Apr 30, 2013
I got word last week that the interpretive signage at the crash site of B-24 "Milady" on Cox Peninsula west of Darwin is being renewed and the site restored. I will let you know when this project is completed. I did the signage for this way back in 2002 and had forgotten about it but I attach a painting I did of "Milady's" action (see Glenn Horton's Best in the Southwest) for your interest and the 380th files.
Cheers, Bob Alford
Mar 26, 2013
Good-day, my dad R F Clemow (known as Fred) was trained & flew missions with the US380th 531sqn Liberators at Fenton in the Northern Territory Australia. Then with 21sqn to Moratai. Nx4400775 as part of F/o Gillespie's crew. Please see to verify http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/OG2446
I happened upon the 380th web site and appreciated seeing it. Noticed that dad's name was spelt Clemeau - if possible could you please correct to Clemow.
And yes he went on those "impossible" long runs to bomb Balikpapan and shipping. After training at Parkes New south Wales, as wireless operator and navigator, Fred had a fairly quiet opening to the war flying in Avro Ansons on anti submarine patrols from Laverton in Victoria with 67sqn.
His identical twin Bill (WJ Clemow) copped the rough end of the pineapple, going to the UK after further aircraft training in Canada. While serving with RAF Sqn221 was kia 27 April 1943 over the Mediterranean near the Sicilian straights.
After this Fred couldn't get into European theatre due to the Japs being Australia's priority but he transferred to Liberator training when the opportunity arose.
As I understand it Fred & Adam Gillespie hit it off upon their first meeting and flew together for all but a couple of missions. Fred also took hundreds of photographs of island terrain, shipping, aircraft, destruction after bombing runs and the troop landings at Balikpapan, some of which are in his album.
Cheers & thanks Bob Clemow
(Son of late Robert Frederick Clemow)
Mar 6, 2013
Mar 20, 2013
Apr 22, 2013
Hi there- Great work on your website.
Saw this item today and thought you might want to add it to the Data Sheet of the Missouri Miss aircraft seen here on your website. http://380th.org/HISTORY/PARTVI/MissouriMiss.htm
Go to this YouTube video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TJk1jqzjYU
Posted about 1.5 years ago, at the 3:33 minute mark, you will see photos of the dismantling of the Missouri Miss at Kingman after the war.
Thought you might find that useful.
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