Evill, Arthur Guy
Arthur Evill was born on 5th January 1915, son of Arthur Evill, Headmaster of Ashdown House, Forest Row, where he began his education. He then went to Sandrock Hall, Hastings before coming to Culver’s Close in 1928. He rose to become a Commoner Prefect. On leaving Winchester in December 1933, after 6 months abroad, he went to Magdalene College, Cambridge where he gained a Second Class (Honours) Degree in Modern Languages and History, before joining the staff of Marlborough House, Hawkhurst in Kent.
At Cambridge he had qualified as a pilot and gained a commission in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. At Cranwell he was considered an “exceptional pilot”, also coming first in navigation, and was posted to Coastal Command. From March 1940 he served at various stations and in September 1940 he was promoted to Flying Officer on the Atlantic convoy routes, flying from Sullom Voe on Shetland. He was second officer on the Sunderland flying boat which first picked up the Bismarck, and then on 24th May 1941 witnessed the loss of HMS Hood.
He was captain of his flying boat, Sunderland W3982 ZM-, when it took off from Sullom Voe at 1107 on August 21st 1941 to carry out an anti-submarine patrol in search area ‘Fate 3’ off the Norwegian coast. Whilst on this mission, the Sunderland signalled that it had come under attack from enemy aircraft. W3982 came down north-north-west of the Shetland Islands, all thirteen crew on board being killed.
Like all his crew-mates, Evill is commemorated on panel 30 of the Runnymede Memorial.
His cousin, Pilot Officer Williiam Alan Strathern Evill (H 1936-1940) was shot down over Cologne three days before him.
- Surname: Evill
- Forenames or initials: Arthur Guy
- House: H
- Years in School: 1928-1933
- Rank: Flying Officer
- Regiment: RAF
- Date of Birth: 5th January 1915
- Date of Death: 21st August 1941
- How Died: Killed in Action
- Location in War Cloister: Inner F2
- Decoration: NA
- Burial Site: Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 30