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Babcock, S/Sgt. Arthur L.

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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
Plane’s 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 a 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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