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Craven, Arnold John

Date of death:
October 31st, 1944
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Cemetery Kiel
Plot: 3. Row: H. Grave: 19.
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
Flight Lieutenant
No. 605 (County of Warwick) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
January 9th, 1945
"As pilot and navigator respectively this officer and airman have completed very many sorties during which a variety of enemy targets on the ground have been successfully attacked. In October, 1944, they participated in an attack on an enemy airfield. The operation involved a flight far into enemy territory. Nevertheless, Flight Sergeant Woodard navigated the aircraft to the target with great accuracy. In spite of much opposition, Flight Lieutenant Craven pressed home a determined attack during which 2 enemy aircraft were badly hit. They then went on to another airfield. Here, many aircraft were dispersed on the ground. The airfield defences opened up with considerable fire but Flight Lieutenant Craven pressed home a series of attacks which resulted in severe damage to 7 enemy aircraft on the airfield. Flight Lieutenant Craven and Flight Sergeant Woodard displayed the highest standard of courage and resolution and their achievement was outstanding."
Posthumously awarded
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)