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2LT Arthur E Thornton

2LT Arthur E Thornton

Ohio, USA
Death 7 Aug 1944 (aged 23–24)
Lisieux, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot I, 191-192
Memorial ID 3307251 · View Source
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Husband of Elizabeth G. Thornton who resided in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Arthur served as a Second Lieutenant & Navigator on B-26B #42-96113, 585th Bomber Squadron, 394th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Wood County, Ohio prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on March 27, 1942 at Baer Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Actor and also as Single, without dependents.

He was married sometime after his enlistment.

B-26B #42-96113 took off from Station 455, England on an operational mission to Nogent Sur Seine, France. They were hit and shot down by German ground anti-aircraft fire and crashed near Lisieux, France during the war.

Arthur was "Killed In Action" in this crash.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on June 22, 1950.

Service # O-697938

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldier's were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

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Airmen who perished on B-26B #42-96113:

Drapola, Frank J ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, NY
Kahler, Albert H ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, IA
Lee, Clinton M ~ Maj, Pilot, SD
Parsons, Richard H ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, OH
Short, Donald W ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, MA
Tangen, Bjarne C ~ Capt, Bombardier, MN
Thornton, Arthur E ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, OH
Waite, John, Jr ~ Sgt, Gunner, ME

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett







  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 4 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3307251
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Arthur E Thornton (1920–7 Aug 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3307251, citing Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .