Lt Julian Arnold
July 25, 1945
Charles Smith, P-44, Radar
Arnold, as Volkmar recalls, exuded confidence and vitality.
He is remembered especially for his profound interest
and intense competitiveness in sports - particularly basketball
and golf. He, along with Dengler and Davenport, was a
member of the Smoky Hill basketball team, and was an avid
golfer. There was an instance where Arnold had considered
participating in a national pro-golf tour. He and Dengler,
drawn together by similar interests, enjoyed a strong
bond of friendship. In February 1945, "Jupe" served as
best man for his buddy, Dengler, when the latter was married
at Salina, KS.
became quite proficient not only with the Norden Bomb
Sight but also with the .50 caliber machine gun, and even
the highly accurate Colt 45 handgun. Volkmar recalls a
story about "Jupe" and his twin 45's.
bitter cold day in February 1945, Crew 44 went on hunting
trip to an adjacent farm at Camp Phillips, KS. The objective,
naturally, was to bag as many jackrabbits as we could.
The farmer was agreeable because the rabbits had become
a real nuisance and had destroyed a sizeable portion of
his cornfield. To make it bit more challenging, the boys
checked out only hand guns and Carbines, Arnold's choice
was not only one but two Colt 45's - one for each hand.
As we moved down the cornrows, we could hear the crack
of Carbines and the loud report of the 45's. Sure enough,
"Jupe" got two rabbits with his two Colts. His method
was to fire two shots, if the first one missed, he was
sure to connect with the second. This brilliant marksmanship
gained him the title, "Two Gun Pete."
pinpoint accuracy carried over into the crew's bombing
missions against Japan. Together with Charles Smith, the
radar observer, they worked as a close-knit team. Their
outstanding record contributed to Crew 44's elevation
of lead crew status.
gratefully remembers how Arnold probably saved his life
on May 26th Tokyo raid. On their return trip, within fifteen
minutes of Guam, they were called upon to jettison six
live bombs into the ocean. Arnold and Volkmar entered
the bomb bay and with screwdrivers were in the process
of triggering the release switches. After three or four
successful releases Arnold began to wave his arms and
point down towards Volkmar's left knee. Due to the wind
velocity, it was impossible to hear what he was yelling
and signaling about. Suddenly it dawned on Volkmar that
he was standing directly below the fin of a bomb hanging
above his knee! Inasmuch as he was working in an extremely
confined space, it had been necessary to unbuckle his
parachute and leave it behind in the cabin. If Volkmar
released the bomb in that position, it would have undoubtedly
thrown him through the open bomb bay to an undesirable
war's end, Arnold, a 1st Lieutenant, had been awarded, among
other decorations the Distinguished
Flying Cross (DFC) and three Air
Medals. Incidentally, the years did not diminish his
the 20/20 vision for beautiful women that Arnold was blessed
with. It had endured well. On the occasion of Crew 44's
first reunion in 1965, Volkmar recalls that he was introduced
to "Jupe's" gorgeous wife, Robbie, a former airline stewardess.
They have parented four children.
1970, at a second Crew 44 reunion, in Key Biscayne, Florida,
Arnold escorted his crew thorough the Arnold Cellophane
Company of Miami, of which he is president and Chief Executive
few years back, Arnold sent his old crew buddies a letter
indicating he was experiencing a clogged artery problem
and that he was scheduled to undergo angioplasty the following