Arthur Isaac


Object Number - UPL 22034 - Photo of Arthur Isaac with dedication to his parents.

Arthur was born on 22 July 1921 in the New York City borough of Manhattan, to Jewish immigrants from Hungary, Jack and Pauly Isaac. He completed two years of college before enlisting in the Air Corps on 23 March 1942. He trained in Texas as a bombardier on B-17s.

He flew 25 missions out of Thurleigh, England, over German occupied territory, including Schweinfurt. On one mission, when the targets were obscured by fog, Arthur opened the bomb bay and dropped the contents of a bag of stale bagels that had been sent to him by his parents which were carried on flights as a snack. Arthur was the subject of a story by war correspondent Bob Considine, which was published in the New York Mirror on 11 December 1943. After the war, Arthur married and raised two children. He had a career in sales. He died on 8 December 1992.

Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4124417 'Dixie Demo. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Earlier 3 September 1943 returning from mission to Nantes, France, crashed in B17#42-3449 while attempting to land at RAF Wing. All crew returned, but 3 seriously injured.


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Units served with


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Dixie Demo II
  • Unit: 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers 369th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers 369th Bomb Squadron



Event Location Date Description


New York, NY, USA 1921-07-22




Date1 Nov 2017 11:06:55
ContributorLucy May
Date2 Jun 2016 03:07:09

Arthur Isaac was my uncle. Contemporary New York City newspapers identify his rank as Captain.

Date2 Jun 2016 02:40:11

Arthur Isaac was my uncle. Information is based on family records in my possession.

Date2 Jun 2016 02:25:03

I am the nephew of Arthur Isaac. I have collected family history. Awards identified in newspaper story contemporary with his return to the U.S. after completing 25 missions over German occupied territory.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:03:59

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. 290 pix and details of ac, First Voer Germayn pg. 145 & 324

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