The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. A Sampson
Arthur Sampson joined the RAF on 13th August 1935 and trained as a Fitter. Before the war Sampson served with 204 Squadron at Mount Batten, Plymouth and 217 Squadron at Wittering.
He had done part-time duty as an air gunner and at the outbreak of war he went on permanent duty as such.
Sampson was serving with 23 Squadron at Ford during the Battle of Britain. He later served with 40 Squadron at Wyton and at No. 1 Air Armament School at Manby.
He received a Mention in Despatches (gazetted 11th June 1942) and was awarded the BEM whilst stationed at 21 OTU Moreton-in-Marsh, for his efforts in maintaining maximum serviceability during the 1000 bomber raids.
Sampson was released from the RAF in October 1946 as a Flight Sergeant.