Clemens Arthur Fiedler

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 20679 - 1st Lt Clemens Fiedler 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. A/C P-51B 43-7190 struck by flak while strafing Romarantin Airdrome in France. Determining he could not make it back, he called on the R/T informing his escorts of his intention to bail out. Twice he rolled the aircraft on its back and attempted to bail out. He was unable to extricate himself from the aircraft before it dove into the ground. Crashed near Soize. KIA MACR 4127.

Clemens came to the 4th Fighter Group from Fredericksburg, Texas, on 8 August 1943. He was assigned to the 335th Squadron. He had 50 missions completed when on 10 April 1944 his plane was hit by flak while strafing Romorantin Aerodrome, France.
His mustang was streaming black oil and glycol and he attempted to bail out. His wingman watched as he climbed and put his aircraft on its back and then went into a dive. He leveled off for a few seconds and went into another dive with objects flying out of the cockpit. He was then seen hanging halfway out of the cockpit as his plane dove into the ground and he was killed.
Lt. Fiedler was credited with 5.3 victories and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 495th Fighter Training Group 4th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron 551st Fighter Training Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 495th Fighter Training Group 4th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron 551st Fighter Training Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: S.n.a.f.u.
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Fredericksburg, Texas, USA 18 December 1919

Other

Assigned

Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 18 August 1943 - 10 April 1944 Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

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Promoted

Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 5 December 1943 Promoted 2nd Lieutenant 5-Dec-43.

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Promoted

Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 18 February 1944 Promoted 1st Lieutenant 18-Feb-44.

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Killed in action

Oise, France 10 April 1944 A/C struck by flak while strafing Romarantin Airdrome, France. Attempted to bail out. Twice he rolled the A/C on its back in the attempt. Unable to extricate himself from the aircraft before it dove into the ground. Crashed near Soize in P-51 43-7190. KIA MACR 4127.
Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA

Other

E/A Destroyed

France 2 x Fw190's destroyed.

Buried

Saint Mary Cemetery Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, TX Saint Mary Cemetery Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas

Revisions

Date16 Jan 2022 16:25:31
Contributordecwriter
Sources

Added to and corrected bio data for DFC with one Oak Leaf Cluster and AM with three Oak Leaf Clusters.

Date16 Jan 2022 16:22:00
Contributordecwriter
Sources

NARA files enclosed show his DFC and AM with three Oak Leaf Clusters. He earned at least one bronze service star on the EAME Campaign Medal.

Find a Grave data
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/58122151/clemens-a-fiedler

Date13 Oct 2017 11:33:52
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Personal research (apollo11) & 'Eighty-One Aces of the 4th Fighter Group' by Frank Speer.;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey pp.262-3

Date27 Sep 2014 18:06:25
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3725 / MACR 4127 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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