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Frederick B. Arner

Sgt. Fred Arner (far right), 1945.

Recent Address:

10310 Greenfield St., Kensington, MD 20895


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Family Information:

Parents: George and Laura; Children: George, Jane, Samuel, Thomas, Robert


Washington, DC

Date Entered Service:

April 19, 1943

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Tinian (September, 1945)

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:



Osaka, Omuta, Toyohashi, Himeji, Okayama, Kure, Kagamigahara, Sendai, Utsonomiya


Air Medal

Service Schools Attended:

B-29 Electrical 1944; B-29 Gunner 1944; Lead Crew School 1945

Military Specialty(ies):

AP Electrician Mech Gunner 1685

Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-24580 Undecided

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

September, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

November, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

Recalled reservist -- Gunner B-36, 26th Bomb Squadron, Carswell AFD SAC -- March to December 1951.

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Attorney and Chief Education and Public Welfare Division,
Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.
Professional Staff, Ways and Means Committee, House of Representatives
Consultant to Social Security Administration.
Author of two history books on Civil War.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

In my relatively brief tenure as a Tail Gunner with the 58th Bomb Wing on Tinian, I was impressed with the total dedication of its personnel. Never has this situation been replicated during my lifetime experiences.


Crew of the Undecided: (l to r) Sgt. George Innis (Right Gunner), Sgt. P.W. Neely (CFC Gunner), T/Sgt. Darrol Davis (Flight Engineer), Sgt. Rufus Toler (Right Gunner), Sgt. Fred Arner (Tail Gunner).

Mr. Arner passed away on October 7, 2015.


Fred Arner, C. 2000


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