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Arlie Gerald Arneson


Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Bill Thomas crew. 24 x combat missions. POW

7-Apr-43, B-17 42-3090 'Taint-a-bird' force landed near Clonakilty, County Cork Ireland. Crew was safe. RTD

B-17 42-3267 ditched in Bay of Biscay out of fuel 28-Jun-43. RTD

Failed to Return (FTR) Saarlautern in B-17 42-30045 'Fight'n 'n Bit'n' 4-Oct-43; hit by flak, ditched off Bayeux, France. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 744 / 1455

Awards: AM (OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).



  • Max Crowder

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30045 'Fight'n 'n Bit'n', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Thomas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29787 'Wilder Nell II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Salina 5/3/43; Gulfport 31/3/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-F] Alconbury 15/4/43; Framlingham 12/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; 3m, transferred 326BS/92BG [JW- ] Alconbury 6/8/43, the transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-E] Kimbolton 4/9/43;...

  • 42-30045 "She's My Gal" "Fight'n -'n - Bit'n"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/4/43; Sioux City 14/4/43; Kearney 3/5/43; Bangor 23/5/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD- ] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 28/6/43 SHE'S MY GAL; ...

  • 42-30219

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 12/5/43; Bangor 6/6/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-J] Horham 15/6/43; 6m, battle damaged Oschersleben 28/7/43 with Bill Thomas, rest unknown (7 Returned to Duty); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carl Cameron,...

  • 42-30300 'Hell N Back'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/5/43; Gore 24/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/5/43; Kearney 27/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 16/6/43; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-C] Horham 17/6/43; with E.L. Lemke force landed RAF St Eval 28/6/43; 15m, Missing in Action...

  • 42-30342 "T'aint A Bird II"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/5/43; Gore 20/5/43; Smoky Hill 30/5/43; Wright 30/6/43; Smoky Hill 20/7/43; Kearney 22/7/43; Dow Fd 25/7/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-B] Horham 28/7/43; 54m, transferred APH with Azon for Aphrodite missions, Knettishall; Aphrodite...

  • 42-3090 'T'aint A Bird'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/43; en route to UK aircraft force landed Clonakilty, N. Ireland 7/4/43 with Bill Thomas, Co-pilot: Jim Stapleton, Navigator: Bill Prochaska, Bombardier: Collis Hayes, Ball turret gunner: Floyd Thompson frost-bitten feet, Radio...

  • 42-3267 'Harley Charley'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/4/43; Dow Fd 28/5/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-A] Framlingham 28/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; (2m) Missing in Action St Nazaire 28/6/43 with Bill Thomas, Co-pilot: Jim Stapleton, Navigator: Collis Haynes, Bombardier: Bill Prochaska, Flight...


  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Wenatchee, WA 27 January 1920

Son of Mrs A C Yates.

Enlisted 5 August 1939
Based Horham 1943 – 4 October 1943

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Near Krems Austria 4 October 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag XVIIb.

Ditched POW Off Bayeux, France 4 October 1943
Discharged USAAF 19 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Auburn, WA 8 March 2004
Buried Mountain View Cemetery Auburn, King County, WA 11 March 2004

Mountain View Cemetery
King County, Washington


Date Contributor Update
23 October 2021 19:16:27 Al_Skiff Changes to role and events

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2021 16:41:40 jmoore43 Changes to events and place associations

Added POW Camp info to the POW event from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added an association to Stalag 17B per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2021 21:12:02 Al_Skiff Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2021 21:08:01 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2021 22:49:48 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C type in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:56 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 744 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Roll of Honor; MACR 744, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp. 101, 169, NARA POW web site