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Clifford Ned McCreary


Shot down by flak and crashed at Paris in B-17 42-102552 Killed in Action (KIA)


Units served with


  • 42-102552 Horn's Hornets

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Gr Island 31/3/44; Dow Fd 21/4/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-J] Snetterton 22/4/44; Missing in Action Nucourt, Fr 22/6/44 with Jay Horn, Co-pilot: John Murray, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry Morris, Ball turret...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


Event Location Date
Born Evarts, Harlan County, Kentucky 16 March 1915

Clifford Ned McCreary was born and raised in Evarts, Harlan County, Kentucky.

Enlisted Fort Thomas, Kentucky 20 August 1941

Clifford McCreary enlisted in the United States Army Air Force with the Selective Service on August 20, 1941 at Fort Thomas, Kentucky. He was employed as a driver at the time, and was listed as single with dependents.

Died Nucourt, Paris, France 22 June 1944

Clifford's plane was hit by enemy flak over Paris, France while returning from a bombing mission over the oil dumps of Gennevilliers. The plane was cut in half, and Clifford died from his wounds.


Date Contributor Update
27 June 2020 11:11:48 Blackbird2 Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
27 June 2020 10:24:17 Blackbird2 Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, awards and events

I am Clifford's great grand nephew. His sister was my great grandmother, and this information comes from our family. Other information comes from

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:30 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5917; Snetterton Falcons, pg 52