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Clifford F Armstrong

Military

A 1938 graduate of Coeymans High School, Clifford Armstrong enlisted in the Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet in January 1942. Assigned to the 353rd Fighter Group / 352nd Fighter Squadron in England as a P-47 pilot. He flew fighter escort for 8th Air Force bombers or as a fighter-bomber in the strafing and bombing of tactical and strategic targets in the occupied territories as well as in Germany. He participated on missions providing air cover and close air support on D-Day, 6 June 1944 and afterwards in the Normandy invasion. Cliff completed 94 combat missions and was credited with 3 aerial and 2 ground kills of enemy aircraft, attaining the status of ace. He was promoted to Captain shortly before leaving active military activity in 1946. He continued serving his country in the Air National Guard, was a squadron operations officer and promoted to Major in 1952. Cliff left the ANG in 1958 and rejoined his brother Lester to operate their family farm in West Coxsackie, New York. Cliff was a 60-year member of the New Baltimore American Legion Post 1614 and a 60-year member of the Cornell Hook and Ladder. He passed away in March 2006.

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-75622

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-7904

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-8531 Butch II

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47 Thunderbolt Serial 42-8531 assigned to the 353rd Fighter Group/ 352nd Fighter Squadron was flown on D-Day, 6 June 1944 by Lt Clifford F. Armstrong.

Associated Place

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New York, New York State, United States 12 January 1920

the son of Joseph Armstrong Jr and Helena (Hough) Armstrong

Lived in New Baltimore, Greene County, New York, United States 1941
Enlisted Albany, New York, United States 14 January 1942

in the Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet, together with John Zolner, who was also assigned to the 353rd Fighter Group like him

Assigned Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK December 1942 – 30 June 1944

Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Metfield, Harleston IP20, UK 5 April 1944

Taxiing Accident Metfield/Sta 366 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Clifford F Armstrong, 5-Apr-44.

P-47D 42-75622 - 352FS 353FG 8AF

Promotion Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 17 June 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

End Tour Duty (ETD) 30 June 1944

Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

Promotion Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 1946

Promoted to Captain.

Promotion United States 1952

Promoted to Major

Died West Coxsackie, Greene County, New York, United States 23 March 2006
Buried New Baltimore, NY, USA April 2006

Chestnut Lawn Cemetery
New Baltimore
Greene County
New York, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2016 10:18:30 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Armstrong+&Submit...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Armstrong%2C+Clif...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Armstrong&GSfn=Cli...

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2016 13:27:09 ------- Changes to nickname, biography, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Armstrong was a member of the 352nd Fighter Squadron and not the 350th as stated.
353rd FG Records/friendship with Armstrong

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2015 14:47:48 ED-BB Changes to media associations
Sources

Selected key image

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2015 14:46:31 ED-BB Changes to nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment database
www.registerstar.com
https://353rdfightergroup.wordpress.com/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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