Attacking Clark Field



As 1945 opened in the Pacific Theater, the Allies were advancing through the Philippines. Their next major target would be a three-unit attack on the Japanese stronghold of Clark Field on January 7th. At the time, the Japanese had put more than 400 antiaircraft guns in the area, which would make the planned 120+ A-20 and B-25 raid more challenging. Three bomb groups, the 345th, 312th and 417th, would split into formations and fly an “X” pattern over Clark Field. Above them, two P-38 squadrons would keep an eye out for enemy planes.

Upon arriving at the mountain pass that stood between the crews and Clark Field, heavy clouds blocked their path. The formation split up in the thick clouds as pilots navigated through the pass, temporarily invisible to each other. Emerging on the other side of the clouds, the 312th’s flight leader, Lt. Joseph Rutter, and his wingman, Lt…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on December 9, 2017, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 39 Comments.

  1. An interesting read! I can’t even begin to imagine what it would have been like to be in the middle of all that chaos and confusion.

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  2. Unbelievable story gp, those Pilots and Crew could only have stamina and guts made of steel. A great factual eye account in all detail.

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  3. Zoals altijd erg informatief en ook wat spannend

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  4. The war has turned full circle now. The Japanese attacked Clark on 8th Dec 1941, and now the US are returning all these years later. A very interesting read, GP, and an excellent reblog.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. I think the Philippines have forgotten what we did for them in WWII. Or maybe just some people over there.

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  6. Your work brings home to us erocentrics the reality of the war on the other side of the world

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  7. Japan vs Allied countries, Japan battled hard only in one country,I think :D

    This is the Truth on other side in Firippin 😀

    7th~8th on Dec,Perl harver day,Our ansesters battled hard on each other well, and now we are allies.

    With respect from Japan 😀

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    • 私はその記事を覚えていますが、他の人が読めるようにここに残します。 あなたの国は長い歴史を持ち、私は尊敬しています。

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  8. The moral of the story is, I guess, you can plan all you want and then have to deal with reality. Sounds like they did well, considering. –Curt

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing. dear GP Cox.

    Totally beside the point, did you get a snowflake in Floirda too?? If yes, please redirect her to Norway. Thank you. x

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  10. I always learn something here, GP! I never knew about the parafrags until I read this!

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