RAF Veteran Theo Eaves

Medal Campaign for 142 squadron

ARCHIVED NEWS - RAF Veteran Theo Eaves Refused Medal

Discover how to support Poynton RAF veteran Theo Eaves' campaign for 142 Squadron to be awarded the Bomber Command Clasp, in recognition of their bravery and courage, by signing a petition.

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Town Mayor Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore assisting Theo Eaves, one of Poynton's distinguished war veterans, as he officially opened the Heritage Garden!

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(Right) A view of the garden & alongside the railway truck, with the Mayor, volunteers Diane Penny, Malcolm Adams & Walter Thomas.

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Poynton RAF War Veteran refused medal seeks support from residents

Theo EavesMr Theo Eaves, who completed 35 operations on Wellington bombers with 142 squadron, is campaigning against a decision by the MOD to refuse to award the Clasp to RAF Bomber Command veterans who flew missions over Europe from outside the UK.

Despite attacking many of the same targets and facing the same risks as aircrews stationed in the UK (a criteria to qualify for the medal) Theo was based in Italy and he, like his fellow surviving veterans and the families of those courageous airmen who were killed, will not receive the recognition they deserve.

RAF 142 squadron flight crewNow Theo has taken his campaign online and is asking for support to reverse the MOD decision. He requires 10,000 signatures before the government respond to his petition.

Macclesfield MP David Rutley has already met with the Minister of State, Earl Howe, who is responsible for medallic recognition, to discuss the awarding of the Bomber Command Clasp, following the launch of the petition.

RAF 142 squadron flight crewSpeaking following the meeting, David said,

"Mr Eaves demonstrated the greatest courage in the line of duty during the second World War. His log book shows the very challenging missions that he was involved in, and I am pleased that Earl Howe has offered to look more closely into Mr Eaves’ case. It is important that his bravery should be properly recognised."

The petition can be signed here and you can read a paper supporting it here (PDF 55KB).

More details about David Rutley's meeting with Earl Howe can be found on the MP's website here.

 

 

 

 

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