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Michael L Arooth


Shot down 6-Sep-43 in B-17 42-29896 'Tondelayo'. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Officially credited with nine enemy aircraft destroyed as detailed in The Mighty Eighth by Roger Freeman. He received head injuries when The Tondelayo ditched in the English Channel. Flew three further missions after recovering from his wounds, but was grounded due to complications arising from his head wound.

Kassel Germany mission (Aircraft components) July 30, 1943 - Wounded in Action.

Awards: DSC, DFC, AM (2OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Bohn Fawkes

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 combat missions. Shot down 6-Sep-43 in B-17 42-29896 'Tondelayo'. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29896 Tondelayo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Tinker 28/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43. ...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


Event Location Date
Born Massachusetts, USA 31 July 1919

Son of Salim and Dora Mary Arooth.

Enlisted Springfield, MA 25 August 1942

Springfield, Massachusetts

Discharged USAAF 4 December 1944

Honourable discharge.

Discharged USAF 25 September 1962

Honourable discharge.

Died Phoenix, AZ 15 February 1990
Buried National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ 20 February 1990

National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona


Date Contributor Update
18 November 2020 20:34:15 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events

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12 August 2020 20:15:57 jmoore43 Changes to events

Added a location for the Buried event.

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24 January 2020 14:11:54 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations

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26 October 2017 11:48:55 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and aircraft associations

Associated correct aircraft.

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27 September 2014 18:20:07 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 271; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, Part I pg 213 and 271 and Part 2 pg 167