My Uncle Victor was a Mid Upper Gunner on a Halifax mkII based in Snaith, Yorkshire when he was killed along with all the crew near to the base after returning from a raid over Germany in March 1945. He was just 19 years old.Shortly after the war a farmer who was harrowing in a field near the crash site found a watch.This was taken home and was in a drawer for nearly 60years!
An aviation historian (and now very good friend of our family) was investigating the crash. In 2005 was contacted by the farmer's family. It was their wish that the watch (if possible)should be returned to the airman's family. After extenive investigation it was found that the watch (which was civilian) not RAF, was Victor's as he was the only one of the crew who wore both.
My father was contacted via the media and in April 2006 was presented with the watch (with original strap)AND in working order (thanks to a local jeweller) at a reunion near the site of the Airbase. It was a very emotional day. My father (who was then just short of 80) was totally lost for words. All he could do was to hold the watch to his lips and kiss it. It now ranks as one of his most treasured posesions and of the family.