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Manford Oscar Croy Jr.


Manford Croy attended the Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Nebraska and later the University of Washington, graduating in 1941. He enlisted in February 1943 and trained as a Pilot. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 78th Fighter Group / 82nd Fighter Squadron in England. He participated in many combat missions as a fighter pilot and he was Killed In Action 16 April 1945 in P-51 Mustang # 44-72165 on a bomber escort mission to Germany.



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    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
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Units served with


  • 44-72165

    P-51 Mustang
    P-51D Mustang # 44-72165 was lost on 16 April 1945 with Pilot Captain Manford O. Croy Jr. Killed In Action (KIA). The aircraft is reported as lost due to unknown cause and as "crashed in France" (or Germany ?). There is Missing Air Crew Report for this...

  • 42-26312

    P-47 Thunderbolt


Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
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Event Location Date
Born Kansas, United States 4 November 1922

the son of WWI veteran Manford Oscar (Sr) and Katherine Francis (Atkins) Croy

Enlisted Buckley Field, Denver, Colorado, United States 18 February 1943
Killed In Action (KIA) Germany 16 April 1945

on a bomber escort mission, flying P-51 Mustang # 44-72165

Lived in Kirkland, King County, Washington, United States

Manford Croy Jr rests at Plot C, Row 10, Grave 70


Date Contributor Update
18 February 2016 15:06:17 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations

NARA WWII Enlistment records
ABMC website
Personal research on Manford Croy

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:33 AAM AAM ingest

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