SANDERS, ARTHUR CLEMENT, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-735670, USAAF
Arthur C. Sanders Jr. was born 7 June 1916 in King County Washington to Arthur C. Sanders (1890-1965) and Monica Noreen (O’Callihan) Sanders (1891-1973) (married in 1926). A sister was Mary Louise Sanders (1927-1969). In 1935 they lived in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, CA, and in 1940 in Bakersfield, Kern County, CA. In 1940 his father was born in Ireland and was a buiding contractor. He graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1936. Arthur C. Sanders Jr. was a draftsman, living t 2205 20th St., Bakersfield, CA, with his parents. His paternal grandparents, Peter Magnus (tailor) and Anna Dorothy (Ekberg) Sanders, were from Sweden (immigrated 1873) and Norway (immigrated 1879), respectively. In 1917, they lived in Kennydale, Washington In 1920, they were living on Lincoln Place, Seattle, WA: Arthur C., age 29; Monica N.; Arthur C. Jr., age 3.
He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California, on 11 September 1940, while residing in Kern County, California. He completed flight training and was rated in multi-engine aircraft – the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and pilot wings. On 17 March 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4229, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the air field at Kurmitola, India, on a low-level bombing mission over the Chewli Bridge, Burma. After its target run, it climbed and reached about 600 feet, it did a half roll to the left and spun in from there. It did about 1 ½ rolls and crashed into the middle of the river. It burned immediately. All of the crew died in the crash. The crew remains were unrecoverable. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in theManila American Cemetery & Memorial. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.