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Clarence Taylor Williams

Military

Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38061 'Georgia Rebel II'. Killed in Action (KIA).

PH

Service

People

  • Harold Henslin

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38061 'Georgia Rebel II'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

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...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38061 Georgia Rebel II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/11/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Presque Is 2/1/44; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-P] Ridgewell 2/2/44; 5+m Missing in Action St Avord 28/4/44 with Harold Henslin, Navigator: Art Guertin, Bombardier: Gene Arning, Flight engineer/top turret...

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Winchester, Kentucky, USA 12 June 1920
Lived in Winchester KY 1941

22 Cook Avenue

Enlisted Fort Thomas, KY 15 December 1941
Killed in Action (KIA) Avord, France 28 April 1944

42-38061 with the Henslin Crew aboard was hit by flak over the target, the airfield at St. Avord, France. The flak tore off the #2 engine, the impact of which threw SSGT Bill Blackmon against the other waist gunner, SSGT Clarence Williams, crushing Williams against the tail wheel door. Blackmon reckoned that Williams was rendered helpless with the pain. The aircraft initiall held together, but was observed to quickly break into 5 or 6 pieces. Only 3 crew survived.

Buried Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial 1945

Plot A Row 3 Grave 13
Rhone American Cemetery
553 blvd John F. Kennedy
83300
Draguignan
France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2020 23:22:43 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, awards, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=37940238...
"Ridgewell's Flying Fortresses" - Ron Mackay, page 125
https://www.381stbg.org/atfym.php
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=8939&h=2401455&...

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2020 21:57:25 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 4241 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4241 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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