15 June, 1944 — Sardinia, Italy
321st Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Squadron Earl Register was Clyde's best friend all through school. Earl became a B-25 Mitchell Bomber master-mechanic and his friend Lt Clyde Reeves who served 13 Months in the MTO as Communications Officer for the 319th Bomb Group, ____ Bomb Squad. B-26's out of Sardinia, Italy at that time.
319thBG,438thBS, Clyde D Reeves KIA 15 June, 1944
AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION Clyde D. Reeves
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces Service # O-559330
438th Bomber Squadron, 319th Bomber Group, Medium
Entered the Service from: Alabama Died: 15-Jun-44
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy
More on Clyde Reeves from The Dothan Eagle:(Alabama Newspaper)
Reeves Decorated Before His Death. Word has been received here that First Lieutenant Clyde D Reeves of Dothan, before his death in a plane crash June 15, in Sardinia, helped to earn the (DUC) distinguished unit ribbon after serving overseas for 13 months as squadron communications officer with a Bomb Group of B-26 Marauders which President Roosevelt twice cited for outstanding performance of duty in action.(REEVES was on board that day for "Flying Time").
Capt Arthur N Riegel was one very well-loved man. The Commanding Officer of the 438th Squadron of the 319th Bomb Group. "Art" had completed 72 Combat Missions in the B-26 Marauder "Lonesome Polecat" (Battle Number 41) Famous for her flying 101 Combat Sorties! C.O. Capt. Riegel was waiting to go home when a tragic and unforeseen accident took the lives of Art and his Crew of 5 men. On 15 June, 1944, it was a different B-26 "test hop", a "Buzz" job on the bathing beach at Cagliari Harbor in the Mediterranean. A common and fun activity....only 'high-noon' cast no shadow, he saw the concrete pole but pulled up too late and tipped the wing causing the ship to spin and explode. A sad and tragic loss, God Bless our brave men.
Barbi Ennis Connolly, 319th BG Historian in the 57th Bomb Wing. PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com