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

Date of Auction: 17th July 2019

Sold for £320

Estimate: £300 - £400

Three: Sergeant (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner) R. Eadie, 83 Squadron, Royal Air Force, who was killed in action when his Hampden crashed in flames after being hit by flak whilst on a bombing raid over Hamburg, on 5-6 June 1940

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


Robert 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.