On his draft registration (hand written) and induction records, his name is spelled as ‘Claire’; on his headstone it is spelled “Clair”. He registered for the draft in 1940 and his registration card indicated that he was 5'11", weighed 145 pounds, had brown eyes and hair and had a light complexion. He enlisted at Little Rock, Arkansas, as a private in the Air Corps, Serial # 18 169 031, on 09 November 1942. He had two years of college, was married, and his civilian occupation was listed as "Accountants and auditors". The Operation Varsity orders have him as co-pilot of CG-4A, Chalk #66 (long tow), being towed by C-47A, 42-100591, Chalk #33. His headstone indicates he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant sometime after the VARSITY mission.
Units served with
Constituted as the 437th Troop Carrier Group on 15 April 1943, it was activated on 01 May 1943 in Dunnellon, FL. They trained with C-46 and C-47 aircraft for duty overseas with the Ninth Air Force. They moved to England during January and February of...
To Norwegian AF as 2100591, then to Danish AF Aug 1956 as 68-684, later K-684, then to civil registry as N3239T. Owned and operated by the Valiant Air Command Museum, Titusville, FL; named the "Tico Belle". The aircraft was damaged Jul 9, 2001 in...
Military site : airfield
Planned as an RAF operational training station, Ramsbury was allocated while under construction to the Eighth Air Force as a transport base. Built during 1942, it had eventually three concrete runways, 28 pan and 24 loop hardstandings, and two T2...
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