Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 42-29744 'Battling Bee'. Plane crashed into North Sea between Neuwerk Island and Cuxhaven, in shallow water. Lt. Clemons was the last to bail out, low altitude and landed in North Sea. Body was recovered from the shore near Cuxhaven, Ger. Appeared to have drowned. No physical evidence of wounds. Positively identified by the Navigator, Lt. Louis Means while convalescing at the Naval Hospital in Cuxhaven. Buried in Cuxhaven Military Cemetery with military honors. (MACR lists 'Clemens. ' Correct spelling is Clemons). His remains were recovered from Cuxhaven and interred in the Ardennes American Cemetery. In 1949, per request of the family, his remains were transferred to his home state of Iowa and, buried with honors at Pleasant Valley Cemetery May 1949.
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Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Salina 2/3/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-O] Thurleigh 20/4/43; Missing in Action Heligoland Airdome 15/5/43 with Frank Clemons, Radio Operator: John Mulherin, Ball turret gunner: Don Kind, Waist gunner: Reuben Carr, Waist...
15 May 1943
The missions of VIII Bomber Command are becoming more sophisticated. The primary stratgic target for today is the U-Boat pens, marshalling yards and Luftwaffe airfield at Emden, Germany. The resistance of Luftwaffe fighters is a primary concern for the...
||Scott County, Iowa
|Killed in Action (KIA)
||15 May 1943