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Arthur Claude Akin, Jr
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Birth: Mar. 21, 1922
Virginia, USA
Death: Nov. 24, 1944
Oulu, Finland

Parents: Arthur Claude Akin and Ocie Lee

Co-Pilot of "Lady Jane". Killed in air crash while on a practice mission (458th Bomb Group). All crew members were killed in the crash.

Laurie, a Find A Grave contributor has provide the following information, as obtained from the 458th Bombardment Website (http://www.458bg.com/crewba78akin):
"On November 24, 1944, due to bad weather, the group was stood down from operations, but a practice mission was scheduled. Akin's crew was not participating on this mission, so he volunteered to fly as co-pilot on the crew of 2Lt Ralph J. Dooley. Akin and Dooley had known each other during training in the States, and both of their crew's had been assigned to the 753rd on the same day. When the flying was complete, most of the crews had difficulty trying to get their ships down safely. Dooley and crew, flying B-24H-25-FO 42-95133 J4 K named Lady Jane, may have had additional difficulties, as several witnesses on the ground who saw their aircraft prior to the crash noted that one of their, "engines had stopped, and the propeller was stationary...." The right wing of their aircraft struck the St Philip's Church tower, and crashed further on in a railroad spur off of Heigham Street. All nine men aboard were killed."

 
 
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 Parents:
  Arthur C Akin (1898 - 1978)
  Ocie Lee Akin (1897 - 1958)
 
Note: World War II
2LT, US ARMY
 
Burial:
Barrancas National Cemetery
Pensacola
Escambia County
Florida, USA
Plot: 13, 0, 17
 
Maintained by: Paula J
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 264403
Arthur Claude Akin, Jr
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Arthur Claude Akin, Jr
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Thank you for your service. Rest in peace.
- joan
 Added: Dec. 11, 2014

- Terry Akin
 Added: Jan. 25, 2007

- grave hunter
 Added: Mar. 10, 2002
 
 
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