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Robert L Clayton


Shot down by fighters and crashed near Furstenau, GR on a mission to Schweinfurt, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31180. Killed in Action (KIA).


Units served with

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 407th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31180

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/9/43; Gr Island 18/10/43; Nashville 24/10/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG PY-U] Podington 23/11/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 24/2/44 with Bob Clayton*, Co-pilot: Leon Cavender*, Navigator: John Galbraith*, Flight engineer/top turret...


Event Location Date
Born Clayton Farm Admire, KS 17 April 1918
Killed in Action (KIA) Belgium 24 February 1944
Buried Admire KS Cemetery 24 February 1949


Date Contributor Update
21 February 2015 01:28:23 jclayton Changes to nickname, service number and events

Information provided by John Robert Clayton, nephew of Robert L Clayton

Please note Robert Clayton was part of the 326th Bomb Squadron. The plane he was shot down in was from the 407th. I have a lot of information about his military career, including photos. Can I upload them ? The photo you have with him with King George VI was a surprise to me. He was based at Podington (very close to Chelveston) The photo, while a little dark, certainly was him. He arrived in England in November 1943. After being shot down, I understand a Dutch family hid his remains from the Germans and buried him there. His remains were moved and reinterred in the Admire KS Cemetery five years later.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:42 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2854 / MACR 2854, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database