Arthur David Bishop’s Blood-stained Wings

 

This is the untold story of a Mosquito pilot who survived the war, but never talked much about his ordeal. We have little to go on except for a group photo and names printed under it.

A.C. 2 Arthur David Bishop is third cadet on the left in the first row.

That group photo was given to him by someone who had visited him when he was in a hospital in Scotland. According to the family, Arthur had been shot down over France and his navigator, whose nickname was “Carrotts”, was killed.

The family always thought “Carrotts” was A.C. Carrott seen on the same group photo.

I believe Arthur David Bishop’s navigator was not A.C. Carrott, but someone else. Yesterday I found A.C. Carrott’s name in the book Missing Believe Killed – The Royal Air Force and the Search for Missing Aircrew 1939 – 1952.

The search goes on for Arthur David Bishop and his navigator whose nickname was “Carrotts”, and hopefully, names on the group picture might bring more clues.

As well as Arthur David Bishop’s war medals…

And this information shared by Arthur David Bishop’s daugther… 

Arthur David Bishop was based in Torquay, (Paignton) in Devon for a while. He was also mentioned in despatches as well. He lived in Slough, and was the only son of Gordon and Helen (Betty) Bishop. We believe he underwent his training at Hendon which was a training flying school before it changed to become a museum. He married Edith May Blank after the war. He spent a year in a quarantine hospital / clinic because he got TB while being treated for his injuries sustained (a collapsed lung & several shrapnel wounds) when the plane he was flying was shot down on the French side of the German border in 1944.

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  1. Message from David Hunter

    Dear Sirs, the information we have on Arthur David Bishop is limited to what you have read in this article, I would like to suggest that the date ranges are best guessed by trying to piece together titbits of information to find the most likely scenarios, very sketchy indeed but I am at a total loss otherwise. I am desperate to find solid fact about my grandfather and his time with the RAF, even if they are less than desirable and palatable for us as a family…. PLEASE HELP!?!?!?

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