Arnoldus, Robert Thermond, Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 1034, 468th Bombardment Group, Very Heavy
Service Years
1939 - 1944

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pendleton and/or La Grande, Oregon
Last Address
Kharagpur Airfield, West Bengal, India

Casualty Date
Nov 05, 1944
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Indian Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing

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 Unit Assignments
School AssignmentsAir Transport Command (ATC)US Air Force468th Bombardment Group, Very Heavy
  1939-1940, AAF MOS 1034, Navigation School
  1942-1944, AAF MOS 1034, Air Transport Command (ATC)
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1034, 793rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1034, 468th Bombardment Group, Very Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1944-1944 World War II/China-India-Burma Theater/China Defensive Campaign (1942-45)
 Colleges Attended 
Oregon State University
  1934-1938, Oregon State University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-87 Liberator Express  B-29 Superfortress  
  1943-1943, C-87 Liberator Express
  1944-1944, B-29 Superfortress
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the navigator for Gen. Hap Arnold on an Australia to Washington, DC flight in 1942 and for Eleanor Roosevelt on her American Red Cross tour in 1943. He was killed on a mission to bomb the Singapore Naval Base when his B-29 exploded and crashed into the Bay of Bengal with the loss of 11 crew and 1 passenger. His remains were not recovered; he is memorialized in Manila and also beside his parents in Summerville Cemetery, Summerville, OR.
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