Stanley Arnfield was educated in India. He joined the Royal Air Force in as an apprentice in 1930 and qualified in 1933 as a fitter, aero engines. He was sent to India in 1935 and was based at Quetta, where he helped out with the earthquake tragedy.
He returned to the UK in 1937 and was accepted for pilot training
Arnfield had his first flight on a Hurricane on 30th September 1938, and transferred to 610 Squadron in September 1939 as a Sergeant.
He had his first kill on 31st May in the Dunkirk area, with a confirmed Me110. His second kill was on the 12th June. Arnfield continued throughout June and July on a large number of patrols but without any further kills. On the 24th of August when patrolling at Hawkinge he was shot down and baled out. He broke his ankle on landing and was admitted to Victoria Hospital in Deal. His stricken aircraft crashed in flames at Hammill near Eastry.
After serving a spell as a Flying Instructor, having spent the majority of training in Canada, he transferred to Bomber Command.
In September 1943 Arnfield began training on Wellingtons, then progressed up to Lancasters. His first bombing raid was on 16th December on Berlin with 166 Squadron. Many operations were to follow with missions to Stettin, Brunswick, Leipzig and Stuttgart, with his last raid being on Dusseldorf on 22nd April 1944. His remaining wartime flying was purely training, and he finished his flying in February 1945. He retired from the RAF in 1951 and died on three years later of a heart attack.
He was also awarded
- India General Service 1908-1935, one bar, North West Frontier
- India General Service 1936-1939, one bar, North West Frontier 1936-37
26th July, 1941: Pilot Officer (probation)
26th July, 1942: Flying Officer (war sub)
26th July, 1943: Flight Lieutenant (war sub)
11th March, 1946: Transfer to the Special Duties and Secretarial Branche
5th December, 1946: extended commission
1st January, 1947:Transfer to the Secretarial Branche
12th February, 1951: Retirement on account of medical unfitness for air force service retaining the rank of Squadron Leader
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