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John D. Crouchley Crew
485th BG - 828th BS

Standing L to R: Ralph F. Perillo (G), Thomas A. Langstaff (TG), Edward G. Johnson (BTG), Eugene A. Lascotte (NG), Donald R. Turner (FE), William J. Van Meer (RO)

Kneeling Left to Right: John D. Crouchley (P), Allen G. Meister (B), Forrest J. Leveille (N), William J. Hays (CP)

This crew was shot down on 28 June 1944. Crouchley was KIA. The rest of the crew (minus Meister) survived and were made POW. Meister had been made squadron bombardier days before and was not aboard when this crew was shot down.



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  • John Crouchley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Edward Johnson

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner

  • Thomas Langstaff

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner

  • Eugene Lascotte

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Nose Gunner
    DFC Purple Heart

  • Forrest Leveille

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator

  • Ralph Perillo

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Gunner

  • William Van Meer

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Radio Operator


Date Contributor Update
04 February 2019 20:39:23 466thHistorian Created entry with caption and unit associations