Clarence W Lipsky


Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-24445 while serving as Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW).


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A bomber crew of the 97th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress. They are from left to right: Lieutenant Frank R. Beadle, of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Sergeant Chester Love, of Cincinnati, Ohio; Sergeant Richard Williams, of Utica, New York; Lieutenant Levon Ray, of Poolville Texas; Glen V. Leland, of St. Petersburg, Florida; Sergeant Frank Rebello, Tiverton, Rhode Island; Sergeant Joseph Cummings, of Oskaloosa, Iowa; and Sergeant Zane Gemmill, of St. Clair, Pennsylvania. Image stamped on reverse: 'Pas
  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
Ground personnel of the 97th Bomb Group reservice a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9023) nicknamed "Yankee Doodle", following the raid on Rouen. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 18 Aug 1942.' [stamp], 'Air=SER (Boeing).' [written annotation] and '216112.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'U.S FLYING FORTRESSES RAID ROUEN IN DAYLIGHT. Associated Press Photo Shows: No sooner had one of the huge Fortresses landed after the raid than ground crew im
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Six Bits, Southern Belle
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 340th Bomb Squadron


  • Date: 6 September 1942
  • Official Description: 30 B-17’s strike Avions Potez aircraft plant at Meaulte, while a smaller force bombs 2 A/Fs near Saint Omer. 12 DB-7’s attack Abbeville/Drucat A/F. 2 B-17’s are shot down over Meaulte by ftrs, marking VIII BC’s first loss of aircraft in combat.


  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag 7a, Moosburg


Event Location Date Description


Prisoner of War (POW)

Moosburg, Germany 6 September 1942 - 14 July 1945 Held at Stalag Luft 7A, Moosburg, Bavaria, officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 14-Jul-45.


Date7 Sep 2020 17:32:38

Added a connection to Stalag 7A per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date15 Nov 2014 21:08:24

Lee Cunningham 15-Nov-2014. POW event added.

Date21 Oct 2014 19:35:44

Lee Cunningham 21-Oct-2014 National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:06:20

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & th Air Forces p. 30