Upon graduating from flight training Class 43-E at Tuskegee, Alabama, 2nd Lt. Clemenceau M. 'Clem' Givings was assigned to the100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group and deployed to Italy in December, 1943. The squadron flew its first combat mission on February 5, 1944.
Returning from another mission on March 18th, the engine in Giving's Bell P-39 Airacobra failed. He successfully bailed out of his plane and landed in the water in Naples harbor but became entangled in the parachute lines and drowned. His body was recovered the next day by a local fisherman.
Excerpted and edited from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, published Sept. 26, 2009; Erica Smith