View Aircrew Details
Surname SPENCER   Initials A C   First Name ARTHUR CHARLES  
Decorations DFM  
Rank Flight Leutenant   Unit RAF   Service No. 115564  
Age 27  Deceased 29/08/1942  Previous Squadron 101  
Address Westminster, London  
Cemetery HEVERLEE WAR CEMETERYLeuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium  
Grave Location Coll. grave 6. C. 20-23.  
Additional Info Son of Charles Spencer, and of Margaret Blanche Spencer, of Westminster, London. LL.B.  
War Graves Link 2778006  Grave Photo ** YES ** Cemetery Photo ** YES **
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFM  6/02/1942  1162053 Sergeant Arthur Charles SPENCER, No. 101 Squadron.

One night in January, 1942, this airman was the navigator/bomb aimer of an aircraft which successfully attacked Hamburg. Bombs were released over the target but the aircraft was hit by enemy fire and Sergeant Spencer received a wound in the left thigh. Although in great pain, he continued his navigational duties; he also set down courses for use in case he collapsed. When it was found that all the bombs had not been released, he dragged himself to the bomb aimer's position and jettisoned the remaining bombs.

Showing great fortitude, Sergeant Spencer then navigated the aircraft safely back to this country. 
Source Date Comments
LG 35446  6/02/1942  DFM Notification 
LG 35531  21/04/1942  1162053 Arthur Charles SPENCER (115564). 24th Jan. 1942. (Promoted to F/O) 
ORB  28/08/1942  Three returned early and one (F/LT GILMOUR, F/LT SPENCER and crew) failed to return. 
ORB  30/08/1942  Visit from F/L SPENCER's father and mother.