|Death: ||May 18, 1944|
Lt. Arnold Moholt enlisted Apr. 28, 1942, at Billings, MT. He had one year of college. He and his heavy bombardment combat training crew were part of the 112th AAF Base Unit, 1st Air Force, Westover Field, Chicopee, MA. On May 18, 1944. Lt. Moholt was piloting a Liberator bomber--RB-24E #42-7347--on a practice mission with two other B-24s. The formation descended to 10,000 feet to make a final position change. During the maneuver above Uxbridge, MA, Moholt's plane struck the nose and right wing of another, shearing off Moholt's tail section. As his plane spiraled to earth, two of the seven-man crew managed to bail out and survive. Arnold was among the five killed. The other damaged bomber landed safely at Westover. Lt. Moholt was 24. (The burial record states the age as 23.) His last residence was Missoula, MT.
A stone memorial stands at the crash site in Uxbridge, listing the names of the five crew members who died in the accident. Each year the town conducts a VFW-sponsored solemn ceremony at the site on the Sunday nearest the anniversary of the tragedy. The observance includes Civil Air Patrol cadets unfurling a flag over the monument, a three-volley salute, taps, and accounts by those still alive who witnessed the 1944 event.
Created by: wnw
Record added: Oct 18, 2011
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