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Merlin A Arnold

Military

Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.
Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.
KIA 30-Mar-45. Lost in English Channel.

Service

People

  • Leonard Arnold

    Military | First Lieutenant | Ordnance and Armament Officer | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Ordnance and Armament Officer between Nov-44 and Jan-45. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Brock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Achmer A/D. Whilst strafing airdrome, hit in coolant system by return fire, bellied in Hopsten. Initially reported as MIA on 21-Mar...

  • Henry Carbonneau

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Flew with the 351st Fighter Squadron/353rd Fighter Group based at Raydon, Suffolk, England from 28-May-44 until Nov-44. On 8-Jun-44 Carbonneau shot down an Me109 for his only aerial victory. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Arthur Carroll

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Returned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 2 x He 111, 1 x Fw 190. Ended Tour of...

  • Harold Chase

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 2 x kills, 1 x damaged [Air]. Credited with 4 x destroyed, 1 x damaged [Ground]. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gordon Compton

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Became squadron C/O after Lt Col Frederick H Lefebre. Compton was a squadron ace with 5 x kills, including a ME262 downed on 10-Apr-45. ...

  • Bruce Eddy

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Achmer A/D Germany in P-51D 'Lil Boston Bull' 44-14569. Thought KIA crashed near Krefeld on 21-Mar-45, but later liberated Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 13955. ...

  • James Frye

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    On 15 Sept 1943, Frye undershot runway on landing on training flight to Ford at Susses in P47#42-8503. RTD ...

  • Robert Hahn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 1 kill, 4 x destroyed and 1 x damaged on the ground. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lloyd Hally

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission Nijmegen in P-47 'Angel of Mercy' 42-22523 last seen pursuing a Fw190 down through the overcast over Arnhem. Shot down 21-Sep-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 9003. ...

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Units served with

  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    Group
    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron
  • 504th Fighter Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

Aircraft

  • 44-14732 'Tampa Tampa' 'Bronx Bum'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Merlin A Arnold. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Berlin, A/C abandoned after coolant failure pilot F/O Jerry M Campbell seen to bale out safely over tail and open chute in the...

  • 44-14887

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Merlin A Arnold. Failed to Return (FTR) Germany, hit by flak and crashed into ground on strafing pass on German airfield 21-Mar-45 2nd Lt June B Stallings KIA. MACR 15905. ...

  • 44-72309

    P-51 Mustang

Missions

Associated Place

  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist...

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

Events

Event Location Date
Lived in Tampa, FL, USA 1941
Enlisted Miami Beach, FL, USA 6 February 1943
Assigned Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 28 September 1944 – 2 October 1944

Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Fowlmere, Royston SG8, UK 2 October 1944 – 30 March 1945

Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Fowlmere, Royston SG8, UK 21 December 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 30 March 1945

Killed in Action (KIA). Lost in English Channel.

Buried April 1945

Tablets of the missing.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2017 20:28:34 dwgdallas Changes to media associations
Sources

From the Personal collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2017 22:11:28 dwgdallas Changes to role and person associations
Sources

From the personal Collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2017 18:50:41 dwgdallas Changes to media associations
Sources

personal effects of Lt. Billy J. Murray 353rd FG/ 351st FS

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2016 16:59:51 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Unit History

Date Contributor Update
27 July 2016 09:15:34 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Arnold&Submit=Search
https://www.fold3.com/page/529898686_merlin_a%20arnold/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/84095536_merlin_a%20arnold/details/
http://www.dpaa.mil/Portals/85/Documents/WWIIAccounting/army_air_force.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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