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Clarence Cecil Hightshoe


See "Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 22 "Biographies", by Charles D Taylor, for a detailed biography.

Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group at Grafton Underwood, Clarence flew twenty-nine combat missions. He was re-assigned as an instructor which prevented him from flying his last mission.

In late October, 1944, Clarence and another navigator were trained in a new method of dropping bombs based on radio beams. The GH Method. It meant that whatever Bomb Group in the Eighth would be leading a mission Clarence would fly in that lead airplane. The new method provided bombing accuracy in inclement weather particularly during the Battle of the Bulge when visual sighting was not possible. When Clarence completed his twenty-ninth mission the military changed his plans for going home. “The changed plan was that if he never flies his thirtieth mission we don’t have to send him home.” He was taken off combat duty and sent to the 305th BG at Chelveston to train navigators in the GH method of dropping bombs.

Post war he returned to college, won four track titles and did an MSc at the University of Iowa. He stayed in the reserves until he had 26 years service retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
DFC; Air Medal with 3 clusters



  • Delmar Beesley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Duisburg in B-17 'Heavenly Body' 43-39053 on 23 March 1945.

  • Stanley Burek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Hartness

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co Pilot - Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

  • Frank Rock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flexible Gunner | 384th Bomb Group

  • Herbert Schaaf

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    29 missions Plane was 'Buckeye Belle' B-17 Air Medal w 5/Oak Leaf Clusterl, EAMEribbon , DFC, purple heart

  • Maurice Simons

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group

  • Lester Walcott

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret | 384th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Wisdahl

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102601 Bolo Babe

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Hunter 18/4/44; Grenier 5/5/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-K] Grafton Underwood 24/5/44; sustained battle damaged Mannheim 9/9/44 with Joseph G. Hartness, Co-pilot: Herbert H. Schaaf, Navigator: Clarence C. Hightshoe,...

  • 42-6174 Homesick Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 13/8/43 with Joe Hearn(d); Cheyenne 15/8/43; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-K] Chelveston 7/11/43 HOME-SICK ANGEL; 858BS/492BG Alconbury (Carpetbagger Ops) 26/6/44. STRIPPED FOR ACTION aka SWING SHIFT.

  • 43-38262

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/7/44; Hunter 25/7/44; Dow Fd 7/8/44; Rome 31/8/44; Dow Fd 7/9/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-K] Grafton Underwood 29/9/44; left wing caught fire on base with Ernie Andrews 31/12/44; Salvaged 1/1/45.


  • 614

    9 September 1944
    A burst of flak put a big hole in the nose throwing glass in Antonacci's eyes. Other hits were in the wing and tail. One went through the waist and exploded an oxygen bottle.

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Died 9 January 2016

Iowa city, Iowa

Lived in Iowa City, IA, USA


Date Contributor Update
10 March 2022 10:40:40 Helen Changes to highest rank and biography

Iowans of the Mighty 8th

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28 November 2018 16:51:19 bombercommand Changes to events

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27 October 2018 13:31:27 bombercommand Changes to middlename

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26 January 2018 12:16:28 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events, unit associations and aircraft associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;

Additional information from "Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 22 "Biographies", by Charles D Taylor.

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14 January 2015 21:14:03 bombercommand Changes to service number, highest rank, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

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27 September 2014 18:06:14 AAM AAM ingest

AAIR 44-12-31-516 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database /