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Clarence Raymond Bitner

Military

Assigned to 336BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Holzwickede 23-Mar-45. Mid air collision with B-17 44-8754, crashed Campsea Ash, Suffolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: AM (3OLC), GC, PH.

Service

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-106993

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Kearney 22/1/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-P/W] Horham 13/3/44; with J. M. Bastion; Co-pilot Frank Puckett Barbour; force landed France 22/6/44; with J.E. Hamilton force landed RAF Bentwaters, Sfk 6/10/44;121m...

  • 42-31867 'Go Getter'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; with Wilmot Chamberlain force landed Morrison, FL 31/1/44; Memphis 19/4/44; Kansas City 20/4/44; Kearney 24/4/44; Presque Is 28/4/44; Grenier 30/4/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-P] Horham 2/5/44; battle damaged...

  • 42-97844

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-R] Horham 20/4/44; with Glovik 7/10/44, Waist gunner: Chas Buda KIA; 97m, Missing in Action Frankfurt 9/3/45 with Bill Durant (Ouratt?), Co-pilot: Dwight King, Navigator...

  • 43-38469

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/8/44; Lincoln 17/8/44; Grenier 3/9/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-U] Horham 5/9/44; with T.C. Gibson force landed A-81 airfield on continent 20/5/45; 82m, Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 26/6...

  • 43-38676

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/9/44; Hunter 20/9/44; Dow Fd 25/9/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-V] Horham 28/9/44; 51m, Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 23/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA...

  • 44-8272

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 27/7/44; Lincoln 17/8/44; Grenier 3/9/44; Assigned 1377 AAF Base Unit detailed UK, via Goose Bay, Lab.; on 3/9/44 with Joe Arwood, Co-pilot: Walt Johnson, Navigator: Bill Fowler, Bombardier: Clarry Counsell, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 44-8604 Section Eight

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 31/10/44; Grenier 15/12/44; Dow Fd 15/12/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-X] Horham 17/12/44;with Bill Dunwoody force landed B-53 Merville Afd, Bel. 19/3/45; battle damaged Holzwickede 23/3/45 with Bill Dunwoody, Co-pilot: M. Burrows,...

Missions

  • 731

    30 November 1944

  • 734

    2 December 1944

  • 736

    4 December 1944

  • 738

    5 December 1944

  • 745

    10 December 1944

  • 748

    12 December 1944

  • 8th Air Force 760

    24 December 1944
    1. Decision. ...

  • 761

    25 December 1944

  • 766

    28 December 1944

  • 769

    29 December 1944

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Detroit, MI 8 February 1923

Son of Herman and Helen Bitner.

Lived in Detroit, MI February 1942

3602 Humboldt Street

Based Horham 30 November 1944 – 23 March 1945

Assigned to 336BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Campsea Ashe, Suffolk, UK 23 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Holzwickede 23-Mar-45. Mid air collision with B-17 44-8754, crashed Campsea Ash, Suffolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery April 1945

Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Plot
D, Row 7, Grave 68

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 August 2020 15:45:10 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/30087440
https://www.fold3.com/image/659890209
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763849
https://www.fold3.com/image/146062259
https://www.fold3.com/record/529898977-clarence-r-bitner
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56287830/clarence-r-bitner

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2020 22:58:19 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=26766127...
https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/111

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2016 16:41:07 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/30087437
https://www.fold3.com/page/529898977_clarence_r%20bitner/details/
http://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=62171
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56287830

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Sup / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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