Photo of Arthur Isaac with dedication to his parents.
framed photograph of Air Cadet Arthur Isaac that he gave to his parents
Arthur Isaac identified this as his B-17 42-3449 which crashed onto a tree top when returning to his airbase in Thurleigh, England. After the crew climbed down to the ground, the plane plunged to the ground. The next day, Arthur found his camera in the wreckage and took this picture.
Arthur was born on 22 July 1921 in the New York City borough of Manhattan, to Jewish immigrants from Hungary, Jack and Pauly Isaac. He completed two years of college before enlisting in the Air Corps on 23 March 1942. He trained in Texas as a bombardier on B-17s.
He flew 25 missions out of Thurleigh, England, over German occupied territory, including Schweinfurt. On one mission, when the targets were obscured by fog, Arthur opened the bomb bay and dropped the contents of a bag of stale bagels that had been sent to him by his parents which were carried on flights as a snack. Arthur was the subject of a story by war correspondent Bob Considine, which was published in the New York Mirror on 11 December 1943. After the war, Arthur married and raised two children. He had a career in sales. He died on 8 December 1992.
Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4124417 'Dixie Demo. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Earlier 3 September 1943 returning from mission to Nantes, France, crashed in B17#42-3449 while attempting to land at RAF Wing. All crew returned, but 3 seriously injured.
Units served with
Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned 92BG Bangor 14/7/42; 97BG 24/8/42; dam 21/10/42; BAD 24/10/42; 369BS/306BG [WW-M] Thurleigh /10/42; ditched North Sea, off Cromer, Nfk., 26/7/43 with Alphonse Maresh, Co-pilot: Bob Hoyt, Navigator: Jim Brown, Bombardier: Art Isaac, Flight...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Long Beach 24/6/43 with Carroll Johns in a rough landing; Dow Fd 28/7/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-X] Thurleigh 14/8/43; returning from Nantes 23/9/43 with battle damaged and low on fuel with Manny Klette, Co-pilot: M.D. Reed, Navigator: Gene...
Military site : airfield
Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...
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