Grp/Capt T.J. ARBUTHNOT STATION CMDR. RAF FISKERTON.
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576 Sqn Lancaster PD 309 recovery

150 Squadron R.A.F.

GROUP CAPTAIN TERENCE JOHN ARBUTHNOT

576 Sqn Wing/Cmdr Basil Arthur Templeman-Rooke

576 Sqn Flt/Lt Leslie Brown

576 Sqn. Flt/Sgt Eddie Wise

49 sqn Flt/Lt Charles Dunnet

49 Sqn Fred Cooper.

576 Sqn F/O William Carland Johnston

49 Sqn Flt/Lt Victor Medway Arnold

576 Sqn Flt/Lt Charles Roach

 49 Sqn Sgt. E.B.(Ted) Cachart.

49 Sqn Sgt Douglas D.R. Dalaway

576 Sqn Flt/Lt Bertram W. Roberts

576 Sqn Flt/Sgt Johnny Musgrave

576 Sqn Flying Officer Edward L Saslove

49 Sqn Pilot Officer Edgar R. G. Haines D.F.M.

576 Sqn Flt/Lt Herbert Benson

576 Sqn Flying Officer Frank Wilson

576 Sqn Flt/Sgt Dennis Ovenden

576 Sqn Flt/Sgt Danny Ranchuk

576 Sqn Flt/Sgt Ken Tamkin.

49 Sqn Flying Officer Alexander V Bone

576 Sqn Sgt Stanley Lloyd

576 Sqn Warrant Officer Frederick Taylor, DFM

576 Sqn Warrant Officer Reg Croot

49 Sqn. S/L J.E Raw-Rees D.F.C.

576 Sqn Sgt Alfred Thorpe Turton

 576 Sqn Warrant Officer Eugene Patrick (Jimmy) Collins

576 Sqn. F/O R Bastick & Crew

576 Sqn. Sgt. George Lynn.

576 Sqn Airman Ron Kent

576 Sqn. Sgt. D.Girling.

576 Sqn F/O A.J.L Ridge

576 Sqn F/O Archibald de Largy Greig

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MEMORIAL PAGE


We are honoured to be able to place on this website,  a page dedicated to the achievements of the late Group Captain Terence John Arbuthnot  RAF  who was the Station Commanding Officer  at Fiskerton in the final stages of the war.

May we express Our gratitude to Mr Robin Arbuthnot, G/Cpt Arbuthnots’s Son  for  supplying the information and the images on this page.

As C/O of Fiskerton, G/Cpt Arbuthnot was not required to fly on ops- having completed his operational flying earlier in the war. However, in an example of leadership  and courage to the young aircrew who he saw at the briefings, he flew on the following operations:

29/11/44,  2nd pilot to S/Ldr Dutton,   target was Dortmund
17/12/44,  2nd pilot to S/Ldr Dutton,   target was Ulm,
13/2/45,    2nd pilot to S/Ldr Rooke,      target was  Dresden,
28/2/45,    as pilot,                                  target was Cleaves (sqn recalled en route to target)
1/3/45,      as pilot,                                  target was Mannheim,
30/4/45.    as pilot,                                  target was Duluft
7/5/45(last day of the war) as pilot,    target was The Hague

Image taken in 1945 when C.O at Fiskerton.

Records indicate that Grp/Capt Arbuthnot having passed through RAF Collage Cranwell as a Flight Cadet was granted permanent commission as Pilot Officer with seniority on 11th December 1926. Promoted to Flying Officer 11th June 1928 . Promoted Flight Lt 1st April 1932. On 1st April 1937 Terry was promoted Sqn Ldr. On 1st June 1940 Terry was promoted Wing/Cmdr and Officer Commanding 26 Squadron. The Squadron was sent to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force in June 1940. Terry,s promotion to Group Captain (Permanent) was confirmed on 1st October 1946.

Grp/Capt. Arbuthnot as A Flt/Lt. Picture taken after promotion to this rank on 1st April 1932

Group Captain TJ Arbuthnot CO of RAF Hendon talking to Lord Trenchard Marshall of the Royal Air Force in 1950

Group Captain Terence john Arbuthnot post war picture

Grp/Cpt Arbuthnot C.O. RAF Hendon in 1951 with a 1916 Sopwith Pup. The Grp/Cpt flew this aircraft on the open day at Hendon celebrating 50 years of Flying at the Station

The Grp/Cpt with his Son and daughter Robin and Susan picture possibly taken at Bicester in 1941

Grp/Cpt Arbuthnot picture taken post war

Awards granted to Grp/Cpt Arbuthnot are on 18 th June 1937, Appointments to the Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John Of Jerusalem as Officer in that Appointment.

Grp/Cpt Arbuthnot with Grp/Cpt,s Cunningham and Bader at Hatfield Hall in 1966, the aircraft behind is a De Havilland Mosquito Fighter.

The Grp/Cpt in front of a Bristol Blenheim Bomber. This Bomber was the mainstay of Bomber Command operations in the early years of the war

Awards granted to Grp/Cpt Arbuthnot are granted by the Prince Regent of Belgium on 27th June 1947, Order Of Leopold with Palme and Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palme.

The Grp/Cpt removing .303 ammunition from the wreckage of Avro lancaster JB 228, unit code J9 of 1668 Heavy Conversion Unit from RAF Bottesford, This Lancaster crashed at RAF fiskerton on 10 March 1945.

Award Certificate From the Belgium Goverment awards to Grp/Cpt Arbuthnot

Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palme

The Grp/Cpt seen with his Navigator in front of an Armstrong Whitworth Albermarle at Bicester airfield in 1942. The Grp/Cpt was given 2 of the 3 pre production airframes to Test for Day and Night flying. These aircraft origionally designed as Bombers were designated for Glider Towing Duties.

Grp/Cpt Arbuthnot Leading the march past at the closure parade at RAF Fiskerton Sept 1945

View of the parade taking place on Fiskertons short runway with the village of Reepham behind the Treeline

Date of picture not certain,probable 1937 to 1939. The aircraft is A Hawker Hind Light Bomber.This was the last Biplane to serve with the RAF .Some 581 Hinds were produced between 1934 and 1937 when the last Hind rolled off the assembly line. This type were withdrawn from front line service in June 1939. The main characteristic of this type were the "Rams horn" exahust pipes as seen in this picture. Terence is seen in the front row with the Moustache, His rank possibly that of Sqn Ldr.

Grp/Cpt Arbuthnot Addressing the parade

Sqn Ldr Arbuthnot With his wife Karin on their wedding day on 20 April 1937. The wedding took place in India.

576 Sqn aircrew. Picture taken at RAF Fiskerton June 1945. Group Captain Arbuthnot seated Centre Front Row.

Group Captain Arbuthnot with the Servicing wing of RAF Fiskerton in June 1945.

Station Headquarters staff RAF Fiskerton with Group Captain Arbuthnot June 1945

Eulogy for the Grp/Cpt at his Funeral Service at St Clement Danes, Central Church of the Royal Air Force 29th January 1996