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John Dudley Crouchley Jr

Military

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 6820/8339

Awards: DFC, AM, PH, American Campaign, WWII Victory, EAME (2 x battle stars), Unit Citation.

Was listed as MIA, recorded on tablets of the missing at Florence American Cemetery. His remains were recovered / identified and finally laid to rest by his family in 2019.

Service

People

  • William Hays

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 485th Bomb Group
    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 Hollowell

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 485th Bomb Group
    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 | 485th Bomb Group
    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 | 485th Bomb Group
    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 | 485th Bomb Group
    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 | 485th Bomb Group
    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 | 485th Bomb Group
    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 | 485th Bomb Group
    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 | 485th Bomb Group
    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 | 485th Bomb Group
    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, bialed out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 6820/8339 ...

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Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    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. ...

Aircraft

  • 42-52701 Miss Yankee Rebel

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania 28-Jun-44; Attacked by E/A, starting fires in the #2 and #3 engines. 2Lt Crouchley then dove the A/C to put out the fires successfully. Crew continued to fight of attacks...

Associated Place

  • Venosa

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Rhode Island 4 September 1917

Son of John D Snr and Katherine Crouchley.

NoK: Mrs Dorothy H Crouchley

Enlisted Providence, Rhode Island 17 March 1942
Married 12 July 1943

Married Dorothy H Barber.

Based Venosa 10 May 1944 – 28 June 1944

Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF.

Died Plovdiv, Bulgaria 28 June 1944

KIA while holding his severely damaged aircraft level so the rest of the crew could bail out safely.

Buried Florence American Cemetery and Memorial 1945

Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy

Tablets of the Missing

Remains recovered in 2019

Buried North Burial Ground Bristol, Bristol County, Rhode Island 4 May 2019

North Burial Ground
Bristol, Bristol County, Rhode Island

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2019 15:05:43 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank and events
Sources

Correction to Rank

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2019 13:24:31 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29101743
https://www.fold3.com/image/657903315
https://www.fold3.com/image/197072709?rec=197072866
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763430?rec=299410155
https://www.fold3.com/record/83396944-john-d-crouchley-jr
https://www.fold3.com/record/529862222-john-d-crouchley-jr
https://www.smith-masonfuneralhome.com/notices/John-CrouchleyJr
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/198663236/john-d_-crouchley
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/192994441/john-dudley-crouchley

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2019 13:00:44 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29101743
https://www.fold3.com/image/657903315
https://www.fold3.com/image/197072709?rec=197072866
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763430?rec=299410155
https://www.fold3.com/record/83396944-john-d-crouchley-jr
https://www.fold3.com/record/529862222-john-d-crouchley-jr
https://www.smith-masonfuneralhome.com/notices/John-CrouchleyJr
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/198663236/john-d_-crouchley
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/192994441/john-dudley-crouchley

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2019 20:50:03 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/192994441/john-dudley-crouchley
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=8939&h=4304001&...
http://www.485thbg.org/Personnel/PDFs/Personnel.pdf
http://www.485thbg.org/Photos/828th/828th.html

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