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Harry Herbert Crosby

Military

RTD. B-17F #42-3393 'Just-A-Snappin'. On mission to Bremen on 8 Oct 1943 A/C severely damaged by flak and enemy fighters. A/C returned to base alone and crashed near Ludham. Harry wrote "On a Wing and a Prayer" about his experiences.

Mentioned in "Eighth Air Force", By Donald L. Miller.

Service

Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 418th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 75

    24 July 1943
    Three targets in Norway are the primary targets for this first mission flown by 8th AIr Force to Norway. They are the nitrate works at Heroya and the port areas at Trondheim and Bergen. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

  • VIII Bomber Command 94 OPERATION STARKEY

    9 September 1943
    This mission has been named OPERATION STARKEY. It is planned as a coordinated attack of multiple bomber elements upon multiple targets and incorporates fighter escort as a rehearsal of what may be required to support an invasion of the Continent. It is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 100

    23 September 1943
    This mission consisted of three elements, one element from 1st Bomb Division and 2 others from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element was a combined force of 177 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19) and 381BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New England, Hettinger County, North Dakota, USA 18 April 1919
Died Essex, Massachusetts, USA 28 July 2010

(aged 91)

Buried Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA August 2010

East Parish Burying Ground

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2020 17:14:49 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
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Added a connection to the mission “VIII Bomber Command 154” per info the book “A Wing and A Prayer” by Harry H. Crosby.

Date Contributor Update
26 August 2020 22:42:16 decwriter Changes to awards
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NARA files verified DFC w/2 oak leaf clusters and AM w/4 oak leaf clusters.

Date Contributor Update
26 August 2020 22:28:58 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
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Added a connection to the mission “69”per info in the book (Chapter 4) “A Wing and A Prayer” by Harry H. Crosby.

Date Contributor Update
25 August 2020 22:55:40 jmoore43 Changes to service number
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Added S/N per info in the book “A Wing and A Prayer” by Harry H. Crosby.

Date Contributor Update
25 August 2020 18:25:21 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
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Added a connection to the mission “428”per info in the book “A Wing and A Prayer” by Harry H. Crosby.

Date Contributor Update
25 August 2020 17:33:46 jmoore43 Changes to awards
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Added Awards per info in the book “A Wing and A Prayer” by Harry H. Crosby.

Date Contributor Update
25 August 2020 17:29:31 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
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Added a connection to the mission “VIII Bomber Command 75” per info in the book “A Wing and A Prayer” by Harry H. Crosby.

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2020 21:50:27 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
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Added a connections- to the mission “VIII Bomber Command 100” per info in the book “A Wing and A Prayer” by Harry H. Crosby.

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2020 21:14:49 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
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Added connection to the mission on 8 Oct 1943 as listed in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2020 21:09:17 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
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Added a connection to the 100th BG listed in the A/C description.

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2020 21:03:28 jmoore43 Changes to events and mission associations
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Added connections to the missions “VIII Bomber Command 91” and "VIII Bomber Command 94" per info the book “A Wing and A Prayer” by Harry H. Crosby.

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2020 19:03:43 jmoore43 Changes to awards and events
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Updated the Born event and Added Awards and Added Died and Buried events per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 104766316.

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2020 18:53:26 jmoore43 Changes to middlename and highest rank
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Updated his rand and Added his middle name per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 104766316.

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2020 19:28:29 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2020 12:40:02 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and place associations
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"Eighth Air Force", By Donald L. Miller.

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2020 19:07:11 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
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Added a connection to A/C # 42-3393 mentioned in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

100th Bomb Group Foundation Directory, 2000 - 2001, Combat Chronology, Unit History, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey p. 314 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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