Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Eric Fedi

In memory of:

Flight Sergeant Eric Fedi

September 7, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

R/172702

Age:

17

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

77 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Born:

March 3, 1926
Moore Park, Manitoba

Enlistment:

July 13, 1942

Flight Sergeant Eric Fedi grew up in Winnipeg. He was trained as an Air Gunner at an airbase near MacDonald, Manitoba. The following passage has been copied from 'They Shall Grow Not Old', published by the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum. "Flight Sergeant Fedi falsified his age and was 16 years old when he enlisted, he was probably closer to 17 at the time of his death. Eric's sister, Mrs. Zornick of Winnipeg, Manitoba explained how he got into the RCAF at 16"... "a friend helped to falsify his birth certificate and his mother went along with it if he didn't go overseas. Flight Sergeant Fedi graduated and went overseas without saying goodbye. A brother, in the P.P.C.L.I. in England, threatened to expose his age but Eric said he would never speak to his brother nor his mother if that happened."

Commemorated on Page 158 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 181.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometres by road west of London. The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:
IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Inscription– Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Stone of Remembrance - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Panels– Panels - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Entrance– Entrance - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Newspaper clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of ERIC FEDI– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant Eric Fedi is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant Eric Fedi is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of ERIC FEDI– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me

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