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Enlisted Army Air Corps February 28, 1942

Primary training; PT-17 Stearman, Oxnard, California

Basic training; BT-14 Vultee, Taft, California

Advanced training; AT-6, North American, Luke Field, Phoenix, Arizona

Commissioned Pilot and 2nd Lt. October 30, 1942,
Class of 42J

Transition to P-38; Muroc Dry Lake November 1942

Aerial Submarine Patrol Duty; North Island NAS
San Diego, California

Combat P-38 Fighter Pilot:

March - July 1943
1st Fighter Group, 12th Air Force, North Africa
71st Fighter Squadron, Code Name: Doorknob
Call Sign: Doorknob Five-Two

50 Combat Missions:
Dive bombing, bomber escort, strafing,
destruction of enemy shipping and aircraft

Escapee/Evadee German Pow Camp,
Sicily, July 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant, July 1943

Chief, Safety Education Division, Office of Flying Safety:
Developed Bailout Technique for P-38
Tested XP-80, America's first operational jet
Wrote and Illustrated:
Official Pilot Training Manuals for the
P-38, P-47, P-51, and P-80

Promoted to Captain, April 1944

Produced and Directed Army Air Corps Training Films:
How to Bailout of the P-38
Spin Recovery of the P-38

Promoted to Major, August 1945

Separated from Service, February 28, 1946

 

ribbons

Decorations and Awards

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal with Nine Oak Leaf Clusters

Mediteranian Campaign with Four Battle Stars



   
P-38 Image
   

Fredric with crew chief and combat sketch

    Fredric Arnold and Crew Chief
He named his airplane after his father
Combat Sketch by Fredric Arnold
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