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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
1921 1
New Hampshire 1
Death:
30 Oct.1943 2
Mediterranean Sea 2
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Person:
Arthur W Lang 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Married 1
Birth:
1921 1
New Hampshire 1
Death:
30 Oct.1943 2
Mediterranean Sea 2
Cause: Shot-Down/Combat 2
Residence:
Place: Rockingham County, New Hampshire 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
09 Sep 1942 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
31174614 1
Enlistment Place:
Manchester New Hampshire 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Skilled mechanics and repairmen, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
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Box Number: 0404 1
Film Reel Number: 3.125 1

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S/Sgt Arthur W Lang (KIA)30 Nov.1943 MTO

Italy

321st Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Squadron, S/Sgt Arthur W Lang was KIA / Shot-down on a Sea Sweep out of Lybia, N Africa over the Mediterranean (Gambit Gambut) where G-Model B-25 Mitchells were used to shoot a 75mm Cannon and "Skip-Bomb" across the water and into the German Tankers or Troop Carriers/Supply ships to sink them.

( similar to SKIPPING ROCKS" - Stone skipping is a pastime which involves throwing a stone with a flattened surface across a lake or other body of water in such a way that it bounces off the surface of the water. The object of the game is to see how many times a stone can be made to bounce before sinking)

***  Skip bombing placed the bomber, pilot, and crew in great danger, demanding that the aircraft itself become the bombsight while flying directly into a curtain of fire from the target ship.  The Target Ship would   ***

Arthur W. Lang Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces Service # 31174614 445th Bomber Squadron, 321st Bomber Group, Medium Entered the Service from: New Hampshire
Died: 30-Oct-43
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Florence American Cemetery
Florence, Italy
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart

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