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  Warrant Officer II James Arthur- 617 Squadron  
 

W/O2 James Lamb Arthur  - RCAF

 
 W/O2 James Lamb Arthur  was serving as Bomb Aimer on board Lancaster Mk.III ED-865 coded AJ-S during Operation Chastise on May 16/17, 1943. The aircraft left Scampton at 0011 hours as part of Operation Chastise tasked to bomb the Sorpe Dam.

 The aircraft was following the Wilhelmina Canal near Eindhoven as a navigational aid when it was shot down by flak at 0200hrs, the entire crew was lost.

 The crew consisted of:

Name Service Trade Hometown Age
P/O Lewis Burpee RCAF Pilot Ottawa, Ontario 25
Sgt Guy Pegler RAFVR Flight Engineer Bath, Somerset 21
Sgt Thoms Jaye RAFVR Navigator Crook Co., Durham 21
P/O Leonard Weller RAFVR W/Op/AG Hornsey, Middlesex 28
W/O2 James Arthur RCAF Bomb Aimer Coldwater, Ontario 25
Sgt William Long RAFVR Air Gunner Bournemouth, Hampshire 19
W/O2 Joseph Brady RCAF Air Gunner Ponoka, Alberta 27

 

 James Arthur was born on July 3, 1917 to Dor Arthur and Reverend Alfred Arthur in Toronto, Ontario, he enlisted in the RCAF on July 29, 1941.

 James Arthur is buried with his crew at Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery in the Netherlands.

 
  Photo  courtesy of the RCAF Museum.