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Paul Wideman Arthaud Jr

Military

Assigned to 391BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. Eastman crew. Failed to Return Tourre in B-24 42-52738 'Wilson' 7-Jun-44; enemy fighter followed A/C back to home base, shot down in landing circuit. Killed in Action (KIA)

Awards: AM, PH.

Service

People

  • Hazen Eastman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 391BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return Tourre in B-24 42-52738 'Wilson' 7-Jun-44; enemy fighter followed A/C back to home base, shot down in landing circuit. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    Group
    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 391st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-52738 'Wilson'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 391BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. 9 x combat missions. Failed to Return Tourre with Eastman crew 7-Jun-44; enemy fighter followed A/C back to home base, shot down in landing circuit. Crashed into Personal equipment building Mendlesham. 1 x RTD, 7 x KIA.

Associated Place

  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hutchinson, KS 30 January 1924

Son of Paul Wideman Sr and Alice Marie [MacDonald] Arthaud.

Lived in Ponca City, Kay County, OK 1942
Enlisted Omaha, NE 3 August 1942

Omaha, Nebraska

Based Mendlesham 1944 – 7 June 1944

Assigned to 391BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Mendlesham, UK 7 June 1944

Failed to Return Tourre in B-24 42-52738 'Wilson' 7-Jun-44; enemy fighter followed A/C back to home base, shot down in landing circuit. KIA

Buried 8 June 1944

Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, Cambs, UK
Plot C Row 1 Grave 55

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2019 16:48:14 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/624073860
https://www.fold3.com/record/84633216-paul-w-arthaud
https://www.fold3.com/record/529899928-paul-w-arthaud
https://www.fold3.com/image/164605563?rec=164605596
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763178?rec=299365057
http://valortovictory.tripod.com/Originalcrews.htm
http://valortovictory.tripod.com/b24s/42-52738.htm
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55882662/paul-wideman-arthaud

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / H. Province, Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 3 by Bishop & Hey p. 344

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