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Full Name:
Clarence Spottswood Towles, Jr. 1
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Clarence S Towles 2
Age in 1930: 59 2
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1918 1
Virginia 1
Male 1
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Estimated Birth Year: 1871 2
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1948 1
Albuquerque, NM 1
Cause: Plane Crrash. 1
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Place: NORTHUMBERLAND County, Virginia 2
From: 1930 2
Enumeration District: FAIRFIELD MAGISTERIAL DIST 2
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Lt Col. Clarence Spotswood Towles, Jr. 12th Bomb Group

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Capt Clarence S Towles, (Ret Lt Col) 12h Bomb Group, WWII /MTO
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Capt. Clarence S Towles was in the 12th Bomb Group, 12th AF Africa /B-25 Mitchell Medium Bombers, WW II /MTO. 

Clarence and Mary Towles 1st child was a daughter Mildred A Towles (Born 11 Nov. 1905) and then a son Clarence Spottswood Towles, Jr. (Born 1918)  In Reedville, Virginia.

TOWLES            CLARENCE           S      12 03 48      Socorro             306

Clarence Spottswood Towles was the brother of my father's mother. He died in 1948 in a plane crash near Albuquerque, New Mexico. I believe he was a Lt. Colonel at the time, and he was only 30 years old. The letter that is in the personal affects was addressed to my grandmother, who passed away in the mid 1990s.  Information is coming from Clarence's Great-Nephew, Mark Wooding of Richmond VA.

ALSO,     My son came across the pictures of Spottswood's memorabilia with your name on them.  I am curious where you obtained them.  My late husband, Mark B. Wooding, Jr. was the son of Mildred Towles Wooding, Spottswood's sister.  Mary Wooding (NIECE) and Mark would be her son.

Lt Col Clarence S Towels, Jr. COMMANDER, Jul-Dec.'48

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Lt Col Clarence Towles, C.O. of 12th Reconnaisance Squadron (Squadron Emblem)

Lt Col Clarence S Towels, Jr. (See Commanders -- about 1/3 down)

12 RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON (ACC)
Lineage. Organized as 12 Aero Squadron on 2 Jun 1917. Redesignated as: 12 Squadron (Observation) on 14 Mar 1921; 12 Observation Squadron on 25 Jan 1923; 12 Observation Squadron (Medium) on 13 Jan 1942; 12 Observation Squadron on 4 Jul 1942; 12 Reconnaissance Squadron (Fighter) on 31 May 1943; 12 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 13 Nov 1943. Inactivated on 31 Mar 1946. Redesignated as 12 Reconnaissance Squadron, Photographic (Jet Propelled) on 9 Jul 1946. Activated on 29 Jul 1946. Redesignated as 12 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photographic-Jet on 14 Jun 1948. Inactivated on 28 Mar 1949. Redesignated as 12 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night Photographic on 5 Feb 1951. Activated on 25 Feb 1951. Redesignated as 12 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night Photographic-Jet on 23 Feb 1959. Discontinued on 8 Mar 1960. Redesignated as 12 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photographic-Jet, and activated on 3 Nov 1965. Organized on 1 Jul 1966. Redesignated as: 12 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 1 Oct 1966; 12 Reconnaissance Squadron on 1 Nov 1991. Inactivated on 30 Sep 1992. Activated on 8 Nov 2001.
 
