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Clarence E Condit

Military

Member of 2nd Lt. J.J. Kamper's crew. Flew 7 missions between 28 March and 17 April 1945. Later Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force. Air Medal. "On 28 March 1945, in 'Lady Luck,' we had just dropped the bombs over our target Berlin. Almost immediately we were hit in the right wing by anti-aircraft guns. They emptied our gas in the wing which stopped nos three and four engines. We dropped down around 10,000 feet and threw everything possible out including the ball turret to lighten the load and conserve gas. We were able to make it across the Rhine River into France and with about five minutes of gas left we bailed out. We were picked up by an advanced Signal Corps outfit which took us to Nancy, France to a hotel run by the Air Corps. Then back to England."

Service

People

  • Robert Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    On 28 March 1945, in 'Lady Luck,' we had just dropped the bombs over our target Berlin. Almost immediately we were hit in the right wing by anti-aircraft guns. They emptied our gas in the wing which stopped nos three and four engines. We dropped down...

  • Joseph Hembling

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    On 28 March 1945, in 'Lady Luck,' we had just dropped the bombs over our target Berlin. Almost immediately we were hit in the right wing by anti-aircraft guns. They emptied our gas in the wing which stopped nos three and four engines. We dropped down...

  • Robert Kamper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    On 28 March 1945, in 'Lady Luck,' we had just dropped the bombs over our target Berlin. Almost immediately we were hit in the right wing by anti-aircraft guns. They emptied our gas in the wing which stopped nos three and four engines. We dropped down...

  • Walter Kenter

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    On 28 March 1945, in 'Lady Luck,' we had just dropped the bombs over our target Berlin. Almost immediately we were hit in the right wing by anti-aircraft guns. They emptied our gas in the wing which stopped nos three and four engines. We dropped down...

  • Theodore Kibiuk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    On 28 March 1945, in 'Lady Luck,' we had just dropped the bombs over our target Berlin. Almost immediately we were hit in the right wing by anti-aircraft guns. They emptied our gas in the wing which stopped nos three and four engines. We dropped down...

  • Frank McCue

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    On 28 March 1945, in 'Lady Luck,' we had just dropped the bombs over our target Berlin. Almost immediately we were hit in the right wing by anti-aircraft guns. They emptied our gas in the wing which stopped nos three and four engines. We dropped down...

  • John Rein

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    On 28 March 1945, in 'Lady Luck,' we had just dropped the bombs over our target Berlin. Almost immediately we were hit in the right wing by anti-aircraft guns. They emptied our gas in the wing which stopped nos three and four engines. We dropped down...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107039 Ice Cold Katy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 3/2/44; Grenier 27/2/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-M] Deenethorpe 23/3/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/11/45...

  • 43-37790 Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/5/44; Kearney 30/5/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-J] Deenethorpe 10/7/44; battle damaged 28/3/45 with ?; crash landed Belgium, 9RTD; Salvaged. LADY LUCK.

  • 44-6506 Satisfaction Guaranteed

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 24/8/44; Grenier 10/9/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [SC-N] Deenethorpe 12/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 4/6/45; Sth Plains 6/8/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 8/11/45. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED.

Missions

Events

Event Location Date
Born Illinois 10 December 1922
Enlisted 1941

Enlisted in the Michigan National Guard

Re-Enlisted Milwaukee, Wisconsin 4 March 1946
Retired 30 September 1961

Retired from the U.S. Air Force

Died Texas 30 August 2001

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2015 03:36:54 jmchristel Changes to awards and events
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Added AF Longevity Ribbon; Ancestry.com

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2015 01:35:31 jmchristel Changes to highest rank, biography and awards
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http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7953235&ref=acom

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2015 03:34:29 jmchristel Changes to events
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WWII Enlistment Records

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2015 03:30:59 jmchristel Changes to biography
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added quotation marks

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2015 03:29:15 jmchristel Changes to awards
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WWII Enlistment Records

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2014 13:06:56 jmchristel Changes to events
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http://www.fold3.com/page/46177336_clarence_e_condit/details/
http://www.fold3.com/page/85298435_clarence_e%20condit/details/

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2014 18:45:04 jmchristel Changes to highest rank
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Corrected Rank

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 23:31:24 jmchristel Changes to biography
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Information previously incorrectly added to "Charles Condit"

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2014 21:00:27 jmchristel Changes to person associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1671

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2014 20:36:41 jmchristel Changes to highest rank
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Adjusted rank

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2014 05:45:55 jmchristel Changes to biography
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1671

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2014 05:26:32 jmchristel Changes to service number, role, awards, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1671

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:15 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1671

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