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Personnel

Capt

Stanley A. CLARK

Hometown During Time of Service: San Antonio, TX
Army Serial Number: O-417600
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 349th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Pilot
Beginning Date of 100th Service: Unknown
Time of Service at Thorpe Abbotts: Unknown - Unknown

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: KIA
Comments: 7 NOV 44 PRACTISE MISSION (flew as Command Pilot)

Media Articles

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Media ItemTypePageVolume/IssueBroadcast SourceTimeDescriptionFile
Stanley Clark, Edward Johnson, Marvin Bowman, John Bennett, Stanley Clark San Antonio QuartetPrintSan Antonio Light Jan 16 194412:00 am
Stanley Clark lead flier in 19 missionsPrintSan Antonio Light Sept 7 194412:00 am
Stanley Clark killed in crashPrintSan Antonio Light Nov 28 194412:00 am

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

1st Lt Stanley A. Clark P KIC 7/11/44 PRACTICE MISSION (With crew of John T. Dyatt)
2nd Lt Merle A. Ehorn CP CPT 26/8/44 BREST (took over Floyd Mason Crew, see below)
2nd Lt George C. Pendleton NAV CPT
2nd Lt Rheubin L. South BOM CPT
S/Sgt George T. Page TTE CPT
Sgt John B. Cortelletty BTG POW 27/4/44 FLOTTEMANVILLE (With crew of W.C. Shaddix)
Sgt Maurice Gill WG CPT 24/7/44 ST LO
Sgt Fred C. Theobald, Jr. WG CPT
Sgt Richard J. Mathieson TG CPT
Sgt William S. Wolfstein ROG CPT

349th Sqdn. Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 28/11/43.
According to Merle Ehorne, LT FRED W. ROBERTSON from Clement Cowan Crew sn# O-808145 (became Radar Navigator and flew on Stanly Clark Lead Crew)

Mission List of S/Sgt Richard Mathieson

DATE TARGET A/C # & NAME TIME
1. 20/12/1943 BREMEN 230799 The Bigassbird II 6:15hrs
2. 24/12/1943 ST.JOSEPH au BOIS (NOBALL) 231249 Miss Carriage 4:00hrs
3. 31/12/1943 PARIS 230799 The Bigassbird II 5:40hrs
4. 04/01/1944 KIEL 237783 Call Her Savage 6:45hrs
5. 05/01/1944 NEUSS 23534 Ol Dad 5:45hrs
6. 11/01/1944 BRUNSWICK 239817 Murderer's Row 5:30hrs
7. 21/01/1944 BOIS D'ESQUERDES (NOBALL) 230487 Torchy 3 4:45hrs
8. 29/01/1944 FRANKFURT 230487 Torchy 3 7:30hrs
9. 30/01/1944 BRUNSWICK 230487 Torchy 3 7:00hrs
10. 04/02/1944 FRANKFURT (ABORT) 230487 Torchy 3 5:00hrs
11. 05/02/1944 ROMILLY sur SEINE 230487 Torchy 3 6:30hrs
12. 24/02/1944 ROSTOCK 231731 No Name 11:00hrs
At this Point, Lt Clark Crew train to becomes a Lead Crew PFF
13. 01/04/1944 LUDWIGSHAVEN (RECALLED) 297577 PFF MZ-N 4:30hrs
14. 13/04/1944 AUGSBURG 297577 PFF MZ-N 8:40hrs
15. 24/04/1944 FRIEDRICHSHAFEN 297577 PFF MZ-N 9:00hrs
16. 29/04/1944 BERLIN 297560 PFF MZ-H Hang the Expense IV 8:15hrs
(Flew with Valesh Crew leading 385th Bomb Group)
17. 12/05/1944 BRUX, CZECH. 297577 PFF MZ-N 9:40hrs
18. 24/05/1944 BERLIN 297577 PFF MZ-N 9:00hrs
19. 29/05/1944 LEIPZIG 297577 PFF MZ-N 8:20hrs
20. 02/06/1944 BOULOGNE, SHORE DEFENSES 297577 PFF MZ-N 5:20hrs
21. 04/06/1944 BOULOGNE (CAP GRIS NEZ) 297683 PFF OE-M 7:00hrs

Around this Point, PFF aircraft and Crews are consolidated to Combat Wings. 95th Bomb Group at Horham becomes home for 13th Combat Wing PFF aircraft and their Crews. Lead Crews from Thorpe Abbotts (100th BG) and Framlingham (390th BG) were now billeted at Horham.

