669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

2Lt. Arthur A. Raines Jr.

Pilot,  O-747891

Killed In Action - Apr 10, 1944

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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      Born: 1918, Jackson City, Amador County, California

Entered Military Service: Date: 8-Apr-1942 At: Minter Field, Bakersfield, CA From: Kern County, California
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 19093892

Missing: Memorial at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Tablets of the Missing

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry
American Battle Monuments Commission Memorial, Certificate

LOST - Mrs. Evelyn Crawford, 323 Arvin street, has been notified by the war department that her son, Second Lieutenant Arthur A. Raines, Jr., has been declared officially dead. Lieutenant Raines had been missing in action over France since April 10, 1944. He had been in the service since May, 1942, and had served with an A-20 bomber crew in England since January, 1944. He is a graduate of Bakersfield High School and was employed b Smart & Final before entering the service.

He was married to Mrs. Gertrude Raines, 514 E street, Wasco.

Extracted from Newspapers.com

On the morning of 10 April 1944, a cold and overcast day, 36 A-20s of the 416th Bomb Group were dispatched from Wethersfield RAF station in England. Their mission was to destroy a secret German installation hidden within the Bois des Huit Rues (Forest of the 8 streets) near Morbecque and Hazebrouck in Flanders (northern France). The flight encountered heavy flak and was forced to make three passes over the target due to cloud cover. Three aircraft were lost, with only one crew surviving. A-20G tail number 43-9895, flown by 2nd Lt. Arthur A. Raines, Jr. with gunners SSgt Glenn J. Bender and SSgt Jack O. Nielsen was lost over the target due to flak. The aircraft was last seen by Lt. Ernest L. Johnson (670th BG) at 11,000 feet with one engine feathered. Lt. Raines entered the service from California.

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

Two crews were lost due to Enemy Action. Second Lt. Arthur A. Raines and his two gunners, S/Sgt. Jack O. Nielsen and S/Sgt. Glenn J. Bender, were last seen shortly after leaving the target area losing altitude. Lt. Raines, Lt. Cramsie, and their crews have been listed as "Missing in Action".
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 3746 and Mission # 10

Photos and Documents
1920 US Census
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
School Yearbook
School Yearbook
The Bakersfield Californian (Bakersfield, California) 04 Mar 1944, Sat Page 3
The Bakersfield Californian (Bakersfield, California) 9 March 1946
The Bakersfield Californian (Bakersfield, California) 23 Oct 1945, Tue Page 9
The Bakersfield Californian (Bakersfield, California) 24 Apr 1944, Mon Page 7
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry
American Battle Monuments Commission Certificate

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

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