1Lt. Arthur E. Harniman, ASN O-707266

Navigator - Niblett Crew

Air Medal   Distinguished Flying Cross

10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 9th Bombardment Squadron

Date of Enlistment: 17-Sept-42, Date of Separation: 6-July-45

Gunnery School - Ft. Myers, FL   Navigation School - Selman Field, Monroe, LA
Hammer Field, Fresno CA   Muroc Army Air Field CA
Hamilton Field, Novato CA   Miami Beach, FL
Flew to Pandaveswar, India 19-May-44

(Info & Images Courtesy of Audrey Harniman)


Niblett Crew

L-R:
Rear: Charles T. Niblett (P), Lester G. Lowe (CP), Arthur E. Harniman (N), Robert G. McKissack (B)
Kneeling: Harold Tompkins (RO), James Russell (E), William Knowlton (TG)
Sitting: Raymond Keenan (AE), Samuel K. Grantham (AG), Jerome Kramer (BT)


"Shoot You're Covered", The Niblett Crew's B-24

From notes provided by Audrey Harniman:

    My Dad, Arthur Edgar Harniman, enlisted September 17, 1942. He had to report for his Aviator Cadet Mental Exam on February 25, 1943. He was to depart on Mar. 4, 1943. He attended Gunnery School in Fort Myers, Florida. He attended Navigation School at Selman Field in Monroe, Louisiana, achieving Second Lieutenant on December 20, 1943.

    Originally, he was to ship out January 15, 1944, but that got pushed back to Jan. 31 when he flew to Hammer Field in Fresno, CA. In April, he was sent to Muroc Army Air Field and to Hamilton Field, both in California. In May he was off to Miami Beach, Florida and on May 18 & 19, 1944 he flew to Pandaveswar, India.

  Dad and his crew received the Air Medal for flying over 100 hours from India over Burma, Thailand, China & Andaman Islands from June 3 - August 11, 1944. They received the Distinguished Flying Cross after flying their B-24 "Shoot You're Covered" over 200 hours by September 25. And they received their first Oak Leaf Cluster after December 21. Dad was made a 1st Lt. on December 1. The crew was part of the longest bombing run, flying from India to the Isthmus of Kra in Thailand targeting railroads, traveling 2700 miles over 16 hours.

    Dad was "relieved from assignment" on March 23, 1945. His flight home took 22 days with stops in Calcutta, Agra, Karachi, Abadan, Cairo, Bengazi, Tripoli, Casablanca, the Azores, Newfoundland & finally New York on April 21, 1945.





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