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Arthur P Childs


Flew 30 missions with pilot John Woolnough.




  • John Woolnough

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Led his crew safely through a 30 mission tour, 7 as a lead crew. Woolnough retired from the USAF as a Lt. Colonel. ...

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  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron
  • 787th Bomb Squadron


  • 676

    14 October 1944
    Black Week

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Born Tampa, FL, USA 15 June 1919
Died Portland, ME, USA 31 May 2006

PORTLAND -- Arthur P. Childs Jr., a life-long resident of Maine, passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2006.

Arthur was born on June 15, 1919 in Tampa, Fla., to Arthur P. Sr. and Grace Davis Childs. He attended Portland High School, graduating at the age of 15.

During World War II, Arthur served in the 8th Air Force in England. He was a tail-gunner on a B-24, completing 30 missions over France and Germany, including several missions leading up to and during the D-Day invasion. For his service, Arthur was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

Arthur worked at Day's Jewelry Stores in sales and as general manager for over 50 years. Upon his retirement from Day's, he went to work for Springer's Jewelers until his retirement in 2000.

Shortly after returning from the Army Air Corp, Arthur began courting Dorinne Butler. The couple were married on September 1, 1947. The couple spent their life together in Maine and had two daughters, Cheryl and Candice. Arthur, Dorinne, Cheryl and Candice loved their many vacations together. However, in later years Arthur and Dorinne, preferred their annual vacations to Las Vegas.

Arthur's passing was preceded by his wife of 55 years, Dorinne, in 2002; and his granddaughter, Cara Hutchins in 1982. He is survived by his daughters, Cheryl Hutchins of Portland, and Candice Bower of Philomont, Va., Candice's' husband, Joe Bower; three granddaughters, Jennifer Hutchins and her fiancŽe, Joe Baillargeon of Windham, Heather Coppo and her husband, Dominic of Ashburn, Va.; and Kimberly Sanders of Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Buried Portland, ME, USA 20 June 2006

Evergreen Cemetery
Cumberland County
Maine, USA
Plot: Sec-MG Lot-354 Grv-1a


Date Contributor Update
14 April 2015 05:12:15 466thHistorian Changes to events

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2014 19:31:44 466thHistorian Changes to person associations, unit associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:10 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom and Brassfield, page 344