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Clarence D Fields

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Major Clarence D (‘Pappy’) Fields was the chief engineering officer (S-4) for the 95th Bomb Group at Horham from 1-Mar-1943 to 30-Nov-1944. While not regularly assigned to a flight crew, Pappy did fly on 8 missions with the 95th between 18-Mar-1944 and 12-Aug-1944. His first mission was as an observer, 3 missions were as a waist gunner, and 4 missions were as Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner.

Before being assigned to the 95th, Pappy swerved as a Captain with Headquarters, 34th Bomb Group, Second Air Force in 1942 at Geiger Field in Spokane, WA.

Pappy had been a Master Sergeant in the pre-war Army Air Corps whose service had been in multi-engine bombers from their inception. He retired from the Air Force on 28-Feb-1947.

Service

Units served with

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    Group
    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107204 "Stand By" "Goin' My Way"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 20/3/44; Kearney 2/4/44; Grenier 21/4/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-B] Horham 22/4/44 STAND BY; 335BS [OE-B]; with W.C. Shaw force landed Thorpe Abbotts afb 16/12/44; 87m, battle damaged Leipzig 6/4/45 with Bob Davis, Co-pilot: Larry...

  • 42-30235 'Lonesome Polecat' 'Zoot Suiters'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Gore 16/5/43; Smoky Hill 17/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-L/Z] Bassingbourn 6/6/43; transferred 412BS/95BG [QW-U] Horham 16/6/43 LONESOME POLECAT; 16/9/43 with W.C. Lindley force landed Bungay Afd; 48m,...

  • 42-31320 'I'll Be Around'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/10/43; Gr Island 2/11/43; Dallas 6/11/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG Horham 12/11/43; with John Miller 11/12/43 Tail gunner: Wallace Petzack KIA; 36m, Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Earl Leaser, Co-pilot: Ken Braden, Navigator:...

  • 42-97215

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [BG-J] Horham 12/3/44; on practice mission 20/11/44 with Stew Reed, Co-pilot: Harold Rensch, Navigator: Tony Marnik, Radio Operator: Bill Raab, Flight engineer/top...

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • Geiger Field

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Avawam, KY 21 December 1907
Based Geiger Field 1942
Based Horham 1 March 1943 – 30 November 1944
Died Lebanon, MO 15 September 2006
Buried Springfield National Cemetery, Springfield, MO 18 September 2006

Buried in SECTION 34 SITE 165

Enlisted

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2022 19:19:08 Douglas P Changes to media associations
Sources

Added Media Associations

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2022 19:14:33 Douglas P Changes to media associations
Sources

Additions to Media Associations

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2022 19:09:10 Douglas P Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/2048
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/33035123/clarence-d-fields
https://95thbg.com/cms/2021/6/25/recollections-of-the-early-days-by-elli...
https://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/springfield.asp
NARA

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2015 20:27:35 simaguire Changes to nickname
Sources

B17s Over Berlin
Ian L Hawkins

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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