The Airmen's Stories - P/O C J Arthur
Charles John Arthur, of Radyr, Glamorgan, joined the RAF on a short service commission in May 1939. He was posted to 248 Squadron when it was reformed at Hendon in October 1939. A Coastal Command squadron, it was seconded to Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.
Arthur was lost on 27th August 1940, when his Blenheim IV, L9449, failed to return from a reconnaissance flight to the south Norwegian coast. The aircraft is known to have crashed into the sea, perhaps shot down by fighters. The body of the air gunner, Sgt. RCR Cox, was washed up in Sweden.
Arthur and his observer, Sgt. AE Ringwood, were never found. Their names are on the Runnymede Memorial, Panels 7 and 22 respectively. Arthur was 22 years old.
(Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner)