Sheehan, Arthur E., Jr., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1944-1944, M 0611, 360th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1944
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Connecticut
Connecticut
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
360th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Sep 28, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Germany
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Netherlands, Netherlands
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot O, Row 5, Grave 14

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 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy360th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1944, M 0611, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, M 0611, 360th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
Arthur E. Sheehan, Jr was born in Connecticut in 1924. He was a son of Arthur E., Sr and Gladys Annette Larson Sheehan. The US Census 1930 shows the family living in San Francisco, California. He had a brother named Edward and a sister named Pat (1931-2006) who was a movie and TV star, appearing in several films with well-known actors. Between 1948 and 1958, she appeared on 3 TV shows and had seven films.

Arthur was inducted into military service in San Francisco, California on August 23, 1943. The enlistment record states he had completed 3 years of high school. His civilian occupation is not given.

He was trained as an aerial gunner and deployed to England in July, 1944. He was assigned to the combat crew of Lt Shields, and flew 17 credited missions with this pilot.

On September 28, 1944, the crew was part of a raid on the Krupp Grunsonwerke A.G. plant in Magdeburg, Germany. While on the bomb run, the formation was attacked by a large number of German fighters. Nine of eleven B-17s in the Low squadron were quickly shot down.

Observers state the aircraft went into a tight spin after being attacked, and exploded. The wreckage fell near Helmstedt Air Base, near Suppingen. German records state that 6 dead were recovered, but list by name 5 with an unknown. Later reports add the remaining 2 crewmen killed. All were buried in the cemetery at Suppingen.

After the war, these bodies were recovered and moved to various cemeteries. Sheehan was moved to the American Cemetery at Margraten, Holland where he now lies in Plot O, Row 5, Grave 14.

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www.303rdbg.com/mission report/248.pdf
www.303rdbg.com/combat crews
NARA Enlistment Records
Headstone Inscription and Interment Record card (completed by father)


 

  

Comments/Citation
Sgt Arthur E. Sheehan, Jr was the assigned waist gunner on B-17G # 44-8330, unnamed, assigned to the 360th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report covers this loss. Mission loading lists verify the crew was:

1 Lt Edward F. Shields, Jr  p
2 Lt William M. Cooter  c-p
2 Lt Bruce C. Stangohr  nav
2 Lt Wilbur W. Lee  bomb
SSgt Leland J. Nagle  eng/tt gun
SSgt Almo W. Dennerle  r/o
SSgt Charles Horwitz  btg
Sgt  Arthur E. Sheehan, Jr  waist gunner
SSgt Joseph J. Skubal  tail gun

Note: Grades and ranks as of mission date.

Note: Lee and Nagel parachuted safely, but were captured.

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