Arnett, Lloyd B., TSgt

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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, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
418th Bomb Squadron
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Nov 05, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
English Channel
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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

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Flight Engineer Badge
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 748, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 748, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Bombing Raids Over Germany
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Lloyd B. Arnett was born in Montgomery, Ohio on March 28, 1920 to Walter B. and Harriett Bowman Arnett. The US Census 1930 lists the family in Brookville, Ohio, while the US Census 1940 has them living in Pittsburg.

Arnett was drafted, and inducted into military service on September 21, 1942 at Cincinnati, Ohio. His records state he had completed 4 years of high school, and was, at the time, working as a semi-skilled worker in a machine shop.

He was assigned to the Army Air Forces, and trained as a flight engineer, as well as an aerial gunner. Upon completing the courses, he was promoted to Sergeant, and assigned to crew training. This training took him through various bases including Colorado, Utah, Texas, and Tennessee. The crew deployed to England, ferrying a new B-17 by way of Scotland. They arrived in England on October 10, 1943. (One source states October 28, 1943.)

They flew their first combat mission on November 3, 1943 - a strike against facilities  at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. On November 5, 1943, they were slated to participate in a bombing raid on the synthetic oil plant located at Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

As they near the target area, the aircraft was hit with flak, destroying one engine, the compass, and the electrical system. The bombardier salvoed the bomb load as the pilot turned to a reverse course to England. The pilot, fearing a break-up, ordered bail out, but only two crewmen could do so. They reached the ground safely, and with the help of French patriots, evaded until August, 1944 when they were returned to England. The rest of the crew was in the aircraft when it vanished - presumably crashing into the English Channel.

No remains nor wreckage was ever recovered, so the dead members of the crew are remembered on the Walls of the Missing in the Cambridge American Cemetery in Cambridge, England. There is also a memory stone for TSgt Arnett in the Riverside Cemetery in West Milton, Ohio.
NARA Enlistment Records
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
Ohio Birth Index, 1908-1964


Sgt Lloyd B. Arnett was acting as flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-17G # 42-37748, unnamed, assigned to the 418th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 1156 applies to this loss. Crew rosters and personnel files show the crew as:

2 Lt Thomas R. Martin  p
2 Lt James A. Kennemer  c-p
2 Lt James W. McCorley  nav
2 Lt Joseph P. Murphy  bomb
Sgt  Lloyd B. Arnett  eng/tt gun
SSgt Donald H. Allwine  r/o
Sgt  Cosmos J. Braun, Jr.  btg
Sgt  David M. Davis  wg
Sgt  Merritt K. Gillespie  wg
Sgt  Laverne E. Clarke  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Lts McCorley and Murphpy survived.

In the crew photo, Arnett is in the back row, 2nd from left.

Although Sgt Braun, Jr is listed on the crew roster as "Cosmos," his real first name was "Cosmas."

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