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 Arthur Claude Akin, Jr

Arthur Claude Akin, Jr

Birth
Virginia, USA
Death 24 Nov 1944 (aged 22)
Oulu, Oulu Municipality, Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland
Burial Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Plot 13, 0, 17
Military 2LT, US ARMY
Memorial ID 264403 · View Source
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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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Gravesite Details World War II

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  • Maintained by: Paula J
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 264403
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Arthur Claude Akin, Jr (21 Mar 1922–24 Nov 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 264403, citing Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Paula J (contributor 46489742) .