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James Clifton McClanahan

Military

Original crew of 384th on activation in 1942, Boise, Idaho. Squadron Bombardier & lead crew -- Pilot Phil Algar. Flew the August 17, 1943 and the October 14, 1943 missions. [Schweinfurt] Led Group on Black Thursday (October 14, 1943. ) Awarded DFC for the effort. Also shot down an Me109. Our crew was fortunate as we had only one crew member seriously wounded -- left waist gunner Loring G. Millar -- who was awarded the Silver Star for his courage on this mission. We were the only crew of the 384th able to land at Grafton-Underwood becuase of weather and damaged aircraft. Of the 18 aircraft taking off only 11 returned to base. Lost 5 to enemy antiaircraft -- 4 fighters -- 1 bailed out over England as the pilot was unable to find an airfield on which to land. All of the members of our crew except one finished the combat missions, 25 at that time. Plane was 'Battle Wagon'. After I finished my combat missions I went to the 94th Combat Wing as Wing Bombardier. Wing commander was BG Julian K. Lacey. Returned to the States in August 1944. Had an 8 month old son who I had never seen. Was quite an experience.

DFC w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, 8 Air Medals

1 Me109

Service

People

  • Loring Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Loring Miller was serving as a Right Waist Gunner on B-17 Serial 42-3455 on the 17 August 1943 mission to Schweinfurt, Germany. Wounded by a shell fragment that punctured his lung from a direct flak hit to the plane, he refused to leave his gun until...

Units served with

  • 94th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3455 Lucky Thirteen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/6/43; Dow 28/7/43; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-M] Grafton Underwood 11/8/43; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Russ Faulkner, Bombardier: Harry Hawes, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Oscar Hamblin (3 evaded capture), Co...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hartsville, Tennessee 10 August 1917

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self

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