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Arthur W Vanaman

Military

Hazebruck, France (marshalling yards) 27 June 1944 mission. 'Big Barn Smell,' had #4 engine on fire, four of the crew bailed out by order of the pilot and the remainder of the crew stayed with the Ship. The flames went out and the ship landed safely in the UK. Gen Vanaman was the only Prisoner of War (POW) all others returned to base.

Service

People

  • Henry Arnold

    Military | General | Commanding General of Army Air Forces
    Became "chief of the Army Air Forces on June 30, 1941, and that December he got a third star. When the War Department General Staff was organized in March 1942 Arnold became commanding general of Army Air Forces. Prior to and all during World War II,...

  • James Doolittle

    Military | General | Commanding General
    Became Commanding General of 12th AF September 1942; Commanding General of Northwest African Strategic Air Force March 1943; assumed command of 15th AF November 1943; Commanding General of 8th Air Force 6 January 1944 to 9 May 1945. Medal Of Honor for...

  • Ira Eaker

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force
    Commanding General of 8th AF 1 December 1942 to 5 January 1944. Following that, Eaker was given command of all Allied air forces in the MTO, and in April 1945 became Deputy CG of the USAAF. Retired July 1947. ...

  • Haywood Hansell

    Military | Major General | Commander
    He worked under Eisenhower and Spaatz. He was experienced in Intelligence. He was the one who selected the crew of the 'Memphis Belle' to go back to America. One of the most important founders of the Strategic Heavy Bombing method. He helped formulate...

  • Carl Spaatz

    Military | General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force
    A few weeks after Pearl Harbor, in January 1942, General Spaatz was assigned as chief of the Army Air Force Combat Command at Washington and promoted to the temporary rank of major general. In May 1942, Spaatz was designated commander of the Eighth Air...

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Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany

Stalag 3A and work camps (Also Oflag 3-6) Luckenwalde (was originally interrogation center) Brandenburg, Prussia 52-13

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2020 17:30:33 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added a POW event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2020 17:11:28 jmoore43 Changes to service number
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Added a "-" to the S/N to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2018 06:43:04 cfinney Changes to media associations
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Entry from Parker Finney's POW diary from Aug 13 1944.

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2015 05:26:45 solomd Changes to firstname, nickname, service number, highest rank, role, awards and person associations
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solomd

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 311 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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