A Collection of Medals to Second World War Royal Air Force Casualties

Date of Auction: 17th July 2019

Sold for £550

Estimate: £300 - £400

Three: Sergeant (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner) J. Waddell, 49 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, who was killed in action when his Hampden was shot down over Philippeville, Belgium, during a raid on Cologne, 5-6 April 1942

1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star; War Medal 1939-45, with named Air Council enclosure and medal ticket, in card box of issue, addressed to ‘Mrs. J. Waddell, Victoria Cottage, 673 Carron Road, Falkirk, Scotland’, extremely fine (3) £300-£400


James Waddell served during the Second World War as a Wireless Operator / Air Gunner with 49 Squadron, flying Hampdens, and was killed in action when Hampden AT156, piloted by Pilot Officer D. C. Kay, was shot down by the German night-fighter ace Major Wilhelm Hegert and crashed near Roly, 7km south-south-west of Philippville, Belgium, whilst taking part in a raid on Cologne, on 5-6 April 1942. Of the crew of four Pilot Officer Kay was taken Prisoner-of-War; Sergeant Ainger evaded capture; and Sergeants Brown and Waddell were killed.

Waddell is buried alongside Brown in Charleroi Cemetery. His medals were sent to his mother Margaret, Mrs. James Waddell.

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