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Result number (Introduction) - Please quote Reference: M0091_Sergeant_R_F_Arnold_RAF_1941_to_1949/M91_00_Intro on request slip.

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Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre

M91

Records pertaining to Sgt. R.F. Arnold, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), killed in action 1944

Donated by Miss Joyce Hilda Arnold of Rainham 26 January 2002.

Correspondence, newscuttings and photographs pertaining to Sergeant Ronald Frank Arnold 1890774 RAFVR, 166 Squadron, rear gunner, killed in a Lancaster bomber shot down during a raid on Mailly-le-Camp near Chalons-sur-Marne, Champagne, France, on the night of 3/4 May 1944.

This small collection relates to the death on active service of Sergeant R.F. Arnold of Rainham, a local man who served in RAF Bomber Command. Three photographs of Arnold in uniform are contained in the collection, probably having been given to his mother prior to his death. Alternatively they may have been among his personal effects at RAF Kirmington, Lincolnshire and returned to his mother.

NB items M91/7-8 may be irrelevant to the precise circumstances of the burial and grave of Arnold. The collection is poignant in character, serves as a reminder of private grief on the home front and is a useful record of the gradual official collation of accurate information on missing servicemen at the end of the Second World War.

The Commonwealth (formerly Imperial) War Graves Commission (CWGC) register records Arnold's date of death as 4 May 1944, more precise than the date given in the records. A link to the CWGC website register entry for Arnold is given below:
click here;
the CWGC online register can be searched independently at the following address:
click here.

These items have been photocopied by the local studies unit and the photocopies placed in vertical files in the public searchroom, ref. MED920/ARN.

Collections of a similar nature held at this office include M65 (photograph of Sidney Robert Long also of RAF Bomber Command, killed in 1943) and DE586 (Private Leonard Charles Blackman, 18th. Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, killed in 1918).

Blibliography

Medway News 19 May 2006 p.6

local studies newspaper collection.

Listed by Borough Archivist 12 February 2002.
File updated 23 May 2006.
Date: N/A
Quantity: N/A

Records in category / Unofficial_or_Privately_Originated_Collections/ M0091_Sergeant_R_F_Arnold_RAF_1941_to_1949/

Number of records found: 12


Result number 1 - Please quote Reference: M0091_Sergeant_R_F_Arnold_RAF_1941_to_1949/M91_01 on request slip.

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Correspondence, newscuttings and photographs pertaining to Sergeant Ronald Frank Arnold 1890774, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), 166 Squadron, rear gunner, killed in a Lancaster bomber shot down during a raid on Mailly-le-Camp near Chalons-sur-Marne, Champagne, France, on night of 3/4 May 1944.

Half length studio photograph of Arnold sitting, wearing service dress uniform and universal service dress cap (forage cap), looking to left of camera.

Studio/photographer not stated.

Date: 2 October 1943
Quantity: 4 3/4" x 3" (120mm x 75mm)
Result number 2 - Please quote Reference: M0091_Sergeant_R_F_Arnold_RAF_1941_to_1949/M91_02 on request slip.

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Correspondence, newscuttings and photographs pertaining to Sergeant Ronald Frank Arnold 1890774, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), 166 Squadron, rear gunner, killed in a Lancaster bomber shot down during a raid on Mailly-le-Camp near Chalons-sur-Marne, Champagne, France, on night of 3/4 May 1944.

Full length studio photograph of Arnold, standing, wearing service dress uniform, bare-headed and looking at camera.

Photographer: Jerome.

Date: 9 August 1941
Quantity: 4 5/8" x 3" (117mm x 75mm)
Result number 3 - Please quote Reference: M0091_Sergeant_R_F_Arnold_RAF_1941_to_1949/M91_03 on request slip.

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Correspondence, newscuttings and photographs pertaining to Sergeant Ronald Frank Arnold 1890774, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), 166 Squadron, rear gunner, killed in a Lancaster bomber shot down during a raid on Mailly-le-Camp near Chalons-sur-Marne, Champagne, France, on night of 3/4 May 1944.

