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S/Sgt. Arthur Lee Babcock


Born: 9 December 1921 - Alameda, California

 

Parents: William H. Babcock & Bird Brown-Babcock

Siblings: Sgt. William B. Babcock, Vera, Kenneth, Albert

Hometown:

    - 615 North Eighth Avenue - Maywood, Illinois

Education:

    - Lincoln Grade School

    - Proviso Township High School

         Class of 1939

Inducted:

    - 3 July 1942 - Chicago, Illinois

        - U. S. Army

Training: 

    - Lakeland Army Airfield - West Palm Beach, Florida

    - Martindale Army Airfield - San Antonio, Texas

    - Laredo Army Airfield - Laredo, Texas

    - Lowery Army Airfield - Denver, Colorado

    - Muroc Army Airfield - Muroc, California

        - waist gunner

Unit: 372nd Bomb Squadron, 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 13th Air Force

Plane: B-24

Serial Number: 44-41400

Stationed:

    - Munda Airfield, New Georgia Island - 28 January 1944
    - Truk Island - His plane was the first bomber to land on the island - February 1944

    - Mokerang Airfield, Los Negros Island - 29 April 1944

    - Wakde Airfield - Wakde Island -  24 August 1944

    - Pitu Airfield, Morotai Island - 18 October 1944  - December 1944

Engagements:

    - Battle of the Leyte

Killed in Action:

    - 2 December 1944

        - his plane collided with another plane on mission

        - all the members of both crews were killed

Note: According to other crews, their planes were going through a cloud while flying

           off the coast of Cebu Island, when they saw a huge explosion to their left.  It was

           12:43 P.M.  The crews saw four large sections of a B-24 falling from the sky and

           hitting the island.

Buried:

    - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands

        - Plot:  F   Row:  1   Grave:  48


 

 

 

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