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Frank B 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. 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 1949, per request of the family, his remains were transferred to his home state of Iowa and, buried with honors at Pleasant Valley Cemetery May 1949.

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Service

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 Airdome 15/5/43 with Frank Clemons, Radio Operator: John Mulherin, Ball turret gunner: Don Kind, Waist gunner: Reuben Carr, 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Scott County, Iowa
Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea-Neuwerk 15 May 1943

Revisions

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
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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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