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Porter Dudley Clemens

Military

Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 31-Dec-43 in B-17 42-29895 'Black Swan'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1975

Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), PH, GC, POW, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

Service

People

  • Edwin Bruton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 42-3053 'Desperate Journey'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Wayne Buck

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #42-3053 'Desperate Journey'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Warren Ellis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29895 'Black Swan', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Elmer Frederick

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #4229998. Killed in Action (KIA). Internment location is unknown. MACR 15576 shows two unidentified airmen buried in a local cemetery. Details are unknown.

  • Rollin Gater

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29895 "Black Swan". Initially evaded, then made a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Richard Hensley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Richard Hensley served as a Top Turret Gunner with the 91st Bomb Group. He was shot down on 31 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29895 'Black Swan' and was Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Larry Hull

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29895 'Black Swan', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Norbert Koll

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wilhelmshafen 21-May-43 in B-17 42-3053, 1st mission as pilot in command; enemy aircraft set ship afire, crashed Hogebarg, near Wittmundenhafen. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4438 Awards: PH.

  • Abraham Lieberman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29895 'Black Swan'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Roger McDermott

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | 388th Bomb Group
    Part of the Koll/ Buck crew. Flew on ferry flight across the southern route via Burmuda to Africa and then to England.

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Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

Aircraft

  • 41-24490 Jack The Ripper

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-C] Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/9/42; JACK THE RIPPER. ...

  • 41-24504 Taurus; Sad Sack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-D] Bangor 30/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/9/42; battle damaged Ludwigshafen 22/3/43 with Chas Cliburn, who brought her back to crash landed RAF Lt Horwood, (10 Returned to Duty); 42m Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 15/3/44; en route from...

  • 41-24505 'Quiturbitchin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-E] Bangor 30/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/9/42; 6m St Nazaire 22/11/42 BD, in hangar for about a year, constantly raided for spares, before being restored to flying condition, and transferred AFSC end of 1943 as trainer; Returned to...

  • 42-29487 Ritzy Blitz

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/12/42; Salina 2/2/43; Duncan 23/2/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-K] Bassingbourn 9/3/43; 48m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Wayne Hedglin, Co-pilot: Don Jones, Navigator: Carey Goodwin, Waist gunner: Bill Francisco,...

  • 42-2970 'Connecticut Yankee'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-E/C] New Castle 13/10/42; Bassingbourn 23/11/42; involved in landing accident at base on 1/8/43 with Dave Gladhart; on return from Stuttgart 38m 6/9/43 with Bill Pegram, Co-pilot: Bill Martin, Navigator: Bob Cosgrove, Bombardier...

  • 42-29837 Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/43; Gore 9/3/43; Duncan 31/3/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-A] Bassingbourn 7/6/43; transferred AFSC 6/4/44 then MTO (Italy & N. Africa); Returned to the USA Tinker 11/6/44; Patterson 23/2/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...

  • 42-29895 The Black Swan

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/43; Scott Fd 28/3/43; Scotts Bluff 7/4/43; Smoky Hill 16/4/43; Presque Is 2/5/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-H] Bassingbourn 23/5/43. Missing in Action (20+m) Bordeaux 31 December 1943 with Stuart B. Mendelsohn (KIA-decapitated),...

  • 42-29921 Oklahoma Okie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 13/3/43; Assigned 27BS/2BG New Castle 6/4/43; force landed Meeks Fd, Iceland with John O’Brien 17/4/43; transferred 324BS/91BG [DF-Z] Bassingbourn 23/5/43; Missing in Action 29+m Cognac 23/3/44 with Bayard Dudley, Co-pilot: Glen Neff,...

  • 42-3031 Nitemare

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/1/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-F] Bassingbourn 19/4/43; Missing in Action Hamburg 26/7/43 with Jim Randall, Co-pilot: Vernon Brack, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Johnson, Waist gunner: Dave Ramsey, Waist gunner: Byron...

  • 42-3111 The Brass Rail, Local Girl

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/2/43; Gore Fd 7/3/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-T] Alconbury 5/43; THE BRASS RAIL 6 missions. ...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 54

    4 May 1943
    The Ford and General Motors vehicle plants at Antwerp, Belgium are the primary target for this mission. 79-B-17 are despatched 91BG (25); 303BG (27) and 305BG (27). 65 0f the 79 despatched are effective on the target. There is moderate flak and fighter...

  • VIII Bomber Command 55

    13 May 1943
    The large fighter sweeps of the last several weeks have not been successful in drawing any significant numbers of German fighters in opposition. So, if the German will not send his fighters up for a one-on-one confrontation with the American P-47s,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 56

    14 May 1943
    Today's operations will be the most extensive yet mounted by VIII Bomber Command. The operations call for a "maximum effort". Whereas in the past a single target or those close together have been chosen, today's effort is against widley separated...

  • VIII Bomber Command 58

    17 May 1943
    VIII Bomber Command launches another operation against German U-Boat facilities with three elements. The first element is a formation of 100 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (24); 92BG (10); 303BG (21); 305BG (21) and 306BG (24) to attack the German U-Boat...

  • VIII Bomber Command 59

    19 May 1943
    The German naval bases at Kiel and Flensburg, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. A force of 123 B-17s is despatched from: 91BG (19); 92BG (10); 303BG (27); 305BG (22); 306BG (24) and 351BG (21) to bomb the naval facilities at Kiel,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 60

    21 May 1943
    The German naval and port facilities at Wilhelmshaven and Emden, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. Once again, there is a two-fold strategic objective: entice the Luftwaffe to commit its fighter forces; and further degrade the naval...

  • VIII Bomber Command 61

    29 May 1943
    Three primary targets are selected for this mission. The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are selected as the target for a force of 169 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (23); 92BG (22), 303BG (30); 305BG (25) 306BG (24); 351BG (21) and 379BG (24). This is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

  • VIII Bomber Command 85

    19 August 1943
    The German airfields at Gilze-Rijen, Holland and Woensdrecht, Holland are the targets for this mission. The attacks will be made by two elements. The first element is a combined force of 125 B-17s from: 91BG (8); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (19);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 87

    27 August 1943
    This mission is the first attack by the USAAF on suspected V-Weapon sites. The German development of pilotless winged aircraft was first divulged to the British just shortly after the beginning of World War II in two letters sent to the British embassy...

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Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Portland, Oregon 23 December 1923

Son of Wade H. and Jessie I. Clemens.

Enlisted Portland, OR 17 July 1942

Portland, Oregon

Based 1943 – 31 December 1943

Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Stalg XVIIb, Krems, Austria 31 December 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag XVIIb

Shot down Banelec, Britany, France 31 December 1943

Shot down over Brittany, France, in B-17, The "Black Swan"

Died Klamath Falls, Oregon 17 August 1989

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2022 21:00:47 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/637950539
https://www.fold3.com/image/197121005
https://www.fold3.com/record/73080107/porter-d-clemens-social-security-d...
https://www.fold3.com/record/85014870/porter-d-clemens-wwii-army-enlistm...

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2022 08:08:14 torinoscj Changes to events
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My uncle, Porter D. Clemens

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2022 06:16:12 torinoscj Changes to events and mission associations
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My uncle, Porter D. Clemens

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2022 05:04:51 torinoscj Changes to nickname, awards, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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This is my uncle, Porter D. Clemens

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2020 23:26:56 jmoore43 Changes to events and place associations
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Added a S/N and a POW event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added a connection to Stalag Luft 3 per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2018 13:37:26 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 1975

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1975 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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