41-30457         MACR 1631

 

On 30 December 1943 a B-25D, # 41-30457, assigned to 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 11th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Suichwan, China, on a mission to attack the enemy positions west along the Yangtze River. Witnesses saw it get hit and crash and saw no survivors. The crew was:

                                        Pilot                             2ndLt William C. Arnold                     0-2051767

                                        Co-Pilot                       1stLt Harland B. Keating                     0-662567

                                        Bomb/Navigator         1stLt William H.C. White                     0-730761

                                        Crew Chief-Gunner     Sgt Lynnwood W. Smith                      13049624

Witnesses to the crash included 1stLt Robert A. Nice, 0-693433, 2ndLt Thomas H. Anderson, 0-738062, 2ndLt Merry A. Maney, 0-800147, and SSgt Eugene E. Banzhof, 32277303. The witnesses reported that they saw the B-25 drop bombs on an enemy ship then climb; then at about 200 MPH, nose down, part of the right wing separated; then the B-25 was seen to descend, hit the high mud river bank and explode and burn. They saw no survivors. The crash was 10 miles upriver from Anking, China.

ARNOLD, WILLIAM CLEVELAND, Second Lieutenant, # 0-2051767, USAAF

 

William C. Arnold was born on 14 July 1920 in Illinois to William Elmer Arnold (1892-1981) and Nora May (Boque) Arnold (1894-1975). Siblings were Robert Wesley Arnold (1922-2012), Sarah Kathryn (Arnold) Hoskins (1925-    ), and Barbara V. (Arnold) Davis (1929-    ),

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the B-25 Mitchell. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 30 December 1943 a B-25D, # 41-30457, assigned to 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 11th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Suichwan, China, on a mission to attack the enemy positions west along the Yangtze River. Witnesses saw it get hit and crash and saw no survivors. Witnesses to the crash included 1stLt Robert A. Nice, 0-693433, 2ndLt Thomas H. Anderson, 0-738062, 2ndLt Merry A. Maney, 0-800147, and SSgt Eugene E. Banzhof, 32277303. The witnesses reported that they saw the B-25 drop bombs on an enemy ship then climb; then at about 200 MPH, nose down, part of the right wing separated; then the B-25 was seen to descend, hit the high mud river bank and explode and burn. They saw no survivors. The crash was 10 miles upriver from Anking, China. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He is remembered in the Montgomery Cemetery, Oakland City, Gibson Co., Indiana. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart Medal.

 

His father, born 12 January 1892, served during WWI from 18 September 1917 to 13 June 1919. He died 18 August 1981 and is buried in the Montgomery Cemetery, Oakland City, Gibson Co., Indiana.

 

His brother, Robert W. Arnold, born 23 September 1922, served during WWII from 25 September 1941. He died 22 April 2012 in Indiana.