b. 14/06/1913 Wimbledon, Surrey. d. 09/12/1941 Malaya.
Scarf was 28 years old, and a squadron leader in 62 Squadron, Royal Air Force during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
Scarf joined the RAF in 1936, and accepted for pilot training. On gaining his wings he was posted to No.9 Squadron, operating the Handley Page Heyford. In 1937 he transferred to No.62 Squadron, a light bomber unit which received the Bristol Blenheim in February 1938. Just prior to the outbreak of war in September 1939, the Squadron was detached to bases in northern Malaya. From July 1941 No.62 was based at Alor Star near the Thailand border and at the outbreak of hostilities in December 1941 the squadron came under heavy air attack. On 9 December it was withdrawn to RAF Butterworth in order to regroup.
On 9 December 1941 in Malaya, near the Siam border, all available aircraft had been ordered to make a daylight raid on Singora (where the Japanese Army was invading), in Siam. Squadron Leader Scarf, as leader of the raid, had just taken off from the base at Butterworth when enemy aircraft swept in destroying or disabling all the rest of the machines. Scarf decided nevertheless to fly alone to Singora. Despite attacks from roving fighters he completed his bombing run and was on his way back when his aircraft became riddled with bullets and he was severely wounded, his left arm had been shattered, he had a large hole in his back and was drifting in and out of consciousness. He managed to crash-land the Blenheim at Alor Star, without causing any injury to his crew, and was rushed to hospital where he died two hours later.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: RAF MUSEUM, HENDON, LONDON.
BURIAL PLACE: TAIPING WAR CEMETERY, MALAYA.
Arthur Scarf's medals including VC courtesy of the RAF Museum, Hendon.
(Picture courtesy of Thomas Stewart)
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
PLOT II, ROW G, GRAVE 14.
St Clements Danes Church, Aldwych
National Memorial Arboretum (Andy Wright)