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Clarence Strawn Crew
390th BG - 568th BS - 8th AF

Standing L to R: Howard H. Carey (FE), Vernon Bohn (BTG), Hector Marsiglia (RO), Henry Wilson (WG), Unidentified Person

Kneeling L to R: Clarence Strawn (P), John Watts (CP), Theodore Lipchitz (N), Charles Bennett (B)

This is an odd photo as it appears that someone has tried to paste a face on the body identified as Clarence Strawn. The face doesn't really look like other known photos of Strawn.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 568th Bomb Squadron


  • Charles Bennett

    Crew Number 7

  • Vernon Bohn

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner
    Crew Number 7

  • Howard Carey

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer
    Crew Number 7

  • Theodore Lipchitz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Theodore Lipchitz was Navigator on board B-17 #42-39819, hit by Flak on return from the 13 April 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany. Ditched in the Channel/North Sea, about 18km West of the entrance to the port of Ostend, Belgium. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Hector Marsiglia

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator
    Crew Number 7

  • Clarence Strawn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    17 October 1943 crew bailed out of B17#42-30610 'Red Ass' when a fire in the fuselage developed during a training flight. Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel in 1964

  • John Watts

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Crew Number 96, 7, 32,11

  • Henry Wilson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier
    Shot down 8 June 1944 in B-17 #4231114 'Gungo Ho. ' Evaded.


Date Contributor Update
05 December 2020 02:57:15 466thHistorian Changes to caption


Date Contributor Update
05 December 2020 01:14:52 466thHistorian Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and person associations