|Birth: ||Oct. 17, 1922|
Western Australia, Australia
|Death: ||Jul. 13, 1943, England|
Son of Arthur Thomas and Frances Chapman of Mosman Park, Western Australia. Sgt Chapman enlisted on 21 July 1941 and was later promoted to Pilot Officer. He was killed following operations over Turin, Italy, aged 20 years. Eighteen aircraft from the squadron took part in the raid and three, including PO Chapman's Lancaster LM311 failed to return. During the mission his aircraft was severely damaged and crashed a short distance from the RAF Bottesford airfield, England, killing all seven crew members.
Flying Officer, 467 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force - Service No. 415117
Flight LM311 RAAF 467 Squadron
No. 467 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force was formed at Scampton, Lincolnshire in the United Kingdom on 7 November 1942.
The following information courtesy of Stephen Farnell -
On 23 November 1942 the squadron moved to Bottesford Airfield (known locally as Normanton Airfield) and commenced operations on 2 January 1943. After a year it moved to Waddington and remained there until the end of the war.
Between January 1942 and April 1945, 467 Squadron flew 3,833 sorties in Avro Lancaster heavy bombers and suffered heavy losses - 760 personnel were killed, of whom 284 were Australian, and 118 aircraft were lost.
The following account gives details of just one of those losses - Flight LM311. All the flight crew lost their lives as their plane crash-landed at Bottesford Airfield after returning from Turin on the 13th July 1943. These details are taken from the anonymous account and photograph that is permanently on view in Bottesford Parish Council Rooms. It was presented by former members of 467 Squadron to mark the 50th Anniversary of the end of the 2nd World War in 1995. A Eucalyptus tree was also planted with a plaque near the graves of aircrew from Bottesford Airfield who were killed in action.
Crew on board with F/O Chapman -
Sgt. Norman Campbell Smith (1348535 Air Bomber - Aged 21)
Sgt. Jack Greenwood (980381 Flight Engineer - Aged 25)
Sgt. William Stewart Buchanan (1372826 Air Gunner - Aged 20)
Sgt. Patrick Donlevy (1369188 Wireless Op.- Aged 19)
Sgt. Albert Edward Micheals (1551320 Navigator - Aged 21)
Sgt. William Bruce (967187 Air Gunner - Aged 20)
Arthur Thomas Chapman (1893 - 1973)
Frances Ellen Mary Ann Downing Chapman (1905 - 1969)
Vale of White Horse District
Plot: I/2, Grave 24
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Record added: Jun 07, 2013
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