Eugene C Clowe

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as Tail Gunner of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew.

31-Mar-43 Killed in Action (KIA) while serving as the Tail Gunner of B-17F #42-29573 "Two Beauts", 303BG/358BS in mid-air collision with B-17F #41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG 360BS during assembly for a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. This occurred less than an hour from takeoff with each carrying 6 bombs for the mission to Rotterdam. The planes crashed at Mears Ashby and 303rd reports a memorial to the two crews is there.

Participated in 3 Operations. See Biography events.

Connections

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-727194
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Fertile Myrtle
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Two Beauts
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The Hunting Club
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Killed on Mission (KOM)

Mears Ashby, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN6, UK 1943-03-31 Killed when the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision over Mears Ashby, UK during assembly.

Other

Assigned to Unit

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1943-02-22 Assigned as Tail Gunner with the crew of 2LT James R. Dunn at Molesworth, UK.

Other

Mission #1, SSGT Eugene C. Clowe, w/B-17F 42-29520, 303BG/358BS

Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 1943-03-18 Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 42-29520, 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat construction yards at Vegesack, Germany. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #2, SSGT Eugene C. Clowe, w/B-17F 42-5432, 303BG/358BS

Rouen, France 1943-03-28 Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 42-5432 "The Hunting Club", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #3, SSGT Eugene C. Clowe, w/B-17F 42-29573, 303BG/358BS - KOM

Rotterdam, Netherlands 1943-03-31 Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 42-5432 "The Hunting Club", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. The aircraft sustained a mid-air collision during assembly and crashed. He was Killed on Mission. KOM

Revisions

Date12 Nov 2021 19:16:49
Contributorjmoore43
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Corrected a typo in the "Summary biography" - "Participated" was misspelled.

Date16 Mar 2020 20:14:39
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date29 Oct 2019 21:37:01
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a connection to pilot James R. Dunn.

Date14 Mar 2016 23:18:57
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf

Date14 Mar 2016 23:15:47
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 28-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/026.pdf

Date14 Mar 2016 23:13:26
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

Date14 Mar 2016 23:09:58
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Assigned to Unit event per 303BG webiste, Gary Moncur, Historian, James R. Dunn crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/358dunn.html

Date14 Mar 2016 23:07:31
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2014. Added initial assignment info, loss details and Participations statement to Summary Biography; Made connections to Place, AIrcraft and Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, James R. Dunn crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/358dunn.html

Date27 Sep 2014 18:09:21
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit history, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 94, 303rd web site