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2LT Arleen Wayne Sundal

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2LT Arleen Wayne Sundal

Birth
Brookings County, South Dakota, USA
Death 26 Oct 1943 (aged 22)
Burial Dell Rapids, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 46187277 View Source
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Lost in action in WWII

He was the son of Mr and Mrs Amel Sundal, and his sibling were Rosella, Ivan and Orin. He graduated from Garden City High School in 1939, and attended South Dakota State College for one and a half years. He was engaged to Orpha Sandbeck.

Sundal was the co-pilot on B-24J #42-73060, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 492nd Bombardment Squadron.

En route to Rangoon, Burma on a combat mission, the formation of B-24s came under attack by enemy fighters. In one of the passes, a zero made an attack from about three o'clock. As the fighter went through the formation, it struck Sundal's bomber at about the waist position, cutting the fuselage in half and tearing off the zero's tail. Both planes spun out of control and crashed.

He received the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Sundal is also memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing in the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines.


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  • Maintained by: Carole Sundal
  • Originally Created by: Mill
  • Added: 31 Dec 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 46187277
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/46187277/arleen-wayne-sundal : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Arleen Wayne Sundal (26 Feb 1921–26 Oct 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 46187277, citing Willow Creek Lutheran Cemetery, Dell Rapids, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Carole Sundal (contributor 46987244) .