669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. Arthur Lawrence Nielsen

Airplane Armorer-Gunner,  37389813

Killed In Action - Aug 8, 1944

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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      Born: 19-May-1921, Houston, Texas County, Missouri

Entered Military Service: Date: 7-Oct-1942 At: Jefferson Barracks, MO From: Phelps County, Missouri
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 37389813

Buried: Rolla Cemetery, Rolla, Missouri, Plot: Section E

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry

S/Sgt. Arthur L. Nielsen

S/Sgt. Arthur L. Nielsen, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis R. Nielsen, was born May 19, 1921 at Houston Mo. He died in France August 8, 1944, at the age of 23 years, 2 months and 20 days.

Arthur was baptized as an infant in the Methodist Church in Houston, Mo. He moved with his parents to Rolla, Mo., in March, 1927. He attended Rolla Elementary and High School, He joined the Methodist Churst at the age of fourteen. On October 7, 1942 he was inducted into the Army. He graduated from the Harlingen Air Gunnery School where he received his wings on December 26, 1942. On February 27, 1944 he was graduated from Armory school at Lowery Field, Colorado. He was married to Majorie Alyce Vaughtn of Leslie, MissouriJuly 22, 1943. After combat training in Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi, he was sent to England in January, 1944, after having completed more than 60 bombing missions over enemy territory he was reported missing in action August 8, 1944 and later declared killed in action on the same date by the War Department. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Majorie, his father and mother, three sisters and two brothers: Mrs. Alma Grogan and Elaine Nielsen of St. Louis; Leland in the Navy at Guam; Velma and Junior of Rolla; one brother-in-law, Gilbert Grogan of St. Louis; one niece and one nephew Eva Lee and Dale Grogan; several other relatives and a host of friends. He was awarded the Air Medal, several Silver Oak Leaf Clusters, Citation of Honor and Good Conduct ribbon in enemy territory and the Purple Heart.

Extracted from Newspapers.com

A/C Last Sighted. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft.

Another plane out of that first flight also went down. The plane caught on fire when it was hit by flak after leaving the target; it was seen to lose a wing and then explode. Lt. Peter Dontas was the pilot. Staff Sergeants A.L. Nielsen and W.E. Fields were the gunners. One chute was seen to come out of the plane. The crew is listed as MIA.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 7794 and Mission # 117

Photos and Documents
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
Marriage Record
Marriage Record
Rolla Herald (Rolla, Missouri) 24 May 1945, Thu Page 1
Rolla Herald (Rolla, Missouri) 24 May 1945, Thu Page 1
Rolla Herald (Rolla, Missouri) 26 Jul 1945, Thu Page 1
Headstone Application
Headstone Application
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

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