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Arthur H Lewis

Military

Arthur Lewis was born in Kalamazoo, MI. He served as bombardier in the 94th Bomb Group both in the 410th and 322nd Bomb Squadrons. On his second mission, over Wiesbaden, November 10, 1944, their planes was so badly damaged by flak that they had to leave the formation, fly alone back to Belgium where the crew bailed out. The pilot, Prigmore and co-pilot, Jack Malay, successfully belly landed the plane in a farmer's field.

All of the crew survived and returned for several more missions together. Lewis was wounded in the left eye and ended up in the hospital during December (the Battle of the Bulge) but then rejoined his crew in January 1945. His 34th and last mission was on April 21, 1945 a day before the war with Germany ended.

Service

Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 410th Bomb Squadron

    410th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

Aircraft

  • 42-97268 Million Dollar Baby

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Accepted 12/2/44; Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/44; Dalhart AAF 1/3/44; Grenier Fd 2/4/44; Assigned 410BS/94BG [GL-Z] Rougham 22/4/44; Ret US Bradley 4/8/45; 4185 BU Independence 30/11/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 43-38785 Lady Ruth

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 21/9/44; Dow 7/10/44; Assigned 385BG Gt Ashfield 18/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 25/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 8/11/45.

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kalamazoo, MI, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 05:13:31 JonLewis23 Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards and aircraft associations
Sources

The details of Arthur H. Lewis above were submitted by his son, Jonathan D. Lewis on 1 Feb 2016

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2015 12:09:41 usxpat Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Rougham Control Tower memorial plaques
Facebook group: 94th Bomb Group

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