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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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Fighter Command Crest
01.09.1940 No 1 Squadron RCAF Hurricane I R4171 F/O. A.Mc. Yuile

Operation: Patrol

Date: 01st September 1940 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 1 Squadron (RCAF)

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: R4171

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Northolt

Location: West Malling, Kent

Pilot: F/O. Arthur McLeod Yuile C/1328 RCAF Age 23. Survived

We are extremely grateful to François Dutil (438 Squadron Archivist) for supplying photographs and information to Aircrew Remembered in October 2017. All photographs shown within this page are available to relatives at a higher resolution (as are most of those named within this page) - courtesy of François.


During a patrol flying R4171 engaged by Do216’s and Me110’s - understood to have been hit and baled out successfully over West Malling in Kent at around 14:30 hrs.

He also had another lucky escape just two weeks later when on Sunday 15th September he flying Hurricane I L1973 when involved in combat with a He11 at 14:45 south of London. Although wounded in the shoulder he managed to return to base - the Hurricane was repaired and placed back into service.

Served with the squadron until mid-February 1941 when he was repatriated to Canada. Yuile joined 118 (RCAF) Squadron at Rockcliffe, Ottawa. On the 27th April 1942 he took command of 126 (RCAF) Squadron at Dartmouth, engaged in the east coast defence role. Yuile returned to 118 Squadron on 15th June 1942 to take command. Yuile resigned his commission on Wednesday 13th September 1944 to complete his studies at McGill University. He graduated in May 1945 and emigrated to the USA in April 1963.

Burial details:

None, F/O. Arthur McLeod Yuile, survived the war.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Francois Dutil and also Battle Of Britain Monument for details, other sources as quoted below:

KTY - 17.10.2017

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Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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