22. 05/06/1944 BOULOGNE 297555 PFF OE-F Old Daniel Boone 6:00hrs
23. 06/06/1944 D-DAY-OUISTREHAM 297555 PFF OE-F Old Daniel Boone 7:15hrs
24. 06/06/1944 D-DAY- FALAISE 297555 PFF OE-F Old Daniel Boone 7:00hrs
25. 11/06/1944 BERCK sur MER, 297555 PFF OE-F Old Daniel Boone 4:15hrs
26. 21/06/1944 RUHLAND 297555 PFF OE-F Old Daniel Boone 11:20hrs
27. 26/06/1944 DROHOBYCZ, POLAND 297555 PFF OE-F Old Daniel Boone 8:15hrs
28. 03/07/1944 ARAD, ROMANIA 2102977 Traps 6:15hrs (flew with Lt Eichen Crew)
29. 05/07/1944 BEZIERS, FRANCE 297555 PFF OE-F Old Daniel Boone 9:15hrs
30. 02/08/1944 TERGNIER, La FERE 297834 Mud in Yer Eye 7:15hrs (flew with Lt G.S. Allen Crew)

42-97577 PFF
Assinged to UK 03/02/44 (Alconbury)
Assigned to 413BS/96BG- MZ-N
Assigned to 335/95BG (OE-Q)
first mission with 95th- 18/06/1944
Assigned Sept 44 to 569BS/390BG CC-C

42-97683 PFF
Originally Assigned to 96th Bomb Group MZ-? April 1944
Assigned to 335BS/95BG (OE-M) June 1944


On 7/11/44,Capt Stan Clark was flying as Command pilot on crew of J.T. Dyatt on a practice
mission. A/C #42-97561 crashed and report reads as follows:
"On 7 November 1944, B-17G, serial number 42-97561, took off from AAE Station #139.
During a bombing run at approximately 1439, a fire developed in the cockpit. The
aircraft left formatlon in a descending turn. Six of the nine-man crew successfully
bailed out. The pilot received fatal injuries when he unsuccessfully attempted to
bailout. The command pilot and engineer remained in the aircraft and received fatal
in]uries on ground impact. The aircraft was destroyed."

See FRAMLINGHAM TIMES p. 14/16 Sept. 1982 issue for story & photo of this crash. A/C
crashed into some cottages at Felixstone and 3 members of a British Anti-Aircraft unit
were killed and another badly burned. See also card of J.T. Dyatt. Also see S.O.C. p. 63
& 93.

Subj: maurice gill pictures and answers to questions
Date: 8/10/2003 2:04:09 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: ronaldgill@sbcglobal.net
To: MPFaley@aol.com
Sent from the Internet (Details)

MAURICE GILL mgill2402@sbcglobal.net

1. Who replaced your Co Pilot Ehorn on the Crew when he took over the Floyd Mason Crew?
Our missions were cmplt.with Ehorn and we went back to states. Ehorn was only co-pilot we had during are missions
2. Do you have a Mission List for Capt Clark Crew (did you fly 25 or 30 missions)
yes, I am sendind list of missions
3. Clark became a Command Pilot and Stayed at Thorpe Abbotts after you guys finished your tour. The only way this happens is if he signed up for a second tour or was promoted to squadron operations? Can you tell me which of these is correct?
I am assuming he signed up for second tour which I am not sure since again we were heading back to the states. He was not promoted to squadron operations.
4. When did you finish your Missions? Was Clark the pilot on all your missions?
July 24,1944..............yes
5. What was the name of the Aircraft you flew?
We flew in many air crafts but most were in the "Path Finder" and "Torchy 2"
6. Was your Crew on leave when the Berlin raids took place in March 1944? That is the only way I can see that you missed those missions.
I am not sure but we did 1 mission in March to Brunswick but on April 29th we flew to Berlin.
7. Do you have any photos of yourself and the Crew?
Yes which I am sending along with these questions and a list of the missions.
8. If Clark was not your Pilot on all your missions, who else was Pilot?
Clark and Ehorn were on all missions .

If you have any more questions of the 349th please let me know and will try to help

Maurice Gill

More answers to Question posed to Maurice Gill Aug 2003 by MPF:

"All i can account for is 31 missions; After june 6th 44 im sure I flew 2 more missions; after june 6 they sent us on r; and r; to ireland for 30 days; came back to thorpe abbot and soon after that we were sent back to the states; Capt; clark stayed behind for a 2nd; tour and flew as command pilot; Lt; Ehorn also signed up for a 2nd tour and took on a new crew;"

