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John R. Arter was born in Guilford, Ohio on March 14, 1908, the son of John S. and Anna M. Ullery Arter. He had 5 sisters and 1 brother. Both the 1910 and 1920 US Census shows him at home with the family in Ohio.
According to his NARA enlistment form, he enlisted at Camp Blanding, Florida on March 14, 1942. He had completed 4 years of high school, was single, and worked as a waiter.
After basic training, he evidently received some education as a mechanic and aerial gunner. The first appearance in the military record other than enlistment shows him being assigned to the combat crew led by Lt. Cote in June, 1943.
He flew 23 credited missions, all with Lt. Cote except for 2 - one with the Southworth crew and one with Lt. Poulson. Om November 26, 1943, the Cote crew was tasked to raid the city center of Bremen, Germany. Just after bombs were released, the aircraft fell out of formation.
When last seen, it was at 12,000 feet altitude, with landing gear extended, seemingly under control just west of Trexel Island, Holland. It later crashed into the North Sea near Den Helder, Holland, with the loss of all crew members. Sgt Arter is remembered on the Walls of the Missing at the American Cemetery at Margraten, Holland. In addition, a memorial stone stands in the Grandview Cemetery in Salem, Ohio at Section 4, Row 1.
NARA Enlistment Records
US Census 1910, Ohio
US Census 1920, Ohio
TSgt John S. Arter was acting as engineer and top turret gunner on B-17F # 42-29955, named "Mr. 5 by 5," assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron.
Missing Air Crew Report 1324 was issued for this loss, and mission loading lists agree the crew was composed of:
1 Lt Addell A. Cote p
1 Lt Clarence C. Bixler c-p
1 Lt Wilbur R. Barnhill nav
1 Lt John W. Hull bomb
TSgt John S. Arter eng/tt gun
TSgt Vaughn Reaves r/o
SSgt Cecil M. May btg
SSgt John M. Micek lwg
SSgt Theadore Gomes rwg
SSgt Paul Gunsauls tail gun