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Arthur E Linrud


Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3436. Prisoner of War (POW).


From Mr Linrud’s obituary in Minot Daily News - 4 Sept 2012: After base training at St. Petersburg, Fla., he was assigned to Air Force Mechanic School in Keesler Field, Miss., in November 1942. He graduated from advanced training in aircraft maintenance on B-17 Boeing Aircraft at Lockheed-Vega Aircraft Corp., Burbank, Calif., on May 4, 1943. He was sent to air gunnery training at Army Aerial Gunnery School in Las Vegas, Nev. He also had additional training at Johnson Field in Goldsboro, N.C., and from there was sent to Camp Kilmer, N.J., for an overseas assignment on July 28, 1943.

Arthur was assigned to the 305th Bomb Group 364th Squadron, 8th Air Force, Chelveston, North Hampton County, England. He took part in bombing missions during World War II over Europe as a flight engineer/top turret gunner on a B-17 bomber until the plane was destroyed by enemy aircraft on Oct. 14, 1943 (Black Thursday-Schweinfurt Mission). After parachuting to the ground, he was taken prisoner, interrogated at Dulag Luft (Frankfurt), and transferred to Stalag XVII B, Krems, Austria, where he spent 18 months as a prisoner of war. He was liberated by the U.S. Army on May 3, 1945, at Brunau, Austria, after a 100-mile forced march. He was discharged as a technical sergeant in November 1945.

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Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-3436

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/6/43; Redmond 15/8/43; Assigned 96BG 16/8/43; transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-R] Chelveston 18/9/43; ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 109 with RAF

    4 October 1943
    3 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched to join a night mission with the Royal Air Force (RAF) on Frankfurt-am-Main/Wiesbaden, Germany. One aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 5KIA 5POW.

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...


Event Location Date
Born Velva, South Dakota, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Oostenrijk 14 October 1943


Date Contributor Update
15 November 2021 20:43:55 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
07 January 2020 12:08:31 wimhm.slangen Changes to biography

wim slangen

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24 April 2018 15:53:53 wimhm.slangen Changes to biography

Wim Slangen

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31 October 2016 13:39:08 wimhm.slangen Changes to mission associations

Wim Slangen

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31 October 2016 12:01:10 wimhm.slangen Changes to role and biography

Wim Slangen - personal history of Mr AE Linrud

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31 October 2016 11:50:01 wimhm.slangen Changes to role and media associations

Wim Slangen - Michel Beckers

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31 October 2016 11:45:25 wimhm.slangen Changes to service number, highest rank and biography

Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:04 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1034 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database