Technical Sergeant William Robert Clift, US Army Air Forces, was assigned to the 549th Bomber Squadron, 385th Bomber Group Heavy, flying a B-17G with serial number 42-37963 out of Great Ashfield, England.

He died 21 February 1944 and is interred at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England, located at A,7,17.

Crew members
1st Lt Warren J. Pease
2nd Lt Edward B. Brown
2nd Lt Robert E. Jenkins
2nd Lt Bernard Kaplan
T/Sgt William R. Clift
S/Sgt Gail F. Brunner
S/Sgt Harold E. Dickason
S/Sgt Junior M. Falls
T/Sgt William Gill Jr.
S/Sgt Franklin C. Owsley

The Chattanooga Daily Times, 22 March 1944
The War Department notified Mrs. Birdie Lee Gann Clift of Soddy March 6 that her husband, T/Sgt. William Robert Clift, had been killed Feb. 21 over Reedham, England, it became know yesterday. The telegram reported the death of Sgt. Clift gave no details. But from its statement that the death occurred “over” Reedham, England, it is assumed that it was the result of an air crash, possibly of a departing or returning bomber. Sgt. Clift is survived by his wife, a son, William Robert Clift Jr., 6 months; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Clift, Clinton, Tenn. He was a graduate of Soddy-Daisy High School and would have been in service two years in August.

  • Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 21 November 1921
  • Date of death: 21 February 1944
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Soddy
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 549th Bomber Squadron, 385th Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XI, Middle Panel
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