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George W Crockett Jr

Military

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 6 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Watten in B-17 #42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. 27-Aug-43 POW MACR 405.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Meran Barsam

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Watten in B-17 #42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 405 Awards: AM, PH (OLC).

  • Joseph Bradbury

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 42-5468 'Quinine The Bitter Dose. ' RTD

  • James Burke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Watten in B-17 #42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. 27-Aug-43 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 405. ...

  • Benjamin Clarke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner / Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 #42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME. See more at: http://www.303rdbg.com/360crockett.html

  • William Cramsie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Watten in B-17 #42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. 27-Aug-43 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 405. Awards: PH.

  • Eddie Homer

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Watten in B-17 #42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. 27-Aug-43 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 405. ...

  • Allen Jaynes

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Watten in B-17 42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. 27-Aug-43 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 405. ...

  • Israel Millner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 7 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Watten in B-17 #42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. 27-Aug-43 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 405. ...

  • Morris Tepper

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Watten in B-17 #42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. 27-Aug-43 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 405. Awards: PH.

  • Eugene Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 6 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Watten in B-17 42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. 27-Aug-43 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 405. ...

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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. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 87

    27 August 1943
    This mission is the first attack by the USAAF on suspected V-Weapon sites. The German development of pilotless winged aircraft was first divulged to the British just shortly after the beginning of World War II in two letters sent to the British embassy...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Wayne County, MI 4 April 1923

Son of George W Crockett Sr.

Enlisted Detroit, MI 18 March 1942

Detroit, Michigan

Based Molesworth 1943 – 27 August 1943

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Shot down Saint-Omer, France 27 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Watten. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. 27-Aug-43 POW MACR 405.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 27 August 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III and Stalag 7A.

Died West Bloomfield, MI 27 October 1998

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2020 18:15:12 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2020 19:57:02 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/91589067-george-w-crockett
https://www.fold3.com/record/47438889-george-w-crockett
https://www.fold3.com/record/84385383-george-w-crockatt-jr

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2020 01:49:35 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2019 20:48:13 VetResearch23 Changes to media associations
Sources

Class 43-B book. Douglas Field, Arizona.

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2018 11:57:10 Lucy May Changes to person associations
Sources

Brought in sources from duplicate record: Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 405, http://303rdbg.com/rost-cd.html#C,

http://303rdbg.com/360crockett.html / http://303rdbg.com/360crockett-S.jpg#

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2018 11:57:07 Al_Skiff Changes to service number and events
Sources

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2018 18:20:13 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/38296716
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-29754&Submit6=Go

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2018 18:12:41 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/38296716
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-29754&Submit6=Go

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 405 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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