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Frank Burr Clemons Jr

Military

Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 42-29744 'Battling Bee'. Plane crashed into North Sea between Neuwerk Island and Cuxhaven, in shallow water. Pilot Lt. Clemons was the last to bail out, low altitude and landed in North Sea. Body was recovered from the shore near Cuxhaven, Ger. Appeared to have drowned. No physical evidence of wounds. Positively identified by the Navigator, Lt. Louis Means while convalescing at the Naval Hospital in Cuxhaven. Buried in Cuxhaven Military Cemetery with military honors. (MACR lists 'Clemens. ' Correct spelling is Clemons). His remains were recovered from Cuxhaven and interred in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Neupré, Belgium. In 1949, per request of the family, his remains were transferred to his home state of Iowa and buried with military honors at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in May 1949.

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People

  • Reuben Carr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Reuben Carr was Waist gunner on board of B-17 ≠42-29744, shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29744 the "Battling-Bee" Piloted by 1Lt. Frank Clemons. Aircraft took direct hit from Flak in open bomb bay. All crew members from Radio Compartment aft were KIA...

  • James Clark

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    James Clark was Co-Pilot on board of B-17 ≠42-29744 'Battling Bee', shot down 15 May 1943. Plane crash-landed in shallow water near Cuxhaven, Germany. Clark bailed out of aircraft, was captured on land near Altenwalde. Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft...

  • William Condon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    William Condon was Engineer/Top Turret gunner on board of B-17 ≠42-29744, lost 15 May 1943, crashed in the North Sea near Cuxhaven, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Roy Fries

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Roy Fries was Tail gunner on board of B-17 ≠42-29744, shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17F #42-29744. Plane crashed into North Sea between Neuwerk Island and Cuxhaven, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA). Remains not recovered. Memorialized on the "Tablets of...

  • Oran Highley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Oran Highley was Bombardier on board of B-17 ≠42-29744, shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17F-70-BO [GY-O] #42-29744 "Battling Bee". Plane crashed into shallow water between Neuwerk Island and Cuxhaven, Germany. Captured at Altenwalde, sent to Dulag Luft for...

  • Donald Kind

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29744. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Louis Means

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Louis Means was a Navigator in the 306th BG/ 367th BS. He completed 2 missions (St. Nazaire on 1 May 1943 and Antwerp on 4 May 1943). He was shot down on his third on 15 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29744. Plane crashed into the North Sea near the island of...

  • Emil Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Emil Miller was Waist gunner on board of B-17 ≠42-29744, shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17F #42-29744 ''Battling Bee' piloted by 1Lt. Frank B. Clemons. Plane crash-landed in shallow water between Neuwerk Island and Cuxhaven, Germany. Emil had completed a...

  • John Mulherin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    John Mulherin was Radio Operator on board of B-17 ≠42-29744, lost on 15 May 1943, crashed in the North Sea near Cuxhaven, Germany. His body was recovered a few days after the crash. Killed In Action (KIA)

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Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29744 Battling Bee

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Salina 2/3/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-O] Thurleigh 20/4/43. Missing in Action Heligoland Airdrome 15 May 1943 with Pilot Frank B. Clemons Jr, Radio Operator: John L. Mulherin, Ball turret gunner: Donald A. Kind, Waist...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 57

    15 May 1943
    The missions of VIII Bomber Command are becoming more sophisticated. The primary stratgic target for today is the U-Boat pens, marshalling yards and Luftwaffe airfield at Emden, Germany. The resistance of Luftwaffe fighters is a primary concern for the...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bettendorf, Scott County, Iowa 19 July 1920
Lived in 1942

Bettendorf, Scott County, Iowa

Enlisted 23 January 1942

Ft Des Moines, Iowa

Killed In Action (KIA) 15 May 1943

in the loss of B-17 ≠42-29744 near Cuxhaven, Germany

Buried May 1949

Remains brought back to the US. Frank Clemons rests at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Pleasant Valley, Scott County, Iowa

Buried

Cuxhaven military cemetery

Buried

after the war, his remains were brought to the Temporary Cemetery in Neupré, Belgium

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2020 10:00:02 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

MACR 15512
NARA WWII Enlistment record
WWII Air Force Casualties for Scott County, Iowa

Date Contributor Update
07 July 2015 18:47:54 kduggin Changes to awards
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macr 15512

Date Contributor Update
07 July 2015 18:47:12 kduggin Changes to service number
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macr 15512

Date Contributor Update
07 July 2015 18:44:23 kduggin Changes to biography
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macr 15512

Date Contributor Update
08 May 2015 05:23:08 kduggin Changes to biography
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Louis Means: "Quality of Mercy"
MACR 15512

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2015 15:53:29 kduggin Changes to awards
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OMPF file

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2015 15:52:36 kduggin Changes to biography
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German reports supporting MACR 15512

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2015 15:48:41 kduggin Changes to biography
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German reports supporting MACR 15512

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2015 15:44:45 kduggin Changes to nickname
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Louis Means, "The Quality of Mercy", pg. 9.

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2015 15:42:57 kduggin Changes to mission associations
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Source from Louis Means' memoir "The Quality of Mercy" pg. 41.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15512 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / nephew, Steve Clemons; MACR 15512, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey, p. 122, NARA

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