Mr Crawford in 1955. Photo from his son Dean Crawford.
Place where 42-3436 crashed on October 14, 1943 - 13.45 h local time.
Tail part in The Netherlands
Nose part in Germany
Missing - nose
- Donald Paul Breeden/co-pilot
Probably interred with Martin and/or Manley
Source: George Kuhl - Wrong Place! Wrong Time! - page 149
KIA - nose
- William James Martin/navigator
- Harvey Arlie Manley/bombardier
KIA - tail
- Leonard Roy Henlin/left waist gunner
- Robert G Wells /right waist gunner
All others POW
- Hosea Crawford
- Dominic Lepore
- Arthur Linrud
- Benjamin Roberts
- Dennis McDarby
A view of the memorial stone and plaque at the day of the unveiling on 13-10-2018.
Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423436. Prisoner of War (POW).
Radio operator: S/Sgt. Hosea Faine Crawford - Born in 1922 in Shelburn-Indiana he enlisted in Evansville on October 21st 1942.
Hosea Faine Crawford was raised by his parents Hosea Harrison and Goldie Crawford in Shelburn, Sullivan County in southern Indiana. Hosea had very little formalized education and joined the air force during WWII. After his service and POW-time he returned to the U.S. and married Constance Anne (Connie) Virga from New York. Hosea met Connie after the war in New York as she wrote to him when he was imprisoned in Stalag 17 as part of the Red Cross effort to keep up the spirits of American GI’s.
After they were married Hosea left the air force to work in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an air traffic controller. He lived in many places including Washington, Massachusetts, Alaska and Indiana. They had seven children and divorced in 1960. Hosea died in 1990 and is buried in Sahuarita/Pima County, Arizona.
More see http://home.kpn.nl/slang075/wim-slangen/Donald-P-Breeden.html
Units served with
The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Denver 15/6/43; Redmond 15/8/43; Assigned 96BG 16/8/43; transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-R] Chelveston 18/9/43;
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8 October 1943
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9 October 1943
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10 October 1943
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14 October 1943
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||Shelburn, Indiana, USA
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||Krems an der Donau, Oostenrijk
||14 October 1943