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Clarence B Flinn

Military

29 missions, December 1943 - May 1944

DFC/ Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

Service

People

  • Anthony Alberico

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Served from '42 to '45 as gunner. Flew 33 missions on B-17 'Johnny Walker The 2nd' pilot was Carey Air Medal/DFC

  • Kenneth Carey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flew 22 missions from July 1944 to Aug 1944 with the 306th BG then flew 33 combat missions with the 92nd BG.

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Units served with

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31277

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/10/43; Gr Island 29/10/43; Wilmington 4/11/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-P] Podington 21/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Tom Fishburn, Co-pilot: George Wright, Navigator: Gerald Hogan, Bombardier: Jim Manley, Flight...

  • 42-97145

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/2/44; Gr Island 15/2/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-K] Podington 1/4/44; wJohn Wooldridge, Co-pilot: Gustave Kraose, Navigator: Nathan walker, Bombardier: John Koroly, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Ivy,...

  • 42-97479 'Belle of Liberty'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Kearney 12/12/43; Cleveland 26/12/43; Presque Is 30/12/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-L] Podington 27/1/44; Damaged on the 6 March 1944 mission to bomb the ball-bearing plant at Erkner, in the outskirts of Berlin. Walsh crew....

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 183

    14 January 1944
    This mission is a combined effort of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions to attack V-Weapon sites near the French coast near Pas-de-Calaise. Some targets of opportunity were also bombed. A total of 20 out of 21 V-Weapon sites are hit with varying results. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 191

    24 January 1944
    The primary target of this mission was the Zukunft power station at Eschweilier, Germany. The mision was composed of 563 bombers three elements from 1BD, 2BD and 3BD. The despatch from 2BD was recalled doe to weather before it could take off. Mission...

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

  • 8th Air Force 210

    5 February 1944
    German airfield in France are the targets for this mission. All three Bomb Divisions despatch aircraft. The combined bomber gunner's claims of all three Bomb Divisions were 5-0-5 (displayed with Chateauroux element of 1BD). Summary as follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 214

    8 February 1944
    1st Bomb Division: The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany are the primary target for a combined force of 120 B-17s from: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 382BG; and 482BG. 51 aircraft are effective on the target and another 39 attack...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

  • 8th Air Force 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

    24 February 1944
    BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets whoch it is thought will frustrate concentration...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

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Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Memphis, Tennessee 21 February 1923

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2019 17:20:04 Cory Turner Changes to person associations
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CT

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2019 16:38:14 Cory Turner Changes to media associations
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CT

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2019 16:31:19 Cory Turner Changes to place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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92nd BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2019 15:58:47 Cory Turner Changes to media associations
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Image taken in residence.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:14 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self

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