Arthur Cain

The following information was supplied by Harry Larrabee Sr, TSgt USAF Retired, via email. Additional research provided by Harry Larrabee Sr Dec 31, 2005. Unverified.

2nd LT Arthur Cain. A P-47 Pilot assigned to the U S Army Air Forces, 69th Fighter Squadron, 58th Fighter Group in the Philippines in the 1944/1945 time period. He was shot down and listed as missing/killed in action non 17 January 1945. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart, according to the WWII Memorial his ID or maybe Serial # is 0-814648.

There is a marker with his name at the Manila American Cemetery at Fort Bonifacio in Manila Philippines.

[added Dec 31, 2005 Harry Larrabee Sr, TSgt USAF Retired]
2nd Lt Arthur Cain was a P-47 Pilot assigned to the 69th Fighter Sq, 58th Fighter Group in the Pacific Theater around the September 1944 time frame according to his notes on the rear of the photos. Would you please post them on the P-47 Web Site in hopes there are still some surviving P-47 Pilots around who might have know him. All of the photos have been named and you can also note that the one photo of him standing in the cockpit of his P-47 also shows a B-24 in the background. Not sure if these photos were from New Guinea, Leyte or Mindanao in the Philippines as the only information supplied on the rear of the photos is the dates and SWPA which I assumes means South West Pacific Area.

Since my last E-Mail to you I have also discovered he bailed out of his plane on 17 January 1945 near Vigan Point on Luzon after returning from fighter escort to Laoag Airdrome in the northern part of Luzon. From the newspaper articles I have from 1945 he was observed bailing out from his P-47, tail number 42-23208 as his aircraft couldn't keep up with the rest of his squadron, nor was he able to answer radio calls which would indicate either battle damage or an aircraft malfunction. Other members of his squardron stated after bailing out he land near Vigan Point, both his parachute and aircraft wreakage were sited, but according to the U S Army he was never located. The U S Army also stated there was a large Philippine Gorollia Force in the area at the time he bailed out. Another newspaper article also states that this plane that he flew on New Guinea was condemned due to the number of combat hours he placed on the aircraft.

2 Lt Arthur Cain Sep 1944.jpg

2 Lt Arthur Cain Sep 1944 in front of P-47.jpg

2 Lt Arthur Cain Sep 1944 with P-47.jpg

Arthur Cain and Bill Cowrinoton.jpg
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Lts Swift, Cain and Campbell in Sep 1944.jpg

Lts Swift, Cain, Campbell and Cowrinoton know as The Unholy Four.jpg

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John Abbotts P-47 transition followed at Pocatello, Idaho and Greenville, Texas after which he was assigned to the 56th Fighter Group in England. When the news of his arrival reached Berlin, Hitler retired to his bunker with his cyanide capsule and revolver. Eva found the news equally depressing.
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Edward B. Addison The 507th Fighter Group, equipped with P-47N's, won the Presidential Unit Citation for destroying 32 Japanese aircraft in the air on one mission to Seoul, Korea. The average flying time for raids to Korea and Japan would be 7 to 9 hours flying time. In a total of 31 months, the 507th not only provided top cover for B-29's, but also dive-bombed, napalm-bombed and flew low-level on strafing missions.
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Roy J. Aldritt Shortly after the group moved to France he ran into some unseen flak and was forced to make a nylon descent behind the lines; some evasion and a lot of luck had him back with his unit in 24 hours.
Eugene J. Amaral After graduation from Stonington High School he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in December 1942 and was called to active duty in March, 1943. He received his wings and commission at Spence Field, Georgia as a member of the Class of 43-C.
Talmadge L. Ambrose Flew 84 missions thru VE Day, was downed by 22mm ground fire over Siefried Line. He destroyed 11 enemy aircraft, 9 known confirmed in air and on ground, including 4 FW 190-D's in one afternoon over Hanover, Germany, April 8, 1945. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, 17 man, Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, Pacific Theatre and European Theatre Meda1s with 5 Battle Stars and Unit Citation Medal.
John C. Anderson After P-47 transition he was assigned to the 406th Fighter Group, 512th Fighter Squadron. (E.T .0.) He flew 56 missions through January, 1945 destroying supply routes, bridges, and railroads; he also flew close support missions with the ground forces, with attacks on tanks, artillery and enemy positions.
William Anderson It was not always flak,two ME-109's beat the hell out of me one day. The central controller called me and said "Basher-Red Leader do you have contact Bandits," I replied, "I sure do, I'll bring them over the field in 3 minutes, they're chasing me home." Got all the usual medals including two Belgium and two French but one I'm most proud of is the Silver Star -it is the greatest.
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