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Donald William Crossley

Military

Crossley was credited with 12 confirmed e/a kills. A record for 8th AF gunners.

Service

People

  • Eldon Broman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Shot down 10-Oct-43 in B-17 42-30272 'Fritz Blitz'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1118 Awards: POW, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Carson

    Military | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    25 July 1943 wounded in action

  • John Johnson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B17 42-30353 'Ten Knights in a Bar Room' on mission to Kiel, Germany

  • K Knowlton

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • John Storie

    Military | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    WIA. 19 May 1943. B-17F #42-29694 'Southern Belle'

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29591 'The Shamrock Special'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/1/43; Rapid City 21/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Salina 31/3/43; Memphis 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-K] Alconbury 22/4/43; 2m, transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-Z] Bassingbourn 16/6/43; AFSC 15/4/44; Returned to the USA...

  • 42-29706 Passion Flower

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/2/43; Rapid City 22/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Morrison 14/4/43; Dow Fd 21/4/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-W] Alconbury 25/4/43; 3m, Written off after another aircraft 42-29685 exploded nearby on base 27/5/43, Salvaged. PASSION FLOWER.

  • 42-30176 'Assassin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne, WY 22/4/43; Smoky Hill, KS 28/4/43; Walla Walla, WA 7/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/5/43; Presque Island 6/6/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-P] Framlingham 5/6/43; 335BS [OE-P] Horham 15/6/43; 12m, Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with John...

  • 42-30178 "Darlin' Dolly"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Presque Is 24/5/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-S] Framlingham 29/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; with J.E. Koehler force landed Hardwick AF 20/10/43; 45m, transferred 388BG APH Knettishall 4/44; 803BS RCM Oulton 16/5...

  • 42-30218 'Heavenly Daze', Dolly

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Tinker 25/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Dow Fd 6/6/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-W] Horham 15/6/43; (23m), Missing in Action Emden 11/12/43 with Bob Beatty, Navigator: Dave Goss, Bombardier: Joe Forand, Radio...

  • 42-30353 'Ten Knights in a Bar Room'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Gr Isle 3/6/43; Dow Fd 27/6/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-Z] Horham 27/6/43; 334BS [BG-C]; 38m, transferred 388BG Aphrodite Project [remote controlled flying bomb filled with Torpex explosives], Knettishall; 803BS RCM...

  • 42-3061 'Skunkface II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/1/43; Mitchell 13/4/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-J] Alconbury 17/5/43 4m; transferred 525BS/379BG [FO-L] Kimbolton 28/6/43; 91BG Bassingbourn 20/1/44; 306BG Thurleigh 2/5/44; 92BG Podington 6/11/44; 305BG Chelveston 16/2/45; 384BG...

  • 42-3111 'The Brass Rail' 'Local Girl'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/2/43; Gore Fd 7/3/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-T] Alconbury 5/43; THE BRASS RAIL 6 missions. ...

  • 42-6080 'Floozie Flossy' 'Mary Ruth the WeWa Special'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 15-Jul-43; Cheyenne 18/7/43; (Fitted with Sperry gyroscope); Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-P] Horham 3/9/43; force landed Metfield Afd with L.G. Hamby 16-Dec-43; force landed Tibenham Afd with J.D. Pearson 5-Jan-44; force landed...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 55

    13 May 1943
    The large fighter sweeps of the last several weeks have not been successful in drawing any significant numbers of German fighters in opposition. So, if the German will not send his fighters up for a one-on-one confrontation with the American P-47s,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 56

    14 May 1943
    Today's operations will be the most extensive yet mounted by VIII Bomber Command. The operations call for a "maximum effort". Whereas in the past a single target or those close together have been chosen, today's effort is against widley separated...

  • VIII Bomber Command 57

    15 May 1943
    The missions of VIII Bomber Command are becoming more sophisticated. The primary stratgic target for today is the U-Boat pens, marshalling yards and Luftwaffe airfield at Emden, Germany. The resistance of Luftwaffe fighters is a primary concern for the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 58

    17 May 1943
    VIII Bomber Command launches another operation against German U-Boat facilities with three elements. The first element is a formation of 100 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (24); 92BG (10); 303BG (21); 305BG (21) and 306BG (24) to attack the German U-Boat...

  • VIII Bomber Command 59

    19 May 1943
    The German naval bases at Kiel and Flensburg, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. A force of 123 B-17s is despatched from: 91BG (19); 92BG (10); 303BG (27); 305BG (22); 306BG (24) and 351BG (21) to bomb the naval facilities at Kiel,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 60

    21 May 1943
    The German naval and port facilities at Wilhelmshaven and Emden, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. Once again, there is a two-fold strategic objective: entice the Luftwaffe to commit its fighter forces; and further degrade the naval...

  • VIII Bomber Command 61

    29 May 1943
    Three primary targets are selected for this mission. The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are selected as the target for a force of 169 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (23); 92BG (22), 303BG (30); 305BG (25) 306BG (24); 351BG (21) and 379BG (24). This is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 62

    11 June 1943
    The harbour facilities, port areas and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the largest number of heavy bombers yet despatched on a single mission - 252. This is the first mission flown...

  • VIII Bomber Command 63

    13 June 1943
    German naval facilities and port areas at Bremen, Germany and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A formation of 151 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (27); 305BG (24); 306BG (28); 351BG (21); and 379BG (13) are to...

  • VIII Bomber Command 65

    22 June 1943
    The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...

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Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Wellsburg, WV 10 March 1921
Enlisted Indianapolis, IN 14 August 1942

Fort Benjamin Harrison

First 95th BG Combat Mission St. Omer, France 13 May 1943
Final 95th BG Combat Mission Emden, Germany 27 September 1943
Died Wellsburg, WV 7 November 1992
Buried Wellsburg, WV 10 November 1992

Brooke Cemetery
Wellsburg, Brooke County, West Virginia, USA Add to Map
Plot
Section A Lot 28

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2020 01:15:25 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=1047185

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2020 01:14:42 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60901&h=2704759...

http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=1047185

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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