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    Default Fg Off Malcolm Robert MacArthur

    'Battle over Britain' by Francis K Mason names him as a BofB pilot with 236 Squadron who was awarded the DFC. I know that 236 was Coastal Command and flew Beaufighters. I am told that there is a story in his family that he claimed a U-boat while flying a Sunderland. I dont know if there is any substance to this but if there is it cant have been with 236.

    Can anyone tell me any more about him?

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    Here is the LG entry for his DFC:
    Air Ministry,
    25th April, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards:
    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Robert MACARTHUR (70416), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 236 Squadron.
    The above awards are for gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations.
    Regards, Terry

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    Default MR MacArthur DFC

    Hi

    236 Squadron operated Blenheim VIs when Mac flew with it.

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    Brian,

    Can I please check with you as to the aircraft flown by 236 Squadron. 'Coastal Support and Special Squadrons' by John D R Rawlings states that from Oct 1939 to Aug 1940 236 flew Blenheim I and from Feb 1940 to Feb 1942 - Blenheim IVF. Also that they started to use Beaufighters from Aug 1941.

    Do you, by chance, know the dates MacArthur was with 236 and what he flew?

    David

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    Default MR MacAthur

    Hi David

    I, of course, meant Blenheims IVs!

    I believe he shared in shooting something down during the Battle of Britain. Perhaps you are aware.

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    Hello,

    In "Another Place", Bruce Lander has listed the following claims for "F/O M R McArthur [sic], of No.236 Sqn.(I have added a summary from John Foreman's, Air War 1941:The Turning Point).

    17-7-1940 - F/O M R McArthur - Ju87 - Dam. - Channel

    25-1-1941 - F/O M R McArthur - He115 (M2+KH) - 1./906

    25th January 1941 - Coastal Command aircraft were again operating over Biscay. Three Blenheim fighters of 236 squadron led Flight Lieutenant McArthur flew an 'anti' Focke Wulf patrol and encountered an He115 of 1./K.Fl.Gr.506* which was attacked by McArthur. No claim was made, but the Heinkel, 'M2+KH' flown by Oberleutnant zur See** Hans-Dieter Furl, failed to return.

    * Should read: 1./K.Fl.Gr.106 - He115 - Wnr.2727 - M2+KH
    ** Foreman also quotes Furl's rank as Lt zur See.

    5-3-1941 - F/O M R McArthur - He111 - Dam. - 1./KG 27

    5th March 1941 - Coastal Command reported another engagement when Flight Lieutenant McArthur of 236 Squadron fought another He111. No claim was made and the Blenheim was badly hit by return fire. All three of the crew were wounded. His opponent is believed to have been an aircraft of I./KG 27. Oberfeldwebel Kurt Brosch and one other crewman were wounded following a combat with a 'Beaufighter' off Eire.

    http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?p=101081

    Some inconsistencies, but a start!

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 24th March 2011 at 00:02.

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    Hello,

    Further to MacArthur's wounding on 5-3-1941:

    The Times. Wednesday, April 9, 1941. p.7
    Royal Air Force.

    Wounded or Injured in Action.

    P/O P D Bowen
    Sgt A Francis
    A/S/L P A Gilchrist DFC
    P/O H H Kitchener DFM
    F/Lt M R MacArthur
    P/O R H McDonald
    Sgt H G Matthews *
    Sgt D McK Muir
    Sgt N H Welch

    * No.236 Sqn BoB. W.Op./Air Gnr.(later DFM)

    Lets see if someone can match up the crew.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 24th March 2011 at 03:01.

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