"It seems like all our missions were pretty hairy every mission we were always met by me 109s; stukas and folke wolfe 190s; the flak was always very heavy; we flew different planes as lead crew; most of our missions were deep penetrations; at least 7 to 8hrs our plane named "Pathfinder" and "Ole Dan Boone"; we also flew "Torchy 2" on one or two of our missions while our plane was getting patched up;
the only one in our crew who was credited with downed planes was our top turret gunner two confirmed and one probable;
we started flying lead crew after two or three missions; never heard of a lead crew patch"

From: mgill2402@sbcglobal.net
To: MPFaley@aol.com
Sent from the Internet (Details)

Hi Faley,
This is Maurice Gill and I'm returning you my address and phone number
2402 Juliet, Pasadena,
Texas 77502
713-946-4509


MISSIONS OF SGT MAURICE GILL( FLEW 33 MISSIONS BUT CAN ONLY ACCOUNT FOR 31)

1. 20/12/43 BREMEN
2. 24/12/43 ST JOSEPH au BOIS (NO BALL)
3. 31/12/43 PARIS
4. 04/01/44 KIEL
5. 05/01/44 NUESS
6. 11/01/44 OSNABRUCK
7. 21/01/44 NO BALL
8. 29/01/44 FRANKFURT
9. 30/01/44 BRUNSWICK
10. 04/02/44 FRANKFURT
11. 05/02/44 ROMILLY sur SEINE
12. 24/02/44 ROSTOCK
13. 23/03/44 BRUNSWICK
14. 01/04/44 LUDWIGSHAVEN
15. 13/04/44 AUGSBURG
16. 24/04/44 FRIEDRICHSHAFEN
17. 29/04/44 BERLIN
18. 07/05/44 BERLIN
19. 12/05/44 BRUX
20. 25/05/44 LIEGE/BRUSSELS
21. 29/05/44 LEIPZIG
22. 02/06/44 BOULOGNE
23. 04/06/44 BOULOGNE (CAP GRIS NEZ)
24. 05/06/44 BOULOGNE (CAP GRIS NEZ)
25. 06/06/44 D-DAY-OUISTREHAM
26. 06/06/44 D-DAY-FALAISE
27. ? (UNKNOWN
28. ? (UNKNOWN
R&R IN IRELAND FOR 30 DAYS
29. 17/07/44 AUXERRE
30. 18/07/44 KIEL
31. 19/07/44 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN
32. 21/07/44 LUDWIGBURG
33. 24/07/44 ST LO


CREW

2ND LT JOHN T. DYATT P KIC 7 NOV 1944 PRACTICE MISSION
2ND LT JOHN G. EDMUNDS CP CPT 25 FEB 45 MUNICH
2ND LT RALPH C. BOHLSSEN NAV IIC 7 NOV 1944 INJURED
2ND LT PRESTON J. WALLACE BOM IIC 7 NOV 1944 INJURED
CPL NELSON B. McCLAIN ROG CPT 2 DEC 44 KOBLENZ
CPL DONALD A. GUSTAVSON TTE KIC 7 NOV 1944 PRACTICE MISSION
CPL EUGENE M. MOWERY BTG CPT DATE & MISSION UNK (OMAHA, NE)
CPL AUGUST F. KIENITZ WG CPT 6 NOV 1944 NEUMUSTER, AC REPAIRS
CPL CORNELIUS T. ROMANO TG IIC 7 NOV 1944 PRACTICE MISSION
CPL THOMAS J. AMOURY WG X-FERRED TO A B-26 GROUP AT THE CREW REDUCTION TO NINE MEMBERS.

350TH SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 02 AUG 1944

ON A PRACTICE MISSION OF 07 NOV 44 CAPT. STANLEY A. CLARK WAS FLYING AS COMMAND PILOT AND WAS KIC. 1ST LT. HARRY TENNEBAUM FROM THE W.C. SHADDIX CREW, ABOARD AS NAVIGATOR BAILED OUT SAFTELY. FIRE STARTED IN THE COCKPIT AREA, FORCING THE CREW TO ABANDON THE AIRCRAFT. IT IS THOUGHT THAT DYATT MAY HAVE LEFT THE AIRCRAFT WITHOUT HIS CHUTE. GUSTAVSON AND CLARK, FOR REASONS THAT ARE NOT CLEAR, REMAINED IN THE SHIP AND WERE KILLED AT IMPACT. INJURIES TO PRESTON WALLACE WERE SERIOUS, WHILE BOHLSSEN AND ROMANO EASCAPED WITH LESSER INJURIES. CAPT CLARK IS BURIED AT THE AMERICAN MILTARY CEMENTARY AT CAMBRIDGE.