Assignments. Unkn, 2 Jun 1917-May 1918; I Corps Observation Group, May-Nov 1918; unkn, Nov 1918-1 Oct 1919; 1 Army Observation Group, 1 Oct 1919 (attached to 1 Surveillance Group from 13 Oct 1919); 1 Surveillance Group, 24 Mar 1920; Eighth Corps Area, 27 Jun 1921 (divisional aviation for 1 Cavalry Division, Sep 1921-Jun 1926, and for 2 Division, Jun 1924-c. Oct 1931; detachment at Field Artillery School, 1 Jul 1927-1 Jun 1928); 12 Observation Group, 1 Oct 1930; Eighth Corps Area, 1 Jun 1937; Fifth Corps Area (attached to 7 Cavalry Brigade [later, 1 Armored Division]), 20 Jun 1937; Armored Force, 2 Oct 1940; 73 Observation Group, 1 Sep 1941; V Air Support Command, 21 Jan 1942; 67 Observation (later, 67 Reconnaissance; 67 Tactical Reconnaissance) Group, 29 Mar 1942; 10 Photographic (later, 10 Reconnaissance) Group, 13 Jun 1944 (attached to 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Group to c. 11 Aug 1944); Continental Air Forces (later, Strategic Air Command), 15 Feb-31 Mar 1946. 363 Reconnaissance Group (attached to Twelfth Air Force), 29 Jul 1946; 67 Reconnaissance (later, 67 Tactical Reconnaissance) Group, 24 Jul 1947-28 Mar 1949. 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 25 Feb 1951 (attached to 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Jun-24 Nov 1954 and 1 Jul-30 Sep 1957); 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Oct 1957-8 Mar 1960. Tactical Air Command, 3 Nov 1965; 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Jul 1966; 460 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 9 Sep 1966; 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 31 Aug 1971-30 Sep 1992 (under operational control of 26 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 5 May-4 Jun 1974, 7 Jul-7 Aug 1981, 15 May-11 Jun 1984, and 27 Aug-24 Sep 1987; flight attached to Tactical Fighter Wing, Provisional 35, 14 Jan-10 May 1991). 9 Operations Group, 8 Nov 2001-.
 
Stations. San Antonio, TX, 2 Jun 1917; Wilbur Wright Field, OH, 8 Jul 1917; Garden City, NY, 2 Nov-3 Dec 1917; St Maixent, France, 1 Jan 1918; Chaumont, France, 16 Jan 1918; Amanty, France, 2 Feb 1918; Ourches, France, 3 May 1918; Flin, France, 13 Jun 1918; Saints, France, 29 Jun 1918; Francheville, France, c. 6 Jul 1918; Moras Ferme (near La Ferte-sous Jouarre), France, 22 Jul 1918; May-en-Multien, France, 3 Aug 1918; Coincy, France, 10 Aug 1918; Chailly-en-Brie, France, 12 Aug 1918; Toul, France, 22 Aug 1918; Remicourt, France, 20 Sep 1918; Julvecourt, France, 3 Nov 1918; Mercy-le-Haut, France, 21 Nov 1918; Trier, Germany, 6 Dec 1918; Coblenz, Germany, 30 Dec 1918; Colombey-les-Belles, France, 16 Apr 1919; Le Mans France, 5 May 1919; Brest, France, 20 May-2 Jun 1919; Mitchel Field, NY, 17 Jun 1919; Scott Field, IL, 6 Jul 1919; Kelly Field, TX, 13 Oct 1919; Ft Bliss, TX, 9 Jan 1920 (flight operated from Douglas, AZ, from 10 Jan 1920); Nogales, AZ (flight operated from Douglas, AZ), 12 Apr 1920; Douglas, AZ (flight operated from Nogales, AZ), c. Feb 1921; Ft Bliss, TX, 28 Sep 1921 (detachment at Ft Sam Houston, TX, after 26 Jun 1924); Ft Sam Houston, TX, 22 Jun 1926 (detachment at Post Field, OK, 1 Jul 1927-1 Jun 1928; detachment operated from Ft Huachuca, AZ, 6 Apr-10 May 1929): Brooks Field, TX, 31 Oct 1931; Godman Field, KY, 20 Jun 1937 (flight at Post Field, OK, 1 Jun 1937-30 Nov 1940); Esler Field, LA, 20 Mar-12 Aug 1942; Membury, England, 7 Sep 1942; Greenham Common, England, 16 Dec 1943; Aldermaston, England, 9 Jan 1944; Chilbolton, England, 1 Mar 1944; Middle Wallop, England, 14 Mar 1944; Le Molay, France, c. 5 Jul 1944; Rennes, France, 11 Aug 1944; Chateaudun, France, 24 Aug 1944; St Dizier, France, 12 Sep 1944; Giraumont, France, 30 Nov 1944; Euren, Germany, 29 May 1945; Ober Olm, Germany, 2 Apr 1945; Furth, Germany, 28 Apr 1945-15 Feb 1946; Bolling Field, DC, 15 Feb-31 Mar 1946. March Field (later, AFB), CA, 29 Jul 1946-28 Mar 1949. Komaki AB, Japan, 25 Feb 1951; Taegu AB, South Korea, 15 Mar 1951; Kimpo AB, South Korea, 21 Aug 1951; Itami AB, Japan, 8 Nov 1954; Yokota AB, Japan, 14 Aug 1956-8 Mar 1960. Mountain Home AFB, ID, 1 Jul-2 Sep 1966; Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam, 9 Sep 1966-31 Aug 1971; Bergstrom AFB, TX, 31 Aug 1971-30 Sep 1992 (deployed at Ramstein AB and Zweibrucken AB, Germany, 5 May-4 Jun 1974; Zweibrucken AB, Germany, 7 Jul-7 Aug 1981, 15 May-11 Jun 1984, and 27 Aug-24 Sep 1987; flight deployed at Shaikh Isa AB, Bahrain, 14 Jan-10 May 1991). Beale AFB, CA, 8 Nov 2001-.

Commanders. Maj L. G. Heffernan, 2 Jun 1917; Lt George F. Hughes, 18 Oct 1917-23 Jan 1918; Maj Harry M. Brown, 28 Jan 1918; Maj Lewis H. Brereton, 29 Mar 1918; Capt S. N. Noyes, 1 Jul 1918; Lt R. C. Paradise, 25 Oct 1918-unkn; Maj John C. Kennedy, 1937; Capt Robert M. Lee, 1937; Capt H. L. Alnexs, 1 Jul 1941; Capt R. S. Morrison, Jan 1942; Maj James R. Haun, 10 Jul 1942; Maj Russell E. Berg, 24 Oct 1943; Capt Dickman R. French, 6 Dec 1943; Lt Col Gordon H. Woodrow, 1 Feb 1944; Maj John E. Florence, 2 Feb 1945; Maj Robert H. Holbury, 14 Jul 1945; Capt William M. Winberry, 22 Jul 1945; Capt Wilbur A. Tapscott, 25 Jul 1945-15 Feb 1946. Col Leon W. Gray, 31 Aug 1946; Lt Col Arvis L. Hilpert, 16 Aug 1947;********** Lt Col Clarence S. Towles Jr., Jul-3 Dec 1948;**********   Lt Col Arvis L. Hilpert, unkn-28 Mar 1949. Lt Col Thomas J. Price, 25 Feb 1951; Maj Harry W. Trimble, 24 Apr 1951; Lt Col Eugene H. Mitchell, 8 Nov 1951; Maj Cicero J. Ellen, Apr 1952; Lt Col George T. Prior, Jul 1952; Maj James C. McIver, Jul 1952; Lt Col Eldon Davis, 25 Nov 1952; Lt Col Arthur J. Staveley, 1953; Lt Col George R. Root, 1 Sep 1953-unkn; Maj Thomas G. Tharp, c. Jun 1955; Lt Col Dale F. Benadom, 14 Aug 1956; Lt Col Earl A. Butts, 1959-1960. Lt Col Elmer Froman, 1 Jul 1966; Lt Col Bernard W. Watts, 25 Aug 1966; Lt Col Donald E. Orr, c. Mar 1967; Lt Col Roland D. Foley Jr., 27 Aug 1967; Lt Col William H. Laseter, 2 Oct 1967; Col Roland D. Foley Jr., 25 Mar 1968; Lt Col Vernon L. Allgood, 18 May 1968; Col Martin J. Barnard, 16 Jan 1969; Lt Col Donald F. Vanderkarr, 6 Sep 1969; Lt Col John D. Faulk, 15 Mar 1970; Lt Col William M. Carruthers, 1 Sep 1970; Lt Col John P. Anderson, 1 Oct 1970; Lt Col Raymond L. Norman, 31 Aug 1971; Lt Col Troy G. Ross, 24 Jan 1972; Lt Col Kenneth D. Waits, 23 Aug 1973; Lt Col B. J. Martin, 30 Nov 1974; Lt Col Dewey K. Hemphill, 22 Dec 1975; Lt Col Orin I. Knutson, 6 Jan 1978; Lt Col Kent W. Lattig, 2 Jan1980; Lt Col Charles E. Loflin, 29 Apr 1981; Lt Col Roger L. Grimsley, 10 Nov 1981; Lt Col Glen E. Crosby, 25 Nov 1983; Lt Col Herman W. Burns, 14 Dec 1984; Lt Col James F. Shambo, 21 Nov 1986; Lt Col Bruce D. Hacker, 15 Jul 1988; Lt Col James H. Mills, 6 Oct 1989; unkn, Jun 1991-30 Sep 1992. Lt Col Guy R. Hooper, 8 Nov 2001; Lt Col Donald M. Corley, 13 Apr 2004; Lt Col J. Scott Winstead, 31 Mar 2006; Lt Col Kurt J. Carraway, 31 Mar 2008-.
 
Aircraft. AR-2, 1918; Salmson 2, 1918-1919; in addition to DH-4, 1919-c. 1926, and O-2, c. 1926-1930, included JN-6, JNS-1, O-11, and C-1 during 1919-1930; in addition to O-19, 1930-1933, 1935, and O-27, 1933-1935, included Y1O-35, B-7, C-7, and YF-1 during 1930-1935; in addition to O-43, 1935-1941, O-47, 1938-1942, YO-54, 1940-1942, O-52 and O-57, 1941-1942, and O-59, 1942, included O-31, O-40, O-46, YO-51, C-8, and YG-1 during 1935-1941, O-38 and O-49 during 1941-1942, A-20 and P-51 during 1942; in addition to Spitfire, 1942-1944, included L-4, 1942-1943, DB-7 and A-20, 1943; P-51/F-6, 1943-1946. FP-80, 1946-1949. RB-26, 1951-1956; RB-66, 1956-1960. RF-4, 1966-1992. RQ-4, 2001-.
 
Operations. Combat as corps observation unit with French VI Army Corps and American I Army Corps, 10 May-6 Nov 1918; served with IV Army Corps as part of occupation forces in Germany, Nov 1918-Apr 1919. Mexican border patrol, Jan 1920-May 1921, sporadically until 1926, and again in Apr 1929. Combat in European Theater of Operations (ETO), 2 Jan 1944-11 May 1945; reconnaissance missions to northern Italy during Trieste crisis, 19-28 May 1945. Combat in Korea, 25 Feb 1951-27 Jul 1953. Combat reconnaissance in Southeast Asia, 13 Sep 1966 to mid-Jul 1971. Combat and follow up reconnaissance in Southwest Asia, Jan-May 1991. Responsible for RQ-4 operations worldwide, 2001-.
 
Service Streamers. None.
 
Campaign Streamers. World War I: Lorraine, Ile-de-France; Champagne-Marne; Aisne-Marne; Champagne; St Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne. World War II: Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater. Korea: First UN Counteroffensive; CCF Spring Offensive; UN Summer-Fall Offensive; Second Korean Winter; Korea Summer-Fall, 1952; Third Korean Winter; Korea, Summer, 1953. Vietnam: Vietnam Air Offensive; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III; Vietnam Air/Ground; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV; TET 69/Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer-Fall, 1969; Vietnam Winter-Spring, 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon; Commando Hunt V; Commando Hunt VI. Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait.
 
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.
 
Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: LeHavre and Straits of Dover, [23-25] Feb 1944; Korea, 25 Feb-21 Apr 1951; Korea, 9 Jul-27 Nov 1951; Korea, 1 May-27 Jul 1953. Presidential Unit Citations (Southeast Asia): [9 Sep] 1966-30 Jun 1967; 1 Sep 1967-10 Jul 1968; 11 Jul 1968-31 Aug 1969; 1 Feb-31 Mar 1971. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: 1 Jul 1966-30 Jun 1967; 1 Jul 1967-30 Jun 1968; 1 Jul 1969-30 Jun 1970; 1 Jul 1970-30 Jun 1971. Meritorious Unit Award: 1 Jun 2007-31 May 2009. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Dec 1952-30 Apr 1953; 1 Aug-2 Sep 1966; 1 Sep 1971-15 May 1973; 16 May 1974-15 May 1976; 16 Dec 1976-1 Dec 1978; 1 Jun 1982-31 May 1983; 1 Jun 1983-31 May 1984; 1 Jan 1985-1 Feb 1986; 1 Jan 1990-1 May 1991; 1 Jun 2002-31 May 2004; 1 Jun 2005-31 May 2007; 1 Jun 2007-31 May 2009. Cited in the Order of the Day, Belgian Army: 6 Jun-[c. 11 Aug] 1944. Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation: [25] Feb 1951-31 Mar 1953. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 6 Sep 1966-18 Aug 1971.

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