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Clinton Sather was born 12 November 1920, on the family farm near Ulen, Minnesota, near Moorhead. One of nine children, Clinton attended country school, then worked on the farm before entering the Army Air Corps in August 1942. Clinton joined the US Army Air Corps in August 1942. He was trained as a ball turret gunner on B-17 Flying Fortress four-engine heavy bombers, and by early 1944 was flying missions with the 452nd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, from a base in eastern England. On 5 February 1944, Clinton's plane was downed over southern Germany, while on a mission to the city of Regensburg. As a POW, Clinton spent time at Stalag Luft IV Gross Tychow and Stalag Luft I Barth. The latter camp was liberated by Red Army troops on 30 April 1945. Clinton and other captured Americans were evacuated to France, then to the United States. He spent several months recovering from his time as a POW, and was discharged in January 1946. Again a civilian, Clinton attended Dakota Business School in Fargo, North Dakota, and remained in the Moorhead area.
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Saylor, Thomas, "Oral History Project World War II Years, 1941-1946 - Clinton Sather" (2004). Oral History Project: World War II Years, 1941-1946. 67.