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Arlington W Canizares Jr


On 9 April 1944, Canizares ran out of fuel when flying his P-47 over the North Sea and was killed bailing out.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 62nd Fighter Squadron


  • 42-74660

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 406FS, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 5-Jul-44. Ran short of fuel over north sea, abandoned by pilot Lt Arlington Canizares Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6618.

  • 42-75160 "Saucy Shirley III"

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    There are conflicting records about the fate of P-47D 42-75160 LM-D. ...

Associated Place

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...


Event Location Date
Born Pennsylvania, USA 1921
Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA, USA 10 December 1942
Based Halesworth 8 April 1944
Died of Wounds (DOW) North Sea 9 April 1944

Killed bailing out into the North Sea, 52 miles off of Lowestoft due to running out of gas.


Date Contributor Update
02 October 2017 19:16:10 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, service number, role, biography, awards, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2015 11:11:20 Lucy May Changes to unit associations

Removed association with the 364th Fighter Group.
After correspondence with Peter Randall of it seems there is no evidence of Canizares ever being part of the 364th Fighter Group.

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2015 15:18:55 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, events and unit associations

Combined two entries for Arlington Canizares. This entry now contains information from the following sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR none

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2015 14:56:26 Pyker Changes to highest rank, events, place associations and aircraft associations

Updated personal details and fate. Associated aircraft lost in. NOTE there is a conflict with P-47D 42-75160 LM-D that Canizares was flying on 9 April 1944. MACR 9821 also gives this serial number as being lost with 365th FG on 7 October 1944 over Belgium. However, 75160 was LM-D "Saucy Shirley III" of Captain Ray Dauphin 62nd FS and RALDA gives this serial number as being lost on 9 April. Balance of probabilities therefore is that ther is an error in the MACR.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:56 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list /