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Thor V Arnkil

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) on 26-Feb-43 in B-17F 42-5362 'Short Snorter II' [LL:F], 91BG/401BS while serving as Navigator. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into the North Sea just west of the Frisian Islands while on a mission to Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

Service

Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5362 Short Snorter II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-BO-50 41-5362 "Short Snorter II' was delivered Tulsa 24-Nov-42; Homestead 18-Dec-42; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-F] Bassingbourn 1-Jan-43; with Capt Oscar O’Neill 13-Jan-43, suffered mechanical problems on first mission and forced to abort; Missing...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Killed in Action (KIA) Frisian Islands, 26757 Borkum, Germany 26 February 1943

Killed when the aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into the North Sea just west of the Frisian Islands. His remains have never been recovered.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 June 2015 19:58:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number
Sources

Lee Cunningham 1-Jun-2015. Corrected Service NUmber per MACR 15712.

Date Contributor Update
01 June 2015 19:55:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 1-Jun-2015. Corrected typo in Summary BIography

Date Contributor Update
01 June 2015 19:08:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 1-Jun-2015. Corrected Commemoration event per American Battle Monument Commission (ABMC) record.

Date Contributor Update
01 June 2015 18:12:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 1-Jun-2015. Added decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; Made connections to PLace and Mission within existing website data; added Service Number and KIA note per MACR 15712; Edited Summary Biography adding radio call sign, unit assocation, crew position and crashe location based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Focrces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15712 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Roll of Honor, MACR 15712, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 80, Ragged Irregulars of Bassingbourn by Havelaar p. 25 and Roll of Honor Appendix 4

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