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Cecil M Clore

Military

Pilot, Clore crew. "B" Flight Commander. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed shortly after TO near Hedingham on mission #56 to Kiel, Germany in B-17G #42-31278 'Mix Master'. Originally buried with the entire crew at Cambridge AMC. This was Lt Clore and most of the crews 25th mission.

Lt. Clore was killed in action as a result of an airplane crash, on January 4, 1944, at Castle Hedingham, England. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in February 1942, and received his pilot training at Santa Ana, Hemet and Bakersfield in California, graduating from advance training at Douglas, Arizona, February 6, 1943, where he received his wings and commission. He was further trained as pilot for a B-17 bomber at Blythe, California, Walla Walla, Washington and Madras, Oregon. He had been overseas since July 1943.

Service

People

  • Salvatore Bozzette

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Clore crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed shortly after TO near Hedingham on mission #56 to Kiel, Germany in B-17G #42-31278 'Mix Master'. T/Sgt Bozzette was a former ground crew member who took gunnery...

  • Hessle Buck

    Military | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    Clore, C Crew. Original member. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF.

  • Louis DeVone

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Clore, C. Crew. Original member. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF.

  • Marvin Dille

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Clore crew. Original crew member. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed shortly after TO near Hedingham on mission #56 to Kiel, Germany in B-17G #42-31278 'Mix Master'. Originally buried in the Cambridge AMC. ...

  • Donald Frieze

    Military | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Clore, C. Crew. Original member. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF.

  • Hamed Howard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Muslim-American. Son of Syrian immigrants. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. ...

  • Richard Ingmire

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, Clore crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed shortly after TO near Hedingham on mission #56 to Kiel, Germany in B-17G #42-31278 'Mix Master'. Buried in the Cambridge AMC. Original member of the Clore crew. Indiana

  • Richard Johnson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Clore, C. Crew. Original member. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF.

  • John Newell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Clore crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed shortly after TO near Hedingham on mission #56 to Kiel, Germany in B-17G #42-31278 'Mix Master'. Original member of the Clore crew. Possibly on his 25th mission....

  • Harold Robinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Clore crew. Original member of the Winter, D crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed shortly after TO near Hedingham on mission #56 to Kiel, Germany in B-17G #42-31278 'Mix Master'. Originally buried in the Cambridge AMC....

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Units served with

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 532nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31278 Mix Master

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/10/43; Gr Island 29/10/43; Memphis 5/11/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-A] Ridgewell 20/12/43; crashed on take off 2m Kiel 4/1/44 with Cecil Clore, Co-pilot: John Newell, Navigator: Ralph Waldman, Bombardier: Marvin Dille, Flight...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 88

    31 August 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 170 B-17s from: 91BG (16); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (19); and 384BG (18). The primary target for this element is German...

  • VIII Bomber Command 90

    3 September 1943
    German airfields in France and the Caudron-Renault works at Paris are the targets for this mission. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (14); 351BG (19); 381BG (22); 92BG (19); 305BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

  • VIII Bomber Command 92

    7 September 1943
    Two German airfields, one at Brussels, Begium and the other at Bergen, Holland, and the V-Weapons sites around Watten, France are the primary targets for this mission. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 93

    8 September 1943
    5 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched to assist the RAF with a photoflash drop over the target at Boulogne, France. There are no losses or claims.

  • VIII Bomber Command 100

    23 September 1943
    This mission consisted of three elements, one element from 1st Bomb Division and 2 others from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element was a combined force of 177 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19) and 381BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 103

    26 September 1943
    This mission was composed of four elements. The first element was a combined force of 55 B-17s from 91BG (19); 381BG (18); and 351BG (18) that were dispatched to attack industrial targets in and around Paris, France. As the formation approached the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 104

    27 September 1943
    The industrial areas of Emden, Germany are the targets for this two-element mission. The first element is a combined force of 141 B-17s despatched from 3rd Bomb Division and include the 94BG (19); 95BG (22); 96BG (21); 100BG (20); 385BG (18); 399BG (20...

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

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Events

Event Location Date
Died 4 January 1944
Buried 6 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2019 20:37:38 VetResearch23 Changes to media associations
Sources

Class 43-B book. Douglas Field, Arizona.

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2018 21:36:50 ARowe95 Changes to person associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2018 21:24:09 ARowe95 Changes to biography
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2018 21:22:40 ARowe95 Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2015 11:52:29 A. van Erp Changes to aircraft associations
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www.fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2015 11:48:36 A. van Erp Changes to service number, biography and awards
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www.newspapers.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999, Roll of Honor, 8th AF Losses / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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