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Clayton Willard Bates

Military

Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #42-39783. Captured near Kletkamp, Germany on 19 May 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • Robert Brockman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief | 379th Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant Robert J. Brockman was a Ground Crew Chief for the 526th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group. ...

  • Wayne Davis

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #42-39783. Captured near Kletkamp, Germany on 19 May 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Frederick High

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #42-39783. Captured near Kletkamp, Germany on 19 May 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Henry McGreevy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #42-39783. Captured near Kletkamp, Germany on 19 May 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Dean Reid

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #42-39783. Captured in Schoenberg, 20km NW of Kletkamp, Germany on 22 May 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Arthur Stanton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #42-39783. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Strouse

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #42-39783. Captured near Kletkamp, Germany on 19 May 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Albert Van Dyke

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Albert Van Dyke was Tail Gunner on B-17 #42-39783, shot down 19 May 1944. Captured in Kletkamp, Germany on 19 May 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Merlyn Wilson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #42-39783. Captured near Kletkamp, Germany on 21 May 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-39783 "Blues in the Knight"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/8/43; Scott 17/9/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG Molesworth 19/10/43; transferred 545BS/384BG [JD- ] Grafton Underwood 2/11/43; then transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-B] Kimbolton 11/11/43. Missing in Action Berlin 19 May 1944 with Pilot...

Missions

  • 358

    19 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, United States 2 February 1923
Enlisted 8 June 1942

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 19 May 1944 – 1945

Captured near Kletkamp, Germany. NARA WWII POW record : “Interned in Germany; Returned to Military Control “7 June 1945”…

Bailed out 19 May 1944

of B-17 #42-39783 over Blekendorf, Germany

Lived in September 1945

Elmira, Chemung County, New York

Died 20 January 1986

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 July 2020 09:31:25 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft Card
NARA WWII POW records
Veterans Affairs BIRLS death File

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4929 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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