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Arlie James Blood



Units served with

  • 405th Fighter Group

    405th Fighter Group

    The 405th Fighter Group was a fighter bomber unit of the United States Army Air Force in World War II. They group flew P-47 Thunderbolts in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) starting with the buildup to the Invasion of Normandy on "D-Day", ...

  • 510th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Christchurch

    Military site : airfield
    The original Christchurch Airport operated from 1935-39, and the airfield was used by the RAF from 1939 to 1941. It was the site of the Airspeed Aircraft factiry from 1940 to 51. Christchurch was developed for USAAF use in 1943, and the Ninth Air Force...

  • Saint-Dizier

    Military site : airfield

  • Picauville

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Little Falls, Minnesota 30 December 1915
Enlisted Los Angeles, California 18 March 1942
Shot Down/Evaded 9 miles east of Ladevant, France 24 May 1944

On 24th May 1944, "The Bug" took off from Christchurch on a strafing mission in the region of Vannes, France, but was shot down by flak 9 miles east of Ladevant, France. 1Lt Blood had just strafed a train, destroying the locomotive. He was forced to bail out at 3000ft and initially evaded but was caught later on 16 June while fighting with the Resistance. In July he escaped from a prison train, rejoined the Resistance and eventually returned to England in October 1944.

Died Canyon Lake, California 14 May 2014

Arlie J. Blood, U.S. Air Force Colonel, ret., was born on December 30, 1915 in Little Falls, Minnesota to James Blood and Minnie (Roneson) Blood. He entered eternal life on May 14, 2014, at home and surrounded by his family at the age of 98.

Arlie was born in a log cabin in Minnesota. After losing his mother before his second birthday, Arlie lived with several different family members throughout his young years. He came very close to death several times in his life including contracting diphtheria at the age of 7 and almost freezing to death, literally, when he got caught in a blizzard at 13.

Arlie met the love of his life, Lucille, as she was out looking for her lost dog. They were living in the Los Angeles area at the time. Lucille was six years younger than Arlie and still in high school, so he patiently waited until she graduated before asking for her hand in marriage. They were married on February 16, 1941. Arlie was working for North American Aviation at the time.

Later that year, Pearl Harbor was bombed and the young couple's first son was born. Arlie immediately applied to join the Army Air Corps and help his country.

While serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Arlie was shot down over France and evaded capture with help from the French Underground before fighting with the French Resistance. He later became a prisoner of war and was almost killed by the Germans; but escaped and helped liberate two French towns in the process.

Although Arlie and Lucille bought Canyon Lake property in 1968, at its inception, they lived in Taiwan due to Arlie's job with Northrop. They finally had their home built on the property in 1978, but purchased a waterfront home in 1980 at Arlie's retirement, where they lived ever since.

Buried Riverside National Cemetery, California 29 May 2014

Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside, California, USA


Date Contributor Update
19 April 2019 01:18:34 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, highest rank, role, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations