1943 — Germany
Clarence (Son of Bertie H and Nellie Christman) was born in Kansas, USA. Enlisted 10 Aug 1939. Commissioned Lieut. 4 Jan 1943. Died while on a mission over Germany. World War II ...Clarence R Christman 20 March, 1920 - 25 July, 1943 Memorial Marker;
Died in WWII. Buried in Ardennes American Cemetery, Liege Province, Belgium. Awarded the Purple Heart.
Shot down by fighters on mission to Hamburg, Germany. 5 KIA; 5 POW
P 1Lt. Clarence R. "Chris" Christman KIA
CP 2Lt. R.S. Carroll POW
NAV 2Lt. William Sears POW
Bomb 2Lt. V. B. Bennett KIA
TTG T/Sgt. Albert W. Detrick POW
RO T/Sgt. J. J. Gillis KIA
BT S/Sgt. Robert A. Leonard KIA
LWG S/Sgt. Carl V. Hill POW
RWG S/Sgt. S. G. Stephenson POW
TG S/Sgt. Jerome J. Goubeaux KIA
Lt Clarence R Christman, B-17 Pilot, KIA 25 July, 1943 over Germany. 384th Bomb Group B-17 Heavies;
AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION
Clarence R. Christman First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces Service # O-450218 544th Bomber Squadron, 384th Bomber Group, Heavy Entered the Service from: Kansas
Buried at: Plot A Row 38 Grave 19
Ardennes American Cemetery
Neupre, Belgium Awards: Purple Heart
42-3088 "SUGAR PUSS" SU-G P Lt. Clarence R. Christman KIA CP 2nd Lt. Robert S. Carroll POW N 2nd Lt. Vern B. Dennett KIA B 2nd Lt. William H. Sears POW TT T/Sgt. Albert W. Detrick POW R T/Sgt. John J. Gillis KIA BT S/Sgt. Robert A. Leonard KIA WG S/Sgt. Charles F. Stephenson POW WG S/Sgt. Carl W. Hill POW TG S/Sgt. Jerome J. Goubeaux KIA
The crew of "SUGAR PUSS" was not described as to what became of them, but burial of those killed was in Belgium. It is not known if they crashed there or possibly taken there from another location for temporary burial. The pattern of those killed seem to those who would have the smallest chance of escaping while in the air.
The last crew not to make it back to base, landed at Groton, England after throwing out all that was not needed to fly with. The delay was due to a shortage of fuel.
Lt. Floyd Edwards was shot in the leg on the way to the target aboard aircraft # 42-5855 JD-V, and copilot Paul Gordy did most of the flying.
An estimated 50 to 300 enemy aircraft were encountered and nineteen were claimed as destroyed and five damaged by the 384th gunners.