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Clement F Leone

Military

Arrived in England December 1943. Completed 5 missions. Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Bailed out, landed in Holland. Was with Dutch Underground six months. Started back to England, got as far as Brussells, Belgium, was turned in by a collaborator. Spent 11 months in prison at Luft IV.

Earlier, 29 December 1943 accident in B24#42-7550 which crashed near Alltebridge after an uncontrollable fire forced the crew to bale out. The pilot Donald Hansen did not have time to escape. A/C was ib a diversion flight from Tibenham. 1KNO 8 RTD

PH/ AM/ POW/ ETO w/ battle star

Service

People

  • Robert Blomberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Gunning

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Donald Hansen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    KNO. December 1943 accident in B24#42-7550 which crashed near Attlebridge after an uncontrollable fire forced the crew to bale out. Hansen did not have time to escape. A/C was on a diversion flight from Tibenham. 1KNO 8 RTD

  • Odell Hooper

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Forced to land due to mechanical problems NE of Balkbrug, Holland on a mission to Rekner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944 in B-24H #42-52175 'Portland Anne'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 700th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

  • 8th Air Force 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

    24 February 1944
    BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets whoch it is thought will frustrate concentration...

Associated Place

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 24 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2017 23:00:35 DRudell Changes to mission associations
Sources

Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe, Section # 28 Baptism, page unknown

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2017 20:27:15 DRudell Changes to person associations
Sources

Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe; Hooper and Leone travelled together through Antwerp, Belgium evading enemy soldiers, attempting to escape enemy-occupied territory.

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2017 19:44:09 DRudell Changes to awards
Sources

Legion of Honor: http://www.gettysburgtimes.com/news/article_6868fa62-01ad-11e0-9eb5-001c...

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2017 19:27:05 DRudell Changes to awards and mission associations
Sources

Awards: http://www.8thafhs-pa.org/member-profiles/clement-leone-445th-bg/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2553 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / self, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol.  I, p. 443

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