Parkhurst, Arthur Francis, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1051-Pilot - Two-Engine
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1945-1946, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1943 - 1945
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Evansville, IN
Last Address
Leyte, Philippines

Casualty Date
Mar 12, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Valley View Gardens - Xenia, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
13th Air Force
  1944-1945, 13th Air Force
  1945-1946, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  
  1944-1945, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"I have examined the official records by the 3rd Airdrome Squadron until 1300 hours, 12 March 1945 at which time the 324th Airdrome Squadron assumed operation of the base.
I have examined the official record on file in the Operations Office, Tanauan Airstrip and have ascertained from such records that C-47 type aircraft No. 42-100455, 2nd Lt  ARTHUR E. PARKHURST, (Note: removed service # for purposes of this profile), Air Corps, Pilot, and airplane of the 13th Air Force Headquarters Flight Section, made two flights from and returned to Tanauan Airstrip on 11 March 1945. Proper form of clearance was filled with Base Operations for both flights of 11 March 1945
I have examined the above mentioned official records for the date 12 March 1945. I have ascertained from such records that the above mentioned aircraft made two flights from Tanauan Airstrip on 12 March 1945. The official records disclose that subject aircraft returned to Tanauan Airstrip on its first flight, but did not return on its second flight of 12 March 1945.
Proper form of clearance for the first flight of 12 march 1945 was filed with Base Operations by the pilot. True copy of such clearance has been furnished the Investigating Officer by me. On the second flight, the pilot was cleared by the Tower through radio contact and the pilot reported the flight as a guerilla mission....Source: Statement of 1st Lt Walter E Flook, Base Operations Officer, Tanauan Airstrip, Leyte, P.I., to 2nd Lt Arthur B Simkins, Investigating Officer for Captain George W. Grismore, 'Missing in Action,

2nd Lt. Parkhurst's aircraft took off from Tanauan Airfield on a mission to deliver supplies to guerill forces including fuel, radio equipment and rations. After take-off there was no further communication and when it failed to return, was declared missing. In fact, the C-47 had crashed in the jungle within 10-12 minutes after takeoff.  Source:

The crew of C-47A-DL Dakota #42-100455 included:
Pilot 2nd Lt Arthur E Parkhurst (MIA/KIA recovered)Evansville, IN
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Edwin H Franks (MIA/KIA) Toronto, Canada
Engineer TSgt James G. Maynard (MIA/KIA)Ellenwood, GA
Asst Engineer Sgt Philip Taliaferro, Jr (MIA/KIA) Jackson, MI
Radio Sgt Marvin A Gill, (MIA/KIA) Linden, CA
Passenger Captain George W. Grismore (MIA/KIA)Salt Lake City,UT
MIA March 12, 1945
MACR 14323  Source:

Arthur Frances Parkhurst was a graduate of Benjamin Bosse High School in Evansville, Indiana and attended Evansville College as an Army Aviation Cadet Reservist. He was the son of Craig W. Parkhurst and Ruby McVay of Evansville.

"Missing WWII Airman Identified
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt Arthur F. Parkhurst of Evansville, Ind., will be buried on Oct. 16 in Dayton, Ohio. On March 12, 1945, Parkhurst and five other crew members aboard a C-47A Skytrain departed Tanauan Airfield on Leyte, Philippines, on a resupply mission to guerilla troops. Once cleared for takeoff there was no further communication between the aircrew and airfield operators. When the aircraft failed to return, a thorough search of an area ten miles on either side of the intended route was initiated. No evidence of the aircraft was found and the six men were presumed killed in action, their remains determined non-recoverable.
In 1989, A Philippine National Police Officer contacted U.S. officials regarding a possible World War II-era aircraft crash near Leyte. Human remains, aircraft parts and artifacts - including an identification tag belonging to Parkhurst-were turned over to the local police, then to U.S. officials.
Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command used dental comparisons and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA-which matched that of Parkhurst's brother and sister-in the identification of his remains...Source: News Release-Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (Public Affairs), Washington, DC, Oct. 14, 2010

2nd Lt Arthur Francis Parkhurst is buried at Valley View Gardens, Xenia, Green County, Ohio.

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