Donald William Crossley

Military
Staff Sergeant Donald W. Crossley, a tail gunner of the 95th Bomb Group in position inside a B-17 Flying Fortress. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp] Handwritten caption on reverse: '21/9/43.' A printed caption was previously attached to the reverse of print, this has been lost, however considering the publication date, press agency and subject matter this was likely to have read: 'AWARDS TO THE HIGH-SCORING GUNNER. The Distinguished Flying Cross and an oak leaf cluster- the equivalent

Object Number - FRE 834 - Staff Sergeant Donald W. Crossley, a tail gunner of the 95th Bomb Group in position inside a B-17 Flying Fortress. Image stamped on reverse:...

Assigned to 333BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Crossley was credited with 12 confirmed e/a kills. A record for 8th AF gunners. ETD

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EMEA, American Campaign.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16060366 / O-665661
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-?
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12045903 / O-?
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

The nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "The Shamrock Special" of the 91st Bomb Group.
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The Shamrock Special
  • Unit: VIII Air Force Service Command 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron 336th Bomb Squadron 401st Bomb Squadron
Ground crew of the 95th Bomb Group attend to an explosion caused whilst loading bombs into a B-17 Flying Fortress at Alconbury. Aircraft pictured are: B-17F (serial number 42-29808) and B-17F (serial number 42-29706) nicknamed "Passion Flower" (after the Disney character from 'Bambi')- both were written off as a result of the explosion. Printed caption on reverse: 'A-25287 AG Planes 3 and 4 (later) in foreground were damaged beyond repair. The scene of the explosion, which ocurred as bombs were loaded in
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Passion Flower
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Assassin
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Darlin Dolly
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron 803rd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Heavenly Daze, Dolly
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Wellsburg, WV 1921-03-10 Son of Samuel Clifford and Bessie Rae [McKitrick] Crossley.

Died

Wellsburg, WV 1992-11-07

Buried

Brooke Cemetery Wellsburg, Brooke County, WV 1992-11-10 Brooke Cemetery Wellsburg, Brooke County, West Virginia Plot Section A Lot 28

Enlisted

Indianapolis, IN 1942-08-14 Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis

Other

First 95th BG Combat Mission

St. Omer, France 1943-05-13

Other

Final 95th BG Combat Mission

Emden, Germany 1943-09-27

Other

Discharged USAAF

1944-04-29 Honourable discharge.

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