When Arthur Edgley finally made it back to England – their sense of adventure obviously awakened by their exploits, a group of newly released prisoners decided to give their liberators the slip, and made their own way home – he was cleaned up, given a new suit and rank (from sergeant to warrant officer), and enough money to get home.
He returned to parents who, on hearing in May that Arthur had been shot down and was missing, assumed he was dead. The news of his survival and capture didn’t reach them until September.
During his six weeks’ leave, Arthur married Joan Lawson. The couple went on to have two daughters, Carol and Diane, and have grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Civvy life meant a return to farming for Arthur, contracting and then moving with Joan on to their 40-acre farm at Lutton Marsh.
Over the years, Arthur has attended air shows, and made contacts in the world of civilian flying. It was one of these friends who gave Arthur the chance to fly a Piper Warrior III last year. Arthur says: “I hadn’t forgotten a thing. It just felt lovely.”