Luce, Arthur William, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1054-Co-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1944-1944, M 1054, 392nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Idaho
Idaho
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Nampa, Idaho; Mendocino, California
Last Address
RAF Wendling, England


Casualty Date
Apr 29, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Germany
Conflict
World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 60 Site 9890

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American Battle Monuments CommissionWorld War II Fallen
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  2014, World War II Fallen

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 Unit Assignments
US Air Force392nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, M 1054, 578th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, M 1054, 392nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1943-1944, B-24 Liberator
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
2nd Lt. Arthur Luce flew as a B-24 co-pilot with the 578th Bomb Squadron, 392nd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force out of RAF Wendling, USAAF Station 118. 
 
On the 10th mission of the crew, his B-24J (#42-110105) was shot down while on a combat mission to Berlin. The aircraft was shot down over East Meitze, Germany.

His and his crew's remains were found and identified in 2011.

Crew:
2nd Lt. Robert R. Bishop (pilot)
2nd Lt. Thomas Digman, Jr. (bombardier)
2nd Lt. Donald W. Hess  (navigator)
2nd Lt. Arthur W. Luce (co-pilot)
Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Karaso (radio operator)
Staff Sgt. Ralph L. McDonald (tail gunner) 
Sgt. John P. Bonnassiolle (ball turret  gunner)
Sgt. James T. Blong (engineer) 
Sgt. Michael A. Chiodo  (left waist gunner)
Sgt. John J. Harringer, Jr. (right waist gunner)
   
Comments/Citation
Notes/Links:

 Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 04446 

http://www.adoptiegraven-database.nl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1720:luce-arthur-w&catid=56:american-war-cemetery-margraten-l&Itemid=140

http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=14875
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=79091380

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20111101/articles/111109987
http://www.fallennotforgotten.nl/Story00046.htm (info and crew photos)
   
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