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Clarence S Coomes

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1-May-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner of B-17F #41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Bosie, Idaho. 12-Oct-42 Re-assigned to B-17F #41-24569 [GN-V], "Memphis Tot" 303BG/427BS at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine. 22-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Memphis Tot"

Mission Participation (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24569 Memphis Tot

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot: [GN:V] was assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-W] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42. ...

  • 41-24610 Joe Btfsplk II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-T] Bangor 5/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42. ...

  • 41-24619 S-for-Sugar

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-S] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; 52m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11-Jan- 44 with Tom Simmons, Co-pilot: Fred Reichel, Navigator: Bill Clyatt, Bombardier: Dick Vaughan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wallace...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 25

    12 December 1942
    This mission is composed of two elements. First element: The German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a force of 78 B-17s despatched from 91BG (19), 303BG (20), 305BG (21) and 306BG (18). However, the target is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

  • VIII Bomber Command 29

    13 January 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works, associated steel works and the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. The attacking force is composed of 72 B-17s from: 91BG (13); 303BG (19); 305BG (23) and 306BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...

  • VIII Bomber Command 32

    2 February 1943
    All six 8th Air Force Bomb Groups operting from Great Britain are ordered on a mission to bomb the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. 61 B-17s and 22 B-24s are despatched but the formation runs into severe weather over the North Sea and the mission in...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned to Aircraft Boise, ID, USA 1 May 1942

Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Re-Assigned to Aircraft Bangor, ME, USA 12 October 1942

Re-assigned as a Waist Gunner of B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 22 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as a Waist Gunner aboard B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS.

Mission #1, SSGT Clarence S. Coomes, w/B-17F 41-24569, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Left Waist Gunner of B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #2, SSGT Clarence S. Coomes, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Radio Operator of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, SSGT Clarence S. Coomes, w/B-17F 41-24569, 303BG/427BS Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Right Waist Gunner of B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, Frnace. RTB OK.

Mission #4, SSGT Clarence S. Coomes, w/B-17F 41-24569, 303BG/427BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Right Waist Gunner of B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5, SSGT Clarence S. Coomes, w/B-17F 41-24610, 303BG/427BS Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Right Waist Gunner of B-17F 41-24610 "JoeBTFSPLK", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #6, SSGT Clarence S. Coomes, w/B-17F 41-24569, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Left Waist Gunner of B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #7, SSGT Clarence S. Coomes, w/B-17F 41-24569, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Right Waist Gunner of B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie.

Mission #8, SSGT Clarence S. Coomes, w/B-17F 41-24569, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Hamm, Germany 2 February 1943

Served as Right Waist Gunner of B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, but severe cold and weather force Wing Command to recall the formation.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 February 2020 03:12:33 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
29 February 2020 03:01:01 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 23:50:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 2-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 23:47:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 23:45:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 23:41:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 23:39:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 23:37:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 23:34:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 23:31:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 23:28:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Lloyd R. Cole crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-cole.html

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 23:26:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Added Re-Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Lloyd R. Cole crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-cole.html

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 23:24:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Lloyd R. Cole crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-cole.html

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 23:21:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to role, biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Added initial assignment , re-assigment and arrival in UK info to Summary Biography,; Made connections to Place, Aircraft (through 4-Feb-43) and Missions (through 4-Feb-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Lloyd R. Cole crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-cole.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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