|Birth: ||Apr. 28, 1921|
|Death: ||Jun. 10, 1943|
1st Lt USAAF WWII
34th BG, 7th B Sq
He was born 28 Apr 1921 in Cooperstown, New York, and was the son of George Hyde Clarke and first wife Emily Borie Ryerson Clarke. He was one of several children, Mary Hyde 'Polly', Emily Ryerson, Susan Parker, Janet Averel, Ann Hyde, and Arthur. He was the Navigator on a nighttime training mission on B-24E #42-7119 that crashed due to mechanical failure over Weed, Siskiyou County, California. He did not survive the crash. He died attempting to save his fellow crew member, Sgt Kennedy, in assisting him to exit the aircraft when his gear became hung up on the waist door opening.
He is buried in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown, New York.
The crew members were~
2nd LT Alfred J Demeusy, ASN O-794542, Pilot, from Oakdale NY, Bailed Out
FO George F Churchwell, Jr, ASN T-60915, CoPilot, from Leakesville MS, DNB
1st LT Douglas J Thornburg, ASN O-439091, Instructor Pilot, from Casa Grande AZ, Bailed Out
2nd LT George H Clarke, ASN O-798071, Navigator, from Cooperstown NY. DNB
2nd LT Charles L Wiest, ASN O-736742, Bombardier, from Baltimore MD, Bailed Out
SSGT Willet F Draker, ASN 35329411, Engineer, from Ft Wayne IN, DNB
SSGT William W Powell, Jr, ASN 18117310, Engineer, from Houston TX, DNB
SSGT Alvin Dschaak, ASN 39610191, Radio Operator, from Beulah ND, Bailed Out
SSGT Alonzia E Johnston, Jr, ASN 15323452, Gunner, from Canton OH, DNB
SSGT John F Kennedy, ASN 15333120, Gunner, from Peru IN, DNB
The crew is listed here in the virtual cemetery for B-24E #42-7119
Lt Thornburg, along with his crew, died three weeks later on 06 Jul 1943 in B-24E #42-7160 while on a search and rescue mission for two airmen that bailed out over the Pacific in B-24E #42-7011 'The Eddie Rickenbacker' Major Thorel 'Skip' Johnson's Crew. While on a combat mission over interior China to Bangkok, Thailand, this crew also bailed out of B-24J #42-72835 'Flamingo II' of the 308th BG, 373rd B Sq, although there were several different crew members on board that day. All bailed out safely, however, Pilot Major Thorel 'Skip' Johnson reported that they 'were twenty-one days walking back to [their] base'.
The crash of B-24E #42-7160 and the site was more recently visited and documented by aviation archaeologist and wreckfinder G Pat Macha of www.aircraftwrecks.com.
Sgt Alvin Dschaak was killed later in December 1943 in B-24J #42-73428 ‘Big Nig'; he and 8 others were KIA, there was one survivor, SSgt Robert Renner, who was captured and taken as a POW.
Lt Charles L Wiest and his crew was shot down over Germany on 8 April 1944 in B-24J #42-73506 'Black Jack'; Lt Wiest and 8 other crewman survived and became POWs, however the Pilot, Lt Guy Johnson was killed on the ground.
George Hyde Clarke (1889 - 1955)
Emily Borie Ryerson Cooke (1893 - 1960)
Mary Hyde Clarke Paton (1916 - 1981)*
Susan Parker Clarke (1918 - 1944)*
George Hyde Clarke (1921 - 1943)
New York, USA
Maintained by: B24CoPilotNiece
Originally Created by: Glenn and Tracy Morrow
Record added: Aug 01, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40143980