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Arthur William Ordel Jr


Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Arthur Ordel moved with his family to Virginia in the Thirties. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VA Tech) and enlisted in the Air Corps in May 1942 and as an Aviation Cadet in October of the same year. Training as a bombardier, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in October 1943 in Victorville, California. After additional training at Ardmore, Oklahoma he was assigned to the 390th Bomb Group/570th Bomb Squadron and was sent overseas in the Spring of 1944. Stationed at Framlingham, Suffolk, England, Art flew as a Bombardier on 35 missions, from 19 April to 8 August 1944, 14 of them on B-17 # 42-31974. His regular pilot was Lt Charles N. Baker. Ending his tour in November 1944, Arthur went back to the United States in December 1944. There, he completed active service as a Bombardier Instructor on B-29s at Pyote, Texas, being honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant in October 1945. Arthur married Grace Holmes in 1950. Art had scribbled through the years about his wartime experience and it was thanks to Grace's prompting and editorial help that the couple finally published a book in 2015 : "A Front Row Seat at the War" (Blackwell Press, Lynchburg, Virginia), a few months before Grace's passing.



  • Charles Baker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Born and raised in Montana, Charles Baker was living with his parents in San Carlos, Florida in 1940. After 3 years in college, he enlisted in California in October 1941 and trained as a bomber pilot. Assigned to the 390th Bomb Group/570th Bomb...

  • Robert Munroe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Robert Munroe enlisted in the Air Corps in April 1942 and was trained as a navigator on heavy bombers. Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, he was assigned to the 390th Bomb Group/570th Bomb Squadron and sent overseas in the Spring of 1944. He flew on 35...

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Units served with

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 570th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31974 - Bomboogie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    The B-17, 42-31974, named, Bomboogie, was delivered Cheyenne, 11 January 1944; Memphis, 23 January 1944; Savannah, 24 January 1944; Assigned 570th Bomb Squadron, 390th Bomb Group [DI-G]; Framlingham, 5 February 1944. Returned to the USA, 121 BU Bradley...

Associated Place

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

  • Pyote Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Milton, Pennsylvania, United States May 1921

the son of German-born Arthur William and Jessie (Welliver) Ordel

Lived in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States 1930
Lived in Covington, Alleghany County, Virginia, United States 1940
Enlisted Roanoke, Virginia, United States 7 May 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps


Date Contributor Update
22 March 2018 06:01:14 TennyBelle Changes to place associations

added connection to Pyote AAF

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2016 11:27:21 ED-BB Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations and place associations
NARA WWII Enlistment records
US 1940 Census

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 /