Steinmetz, Arthur Anderson, Jr., LT

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131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
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Line Officer
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1943-1943, 131X, Commander, U. S. Naval Patrol Squadrons
Service Years
1941 - 1943

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Home Town
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Last Address
Killed In Action on June 21, 1943.
Air Crash, South Atlantic Ocean.
Body Not Recovered. Lost At Sea.

Casualty Date
Jun 21, 1943
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
South Atlantic Ocean
World War II
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Not Specified
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US NavyNaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLNAS SquantumNATTC (Faculty Staff) Pensacola FL, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)
NAS Pensacola
  1941-1941, Sandpoint, WA
  1941-1941, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1941-1941, NAS Squantum
  1941-1941, NATTC (Faculty Staff) Pensacola FL, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)
  1942-1942, Patrol Coastal Crews (PC)
  1942-1942, NAS Pensacola
  1943-1943, 131X, Commander, U. S. Naval Patrol Squadrons
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  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
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Washington State University
  1937-1941, Washington State University
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LT Arthur Anderson Steinmetz
USNR  Lost At Sea

Arthur was born in July 1919 to Arthur A. Sr. and Bertha Cox Steinmetz who resided at 613 West Miner St. in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Arthur was their only child. 

His father worked as a clerk at the historic First National Bank of West Chester, located on High St. across from the Courthouse.

Arthur was a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity at 238 south High Street in the town.  He graduated from West Chester High School in 1937, which was then located on the northeast corner of Church and Washington Streets.

Arthur’s family had just moved to Olympia, Washington, where his father had become the manager of a plant owned by the Jacob Company of West Chester.  The Jacob Mushroom Company was a division of Grocery Products Manufacturer Corporation then headquartered at 238 south High Street. (The family later returned to their home in West Chester when his father was employed by the Charles A. Green and Son of Philadelphia and Concordville – for the Concord Foods Company.)

After graduation Arthur left West Chester to join his family in Washington.   He then attended Washington College in Olympia where he studied aviation.  The Civil Aeronautics Association choose him to be given further instruction in the aeronautics; handling of aircraft and control and maintenance.  He was one of 150 selected from 600 students in Washington, Oregon and California.  Arthur received his pilot’s license in 1939, and continued his training with the CAA until January 1941.

In February he enlisted in the Navy at Sandpoint, Washington, one of the larger Naval Stations on the West Coast, and then was sent to Pensacola, Florida for Naval Aviation training, received his wings and a commission as Ensign.

He was sent to Squantum Naval Air station, outside of Boston where he was trained as an instructor.  He was sent back to Florida to train new pilots.

In January 1942, Arthur was sent to New England where he flew patrol missions over the Atlantic.  He was promoted to Lieutenant (J. G. - Junior Grade).  The Navy accepted a new type of Patrol Bomber, and Arthur was sent to Burlington, Vermont to study and train on the aircraft.  After completion, he was sent back to Florida.

On a patrol mission in June over the south Atlantic, Arthur’s aircraft failed to return.  A telegram was sent to his family stating the aircraft with a crew of  5 failed to return to its base and is long overdo, and was presumed lost.  The telegram further informed the family that all efforts are being carried out to locate the men and the ship and search the islands near its path.

 However no radio messages were received, nor was any trace of the aircraft or crew found.  Lieutenant Arthur Anderson Steinmetz was Killed In Action on June 21, 1943.

A memorial service was held at his base on June 27, 1943.

Posthumously awarded the rank of Lieutenant, by order of President Roosevelt.



USN Lockheed PV Ventura & Harpoon Accident Reports

Pilot:  Steinmetz, Arthur A.
Date:  430621
A/C Type:  PV-1
BuNo:  33229
Squadron:  VB-131
Base:  NAAF Boca Chica
Action:  MIS
D:  A
Country:  USA
State:  FL
Location:  Marquesas Keys Bombing & Gunnery Range
Remarks:  Bombing & Gunnery Training
Crew1:  Hanford, Howard A.
Crew2:  Tittnich, John
Crew3:  Hester, John H.
Crew4:  Mainden, Richard O.

STEINMETZ, Arthur Anderson, Jr., Lieutenant (jg), USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Anderson Steinmetz, Sr., 613 W. Miner St., West Chester.
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