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Aikman, Arthur J.

Rank and Name, Staff Sergeant Arthur J. Aikman.

Unit/placed in, 31st Bomber Squadron, 5th Bomber Group (Heavy)”The Bomber Barons”.

 

Arthur was born  on Aug. 24, 1917 in Milwalkee, Milwalkee County, Wisconsin.

 

Father, Burton S. Aikman.

Mother, Amanda Aikman.

Sisters, Doretha, Carolyn, Ruth and Marion Aikman.  

Brothers, Sidney T., Burton C. Jr. and Robert Aikman.

 

Arthur entered  the service from Pennsylvania with service number # 33032980.

 

Arthur’s crewmembers and their position onboard the plane a B-24 were;

 

2nd Lt. Gerald L. Long Pilot

2nd Lt. Leo P. O’Rourke Co Pilot

2nd Lt. Charles J. Killian Navigator

  1. Leonard M. Carroll Bombardier

Corp. Samuel S. Greenfield Radio Operator

Pvt. William V. Lancster Engineer

S/Sgt. Arthur J. Aikman Top Turret Gunner

Corp. Roger J. Tabshey Left Waist Gunner

Pvt. Louis W. Thompson Right Waist Gunner

Corp. Kurt B. Hollstein Jr. Tail Gunner

 

Arthur was KIA Arthur was Killed in Action after refueling on Leyte Island, never heard off, on Jan. 10, 1945, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Air medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

 

Arthur is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial  Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Wall of the missing.

 

Thanks to  http://5thbomberbarons.info Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC,  https://abmc.gov Info P.O.W.

Wes Injerd, Dwight Rider: http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html

NavyLog, http://navylog.navymemorial.org Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, Sean Conjenos, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Familysearch.com, https://www.familysearch.org Navy Marines Info Geoffrey Roecker, https://missingmarines.com/ Medals Info, http://www.honorstates.org Website, https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/

 

31st Bomber Squadron, 5th Bomber Group
B-24 (Schematic)
Mortai Airfield (wama)
His rank Staff Sergeant