PFC Michael R. Arato

PFC Michael R. Arato

Birth
Death 24 Mar 1944
Burial Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Plot Plot E Row 0 Grave 86
Memorial ID 56287412 · View Source
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PFC. Michael R. Arato
Hometown: New York
Unit: 1121st Quartermaster Company, Aviation
Service #32498112
Date Lost: 24-Mar-44

The Yelden crash is extensively documented within Bill Donalds book JOHN BURN ONE-ZERO-FIVE.
This ship was a radar equipped PFF (Pathfinder) and was designated to be flown by another crew of the 401st BG as lead ship in the mission to Schweinfurt. Pilot Sellers and his crew were to fly the plane from their base at Chelveston, across to the 401st BG at Deenethorpe during the early morning hours of the 24th. The ship would then have been flown by an experienced PFF crew on the mission to Schweinfurt. However the B17 crashed on take off near the village of Yeldon England, she was fully loaded with both fuel and bombs ready for the next days mission. 21 people perished in the incident, including the crew of 11 and 8 servicemen of the 1121 Quartermaster company barracked in the village. Two civilian children, Edwin Keith and Monica Ruth Phillips were killed in their families bungalow.

1121st Quartermaster Company,

Sgt. Nils S. Johnson
Sgt. Edward W. Dell
CPL. Sebastion J. Attilio
CPL. Robert Paul McClain
PFC. Michael R. Arato
PFC. Arnold N. Chipoletti
PFC. William Loren Dickerson
PFC. Frank J. Amato

Gravesite Details Entered the service from New York.

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56287412
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Michael R. Arato (unknown–24 Mar 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56287412, citing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .