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LT  John Alden CLARK

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP

Lt John Alden Clark CP on Lt Blanding and McGuire Crews 

2nd Lt John Alden Clark 

2nd Lt John Alden Clark. AGO card photo

SERIAL #: O-774946 STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 8 MAR 45 LANGENDREER

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
1st Lt Charles B.Blanding     P    CPT   16/4/45  ROYAN   SN# 0-791324
2nd Lt John A.Clark         CP   CPT     8/3/45 GIESSEN  SN# O-774946 (became CP on Lt W.V. McGuire Crew) see below
2nd Lt David L.Bittman   NAV    FEH        
2nd Lt Alvin H.Belimow  BOM    CPT   16/4/45 ROYAN  SN# 0-777419
 Cpl 'Robin J.Whybrow   TTE    CPT   16/4/45  ROYAN  SN# 19090172
   Cpl Peter Glanz         ROG    CPT   16/4/45 ROYAN  SN# 16113273
   Cpl Wade .Doares.    BTG   CPT     28/2/45 KASSEL SN# 14193851
   Cpl Irvin J.Delaney      WG  FEH                        SN# 39714981
   Cpl William E.Cox        TG   FEH                        SN# 39144905 (taken off Crew, replaced by Sgt Bruce Ellis)
   Cpl Rex D. Thomas     WG  FEH                        SN# 39118852

418th Sqdn.  Crew,as above,joined the 100th Group on 23/9/44.  See p.103 S.O.C
This became a lead crew in November 1944 and Lt John Clark elected not to become a formation officer and continue flying. He was with Lt Morin's Crew for one mission (Dec 24, 1944) but was permenately transferred to Lt W.V. Mcguire Crew on Dec 26 1944 and completed his missions with that Crew. Lt Jack Jenista joined the crew as Navigator when it became a Lead Crew, he flew 18 missions with this Crew.  

Missions of Lt John Alden Clark with Lt Blanding Crew:

1.    09/10/44      MAINZ
2.    12/10/44      BREMEN
3.    14/10/44      COLOGNE
4.    17/10/44      COLOGNE
5.    18/10/44      KASSEL
6.    19/10/44      MANNHEIM
       FLAK LEAVE
7.    30/10/44      MERSEBURG (RECALLED)
8.    02/11/44      MERSEBURG
9.    09/11/44      SAARBRUCKEN
10.  16/11/44      DUREN
11.  21/11/44      OSNABRUCK
Lt Blanding Crew becomes a Lead Crew and Lt Clark is place in Spare or Standby Pilots roster.
This crew was a lead crew and appears on the 3rd Air Division Honor Roll Crew list for March 1945

12. 24/12/44      BABENHAUSEN (one and only mission with Lt Morin Crew)
        
2ND LTJOHN F. MORIN                    P POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
2ND LT ANTHONY B.DiSILVO         CP NOC (acording to Lt Clark's book, Lt DiSilvo RFS on a mission to Berlin)
2ND LT ALFRED L. LETOURNEAU   NAV POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
2ND LT EMIL M. NAWOJ             BOM POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
CPL WILLIAM S. HANELY           ROG POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG TAPS: 1 JAN 1975
CPL GEORGE J. KOULOUTPANIS   TTE POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG TAPS:  16 NOV 1990
CPL BILLIE F. WRIGHT              BTG POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
CPL JACKIE R. AUDRAIN             WG NOC     TAPS:  09 SEP 1986
CPL WILLIAM B. BERRY              WG POW 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG TAPS:  1986
CPL DALE S. BROWN                  TG KIA 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG

418th Sqdn.  Crew Joined the 100th Group on 5/10/44. See SOC p.88.

"Morin's A/C #459 dropped back and lost altitude after first fighter 
attack.Pilot was heard on VHF at 1250 hours saying he had two wounded men aboard 
but might be forced to ditch. Said he would try to reach Holland,and had 
gasoline for one hours flying."  A/C #43-38459   MACR #11358,  MICRO - FICHE #4179

Lt. Louis C. Ciriegio from the  Lt W.V. McGuire crew was flying in place of Tony 
DeSilvo and became a POW. Lt John A. Clark  flew on mission with this crew 
December 24, 1944. 


