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Clarence Frederick Korthase

Military

Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew B-17 43-37901 'Miss Bea Havin'. 30+ missions with 487BG. Transferred to 654BS, 25BG (Recon), 8AF USAAF to fly the de Havilland Mosquito.

Awards: AM (6OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (6 battle stars), AF Longevity Service (OLC)

Service

People

  • Francis Brogan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. Clarry Korthase crew. Flew aboard B-17 43-37901 'Miss Bea Havin'. 30+ combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Corey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. Clarry Korthase crew. Flew aboard B-17 43-37901 'Miss Bea Havin'. 30+ combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Walter Fleming

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 487th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. Clarry Korthase crew. Flew aboard B-17 43-37901 'Miss Bea Havin'. 34 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Jack Kelly

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 487th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. Clarry Korthase crew. Flew 30+ missions over Germany. Flew aboard B-17 43-37901 'Miss Bea Havin'. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Kuhlman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. Clarry Korthase crew. Flew aboard B-17 43-37901 'Miss Bea Havin'. 30+ combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Linnum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. Clarry Korthase crew. Flew 39 missions over Germany. Flew aboard B-17 43-37901 'Miss Bea Havin'. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 654th Bomb Squadron
  • 837th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37901 Miss Bea Havin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/6/44; Kearney 14/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned 837BS/487BG [4F-B] Lavenham 30/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 10/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 12/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 6/1...

Associated Place

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

  • Watton

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1939 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Watton was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in mid-1943. Improved initially with a single steel mat runway in 1943, plus 41 loop and 12 pan hardstandings, a...

  • Langham (Essex)

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Wishram, WA 19 March 1922
Enlisted Santa Ana, CA 16 March 1943

Santa Ana, California

Based Lavenham 1944 – December 1944

Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Watton January 1945 – May 1945

Transferred to 654BS, 25BG (Recon), 8AF USAAF.

Died 16 March 1957
Buried IOOF Mountain View Cemetery Goldendale, Klickitat County, WA 19 March 1957

IOOF Mountain View Cemetery
Goldendale, Klickitat County, Washington

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2020 14:53:10 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/320959759
https://www.fold3.com/image/649039392
https://www.fold3.com/record/85001508/world-war-ii-army-enlistment-recor...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/62791427/clarence-f-korthase

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2016 04:11:48 cfkorthase Changes to place associations
Sources

Military records kept by the family.

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2016 04:07:43 cfkorthase Changes to nickname, awards, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Military records kept in the family.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit Roster / http://www.487thbg.org/Photos/KorthaseCrew.shtml

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