New England Air Museum
Chester V. Claypool, Jr.


Chester V. Claypool (far left), c. 1944


Recent Address:

3382 Dermot Thurston Road, Owensboro, KY 42303



Family Information:

Parents: Chester and Sarah, Wife: Lorraine, Siblings: Jerry, Tommy.


Owensboro, KY

Date Entered Service:

December 4, 1942

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:


Missions Flown:

35 missions flown

Hump Missions Flown:

Numerous missions to move gas to forward base.


Japan - numerous times.


Distinguished Flying Cross with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Presidential Unit Citation

Service Schools Attended:


Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 888-Radio Mechanic F, MOS-889-Radio Mechanic M

Rank Upon Discharge:

Staff Sergeant

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-63355 Bella Bortion

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

October 9, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Chester was an Engineer for General Electric Company. His specialty was designing vacuum tubes. The Patriots that shot down enemy planes had three vacuum tubes in them. Chester designed one of these tubes. He received recognition for that vacuum tube from the General Electric Company.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Chester was very proud of his time in the Army Air Force. He became very close to his crew. They flew their missions together. By the time they had completed their 35 missions, they and the plane were ready to come home. Their plane "Bella Bortion" had been declared "war weary" so the crew flew it back to the States. We attended many Air Force reunions and enjoyed every one of them. We were like family.


Mr. Claypool passed away May 7, 1998 and is buried at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery in Philpot, KY


Chester and wife, Lorraine, at Air Force reunion


Chester and Lorraine, 1997


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