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Arthur O Berntzen

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) in plane #42-31441. Mid-air collision after T/O.

Service

People

  • Lee Brown

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in plane #42-29747. Mid-air collision after T/O.

  • Benajah Burkitt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in plane #42-31441. Mid-air collision after T/O.

  • Alvin Cantrell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in plane #42-31441. Mid-air collision after T/O.

  • Herbert Foote

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in plane #42-31441. Mid-air collision after T/O.

  • Philip Gatewood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in plane #42-31441. Mid-air collision after T/O.

  • Harold Kuhn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Harold Kuhn enlisted in the Air Corps shortly after Pearl Harbour. Training as a heavy bomber pilot, he received his wings at Altus, Oklahoma on 26 June 1943. Assigned to the 303rd Bomb Group/360th Bomb Squadron, he was sent to England and as co-pilot...

  • Fred Reith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in plane #42-31441. Mid-air collision after T/O.

  • Cleve Rush

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in plane #42-31441. Mid-air collision after T/O.

  • William Stoffregen

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in plane #42-31441. Mid-air collision after T/O.

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Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31441

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3 November 1943. Kearney 16 November 1943. Assigned 360BS/303BG Molesworth 4 January 1944. Lost in collision with a B-17 from another group (42-29747 of the 379th Bomb Group) during the take-off climb to the Group formation area. The...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Sarpsborg, Norway 30 April 1916
Lived in New York County, New York, United States 1940
Enlisted New York City, New York, United States 10 February 1941
Died Catworth, Huntingdonshire, United Kingdom 5 January 1944

in the loss of B-17 Serial 42-31441 after a mid-air collision with 42-37887 of the 379th BG

Buried

Arthur Berntzen rests at Plt C, Row 17, Grave 13

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2017 10:36:57 ED-BB Changes to awards, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment Records
VA Gravesite locator

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

8th AF Losses, http://303rdbg.com/rost-ab.html">http://303rdbg.com/rost-ab.html> / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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