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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
04 Dec 1923 2
1923 1
Tennessee 1
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Person:
Joseph M Clinard 1
Level of Education: 3 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
04 Dec 1923 2
1923 1
Tennessee 1
Male 2
Residence:
Place: Shelby County, Tennessee 1
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Birth:
Mother: Eudora B. Clinard 2
Father: Farris H. Clinard 2
Marriage:
Nelle Jackson Clinard 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
01 Feb 1943 1
Army Branch:
Air Corps 1
Army Component:
Reserves - exclusive of Regular Army Reserve and Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty under the Thomason Act (Officers and Enlisted Men -- O.R.C. and E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status) 1
Army Serial Number:
14191145 1
Enlistment Place:
Miami Beach Florida 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Enlisted Reserve or Medical Administrative Corps (MAC) Officer 1
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Occupation:
Semiskilled mechanics and repairmen, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
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Box Number: 1343 1
Film Reel Number: 6.109 1

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Joseph M. Clinard

Tinian, Mariana Islands

Enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a Private (ASN: 14191145) on 1 February 1943 at Miami Beach, Florida.  Completed Primary Flight Training and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant (ASN: O-825792).  Underwent B-29 aircraft combat crew training at Fairmont Army Air Field, Nebraska.

On 23 December 1944, he deployed to the Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO) and was assigned to the 20th Air Force, XXI Bomber Command, 313th Bombardment Wing, 504th Bombardment Group (VH), 398th Bomb Squadron; being stationed at North Field, on Tinian in the Mariana Islands.

On 15 February 1945, he flew as the Pilot in the right seat aboard a Boeing B-29 Superfortress ("Coral Queen") serial #42-63499. 504th BG aircraft were also identified by an "E" inside a “Circle” painted on the tail. It was one of 117 aircraft launched in a multi-wing Group formation to bombard the Mitsubishi aircraft engine plant at Nagoya, Japan.

On the return route back to North Field, his aircraft was forced to ditch, resulting in the loss of the aircrew.  Last radio contact was at a geographic location of: 23 degrees 00 minutes North latitude, 144 degrees 20 minutes East longitude (approximately 570 miles north of Tinian).

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