ARNDS, CORNELIUS RICHARD COOK, Sergeant, # 39283177, USAAF
Richard C. Arnds was born 13 March 1924 in California to Burton Nicholas Arnds (1892-1962) and Mabel Gertrude (Cook) Armds (1895-1988). Siblings include Burton Nicholas Arnds Jr. (1916-1993), John Walter Arnds (1919-2000), Robert Luman Arnds (1920-2012), Theodore Rheins Arnds (1930-1981), Kermit Rolland “Peter” Arnds (1932-1992), Karl A. Arnds (1937- ).
When re registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942, he was working at the Sparkletts Bottled Water Co, and described himself as 5’11”, 180 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. After enlistings in the USAAF, he taied extensively as an rmorer and guner (maintenance and shooting the .50 Caliber Browning aerial machinegun). He was sent overseas to the 20th Air Force in the South Pacific, India and China. He was the Senior Gunner on his assigned B-29 crew. During 15 to 16 June 1944, a 20th Air Force, 58th Bombardment Wing, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, Kharagpur A.A.B., India, a B-29, # 42-6230, the “Limber Duggan,” departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a combat mission and did not return. They were shot down by an enemy fighter over Wakamatsu Fukuoka, Japan (the first to be shot down over Japan). All of the crew were killed in action. His remains were buried in a single casket group grave at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on 8 August 1949 (Sec. 82, Grave 209). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
His brother, Robert L. Arnds, born 30 August 1920, enlisted in the U.S. Army, as a medical lab technician, on 9 January 1943 in Los Angeles, California.