Funeral of 605462 Sgt. A.H. Elliot Jnr. Pilot R.A.F. Killed 29th August 1942

These pictures record the burial of 605462 Sgt. Arthur Henry Elliot Jnr. Was a pilot with the RAF and was killed 29th August 1942 Aged 22. He was a citizen of the USA serving with the Royal Air Force. Burial took place 2nd. September 1942.

As far as I can be certain the facts behind these pictures are as follows:

Notes from the accident report say that at 1100 while on a training flight from Watton, Elliot, while attempting to land at East Wretham hit a stationary aircraft. F/sgt. Brown (instructor?) survived (unhurt). It seems likely he was with 17th Pilot Advanced Flying Unit it is likely he was flying a Miles Master 2 at the time.

The Slow March down to the Main Gates at RAF Watton

The Slow March down to the Main Gates at RAF Watton

Marching down Norwich road hangars 3 & 4 visible in background.

Marching down Norwich road hangars 3 & 4 visible in background.

March down Norwich road. House marked with x is C.O.'s those with a dot house WAAF officers.

March down Norwich road. House marked with x is C.O.’s those with a dot house WAAF officers.

Further down Norwich road. Note farm in Background.

Further down Norwich road. Note farm in Background.

Arrival at Church Note both USA and British Flags on Coffin. Revd. James Royan conducting service. He was here April 1942 to August 1943

Arrival at Church Note both USA and British Flags on Coffin. Revd. James Royan conducting service. He was here April 1942 to August 1943

Entering St Mary's Churchyard

Entering St Mary’s Churchyard

Entering St Mary's Church

Entering St Mary’s Church

The walk out to the Grave

The walk out to the Grave

The walk out to the Grave

The walk out to the Grave

The following Flowers from the Sgt.s Mess and others.

The following Flowers from the Sgt.s Mess and others.

The internment. Note three new, but unmarked graves in foreground. It is thought that they are members of the crew of a JU88 shot down at Scoulton. There are no graves in this position today

The internment. Note three new, but unmarked graves in foreground. It is thought that they are members of the crew of a JU88 shot down at Scoulton. There are no graves in this position today

The volley of Shots. The funeral director looks as if it might be Jack Tennant.

The volley of Shots. The funeral director looks as if it might be Jack Tennant.

The flowers by the graveside

The flowers by the graveside

Revd James Royan talking with the relatives extreme right C.O.'s wife? officer wearing flat hat is representative from the US Embassy in London.

Revd James Royan talking with the relatives extreme right C.O.’s wife? officer wearing flat hat is representative from the US Embassy in London.

 

4 Comments

  • What a good ceremony the RAF organised. How sad when a man is lost in an accident before he could even get to fly in action.
    Thank you for publishing these photographs.

    Arthur Junior was born 17th August 1920 in Penang, Malaya where his father was an oil company executive. An American citizen, he was at Lehigh University as an aeronautical student but after completing a year he tried to enlist in the US Army Air Corps. He was refused for an eyesight problem. So he enlisted in the RAF and received his primary training at a California airfield.
    In July 42 he went via Monkton to England where he was to complete his training in 3 months. But he died on 29th August 1942 from injuries received in a flying training accident.

    The two photos of ‘the walk out to the grave’ show the coffin draped with Union Jack and Stars & Stripes. Following close behind are his father, also Arthur Henry Elliot, and his stepmother, Betty. They are the two with their backs to the camera in the last photo. Junior was the only son; he had a sister, Pat.

    I have a list of conributors of the wreaths shown in the second to last photo. They include Flight Sgt Brown, as well as the instructors of ‘E’ Flight.

    • Thank you for contributing that information Charlie. If you are able to add the list of contributors that would be great.
      It is indeed sad when a young man dies in war as the result of an accident. Per ardua ad astra indeed.

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