AR Watson


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AR Watson


Pilot Officer AR Watson RAF


Pilot Officer AR Watson (ON 34-39) 152 Squadron. Killed 28 November 1940 age 19. A very successful Spitfire Pilot, Arthur, known as "Rex", was injured in September 1940 in the Battle of Britain. Returning from recovery 3 weeks later Watson took off from RAF Warmwell, Dorset to intercept a German bomber and it's fighter escort. He was shot down 16 miles from base and baled out but didn't survive the fall. Watson was the son of Arthur( a Director of Stanton Iron Works), and Agnes Watson of Mapperley Park.

From The Nottinghamian 1940:
The eldest of three brothers at the school - the other two remain- he obtained his school cert in 1937, and took a keen interest in various activities outside the classroom. A member of the OTC, he was quickly promoted to Lance-Corporal, Corporal, Sergeant, Drum Major and obtained the War Office Cert.A. He also gave very useful service as Prefect, Cricket Secretary and Capt of Maples House, and obtained both First XV Rugby and 2nd XI Cricket Colours.
He left school in 1939 intendinf to take up flying as a career, and three months later passed the RAF entrance examination for Cranwell. After some months' training he became a Pilot Officer and was attached to a Spitfire Squadon. He took part with considerable success in the critical battles of August and September over this country and once, though shot down and seriously wounded in the arm, landed his plane safely. He visited the school while on sick leave, and on one occasion gave an informal talk to some of the senior boys. It was while on patrol duty that he met his end, being shot down by an enemy fighter which itself suffered the same fate soon afterwards.




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