals and other memorabilia belong to 95-year-old Les Munro who is auctioning them to help pay for the upkeep of the Bomber Command Memorial in London…

The medals – including the Distinguished Service Order and the Distinguished Flying Cross – are expected to sell for about $100,000 at auction on March 25.

Les Munro has decided to auction off his milltary decorations. Photo / Alan Gibson

Les Munro has decided to auction off his military decorations. Photo / Alan Gibson