Clifford R. STARKEY
Additional 100th Service Notes
Comments and Notes
1ST LT ROY F. CLAYTOR
CREW #11 A/C #42-5862 "DURATION + 6" MACR #678 CREW WAS FLYING#42-5867 "ALICE FROM DALLAS" ON AUG 17, 1943
1ST LT ROY F. CLAYTOR P: EVADEE 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
2ND LT RAYMOND J. NUTTING, JR CP: EVADEE 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
2ND LT OSCAR C. AMISON, JR. NAV: POW 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
2ND LT KENNETH R. LORCH BOM: POW 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
T/SGT JOHN W. BURGIN TTE: EVADEE 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
S/SGT CHARLES K. BAILEY WG: EVADEE 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
T/SGT STEVEN S. KOPCZEWSKI ROG: KIA 25 JUL 43 KIEL (CREW #17)
S/SGT ROBERT H., WUSSOW BTG: KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT JOSEPH E. KEHOE WG: NOC
S/SGT EDWARD A. MUSANTE TG: KIA 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
ON THE REGENSBURG MISSION THIS CREW WAS THE LEAD CREW OF THE SECOND ELEMENT, LOW SQUADRON. AT 1020 FIGHTERS ATTACKED THE LOW SQUADRON OVER EASTERN BELGIUM AND SEVERELY DAMAGED THE AIRCRAFT CAUSING CLAYTOR TO SOUND THE BAIL-OUT ALARM. EIGHT OF THE MEN ABOARD GOT OUT SAFELY, BUT MUSANTE'S CHUTE CAUGHT ON THE HORIZONTAL STABLIZER AND WAS KILLED WHEN THE PLANE EXPLODED IN MID-AIR OR WHEN IT CRASHED. WILLIAM M. HINTON, WHO WAS FLYING IN PLACE OF ROBERT WUSSO, APPARENTLY DID NOT BAIL OUT- HE MAY HAVE STAYED TOO LONG TO ASSIST MUSANTE- AND WAS KILLED. BOTH HINTON AND MUSANTE WERE GIVEN A MILITARY FUNERAL AND WERE BURIED 20 AUG 43 ON THE AIRDROME AT ST. TROND. HINTON'S GRAVE NUMBER IS #287 AND MUSANTE'S #268
On the Regensburg mission this crew was the lead crew of the second element of
the low squadron. Wingmen were Ronald Braley and Thomas Hummel, both of
whom also went down.
At 1020 a swarm of fighters attacked the low squadron over eastern Belgium and so
severely damaged the aircraft that Claytor sounded the bail out alarm. Eight of the
men aboard got out safely but .Musante's chute caught on the horizontal stabilizer
and, when the plane exploded in mid air, or when it crashedl he was killed. A
William M. Hinton, who was flying in place of Robert H. Wussow, apparently did not
bail out he may have stayed too long to assist Musante and was killed. Both
Hinton and Musante were given a military funeral and were buried 20 August 1943
"on the Airdrame St. Trond." Hinton in grave #287 and Musante in grave #268.
Two other replacements flying on the crew that day were, William M. Quinn as radio
operator and Clifford R. Starkey as waist gunner. Starkey became a POW but Quinn
evaded capture and made it back to England.
Claytor, Nutting, Burgin and Bailey also were successful in evading capture and,
after months with the underground, got back to England. Kenny Lorch was finally
made a POW after hiding out nearly eight months
It was the 10th mission for most of the crew but only number two for Hinton.
When questioned, after the war, as to Musante, Claytor had this to say: "He was a
strange boy and was frequently given to air sickness. I think he was actually afraid
of the air. However, I mentioned having him removed from the crew several times
but he always persuaded me to keep him. He seemed to be brave and courageous
except I believe he had an inherent fear of the air. I admired him very much and
have never seen him fail in anything but I do believe he was afraid to bail out.
Crew #11 Continued
Charles Bailey's statement as regards Musante was as follows: "Musante was the TG
and I was the WG. I always took a personal interest in him because I was older then
he, and he seemed to depend on me to a great extent. He always had trouble
hearing over the intercam and I always made it a point to be sure that he always
understood the cammands given over the intercom so when the pilot gave the
command to bail out I checked with Musante and he started making preparations
to bail out. We both went to the escape hatch and I pulled the emergency release,
and Musante stepped up to jumpl but for same reason he changed his mind, and
motioned for me to jump first. Because two engines were on fire, and the plane
seemed to be going down fast, I couldn't see any reason to waste ,more time, so I
jumped. After my chute opened, I tried to keep my eye on the plane to see how
many chutes opened but all I could ever see was eight chutes.
The underground organization that helped me told me that one of the crew
members was killed when the plane went dcwn because his chute hung on the
plane and fram their description I knew it was Musante.
KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:
"Alice From Dallas" (42-5867)
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|NUTTING, Raymond J.
|AMISON, Oscar C.
|LORCH, Kenneth R.
|BURGIN, John W.
|KOPCZEWSKI, Steven S.
|QUINN, William M.
|HINTON, William M.
|WUSSOW, Robert H.
|KEHOE, Joseph E.
|STARKEY, Clifford R.
|MUSANTE, Edward A.