MISSIONS OF LT JOHN ALDEN CLARK WITH LT MCGUIRE CREW:

13.  27/12/44    FULDA
14.  28/12.44    KOBLENZ
15.  02/01/45   BAD KREUZNACH
16.  03/01/45   FULDA
17.  05/01/45   FRANKFURT
18.  14/01/45   DERBEN-STENDAL
       FLAK LEAVE
19.  28/01/45   DUISBERG
20.  29/01/45   KASSEL
       31/01/45   BERLIN (ABORTED) LISTED AS BREMEN IN 100TH BG MISSION LIST…mpf
21.   09/02/45  WEIMAR (S.T.)
       13/02/45   HANOVER/DRESDEN (S.T.)
22.  14/02/45   PLAUEN (S.T.)
23.  17/02/45   FRANKFURT
24.  19/02/45   MUNSTER
25.  20/02/45   NURNBURG 
26.  22/02/45   HEUINGEN (100TH "B")
27.  23/02/45   TREUCHTINGEN
28.  28/02/45   KASSEL
29.  02/03/45   DRESDEN
30.  03/03/45   BRUNSWICK
31.  07/03/45   SIEGEN (S.T.)
32.  08/03/45   GIESSEN (S.T.)      

CREW

LT  WILLIAM V. "Mac"  McGUIRE   P CPT 8 MAR 45 GIESSEN, MY (S.T.)
F/O LOUIS C. CIRIEGIO             CP POW 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG  TAPS: 1972 (with the crew of Lt Morin)
CPL CHARLES F. LANG            ROG CPT 8 MAR 45 GIESSEN, MY (S.T.)
CPL WILLIAM L. MaGEE           TTE CPT 8 MAR 45 GIESSEN, MY (S.T.) TAPS: 20 MAY 1982
CPL ELVIN LaRome SWIM      BTG CPT 8 MAR 45 GIESSEN, MY (S.T.) TAPS: 23 NOV 1979
CPL OTTO E. LEIGHTON          WG CPT 8 MAR 45   GIESSIN,  MY (S.T.) 
CPL GAIL H. DAUGHERTY         WG NOC taken off crew to reduce to nine men
CPL HAROLD L. PARKINSON       TG CPT 8 MAR 45 GIESSEN, MY (S.T.) TAPS: 24 JUL 1966

418TH SQDN…CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 09 JUL 1944 
In December 1944 Lt Louis Ciriegio and Lt McGuire had a personality conflict and Lt Ciriegio was 
replaced on the Crew by Lt John Alden Clark from Lt  Charles Blanding Crew.
Sgt Napoleon H. Owen served as toggelier on this crew.  
Navigator on this Crew was a 1st Lt nicknamed "Hiny"

Subj: 100thBG Feedback Form  
Date: 2/1/2004 10:39:25 AM Pacific Standard Time 
From: cketterling@lodi.gov    Chris Ketterling

List of Missions Flown by Lt McGuire Crew w/Lt Ciriegio 
1   Bremen         9/26/44
2   Mainz            9/27/44
3   Kassel          10/02/44
4   Cologne       10/17/44
5   Mannheim    10/19/44
6   Munster       10/22/44
7   Merseberg    11/02/44
8   Ludwigshaven 11/05/44
9   Neumunster 11/06/44
10  Coblenz       Recall
11  Merseberg   11/30/44
12  Coblenz       12/11/44
13  Darmstadt    12/12/44
14  Zellhausen    12/24/44
Their next mission was when Lt John Clark joined the crew.


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VETERAN: Lt. John A. Clark
DATE OF DEATH: 22/11/2006
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This guy has written a book called "An 8th Air Force Diary".  Think he was a co-pilot but don't know the sqdn. He's listed as CPT on 8 Mar 45 soo- was a late-comer replacement no doubt. ( Still alive, this is in error, 8/2/07…mpf)

MEMO 2:

