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Frank McLain


Assigned to 417NFS, 50FG, 12AF USAAF. Killed in crash of Bristol Beaufighter V8812, at Westerdale, Yorkshire 22-Jun-43. Killed in Action (KIA)

Awards: PH


Units served with

  • 12th Air Force

    12th Air Force

    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...

  • 50th Fighter Group

    50th Fighter Group

    Before the build-up to D-Day, the group were based in the United States as part of the Fighter School Command and the Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics. In spring 1944 though, like so many other fighter and bomb groups, the 50th Fighter Group...

  • 417th Night Fighter Squadron

    417th Night Fighter Squadron

    The 417th Night Fighter Squadron was activated 20 February 1943. After organisation and training at Kissimmee Air Base near Orlando, Florida, the 417th departed for oversees duty on 5 May 1943 on the Queen Elizabeth, arriving in Scotland six days...


  • V8812

    Issued to RAF, then assigned to 417NFS, 50FG via return lend/lease. Lost on return flight to Scorton base after air firing exercise, when the fuel tanks ran dry, due to fuel system mis-management. 1 x WIA, 2 x KIA.

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born South Dakota 23 July 1922

Frank Sr and Maud [Brown] McLain.

Enlisted Fort Snelling, MN 7 January 1942

Fort Snelling, Minnesota

Based 1943 – 22 June 1943

Assigned to 417NFS, 50FG, 12AF USAAF.

Died Westerdale, Yorks, UK 22 June 1943

Killed in crash of Bristol Beaufighter V8812, at Westerdale, Yorkshire 22-Jun-43. Killed in Action (KIA)

Buried 23 June 1943

Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, Cambs, UK
Plot C Row 2 Grave 71


Date Contributor Update
26 November 2019 21:05:04 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:54 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 160, ABMC, NARA. ABMC has a space between Mc and Lain to pull up info.