WWII AIR CREW EUROPE GROUP TO F.SGT. A.F.E. TILLEY, R.A.F. (K.I.A. 1943)
*** SOLD *** 1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star; WWII War Medal, accompanied by R.A.F. sweetheart brooch, portrait photograph and an archive of wartime correspondence from Members of Parliament, the Air Ministry, British Red Cross Society, R.A.F. Benevolent Fund, War Graves Commission and the remaining survivor of Tilley's crew to his family, detailing the progression of a squadron transfer after a meeting at the Houses of Parliament, Tilley being reported 'Missing' and then presumed dead, through to his interment and explanation of the air crash that claimed his life from the one surviving crew member, a rear gunner who had been taken Prisoner of War.
Arthur Francis Edward Tilley was the son of Arthur and Doris Annie Tilley, of Totland, Isle of Wight. Served with 15 Squadron, On the night of 1 March 1943, Tilley piloted his Short Stirling MkI W7518 leaving R.A.F. Bourn, Cambridgeshire at 18:22 hrs. At 01:04 hrs, Tilley and his crew were shot down by night fighter pilot Fw. Heinrich Nepperschmidt of the 1./NJG 1, flying a Bf 110 from Gilze-Rijen airfield. The only survivor was rear gunner Sgt. G.E. Williams, R.C.A.F., who was taken P.O.W. Tilley was buried at Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery.