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Claire Donald Porter


Claire Porter served as a P-38 pilot with the 343rd Fighter Squadron of the 55th Fighter Group. On 16 June 1944, while strafing gun emplacement, his P-38 #43-28713 was hit by flak and crashed near Oisemont. Porter survived and was taken as a Prisoner of War. He was held in Stalag Luft XVIIb.

Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 bronze stars and World War II Victory Medal. He was eligible to apply for the Prisoner of War Medal after it was authorized in 1985.



  • John Odegard

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Loren was my uncle and he and my dad joined up at the same time. Loren introduced my mother to Claire (Loren was married to mom's sister). They both served flying P-38s in 55th FG but in different squadrons. Loren went on to fly P-51's in England and...

  • Henry Wickenden

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 479th Fighter Group

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Units served with

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 343rd Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Wilbur, WA 99185, USA 10 March 1921
Lived in Spokane, WA, USA 1 January 1930
Enlisted 16 September 1940

Parkwater, Washington

Shot Down Oisemont, France 16 June 1944

Shot down while strafing gun emplacement. POW until end of War.

Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Germany 16 June 1944

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

Died Las Vegas, NV, USA 22 June 1994
Buried Las Vegas, Nevada


Date Contributor Update
25 January 2022 01:38:24 decwriter Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards and events

Added middle name, ASN upon entry, ADSM based on entry date and ACM for continued service. Based on the previous entry, I believe it meant to reference the EAME Campaign Medal with three bronze service stars versus the Bronze Star Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters as no BSM file exists for Claire D. Porter.

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2022 21:04:20 jmoore43 Changes to events

Updated the location of the "Shot Down " event per info in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2022 20:59:09 jmoore43 Changes to biography, events and place associations

Added a POW event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added an association to Stalag 7A per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2017 09:26:26 Lucy May Changes to service number, role, biography, person associations and place associations

Brought in information from duplicate record. Sources:
Donald Craig Porter, son of Claire D Porter
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2017 22:53:43 Apilotsproudson Changes to biography and events

My dads own recollection.

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2017 22:47:50 Apilotsproudson Changes to nickname and awards

I have his Medal in my possession

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2017 22:45:57 Apilotsproudson Changes to service number

US National Archives

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2017 22:43:36 Apilotsproudson Changes to highest rank and events

Accordin to family records and I as one of his sons can verify death date and place.
D. Craig Porter

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:12 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5737 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database