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Arthur William Bates Jr


Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x kill. Completed tour of duty.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME, Korean and UN service medals.

Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korea and Vietnam, rising to the rank of Lt Colonel.


Units served with

  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 504th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist...


Event Location Date
Born Wood County, OH, USA 20 December 1922
Lived in Bowling Green, OH, USA 1941
Enlisted Patterson Blvd, Fairfield, OH 45014, USA 16 November 1942

Patterson Field

Based Fowlmere 31 July 1944 – 12 March 1945

Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Fowlmere, Royston SG8, UK 28 October 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

E/A Destroyed Germany 26 November 1944

Credited 1 x kill.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 12 March 1945
Died Escambia County, FL, USA 19 October 1976
Buried Pensacola, FL, USA November 1976

Barrancas National Cemetery
Escambia County
Florida, USA


Date Contributor Update
30 September 2016 14:14:52 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:12 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / Unit History