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Arthur Isaac


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.


Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    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,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24417 Dixie Demo II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 92BG Bangor 14/7/42; 97BG 24/8/42; dam 21/10/42; BAD 24/10/42; 369BS/306BG [WW-M] Thurleigh /10/42; ditched North Sea, off Cromer, Nfk., 26/7/43 with Alphonse Maresh, Co-pilot: Bob Hoyt, Navigator: Jim Brown, Bombardier: Art Isaac, Flight...

  • 42-3449

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 24/6/43 with Carroll Johns in a rough landing; Dow Fd 28/7/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-X] Thurleigh 14/8/43; returning from Nantes 23/9/43 with battle damaged and low on fuel with Manny Klette, Co-pilot: M.D. Reed, Navigator: Gene...

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...


Event Location Date
Born New York, NY, USA 22 July 1921
Died 8 December 1992


Date Contributor Update
01 November 2017 11:06:55 Lucy May Changes to biography

Corrected serial number from 42-3349 to 42-3449.

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2016 03:07:09 AFeingold.AIsaac.Families Changes to highest rank

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

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2016 02:40:11 AFeingold.AIsaac.Families Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2016 02:25:03 AFeingold.AIsaac.Families Changes to awards

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.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:59 AAM AAM ingest

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