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.
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.
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 485th Bomb Group
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...
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The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force.
The wing was originally constituted as the 485th Bombardment Group (Heavy) and activated on 20 September 1943. Its original squadrons were the newly activated 828th, 829th, and 830th Bombardment Squadrons, which were joined a few days later by the...
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.
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...
||20 August 1917
Son of Adolf G and Martha G [Ehlers] Meister.
||1944 – 1944
Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF.
||25 August 2014
||Sterling White Chapel and Cemetery Highlands, Harris County, TX
||29 August 2014
Sterling White Chapel and Cemetery
Highlands, Harris County, TX