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Arnold Charles Kuenning


8 missions as 401st BG Lead Bombardier, 12 missions as 94th Wing Lead Bombardier, 2 missions as 1st Air Division Lead Bombardier.

Major Kuenning and Capt Rufus Causey, navigator completed 18 missions to Germany

Awards: DFC (3OLC)/ AM (3OLC), Croix de Guerre (Star), WWII Victory, EAME.


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

    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...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-39904 Bad Penny

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 4/10/43; Gr Island 2/11/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-C] Deenethorpe 19/12/43. ...

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...


Event Location Date
Born River Falls, Wisconsin 3 March 1917

Arnold Christian and Ethel Claire [Houston] Kuenning.

Enlisted Missoula, MT 8 December 1941
Based Deenethorpe 1943 – 1945

Assigned to 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 2 February 1946

Honourable discharge.

Died Helena, MT 14 October 2000
Buried Riverside Cemetery, Cody, WY 18 October 2000

Riverside Cemetery
Cody, Park County, Wyoming, USA
Section 5, Block 15, Lot 10


Date Contributor Update
15 April 2019 20:20:47 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:57 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self,