The Airmen's Stories - P/O A O Price
Arthur Owen Price was born on 25th March 1911 in Louth, Lincolnshire and attended Louth School.
He was awarded Aero certificate 19769 at the
Lincolnshire Aero Club on
23rd August 1939, his occupation was recorded as 'Timber salesman'.
He joined the RAFVR in February 1940 with a direct-entry commission as an Air Gunner. Despite his pilots licence he may have been considered too old for pilot training by the standards of the time. He completed his training and was serving with 236 Squadron at Middle Wallop by June 1940.
During a patrol off the Isle of Wight on the night of 26th/27th June Price, with F/Lt. RW Dension as pilot, they claimed a He111 probably destroyed. The aircraft was being held by searchlights and Denison attacked from astern. He opened fire, which was continued by Price. Their sight of the Heinkel was lost when the searchlights went off.
On 17th July, also with Denison in Blenheim If L8684/D, they claimed a damaged Ju88.
Above: 236 Squadron Officers.
Rear row: P/O J Watters, P/O AO Price, P/O DTM Lumsden
Middle row: P/O KM Smith, P/O EA Alexander, P/O DC Wilde, P/O DVC Cotes-Preedy, P/O GH Melville-Jackson
Front row: F/O RF Walker (Adj), F/Lt. RM Power, S/Ldr. F Harrison (CO), F/Lt. Macarthur, F/O W Comber
He married Diana Joan Wailes-Fairbairn on 23rd August 1943 at St. Peters, Eaton Square, London.
His subsequent service is currently undocumented until he was awarded the DFC (gazetted 15th September 1944) as an Acting Squadron Leader with 7 Squadron, operating in Lancasters from Oakington. He is pictured below, standing at left, with his crew.
Above image courtesy of Colin Glendinning
He was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Squadron Leader.
Price died in September 1983 in Bournemouth.