George Clayton Wassell

Captain George Clayton Wassell died on 3rd October 1942 when USAAF B17 bomber 41-24451 came down on Slieveanorra Mountain, Co. Antrim on a transit flight.

Captain George Clayton Wassell served in 91st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Squadron, United States Army Air Force during World War Two. Born on 10th March 1910, he was the son of Joseph Thomas Wassell and Evelyn May "Eva" Wassell (née Hall) of Homestead, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

He enlisted in April 1941 having studied at Notre Dame University, St. Louis University of Medicine, and the United States School of Aviation Medicine. He served an internship at West Penn. Hospital and was a member of staff at Buhl Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania.

Captain Wassell died on 3rd October 1942 aged 26 years old. He was a Flight Surgeon on a USAAF B17 Flying Fortress that crashed on Slieveanorra Mountain, Co. Antrim.

George Clayton Wassell’s grave was first located in Belfast City Cemetery, Co. Antrim. All casualties of this crash were later moved to Lisnabreeny American Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Down. In 1948, this cemetery in the Belfast hills closed. Wassell’s body lies in Pleasant Hills, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. His name is on the Moyle Walkway Memorial on Slieveanorra and on a granite monument at the former Lisnabreeny Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Down.