George Clayton Wassell

Captain George Clayton Wassell died on 3rd October 1942 when a B-17 bomber crashed on Slieveanorra Mountain, Co. Antrim killing 8 of the crew members onboard.


George Clayton Wassell


Captain George Clayton Wassell (O-328889) served in 401st Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group (The Ragged Irregulars), 8th United States Army Air Force during the Second World War. Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

George enlisted in April 1941. In civilian life, he worked at Buhl Memorial Hospital, Sharon, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., having served an internship at West Penn Hospital. He was a graduate of Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana, U.S.A. He had also completed work at St. Louis University of Medicine, Missouri, U.S.A. and the United States School of Aviation Medicine.

Wassell died on 3rd October 1942 while a doctor on B-17 #41-24451. The plane crashed in bad weather on Mount Slieveanorra, Co. Antrim en route from Gander Bay, Newfoundland to the United Kingdom killing 8 of the 10 crew and passengers. Some reports suggest the plane was bound for Prestwick, Scotland while others state the destination as R.A.F. Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.

Burial first took place on 7th October 1942 at Glenalina Extension, ES, 230 of Belfast City Cemetery. A reburial later took place at Lisnabreeny American Military Cemetery, Belfast. After the war, Wassell was repatriated to Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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