Personal info

  • Name: Walter ARNOLD
  • D.O.B: 30th August, 1906
  • D.O.A: 20th June, 1928
  • D.O.D: 12th March, 1988
  • Award: George Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Leading Aircraftman, 2 Flying Training School, Royal Air Force

Digby Aerodrome, Lincolnshire 20 June 1928

20 June 1928

Digby lies north of Sleaford on the road to Lincoln via Scopwick. At the airfield there on 20 June 1928 Leading Aircraftman W Arnold dragged his unconscious pilot from the burning wreckage of their plane.

Citation

 The KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the Award of the Medal of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire to the undermentioned:– For Gallantry. No. 363339 Leading Aircraftman Walter Arnold, Royal Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry displayed at Digby Aerodrome on the 20th June, 1928. This airman was a passenger in a machine which was wrecked upon landing and immediately caught fire. Arnold extricated himself from the burning wreckage and, although fully aware of the grave risk he was taking, re-entered the flames and succeeded in dragging the pilot, who was unconscious and very severely injured, to a position of safety. Arnold sustained burns to his face, neck and hands, and his prompt and courageous action undoubtedly saved the pilot’s life, since the burning petrol spread rapidly and rendered any subsequent approach to the wreckage impossible. 

The London Gazette of 9 November 1928, Numb. 33437, p. 7301

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