ARBON, Harold Edward

No.1852354, Sergeant, Harold Edward ARBON
Aged 19

166 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Killed in Action on 13th August 1944

seems to be:-
Harold Edward Arbon was born in 1925, (1st qtr 1925 Yeovil 5c:520) son of Arthur Edward and Ethel Jessie ARBON (née BECK)

Apart from CWGC records of his parents being in Bradfield St George, no other connection has been found. They are not amongst the open entries on the 1939 register]

He enlisted in
Avro Lancaster Mk1, ser no PD260 c/s AS-N took of from RAF Kirmington at 21:20 on 12th August 1944 on a raid to Braunschweig. Load was 1 x 2,000 cluster bomb and 12 x type J cluster bombs. Nothing was heard from them after take-off. Believed to have been shot down by by Oberleutnant Arnold Brinkmann of the 8./NJG 3, who had taken off from Schleswig airfield, crashing at Wagenfeld, around 01:15,
The entire crew were killed and buried in Hannover (Stroemen ?) Cemetery and re-interred on 11th July 1947 in Hannover War Cemetery but the CWGC have 8 men from that date (4 unidentifed when moved). The usual crew of the Lancaster was 7.
Crew Members :
Sgt. Harold Edward Arbon RAF 1852354 - Flight Engineer:
W/O. Lawrence Ward Davies RCAF R/159100 Pilot:
Flt. Sgt. Robert John Sinclair RCAF R/219179 Mid Upper Gunner:
Flt. Sgt. Donald Harvey Culverson RCAF R/217185 Rear Gunner
These four were identified on re-intermment, those below were not identifed and are in a common grave
Flg. Off. William Reginald Smith RCAF J/27574 - Navigator
Sgt. Harry Bodger RAF 1670569 - Wireless Operator
Flt. Sgt. Harold Edward Squibb RCAF R/225100 Air Bomber
one unidentifed RAFVR man.. not noted in Operational log for this aircraft

    Lancaster Mk1 ( modified image)

    Harold is buried in Hanover War Cemetery 12:E:5

    click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details