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George Curtis Arnold


Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. End Tour Duty (ETD).

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post War: Remained in USAF rising to Lt Colonel.


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. ...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 487th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...


Event Location Date
Born Babylon, NY, USA 10 January 1920

Son of Wilfred Curtis and Margaretha [Mershausem] Arnold.

Enlisted New York, NY, USA 1942
Crashed Napier Field Rd, Dothan, AL, USA 24 September 1942

Landing Accident Ground Loop Napier Field, AL Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt George C Arnold, 24-Sep-42.

AT-6A 41-253 - 429SchSq

Crashed Moriches, NY, USA 22 April 1943

Crashed Ground Collision Moriches Gunnery Range, NY Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt George C Arnold, 22-Apr-43.

P-47D 42-22350 - 34FS 352FG

Assigned Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK July 1943 – 25 September 1944

Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 17 August 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed Ash Bypass, Ash, Canterbury CT3, UK 28 June 1944

Baled Out due to Engine Failure Ash, Canterbury Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt George C Arnold, 28-Jun-44.

P-51D5 44-13331 - 487FS 352FG 8AF.

Promotion Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 18 September 1944

Promoted to Captain.

End Tour Duty (ETD) England, UK 25 September 1944

Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

Died Sun City, AZ, USA 13 May 1996
Buried Sunland Memorial Park Sun City Maricopa County AZ 16 May 1996

Sunland Memorial Park
Sun City
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA


Date Contributor Update
10 May 2021 10:55:02 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2016 16:53:10 general ira snapsorter Changes to events and media associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- Unit history

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2016 13:02:07 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations