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Clarence E. "Eddy" Franks

 

Eddy Franks, WWII

 

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Family Information:

Wife: Betty; Children Clarence, Jr., Leslie Jane.

Hometown:

San Antonio, TX

Date Entered Service:

October 12, 1940

Service Number:

A0406735

Bomb Group:

40th

Squadron:

25th

Location of Unit:

Pratt, Kansas (November, 1943)

Missions Flown:

About 17 or 18

Hump Missions Flown:

Total unknown

Targets:

Omura, Formosa, Bangkok, Palembang Sumatra, Singapore, Kure

Awards/Decorations:

Distinguished Flying Cross,Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters,Army Commendation Medal,Distinguished Unit Citation with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters,Air Force Outstanding Unit Award,American Defense Service Medal,Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 7 Battle Stars,American Campaign Medal,WWII Victory Ribbon,National Defense Service Medal,Armed Froces Longevity Award with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters,Armed Forces Reserve Medal

Service Schools Attended:

Class 41-B Flying Cadest Oct 1940-Mar 1941; Applied Personnel Management 1943; Instrument Pilot School /Class 43-6-IP 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

Aircraft Commander, CO Hq & Hq Sq., 58th Bomb Wing

Rank Upon Discharge:

 

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-24908 (unnamed); 42-6288 (unnamed)

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

October 28, 1948

Date Discharged from the 58th:

October 28, 1948

Post-WWII Service:

15 Jun 1951--Recalled to active duty. 580th Holding and Briefing Sqd., Mountain Home, AFB, Idaho. Dec 1951--Transferred to Fort Benning, Georgia, Training Camp #1 8672 (Unconventional Warfare Training and Parachute Jump School and Jumpmaster School). July 1952--Assigned to Staff at HQS SACLANT, Norfolk Virginia, as Psychological and Scientific Warfare Officer. Mar 1953--HQ TAC Langley, AFB, Virginia. May 1955--US EUCOM (European Command), HQ SOTFE (Support Operations Task Force, Europe) Camp Des Loges, Paris, France. Jul 1958--551st AEW & CON Wing, Otis AFB, Mass., 961st Sqd Commander, Dir. of Personnel. Jun 1961--HQ ATC, Tech Training, Randolph AFB, Texas. 30 June 1965--Retired from active duty.

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Jan 1966-1980 DOD Civil Service, Randolph AFB, TX

Comments:

Mr. Franks passed away September 27, 1999 and is buried at Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio, TX.

 

Eddy Franks (center) and crew

 

Lt. Col. Franks, 1962

 


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