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Claudius Earl Belk

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Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, Lykes Henderson Crew, 2 combat missions.
Prisoner of War (POW) 26 June 1943, B17 42-30037 was attacked by fighters and hit by flak. The plane was crash-landed near the present day site of Deauville St. Gatien Airport in France. There is no record of a MACR documenting this loss.

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  • Howard Baker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, Lykes Henderson Crew, 2 combat missions. ...

  • Andrew Conway

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, Lykes Henderson Crew, 2 combat missions. ...

  • Ralph Hemmick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, Lykes Henderson Crew (as HEMICK), 2 combat missions. ...

  • Lykes Henderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). 26 June 1943, B17 42-30037 was attacked by fighters, hit by flak crashing near Dieppe, France, 2 combat missions. ...

  • Joseph Lally

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, Lykes Henderson Crew, 2 combat missions. ...

  • Harry McKnight

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #70 dated 11 March 1943, Elwood Kowalski Crew, 1 combat mission. ...

  • Ivon Schultz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, Lyles Henderson Crew (as IVAN). Two combat missions. ...

  • Paul Shinsky

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, Lykes Henderson Crew, 2 combat missions. ...

  • George Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, Lykes Henderson Crew, 2 combat missions. ...

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30037

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Casper 4/4/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 4/5/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-F] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; Missing in Action Villacoublay 26/6/43 with Lykes Henderson, Co-pilot: Paul Shinsky, Navigator:...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 68

    26 June 1943
    The targets for today are all Luftwaffe installations: the Villacoublay air depot SW of Paris, France is the primary; the airfield at Poissy, France is attacked as the secondary because of cloud cover; the airfield at Tricqueville, France; and the...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 15 June 1920
Prisoner of War (POW) Dieppe, France 26 June 1943 – May 1945

POW Camp: Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11)

Died Florida, USA 14 August 1999

Burial:
Florida National Cemetery
Bushnell
Sumter County
Florida, USA
Plot: 135, 0, 1335

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2017 23:23:55 bombercommand Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events and media associations
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Find A Grave

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07 March 2015 13:40:59 bombercommand Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
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Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey pp. 165-6, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=b...

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