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Harold Roy Crawford Jr

Military

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.
Failed to Return (FTR) in P-51K 44-11665 crash landed near Weimar after aircraft was struck by ground fire or flak at Weimar Airdrome. 2nd Lt. Harold R. Crawford Jr. was seen to emerge from the wreck, waving his arms while running clear of it. POW. MACR 12784.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post War: Executive at Boeing Aircraft Company.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

Aircraft

  • 44-11665

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) crash landed near Weimar after aircraft was struck by ground fire or flak at Weimar Airdrome. Pilot 2nd Lt Harold R Crawford Jr was seen to emerge from the wreck, waving his arms while running...

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Washington, USA 20 April 1923
Lived in Seattle, WA, USA 1940
Based Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 17 November 1944 – 27 February 1945

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Shot down Weimar, Germany 27 February 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) crash landed near Weimar after aircraft was struck by ground fire or flak at Weimar Airdrome. 2nd Lt Crawford Jr was seen to emerge from the wreck, waving his arms while running clear of it. POW. MACR 12784.

Prisoner Of War (POW) Barth, Germany 27 February 1945 – May 1945

Prisoner Of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Died Green Valley, AZ, USA 24 November 2008

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2018 09:46:59 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- MACR 12784 ;
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2018 19:16:17 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events, place associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/92564518-harold-r-crawford
https://www.fold3.com/image/28830724
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/336_cr...
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search/
https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/386873

Date Contributor Update
15 June 2016 21:50:27 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, middlename, suffix, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=12762
https://www.fold3.com/image/28830724
https://www.fold3.com/page/92564518_harold_r%20crawford/details/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 12784 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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