Aboard on 7 Nov 1944

Capt S. A. Clark Command Pilot KIA
Lt. J.T. Dyatt Pilot KIA (Bailed out with no chute)
Lt. Ralph Bohlssen Navigator Severly injured
Lt. Harry Tennebaum Micky Operator Uninjured
T/Sgt Donald Gustafson Flight Engineer KIA
T/Sgt Nelson B. McLain Radio Operator uninjured
Lt. Preston Wallace Bombardier Severly injured
S/Sgt August F. Kienitz Waist Gunner uninjured
S/Sgt C. T. Romano Tail Gunner uninjured

Charles "Hong Kong" Wilson was a eyewitness to this accident, he was flying off the wing ot Dyatt's aircraft at the time.

The following is a letter in reference to the November 7th, 1944 loss of A/C #42-97561 (Batchelor's Heaven") which was flown by Command Pilot Capt. Stanley A. Clark with pilot John T. Dyatt. The letter written by Sgt. Corneluis "Joe" Romano, flying as Tail Gunner, is dated July 1988. This a literal copy of said letter....pw

Nov. 7, 1944. Today WE HAD IT!!
Took off about 11:00 AM it was a practice mission. Flew in a early model B-17, the number was 42-97561 call letter -W-. We were leading the low group, the whole 8th Air Force was out on this special (practice) mission - that's the way it seemed. The reason being to try out our new secret equipment. That day our crew was Bohlseen - Nav, Wallace - Bombardier, Capt. Clark - Command Pilot, Gustafson - Engineer, McClain - Radio Operator, Dyatt - Pilot, H. Tennebaum - PFF operator (Mickey), Klentitz - Waist Gunner, Romano - Tail Gunner.

Gus shot off a flare to indicate we were the lead ship & to form up on our plane, but as far as I know the gun went off in the flight deck. There was a hell of a jolt, the plane went into a dive - I landed behind the ammunition boxes. At first I thought it was prop-wash. I started to plug my intercom cord back in and looked out my window when there was another jolt & I saw that we were pulling out of formation & diving down. After a third jolt I started to look for my chute, it was way back by the tail wheel. I made one dive for the chute and crawled back to my oxygen line, took some deep breaths of oxygen and tried to hook up my chute to the harness. My mask was in the way so I ripped off mask and helmet & hooked up. Then I kneeled by the tail door (It helps when you pray) and looked back toward the waist section. Saw Mac kick the waist door off so I did the same to the tail door. Then, for the first times I saw flames shooting out of the radio room and "Mickey" operator crawling out. Kept hearing little explosions & was waiting for the ship to blow up. Looking out the tail door I saw pieces of the plane going by. I motioned to Mac, :Mickey" and Augie (Kienitz) to jump - they did from the waist & I left from the tail. The last I saw of our ship was when the tail passed me. I then decided to pull the rip cord & there was a terrific jolt & I twisted around in the air, scared but happy as hell to see the chute had worked.

I heard someone shout "Hello There" & before I could answer "Mickey" had collided with me in mid-air. Knowing that if our chutes were to tangle they would collapse and both of us fall to the ground a lot faster than we should, I began to push and curse him. Next thing I knew we were separated - said all the prayers I could remember as loud as I could but still heard "Mickey" yell to me how he had left his Parker 51 pen in the plane. (Strange what goes through you mind at such times.)

Saw Mac & Augie K. in the air & felt good. Some one landed near a little stream (it must have been Wallace), looked down & figured I was about 200 feet from the ground & started to whistle "I Walk Alone" don't ask me why. Guess I wanted to be cool & and was happy to be that close to mother earth. Landed hard and hurt my knee & back and the wind was knocked out of me si I just let the chute drag me for a while until I caught my breath. Finally dug my heels and elbows into the ground & slipped off my harness. P-47 & P-51 buzzed our position. Saw Augie K. about 100 yards away & both ran & limped toward one another hugged. Three girls came by to see if they could help. "Mickey" came by in a small truck with an Englishman driving then Mac came by in a larger truck. We all went to a P-51 base control tower and there we learned that Dyatt had landed in a nearby woods without chute or harness.


CREW

1ST LT FLOYD H. MASON P POW 28 JUL 44 MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY
2ND LT RICHARD LAMBIOTTE CP POW 06 MAR 44 BERLIN, ELECTRICAL EQUIP. TAPS: 17 JUL 1984
2ND LT WILLIAM J. DISHION, JR. NAV CPT 08 AUG 44 ST. SYLVIAN, GROUND DEFENSES TAPS: 18 MAY 1955
2ND LT GEORGE R. MORGAN BOM CPT 14 JUL 44 Le CULOT, AF
T/SGT DWIGHT D. GUTSH ROG CPT 25 JUL 44 SOUTH FRANCE, MAQUIS SUPPLIES TAPS: 21 APR 1978
S/SGT RALPH G. ELLSWORTH TTE RFS TAPS: 11 JUN 1975
S/SGT GEORGE WESTLAKE BTG CPT 29 JUN 44 BOHLEN, OIL REFINERY
S/SGT JAMES E. EUBANKS, JR WG CPT 12 OCT 44 BREMEN, AC FACTORY
S/SGT CHARLES S. LEVEE WG CPT 14 JUL 44 Le CULOT, AF TAPS: 25 OCT 1981
S/SGT FRANK E. TARR TG CPT 14 JUL 44 Le CULOT, AF

349TH SQDN.. CREW JOINED THE 100TH ON 28 NOV 1943

FLOYD MASON WAS COMMAND PILOT WITH J.B. NOBLE ON 28 JUL 44 WHEN LOST. RICHARD LAMBIOTTE WAS FLYING CO-PILOT WITH W.B. MURRAY WHEN LOST.

AIRCRAFT WAS NAMED "ONCE IN WHILE" NOT "MASON AND DIXON " AS IS WIDELY SUPPOSED..jb

AFTER 6 OR 8 MISSIONS, MASON WAS MADE OPERATIONS OFFICER OF THE 349TH AND MERLE "MIKE" EHORN REPLACED HIM. EHORN CAME FROM THE S.A. CLARK CREW.

Bill Dishion was killed in an automobile accident.a mere ten years after the war..

Capt. Dishion Was in Lead Plane on Aug 8, 1944 with Col Tom Jeffrey & Lt N. P. Scott leading the 13 CBW which lead both the 3rd Air Division and 8th Air Force.


CREW
DATE: 27 April 1944 349th Sqdn. A/C #42-3534

TARGET: Thionville AF,France MACR #4268
(Micro-fiche #1517)

1st Lt Winans C.Shaddix P EVADEE
2nd Lt George T.Sullivan CP POW
T/Sgt Raymond C.Lestico NG POW
2nd Lt Cole M.Bailey BOM POW
T/Sgt Frederick H.Erb ROG POW
T/Sgt James H.Lee TTE POW
S/Sgt John B.Cortelletty BTG POW
S/Sgt William F.Cornelius RWG POW
S/Sgt Kenneth V.Hale LWG POW
S/Sgt Hugh Hamilton TG POW

This crew,except for Lestico,Cortelletty & Hale,had joined the 100th Group on 9/3/44-

EYEWITNESS REPORT: "A/C #534 was hit by flak as it left the target area at 1939 hours. No.3 engine began to smoke and the A/C began to lag. It remained with the formation however,until 2010 hours when 10 chutes were seen to come out,and the A/C descended in slow spirals,apparently under AFCE control.'

Capt.Van Steenis,Lt.McGuire,Lt.Harris

In a statement by Lt.Shaddix dated 7 (Dec.?) 1944 he says that the A/C crashed near Ardoye,Belgium and exploded upon impact. It was on fire in air. He and Erb slightly injured. Seven men reported to have been captured by Germans and one man evading. Believed the evadee to be Lt.Sullivan.

Letter from W.C.Shaddix of 24/10/84 states: " John Pontziouis,my regular BT on the crew,came in drunk from an allnight carousing & I refused to let him go with us." The Pontzious record speaks for itself -he was a great one - He had a serious mental problem with guilt after we were lost and was sent home where he was crushed to death (I have heard) in a house moving accident in Michigan. I would give anything if I had just taken him with us." "The regular navigator,Harry Tennenbaum,was not aboard because "Mickey" operators were not supposed to go on short missions."

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Practice Mission
Aircraft:
"Bachelor
Date:
1944-11-07
Cause:
Flare Fire In Cockpit

Burial Information:

Plot:
C
Grave:
50
Row:
3
Cemetery:
Cambridge Military Cemetery

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
CAPT EHORN, Merle A. CP/P CPT
Capt CLARK, Stanley A. P KIA
CAPT PENDLETON, George C. NAV CPT
CAPT SOUTH, Rheubin L BOM CPT
S/SGT PAGE, George T. TTE CPT
T/SGT WOLFSTEIN, William S. ROG CPT
S/SGT CORTELLETTY, John B. BTG POW
S/Sgt GILL, Maurice W. WG CPT
S/SGT THEOBALD, Fred C. WG CPT
S/SGT MATHIESON, Richard J. TG CPT
2nd Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Capt CLARK, Stanley A. P KIA
LT ADAMS, Charles E. CP CPT
3rd Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Capt CLARK, Stanley A. P KIA
Lt DYATT, John T. P KIA