Arhar, Frank J., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 424th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Beaverdale, PA
Last Address
Wakde Island, New Guinea

Casualty Date
Sep 01, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Pacific
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
307th Bombardment Group, Heavy424th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, 307th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, 424th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Peleliu
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1944-1944, B-24 Liberator
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Last Known Activity
2nd Lt. Arhar was the Navigator of a B24 that was shot down over Palau in the South Pacific. The pilot of the flight was 2nd Lt. Jack Arnett. The mission in which 2nd Lt. Arhar and members of his crew were killed was in preparation of the invasion of Peleliu by the 1st Marine Division that occurred on September 15, 1944. Source: http://www.bentprop.org

"At 1061 A/C #453 (Lt. Arnett,Pilot) over north central KOROR Town in the PALAU ISLANDS received two (2) direct heavy AA bursts in the left wing. With the second burst, the No.2 engine was seen bursting into flames. Bombs were salvoed at this instant. The plane then slid under the four (4) plane formation, and one man bailed out. His chute opened immediately. At this point the plane seemed under control and the pilot was making a steep turn and violent slip to the right in an effort to put out the fire and keep it from the fuselage. At this point another man was seen in the air but his chute did not open until he was seemingly very close to the water. At a point two or three thousand feet below the bombing altitude (17,000), the left wing folded up and broke off the plane. The plane went into a spin and a few seconds later the fuselage snapped in two and plunged into the water between KORAR Island and the southern tip of BABELDAUB Island. The airman making a seemingly delayed fall went down in the vicinity of the plane. The other airman landed in the water in a 'U' shaped coral reef approximately 1 1/2  miles south east of the southern tip of BABEDAUB Island....Source: Statement of witness Benjamin M. Marshall, 2nd Lt, Air Corps, Ass't Intelligence Officer, Missing Air Craft Report, War Department, Headquarters Army Air Forces, Washington, 9/2/44, http://www.footnote.com

Note: Three members of the crew bailed out and made it to a village. They were captured by the Japanese and later executed. Source: http://www.pacificwrecks.com

Aircraft # 42-73453

   
Comments/Citation
"U.S. AIRMEN MIA FROM WWII ARE IDENTIFIED
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of eight U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been accounted-for and returned to their families for burial with full military honors.
They are 2nd Lt. Jack S. M Arnett, Charleston, W.V.; 2nd Lt. Frank J. Arhar, Lloydell, Pa.; Flight Officer William B. Simpson, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Tech. Sgt. Charles T. Goulding, Marlboro, N.Y.; Tech. Sgt Robert J. Stinson, San Bernardino, Calif., Staff Sgt. Jimmie Doyle, Lamesa, Texas; Staff Sgt. Leland D. Price, Oakwood, Ohio; and Staff Sgt. Earl E. Yoh, Scott, Ohio, all U.S. Army Air Forces.
Remains representing the group and the individual remains of Arhar are to be buried tomorrow at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. The individual remains of Arnett, Yoh, Doyle and Stinson were buried earlier by their families.....Source: New Release, Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (Public Affairs), Washington, DC, April 28, 2010.

The crew of the aircraft in which 2nd Lt Arhar was killed were:
Pilot: 2nd Lt. Jack S. M. Arnett
Co-pilot F/O William B. Simpson
Navigator 2nd Lt Frank J. Arhar
Bombardier 2nd Lt Arthur J. Schumacher
Engineer T/Sgt Robert J. Simpson
Asst Engineer/Nose Gunner S/Sgt Jimmie Doyle
Radio T/Sgt Charles T. Goulding
Asst. Radio S/Sgt John Moore
Gunner S/Sgt Earl E. Yoh
Tail Gunner S/Sgt Leland D. Price
Photographer Sgt Alexander R. Vick
Source: http://www.pacificwrecks.com

Prior to the recovery of 2nd Lt Arhar's remains, memorials had been established at the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines and at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Beaverdale, PA. His remains are now buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, Plot: Section 60 Sites 9440-9441.
Sources: http://www.findagrave.com, U.S Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006, Ancestry.com, and American Battle Monuments Commission, The World War II Honor Roll, http://www.abmc.gov


   
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