Monday, November 30, 2009

Pictures Taken by Sgt. Albert Arnold

Some time ago I was contacted through the excellent forums over at World War Two Forums, if you have any interest in WWII history you should really check them out, and was offered some great information and pictures by someone who's father was an Air operations Specialist while the 341st was on New Guinea from 23 June 1943 until he was wounded and sent home on 3 February 1945.

This gentleman's name was Sgt. Albert V. Arnold, and he took some excellent photos of his time overseas. His daughter was kind enough to send me some copies to me, and I am proud to share them with you.

The first is Sgt. Arnold himself. His daughter said that he is posing with some model airplanes that he crafted out of spent shell casings. She also let me know that her family still has these (very cool)



This photo is from the inside of the operations building. Sgt. Arnold is third from the left.




Here are two excellent examples of the pin-up art work on the noses of the fighters.





Here is a group shot of several men outside the 341st Operations / Intelligence building.




A wide shot of the camp.




What appears, to my eyes at least, to be a damaged American plane.



A gentleman, unidentified, in a foxhole or trench under what seems to be barracks.



A downed Japanese Zero



This one came to me labelled, "Al's Buddy"




Finally, we have a shot of pilot Lt. J.M. Nixon


I would like to thank Sgt. Arnold's daughter, Katherine, greatly for her generosity in providing me these pictures. I would also like to offer a sheepish apology for taking so long to put them up. Two small kids keep me away from the computer more often than not.
Thank you, also, to everyone over at World War Two Forums for the great information.

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kiwidealz said...

my uncle died during WW2 flying over germany with bomber command , he was sgt albert arnold rnzaf...thought it was interesting