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Vernon Arthur Arneson

Military

Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Osccherlsleben in B-17 42-38002; hit by flak, A/C set upon by fighters, 1 x engine dead, controls shotup, baled out. 22-Feb-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2661

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • John Dean

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Osccherlsleben in B-17 42-38002; hit by flak, A/C set upon by fighters, 1 x engine dead, controls shotup, baled out. 22-Feb-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2661 ...

  • George Gilmore

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Osccherlsleben in B-17 42-38002; hit by flak, A/C set upon by fighters, baled out successfully; MACR notes, chute had partially deployed, either he baled too low, pulled too late or had a...

  • Jerome Kleinburg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Osccherlsleben in B-17 42-38002; hit by flak, A/C set upon by fighters, 1 x engine dead, controls shotup, baled out. 22-Feb-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2661 ...

  • Armond Provencher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Osccherlsleben in B-17 42-38002; hit by flak, A/C set upon by fighters, 1 x engine dead, controls shotup, baled out. 22-Feb-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2661 ...

  • Richard Schmidt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Osccherlsleben in B-17 42-38002; hit by flak, A/C set upon by fighters, 1 x engine dead, controls shotup, crew baled out. Schmidt could not bale out as parachute riddled by bullets, fought of...

  • Clennie Shults

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Osccherlsleben in B-17 42-38002; hit by flak, A/C set upon by fighters, 1 x engine dead, controls shotup, baled out. 22-Feb-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2661 ...

  • Adrian Shutes

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Osccherlsleben in B-17 42-38002; hit by flak, A/C set upon by fighters, hit 6'' below left armpit by 20mm cannon shell frag. 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2661 Awards: PH

  • Edward Trambitsky

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 6 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Osccherlsleben in B-17 42-38002; hit by flak, A/C set upon by fighters, 1 x engine dead, controls shotup, baled out. 22-Feb-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2661 ...

  • Frederic Webb

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 6 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Osccherlsleben in B-17 42-38002; hit by flak, A/C set upon by fighters, 1 x engine dead, controls shotup, baled out. 22-Feb-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2661 ...

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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. ...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38002

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 9/11/43; Grenier 4/12/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-Q] Deenethorpe 21/1/44; Missing in Action Oschersleben 22/2/44 with Vernon Arneson, Co-pilot: Jerome Kleinburg, Navigator: John Dean, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clennie Shultz,...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Benicia, California, USA 13 November 1922

Son of Arthur C and Helena [Gonsales] Arneson.

Enlisted San Francisco, CA 13 April 1942
Based Deenethorpe 1944 – 22 February 1944

Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Brunswick, Germany 22 February 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Osccherlsleben in B-17 42-38002; hit by flak, A/C set upon by fighters, 1 x engine dead, controls shotup, baled out. 22-Feb-44. POW MACR 2661

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 27 February 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Died Benicia, CA 30 January 1995
Buried Benicia, CA February 1995

Details as yet unknown, last resided Benicia, CA. Parents interred St Dominics Catholic Cemetery, Benicia, Solano County, CA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2019 13:32:21 Al_Skiff Changes to events and mission associations
Sources

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2019 13:30:42 Al_Skiff Changes to events
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Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2019 12:44:44 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28615626
https://www.fold3.com/record/78033252-vernon-a-arneson
https://www.fold3.com/image/133417035?rec=133417525
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/197330049/vernon-arthur-arneson

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2661 / MACR 2661, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=189 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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