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Clayton Robert Christiansen


Clayton Robert Christiansen went by the name Bob or his initials C.R. most of his life. He had 2 older
Sisters Doris and Lois. After serving in the Air Force he returned to his then hometown of McHenry ND where his father ran the gas station. Bob married Therese Annette Fadness on June 22, 1947. They raised their family there while he ran the gas station and bulk delivery to farmers and home fuel systems. Children are Beth, Robert, Joan, Becky (died shortly after birth) Russell Jerome Jill John and and adopted daughter from Korea An Sook.
Bob was very active in his community serving on the church council, school board, and organizing community events.
Bob had a great sense of humor and loved a good joke and he played a few practical jokes in his day. He also cared deeply for others who struggled and helped many people in the community both financially and with his time. He was a regular attendee of AA starting in 1952 and helped many people with their struggle with alcohol.
Bob paid for all of his children to attend college with his own money.
In the early 70s Bob and Therese started square dancing. They were soon teaching and calling and square dancing events many night a week including round dancing and clogging.
Bob and Therese has a terrible car accident on Dec 8 1996 leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.
Bob died from natural causes with his wife Therese present in Cooperstown ND.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-37787 Holy Smokes*

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/5/44; Kearney 5/6/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG Snetterton 19/6/44; transferred 560BS/388BG Knettishall 20/6/44; battle damaged Berlin 5 December 1944 with Kenneth O. Burkheimer. Force-landed in Knokke, Belgium. 9 RTD....


  • 471

    13 July 1944

  • 472

    14 July 1944

  • 476

    16 July 1944

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 483

    19 July 1944

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

  • 495

    25 July 1944
    Same target as yesterday but we hit the target this time. Took off in afternoon for another mission. After flying for 3 hours in dense overcast, the mission was scrubbed.

  • 503

    29 July 1944

  • 507

    31 July 1944
    Flak knocked out #2 engine, the interphone system, the VHF plus other damages. We got back to the base before the formation.

  • 508

    1 August 1944

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Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Born Juanita, North Dakota 25 December 1921

Parents Alma Tams Christiansen and Paul Christiansen

Enlisted 2 October 1942
Based Knettishall 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 27 May 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Cooperstown, ND 10 September 1999

Bob and Therese has a terrible car accident on 8-Dec-96 leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Bob died from natural causes with his wife Therese present in Cooperstown ND.

Buried Bethlehem Cemetery Eddy County, ND 13 September 1999

Bethlehem Cemetery
Eddy County,
North Dakota


Date Contributor Update
21 July 2021 17:07:59 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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15 July 2021 06:00:20 Bombay Changes to biography

spelling fix, waste>waist

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27 May 2020 00:07:16 JillCCN Changes to nickname

Daughter Jill

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27 May 2020 00:05:15 JillCCN Changes to biography and events

Daughter Jill

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26 May 2020 21:39:07 JillCCN Changes to mission associations

Father Clayton Robert Christiansen’s mission log book.

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26 May 2020 20:50:22 JillCCN Changes to service number and highest rank

Enlisted record and report of separation

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26 May 2020 20:45:04 JillCCN Changes to nickname


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26 May 2020 04:09:57 JillCCN Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations

My dads flight book

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27 September 2014 18:06:25 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /