Black Hawk County

T/Sgt. Clair L. Wiseman




Clair Wiseman, Ex-Waterloo Boy,
Dies in France

Tech. Sgt. Clair L. Wiseman, former resident of Waterloo, was killed in action July 8, 1944, while serving as a radio technician and waist gunner on a B-26 bomber, friends here learned Friday.

A letter has been received by his mother, Mrs. Bernice Wiseman, also a former resident here but now living in Kenosha, Wis., giving details of his death.

Sergeant Wiseman, veteran of 72 missions, was killed when the bomber he was in while on a mission over northern France was attacked by fighters. The pilot, bombardier and tail gunner left the ship and were taken prisoners and the co-pilot escaped and returned to American lines.

The remaining three crew members, including Sergeant Wiseman, were believed killed before the plane crashed. Their bodies were found by civilians and they were buried by a Protestant chaplain at St. Andre, France.

Sergeant Wiseman was born in Waterloo and spent his childhood here. His father, who is deceased, was an employe of the Illinois Central railroad.

Source: Waterloo Dailey Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Friday, June 08, 1945, Page 3

NOTE: TSgt. Wiseman, along with 2nd Lt. Roy C. Robertson, Jr. and SSgt. Clendon E. Jenkins were re-interred at Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas; Section 13, Site 273-4. ~