Arthur Aaron was a native of Gledhow, Leeds, Yorkshire, and was educated at Roundhay School and Leeds School of Architecture when the war began. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force, and trained as a pilot in Texas. On completion of his early training and the award of his pilots wings he returned to England, where he eventually joined No. 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron, based at RAF Downham Market, Norfolk. The squadron was at the time equipped with the four engine Short Stirling heavy bombers. By the time of his tragic death at the age of 21 he had completed 19 operational sorties as captain and a further 3 as 2nd pilot. He had during this time been awarded a well-deserved Distinguished Flying Medal.
I am indebted to Mr. Martin Cocker who has generously allowed me to use the following letters and photographs relating to Arthur’s training in America. (Letters Home from a Loving Son part 1, 2,3 and 4) Martin is perhaps the foremost authority on the life and RAF career of Arthur so I am particularly pleased and honoured to have this opportunity to share these fascinating documents.
- Letters Home from a Loving Son Pt 1
- Letters Home from a Loving Son Pt 2
- Letters Home from a Loving Son Pt 3
- Letters Home from a Loving Son Pt 4
- London Gazette VC Citation
- The award of the Distinguished Flying Medal to Arthur Aaron
- Sergeant Jimmy Guy Wireless Operator Log Book Details
- Sergeant Malcom Mitchem Flight Engineer Log Book Details
- No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron : Operations
- Short Stirling EF452 HA-O Photograph
- Bone Cemetery, Algeria
- Commissioned Oil Painting