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Charles Clay Arthaud


Assigned to 77FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 1/2 Me109, 1.5 Fw190.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Post War: Remained in USAF till 1965.


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. ...

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 77th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...


Event Location Date
Born Chillicothe, MO 64601, USA 17 January 1920

Son of Charles Phillip and Cecille [Claybrook] Arthaud.

Lived in Chillicothe, MO 64601, USA 1941
Enlisted Santa Ana Aab, CA 4 November 1942

Santa Ana Aab, California

Promoted King's Cliffe, Peterborough PE8, UK 10 January 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Assigned King's Cliffe, Peterborough PE8, UK 10 January 1944 – 24 April 1944

Assigned to 77FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 25 April 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Crashed Humber Ln, Hull HU12, UK 22 May 1944

Forced Landing Engine Failure Humber Ln, East Riding Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Charles C Arthuad, 22-May-44.

P-38J 42-68117 - 77FS 20FG 8AF.

Died Chillicothe, MO 64601, USA 24 July 1982
Buried Edgewood Cemetery Chillicothe Livingston County MO August 1982

Edgewood Cemetery
Livingston County
Missouri, USA.


Date Contributor Update
29 May 2021 18:25:51 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2016 09:49:09 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- King's Cliffe Memorial Edition

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2016 09:19:49 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:29 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list