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.