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Clay J Wilbanks


Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...


Event Location Date
Born South Carolina, USA 24 June 1920

Son of Zadoc Ira and Ola Martha [Harbert] Wilbanks.

Lived in Madison, NC 27025, USA 1941
Enlisted Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA 30310, USA 18 July 1941

Fort McPherson
Atlanta, GA

Based Debden 9 December 1942 – 26 August 1945

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Buried Toccoa, GA 30577, USA October 1952

Tugalo Cemetery
Stephens County
Georgia, USA

Died Georgia, USA 18 October 1952


Date Contributor Update
12 August 2017 19:35:11 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:24 AAM AAM ingest

'1000 Destroyed' by Capt. Grover C. Hall, Jr. / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia