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Clifford A Heinrich

Military

Assigned to 749FS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Returning to base from diversion airfield, letting down on instruments, A/C crashed two miles north of Great Rollright, Oxfordshire, UK (the crash site was actually in Warwickshire) 23-12-44. Seriously injured in crash, spent 14 months in hospital prior to being returned stateside.

Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME (Bronze star), American campaign, Good conduct medal.

Post war: Only received his medals for the first time 21-Mar-2016 at a living history event presentation in his hometown of Cape Girardeau.

Service

People

  • Megan Lewis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Nurse
    First Lieutenant Megan Lewis a nurse with the Queen Alexandra’s Nursing Corps, was staying in Great Rollright on the night of 23-Dec-44, when B-17 43-38812 crashed at Great Rollright. Grabbing her medical bag she made her way to the crash site to tend...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 749th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38812

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 25/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned 749BS/457BG [U] Glatton 17/10/44; ...

Missions

  • 756

    19 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Miamisburg, OH, USA 1926

Son of Wilbur H and Hazel D [Reedy] Heinrich.

Lived in Chicago, IL, USA 1942
Enlisted Ohio, USA 1943
Based Glatton 1944 – 23 December 1944

Assigned to 749FS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF.

Diverted Portreath, Redruth TR16, UK 19 December 1944

Diverted to RAF Portreath on return from Koblenz raid.

Crashed Great Rollright, Chipping Norton OX7, UK 23 December 1944

Returning to base from diversion airfield, letting down on instruments, A/C crashed two miles north of Great Rollright, Oxfordshire, UK (the crash site was actually in Warwickshire) 23-12-44. Seriously injured in crash.

Hospitalised Oxford, UK 23 December 1944 – February 1946

Seriously injured in crash, spent 14 months in hospital prior to being returned stateside.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2016 11:52:35 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://wjbf.com/2016/03/28/wwii-veteran-honored-after-70-years/
http://www.semissourian.com/gallery/26708
http://www.chippingnortonbritishlegion.com/wartime-plane-crashes-around-...

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.457thbombgroup.org/roster/Hnames.html

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