Arnold, Rex Duane, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1092-Pilot, B-24
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 374th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1944
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Chengkung, China

Casualty Date
May 26, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961 (2nd Award)

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School308th Bombardment Group, Heavy374th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 188, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 770, 308th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, 374th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1944-1944, B-24 Liberator
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Rex D. Arnold was born on February 11, 1922. One account states he may have been born in Concordia, Kansas or near Salinas.

He entered the military service on July 25, 1941 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His NARA enlistment record merely confirms state of birth as Kansas. It also states he enlisted as a private in the Air Corps. He had completed 4 years of high school and was single.

He was accepted into the Aviation Cadet program. After graduation and commissioning, in January, 1942, he was assigned to further flight training on the B-24 aircraft. He was tentatively assigned to the 308th Bomb Group.

He was then assigned to the 374th Bomb Squadron, located at Chengkung, China. There, he flew missions designed to support Chinese ground troops and attack Japanese shipping off the coast.

On May 26, 1944, he was flying as co-pilot on a radar reconnaissance mission. Attempting to get below threatening weather, the aircraft hit Morshih Kou Shan Mountain, between the villages of Na Fa and Ta Shaun. The aircraft was equipped with long-range extra fuel tanks, and the resulting explosion after crash was so severe that only small fragments of the aircraft were recovered. All aboard died, and no remains were recovered.

Second Lieutenant Rex D. Arnold's name is inscribed ion the Tablets of the Missing at Fort Bonifacio Military Cemetery in Manila, the Philippines.



 The aircraft involved in this incident was B-24J # 42-100040, unnamed.

Missing Air Crew Report 5346 lists the pilot as Lt. Lyle L. Schulzkump.

Many of the aircraft assignment records, mission loading lists, and air crew assignments from 308th Bomb Group are missing or illegible. However, independent sources indicate one of the personnel on board besides Lt. Arnold and Lt. Schulzkump was 2 Lt. Luther W. Tate of Texas. No other crew designations have been discovered to date.

NOTE: See Tribute by Jack Gross for entire crew identification.

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