Per JA Clark: Note the tree at the end of the runway, which is runway 28. On the relatively few mission mornings when it was sufficiently clear we could see that tree and use it to confirm takeoff position.
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Our Quonset hut in the WAAF site at Thorpe Abbotts (100th BG) did not have showers but we did have a place to hand wash and shave. In addition there were two adjacent closed toilets. So far as showers were concerned there were none even nearby. Should someone desire a bath it could be had by informing the area monitor, a British civilian, the day before so he could light a water heater to provide enough heated water for one bath in a separate unheated building. I served in the Fall-Winter 1944-45 which was unusually cold so there were few calls for bathing. One benefit from our 2-3 day passes to London was to enjoy a soaking in hot  bath in a London hotel. I do not recall any showers in the Winston Hotel where I normally stayed, however.
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Dyersburg:
Our flight crew led by 1st Lt Charles Blanding, pilot, completed our 2-month combat crew training program at the Dyersburg AAB in the summer of 1944. The museum there, which I have visited, is very outstanding and served by a cadre of dedicated local citizens. Dyersburg is about 60 miles north of Memphis. Chuck Blanding was selected to be a 100th Bomb Group Lead Pilot after we completed about 12 missions and was promoted to Captain. I was transferred as copilot to the McGuire crew and finished my combat tour with them on March 8, 1945.

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PHOTOS:

During the Second World War Marie Mountain (Clark) completed U.S. Air Force pilot training with the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASP). Following graduation in February 1944 she was assigned as a pilot with the U.S. Air Force, accumulating about 1000 hours in military aircraft, including the PT-19, BT-13, AT-11 and AT-6 training aircraft, the P-39 and P-63 fighter aircraft and as a copilot in the B-17 and B-26 bombers. Her military service was at the Las Vegas (Nevada) Air Force Base where her duties included giving instrument flying instruction to male pilots, flying mock fighter attacks on the B-17 “Flying Fortress” and serving as an engineering test pilot for P-39 and P-63 fighter aircraft. She is a member of the Caterpillar Club, an organization of those military pilots who have made an emergency parachute jump from an aircraft. The WASP were the first women to serve as pilots for the US Air Force and were the pioneers that led the way for women to fly today in all the military services. In 2005 Marie published her World War II memoirs in the autobiography: Dear Mother and Daddy: World War II Letters Home from a WASP.  Married Lt John Alden Clark.  Passed away October 2, 2008

2001 newspaper article on John & Marie Clark

During the Second World War Marie Mountain (Clark) completed U.S. Air Force pilot training with the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASP). Following graduation in February 1944 she was assigned as a pilot with the U.S. Air Force, accumulating about 1000 hours in military aircraft, including the PT-19, BT-13, AT-11 and AT-6 training aircraft, the P-39 and P-63 fighter aircraft and as a copilot in the B-17 and B-26 bombers. Her military service was at the Las Vegas (Nevada) Air Force Base where her duties included giving instrument flying instruction to male pilots, flying mock fighter attacks on the B-17 “Flying Fortress” and serving as an engineering test pilot for P-39 and P-63 fighter aircraft. She is a member of the Caterpillar Club, an organization of those military pilots who have made an emergency parachute jump from an aircraft. The WASP were the first women to serve as pilots for the US Air Force and were the pioneers that led the way for women to fly today in all the military services. In 2005 Marie published her World War II memoirs in the autobiography: Dear Mother and Daddy: World War II Letters Home from a WASP.  Married Lt John Alden Clark.  Passed away October 2, 2008

Richard Flagg Richard: Yes, during the Winter 1944-45 in England the weather sometimes was like that shown in the photo. Regarding "flying in it" it is important to know that there were many times when we took off the weather was "flyable" but when we returned to base 8-9 hours later the weather had become very marginal. At Thorpe Abbotts we were fortunate to have an excellent ILS system that enabled us to return and land in weather much like that shown. The main E-W runway at TA was 6,000 ft long with overruns at each end and was lined on each side with high intensity Yellow lights runway lights. John Alden Clark 

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Message from John Clark:

Dear Friends :
It is with deep sadness that I inform you that Marie passed away this morning at 9 am, Thursday, October 2, 2008, surrounded by her family. She has been in fragile health for many years and suffered a bad fall at home last April after which she became progressively weaker. She was 93 in February.
Marie's faith, character and values, her love of God, family and everyone who knew her, were the defining features of our family life. She brought great spiritual strength and purpose into all we did and into the lives of our children and grandchildren.

As you know Marie was also a woman of outstanding intelligence, talent and accomplishments in music where she achieved national recognition in flute teaching and performance. During World War II she was one of the first women to serve as a pilot for the US Air Force as a member of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) and a pioneer leading the way for women to fly today for all the military services.

