mission was to bomb the Schwechat oil refinery in Vienna
When I first started this blog seven years ago I had wanted to honor my father's
service as a WWII pilot. In the course of writing this blog and doing research,
I was able to find many of the family members of the crew. They shared their
father's war experiences and pictures and they became a part of this amazing story.
I soon realized that this blog had taken on a life of its own. So many wonderful
emails I have received over the years from sons and daughters who had read
the blog, looking for answers, clues as they researched their own father's
war experiences. My most treasured emails though were those from
WWII vets who after reading my blog would add details to different posts.
This brings me to an email I received several months ago. Tom Clemmons,
son of 1st Lt. Hubert Clemmons, Jr., had served in the 98th 415th squadron
based in Lecce Italy. He also added that his dad had flown in the same
mission March 15th to Vienna. I was thrilled with this discovery.
I immediately contacted Tom and he informed me that his dad
was still living and soon to be 94 in February. I asked Tom for pictures
and a bio on his dad so I could do a special post.
Regrettably Tom's dad passed away February 10th...just shy of his
I hope that this special post on the anniversary of their mission to Vienna
72 years ago today will bring honor to his service to his country, and
our deepest gratitude for the lives and freedoms we have today.
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IN MEMORY OF 1ST LT. HUBERT CLEMMONS, JR.
- Was there a feeling of concern about the war in Europe and possible U.S. involvement or was it viewed as a “war” over there
- Sensed the U.S. was going to be involved in the war and that was the reason to enroll at Castle Heights
- During his tenure at Castle Heights U.S. declares war on Japan following Dec. 7, 1941 attack, Germany follows suit and declares war on the U.S.
- Crashed while on training mission at night, both engines failed on take-off at 500 ft. resulting in a crash that killed the navigator, Lt. R.K. Davey.
- Crew had to train with a new navigator, which resulted in their being delayed in deployment to Europe.
- 1st Mission - Feb. 1, 1945 – Mossbierbaum, Austria (close to Vienna)
- 2nd Mission – Feb. 13 – Vienna, Aus.
- 3rd Mission – Feb. 15 – Vienna, Aus.
- 4th Mission – Feb. 19 – Vienna, Aus.
- 5th Mission – Feb. 20 – Fiume, Italy
- 6th Mission – Feb. 23 – Verona, Italy
- 7th Mission – March 1 – Moosbierbaum, Aus.
- 8th Mission – March 4 – Zagreb, Yug.
- 9th Mission – March 8 – Maribor, Yug.
- 10th Mission – March 9 – Vienna, Aus.
- 11th Mission – March 12 – Regensburg, Germany
- 12th Mission – March 13 - Maribor, Yug.
- 13th Mission – March 15 – Vienna, Aus.
- 14th Mission – March 17 – St. Polten, Aus.
- 15th Mission – March 22 – Vienna, Aus.
- 16th Mission - March 24, 1945 – Neuenburg, Germany