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Clifford George McIlveen

Military

Shot down 20 October 1943 Prisoner of War (POW).

Clifford McIlveen enlisted in Portland, Oregon. He was assigned to the 385th Bomb Group in 1943, where he was joined by his brother Clarence, flying wing to wing over Germany, and sleeping in bunks next to one another on base.

Clifford was reported to be taken Prisoner of War on 20 October 1943. He was interned at Stalag Luft I in Barth Germany and was freed in May 1945 by Russian troops. He married and had two children on his return to the US. He joined the Air National Guard in Idaho, sometime before the Korean War, and died in a training accident near Waco Airport, Texas in 1952.

Service

People

  • Fred Browning

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #425913. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • David Carr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Cokins

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Durakov

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Lyle Fryer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • George Good

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Chester Lisiewski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Chester Lisiewski was assigned to the 385th Bomb Group / 550th Bomb Squadron. He was Engineer / Top Turret gunner on B-17 42-5913 "Shack Bunny", lost due to mechanical trouble on the 20 October 1943 mission to Duren, Germany. After landing on the...

  • Clarence McIlveen

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by sustained fighter attacks on a mission to Rostock, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31349. ...

  • Joseph Pittman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Edwin Rinkenberger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5913 Shack Bunny

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 5 May 1943; Kearney 30 May 1943; Dow Field 19 June 1943; Assigned 551BS/385BG Great Ashfield 20 June 1943; Missing in Action Duren 20 October 1943 with Pilot Lyle V. Fryer; Co-pilot: Clifford G. McIlveen; Navigator: John S. Durakov...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Tacoma, WA, USA 28 April 1921
Enlisted Portland, OR, USA 12 March 1942
Prisoner of War Barth, Germany 20 October 1943 – 1945

Assigned to South Barracks, Barrack 2, Room 1. NARA WWII POW records : "returned to Military control 7 November 1945."

Died 3 miles from Waco Airport, Texas 30 March 1952
Buried Morris Hill Cemetery, Idaho

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2016 13:14:05 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 828
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2015 11:06:27 Emily Changes to place associations
Sources

Associated Stalag Luft I

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2015 10:40:12 Emily Changes to middlename, biography and events
Sources

Removed incorrect B-17 from Bio, his brother Clarence was shot down in that aircraft.

Enlistment record

POW Report 20 Oct 1943

Stalag Luft I Roomates
Sister, Marscha on Stalag Luft I website

Death Certificate

Find a Grave

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 828

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