A Collection of Medals to Second World War Royal Air Force Casualties
Date of Auction: 17th July 2019
Sold for £320
Estimate: £300 - £400
1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star; War Medal 1939-45, with named Air Council enclosure, in card box of issue, addressed to ‘Mrs. M. J. Mutch, Rosebud Cottage, St. Fergus, Peterhead, Aberdeens.’, extremely fine (3) £300-£400
FootnoteRobert Eadie served during the Second World War as a Wireless Operator / Air Gunner with 83 Squadron from the outbreak of War. His first operational sortie was on 3 September 1939 when six aircraft were sent on an operational sweep to locate and bomb the enemy fleet - bad weather prohibited the crews finding their target and their bombs were jettisoned over the sea. He remained operational with the squadron until his death.
Eadie was killed in action when Hampden P1348, piloted by Squadron Leader D. P. D. Field, was shot down after being hit by very heavy flak over the target area whilst on a bombing raid on the Hamburg Oil Refinery, on 5-6 June 1940. All the crew were lost.
Eadie is buried alongside his crew in Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.
Sold with copied research, including a photograph of the recipient’s original grave.