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Charles A Arnold


Shot down 15 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23783 'Betty Anne' while serving as Tail Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag 3 then moved to Nuremberg 49-11. .



Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23783 Betty Anne

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 31-23783 "Betty Anne" 44BG/56BS [WQ:M] was operating as the lead aircraft of the Group on a mission to bomb the port area of Dunkirk, France when it was struck by flak and subsequently ditched into the English Channel. 11 man crew, 7KIA 4POW. No...


  • VIII Bomber Command 35

    15 February 1943
    The port area of Dunkirk, France and any merchant vessels there are designated as the primary target of this mission. A total of 23 B-24s are despatched: 44BG (17) and 93BG (6). 21 are effective on the target, but 2 from 44BG are listed MIA and another...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...


Event Location Date
Born Helena, Georgia
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 15 February 1943 – 17 July 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 17-Jul-45.


Date Contributor Update
30 January 2015 20:27:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 30-Jan-2015. Made connections to decorations per existing Description data; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Added POW event and SN per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; Added crew position to Description.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:24 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 p.76 by Bishop and Hey, NARA web site,