Arthur Eyton-Jones Day Bomber

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Day Bomber

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For much of the Second World War, the RAF's daylight bomber offensive was as deadly for its aircrews as it was for the enemy at the receiving end.
In his vivid narrative, Arthur Eyton-Jones describes how he joined No. 226 Squadron at Swanton Morley in September 1942 as a young sergeant observer fresh out of training, to fly the A-20 Boston then the B-25 Mitchell. Within a month he had received his first blooding. He recounts in sharp detail the daily life and camaraderie on the squadron, the low-level missions flown at wave-top height across the North Sea to targets in the Low Countries and northern France, and the sudden shock of witnessing fellow crews blown out of the sky by flak, little more than 50 yards away.
In July 1943 he narrowly escaped death when his B-25 Mitchell was shot down into the North Sea by a formation of enemy Me 110s and 210s. Nursing injuries and suffering badly from exposure, he and two fellow survivors spent four days adrift in a small dinghy before being rescued by the Royal Navy. Arthur was posted to No. 21 Squadron at Sculthorpe in October 1943 to fly the Mosquito FBVI on fighter-bomber sorties over Europe with the 2nd Tactical Air Force, before being grounded in late 1944.

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Arthur Eyton-Jones joined the RAF in 1940 and flew over 1,000 hours operationally as a navigator on Bostons, Mitchells and Mosquitoes until he was grounded shortly before the war's end. After the war he pursued a career in management with Littlewood's Pools before eventually retiring in 1985.

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