Cecil Clint Estess

S/Sgt    34425600    612th
1921 - 1944

Tail Gunner aboard 42-31511 (Fool's Luck III)

Ardennes cemetery, Belgium.
Wall of missing
1921 - 1943


Burkhalter cemetery, Pike county, Mississippi, USA

     Cecil was born Feb 26, 1921, Beat 1, Pike, Mississippi.
     In Sep 18, 1942 he enlisted to the air corps.

     In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
     His 25th mission, Apr 10, 1944, Target: Brussels, belgium, the plane went down in the English Channel.
     6 crewmembers got in to their dingy but drifted all the way back to France within four and one-half hours.

     It is believed that Cecil was wounded and didn't get into the life boat.
     He was awarded with an Air Medal and a Purple Heart Medal

     In 1944, when Cecil died on the age of 23 he left behind his family :

         His father, Clinton R Estess, age 45
         His mother, Bertie Estess, age 41
         His brother, Robert Estess, age 19

Back Row: ( L to R ) Gerald Blaise, - Leonard Mendelson, - Gaston Fox, - Darrell Wilson.
Front Row: Jerome Sabel, - Duane brandt, - Charles Sierra, - Allen Brown, - CECIL ESTESS, - Joseph Gallas.

Mission to Brussels, Belgium, after being hit by flak, the plane went down in the English Channel
but the wind blew them back to the French coast, where the crew were taken prisoner.

B-17G " Fool's Luck III "   42-31511    612th
10 April 1944   Mission # 48   Target: Brussels , Belgium

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