McClure, Warren H., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1943-1943, M 0611, 563rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
Technical Sergeant

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Home State
Alabama
Alabama
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Birmingham
Last Address
Knettishall, England

Casualty Date
Jul 25, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
North Sea
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Netherlands, Netherlands
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961


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 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  2014, World War II Fallen

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Aerial Gunner Badge



 
 Unit Assignments
388th Bombardment Group, Heavy563rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1943, M 0611, 388th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, M 0611, 563rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Warren Hampton McClure was born on April 23, 1920, in Birmingham, Alabama. He was the son of William Hampton and Mary Bryan McClure.

He enlisted in the Army Air Force and was trained as an aerial gunner. After receiving combat crew training in the U.S., his crew was sent to England as a replacement bomber crew. They were assigned to the 563rd Bomb Squadron of the 388th Bomb Group.

They flew their first mission, a bombing raid on Norway, on July 24, 1943, but had to abort because of weather conditions. On July 25, 1943, they were scheduled to fly as part of a raid on Wustrow, Germany. When the formation arrived, the target was obscured by clouds. The lead crew then elected to attack a target of opportunity - the Kerik West airfield. This was bombed successfully.

Then, on the return trip to England, the formation was attacked by enemy fighters, and McClure's aircraft was shot down and crashed into the North Sea. On November 9, 1943, the body of the pilot washed ashore between Esbjerg and Thyboron. He was buried in the Lemvig Cemetery with full military honors by German troops.

All ten crew members were killed, and with the exception of two who were recovered, are memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing in the Netherlands American Cemetery at Margraten, Holland.


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Comments/Citation
TSgt Warren H. McClure was tail gunner on B-17F # 42-5907, nicknamed "Wing and a Prayer."

Missing Air Crew Report 3120 applies and with 388th mission loading lists, identifies the crew as:

2 Lt Warren H. Fuller      p
2 Lt Thomas J. Scanlon    c-p
2 Lt Frank W. Kaminski    nav
2 Lt William H. Ritchie    bomb
TSgt Paul L. Lebrun     eng/tt gun
TSgt Hector M. Watson    r/o
SSgt Lacy Collinsworth     btg
SSgt Michael J. Lattieri     rwg
SSgt Arthur S. Boyd     lwg
TSgt Warren H. McClure   tail gun


Crew list and personnel lists of the 388th Bomb Group list McClure as M.H., not W.H.

   
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