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George L Arvanites


Hit by flak just after bombs away on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 26 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31929 'Tennessee Hillbilly' crashed N of Sr Olmer after the crew bailed out. Prisoner of War (POW).

Earlier 1 December 1943 on return from mission to Solingen, Germany, B-17 #42-31243 ran out of fuel and ditched in the English Channel where ASR took them to Manston. 10 Returned to duty (RTD). Pilot was Allan Eckhart (or Eckart. )



Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31243

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/10/43; Gr Island 19/10/43; Wilmington 27/10/43; ...

  • 42-31929

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/1/44; Gr Island 15/1/44; Presque Is 21/2/44; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-R] Molesworth 1/3/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 26/3/44 with Chas Mars, Co-pilot: Bill Dallas, Navigator: George Arvanites, Flight engineer/top turret...

Associated Place

  • Manston

    Military site : airfield
    Built for Royal Naval Air Service use in the First World War, it was both an RAF and Fleet Air Arm base from 1918-50, and after the war a USAF Strategic Air Command base from 1950-51, a United States Air Forces Europe base from 1950-58, an RAF station...


Event Location Date
Born Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) France 26 March 1944


Date Contributor Update
01 December 2020 02:15:04 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C type in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:01 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3475 / MACR 3475, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces,  Losses of 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 402 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database