KELSHALL – Arnold Sinclair

1394902 – A.S. Kelshall – Trinidad – F/O – Pilot – attested 12.8.41
133424 – commissioned 6.11.42 – P/War 26.4.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876 - Nominal Roll of Coloured Candidates, October 1944]

Flight Lieutenant – Pilot – 254 Sqn, Coastal Command – Beaufighter – POW

Educated QRC, Volunteer Trinidad ETS, trained at Piarco 60hrs Tiger Moth; UK training 60hrs Peterborough; Canada training Harvard a/c, Prince Edward Island. Shot down and wounded when flying a beaufighter against a German convoy off the Dutch coast. Sent to Stalag Luft 3, transferred to Ludenvalde, POW # 433427. Eventually escaped from Russian custody at the end of the war.

[Source: CMHA]

245 Squadron, 1940. A.S. Kelshall possibly front row, 3rd from right. [Foto: RAF]

Top right: A.S. Kelshall; Bottom left: John Shirley
[Courtesy: Family of F/O John Shirley & Aircrew Remembrance Society]

2 additions to “KELSHALL – Arnold Sinclair”

  1. A.E.Smith adds:

    Hello Jerome

    I stumbled across a group picture of 254 squadron taken in front of a Beaufighter. A.S.Kelshall is I believe, seated front row, 3rd from right. The photo can be found on the website of John Care who was squadron leader. Also and rather interestingly the same photo, at a reduced resolution can be viewed on youtube by typing in ‘beaufighter’ as keyword.

    here’s the link . . .

    Happy new year and keep up the good work
    A Smith

  2. A.E. Smith adds:

    Hi Jerome

    254 Sqn used Blenheims until summer 1942 so this photo will be later than 1940 – my guess would be 42/43 judging from the camo on the plane (guess that makes me a bit of an anorak).


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