He enlisted in the USAAF in Kentucky. After completing advanced schools and becoming multi-engine rated, he earned his commission and pilot wings. He was selected for flying the Douglass Aircraft C-47 Skytrain. He was sent overseas to India. On 5 December 1944, C-47A, # 43-15698, departed the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a mission to Kunming, China. Burma Road combat engineers walked to the jungle area where the C-47A, # 43-15698, 10th Air Force, crashed. On 14 December 1944, the Li Su tribesmen informed Burma Road Engineers they had found a crashed aircraft. The engineers were guided to the wreckage, at which they arrived at 1130 hours, 17 December 1944. It was atop a ridge at the Burma-China border, about 20 miles west of Tantza-pa and 30 miles north of Tahow Wang, Yunnan, China. The C-47A was completely demolished, parts strewn up the ridge for about 600’ from impact. The bodies of 23 Chinese Army soldiers were found in the wreckage. Removal of the decomposed American remains was impracticable due to their condition and the mountainous terrain. The dead crewmen had been ripped of all personal belongings -wrist watches, wallets, money belts, and identification (dog tags). The crash investigator located 1stLt Clegg’s briefcase with insurance papers, a 201 file, a carbon copy of 2ndLt Bolton’s will, and a few letters from TSgt Windishman’s family. The crewmens’ status was changed from missing to killed in action on 29 December 1944. After recovery of the crew’s remains, burial was in a common grave (two caskets with four remains) in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 19 November 1947 (Sec. 80, Grave 4).

 

His brother, Dr. Crocker B. Clegg, born 28 November 1923, served in the U.S. Navy Reserves, a Lieutenant Junior Grade, aboards the U.S.S. LSM-436 in the Pacific theater of war. He died on 5 September 2015 and is buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery, Saint Petersburg, Pinellas Co., Florida. The U.S.S. LSM-436 was a medium landing ship launched 28 February 1945 and served in the Asiatic-Pacific theater. Its crew was 5 officers and 54 enlisted men. It accommodated 2 officers and 46 enlisted troops and could carry 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks.

BOLTON, GEORGE BERNARD, JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-702222, USAAF

 

George B. Bolton Jr. was born on 4 October 1922 in Washington, D.C., to George B. Bolton (1891-1946) and Leona Dell (Clark) Bolton (1898-1957). His sibling Mary Phoebe (Bolton) Kimber (1921-1957). Living with them in 1940 was an uncle, Kent E. Bolton (1881-    ) (widowed).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Los Angeles, California, on 14 December 1942. He enlisted in the USAAF in Kentucky. After completing advanced schools and becoming multi-engine rated, he earned his commission and pilot wings. He was selected for flying the Douglass Aircraft C-47 Skytrain. He was sent overseas to India. On 5 December 1944, C-47A, # 43-15698, departed the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a mission to Kunming, China. Burma Road combat engineers walked to the jungle area where the C-47A, # 43-15698, 10th Air Force, crashed.