|Pilot 2nd Lt Clement Lee Theed, Jr., O-693175 (MIA / KIA / BR) Miami, FL
Crashed April 11, 1944 at 3:15pm
Built by Republic at Farmingdale, NY. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South-West Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 58th Fighter Group, 310th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Nose number H34.
On April 11, 1944 took off from Saidor Airfield with wingman Lt. Rowland on a mission over Wewak to search for three Missing In Action (MIA) aircraft from the 311th Fighter Squadron: P-47D "Cowtown Cyclone" 42-75289, P-47D 42-22953 and P-47D "Fascinatin' Phil" 42-75291.
Ten miles southwest of Wewak flying at 400', Rowland spotted an odd looking white area on the side of a mountain and dove down to check it. It turned out to be a white shack, and circled it. Afterwards, Rowland searched for his wingman, only to discover he was missing and spotted a column of thick black smoke rising from the jungle below and circled the spot and discovered it was from the wreckage of Lt. Theed's aircraft.
Recovery of Remains
Postwar, Theed's remains were recovered from the the crash site and he was temporarily buried at Finschafen Cemetery. Later, exhumed and transported to the United States.
Theed was officially declared dead on April 11, 1944. He is buried in a private cemetery in Florida.
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-47D Thunderbolt 42-27659
No Glamour... No Glory! The Story of the 58th Fighter Group of World War II page 127
"2nd Lt. Theed, of Miami, Florida, was also a new pilot, having joined the 310th on 12 February 1944 at Dobodura."
58th Fighter Group References Frame 225 microfilm 80155
"Flight flying at altitude of 400 feet on search mission and when three ships pulled up, the flight leader noticed that the fourth ship had crashed and burnt. The locality was ten miles southwest of Madang near the Gogol River."
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January 5, 2018