Arthur J. Maenner

Lt. A. J. Maenner Gets Pilot's Wings in Army Air Corps
Former Aviation Cadet Arthur J. Maenner of Route 5, Eau Claire, was recently graduated from the Army Air Forces Pilot School at Moody Field, GA and commissioned a Second Lieutenant with the rating of Army Pilot.

The new flying officers will pilot all types of multi-engine aircraft; heavy, medium and light bombers; transport and cargo planes; and for those who continue as instructor with the Army Air Forces Training Command's vast network of technical and flying schools, training ships, such as they have flown at Moody Field.


LT. ARTHUR MAENNER
Lieutenant Arthur Maenner has arrived in England, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Maenner, Route 5, Eau Claire.

Lieutenant Maenner received his training at Miami Beach, FL; Toledo, OH; Nashville, TN; Maxwell Field, AL; Lakeland, FL; Macon, GA; and Valdosta, GA, where he was commissioned and awarded silver wings.

He was then sent to Panama City, FL; Salt Lake City, UT; Rapid City, SD; and Kearney, NE for further flight training.

Lieutenant Maenner is a graduate of the Eau Claire State Teachers College and taught in the Fall Creek High School prior to entering the service.


Lt. A. Maenner Gets Air Medal
AN EIGHTH AIR FORCE BOMBER STATION, ENGLAND— Second Lieutenant Arthur J. Maenner, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Maenner of Rural Route 5, who is serving here with the veteran 306th Bombardment Group as a pilot, has been awarded the Air Medal for "exceptionally meritorious achievement," it was recently announced by his Commanding Officer, Colonel James S. Sutton of Findlay, Ohio.

As the pilot of a Flying Fortress, the duties of Lieutenant Maenner are not only to fly the giant bomber but to keep in constant touch by interphone with his nine-man crew, ready to give orders and make decisions instantly. Nine lives and a $250,000 airplane depend on his judgment and flying ability.

The efforts of men like Lieutenant S. Maenner in the 306th Bomb Group recently received official recognition when the First Bombardment Division, of which this group is part, was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for '"extraordinary heroism" displayed in carrying out the highly successful attack on the enemy aircraft plants at Oschersleben and Halberstadt, Germany despite extremely heavy fighter opposition.

A graduate of Eau Claire State Teachers College, Maenner was a high school teacher prior to his entry into the Army Air Force.


Flying Fortress Pilot Gets Air Medal in England
AN 8TH AIR FORCE BOMBER STATION, England—Second Lieutenant Arthur Maenner, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Maenner of Rural Route 5, Eau Claire, WI, who is serving here with the veteran 306th Bombardment Group as a pilot, has been awarded his second Air Medal for "exceptionally meritorious achievement," it was recently announced by his Commanding Officer, Colonel James S. Sutton of Findlay, Ohio. 

As the pilot of a Flying Fortress, the duties of Lieutenant Maenner are not only to fly the giant bomber but to keep in constant touch by interphone with his nine-man crew, ready to give orders and make decisions instantly. Nine lives and a $250,000 airplane depend on his judgment and flying ability. 

The efforts of men like Lieutenant Maenner recently received official recognition when the First Bombardment Division, of which this group is a part, was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for "extraordinary heroism" displayed in carrying out the highly successful attack on the enemy aircraft plants at Oschersleben and Halberstadt, Germany despite extremely heavy fighter opposition.

A graduate of Eau Claire State Teacher's College, Maenner was employed as a high school teacher by the Fall Creek School Board, Fall Creek, WI, prior to his entry into the Army Air Forces.


Is Home After 35 Bombing Missions
LT. ARTHUR J. MAENNER
Lieutenant Arthur J. Maenner, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Maenner, Route 5, Army bomber pilot, has returned from an American Air Forces base in England, after completing 35 bombing missions over Germany and Nazi-occupied territory.

He will spend a two-week leave at home, here, and then report to Santa Anna, CA for reassignment.

Lieutenant Maenner entered service in January 1943.


ASSIGNED
First Lieutenant Arthur J. Maenner of Rural Route 5, Eau Claire, has been assigned as a pilot to Pinecastle Army Air Field in Orlando, FL. Lieutenant Maenner served overseas as a pilot in Europe for nine months and holds the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters. He is a graduate of the Eau Claire State Teachers College and, before enlisting, was a high school teacher in Fall Creek. He is the son of John Maenner, Rural Route 5, Eau Claire.

Information submitted by
Tom Maenner, Sun Prairie, WI
 14 May 2007


Arthur in the cockpit of a B-17
while in training in Rapid City, SD