Skip to main content
Edit entry 

Herbert Walter Claxton

Military

Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux in B-17 42-31315 'Liberty Run', on 19-Jun-44; flak shot off the tail, A/C ditched in Bay of Biscay. Interned (INT) in Spain.

Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

Service

People

  • Garrett Filemyr

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux in B-17 42-31315 'Liberty Run', on 19-Jun-44; flak shot off the tail, A/C ditched in Bay of Biscay. Interned (INT) in Spain. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lavata Melton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • John Schulz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group

Show more

Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107084 'Betty's Revenge'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 16/2/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Grenier 3/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-G] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; Missing in Action Politz, Poland 7/10/44 with Alex Harasym, Clarry Barsuk, Glen Topic, Jarvis Friduss, Emanuel Saylor, John Bailey, George Capps ...

  • 42-31315 Liberty Run

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/10/43; Gr Island 1/11/43; Romulus 18/11/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-C] Deenethorpe 23/12/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 19/6/44 with Garrett Filemyr, Co-pilot: Herb Claxton, Navigator: Ed Robinson, Bombardier: Bob Monteil, Flight...

  • 42-97478 Shade Ruff #2

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N. I. 20/1/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG Glatton 9/1/44; 749BS; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-Q] Deenethorpe 11/3/44. ...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lakewood, NJ 24 March 1922

Son of Walter Underwood and Catherine Yale [Kelsey] Claxton.

Lived in Ocean County, NJ 1942
Enlisted New York City, NY 8 July 1942

New York City, New York

Based Deenethorpe June 1944 – October 1944

Assigned to 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Interned (INT) Spain 19 June 1944 – 4 July 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux in B-17 42-31315 'Liberty Run', on 19-Jun-44; flak shot off the tail, A/C ditched in Bay of Biscay. Interned (INT) in Spain.

Discharged USAAF 12 July 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Largo, FL 21 January 1997

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2021 16:54:51 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28652616
https://www.fold3.com/image/28739045
https://www.fold3.com/image/675411094
https://www.fold3.com/image/206146898
https://www.fold3.com/record/16100100/herbert-w-claxton-social-security-...
https://www.fold3.com/record/83552188/herbert-w-claxton-wwii-army-enlist...
https://www.fold3.com/record/629155364/herbert-claxton-1922-veterans-aff...
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2639
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Crews/Details.aspx?CrewId=12071

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2021 00:51:30 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5999 / MACR 5999,

href="http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2639">http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2639> / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Share