Jetter, Arthur C., Sr., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-17
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, Air Training Command
Service Years
1942 - 1945
First Lieutenant

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Home Town
Omaha, NE
Last Address
Omaha, Nebraska

Date of Passing
Oct 23, 2007
Location of Interment
Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Omaha, Nebraska
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

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 Military Association Memberships
8th Air Force Historical Society401st Bomb Group AssociationPost 1
  1945, 8th Air Force Historical Society [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, 401st Bomb Group Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1947, American Legion, Post 1 (Omaha, Nebraska) [Verified]6 - Chap. Page

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Last Known Activity

WWII B-17 Pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force 

April 21, 1921: Omaha, Nebraska.
April 21, 1942 
Commissioned Officer:
August 30, 1943 
Honorable discharge: 
November 18, 1945 
Place of Separation: 
Lincoln Army Air Field, Lincoln, Nebraska 

After enlisting in the Air Corp on my 21st birthday, in the spring of 1942, I received orders to report, about six months later, to Santa Ana, California, for preflight training. After the preflight training I learned to fly a number of different aircraft. The training sites for each plane were different.

The next step after preflight training was to primary training where we trained in flying Stearman airplanes at Thunderbird air base near Phoenix, Arizona. We next trained on BT-15?s at Taft, California, near Bakersfield. The BT-15 had twice the horsepower of the Stearman. Following the BT-15 training, we were then sent to learn to fly twin engine aircraft at Stockton, CA. There we flew the Cessna AT-17 and on completion received our wings and our second lieutenant commission.

After a short leave at home (Omaha, Nebraska) I entered B-17 training at Hobbs, New Mexico. Upon its completion we were sent to Salt Lake City, Utah, where we were assigned crews. From Salt Lake City we took a train to Avon Park, Florida, where we trained for 6 weeks in preparation for overseas duty.

Our navigator, John Sampson, was selected for radar training at Langley Field, Virginia. As a result my crew and I were at Langley for 6 weeks then given orders to fly to England. We flew by way of Bangor, Maine; Goose Bay Labrador; Iceland; Scotland and on to England. They reassigned our navigator and then temporarily assigned a navigator just for the trip to England. Once in England we did not have a navigator, the bombardier acted as the de facto navigator. Unfortunately John Sampson was killed in his first mission. We were also on the same mission but with a different bomb group.

Our crew was assigned to the 401St Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force in Deenethrope, England. Our tour of duty when we started flying our mission was to be at total of 25 missions but after D-Day this was changed to 30 and then 35 in short order. We were given credit for one extra mission so in effect our required total became 34. Our second mission was to bomb Le Bourget Air Field near Paris for which our group was awarded a Presidential Citation. 

The Crew of:
1st Lt. A.C. Jetter
613th Bomb Squadron
Crew Members
1St Lt A.C. Jetter
1st Lt R.W. Cain
2nd Lt H.B. Hirsch
Radio Operator
T/Sgt L. Sherman
Engineer/Top Turret
T/Sgt R.D. Nelson
Ball Turret Gunner
S/Sgt M.F. Knapp
Tail Gunner
S/Sgt J.J. Baier
Waist Gunner
S/Sgt W.J. Fetters
Waist Gunner
S/Sgt R.S. Robertson

                        Missions we completed:

Bernay/St Martin (88)
11 Jun 1944
Le Bourget (90)
14 Jun 1944
Bordeaux (93)
19 Jun 1944
Hamburg (94)
20 Jun 1944
Fienvilliers (98)
23 Jun 1944
Belloy-Sur-Somme (99)
24 Jun 1944
Montbartier (100)
25 Jun 1944
Laon/Couvron (101)
28 Jun 1944
Saumur (102)
4 Jul 1944
Rely (103)
6 Jul 1944
Renescure (104)
6 Jul 1944
Munich (108)
12 Jul 1944
Munich (109)
13 Jul 1944
Munich (110)
16 Jul 1944
Augsburg (112)
19 Jul 1944
Strasbourg (121)
3 Aug 1944
Anklam (122)
4 Aug 1944
Hautmensil (125)
8 Aug 1944
Luxembourg (126)
9 Aug 1944
Elbeuf (128)
13 Aug 1944
Haggenau (129)
14 Aug 1944
Yvoir (131)
18 Aug 1944
Berlin (Recall) (136)
27 Aug 1944
Mannheim (140)
9 Sep 1944
Merseburg (142)
11 Sep 1944
Merseburg (143)
13 Sep 1944
Groesbeck (144)
17 Sep 1944
Hamm (145)
19 Sep 1944
Cologne (149)
27 Sep 1944
Munster (151)
30 Sep 1944
Stargard (153)
6 Oct 1944
Cologne (157)
17 Oct 1944
Mannheim (158)
19 Oct 1944
Hanover (159)
22 Oct 1944
Hamburg (160)
25 Oct 1944

After completing my assigned missions in Europe, I returned to the States on board of the Queen Elizabeth. The ship docked in New York City. After a short leave in Omaha I was ordered to Santa Ana California and then to Hobbs, New Mexico. From there it was on to Ohio to an air field near Columbus. In Ohio I completed training as a B-17 flight instructor and then went back to Hobbs, New Mexico.

After a short time in Hobbs and no new orders forthcoming, another pilot and I decided to agree to a second tour of duty, this time to be in the South Pacific. We were to train in PBY?s. PB stands for Patrol Bomber, with Y being Consolidated Aircraft?s manufacturer identification. It could be equipped with depth charges, bombs, torpedoes, and .50 caliber machine guns and was one of the most widely used multi-role aircraft of World War II. The Air Force was taking the PBY?s from the Navy for duty in the South Pacific. For this training we went to Corpus Christi Texas. After a couple months of training on the PBY?s we were sent to Biloxi, Mississippi, for an eight week course in preparation to go to the South Pacific. Fortunately the war ended in the seventh week and shortly thereafter I was sent to Lincoln, Nebraska, to be discharged. 
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 Unit Assignments
8th Air Force613th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy401st Bombardment Group, HeavyAir Training Command
  1942-1945, 8th Air Force
  1942-1945, 613th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 401st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, Air Training Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  1945-1947, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  OA-10 Catalina  PT-13 Stearman  AT-17/UC-78 Bobcat  
BT-15 Valiant  
  1942-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1942-1945, OA-10 Catalina
  1942-1945, PT-13 Stearman
  1942-1945, AT-17/UC-78 Bobcat
  1942-1945, BT-15 Valiant
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