Group photograph showing three rows of Royal Air Force aircrew outside a camp block, Arnold standing on chair, back row, second from left, all wearing battle dress uniform and universal service dress caps (forage caps).

Studio/photographer: not stated.

Date: c. early 1944
Quantity: 4 1/4" x 3" (110mm x 85mm)
Result number 4 - Please quote Reference: M0091_Sergeant_R_F_Arnold_RAF_1941_to_1949/M91_04 on request slip.

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Correspondence, newscuttings and photographs pertaining to Sergeant Ronald Frank Arnold 1890774, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), 166 Squadron, rear gunner, killed in a Lancaster bomber shot down during a raid on Mailly-le-Camp near Chalons-sur-Marne, Champagne, France, on night of 3/4 May 1944.

Post Office telegram from [Wing Commander D.A. Garner], Royal Air Force Station Kirmington, Lincolnshire, to Mrs. F.G. Arnold, 313 Station Road, Rainham, notifying her that her son Sergeant R.F. Arnold is missing after air operations on night of 3/4 May 1944.

Date: 4 May 1944
Quantity: 2pp. with priority wrapper
Result number 5 - Please quote Reference: M0091_Sergeant_R_F_Arnold_RAF_1941_to_1949/M91_05 on request slip.

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Correspondence, newscuttings and photographs pertaining to Sergeant Ronald Frank Arnold 1890774, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), 166 Squadron, rear gunner, killed in a Lancaster bomber shot down during a raid on Mailly-le-Camp near Chalons-sur-Marne, Champagne, France, on night of 3/4 May 1944.

Typewritten letter from Wing Commander D.A. Garner, Royal Air Force Station Kirmington, Lincolnshire, to Mrs. F.G. Arnold, 313 Station Road, Rainham, providing more details about her missing son, stating the target was Mailly-le-Camp, Champagne, France and covering stencil typescript list of names and next of kin of his fellow aircrew.

Date: 5 May 1944
Quantity: 2pp.
Result number 6 - Please quote Reference: M0091_Sergeant_R_F_Arnold_RAF_1941_to_1949/M91_06 on request slip.

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Correspondence, newscuttings and photographs pertaining to Sergeant Ronald Frank Arnold 1890774, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), 166 Squadron, rear gunner, killed in a Lancaster bomber shot down during a raid on Mailly-le-Camp near Chalons-sur-Marne, Champagne, France, on night of 3/4 May 1944.

Newscutting reporting attack by Royal Air Force Bomber Command on Mailly-le-Camp, Champagne, France, with aerial photograph of German [cf. Germany] tank assembly area at Mailly before and after raid.

Date: c.5 May 1944
Quantity: 1 item (paper)
Result number 7 - Please quote Reference: M0091_Sergeant_R_F_Arnold_RAF_1941_to_1949/M91_07 on request slip.

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Correspondence, newscuttings and photographs pertaining to Sergeant Ronald Frank Arnold 1890774, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), 166 Squadron, rear gunner, killed in a Lancaster bomber shot down during a raid on Mailly-le-Camp near Chalons-sur-Marne, Champagne, France, on night of 3/4 May 1944.

MS translation of letter from Rev. T. Corre, priest of Trouan le Grand, Aube, Champagne, France, to Mrs. Arnold [?] offering his sympathies to the relatives of a Lancaster which crashed in his parish and his assistance in identifying the remains of the crewmen. He states his parishioners are tending the graves and placing flowers on them.

Date: 19 November 1945
Quantity: 2pp.
Result number 8 - Please quote Reference: M0091_Sergeant_R_F_Arnold_RAF_1941_to_1949/M91_08 on request slip.

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Correspondence, newscuttings and photographs pertaining to Sergeant Ronald Frank Arnold 1890774, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), 166 Squadron, rear gunner, killed in a Lancaster bomber shot down during a raid on Mailly-le-Camp near Chalons-sur-Marne, Champagne, France, on night of 3/4 May 1944.