Although we shall miss her greatly we do rejoice that she is now with God and surrounded with perfect peace and love for eternity. We await our reunion with her in God's own time.

Memorial services will be held at the Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, Ann Arbor, at 12 noon, Tuesday, October 7, 2008. Interment will be in the family plot at Resthaven Cemetery, West Des Moines, Iowa, the next day
Her Obituary as published in the Ann Arbor News is below.
Love, John

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Marie Mountain Clark, 93, was called to her eternal home by God on Thursday, October 2, 2008, surrounded in her earthly home by the love of her family. Marie was born on February 8, 1915, in a small farm house at West Liberty, Iowa. She spent her childhood in West Des Moines, Iowa, where her father established the Iowanola Dairy for the breeding of pure bred Guernsey cattle and the production and marketing of high butter fat Guernsey milk and other dairy products. She is a retired flute teacher and performer having served as Principal Flute in the Drake University-Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony and orchestras in the Boston, Massachusetts, area. She has performed professionally as a soloist and with Chamber Groups and has taught private students in Ann Arbor and Boston. In the 1945-46 she served as the Instructor of Flute in the University of Michigan School of Music and in the summer of 1946 was a student at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Marie is a graduate in Music from Drake University and completed Graduate Studies in Music at the University of Michigan. She is a former flute student of Georges Barrere and George Laurent. During her high school days she was both a National Champion and Iowa State champion in flute performance. Marie is a 70-year, Life Member of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Professional Music Fraternity and has been affiliated with the Ann Arbor Alumni Chapter since 1957.


During the Second World War Marie completed U.S. Air Force pilot training with the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASP). Following graduation in February 1944 she was assigned as a pilot with the U.S. Air Force, accumulating about 1000 hours in military aircraft, including the PT-19, BT-13, AT-11 and AT-6 training aircraft, the P-39 and P-63 fighter aircraft and as a copilot in the B-17 and B-26 bombers. Her military service was at the Las Vegas (Nevada) Air Force Base where her duties included giving instrument flying instruction to male pilots, flying mock fighter attacks on the B-17 “Flying Fortress” and serving as an engineering test pilot for P-39 and P-63 fighter aircraft. She is a member of the Caterpillar Club, an organization of those military pilots who have made an emergency parachute jump from an aircraft. The WASP were the first women to serve as pilots for the US Air Force and were the pioneers that led the way for women to fly today in all the military services. In 2005 Marie published her World War II memoirs in the autobiography: Dear Mother and Daddy: World War II Letters Home from a WASP.

On July 8, 1945, Marie was married in West Des Moines to John Alden Clark, who survives. She was pre-deceased by her parents, Charles and Ethel Mountain, her three sons, Alan(1946), Merrill(1946) and Peter(1988) and is survived by her children, David (Souise) of Eden Prairie, MN, Eloise-Marie (Philip) McKenzie, MD, of Thief River Falls, MN, grandaughter Susan Marie Clark of Blaine, MN, grandson Charles John (Jean) Clark of Redmond, WA, great grandson, Curtis Hajek of Blaine, MN, and great grandaughter-to-be Claudia Marie Clark of Redmond, WA. She is also survived by her sister, Eloise Mountain Wright of Iowa City, IA, her niece Susan (Ray) Cutler of East Moline, IL, her nephew Charles (Graciela) Wright of Houston, TX, and her grand niece Rebecca Cutler of Rockford, IL.

 Crew of Lt. William V. McGuire, March 1945 at completion of tour. Kneeling L-R: John Alden Clark (CP), William V. "Mac" McGuire (P). Standing L-R: Otto Leighton (WG), Harold Parkinson (TG), Charles Lang (ROG), Elvin Swim (BTG), Napoleon Owen (TOG), William Magee (TTE). McGuire Crew Information (100th Photo Archives) 

John Alden Clark: “ You could not have known this but the aircraft in the background in the photo,"Lucky Lassie", was not one we ever flew. The photo is our traditional crew photo when we completed or missions but the actual air craft we normally flew, "Miss Conduct", A-Able 525, was in repair and unable to be used as background. So, to provide a suitable background for our final crew photo we used "Lucky Lassie" which was parked on a hard stand opposite our normal one in the 418th BS area.”

Mcguire’s Squires after completion of Tour.  Lt John Alden Clark standing far Left, Harold Parkinson standing far Right

 

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