Staff Sergeant Clinton Ethen Cross was a Left Waist Gunner on a B-24H, Serialnumber 41-28816, nicknamed Scrappy. They departed from Castellucio Field in Italy on a bombing mission to the oil storage tanks in Vienna, Austria on 22 August 1944. The aircraft was flying in number seven position. En route to their home base they feathered one engine and the ship then dropped behind and disappeared from the formation. All crew members bailed out NW of Daruvar, Yugoslavia. The pilot and co-pilot made it back to the base and completed their missions. According to a crew member Clinton Cross also made it back but was killed latter in a crack-up on take off at the base. The other crew members were taken Prisoner of War.
Born 16 November 1921, Tennessee
Died non Battle 14 November 1944 in Italy
451st Bomber Group, 725th Bomber Squadron
Son of Henry Columbus Cross and Manerva Pennington. Clinton Cross was married. Buried in Lay Cemetery, Smith Creek, Scott County, TN