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Leonard John Crandell

Military

1st Lieutenant Leonard J. Crandell was born 3-Sep-18. His next of kin was his wife, Lavern Crabb. Also listed in his file are his mother, Elsie Crandell, and his daughter, Janice Sue Crandell. In addition, a brother, Staff Sergeant Ralph J. Crandell, was killed in action on 16-Mar-45, at Reinsfeld, Germany, while serving with the 778th Tank Battalion. LT Crandell’s hometown was Peoria, Illinois.
On mission to Munich on 1-Mar-45 in B-24 42-95049, encountered heavier than forecast headwinds on return. Baled out vicinity St Quentin, France. RTD.
Pilot of B-24 tail 42-100314 of the 44th Bomb Group, 67th Bomb Squadron, when it was downed over Wesel, Germany, on 24-Mar-45. The entire crew was killed.
He is buried at the US Military Cemetery at Margraten, Holland.

Awards: AM (OLC), GC, PH, EAME (2 battle stars)

Service

People

  • Walter Battenberg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Crandell crew. On mission to Munich on 1-Mar-45, encountered heavier than forecast headwinds on return. Baled out vicinity St Quentin, France. RTD. Failed to Return (FTR) Wesel in B-24 42-100314 'Kay Bar' 24-Mar-45...

  • James Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Crandell crew. On mission to Munich on 1-Mar-45, encountered heavier than forecast headwinds on return. Baled out vicinity St Quentin, France. RTD. Failed to Return (FTR) Wesel in B-24 42-100314 'Kay Bar' 24-Mar-45...

  • Bertil Carlberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Bert Carlberg was bombardier/navigator on 67 Sqdn's B-24 42-95049 'Flying Fosdick' which ran out of fuel on the way home following a raid on Munich. The date was 1st March 1945 and they had hoped to land near the fleshpots of Paris but were directed...

  • William Croll

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Crandell crew. On mission to Munich on 1-Mar-45, encountered heavier than forecast headwinds on return. Baled out vicinity St Quentin, France. RTD. Failed to Return (FTR) Wesel in B-24 42-100314 'Kay Bar' 24-Mar-45...

  • Larry Feeney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Crandell crew. On mission to Munich on 1-Mar-45, encountered heavier than forecast headwinds on return. Baled out vicinity St Quentin, France. RTD. Failed to Return (FTR) Wesel in B-24 42-100314 'Kay Bar' 24-Mar-45...

  • Irvin Germolus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Crandell crew. On mission to Munich on 1-Mar-45, encountered heavier than forecast headwinds on return. Baled out vicinity St Quentin, France. RTD. Failed to Return (FTR) Wesel in B-24 42-100314 'Kay Bar' 24-Mar-45...

  • William Hummer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    2nd Lieutenant William M. Hummer was born 4-Nov-23, and was the son of John and Beatrice Hummer. He was from Mine Hill, New Jersey. Joined the Crandell crew as a replacement for 2nd Lt Bertil Carlberg. He was the Navigator aboard B-24 #42-100314 'Kay...

  • Robert Ogilive

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Crandell crew. On mission to Munich on 1-Mar-45, encountered heavier than forecast headwinds on return. Baled out vicinity St Quentin, France. RTD. Failed to Return (FTR) Wesel in B-24 42-100314 'Kay Bar' 24-Mar-45...

  • James Roach

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Crandell crew. On mission to Munich on 1-Mar-45, encountered heavier than forecast headwinds on return. Baled out vicinity St Quentin, France. RTD. Failed to Return (FTR) Wesel in B-24 42-100314 'Kay Bar' 24-Mar-45...

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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. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-100314 'Kay Bar'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wesel with Crandell crew on JAG supply mission. Hit by ground fire, after dropping supplies, crashed into ground. 24-Mar-45 9 x KIA. MACR 13601

  • 42-95049 'Fearless Fosdick'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. A/C abandoned having run out off fuel after mission to Munich on 1-Mar-45, encountered heavier than forecast headwinds on return. A/C abandoned by Crandell crew, vicinity St Quentin, France. It crashed at Vermand,...

Missions

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Peoria, Illinois, USA 3 September 1918

1st Lieutenant Leonard J. Crandell was born September 3, 1918. His next of kin was his wife, Lavern Crabb. Also listed in his file are his mother, Elsie Crandell, and his daughter, Janice Sue Crandell. In addition, a brother, Staff Sergeant Ralph J. Crandell, was killed in action on March 16, 1945, at Reinsfeld, Germany, while serving with the 778th Tank Battalion. LT Crandell’s hometown was Peoria, Illinois.

Enlisted Peoria, IL 28 October 1942
Based Shipdham 1944 – 24 March 1945

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Wesel, Germany 24 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Wesel in B-24 42-100314 'Kay Bar' 24-Mar-45 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13601

Buried 1946

Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Holland.
Plot H Row 16 Grave 26

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 18:21:49 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/42028102
https://www.fold3.com/image/93413304
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763364
https://www.fold3.com/image/657056382
https://www.fold3.com/record/84475806-leonard-j-crandell
https://www.fold3.com/record/529874747-leonard-j-crandell
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56297879/leonard-john-crandell

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2015 03:38:00 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to biography and events
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13601 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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