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George A McClellan

Military

Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Baled out successfully unwounded. when next seen by crewmember, he was unconscious with a broken back and skull fracture, succumbed to his wounds same day. Died of Wounds (DOW). later changed to Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11127

Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • John Conroy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. In baling out, was struck by open bomb bay doors resulting in a damaged shoulder and sustaining a...

  • Erwin Halvorson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31597 Landa

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/11/43; Salt Lake 28/11/43; Cheyenne 17/12/43; Kearney 20/12/43; Romulus 6/1/44; Grenier 9/1/44; Presque Is 12/1/44; Prestwick 15/1/43; Assigned 527/BS/379BG [FO-C] Kimbolton 30/1/44; Missing in Action Zeitz 30/11/44 with John Conroy...

  • 42-32024 Swamp Fire

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Swamp Fire was the first Heavy Bomber to reach 100 Missions - "Without an Abort" for the 379th BG. She was chosen to participate in the 28 May 1944 top secret "Grapefruit" mission to drop Americans first Glide bomb 20+ miles from the primary target of...

Missions

  • 731

    30 November 1944

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Camden, New Jersey 15 November 1923

Son of Robert J and Augusta 'Gussie' A McClellan.

Based Kimbolton 1944 – 30 November 1944

Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Zietz, Germany 30 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11127

Buried Liepzig, Germany 7 December 1944

Interred
East cemetery Liepzig
Grave X9.K2

Buried Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, NJ 1948

Re-Interred
Beverly National Cemetery
Beverly,
Burlington County, NJ

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2019 12:15:07 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/30641833
https://www.fold3.com/image/32187651
https://www.fold3.com/image/191992558?rec=191992649
https://www.fold3.com/image/310758601?rec=299289743
https://sites.google.com/site/swampfireorg/home/photo-album-crew/-erwin-...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/2521004/george-a-mcclellan

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11127; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 331

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