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Blair Arsenault Jr


26 Combat Missions (B-17's), 3 to Berlin, 1 to Dresden. Crash-landing 3 February 1945 in Langemark, Belgium. Bailed out over Ruhr around Essen, Germany, in B-17 #42-38113 'Renne III' and taken prisoner 21 March 1945. All crew members were taken Prisoner of War (POW); did not crash near Bremen-error in MACR.

AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH/ POW


Units served with

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 749th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-38113 Rene III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/12/43; Gr Island 29/12/43; Presque Is 21/1/44; Assigned 749BS/457BG [A] Glatton 23/1/44; then 750BS [R]; Missing in Action [105m] Rheine 21/3/44 with Craig Creason, Ralph Gray, Rudi Haumann, Tom Madigan, Blair Arsenault, Ralph...

Associated Place

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...


Event Location Date
Born Manchester, New Hampshire 29 November 1923
Returned 21 March 1945


Date Contributor Update
30 January 2020 19:18:05 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2017 10:24:48 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 13895 ;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:41 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, MACR 13895