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The Airmen's Stories - P/O A B Watkinson


Arthur Basil Watkinson, from South Africa, was born on 9th April 1917 and joined the RAF on a short service commission in August 1939.

After initial training on Course 17 at 9 FTS he went to 5 OTU Aston Down to convert to Spitfires, he then joined 66 Squadron at Coltishall on 26th July 1940.




He claimed a Do17 destroyed on 11th September. He was shot down in combat over Mayfield on the 28th and baled out, wounded in the shoulder and leg. His Spitfire, X4322, crashed at Bivelham Forge Farm, Burwash Common, Sussex.

Watkinson was posted away to 15 FTS on 3rd November 1940 as an instructor. From 26th November to 24th December he was at CFS Upavon for an instructors course on Masters and Tutors.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented until he was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

He died in South Africa on 18th October 1985.


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