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Paul Eugene Armentrout

Military

44-45. 30 missions ETO 8th AF. Last 13 as lead crew -- lead 8th AF on Wesel low-level supply drop 24 March 1945. Return to States as a captain after VE Day. Assigned to reserve, discharged 7 February 1980 as LieutenantC.

Service

People

  • Chester Boshinski

    Military | 446th Bomb Group

  • Aage Hagfeldt

    Military | 446th Bomb Group

  • Ed Redden

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 446th Bomb Group

  • William Reed

    Military | 446th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Roberts

    Military | 446th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Tate

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 446th Bomb Group
    Flew from October 1944 to 24 March 1945. Shot up, landed outside Brussels New Year's Day 1945. Lead crew armament crew. Bombed Berlin 3 times -- Maynaburg [sic] and other large targets. Wounded on low level mission Wesel 24 March 1945. ...

  • Wilfred Tierney

    Military | 446th Bomb Group

  • Harwood Wilson

    Military | 446th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 706th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Associated Place

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Anita, Iowa 7 February 1924
Enlisted Portland, Oregon October 1942
Buried West Salem, Oregon 30 February 2013

Restlawn Memory Gardens
West Salem, Polk County, Oregon, USA

Died Salem, Oregon 27 December 2013

Paul E. Armentrout went peacefully to meet his Lord on December 27, 2013, at the Salem Hospital.

He was born on February 7, 1920, to Art and Irma Armentrout on a farm near Anita, Iowa. His brothers included Ross, Harold, and Harlan. Paul got his elementary and secondary education in small Iowa schools, graduating from Lewis High School in 1937. He completed a two-year program at the American Business College in Omaha, Nebraska. After traveling to the West Coast and getting a good job, he married Marjorie Pierce, of Lewis Iowa, on May 31, 1941.

Paul's professional 40 year career with Sears Roebuck led him to living and raising his family in three Northwest states. He worked his way up from the Shipping and Receiving Department to Manager as he was transferred from store to store in seven cities.

His 39 year military career started with three years of active duty as a B-24 pilot stationed in Bungay England with the 446th Bomb Group. He flew 30 bombing missions over Germany. After the war, he remained in the Active Reserves and retired as a Lt. Colonel.

Following his retirement from Sears and the Air Force, Paul spent the next 32 years enjoying his pastimes of fishing and golfing and volunteering as a docent at the Evergreen Air Museum. At age 92, Paul was among fifty WWII veterans included in an Oregon Honor Flight group traveling to Washington DC to see the WWII Memorial. The following year Paul and Marjorie celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary.

Paul is survived by his wife, Marjorie, and four children: Sherrie Kuhl, Jane Snoddy, David Armentrout, and Kim Luom; ten grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, January 11, at 4 pm at the Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, 605 Commercial Str. SE, Salem, OR. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, January 12, at 2 pm at the Dallas Retirement Village Chapel, Dallas, OR. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Paul's name to the Evergreen Museum Educational Scholarship Fund at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR 97128.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Jan. 5, 2014

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2019 00:58:11 466thHistorian Changes to middlename and person associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/124687461/paul-eugene-armentrout
http://www.phillyshipping.com/446/crew_photos/crews6.htm

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2019 00:52:12 466thHistorian Changes to events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/124687461/paul-eugene-armentrout
Second Air Division - Turner Publishing, page 167

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self & SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Company, D790.A2S45, 1998, page 197; obituary

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