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Arnold, Walter

Date of birth:
August 30th, 1906
Date of death:
March 12th, 1988
Service number:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


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Leading Aircraftman
Awarded on:
November 9th, 1928
"This airman was a passenger in a machine which was wrecked upon landing and immediately caught fire. Arnold extricated himself from the burning wreckage and, although fully aware of the grave risk he was taking, re-entered the flames and succeeded in dragging the pilot, who was unconscious and very severely injured, to a position of safety.

Arnold sustained burns to his face, neck and hands, and his prompt and courageous action undoubtedly saved the pilot's life, since the burning petrol spread rapidly and rendered any subsequent approach to the wreckage impossible."

For this action Arnold was awarded the Empire Gallantry Medal which later became the George Cross
Awarded on:

Replacement for the EMG, which was superseded in 1940 by the George Cross.
George Cross