Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1943, Flight Lieutenant Arthur John Hodgkinson D.S.O., D.F.C. and Bar, 23 Squadron, the Royal Air Force, was killed when his plane crashed in Italy.
Flight Lieutenant Hodgkinson joined the R.A.F. as an aircraft apprentice at the age of sixteen after leaving Dr. Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. He passed out as a fitter and then applied for pilot training. By the summer of 1940 he was serving with 219 Squadron and began claiming victories. Commissioned in February of 1941, his actions in the early part of that year earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross and a Bar.
After being posted to 23 Squadron at R.A.F. Luga in Malta Flight Lieutenant's victories totalled twelve, the last being the destruction of two Ju88s near Siciliy, and he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. It was during a sortie to Rome that Flight Lieutenant Hodgkinson was killed when his plane crashed on the Centocelle racetrack. He lies buried in the Beach Head War Cemetery at Anzio in Italy.
Arthur, from Hampstead, was 27 years old.