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Arl Benjamin Cross

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-106993

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Kearney 22/1/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-P/W] Horham 13/3/44; with J. M. Bastion; Co-pilot Frank Puckett Barbour; force landed France 22/6/44; with J.E. Hamilton force landed RAF Bentwaters, Sfk 6/10/44;121m...

  • 42-31867 'Go Getter'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; with Wilmot Chamberlain force landed Morrison, FL 31/1/44; Memphis 19/4/44; Kansas City 20/4/44; Kearney 24/4/44; Presque Is 28/4/44; Grenier 30/4/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-P] Horham 2/5/44; battle damaged...

  • 42-97844

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-R] Horham 20/4/44; with Glovik 7/10/44, Waist gunner: Chas Buda KIA; 97m, Missing in Action Frankfurt 9/3/45 with Bill Durant (Ouratt?), Co-pilot: Dwight King, Navigator...

  • 43-38469

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/8/44; Lincoln 17/8/44; Grenier 3/9/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-U] Horham 5/9/44; with T.C. Gibson force landed A-81 airfield on continent 20/5/45; 82m, Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 26/6...

  • 43-38676

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/9/44; Hunter 20/9/44; Dow Fd 25/9/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-V] Horham 28/9/44; 51m, Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 23/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA...

  • 44-8272

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 27/7/44; Lincoln 17/8/44; Grenier 3/9/44; Assigned 1377 AAF Base Unit detailed UK, via Goose Bay, Lab.; on 3/9/44 with Joe Arwood, Co-pilot: Walt Johnson, Navigator: Bill Fowler, Bombardier: Clarry Counsell, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 44-8604 Section Eight

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 31/10/44; Grenier 15/12/44; Dow Fd 15/12/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-X] Horham 17/12/44;with Bill Dunwoody force landed B-53 Merville Afd, Bel. 19/3/45; battle damaged Holzwickede 23/3/45 with Bill Dunwoody, Co-pilot: M. Burrows,...

Missions

  • 731

    30 November 1944

  • 734

    2 December 1944

  • 736

    4 December 1944

  • 738

    5 December 1944

  • 745

    10 December 1944

  • 748

    12 December 1944

  • 8th Air Force 760

    24 December 1944
    1. Decision. ...

  • 761

    25 December 1944

  • 764

    27 December 1944

  • 766

    28 December 1944

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Greenwood, AR 18 July 1925
Buried Fort Smith, AR 21 March 1919

Ft. Smith National Cemetery
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Section:
27
Plot:
270

Enlisted Little Rock, AR 18 November 1943
95th BG Combat Tour Horham Airfield, UK 30 November 1944 – 23 March 1945
Survived Mid Air Collision Campsea Ashe, Suffolk, UK 23 March 1945
Died Fort Smith, AR 18 March 2019

Arl B. Cross, 93, of Fort Smith, Arkansas passed away on March 18, 2019.
He was born July 18, 1925 in the Palestine Community near Greenwood to Roy Cross and Maude Spessard Cross.

Arl was a Sargent in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He was a member of the 95th Bomb Group Association. He loved to fly, read his bible and spend time with his family.

Arl was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Clohie Cross and John Cross; one sister, Bonnie Cross; and one grandson, Jasper Burns.

He is survived by his wife Doris; one son, Greg Cross and wife Susie of Barling; one daughter, Debby Hobbs of Fort Smith; one sister, Royce Coleman of Fort Smith; five grandchildren, Pete Hobbs, Katy Kehler, Ben Hobbs, Michelle Childers and husband Shedon, and Kevin Burns; five great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 August 2020 22:46:31 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/1433
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=7217996
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/197683696/arl-b_-cross
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=8750&h=6923556&...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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