SSgt Clarence Bernard Heidrich


SSgt Clarence Bernard Heidrich

New York, USA
Death 15 Sep 1943 (aged 29–30)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot B Row 6 Grave 29
Memorial ID 56372927 View Source
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Husband of Maple J. Heidrich who resided in St. Louis, Missouri.

Clarence served as a Staff Sergeant & Right Waist Gunner on B-17 "Pat Hand" #42-30607, 337th Bomber Squadron, 96th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Chenango County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on July 29, 1942 in Binghamton, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the woodworking occupation and also as Single, with dependents.

He was married after his enlistment.

Clarence was "Killed In Action" when his B-17, while returning from a bombing run in the Hispano/Suisa complex, was hit by enemy ground anti-aircraft fire and crashed in Central Paris, France during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

He was interred, side by side, with six other members of his crew here at the Epinal American Cemetery.

Service # 32383489

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Airmen who perished on B-17 #42-30607 & are interred Side By Side at Epinal:

Heidrich, Clarence B ~ S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, NY
Mings, William P ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, NE
Mullin, Vernon C ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, OH
Murphy, Kenneth E ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, CO
Newell, Myron ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, IN
Shelden, Fred E ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, IL
Young, John E ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, PA

Above Info on Bomber Crew Members being interred "Side By Side" at Epinal submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson.

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Airmen who perished on B-17 #42-30607 & are interred in other locations:

Jackson, John H, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot Observer, MO
Lachterman, David ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Orloski, Raymond F ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, PA

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Airmen who became POW from B-17 #42-30607:

Ferrucci, Sol ~ T/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner

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Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett



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