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Robert L Crabb

Military

1st Lieutenant Robert L. Crabb was born July 29, 1921, the son of Jeremiah and Grace Crabb. His hometown was Williamsburg, Kansas.

Lt Crabb was orginally a co-pilot on a B-24. Flew 30 missions. In March 1945, he flew an additional 5 missions as a pilot. Transferred to the 355th Fighter Group in May 1945.

On May 31, 1945, Lt Crabb, of the 355th Fighter Group, 354th Fighter Squadron, was killed in a low level training crash, 100% pilot error as he stalled out, 3 miles from the RAF field at Gransden Lodge. His plane was P-51D 42-106437.

He is buried at the US Military Cemetery at Cambridge, England.

Remembered by Derald Riggs, Oklahoma City, OK.

Service

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. ...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 354th Fighter Squadron
  • 564th Bomb Squadron

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Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Williamsburg, KS, USA 29 July 1921

1st Lieutenant Robert L. Crabb was born July 29, 1922, the son of Jeremiah and Grace Crabb. His hometown was Williamsburg, Kansas.

Enlisted Kansas City, KS, USA 1 August 1942
Based Hethel 1 August 1944 – May 1945

Flew as B-24 co-pilot on 30 missions. Five as pilot in March 1944.

Based Steeple Morden May 1945 – 31 May 1945

Transferred to 355th Fighter Group May 1945

Killed in Training (KIT) Gransden Lodge Airfield, Sandy, Cambridgeshire SG19, UK 31 May 1945

On May 31, 1945, LT Crabb, of the 355th Fighter Group, 354th Fighter Squadron, was killed in a training crash 3 miles from the RAF field at Gransten Lodge. His plane was P-51 tail #42-106437.

Buried June 1945

He is buried at the US Military Cemetery at Cambridge, England.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2018 09:53:19 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entries to include details from:
- 389th BG Roster ;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- Derald Riggs, via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence.

Date Contributor Update
01 August 2018 17:52:56 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/529896955-robert-l-crabb
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763723?terms=Robert%20L%20Crabb
https://www.fold3.com/page/84611790-robert-l-crabb/facts
https://www.fold3.com/page/529896955-robert-l-crabb/facts
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56288840/robert-l-crabb

Date Contributor Update
05 July 2017 16:41:42 Derald Riggs Changes to biography and events
Sources

Nephew

Date Contributor Update
05 July 2017 16:26:22 Derald Riggs Changes to mission associations
Sources

389th Bomb Group records, nephew.

Date Contributor Update
05 July 2017 16:03:39 Derald Riggs Changes to place associations
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Nephew

Date Contributor Update
05 July 2017 16:02:30 Derald Riggs Changes to unit associations
Sources

Nephew, and official Army Air Force records.

Date Contributor Update
05 July 2017 15:49:48 Derald Riggs Changes to nickname, role and awards
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Nephew

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2015 17:14:27 rossingtonj Changes to events
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Associated madingley

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2015 17:07:35 rossingtonj Changes to unit associations
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Unassociated 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2015 03:34:56 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 18:23:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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