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Clarence Landis Martin

Military

Joined RAFVR, assigned 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Obituary: "Former Port Orchard resident Clarence L. Martin, 85, of Stevens, Penn., died Jan. 31, 2000, at the Stevens home of his daughter, Melissa Martin, of natural causes.

He was born in Lititz, Penn., to Philip and Emma (Landis) Martin.

Mr. Martin was a major in the British Royal Air Force, Eagle Squadron 121, during World War II. He later transferred to the United States Army Air Corps, stationed in Germany, receiving five bronze stars.
He last was a truck driver for 20 years by Lebanon Chemical Company in Lebanon, Penn. Previously, he owned and operated a trucking company. He retired in 1976, moving to Port Orchard.
He was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Congregational Church in Reamstown, Penn. and served as chaplain of the Eagle Squadron Association.
Survivors include two sons, C. Michael of Boothwyn, Penn., and Jere of Victorville, Calif.; two daughters, Kathi of Hopeland, Penn., and Melissa of Stevens; one sister, Annie Lausch of Lititz; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry and Albert. His wife, Kathryn (Fedesky) Martin, preceded him in death in 1997.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Good Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Inc. in Reamstown."

Service

Units served with

  • No 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...

Associated Place

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lititz, PA 4 June 1914

Son of Philip and Emma [Landis] Martin.

Joined RAFVR Canada 1940

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Assigned Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 1941

Assigned 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Died Stevens, PA 31 January 2000
Buried Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Annville, Lebanon County, PA February 2000

Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
Annville, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2021 20:47:57 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards and events
Sources

https://products.kitsapsun.com/archive/2000/02-02/0146_obituaries.html
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/17541182/clarence-l-martin

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2021 19:09:19 missmissie Changes to nickname
Sources

family

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 12:18:24 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3582
http://www.historynet.com/a-few-americans-in-the-battle-of-britain.htm

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2015 13:40:24 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3582
http://www.historynet.com/a-few-americans-in-the-battle-of-britain.htm

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