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Clayton E Child

Military

Flight Officer Clayton Child was Pilot of B-17 #42-102645, shot down by fighters and force-landed at Zegelsem, Belgium on 9 August 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • Henry Colt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Evaded (EVD). Shot down by fighters on 9 Aug 1944 and crashed at Zegelsem (Segelsen) in B-17 42-102645.

  • John Dubinskas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Segelsen in B-17 #42102645

  • Kenneth French

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Segelsen o 8/9/44 in B-17 #42102645

  • Andrew Kuhn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Segelsen on 8/9/44 in B-17 #42102645

  • Grady Lucas

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by fighters and crashed at Segelsen in B-17 42-102645

  • Jerry McEldowney

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by fighters and crashed at Segelsen in B-17 42-102645

  • John Waldren

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Segelsen in B-17 #42102645

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Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 365th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102645

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22 March 1944; Kearney 14 April 1944; Grenier 29 April 1944; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK- ] Chelveston 14 May 1944. Missing in Action Karlsruhe 9 August 1944. Pilot: Clayton E. Child; Co-pilot: Kenneth V. French; Navigator: Henry F....

Missions

  • 533

    9 August 1944

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Zegelsem

    Crash site

Events

Event Location Date
Born Maine, United States 18 April 1921
Enlisted Portland, Maine, United States 5 September 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps

Prisoner of War (POW) Sagan, Poland 9 August 1944 – 29 April 1945

Captured and interned at Stalag Luft 3 in Sagan, Poland. Force-marched from there to Stalag 7A Moosburg, germany. Liberated there 29 April 1945 by US troops. NARA WWII POW records : "Returned to Military control 11 March 1946."...

Buried Demeritt Cemetery, Peru, Maine, United States 2000
Died Peru, Oxford County, Maine, United States 30 August 2000
Lived in Oxford County, Maine, United States

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 16:06:51 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Corrected date in BIO, POW instead of EVD and added Service numbers, etc

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8067 / MACR8067 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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