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Ira Lawrence Arnold

Military

B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, Fance and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Shot down by Flak on the Merseburg mission 29 July 1944 in AC #42-31537 "Buffalo Gal". Crashed Punschrau, Germany. On the William T. Fitzroy page at https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&id=1648&... , Fitzroy states he saw 12 Americans hanged and shot by the Germans on 29 July 1944 after bailing out. Among them were Ira Arnold, Robert Dykeman and Floyd Douglas from his crew. Page 6 of German report KU-2601 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/147892518 mentions that Ira Arnold was found cremated in the debris of the crashed plane and first buried on 30 July 1944 as “unknown” at the cemetery of Hassenhausen, 5km West of Bad Kösen... Killed in Action (KIA)

Service

People

  • Sterling Blakeman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. RTD. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 15220.

  • Archie Bunting

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Missing Air Crew Report -...

  • Frank Buschmeier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Missing Air Crew Report -...

  • Floyd Douglas

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier / Togglier / Engineer | 100th Bomb Group
    3 December 1943 crashed on base in B-17#42-39791 "Fletcher's Castoria" with Pilot Martin Tashjian. Then 27 December 1943 accident after landing B-17#42-37772 "Flying Jenny" (also Tashjian crew) during formation flight training. All returned. Shot down...

  • Robert Dykeman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Robert Dykeman was Co-Pilot on B-17G #42-31968 'Miss Irish'. On return from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France on 19 March 1944, the ship made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room. Returned to...

  • Myron Ettus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Missing Air Crew Report -...

  • William Fitzroy

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Was Pilot of B-17 #42-31537 on the 29 July 1944 mission to Merseburg, Germany. Shot down by Flak and crashed near Punschrau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Gibbons

    Military | Colonel | Pilot / Squadron Commander | 100th Bomb Group
    John Gibbons was Pilot of B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returning from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. RTD. Missing Air Crew...

  • Floyd Hartman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Floyd Hartman was Navigator on board B-17#42-39791 "Fletcher's Castoria" which crashed on take-off on a non-operational flight 3 December 1943, with Pilot Martin Tashjian. He and the 8 other men on board Returned To Duty (RTD). ...

  • Everett Johnson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. RTD. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 15220.

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Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31537 'Randie Lou' aka 'BUFFALO GAL'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/11/43; Kearney 2/12/43; Presque Is 10/12/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-B] Rougham 23/12/43 FRIDAY THE 13TH; transferred 350BS/100BG [LN-S] Thorpe Abbotts 24/12/43; 349BS [XR- ]; ran out of gas on Ruhland mission 21 June 1944 with Lt...

  • 42-31968 Miss Irish

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/1/44; Savannah 21/1/44; Morrison 2/2/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-D] Thorpe Abbotts 3/2/44. Battle-damaged by Flak South of Calais, France on the 19 March 1944 mission to Mimoyecques, France. 19/3/44 with Pilot John P. Gibbons, Co...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 266

    19 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in France are the targets for this mission. A combined force of 193 B-17s of 1st and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 503

    29 July 1944

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kent County, TX, USA 7 March 1922
Lived in June 1942

Muleshoe, Bailey County, Texas

Killed 29 July 1944

near Punschrau/Bad Kösen, Germany

Buried El Paso, TX, USA 30 July 1944

Cemetery of Hassenhausen, Germany

Buried

after the war, his remains were brought back to the US. Ira Arnold rests at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2020 08:53:50 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 15220
MACR 7809
German report KU-2601 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/147892518 (NARA)

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2020 14:20:14 ED-BB Changes to biography
Sources

Corrected typos and added details in Biography

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2019 17:39:33 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Updated "Summary biography" for readability.

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2018 21:09:17 jmoore43 Changes to events
Sources

Updated BIO data per Find-a-grave MEMORIAL ID 298265.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:27 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7809 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Thompson, MACR 7809, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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