1943 — North Africa, Italy, Corsica.
1st photo/448th BS, the "Bombslingers" Emblem and 2nd photo is Claron's son Roger. Pictures of Claron to come.
T/Sgt Claron W Luedtke was born in 1922 in Wisc. He enlisted on 19 Dec. 1941 and was living in Burlington County, New Jersey. He was a Fireman/Fire Dept. and was still single at enlistment. Claron enlisted at Trenton, NJ and had completed 2 years of high school. He is White, a US Citizen and was accepted into the Army Air Corps with mechanical qualifications. He would become the Crew Chief of the B-25 SHUG #44-28271, Tail N-70 of the 321st Bomb Group, 448th Bomb Squadron, B-25 Mitchells in the Mediterranean Theatre during WWII. T/Sgt Luedtke's Army Serial is # 12034435.
BIRTH 16 Oct. 1922 in Wisconsin - Death 2000 Arcadia, Fla. T/Sgt Luedtke flew 3 COMBAT Misions then was assigned as a CREW CHIEF to the B-25 Mitchell Medium Bombers of the 321st Bomb Group, the 448th Bomb Squadron.
Social Security Death Index Name: Claron W. Luedtke
Last Residence: 34266 Arcadia, De Soto, Florida, USA Born: 16 Oct 1922
Died: 25 Jul 2000 in Florida / SSN issued: New Jersey
Photo's and Stories coming from his proud son Roger Luedtke of Florida.
http://www.vfw-rotonda-fl.110mb.com/ Roger is the Commander of VFW Post 10476
321st Bomb Group War Diary, 57th Bomb Wing, 12th Air Force, MTO
Luedtke, Claron William, T/Sgt, engineer-gunner, crew chief, 448th BS
First Mission; 5 June, 1943.
A/C No. 41-29769
P Stultz, Raymond B., 1Lt
CP Wilt, Richard H., 2Lt
N Thomas, Leo A., 2Lt
B Ellington, John H., Jr., 1Lt
E Luedtke, Claron William, T/Sgt
R Mauder, Charles J., Cpl G Law, Richard L., M/Sgt
He flew 2 missions in Jun 43, then nothing until his 3rd and last mission on Sep 44
A/C No. 44-28721 “Shug” P Moss, Raymond W., Capt CP Farwell, Harold S., Capt N Hickey, William O., 1Lt B None E Luedtke, Claron William, T/Sgt R Wilkinson, Robert M., T/Sgt G None listed F Dimiceli, A. G., 1Lt (weather officer)
T/Sgt Claron Luetdke became the CREW CHIEF of the "SHUG" #44-28721 N-90
He returned to States on 7 May 45.
7 May 45 - 448th BS War Diary: No mission was scheduled. V-E Day begins tonight at midnight and will last for 24 hours. Thirty-six bottles of American whiskey was donated to all Enlisted Men of this squadron in order to celebrate the event in the right manner. Captains Ivory, Kneisle and Leonard, Sergeants Enderle, Moleski, Konczak, Lane, Lison, Updyke, Coomes, Ludtke, Polcawich, Rice, Sampson, Will, Ziemba, Lewis, Larson, Pfeiffer, Reiser, Lanningham, and Mindnich and Corporals Wiles, Liona and Bradford and Private Nelson returned to the United States on Rotation.