2/Lt. Arthur H. McFarland


(J. Zdiarskı (www.museum119.cz) from the Dave Jewell collection)

2/Lt. Arthur H. McFarland

338th FS - 08 July 1944 - 10 August 1944 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D CL-J 44-14007

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
203 10 August 1944 Rail-roads - Châlons-sur-Marne , France (Red 2)
Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Notes

ASN - O-763262
08 July 1944 - Joined 338th Fighter Squadron
10 August 1944 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 07624

1/Lt. David R. Hailey, Jr. reported: "on 10 August 1944, in the course of a dive-bombing and strafing mission, 2/Lt. McFarland, flying #2 in Red flight, crash landed, destroying aircraft, P-51D, CL-J.  Lt. McFarland was flying my wing.  He had just completed a low strafing pass on road traffic about 15 miles SW of Chalons sur Marne, (France) on the highways running between Vatry and Chalones sur Marne.  Geographic coordinates, 4855-0415.  As I passed over a wooded area I saw Lt. McFarland's ship hit the trees and crash.  It caught fire and exploded.  I circled the area at tree top level and as I withdrew only the engine of the ship was visible.  The rest of the airplane was completely destroyed by fire and explosion of the bombs which he had not released.  I did not see him get free of the crash.  Time of crash was approximately 1800."

Lt. McFarland's MIA status changed to KIA, 02 October 1944, after notification of the Red Cross from Germany.  Lt. McFarland is buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California.

Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

06 September 1944 - Awarded the Air Medal (Whilst Missing in Action)

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