story of Arthur Allan DFM who was a was a navigator with
153 squadron at RAF Scampton
Paul Everingham’s Grandfather, Arthur
Allan DFM, was a navigator with 153 squadron at RAF Scampton.
Paul has Arthur’s log book and the
entry for 5th May 1945 was as follows:
‘ Oxford "Z" ,pilot Les
Taylor - base - Carnaby - base , 2h 55m flight time’
There are no other comments as there are with some other
entries in his log, but in the Pilots log book it just
There is a story behind these official log
details being that the passenger on the trip was Squadron
Leader Masterman, the reason for the trip is unknown.
After dropping the passenger the air traffic
controller joked they would have difficulty taking off
again with such a strong crosswind. At some point someone
suggested that a small aircraft like the Oxford might
take off across Carnaby’s extra wide runway!
A bet, in regards to being able to take
off sideway from the runway, was placed for a large (large
for war time 1945) sum.
The Oxford was pushed up to the boundary
fence and prepared for take-off. It used up the full width
and the hastily retracted undercarriage just missed the
Arthur & Lez returned safely to Scampton,
several days later the money from the bet arrived from
the air traffic controller. He was no doubt relieved at
not having to explain how an aircraft crashed taking off
across his runway!
Sadly Arthur passed away in 1998 so this
is all the information we have on this story.
Arthur and his crew, when flying Lanc PA168,
also had to use the emergency landing ground at Woodbridge
after being badly shot up on a raid on Duren 16.11.44.
Arthurs unofficial comment in his log "quite
exiting - 248 holes in aircraft"!!
Arthur sounds as if he was quite a character