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Byron Franklin Clark


Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 16 x combat missions. On 26-Nov-43 mission to Bremen, B-17 42-5177 'Fast Worker Mk II' was attacked by ME109 and made emergency landing at Attlebridge, Norfolk. RTD.

Shot down by flak and crashed SW of Abbeville, FR on a mission to Bois-Coquered, FR on 28-Feb-44 in B-17F 42-5306. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2863.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Noel Shoup

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bois-Coquered in B-17F 42-5306; Shot down by flak and crashed SW of Abbeville 28-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2863 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-5177 'FAST WOMAN' aka 'FAST WORKER Mk II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/10/42; New Castle 19/10/42; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-U] Molesworth 1/2/43; battle damaged Bremen 28/11/43 with Harry Bolsover, Co-pilot: Chas Rice, Navigator: Byron Clark, Bombardier: Chas McLain, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

  • 42-5306

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 16/11/42; New Castle 9/12/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-P] Thurleigh 1/1/43; in taxi accident at base with Warren Grey 27/6/43; transferred 359BS/303BG [BN-Q] Molesworth 25/9/43; Missing in Action Pas De Calais 28/2/44 with Noel Shoup,...


  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Knoxville, TN 11 June 1921

Son of Major Luther Wilson and Era G Clark.

Lived in New Orleans, LA 1942
Enlisted New Orleans, LA 16 June 1942

New Orleans, Louisiana

Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Bavaria 28 February 1944 – May 1945

Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11)

Died Powell, TN 11 July 1994
Buried Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, TN 13 July 1994

Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee


Date Contributor Update
04 November 2020 22:25:46 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2020 20:48:48 jmoore43 Changes to events

Added POW camp info to the POW event from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

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19 October 2020 20:39:49 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations

Added a connection to the 8th AF mission #138 for 26 Nov 1943.

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19 October 2020 19:59:03 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C type in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

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14 October 2019 20:58:29 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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27 September 2014 18:04:53 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2863, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, Losses of 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey pp. 387