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Arthur Edward Brittain


Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 12-Aug-43 in B-17 42-3231 'The Inferno'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 287

Awards: AM (OLC), PH.



  • Richard Carrington

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3231 'The Inferno', Prisoner of War (POW). Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel.

  • Raymond Manning

    Military | First Lieutenant | 384th Bomb Group
    Original Crew #8

  • Alfred Nuttall

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Group Operations Officer/Squadron Commander | 384th Bomb Group
    Original 544th BS CO, member of original cadre to form squadron. ...

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30139 SNUFFY

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered to Cheyenne 15/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Sioux City 30/4/43; Kearney 6/5/43; Tinker 22/5/43; Kearney 26/5/43; Dow Fd 29/5/43; Assigned 545Bomb Squadron/384Bomb Group [JD-O] Station 106, Grafton Underwood on 14 June 1943; Missing in Action on...

  • 42-3216 The Joker

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow Fd 13/5/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-S] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Bill Kopf, Co-pilot: Alf Scott, Navigator: Toscha Massey, Ball turret gunner: Clyde Smith, Waist gunner: Leroy...

  • 42-3231 The Inferno

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Dow Fd 25/5/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-M] Grafton Underwood 28/5/43; Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 with Capt Rich Carrington, Co-pilot: Harvey Esty, Navigator: Robin Taber, Bombardier: Capt Mike Smithwick, Flight...


  • VIII Bomber Command 68

    26 June 1943
    The targets for today are all Luftwaffe installations: the Villacoublay air depot SW of Paris, France is the primary; the airfield at Poissy, France is attacked as the secondary because of cloud cover; the airfield at Tricqueville, France; and the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 76

    25 July 1943
    This mission was composed of three elements. The primary targets were the diesel engine works at Hamburg, Germany; the shipyards at Kiel, Germany and the aircraft industries at Warnemude, Germany, but weather frustrated the effort. The first element...

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 79

    29 July 1943
    The primary targets for this mission are the port facilities at Kiel, Germany and the Heinkel aircraft factories at Warnemunde, Germany. A combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (14 these included 1 Y-B40 gunship); 305BG (19); 306BG (18);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

  • VIII Air Support Command 72

    26 September 1943
    The German airfield at Conches, France was to be the target for 72 B-26s from 323G (36) and 386BG (36), but the mission is recalled due to weather. There are no losses or claims.

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born South Carolina 1924

Son of Thomas Pinkney and Fanny [Wingo] Brittain.

Enlisted Philadelphia, PA 23 June 1942

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Based Grafton Underwood 1943 – 12 August 1943

Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Erfstadt, Germany 12 August 1943 – 12 August 1943

Shot down 12-Aug-43 in B-17 42-3231 'The Inferno'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 287

Buried Netherlands American Cemetery 1945

Tablets of the Missing
Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands


Date Contributor Update
07 September 2021 15:38:40 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2020 19:37:38 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

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27 September 2014 18:04:03 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 287 / MACR 287, / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database