Born: 1923, Ipswich.
Died: 20th/21st January 1944: age 21; KiA on a mission to Berlin.
Missions: The same crew, with the exception of the 2nd Pilot, flew on three other missions:
11th November 1943 – Cannes – Halifax II D472 “V”
22nd November 1943 – Berlin – Halifax II JB919 “X” the aircraft returned early due to loss of oil pressure and unable to climb.
25th November 1943 – Frankfurt -Halifax II LL126 “W” the aircraft was hit by flak over target.
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 1620951.
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 77 Squadron.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Ernest Leonard & Edith Kate May Timson; husband of Ida Joy Irene Timson, of Ipswich.
Father: Ernest Leonard Timson, born 1899, Lewes, Sussex.
Mother: Edith Kate May Timson (nee Coates), born November 1900, Ipswich.
In 1943, Ipswich, Arthur married Ida Joy Irene Pratt, born 1921, Colchester, Essex.
20th/21st January 1944
In October 1942, 77 Squadron moved to Elvington airfield just outside York and commenced intensive training on Halifax II aircraft. On the 18th November 1943, the air raids of the ‘Battle of Berlin’ commenced.
On the night of 20th/21st January 1944, Bomber Command sent a force of 769 aircraft – 495 Lancaster’s, 264 Halifax’s and 10 Mosquito’s to Berlin. Arthur Timson was in a Handley Page Halifax serial number HR946 with squadron markings of KN-X. The aircraft departed mission at 16:37 from Elvington near York and joined the stream of bombers which had an approach route taking them in a wide swing to the north. The bomb load of HR946 was 1 x 2000 lb HC, 2 x 500 lb cluster incendiaries, 270 x 4lb incendiaries, 90 x 4lb ‘X’ type incendiaries and 24 x 30lb incendiaries.
The aircraft was reported to have crashed at 19:30 at Berlin-Falkenberg, Rieselfelder, although the cause of the crash is not know it is likely to have been as a result of anti-aircraft fire.
Despite investigations after the war by the RAF’s Missing Research and Enquiry Service the location of the graves of the crew could not be located, and they were all commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Flight Lieutenant; Victor Henry Surplice D.F.M., age 25 – died on his birthday; R.A.F.V.R.
Sergeant/Second Pilot; Leo Ashton; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.
Sergeant; Kenneth Emeny; age 24; R.A.F.V.R.
Sergeant; Herbert Peter Hopkins; age 19; R.A.F.V.R.
Sergeant; Thomas King; age 33; R.A.F.V.R.
Flight Sergeant; Baden Henry Stevens; age 26; R.A.F.V.R.
Sergeant; J.L.Duffy D.F.M. – PoW.