Highest Praise from ‘Bomber’ Harris

Writing to Arthur Aaron’s family after his death, Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris declared: “In my opinion, never even in the annals of the RAF, has the VC been awarded for skill, determination and courage in the face of the enemy of the highest order than that displayed by your son.”

Arthur Louis Aaron was born in Leeds, Yorkshire on March 5, 1922 to a British father and a Swiss mother. It was undoubtedly his mother’s influence that led him to a lifelong interest in mountains and mountaineering but his love of flying stemmed from a flight with the legendary Alan Cobham Flying Circus when it visited Penrith in the 1930s.

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