Cleland

 

1st Lt. James Rowe Cleland


Born: 4 May 1923 - Illinois

Parents: Dewitt N. Cleland & Margaret A. Rowe-Cleland

Home:

    - 2102 South Tenth Avenue - Maywood, Illinois

Siblings: 1 sister

Education:

    - Lincoln Grade School

    - Proviso Township High School

        - Class of 1940

    - Northwestern University

        - left after two years

Enlisted:

    - 8 April 1942 - entered Army Air Corps as an enlisted man

        - attended Officer Candidate School

Serial Number: O&747214 
Training: 

    - pilot

Unit: United States Army Air Corps

Engagements:

    - missions over Italy & Austria

Killed in Action:

    - 25 February 1944 - bomber shot down over Austria

    - February 1945 - declared dead

Buried

    - 14 April 1950 - Grafton National Cemetery - Grafton, West Virginia

        - Section:  A   Site:  4 

           - mass grave for the members of his bomber's crew

Note:  Since the remains of individual members of the crew could not be positively identified, the Army buried the crew members in a centrally located grave.  Each family lived approximately the same distance from the grave.


 

 

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