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Tribute to WWII RAF hero Arthur, 86.

A WORLD War II veteran, who was shot down over France and was helped by the French Resistance, has died aged 86.

Former RAF Warrant Officer Arthur Pritchard, of Y Felinheli, Gwynedd, had been a Flight Engineer with Bomber Command flying Lancasters. He died after suffering a heart attack and pneumonia at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor on Friday. The widower leaves seven children, 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Daughter Carolyn Pritchard, of Felinheli, said: "We have had sympathy messages from around the world including from the family of the Australian crew he flew with and from relatives of French Resistance members he knew."

Arthur had joined an Australian crew in 97 Pathfinder Squadron Bomber Command who had needed a flight engineer. On the night of June 9-10, 1944, their Lancaster took off from Coningsby for Etampes, 50km from Paris, and was shot down over France.

He baled out, found the French Resistance and was hidden in a hole under a sink. Eventually, he was repatriated.

. The funeral will be held at St Mary's Church, Felinheli on Thursday at 11am with a service at Bangor Crematorium at noon.

Family flowers please but donations may be made to the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes charities.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 1, 2010
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