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James Leslie Crawford Jr

Military

Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 487th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-14487 'Mary Lou'


    Coded to commemorate Gerorge E. Preddy after his death. Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-103320 'Little Ann' 'Silver Dollar'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Friendly fire caused the loss of this A/C, Lt James White baled out successfully.

Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Wayne County, NC, USA 13 March 1922
Lived in Pikeville, NC 27863, USA 1941
Enlisted Miami Beach, FL, USA 27 February 1943
Based Bodney 28 October 1944 – September 1945

Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Bodney, Thetford IP26 5BX, UK 31 October 1944

Taxiing Accident Bodney/Sta 141 Cat 3 damage Lt James L Crawford Jr, 31-Oct-44.

P-51C 42-103320 - 487FS 352FG 8AF

Promotion Bodney, Thetford IP26 5BX, UK 30 December 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK September 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Died Pikeville, NC 27863, USA 25 March 1999
Buried Pikeville Cemetery MT Carmel Church Rd,, Pikeville, NC 27863, USA April 1999

Pikeville Cemetery
Pikeville,
Wayne County, NC

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2018 16:32:31 Al_Skiff Changes to events and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/90513721-james-l-crawford
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Crawford%2C+James...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/51618567/james-leslie-crawford

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2018 20:01:21 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/90513721-james-l-crawford
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/51618567/james-leslie-crawford

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / unit history

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