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William Douglas Clarke


Assigned to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) 10-Dec-44.

Awards: PH.


Units served with

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 435th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...


Event Location Date
Born Berkeley, CA, USA 24 November 1917

Son of Frank C and Kathryn [McCabe] Clarke.

Based Wattisham 1944 – 10 December 1944

Assigned to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Dunkirk, France 10 December 1944

Killed in Action (KIA) 10-Dec-44.

Buried Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial


Date Contributor Update
21 January 2018 14:32:48 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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