Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. A W Canham

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Arthur William Canham enlisted in the RAF on 25th October 1939 as an Aircrafthand. He later applied for aircrew duties and remustered as a u/t Air Gunner.

After a gunnery course at 5 BGS Jurby he joined 600 Squadron at Manston in May 1940 and served with it throughout the Battle of Britain.

With the advent of the Beaufighter and airborne radar, the air gunners were posted away from the squadron in January 1941. Canham went to 11 OTU Bassingbourn and afterwards joined 9 Squadron at Honington, flying as a rear gunner in Wellingtons.

In August 1942 the squadron converted to Lancasters. Canham was discharged from the RAF on 9th February 1943, following an operation at the RAF Hospital Ely for the removal of splintered bone from his head and a badly-perforated ear drum.

After the war Canham emigrated to New Zealand.

He died on 10th January 1990 in Kaiapoi, Christchurch there.

 

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