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Raymond C Clifton


Reported to 306th BG in April, 1942 at Wendover AB, Utah. Deployed with BG to England Fall of 1942. Completed at least 17 missions according to one of his last letters home. Lost on 17 April 43 mission against FW plant in Bremen in B-17F #42-3034, piloted by Capt. Walter Smiley. Aircraft crashed in North Sea and was not recovered.

AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster


Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    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,...

  • 368th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-3034

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/1/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO- ] Homestead 5/3/43; Thurleigh 12/3/43; Missing in Action Bremen 17/4/43 with Capt Bill Smiley, Co-pilot: Avey Ewan, Navigator: Wilbur Breuing, Bombardier: Martin Strauss, Flight engineer/top turret...


Event Location Date
Born Colorado City, Texas 5 September 1923
Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea 17 April 1943
Died 17 April 1943
Buried Netherlands American Cemetery, Margratan, The Netherlands (Wall of the Missing)


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:03 AAM AAM ingest

Documents and family letters, MACR 1551, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 p. 105 by Bishop and Hey, First Over Germany pp. 86-88 by R. Strong. / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15518 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database