Arter, John R., TSgt

 Service Photo   Service Details
View Time Line
Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, AAF MOS 748, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

Home State
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by CMSgt Don Skinner-Deceased to remember Arter, John R., TSgt.

If you knew or served with this Airman and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
427th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Nov 26, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
North Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Netherlands, Netherlands
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar

Flight Engineer Badge
Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 737, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 748, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
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


Copyright Inc 2003-2011