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  Sergeant Edward Yeo - 142 Squadron  
 

Sergeant Edward Yeo - RAFVR (2nd from left) and crew May 29, 1944.

L to R: Brian Halligan, Gunner. Bruce Keen, Pilot. Ken Todd, Nav. Jim Gallagher, Bomb Aimer.

 
Sergeant Edward "Eddie" Yeo  was serving as Wireless Operator on board Wellington Mk. X LN-318 which took off from Amendola, Italy on 29/30th May 1944, to bomb the airfield at Feuersbrunn, Fels am Wagram in Austria. It crashed near Hofstatten, East of Graz, Austria, all of the crew were captured and became Prisoners of War.

The crew consisted of:

Name Service Trade Hometown POW Camp
F/O Herbert Keene - POW RAAF Pilot Randwick, N.S.W L3
F/Lt William Todd - POW RAAF Navigator - L3
Sgt. James Gallagher - POW RAFVR Bomb Aimer Scotland L7
Sgt B.T Halligan - POW RAAF Air Gunner - L7
 
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Eddie Yeo at Yatesbury,5th from left, back row.

 

 Sergeant Edward Yeo was the son of George and Violet Yeo ,brother of Marie and Brenda. He was  born in Peckham, London on 25th March 1924,although he gave his birth date as November 1923 when he joined the RAF He trained at Yatesbury and AFU , Moreton-in-the Marsh, Gloucester, serving in other Squadrons before 142 Squadron. His 21st birthday was to be spent in Stalag Luft 3 and 7(no 104) and he was also to take part in one of the infamous long marches across Germany.

 When Eddie Yeo arrived back in England from Germany in 1945, his kit-bag was stolen and was never recovered. In 1947 he married Maisie and they had two sons, Martin who was born in Canada and Adrian. Eddie went on to become a professional engineer, spending some time working in this country as well as five years in Canada, the USA, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Sadly he died on 8th April 2003 at the age of 79.

 
 
  Photo courtesy of Maisie Yeo, research by Linda Ibrom.