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Samuel L Craig


Killed in Action (KIA). On return to base B-17 #42-37869 crashed at Oakhampton returning from Atlantic weather reconnaissance mission. 5 KNO +2 RTD +1 RAF


Units served with

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • No 1 Combat Crew Replacement Center

    No 1 Combat Crew Replacement Center

    Redesignated from No 11 Combat Crew Replacement Center on 12 November 1943. ...


  • 42-37869

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 25/9/43; Gr Island 7/10/43; Assigned 20FG, 8th Weather Flight Cheddington 25/10/43; on flight from St Eval to base 25/12/43, crashed on hillside three miles SE of Bridestowe, near Oakhampton, Devon, UK, with Ernie Patterson, Co-pilot:...


Event Location Date
Born Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ, USA 13 February 1912
Died Okehampton EX20, UK 25 December 1943
Buried 2040 Wellwood Ave, Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA

At Long Island National Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
21 November 2017 09:10:55 Lucy May Changes to biography and events

Added Samuel Craig's name to the Roll of Honour in the American Air Museum.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:00 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The 25th BG (Rcn) by Normsn Malaney, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol.  I, p. 439