ARRASMITH, JOHN PHILLIP, Second Lieutenant, # 0-872251, USAAF
John P. Arrasmith was born on 24 October 1921 in Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri, to Clarence Albert Arrasmith (1895-1965) and Esther (Mathews) Arrasmith (1898-1994). Siblings included Worth Darrell Arrasmith (1919-1997), Clarence A. Arrasmith Jr., George Francis Arrasmith (1923-1946), and Carol Jean (Arrasmith) Barker (1924-1987).
He registered for the WWII draft on 14 February 1942, employed by Consolidated Aircraft, resided at 4661 Orchard Ave, San Diego, CA, and described himself as 5’8”, 145 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. After enlisting, he was trained as a bombardier on the B-25 Mitchell and earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 4 July 1945 a B-25D Mitchell medium bomber, “Miz Matilda,” # 41-30010, assigned to 10th Air Force, 427 Night Fighter Squadron, Kisselbari, India, departed the airfield at Chengkung, China, on a utility mission to Dinjan, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Its last radio contact was at 27° 32’ North and 95° 16’ East, 9 miles south of the Brahmaputra River, in the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.
His brother, Worth Darrell Arrasmith, born in 1918, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Military Information Support (521), Private First Class, # 999712, at Miramar Marine Station. He died in 1997 in San Diego, CA.
His father, born 10 December 1985, served in the U.S. Army, PFC, # 2208235, Machine Gunner, 356th Infantry Regiment, 89th Infantry Division, during WWI. He was overseas from 4 June 1918 to 16 May 1919. He died 27 February 1965 in San Diego, CA,