History

Arnold was born at Bury’s, Lancs on January 5, 1916. He enlisted at Manchester in 1937 . Stations served on during training included Uxbridge, 1937; Cranwell in 1938. Prior to flying duties, Arnold had experiences on all phases of ground signals. The day war broke out he was on duty taking messages from Air Ministry and was advised to stand-by for a top priority message. With “all the brass standing behind”, he received the message that war had been declared on Germany. Arnold served on 144 and 50 Squadrons

In his long career, Arnold gained additional qualifications and became a Gunnery Leader at Warmell and Signals Leader at Penrhos. He flew in: Vickers Valencia, Westland Wallace Wapiti, Lysander, Anson, Oxford, Tiger Moth, Wellington, Hampden and Lancaster aircraft.

In 1937 he was chosen to be a member of the RAF Guard of Honour at Westminister Abbey for the Coronation of King George VI - and added a medal for the occasion, to his collection.

Arnold was demobbed in July of 1946. He came to Canada and worked at Avro on the CF 100 and the CF 105 Avro Arrow in the design department until they folded. He left the aircraft business and started his own budiness which he operated until he retired again in 1975.

Arnold married Valentine Novikov and they had a son and a daughter.Regrettable their daughter died in 1969.

Arnold did his first tour with #144 Squadron, 5 Group, Hemswell, Lincs., on Hampdens. (He states that he flew in 43 different Hampdens. His second tour was with #50 Squadron, Skellingthorpe, 5 Group, on Lancasters - 35 different Lancasters. Between tours, Arnold served as instructorat #16 O.T.U., Upper Heyford. It is interesting to note that Arnold did several ops as an L.A.C., then as corporal, before all aircrew were made N.C.O. s. He was commissioned in July 1941. In 1943 he was posted to #50 Squadron as F/Lt. Signals Leader. After completing tour, he was awarded the DFC and posted to Syerston H.C.U. as Sqd/Ldr. C.G.I.