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Arthur V Cullen

Military

Shot down 15 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23783 'Betty Anne' while serving as Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW). Was on his 17th mission. He hit tail assembly of aircraft during bailout breaking arm and leg. Due to nature of injuries, he was repatriated through Swiss Medical Commission and returned to USA on 27 September 1944.

POW, Air Medal, Purple Heart

Service

Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23783 Betty Anne

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 31-23783 "Betty Anne" 44BG/56BS [WQ:M] was operating as the lead aircraft of the Group on a mission to bomb the port area of Dunkirk, France when it was struck by flak and subsequently ditched into the English Channel. 11 man crew, 7KIA 4POW. No...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 35

    15 February 1943
    The port area of Dunkirk, France and any merchant vessels there are designated as the primary target of this mission. A total of 23 B-24s are despatched: 44BG (17) and 93BG (6). 21 are effective on the target, but 2 from 44BG are listed MIA and another...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Dallas, Texas
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 15 February 1943 – 22 September 1944

Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 22-Sep-44. Paroled to Allied control by the Germans because of his wounds.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2015 20:20:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Jan-2015. Made connections to decorations per existing Description data; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Added POW event and SN per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; Added crew position to Description.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 p.76 by Bishop and Hey , WWII Memorial site entry by Dodge Company

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