Clyde Wood Wilkinson


Object Number - UPL 26813 - Crew of the 550th Bomb Squadron, 385th Bomb Group, 16 September 1943. (Nan B) Standing: S/Sgt Lubinsky T/Sgt Cream [Crean] S/Sgt Moore S/Sgt...

Clyde Wilkinson served as a with the 550th Bomb Squadron of the 385th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Great Ashfield, England. He flew six missions as part of Jennings' crew: his first mission with them was to Vitryen-Artois on 15 August 1943, his last was to Munster on 10 October 1943.
Damaged by ME110s and JU88s on a mission to Rostock, Gr on 24 Feb 1944, B-17F #42-30662 'Clarissa Jean' crashed into the Baltic Sea off Rugen Island after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW).


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Units served with

The insignia of the 385th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


Sergeant Joseph Ferlazzo and Staff Sergeant Arthur Barker of the 385th Bomb Group with a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Slo Jo". Passed for publication 10 Oct 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '230168.' Printed caption on reverse: 'Flying Fortresses In Combat Missions Over Europe. Picture Shows:- Sgt. Joseph J. Ferlazzo, Brooklyn, N.Y., and S/Sgt. Arthur Barker, Keokse, Va., with the Fortress "Slo Joe", which is the ship of 1/Lt. Novo J. Maryonovich, Gary, Indiana. U.S. Pool/SG/H. Keystone 26.' Censo
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Slo Jo
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Clarissa Jean
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Raggedy Ann
  • Unit: 549th Bomb Squadron 385th Bomb Group
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Charlene
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Nan B
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron



  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft 4, Gross Tychow, Pomerania


Event Location Date Description


Virginia, USA 22 April 1918


Richmond, VA, USA 15 July 1942


Prisoner of War (POW)

24 February 1944


Richmond, VA USA 24 February 2000


Hanover, VA 23069, USA 27 February 2000 He was cremated and buried on February 27, 2000 in the graveyard of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Hanover Courthouse VA. He had sung in the choir for years.
Henrico County, VA, USA


Date2 Oct 2021 14:50:08
ChangesChanges to awards and events

This is partially from family lore and my personal collection which I plan to donate to the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum in Georgia, USA. I am Clyde's youngest daughter. Poignantly, there is a diary that his mother kept, letters and telegrams. My father told me two stories when I finally got him to talk to me about the war. One was about spending a miserable night hanging from a tree before the Germans found them. The other was about after his liberation. He found a shoe store in the first place he came to. He spoke no German; the shopgirl spoke no English. She glared at him angrily while he tried on shoes. I recall the regret in his eyes as he told me he wanted to pay for them but had no money, but as one of the multitudes of DPs he needed to walk great distances to find where he belonged. My father was a very good man.

Date11 Jan 2018 14:39:14
ContributorLucy May
ChangesChanges to biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources gives a 'Clyde E Wilkinson' as part of Jennings' crew but with same lost date and details as Clyde W Wilkinson. Deferring to middle initial given in MACR 2778, enlistment record, WWII POW record and Findagrave record:…

Date16 Mar 2017 16:48:20
ContributorLucy May
ChangesChanges to role, biography, place associations and aircraft associations

Brought in information from duplicate record. Source:
MACR 2778 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date27 Sep 2014 18:06:36
ChangesAAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, MACR 2778, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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