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Clifton Enoch Jr

Military

From Princeton, KY, Lt. Clifton Enoch Jr. flew with the 368th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, from 15 February 1945 until 19 March 1945, when he was KIA. The Lieutenant is remembered on the Wall of the Missing in the Henri-Chapelle Cemetery.

On March 19th we furnished support for the 1st Force, 3rd Air Division hitting targets at Halle. Major Cranfill leading. Over the target 13 to 15 Me 262s flying in flights of 2 to 4 aircraft attacked an unidentified formation of bombers. Three of our flights engaged these enemy aircraft but the jets evaded by their superior speed. Major Cranfill engaged two of these Me 262s and succeeded in destroying one of them and damaging the other. While making the attack on these enemy aircraft Major Cranfill’s wingman 2nd Lt. Clifton Enoch Jr., was last seen to crash at 1415 hours in the vicinity of Halle. Major Cranfill gives the following account of this incident:

“On 19 March, 1945, I was leading white flight on an area support mission to Halle. 2nd Lt. Clifton Enoch was flying my wing. He was flying about 500 yards behind me and a little to the left, when we engaged an enemy aircraft. As the enemy aircraft went into a dive to the left I pulled up at 5,000 feet to watch him crash. Immediately after the enemy aircraft crashed I saw another explosion about a quarter of a mile away. I looked around for Lt. Enoch but could not see him, nor could I get an answer on the radio. I can only assume that Lt. Enoch was so absorbed in watching the enemy aircraft that he did not realize how low he was until it was too late to pull up. I did not actually see his airplane in a dive previous to seeing the explosion. The time was between 1410 and 1415, and the vicinity East of Leipzig, Germany.”

Feb. -March 19, 1945, Pilot on P51D Mustang. Crashed east of Leipzig after failing to pull out of a dive. Killed in Action (KIA). Memorialized on Tablets of the Missing, at Henri-Chapelle Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium. After 63 years, Lt. Enoch's body has been recovered from the crash site in East Germany and is being returned to his son, Howard Enoch III, who was born 3 months after his father's death. The US Government's Research and Recovery Team is still at work trying to find all WW II remains. See article on story in 359th FG file in Library Reference Drawer. His remains have finally been identified and Lt. Enoch will be buried on 22 Spet 2008 at Arlington. Plane name was 'Happy'

Air Medal, Purple Heart

Service

People

  • Niven Cranfill

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    An Ace, Lt. Col. Niven K. Cranfill of Temple, TX, served with HQ and the 368th, 369th, and 370th Fighter Squadrons, from April 1943 through 22 April 1945, flying 133 combat missions in two tours of duty with the 359th Fighter Group. ...

Units served with

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Marion, Kentucky 8 April 1905
Died 15 April 1945
Killed in Action (KIA)
Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2019 11:47:00 Emily Changes to biography and place associations
Sources

Transferred biography by Janet Fogg, 359th Fighter Group Historian, from media record

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Gary Zaetz, friend / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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