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Arthur Aaron

Leeds 1922 - Bône Hospital, Algeria 1943
Royal Air Force pilot; recipient of the Victoria Cross,
Graham Ibbeson

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Statue of Arthur Aaron in pilot's dress, standing next to a 5 m high tree in which four children are climbing, progressively representing the passage of time between 1950 and 2000: a boy with planks (wings?) bound with ropes on his upper arms, a girl with a toy propeller plane with pilot, a boy with a toy jet fighter, and at the top a girl releasing a dove of peace. At the foot of the tree is a box, a diffel bag, a scroll and a draw hook, at the other sides lies a simple toy plane.

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The statue was unveiled on 24 March 2001 by Malcolm Mitchem, the last survivor of the aircraft.


1922 - 1943
for our tomorrow
he gave his today
The Millennium Statue chosen by the people of Leeds
Sculpted by Graham Ibbeson

A Leeds boy, educated at Roundhay High School and Leeds University,
Aaron ignored grievous wounds to help his stricken aircraft
to safety on the night of 12 August 1943. By supervising the flight
from Turin to Bone, North Africa, he gave up his life for those of his crew
and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

Cast by AB Fine Aart Foundry
Given by Leeds Civic Trust
Supported by Leeds City Council

Unveiled 24 March 2001 by Malcolm Mitchem DFM, last survivor of Aaron's crew


Ibb 2000


Leeds - Arthur Aaron


  • Aaron, Arthur
  • Aircraft
  • Boy with airplane
  • Dove/Pigeon
  • Girl with airplane
  • Girl with dove
  • Ibbeson, Graham
  • Pilot
  • Tree
  • War Memorial (UK - WWII)
  • Location (N 53°47'54" - W 1°32'9")

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    Item Code: gbyh111; Photograph: 28 July 2019
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