Edward F. Clendenin

Ed Clendenin was a pilot with the 512th Squadron.  He flew his missions from February 1944 through July 1944.

He flew several missions along side of the Yugoslav AF crews.  In tribute to those who flew these joint missions, the Royal Yugoslav Air Force awarded honorary wings to these Army Air Corps crewmen.  Ed was one of those honorees.

Clendenin and crew in Nebraska prior to overseas deployment. He is kneeling, on right end.

Clendenin and crew after their arrival at San Pan.  He is back row, extreme left.

Clendenin in front of 42-78206, Desert Fury, after his 32nd sortie.

His honorary RYAF wings and diploma.

Clendenin and some of the crew who ferried the war-weary, Rowdy Ann, back to the States.  He is 4th from left, standing.

Others that have been IDed:

3rd from left, standing - Capt. Gerald Brown

4th from right, standing - Capt. E. Garrison Wood

2nd from right - either Lt. Robert Hunter or Lt. Richard Zuber

3rd from left, kneeling - either Lt. Kenneth Benoit, Lt. ? Sessa, or Lt. Bernard Bashline

4th from left, kneeling - Lt. Richard Zuber (?)

2nd from right, kneeling - Lt. Col. Harry Gillett.  He was the 512th Squadron CO.

The Rowdy Ann was a 98th HBG plane that Clendenin was sent to Foggia to recover.  It flew no missions with the 376th.

Newspaper article describing the arrival of Rowdy Ann in the States.

Clendenin resting in his parents home in Galesburg, Illinois.  Note the Yugoslav wings above his right pocket.

Mission Flown

Missions as Pilot

Mission
#  Date       Group  AC_serial    AC NIckname       Target
                      RCL    Num.
 1  2/10/1944 25    42-40209  Wild Wolf (The)      Campoleone Italy
 2  2/14/1944 38    41-24252  Edna Marie            Verona Italy
 3  2/16/1944 24    42-72843  Strawberry Bitch    Prato Italy
 4  2/17/1944 34    42-52541   ----                     Anzio Italy
 5  2/20/1944 38    41-24252  Edna Marie            Anzio Italy
 6  2/22/1944 25    42-40209  Wild Wolf (The)      Regensburg Germany
 7  3/19/1944 39    41-29279   ----                    Klagenfurt Austria
 8  3/24/1944 28    41-23724 Doodle Bug            Steyr Austria
 9  3/29/1944 29    42-40071  ----                     Bolzano Italy
10 3/30/1944 31    41-23742  ----                     Sofia Bulgaria
11 4/  2/1944 25    42-40209  Wild Wolf (The)     Steyr Austria
12 4/  3/1944 29    42-40071  ----                     Budapest Hungary
13 4/  5/1944 36    42-72855  ----                     Polesti Romania
14 4/  7/1944 24    42-72843  Strawberry Bitch    Mestre Italy
15 4/12/1944 36    42-72855  ----                     Weiner Austria
16 4/13/1944 27    42-72900  ----                     Budapest Hungary
17 4/16/1944 27    42-72900  ----                     Brasov Rumania
18 4/17/1944 27    42-72900  ----                     Sofia Bulgaria
19 4/23/1944 25    42-78112  Loose Goose, The Schwechat Austria
20 4/24/1944 25    42-78112  Loose Goose, The Polesti Romania
21 4/28/1944 25    42-78112  Loose Goose, The Porto Santo Italy
22 4/29/1944 25    42-78112  Loose Goose, The Toulon France
23 4/30/1944 25    42-78112  Loose Goose, The Alessandria Italy
24 5/10/1944 31    41-28926  ----                     Weiner Austria
25 5/12/1944 35    42-109831 ----                    Piombino Italy
26 5/13/1944 35    42-109831 ----                    Fidenza Italy
27 5/18/1944 22    42-73085  ----                     Polesti Romania
28 5/22/1944 33    41-28920  Big Marge             Porto Marghera Italy
29 5/26/1944 31    41-28926  ----                     Nice France
30 5/27/1944 36    42-72855  ----                     Marseille France
31 5/30/1944 22    42-95285  Red Ryder             Pottendorf Austria
32 6/  2/1944 38    42-78206  Desert Fury           Simeria Rumania
33 6/22/1944 30    42-99862  ----                     Casarsa Italy
34 6/23/1944 32    44-40489  ----                     Polesti Romania
35 6/24/1944 31    44-40502  Bessa Me Mucho   Polesti Romania
36 6/26/1944 30    42-99862  ----                     Schwechat Austria
37 6/30/1944 32    44-40489  ----                     Zagreb Yugoslavia
38 7/  3/1944 32    44-40489  ----                     Giurgiu Romania

Missions as Co-Pilot

 1  2/12/1944 34    42-52541 ----                     Anzio Italy      Earl Watson
 2  3/28/1944 30    41-24259 Jack Frost             Fano Italy        Gerald Brown

376 ARCHIVES

At the 2017 reunion, the board approved the donation of our archives to the Briscoe Center for American History, located on the University of Texas - Austin campus.

Click here to go to their main website.

Also, the board approved a $5,000 donation to add to Ed Clendenin's $20,000 donation in the memory of his father. Together, these funds begin an endowment for the preservation of the 376 archives.

2018 REUNION

DATES :  TBD

CITY : Dayton, Ohio

HOTEL: TBD

2018 reunion details


previous reunions

For Sale

The Other Doolittle Raid


The Liberandos


Three Crawford Brothers


Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior


376th Bomb Group Mission History


The Last Liberator


Full Circle


Shadows of Wings


Ten Men, A "Flying Boxcar," and A War


I Survived Ploesti


A Measure of Life


Shot Down In Yugoslavia


Stories of My Life


Attack


Born in Battle