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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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Units

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    Command
    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 485th Bomb Group

    485th Bomb Group

    Group
    The wing was originally constituted as the 485th Bombardment Group (Heavy) and activated on 20 September 1943.[6] Its original squadrons were the newly activated 828th, 829th, and 830th Bombardment Squadrons, which were joined a few days later by the...

  • 828th Bomb Squadron

    828th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Activated as a B-24 Liberator squadron in late 1943. assigned to II Bomber Command for training in B-24 Liberators. Primarily trained in Nebraska and received deployment orders for the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) in March 1944. ...

People

  • John Crouchley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, held A/C stable to enable his crew to bale out, unable to escape himself. Killed in Action(KIA) MACR...

  • William Hays

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, baled out Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6820/8339 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Johnson

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, baled out Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6820/8339 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Langstaff

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, baled out Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6820/8339 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Eugene Lascotte

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Nose Gunner
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, baled out Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6820/8339 Awards: DFC, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Forrest Leveille

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Regular Navigator for John D Crouchley crew, missed their crews fateful last mission on 28-Jun-44. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Allen Meister

    Military | Captain | Bombardier
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Regular Bombardier for John D Crouchley crew, missed their crews fateful last mission on 28-Jun-44. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Perillo

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Gunner
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, baled out Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6820/8339 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Turner

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Engineer
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, baled out Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6820/8339 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Van Meer

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, baled out Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6820/8339 ...

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Date Contributor Update
13 May 2019 09:29:21 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
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Crew association.

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

http://www.485thbg.org/Photos/828th/828th.html

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