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Birth: Feb. 28, 1920
Death: Dec. 11, 1943, Germany

Gunner S/Sgt. Leroy D. Arnold KIA
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Squadron: 576th 392th Bomb Group
Service#
Awards: Purple Heart
Pilot 2nd/Lt. Milford 0. Bingham KIA

Target: Emden
MISSING AIRCREW REPORT: #01733
Date Lost: 11-Dec-43
Serial Number: #42-7506
Aircraft Model B-24
Aircraft Letter:"C"
Aircraft Name:"SOUTHERN COMFORT" 7th Mission
Location: Over the target
Cause: German Fighter 8KIA 2POW

MISSION LOSS CIRCUMSTANCES: There are no eye-witness accounts in the record from any returning 392nd aircrews regarding the loss of this crew and plane. The only account given is that of the surviving crewmembers who were taken as POWs.

INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS OF CREWMEN FATES: One survivor, Lt. Schutz, the Navigator, gave this brief account later after the war upon returning to U.S. control from POW status. He noted that only himself and Sgt. Harris, the other surviving member, were able to bail out of the crippled ship. In the target area, this aircraft was attacked and severely damaged by enemy fighters. The nose section was badly hit and the ship caught on fire. The pilot had asked for a heading away to some location (not readable in this man's account) which points to this aircraft not being in the bomber formation at the time of attack. The Navigator notes that he got out of the ship by virtue of falling through the nose section damage, and the surviving gunner, Harris, had gotten out the waist window. The report stated that it was positive - no other crew members were able to egress this stricken plane. The attack on this aircraft occurred about 1200 hours in the target area at an altitude of 22,000 feet.

BURIAL RECORDS: No German reports exist on this loss. U.S. National Cemetery records list the following crew member burials in the ARDENNES Cemetery: Winkler (Grave C-7-44); Graham (Grave C-1-50); and Nemeth (Grave A-37-6). No record exists in the MACR concerning the other members. The Purple Heart award was recorded as being given to the (3) men interred at the ARDENNES Cemetery.

Crew of #42-7506
2nd/Lt. Milford 0. Bingham Pilot KIA
2nd/Lt. Robert D. Winkler Co Pilot KIA
2nd/Lt. George T. Schutz Navigator POW
2nd/Lt. John F. Graham Bombardier KIA
T/Sgt. Curtis F. Helmes Engineer KIA
T/Sgt. Orlando A. Massimiani Radio Op. KIA
S/Sgt. Melvin C. Harris Gunner POW
S/Sgt. John L. Nemeth Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. Leroy D. Arnold Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. Lawrence A. Claffey Gunner KIA 

S/SGT, US AIR FORCE
 
Burial:
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery
Fort Leavenworth
Leavenworth County
Kansas, USA
Plot: E, 0, 2736-D
 
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 298428
Leroy D. Arnold
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Leroy D. Arnold
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