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Rupert W Arnold

Military

Killed in Action on 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24501 while serving as Tail Gunner. Aircraft had two engines shot out by flak over the target, the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire, France. Pilot Ferguson flew the severely damaged plane out to sea but conditions worsened as another engine quit. Turning back to France with German fighters all over the plane, he gave the bail out signal. Navigator Greene and Bombardier Levy fell to their deaths in the surf.

Service

Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    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,...

  • 368th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24501

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24501 assigned 368BS/306BG [BO- ] Westover 28-Aug-42; Thurleigh 2-Oct-42; Missing in Action St Nazaire 3-Jan-43, hit by flak, lost two engines, crashed near Le Croisic, France. 4KIA 6POW MACR 15627. ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    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...

Events

Event Location Date
Killed in Action (KIA) Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Killed when aircraft was attacked by fighters near the target at St. Nazaire, France.

Buried Saint-James, France 1945

Buried in the Brittany American Cemetery, Plot G, Row 15, Grave 1.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2015 21:00:10 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Jan-2015. Added SN, KIA event and crew position per MACR 15627; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Added Burial event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; Edited biography adding crew position.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 61, First Over Germany by Strong p. 60.

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