Adams County

Lt. Clyde V. Cassill



Aviation Cadet Clyde Cassill has finished his pre-flight training at Santa Ana Army Air Base at Santa Ana, Calif., and has been transferred to an air field near Phoenix, Ariz., for flight training. Clyde is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Cassill of Lenox.

Source: Lenox Time Table, February 11, 1943

Lt. Clyde Cassill arrived last Thursday from Moses Lake, Wash., and spent a few days leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Cassill. He left Monday afternoon to report to Penndleton, Oregon.

Source: Lenox Time Table, October 21, 1943


In a V-Mail letter, written to his parents on January 6, Lt. Clyde Cassill states that he has landed “Somwhere in England.”

Source: Lenox Time Table, January 27, 1944

Iowa Falls Hears Two Are Lost Over Europe

Iowa Falls—
Lt. Clyde Cassill, former Ellsworth Junior College student, has been reported missing in action over Germany since Feb. 10. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Cassill of Lenox, and is a brother of E. C. Cassill of Iowa Falls. He was a co-pilot of a B-17 flying fortress.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, March 6, 1944

Parents Notified by Government Tuesday Evening

That Lt. Clyde Cassill is safe, although he is a prisoner of the German Reich, was learned here Tuesday night by Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Cassill, parents of the Lenox flier.

Lt. Cassill, making his first flight over Germany, was co-pilot on an ill fated bomber shot down during a mass raid.

The telegram said in part: “Reports just received through International Red Cross state your son, Lt. Clyde V. Cassill is a prisoner of war of the German government. Report further states wounded. Letter of information follows from Provost Marshal General.”

The parents were notified their son was missing as of February 10. The notice arrived here February 26.

Source: Lenox Time Table, March 30, 1944

12 Iowans on Gripsholm

Washington, D. C.—(AP)—Twelve sick or wounded Iowans are aboard the Gripsholm, Swedish exchange ship, which is due to arrive in the United States next week, the War Department announced Thursday night.
Aboard the Gripsholm are 463 Army officers and enlisted men, 665 United States civilians and 78 Canadian military personnel, the War Department said.
The soldiers were exchanged in Switzerland for German prisoners of war.
The War Department said that leave or furlough would be provided for those physically capable and hospital treatment would be continued for those needing it.
Pay accounts of the soldiers and officers will be settled, necessary clothing will be issued and awards and decorations made to those who have been designated to receive them.
Next of kin of the following Iowans have been notified they are returning aboard the Gripsholm:
Cpl. Hollis E. Baker, Inf., Carbon, Iowa;

Pfc. George C. Barger, Inf., Laurens, Iowa;

Second Lt. Clyde V. Cassill, AC, Lenox, Iowa;

Cpl. Clifford M. Olerich, CE, Carroll, Iowa;

Staff Sgt. Edward E. Cussen, AC, Sioux City, Iowa;

Lt. Laurence B. Higgins, Inf., Clarinda, Iowa;

Staff Sgt. Sam D. Humphrey, AC, Clinton, Iowa;

Staff Sgt. Winston E. Lowe, AC, Cedar Rapids, Iowa;

Staff Sgt. Thomas R. McDonald, AC, Cedar Rapids, Iowa;

Pfc. Rufus P. E. Nanke, Inf., What Cheer, Iowa; 

Second Lt. Warren L. Van Eschen, AC – Mrs. John Van Eschen, mother, Ackley, Iowa;

Pvt. Jack M. Wickey, Inf., Sioux City, Iowa.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, February 16, 1945