TSGT Eugene M. Clemens

TSGT Eugene M. Clemens

Birth
Death 2 Aug 1942 (aged 26)
Burial Wagner, Charles Mix County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 64204431 · View Source
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On November 2, 1941, Clemens was was flight engineer on a B-17C that crashed near Tells Peak in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California. In stormy weather the plane had serious mechanical problems, went out of control and broke up. Everyone but the pilot was able to bail out successfully.

On August 2, 1942, Clemens was the flight engineer of B-17E #41-2435 assigned to the 19th Bombardment Group, 28th Bombardment Squadron. The plane was part of a flight of B-17s searching for a Japanese convoy near Buna. The aircraft was attacked by ten Zeros and shot down, crashing into the Solomon Sea. Several men bailed out, but only one survived. The men were not officially declared dead by the Army until 1946.

Clemens was from Brule County South Dakota. He received the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

He is also memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines.


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  • Created by: Luella Hinrichsen
  • Added: 14 Jan 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 64204431
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for TSGT Eugene M. Clemens (15 Sep 1915–2 Aug 1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. 64204431, citing ZCBJ Cemetery, Wagner, Charles Mix County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Luella Hinrichsen (contributor 47218988) .