Roald Dahl’s War Medals Arrive 73 Years Later
Roald Dahl earned four medals while serving in the Royal Air Force during World War Two. The Ministry of Defence delivered them just this week.
According to BBC, Dahl had never picked up the medals during his service. Dahl’s grandson, Ned Donovan, had wondered about the awards for some time and contacted the medals office at the MoD.
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The medals include the 1939-1945 Star given to those who served overseas during World War Two, the Africa Star for those who served in North Africa between 1940-1943, the Defence Medal for non-operational service, and the War Medal, awarded to all full-time armed forces personnel.
While in the RAF, Dahl was badly injured after his plane crashed in North Africa in 1940. He spent six months in a hospital in Egypt. He later rejoined his squadron in Greece and fought in The Battle of Athens in 1941.
The late author known for classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda would also write about his wartime experiences in his book Going Solo.
73 years late and 28 years after his death, my grandfather Roald’s World War II medals arrived in the post yesterday from the MoD. He never collected them at the time thanks to a bureaucratic mix-up. And so last night I gave them to my step-grandmother as a surprise. pic.twitter.com/nkyq9nZwz5— Ned Donovan (@Ned_Donovan) December 13, 2018
"We are indebted to Roald Dahl, who served as an RAF pilot in World War Two, and to all those who have served our country," A Ministry of Defence Medal Office spokesperson said.
Donovan presented the medals to his step-grandmother, Dahl’s second wife, Felicity, at a party for her eightieth birthday.
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