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James Duane Clark

Military

Killed in Action (KIA)

Service

People

  • John Chimenti

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Plane lost an engine and then blew up killing Pilot and Co-Pilot; other crew members parachuted to safety on American side of the lines (see p177 of Huntzinger book)

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31242 Patty Jo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Gt Falls 23/10/43. ...

  • 42-97101

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Gt Falls 6/2/44; Dorval 9/2/44; Assigned RAF [HB-764]; transferred 8 AFSC 7/4/44; 388BG Knettishall 1/7/44; force landed Fouches, Lux? 9/11/44; Salvaged 28/11/44.

  • 42-97210 Jamaica Ginger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Kearney 27/2/44; Grenier 9/3/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 22/3/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 43-38385

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/7/44; Hunter 5/8/44; Dow Fd 18/8/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 22/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 30/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 44-6102

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 4/5/44; Kearney 10/5/44; Grenier 24/5/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 27/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 3/7/45; Sth Plains 6/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 8/12/45. CICERO KID.

  • 44-6106 Gremlin's Hideout

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Accepted: 2 May 1944 ...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chariton, Iowa 8 February 1916
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 28 July 1944 – 9 November 1944
Died 6700 Fouches, Belgium 9 December 1944

Chimenti Crash [A/C 42-97101] on November 9, 1944
A Public Relations Release .. published in the Stars and Stripes 16 November 1944

A FORTRESS BASE, Nov. 15 .. Escape from a Flying Fortress that exploded in mid-air over the fighting lines at the French-German border brought four Eighth Air Force fliers back to their base to tell an unusual story of devotion to duty that cost their pilot and co-pilot their lives.

One of the Fort's engines stopped functioning before the plane reached its target, a marshalling yard near Saarbrucken. Although they might have dropped out of formation and made for home, the pilot and co-pilot elected to go for the bomb run.

However, the heavy bomb load was too much for the remaining three engines, and a cylinder head blew on one setting it afire. In less than a minute the bomber was blown apart, wings vanishing in debris, the fuselage cracking into three sections.

The pilot and co-pilot were killed, but the other seven crewmen 'chuted to safety in French territory. Three, the navigator, top turret gunner and waist gunner, were hit by flying debris and are now in an Allied military hospital in Luxembourg. The others are in England.

1st Lt. Daniel F. Gilmore, of Luling, Texas, the bombardier landed 3 miles from the German lines. He had been blown out of the plane's nose just as he was picking up his parachute. He said he fell unconscious for 10,000 feet, came to, snapped on the parachute hooks, and opened it. During his entire fall, before he recovered consciousness, he had gripped the chute firmly.

The tail gunner, S/Sgt. Michael J. Kuzel, of Ironwood, Mich., went spinning in the detached tail section. While he was still inside his parachute opened, so he caught up the billowing silk in his arms and jumped clear.

T/Sgt. Arthur E. Weiss, of Chicago, Ill., radio operator, was knocked flat on the floor, crawled to the edge of what remained of his section of the fuselage, and rolled off into space.

The ball turret gunner, S/Sgt. Samuel M. Longtine, of Marquette, Mich., in his turret when the plane exploded, picked up his 'chute less than a foot from the broken ledge, and climbed out while his section of the bomber was falling earthward.

The waist gunner was blown through the side of the fuselage and didn't remember opening his parachute; the navigator followed the bombardier out the hole in the nose, and the top turret gunner got out the escape hatch just in time of the explosion

Buried Chariton, IA 50049, USA 1948

Chariton Cemetery • Chariton, Lucas County, Iowa, USA
Plot Section K, Row 5, Lot 69

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2017 03:56:19 466thHistorian Changes to middlename
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-C074&dat...

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2017 03:55:42 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-C074&dat...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7735151/james-d-clark

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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