04/02/1941 - Hawker Hurricane V7078
|Hawker Hurricane||V7078||No 229 Squadron||Speke||Escort||1||0|
the 4th February 1941 a flight of Hurricanes from No 229 Squadron
stationed at Speke were ordered to fly to Ormskirk and escort the DeHaviland
DH89 in which Mr Wendell Wilkie was flying in on his return from Dublin. Wendell
Wilkie was the Republican Candidate who ran against Roosevelt in the
presidential elections and had come to Britain on a fact-finding trip.
between Hooton and Speke the No 3 aircraft V7078 piloted by Sergeant John Arbuthnott
was seen behind and below the section after coming through a break in the clouds
prepatory to landing. On the No 2 aircraft landing it was found that Sergeant Arbuthnott
was not with the section, and it was assumed he had not liked the weather and
had gone of to land elsewhere, though it was feared he may have hit the River
Mersey in the fog. No trace of Sergeant Arbuthnott was found up to dark. The fog
bank over Speke extended up to 3000 feet, though the weather elsewhere during
the flight had been excellent, sunny and with good visibility.
The following day Squadron Leader Rosier made three short flights over the river to trace the Hurricane and its pilot. During the morning the aircraft and the pilots body were located on a sand bank about half a mile out, the pilots body being some 350 yards from the aircraft. Arrangements were made with Garston Docks for salvage, but though efforts were made in the afternoon, owing to the tide, the aircraft could only be buoyed and the pilotís body could not be recovered.
On the 14th April 1941 the body of Sergeant Arbuthnott was washed
ashore on Cressington Foreshore near Garston.
Sergeant Arbuthnott during April 1940 - Centre
John Arbuthnott 564104 aged 26 was a veteran of the Battle of Britain and had
served with No 1 squadron, he was the son of William and Margaret Arbuthnott of
Kirknewton, Midlothian, Scotland and is buried in Carluke (Wilton) Cemetery,
Lanakshire, Section E, grave 89.
was an ex apprentice and pre war pilot, at the start of the war he served with
No 43 squadron at Tangmere and was then posted to No 1 Squadron in France, during
the Battle of Britain he was posted to No 229 squadron.
Sergeant Arbuthnott was an ex apprentice and pre war pilot, at the start of the war he served with No 43 squadron at Tangmere and was then posted to No 1 Squadron in France, during the Battle of Britain he was posted to No 229 squadron.
Alan Davie who was a British armourer on No 312 (Czech) Squadron recently recalled seeing Squadron Leader Rosier addressing the squadron about Sergeant Arbuthnott's loss.
Sergeant Arbuthnott during the Battle of Britain - 1st left
I No V7078 was built by Glosters Aircraft under contract No 85730/40,
issued to No 10 MU on 10/11/1940
to No 229 Squadron on 16/11/1940
Struck of charge on 04/02/1941
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