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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
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.
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