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Eugene C Clowe

Military

22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as Tail Gunner of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew.

31-Mar-43 Killed in Action (KIA) while serving as the Tail Gunner of B-17F #42-29573 "Two Beauts", 303BG/358BS in mid-air collision with B-17F #41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG 360BS during assembly for a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. This occurred less than an hour from takeoff with each carrying 6 bombs for the mission to Rotterdam. The planes crashed at Mears Ashby and 303rd reports a memorial to the two crews is there.

Participated in 3 Operations. See Biography events.

Service

People

  • James Dunn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    31-Mar-43 Killed in Action (KIA) as Pilot of B-17F #42-29573 "Two Beauts" in midair collision with B-17F #41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS. This occured less than an hour from takeoff with each carrying 6 bombs for the mission to Rotterdam. The...

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Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29520 Fertile Myrtle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/42; Salina 9/1/43; Morrison 12/2/43; Homestead 17/2/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-O] Molesworth 6/3/43; transferred 323BS/91BG [OR-S] Bassingbourn 7/9/43; Missing in Action Bremen 8/10/43 with John Karp, Co-pilot: Dave Boswell,...

  • 42-29573 Two Beauts

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-29573 [VK-H] "Two Beauts" 303BG/358BS was delivered at Denver 6-Jan-43; Salina 12-Jan-43; Morrison 12-Feb-43; Homestead 15-Feb-43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-H] Molesworth 6-Mar-43 ...

  • 42-5432 The Hunting Club

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/12/42; ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 45

    18 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens at Vegesack-Bremen are the primary target of this mission. 76 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (18) and 306BG (20). These are joined by 17 B-24's: 44BG (9) and 93BG (15). Of the 103 aircraft despatched 97 are effective...

  • VIII Bomber Command 47

    28 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville are the primary target. 79 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (22); 303BG (18); 305BG (19); 306BG (20). Of the 79 B-17's despatched 70 are effecrive on the target. One B-17 is MIA and 9 are damaged. The bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 48

    31 March 1943
    The shipyards ar Rotterdam, Holland are the primary target. 78 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (20); 305BG (19) and 306BG (19). The weather prevents bombing by 91BG and 306BG reducing the total effective on the target to 33 of the 78 despatched....

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned to Unit Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 22 February 1943

Assigned as Tail Gunner with the crew of 2LT James R. Dunn at Molesworth, UK.

Mission #1, SSGT Eugene C. Clowe, w/B-17F 42-29520, 303BG/358BS Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 18 March 1943

Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 42-29520, 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat construction yards at Vegesack, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #2, SSGT Eugene C. Clowe, w/B-17F 42-5432, 303BG/358BS Rouen, France 28 March 1943

Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 42-5432 "The Hunting Club", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. RTB OK.

Killed on Mission (KOM) Mears Ashby, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN6, UK 31 March 1943

Killed when the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision over Mears Ashby, UK during assembly.

Mission #3, SSGT Eugene C. Clowe, w/B-17F 42-29573, 303BG/358BS - KOM Rotterdam, Netherlands 31 March 1943

Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 42-5432 "The Hunting Club", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. The aircraft sustained a mid-air collision during assembly and crashed. He was Killed on Mission. KOM

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2021 19:16:49 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Corrected a typo in the "Summary biography" - "Participated" was misspelled.

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2020 20:14:39 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2019 21:37:01 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Added a connection to pilot James R. Dunn.

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 23:18:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 23:15:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 28-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/026.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 23:13:26 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 23:09:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2016. Added Assigned to Unit event per 303BG webiste, Gary Moncur, Historian, James R. Dunn crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/358dunn.html

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 23:07:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 14-Mar-2014. Added initial assignment info, loss details and Participations statement to Summary Biography; Made connections to Place, AIrcraft and Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, James R. Dunn crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/358dunn.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit history, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 94, 303rd web site

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