BUGS BUNNY continued.
Capt. Erwin could not understand why they were told this (he was unaware of the statement signed by the three witnesses, which likely applied to the 493rd Squadron B-24J). Capt. Erwin emphasized that 2ndLt Clyborne was eligible for a post-humous Purple Heart medla, which his parents had never received. Under intense enemy fighter fire, 2ndLt Clyborne stayed calm and sighted their bomb drop across the center of the target (only his second combat mission). After being ordered to bail out, 2ndLt Clyborne stayed in the aircraft, ready to parachute, to make sure Capt. Erwin was ready. He opined that an Air Medal would be a trifling award for 2ndLt Clyborne's coolness under fire and for gallantry in the face of extreme danger.
The crew had flown two combat missions. The first was on 27 November, 1943, and the second on 1 December, 1943. The target for both missions was the Insein marshalling yards and locomotive repair shop just north of Rangoon.
Captain completed individual questionnaires regarding each crew mmebr and mailed them to Lt.Col. John J. Smith, Chief, Notification Section, Personal Affairs Branch, Personnel Services Division, AC/AS-1. Capt. Erwin's address was: 530 North Pinckney Street, Madison, Wisconsin.
CARPENTER, CARL FREDERICK, Second Lieutenant, Service # 0-742680, U.S. Army
Carl F. Carpenter was born 13 November 1918 in Goodhue County, Minnesota to Harry William Carpenter (1890-1966) and Louise Adylin (Strack) Vernstrom nee Carpenter (1897-1975). He had several siblings, including James Monroe Carpenter (1916-1974), Harry William Carpenter Jr. (1917-1995), Robert Strack Carpenter (1919-1976), Nickolas Edward Furlong Carpenter (1920-2005), Lozetta E. Carpenter (1922-2011), Lee B. Carpenter (1925-2002), Paul Keith Carpenter (1926-1995), Richard Jasper Carpenter (1927-2014) and another brother and sister.
James M. Carpenter served during WW II, enlisted 9 April 1945 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota.
He enlisted at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, 10 November 1941 (enlisted service # 17026929). After training, he was sent overseas to India, assigned to 9th Bomber Squadron, 7th Bomber Group, heavy, 10th Air Force. He died in the crash of the B-24J on 1 December 1943, after bombing the Insein marshalling yards and locomotive repair shops. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart.