Maj Clinton Frederick Schoolmaster

Maj Clinton Frederick Schoolmaster

Birth
Delaware, USA
Death 25 May 1944 (aged 24–25)
Burial Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Plot Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID 56294146 · View Source
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Clinton, who resided in Wilmington, Delaware, served as a Major, Headquarters Squadron, 95th Bomber Wing, 8th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He enlisted in the Army on July 21, 1941, prior to the war, in Wilmington, Delaware. He was noted as being being employed as an Actor and also as being Single, without dependents at the time of his enlistment.

He was reported "Missing In Action" over Europe while commanding a Liberator Squadron when his plane did not return to base.

He had served in the Air Corps two years and ten months at the time of his death and was decorated with a Distinquished Flying Cross and an Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters.

Service # O-435705

Son of Frederick Albert Schoolmaster and Elizabeth McAllister Schoolmaster.

Husband of Janet Balster Schoolmaster.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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Article from b24.net:

Major Schoolmaster was one of the original cadre of Officers assigned to the 392nd as the Group went overseas to Wendling. He was the first Commanding Officer of the 577th Bomb Squadron and had just recently before this date been assigned up to the 14th Combat Wing Headquarters. On this date, Major Schoolmaster was performing a routine 14th CBW task of flying ‘formation's monitor ship' in a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter-type plane in checking over the Combat Wing's (3) B-24 Groups "form up" over England to fly assigned missions this day.

The 392nd had been assigned two (2) separate targets with (2) separate B-24 waves: the first wave to bomb heavy gun emplacements at Fecamp and taking off at 0600 hours; the second wave to strike railroad marshalling yards at Belfort and getting the first bomber airborne at 0615 hours.

As concerned Major Schoolmaster's loss, a War Department letter to Mrs. Schoolmaster dated one year and a day later (26 May 1945) could give no finite details surrounding the certainty of his fate as it stated "...the record concerning your husband shows that he was pilot and sole occupant of a P-47 airplane which was unreported after the take-off from Halesworth Airdrome, Suffolk County, England, at 9:07 a.m., 25 May 1 955. Major Schoolmaster was monitoring aircraft that day, and that after helping the aircraft form for an operational mission, he was then to return to his home station....in view of the fact that twelve months have now expired without the receipt of evidence to support continued presumption of survival, the War Department must terminate such absence by a presumptive finding of death. Accordingly, as required by law, it includes a presumptive date of death for the termination of pay and allowances this date has been set as 26 May 1945, the day following the expiration of twelve months; absence ". Maj. Schoolmaster's name appears on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery. At the time of his death, he was assigned to Headquarters Squadron, 95th Bomber Wing. Awards were the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters. His home of mailing for the War Department letter to his wife was Wilmington, Delaware.

( Article found by: John Dowdy )

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Delaware.

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56294146
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Clinton Frederick Schoolmaster (1919–25 May 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56294146, citing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .