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Preston Presley Clark Jr

Military

Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF as lead crew.
Flew 32 combat missions from 9 April to 1 September 1944. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), PUC, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Mark Counihan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Leading Lady' on many missions. Active during Normandy invasions. ...

  • Lloyd Elliott

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio | 94th Bomb Group
    "33 Raids to Hell and Back" Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF as lead crew. Flew 32 combat missions from 9 April to 1 September 1944. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Cecil Mahathey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    "33 Raids to Hell and Back" Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF as lead crew. Flew 32 combat missions from 9 April to 1 September 1944. ETD Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Fred Muehler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    "33 Raids to Hell and Back" Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF as lead crew. Flew 32 combat missions from 9 April to 1 September 1944. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Stepanski

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator / Mickey Op | 94th Bomb Group
    "33 Raids to Hell and Back" Assigned to 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Navigator initially (9 missions), later Mickey operator (22 missions) with Capt Verner Wertsch's crew aboard B-17 42-97668 'Leading Lady'. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Taylor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    "33 Raids to Hell and Back" Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD. Final mission flown 17-Sep-44. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Verner Wertsch

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Alan Wertsch served as a pilot with the 333rd Bomb Squadron of the 94th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Bury St Edmunds, England. His crew is commemorated on a plaque, titled "33 Raids to Hell and Back" at the Rougham Control Tower Museum. ...

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Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 333rd Bomb Squadron

    333rd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

  • 410th Bomb Squadron

    410th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

Aircraft

  • 42-107180 Lucky Rebel/Eagle's Wrath

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 15/3/44; Kearney 29/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 410BS/94BG [GL-K] Rougham 11/4/44 LUCKY REBEL; Salvaged 9AF German 29/12/45. THE EAGLE'S WRATH.

  • 42-31653 Erie Ferry, Kac's Flak Shack, Green Hornets

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/12/43; Helena 4/12/43; Gt Falls 5/12/43; Cheyenne 6/12/43; Kearney 12/12/43; New Castle 17/12/43; Presque Is 19/12/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG [GL-V] Rougham 26/12/43 ERIE FERRY; Missing in Action Bohlen 11/9/44 with Merle Green, Co...

  • 42-97668 Leading Lady

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/1/44; 1SAG Langley 1/2/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 385BG [ -U] Gt Ashfield; transferred 333BS/94BG [TS-N] Rougham 7/4/44; transferred 306BG Thurleigh 8/4/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas...

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Abilene, Texas 21 February 1925

Son of Preston Presley Sr and Annah Mai [Gorham] Clark.

Embarked for ETO Kearney AAF, NE February 1943

Departed US for ETO. Via Grenier Field, NH, Presque Isle, ME, Goose Bay, Labrador, Iceland and then Prestwick, Scotland.

Enlisted Abilene, TX 6 February 1943
Training Dalhart Army Air Base, Dalhart, TX November 1943

Dalhart Army Air Base,
Dalhart, TX

Based Bury St Edmunds February 1944 – 30 April 1944

Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Bury St Edmunds 30 April 1944 – September 1944

Transferred to 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Austin, TX 25 January 2012
Buried Cook Walden Forest Oaks Memorial Park, Austin , TX 4 February 2012

Cook Walden Forest Oaks Memorial Park
Austin,
Travis County, TX

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2019 20:08:36 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://journalmah.org/clark1_2.pdf
https://www.fold3.com/image/591805908
https://www.fold3.com/image/627693956
https://www.fold3.com/record/84884136-preston-p-clark-jr
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/117079758/preston-p_-clark

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2015 12:21:48 usxpat Changes to middlename, suffix, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Rougham Control Tower memorial plaques
Facebook groups: 94th Bomb Group magazine, and 94th Bomb Group public group

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 / self

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