Typescript translation of letter from Rev. T. Corre, priest of Trouan le Grand, Aube, Champagne, France, to Mrs. Arnold of 313 Station Road, Rainham, describing the circumstances of the aftermath of the bombing raid on Mailly-le-Camp as regards obstruction of burial arrangements by the German authorities, collection, identification and burial of human remains and tending of graves. Monsieur Corre reports he has been involved in such work at Mailly-le-Camp, Trouan le Grand in which places he has buried 13 airmen and Boivres where he has buried 36. Monsieur Corre describes the airmen as heroes who have died in defence of Christian civilisation.

Date: 20 January 1946
Quantity: 1p.
Result number 9 - Please quote Reference: M0091_Sergeant_R_F_Arnold_RAF_1941_to_1949/M91_09 on request slip.

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Correspondence, newscuttings and photographs pertaining to Sergeant Ronald Frank Arnold 1890774, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), 166 Squadron, rear gunner, killed in a Lancaster bomber shot down during a raid on Mailly-le-Camp near Chalons-sur-Marne, Champagne, France, on night of 3/4 May 1944.

Typescript letter from Air Ministry, 2 Seville Street, Knightsbridge, London SW1 to Mrs. Arnold of 313 Station Road, Rainham, reporting that her son's aircraft was shot down and crashed at Courtisols (St. Julien), 5 miles east of Chalons-sur-Marne, Champagne, France and that the remains of all seven crew including her son were buried in a common grave at Courtisols (St. Memmie) Cemetery.

Date: 22 June 1948
Quantity: 1p.
Result number 10 - Please quote Reference: M0091_Sergeant_R_F_Arnold_RAF_1941_to_1949/M91_10 on request slip.

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Correspondence, newscuttings and photographs pertaining to Sergeant Ronald Frank Arnold 1890774, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), 166 Squadron, rear gunner, killed in a Lancaster bomber shot down during a raid on Mailly-le-Camp near Chalons-sur-Marne, Champagne, France, on night of 3/4 May 1944.

Circular letter from Imperial War Graves Commission, Wooburn House, Wooburn Green, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire with specimen headstone inscription, asking for completion of headstone and permanent registers form.

Date: 4 March 1949
Quantity: 3 items (paper).
Result number 11 - Please quote Reference: M0091_Sergeant_R_F_Arnold_RAF_1941_to_1949/M91_11 on request slip.

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Correspondence, newscuttings and photographs pertaining to Sergeant Ronald Frank Arnold 1890774, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), 166 Squadron, rear gunner, killed in a Lancaster bomber shot down during a raid on Mailly-le-Camp near Chalons-sur-Marne, Champagne, France, on night of 3/4 May 1944.

Circular letter from King George VI, Buckingham Palace, London to F.G. Arnold esq. [sic] offering Queen Elizabeth and his sympathies on the loss of his son.

Date: c.1944
Quantity: 1p. with envelope
Result number 12 - Please quote Reference: M0091_Sergeant_R_F_Arnold_RAF_1941_to_1949/M91_12 on request slip.

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Correspondence, newscuttings and photographs pertaining to Sergeant Ronald Frank Arnold 1890774, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), 166 Squadron, rear gunner, killed in a Lancaster bomber shot down during a raid on Mailly-le-Camp near Chalons-sur-Marne, Champagne, France, on night of 3/4 May 1944.

Two black and white photographs of group of war graves, showing in foreground group of crosses, some apparently common graves and in background a monument inscribed RAF a la memoire des aviateurs anglais tombes sur le terraine de Courtisols le 3 Mai 1944. One photograph is taken at right angles to the group, the second is a three-quarters view.

Each 6 1/2" x 4 3/4" (165mm x 120mm)
With one card mount (2 items)

Date: c.1948
Quantity: As above
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