Rank and Name, First Lieutenant Clyde Lewis Askew Jr.
Unit/Placed in, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 321 (VMF-321), United States Marine Corps.
Clyde is born approx. on 11 April 1918 in Oklahoma.
Father, Clyde L. Askew Sr.
Mother, Fern K. (Hall) Askew.
Brother(s), Robert C. and James L. Askew.
Spouse, Helen E. (Dobson) Askew.
Clyde enlisted the service in Oklahoma with service number # O-020369.
Clyde was KIA while escorting B-25 for Bombing the Japanese in Rabaul on 27 Feb. 1944, he is honored with an Air Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Good Conduct Medal, Marine Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
Clyde is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.
Walls of the missing.
He also has a Memorial Grave at Fort Gibson National Cemetery,
Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, VS.
Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.
Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.
ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov
Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org
POW Info, http://www.mansell.com Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.
Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org
Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/ Geoffrey Roecker
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com
Lt. Clyde Askew was a pilot of a Marine F-4U and was credited with the shoot down of 1 Japanese “Zeke” on 18 January 1944 (near Duke of York Island). His unit was flying out of Piva Yoke Fighter Airstrip, Bougainville, Island, Solomon Islands. On 27 January 1944, he was lost while escorting USAAF B-25s on a mission to bomb the Japanese on Rabaul. He served as wingman for another Marine, Lt. Taylor, who was forced to make a water landing near Cape Torokina due to mechanical problems. Lt. Taylor was later picked up. Lt. Taylor observed Lt. Askew, whose aircraft also developed mechanical problems, make a water landing. Lt. Askew did not get out of the aircraft before it sank.