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John Clark
War: World War II
Branch: United States Army Air Corps (Air Force)
Unit: 8th Air Force
Place of Birth: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Theater: Europe


While a student at Lawrence Institute of Technology John volunteered for aviation cadet training in the fall of 1942. He was called up in February of 1943 and reported for basic training in May at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. In September of 1943 John was dispatched to Twenty-Nine Palms, California for his primary flight school and advanced training.

In the summer of 1944 he was assigned to 8th Air Force Combat Operations Training at a base in Tennessee. Once in England his crew served as a replacement flight crew for the 8th Air Force 100th Bomb Group, commonly known as the “Bloody Hundred.”

While overseas, John and his crew flew 32 missions in Germany, including one that ended in a crash landing in Belgium on January 5, 1945. His crew’s tour of duty ended on March 8, 1945. Upon returning to the United States John completed his education at University of Michigan and MIT.