Blackwell, Arthur Frederick

Date of birth:
August 10th, 1919 (London, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
February 3rd, 2006
Service number:
Aus403980
Nationality:
Australian (1901-present, Federal Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sergeant
Unit:
No. 500 (County of Kent) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
June 1st, 1944
Action:
Citation:
"In April, 1943, at night, these airmen were navigator and wireless operator/air gunner respectively of an aircraft the pilot of which was killed by anti-aircraft gunfire. Displaying great promptitude and resource Flight Sergeant Kempster pulled -back the control column, while other members of the crew were removing the pilot from his seat, and succeeded in regaining height. His immediate action undoubtedly saved the aircraft from crashing. Sergeant Blackwell then took over the controls and flew the aircraft to base where the remaining members of the crew were enabled to leave the aircraft by parachute. All landed safely. During the return flight Sergeant Blackwell displayed exceptional leadership and captaincy which inspired his comrades in trying circumstances."
Details:
In March 1945 Flying Officer Blackwell was presented his CGM by King George VI at Buckingham Palace.
The DFM was awarded to Flight Sergeant Kempster.
Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM)

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