Holyhead USAAF Tragedy

The memorial to the USAAF bomber that crashed in 1944

I parked my car in the Breakwater Country Park in Holyhead and I was on my way with a friend to walk to the top of Holyhead mountain to take some photographs. We followed the circular walk signs and immediately after leaving the car park, we came across a memorial to the 8 members of the crew of a 36th Bomber Squadron USAAF B24, that had crashed near North Stack on the 22nd Dec 1944.

The memorial plaque to the aircrew of the U.S. bomber

Sited on a stone plinth, with a metal plaque and the remains of a propellor, someone had left four computer-generated photographs of the crew in plastic folders. These are now being affected by the weather, and I felt it fitting that they be added to these pages whilst it was still possible.

One crew member, in particular, is remembered in the photographs, and he is Arthur R. Clemens. He was the son of Mr & Mrs Ray Clemens of Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Arthur was born on August 10th 1924, and when he lost his life in the crash he was aged 20 years 4 months and 12 days.

Crew Member Arthus R. Clemens

Arthur had been a graduate of Lebanon High School, later employed as a mechanic at Middletown Air Depot. He was called to service on March 19th 1943. He then received training in Florida, Mississippi, and Kansas. From Kansas, he was posted overseas.

On the 22nd December 1944, the bomber aircraft (possibly named Jigs Up) was flying to RAF Valley, near Holyhead. The circumstances of the crash near North Stack are currently unknown to this author but are more than worthy of inclusion here.

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