Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until October 3, 1945.
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Arthur served as a Second Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-25J #43-27888, 500th Bomber Squadron, 345th Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Bronx County, New York prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on October 19, 1942 in New York City, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Office Clerk and also as Married.
B-25J #43-27888 took off, with a crew of 5, from San Marcelino Airfield, Zambaless Province, Philippines on a shipping bombing & strafing mission off the coast of Hainan Island, Hainan Province, China.
They were hit & shot down by ground anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the sea off the coast of Hainan Island.
Arthur was declared "Missing In Action" in this crash during the war.
He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Service # O-819947
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Airmen who perished from B-25J #43-27888:
Blum, Arthur D ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, NY
Simpson, William P ~ Capt, Pilot, OK
Suey, Charles L ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, MI ~ POW
S/Sgt Charles L. Suey (Engineer), Capt. Merritt E. Lawlis (Nav/Bmb), and S/Sgt. Benjamin T. Muller (Radio Operator), all became POW's of the Japanese.
( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )