Died Jan. 31, 1989.
Clinton William Davies was born in Racine, Wis., in 1899. Entering the service as a private in the U.S. Army on Oct. 10, 1918, he was honorably discharged that Dec. 21 and resumed his studies at the University of Wisconsin.
Appointed an aviation cadet, in September 1923 General Davies entered Primary Flying School at Brooks Field, Texas, graduated from Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, Texas, a year later and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Corps Reserve. Assigned to the First Pursuit Group at Selfridge Field, Mich., in 1926 he became a flying instructor, serving at Brooks Field, March Field, Calif., and Randolph Field, Texas, successively.
Going to the Philippines in 1934, General Davies was a flight leader in the Third Pursuit Squadron at Clark Field. He entered the Tactical School at Maxwell Field, Ala., in 1936, and graduated the following year. He became a regular Army instructor, National Guard, at Newark, N.J. Two years later he was named commandant of the Advanced Flying School and in August 1942 he was assigned for duty with the Liaison Section, Eastern Defense Command, at Mitchel Field, N.Y.
Ordered to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations in February 1945, General Davies was command special services officer, assuming command of Tullin Air Base, Austria, in March 1946. Entering the Air War College at Maxwell Field, Ala., in July 1947, he graduated the following June and returned to Mitchel Air Force Base, N.Y., as public information officer of the Continental Air Command.
Returning to the Philippines in July 1949, General Davies served as base commander and commander of the 18th Fighter Wing at Clark Air Force Base. Reassigned at Maxwell Air Force Base, in January 1952 he was deputy director of administration at Air University headquarters becoming director of administration that June. In September 1954 he was appointed director of the Research Studies Institute there.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Brazilian War Medal. He is rated a command pilot.