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S/SGT  William MCCLELLAND

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BTG

William McClelland (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Shelly Johnson, Grandaughter of William McClelland at gravesite,  Ft. Logan

SERIAL #: STATUS: WIA
MACR:

Comments1: 8 OCT 43 BREMAN/CRASHED AT LUDHAM

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

1st Lt Everett E.Blakely        P     CPT
 2nd Lt Charles A.Via,Jr.      CP   SWA   8/10/43  Bremen
1st Lt Joseph H." Bubbles" Payne      NAV    KIA   28/4/44 Sottevast  (With crew of W,G.Lakin - mission lead by Col. R.H. Kelly)
 2nd Lt James R.Douglas  BOM    CPT 
T/Sgt Howard J.Brock     TTE    POW   17/8/43 (With the W.R.Flesh crew)      Regensburg
T/Sgt Monroe B.Thornton      WG   CPT 
T/Sgt Edmund G.Forkner   ROG    CPT 
S/Sgt John L.Olson          BTG   Transferred 
S/Sgt Lyle E.Nord           WG   KIA   29/5/44 (with crew of B.L.Williams) Leipzig, Aircraft repair depot..
S/Sgt Lester W.Saunders       TG   KIA  8/10/43  Bremen

418th Sqdn.  An ''Original" crew.  CREW #35  A/C #42-30061     "JUST-A-SNAPPIN"

NOTE: JOHN OLSON, AFTER FLYING SEVERAL MISSIONS WITH THIS CREW MAY HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER GROUP.
LT PAYNE WAS REPLACED ON THE CREW BY HARRY CROSBY FROM THE CREW OF LT JOHN BRADY.  SGT OLSON WAS REPLACED ON THE CREW BY SGT WILLIAM MC CLELLAND/  T/SGT THORNTON BECAME THE ENGINEER AFTER AUGUST 17, 1943 AND HIS POSTION AT WG WAS FILLED BY SGT ED YEVICH.     

JUST-A-SNAPPIN IS ONE OF THE BETTER KNOWN PLANES IN 100TH LORE, SHE IS REMEMBERED FOR BRINGING THIS CREW BACK FROM BREMEM ON 8 OCT 43.  BADLY DAMAGED EV BLAKELY AND JOHN KIDD, GROUP OPS OFFICER WHO LED THE MISSION FROM THE CO-PILOT'S SEAT, LANDED "JUST-A-SNAPPIN" IN A FIELD AT LUDHAM.  DAMAGE TO THE HYDRAULIC SYSTEM RENDERED THE BRAKES IN-OPERATIVE AND "JUST-A-SNAPPIN" COLLIDED WITH A LARGE TREE.  IMPACT WAS BETWEEN THE #1 AND #2 ENGINE.  THERE ARE SEVERAL PROMINENT  PHOTOGRAPHS OF HER AND THE TREE.

Much has been written about this crew. See p.49 of THE BLOODY HUNDREDTH by H.Varian and p.184/195 of FLYING PORTRESS by E.Jablomski for details of the mission of 8/10/43.

On 8/10/43, S/Sgt Edward S.Yevich LWG & S/Sgt William F.McClelland, BTG were aboard in the place of H.J.Brock & J.L.Olson. Both of these men were wounded.

See photo of this crew on p.228 of "CONTRAILS"

Lyle Nord was flying as TG on the crew of B.L.Williams on 29/5/44 and was hit in the back by a 20mm. He had flown a total of 27 missions,the last 8 of them with the Williams crew.

CREW ON OCTOBER 8, 1943 MISSION TO BREMEN:

MAJ. JOHN B. KIDD   COM PILOT
1st Lt Everett E.Blakely        P     CPT
 2nd Lt Charles A.Via,Jr.      CP   SWA   8/10/43  BREMEN
1st Lt Harry Crosby   NAV CPT     GROUP NAVIGATOR
 2nd Lt James R.Douglas  BOM    CPT    GROUP BOMBARDIER
T/Sgt Monroe B.Thornton      TTE   CPT 
T/Sgt Edmund G.Forkner   ROG    CPT 
S/Sgt William F. McClelland         BTG   WIA 8/10/43 BREMEN  SN#17164959
S/Sgt Edward S. Yevich   WG WIA 8/10/43 BREMEN
S/Sgt Lyle E.Nord           WG   KIA    29/5/44 LEIPZIG (with crew of B.L.Williams), Aircraft repair depot..
S/Sgt Lester W.Saunders       TG   KIA      8/10/43 BREMEN

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Williams, Bill McClelland, and H. Haglund (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

William McClelland and Edmund Forkner (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

William McClelland in North Africa (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Left -Right: William McClelland family at  Ft. Logan

Shelly Johnson- Grandaughter
Donna McClelland- wife of Jon/Son
Jon McClelland- Son
Janet McClelland- Wife
Terry McClelland- Son
Myron LaPrath- brother in-law

Derek Seales/William McClelland Great- Grandson. He has the most interest in this family heritage & will no doubt help carry on this legacy. I guess obviously with the Tattoo. 
If you would be so kind to add to the website, I would be so grateful. 
The photo was taken in Centennial, Co. in May 2017, when B-17 was there. Courtesy of Granddaughter Shelly Johnson. 

Good job Derek-Amanda Seales,  one more comment to add that my Son Derek did not mention is this tribute also is in dedication to "JUST A SNAPPIN" Which his Great Grandfather William McClelland was  a crew member of. I am so thankful my Son is helping to carry on the respect for these men whom we will forever be grateful! 

William McClelland (Photo courtesy of the McClelland family)

William McClelland (Photo courtesy of the McClelland family)

William McClelland on bicycle (Photo courtesy of the McClelland Family)

Sgt. William McClelland, far right, with ground crew personnel. Sgt. H. Haglund is identified as the individual in the back center (Photo courtesy of the McClelland Family). 

William McClelland, left (Photo courtesy of the McClelland Family)

Sgt. William McCelland, 2nd from left (Photo courtesy of the McClelland Family)

Article noting William McClelland (Photo courtesy of the McClelland Family)

William McClelland, Lyle Nord, Edward Yevich, and Edmund Forkner (Photo courtesy of the McClelland Family)

Sgt. William McClelland stateside (Photo courtesy of the McClelland Family)

William McClelland and Harry Crosby (Photo courtesy of the McClelland Family)

William McClelland’s original A-2 jacket (courtesy of the McClelland family)

Harry Crosby, Charlie Via, Ev Blakely, Jack Kidd, Jim Douglass, Lester Saunders, Monroe Thornton, and William McClelland in North Africa (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

The Everett E. Blakely crew. Standing from left, William McClelland, Harry H. Crosby, Charles A. Via, Jr., Everett E. Blakely, James R. Douglas, Kneeling, Lester W. Saunders, Monroe R. Thornton, Edward S. Yevich, Lyle E. Nord, and Edmund G. Forkner. Detailed Information (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

 

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