42-40930 MACR 557
On 24 August 1943 a B-24D, # 42-40930, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield to bomb Hankow, China. It was attached and shot down by enemy fighters. The crew was:
Pilot 1stLt Clarence J. Robinson 0-387873
Co-Pilot 2ndLt Paul E. Bitner 0-675028
Navigator 2ndLt Wesley M. Green 0-673549
Bombardier 1stLt Emmett B. van Deventer 0-728523
Crew Chief TSgt Oneal R. Linford 39828081
Radio Operator TSgt Harry E. Wade 32454380
CC Gunner SSgt Cloyd D. Brown 38185860
RO Gunner SSgt George J. Ocavage 32077440
Gunner SSgt Arthur L. Bartlett 11068433
Gunner SSgt Felix Grochocki 36516494
(All enlisted servicemen served dually as gunners in addition to their primary assignment)
ROBINSON, CLARENCE J., First Lieutenant, # 0-387873, USAAF
Clarence J. Robinson was born on 29 October 1915 in Newton, Harvey Co., Kansas, to Clarence H. Robinson (1889-1962) (KS) and Mabel Glee (Masters) Robinson (1888-1965) (KS) (married 14 June 1910). A sister was Helen Ring (Robinson) Heckroot (1912-1994). Living with them in 1920 were: paternal grandmother, Margaret M. (Crowe) Robinson (1859-1925) (TN) (widow of James W. Robinson (1853-1913) and paternal uncle, Donovan Robinson (1901- ). He was married.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 5 September 1941. In October 1941 he was trained as an adjuntant assistant and sent on permanent duty to Victorville Army Flight School. He applied for transfer to the USAAF and after completing flight school through advanced for the B-24 Liberator, earned his commission and pilot wings at Roswell Field Flight School on 4 January 1943. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 24 August 1943 a B-24D, # 42-40930, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield to bomb Hankow, China. It was attached and shot down by enemy fighters. After recovery from Shanghai, China, the crew (Robinson, Bartlett, Brown, Bitner, Wade, Van Deventer) was buried in a group burial and ceremony in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky, on 12 May 1949 (Sec. E, Graves 49-50). He was awarded the Purple Heart.