Kearney, Nebraska


Clinton Asher was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Asher of Kearney. On campus, Asher was known for his fondness of his White Model T Ford.

Asher was a corporal in the Army Air Force. He served as a crew member on a B-17. His plane was lost on a mission to attack a convoy of ships in the Vitiaz Strait off the coast of New Guinea on November 29, 1942. The War Department surmised that his plane was destroyed either by attacking Japanese planes that were spotted in the area or in a storm that occurred shortly after the attack. He was official declared dead by the War Department in 1946.

Branch of Service

Army Air Force



Military Occupational Specialty

B-17 Crew Member

Death Date


Original Source Location

UNK Archives Briggs Collection, Box 23, Envelope 3

Additional Information

Additional information available in the 1946 Blue and Gold yearbook, viewable at http://library.unk.edu/archives/ . If you'd like to schedule a visit to view these materials in person, or if you'd like to submit additional information, please contact us.

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Article about Asher's death (image format)



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