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David Henry Arno


Assigned to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 358FG, 8AF USAAF. A Career Air Force Officer and a decorated WWII fighter pilot who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Remained in the USAF until retiring in 1970 at the rank of Lt Colonel.


Units served with

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 358th Fighter Group

    358th Fighter Group

    The 358th Fighter Group flew seventeen missions with the Eighth Air Force from Leiston air base. At the beginning of February 1944 the Group were transferred to the Ninth Air Force in exchange for the 357th Fighter Group. With the Ninth, the Group went...

  • 358th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...


Event Location Date
Born San Antonio, TX, USA 6 March 1923

Son of Henry and Rosa (Cook) Arno.

Enlisted San Antonio, TX, USA 20 March 1942
Assigned Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 10 April 1943 – 16 May 1943

Assigned to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber DN19, UK 16 May 1943

Transferred to 358th Fighter Group.

Died Southlake, TX 76092, USA 1 February 2011


Date Contributor Update
26 July 2016 08:56:19 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:02 AAM AAM ingest

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