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Squadron Leader Frank Leslie Herbert Eddison D.F.C., 214 Squadron, Royal Air Force

May 9, 2019

 

Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1941, Squadron Leader Frank Leslie Herbert Eddison D.F.C., 214 Squadron, Royal Air Force, was killed when his plane crashed in the Netherlands on his return from a bombing raid on Germany. 

His father had served as a Captain with the 56th Battalion, an infantry battalion of the Australian Arny, with a home base in England where his children were born.  Squadron Leader Eddison was educated in Australia after his parents returned there, he then worked as a farmer and then served for two years in the 1930s with the Palestine Mounted Police Force, which was a British colonial police service.  In 1937, he joined the Royal Air Force and for his war-time service was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, particularly in operations at Brest, Eindhoven and Hamburg.

In May of 1941 he asked to make one more flight with his squadron before going to his new command, and was assigned to a bombing raid on Germany.  In the early hours of the morning on the day of his death he reported that the mission was complete, but he was not heard from again.  He was reported as missing and presumed killed.  After the war there was a report from the Dutch authorities that in the early hours of the 9th of May, 1941, a plane crashed perpendicularly and was buried in the ground of the property owned by a bulb-grower.  Squadron Leader Eddison’s remains were recovered and he was at first buried in the cemetery at Huisduinen, later to be moved to the Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery in the Netherlands.  His two brothers also died in the war: Flight Lieutenant Edward Eddison, Royal Australian Air Force, was killed when anti-aircraft fire hit his plane in New Guinea in May of 1943, and Private Jack Osbaldeston Eddison, 2/20th Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, died as a prisoner of war in Japan the following month.   

Frank, born in Moffistfort in Hampshire, was 29 years old and married.

 

 

 

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