Archibald, Vernon E., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1035-Bombardier
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 1035, 336th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Salk Lake City
Last Address
336th Bomb Squadron
Hohram, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Jan 29, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot E, Row 15, Grave 15

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  1944, World War II Fallen

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Bombardier Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy95th Bombardment Group, Heavy
336th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1035, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1035, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1035, 95th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1035, 336th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Bombing Raids Over Germany
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Vernon E. Archibald was born in Slat Lake City, Utah in 1919 to Clayton and Maudie Ethel Phalon Archibald. The US Census 1920 lists the family in Salt Lake City, Utah, while the US Census 1930 shows them living in Carlin, Nevada. (Vernon is listed as Vern E.) (His name is recorded as "Vernon" in 100th Bomb Group files; all other sources state "Vern")

According to his NARA file, he was drafted, and inducted into the military at Fort Douglas, Utah on February 9, 1942. His record shows he had completed 4 years of high school, and was working as a fireman.

He was assigned to the Army Air Forces, and trained as a bombardier. He was commissioned, awarded wings, and assigned to crew training on a crew headed by Lt James D. Higgins. This crew later ferried a new B-17 to England.

On December 23, 1943, the crew was assigned to the 418th Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group. A few days later, they were transferred to the 95th Bomb Group, 336th Bomb Squadron. Here, they flew 8 combat missions.

On January 29, 1944, they were assigned to bomb facilities at Frankfurt, Germany. Flak was light, but accurate over the target. The aircraft was hit by flak, disabling one engine. The pilot feathered the propellor, dropped out of formation with the aircraft seemingly under control. However, it crashed in Ziegfield, Belgium.

Five of the crew survived and were captured, although it is not known if they parachuted out. Five dead were recovered, and buried in Ziegfield. After the war, the remains were retrieved, and moved to other cemeteries. Today, Lt Archibald lies in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Belgium in Plot E, Row 15, Grave 15.
US Census 1920
US Census 1930
NARA Enlistment Records


Lt Vernon E. Archibald was acting as bombardier on B-17F # 42-30226, named "Spook V,"  assigned to the 336th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 2256 covers this loss. Crew rosters show the crew as:

2 Lt James D. Higgins  p
2 Lt James S. Munn  c-p
2 Lt Don A. Gallagher  nav
2 Lt Vernon E. Archibald  bomb
SSgt John E. Lugg  eng/tt gun
SSgt Raymond W. Carrey  r/o
Sgt  Robert F.P. Humphrey  btg
Sgt Jack Clark  Lwg
SSgt Arthur M. Dulaney  Rwg
Sgt  Howard J. Thompson  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

In the crew photo, Lt Archibald is in the front row, 3rd from left.

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