M.380 * 2nd Officer  Arthur Frank Eayrs 
  flag england  b. 2 Aug 1895, Manton, Rutland  13 May to 18 Sep 1941 

   1930 RAeC

(No. 9050 - Nottingham Aero Club)



 pre. a motor engineer; garage proprietor (Scott and Eayrs Limited, High Street and Melton Rd, Oakham)

m. 1925 in Uppingham, Rutland, Mabel E [Taylor]

Address in 1930: 2 Parkfield Rd, Oakham, Rutland


with (we think) Tom W Shipside at Tollerton; presumably G-ABCS in the background.

[G-ABCS was a 1930 DH 60G Gipsy Moth based at Stag Lane, Heston and then Yeadon, but was requisitioned in 1939 as X5039 and 'used as decoy']

[Thomas Wiliam Shipside was, like Arthur, a motor garage proprietor in the Midlands, so this is probably how they knew one another.


He was a founder member of Tollerton Aero Club, managing director of a string of BMC garages (the firm was founded by his ex-blacksmith father) and learnt to fly in 1927.]




This document confirms the end of Arthur's ATA service on 18th September 1941; he received 3 months pay (£71 5s) in lieu of notice.

A note in his logbook says "approx 480 hrs in Hart, Audax, Gladiator, Swordfish, Anson, Oxford, Whitney Straight, Leopard Moth, Miles Magister, Tiger Moth etc." but this may include his pre-WWII hours.

"The information in our family was that his ATA flying had been cut short by a medical problem, possibly related to blood pressure."

 d. 9 Jul 1965 - Rutland

His grandson (who kindly sent me the photos and documents) describes him as a "rather distant and forbidding figure."



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