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Clarence Galen Bevington

Military

Assigned to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Merseburg. Whilst strafing a train, hit trees and somersaulted in near Zell in P-51D 44-11216. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 10553.

Awards: AM, PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron
  • 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bunker Hill, IN, USA 11 February 1919

Son of Clarence Edison and Sylvia Marie [Stout] Bevington.

Lived in Bureau County, IL, USA 1941
Enlisted Grant Township, IL, USA 16 January 1942

Camp Grant
Illinois
USA

Based Boxted 31 July 1944 – 1 August 1944

Assigned to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 1 August 1944 – 25 November 1944

Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 56856 Zell, Germany 25 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Merseburg. Whilst strafing a train, hit trees and somersaulted in near Zell in P-51D 44-11216. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 10553.

Buried Galveston, IN 46932, USA 1949

Galveston Cemetery
Galveston
Cass County
Indiana
USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2016 21:18:30 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
https://www.fold3.com/image/29250698
https://www.fold3.com/page/89646061_clarence_g%20bevington/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/319217378/?terms=Clarence%20G%20Bevington
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=18747951

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2016 16:04:22 Richard Boxted Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

from 5th ers history

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2016 16:01:31 Richard Boxted Changes to events
Sources

from 5th ers history

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 / MACR 10553 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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