The Airmen's Stories - P/O A C Hamilton
Arthur Charles Hamilton, of North Harrow, Middlesex, was born in July 1911 and joined the RAF in March 1940. He was commissioned as a direct-entry Air Gunner.
With training completed, he joined 141 Squadron at Turnhouse in May. The squadron moved south to West Malling on 12th July 1940.
He was in one of nine Defiants which were attacked off Dover by Me109's of III/JG51 on 19th July. Hamilton's pilot, Flying Officer IDG Donald, was killed in the aircraft and Hamilton baled out but drowned in the sea. Their Defiant, L7009, crashed at Elmsvale Road, Dover.
Hamilton was 28 and is buried in Folkestone New Cemetery, Kent.
He is also commemorated at Churchill School, Causeway, Zimbabwe. The school was founded in 1950 and is divided into houses for which compete with each other at games. It was decided to name the houses after pilots who died in the Battle of Britain.
The names chosen were Akroyd, Beaumont, Cardell, Hamilton, Maxwell and Wakeham.