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Arthur Aaron statue, close up (City Centre) (2 comments)
Colour image6th June 2006. View of the top of the 5 metre high bronze statue commemorating Arthur Aaron V.C. At the age of 21 Flight Sergeant Aaron saved the lives of his crew when, fatally wounded himself, he landed the badly damaged bomber. This took place on 12th August 1943 and he died nine hours later in hospital. Arthur Aaron grew up in Leeds attending Roundhay Grammar School. He was the only serviceman from Leeds to be awarded the Victoria Cross and one of very few Jewish recipients to receive this honour. Here we see children at the top of a tree, representing the generations of children since the war who have enjoyed freedom. A little girl at the very top releases the dove of peace. The people of Leeds voted for Arthur Aaron as the subject of this Millennium statue and it was unveiled in March 2001 on the site of Eastgate Roundabout. Photograph courtesy of James W. Bell.
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Arthur Aaron Statue, Eastgate Roundabout (City Centre)
Colour image6th June 2006 Silhouette of the top of the five metre bronze Arthur Aaron statue on Eastgate Roundabout. The statue commemorates the young airman Arthur Aaron of Leeds who won the Victoria Cross for his brave efforts as captain to fly home his severely damaged plane from Italy to Africa during World War II. Aaron died of his wounds. The sculptor Graham Ibbeson from Barnsley, has designed the statue in the form of a tree climbed by children with Aaron standing at the base. The children represent the generations from the second half of the twentieth century who have grown up in freedom because of the sacrifice of such young men as Aaron. The small girl at the top is releasing the dove of peace. The statue, commissioned for the millennium and funded by the Scurrah Wainwright Trust, was unveiled on 24th March 2001. Photograph courtesy of James W. Bell.
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Arthur Aaron, Statue, Eastgate Roundabout (City Centre)
Black & White image6th June 2006 Silhouetted against the sky is the little girl at the top of the Arthur Aaron's statue on Eastgate Roundabout, as she releases the dove of peace. The statue, in bronze, sculptured by Graham Ibbeson, was commissioned for the millennium, funded by the Scurrah Wainwright Trust and commemorates the young life of Arthur Aaron. He died during World War II after landing his severely damaged bomber safely saving the lives of his crew. He was awarded the Victoria Cross. Photograph courtesy of James W. Bell.
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Arthur Aarons Statue, Eastgate (City Centre) (2 comments)
Colour image6th June 2006 View of the Arthur Aarons Statue in Eastgate. Arthur Aarons V.C. stands, as a young World Ward II airman, at the base of a tree climbed by children. The child at the top releases the dove of peace. In the background left, is the West Yorkshire Playhouse and B.B.C. studios in St. Peter's Square. The red brick building in the centre background is Munro House in Duke Street. The buildings under construction in the background are part of a mixed use development called Gateway. It is on the former site of Howarth Timber between Crown Point Road, Marsh Lane and East Street. The architects, Carey Jones, have designed over 640 studio, 1 bedroomed and two bedroomed apartments, a 218 bed hotel, office and commerical space. The buildings are on 15 storeys and completion is expected by 2008. Photograph courtesy of James W. Bell.
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Detail of the base of the statue of Arthur Aaron VC, Eastgate (City Centre)
Colour imageUndated. Image shows the base of the statue of Arthur Aaron VC located at the bottom of Eastgate. Here, we see the poppy decorated booted legs of Flight Sergeant Aaron as he is depicted standing beside a tree which represents the passage of time from the Second World War years to the present day. Children climbing the tree are symbols of peace and freedom for susbequent generations of people as a result of the sacrifice made by Arthur Aaron and others like him. Although severely wounded and unable to speak he managed to save the lives of fellow crew members by flying the badly damaged Stirling from Turin over the Mediterranean to Bone, Algeria. With the aid of the bomb aimer he crash landed in the darkness but sadly died nine hours later in the station hospital. He is buried in the Commonwealth war cemetery in Bone. Arthur Aaron was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery and the Distinguished Flying Medal.
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