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Personnel

S/Sgt

Clyde Otis LOVELL

Hometown During Time of Service: San Angelo, TX
Army Serial Number: 34137223
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 349th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Waist Gunner
Beginning Date of 100th Service: Unknown
Time of Service at Thorpe Abbotts: Unknown - Unknown

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: KIA
MACR: 00778
CR: 00778
Comments: 24 SEP 43 PRACTISE MISSION/DITCHED N.SEA)

Media Articles

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Media ItemTypePageVolume/IssueBroadcast SourceTimeDescriptionFile
Clyde Lovell marries -backgroundPrintSan Angelo Standard Times July 18 194312:00 am
Clyde Lovell MIAPrintMcComb Daily Journal Oct 12 194312:00 am
Clyde Lovell MIA 2PrintSan Angelo Standard Times Oct 12 194312:00 am
Clyde Lovell memorial services PrintSan Angelo Evening Standard Oct 18 194412:00 am

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

DATE: 24 Sept.1943 349th Sqdn. A/C #42-30259 Damifino II

TARGET: Practice Mission MACR #778 (Micro-fiche #257)

2nd Lt John G.Gossage P Rescued & later a POW (3/3/44) Berlin
2nd Lt William S. Grier CP KIA
2nd Lt Walter Nichols Jr NAV POW 8/10/43 Bremen (with Lt Becktoft Crew)
2nd Lt Theodore J.Don BOM Rescued & CPT sn# 0-676883
T/Sgt William S.Humphrey TTE Rescued & later a POW (3/3/44)
S/Sgt Ralph Schulte RWG KIA
T/Sgt Michael W.Gillen ROG Rescued & CPT
S/Sgt Francis J.DeCooman BTG KIA
S/Sgt Bruce E.Alshouse TG Rescued & CPT (1994 President of the 100th BG Association)
S/Sgt Clyde O.Lovell LWG KIA

This crew joined the 100th Group in August 1943 a few days after the Regensburg raid of 17/8/43.(17 Aug 43). Flying with the Crew on the Sept 24, 1943 mission was 2nd Lt Ward Dalton(Nav) in place of Lt Nichols and was KIA.

On 24/9/43 a rather sudden en practice mission was scheduled and it was dis-covered that this crew's regularly assigned A/C was still loaded with bombs from a mission scrubbed earlier that day. Another A/C was assigned the crew and in the rush to take off at the proper time, it was not immediately discovered that the ten machine guns were stored in the nose compartment.

While over the North sea on the practice mission, about 10/15 enemy fighters jumped the formation and left Gossage's ship badly shot up and #3 engine and part of the right wing burning fiercely. Gossage ordered the crew to bail out but he rode the ship to a crash landing in the sea. After about an hour in the water, Gossage, Don, Humphrey, Gillen and Alshouse were picked up by Air-Sea Rescue. Bodies of Schulte & DeCooman were never recovered and their names are inscribed on the Wall Of The Missing at Cambridge, Eng. Bill Grier is buried in the Cambridge Cemetary.

On 3/3/44, Gossage flying with a new crew was shot down on a mission to Berlin and became a POW. Sgt.Humphrey, with the crew of R.D.Vollmer, went down on that same mission and became a POW.

See Bruce Alshouse record for a description of the rescue, it was not Air Sea Rescue, rather a Royal Navy combat flottila.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Practice Mission
Aircraft:
"Damdifino II" (42-30259)
Date:
1943-09-24
Cause:
EAC - CS

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
Ardennes, Neuville-en-Cond, Belgium

Photos

Clyde O. Lovell 349th LWG

Clyde O. Lovell 349th LWG Mississippi KIA 24 Sep 43 North Sea John G. Gossage Crew Photo courtesy of Paul Patist

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt GOSSAGE, John G. P POW
LT GRIER, William S. CP KIA
LT MCNEILL, Bertrand D. CP POW
LT NICHOLS, Walter NAV POW
F/O WARNER, Edward A. NAV POW
LT DON, Theodore J. BOM CPT
T/SGT COOPER, Arthur A. TTE POW
T/SGT HUMPHREY, William S. TTE POW
T/SGT GILLEN, Michael W. ROG CPT
S/SGT DECOOMAN, Francis J. BTG KIA
S/SGT WOODERSON, Thomas R. BTG POW
S/SGT GREGG, James W. WG POW
S/Sgt LOVELL, Clyde WG KIA
S/Sgt POLANICK, Michael G. WG POW
S/SGT SACKRIDER, Donald B. WG POW
S/Sgt SCHULTE, Ralph WG KIA
S/SGT ALSHOUSE, Bruce E. TG CPT
S/SGT CONGROVE, Arthur V.R. TG POW