Joel Lee Crouch

Military
D-Day, first Pathfinder crew. Serial #1 Chalk #1 UPL 28821 UPL 28821 Chalk #1, Serial #1 - C-47 42-93098 and crew.

Standing L to R: Nav Capt William Culp, Pilot Lt Col Joel L Crouch, Radio Cpl Harold E Coonrod, Co-pilot Capt Vito S Pedone.
Kneeling L to R: Surgeon Capt Edward E Cannon, Crew Chief Edward F. Laurendeau

personnal knowledge.

Object Number - UPL 28821 - Chalk #1, Serial #1 - C-47 42-93098 and crew. Standing L to R: Nav Capt William Culp, Pilot Lt Col Joel L Crouch, Radio Cpl Harold E Coonrod,...

Pre-war a pilot for United Airlines, flying passengers between Los Angeles and Seattle. Assigned to IX Troop Carrier Command, 9AF USAAF. Flew lead aircraft in the invasion of Sicily Jul-43 and at Salerno, Italy, in Sep-43. As Lt Col piloted lead aircraft of lead serial to drop pathfinder paratroops at zone A, St-Germain-de-Varrevill, France on D-day 6-Jun-44.



Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (4 x Battle Star).

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D-Day, first Pathfinder crew to be back after mission over Normandy
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: IX Air Force Troop Carrier Command
  • Service Numbers: O-1821169
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Surgeon
D-Day, first Pathfinder crew to be back after mission over Normandy
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: IX Air Force Troop Carrier Command
  • Service Numbers: 17098857
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant (RAF)
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
D-Day, first Pathfinder crew to be back after mission over Normandy
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: IX Air Force Troop Carrier Command
  • Service Numbers: O-?
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Navigator
D-Day, first Pathfinder crew to be back after mission over Normandy
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Service Numbers: 14051388 / O-36301
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot

Aircraft

D-Day, first Pathfinder crew. Serial #1 Chalk #1
  • Aircraft Type: C-47 Skytrain
  • Unit: 439th Troop Carrier Group 94th Troop Carrier Squadron

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Born

Clay County, MN, USA 22 November 1910 Son of Roy C and Edythe Crouch.

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Pilot Chalk #1 Serial #1 D-day

50480 Saint-Germain-de-Varreville, France 6 June 1944 Piloted lead aircraft of lead serial to drop zone A St-Germain-de-Varrevill, France on D-day 6-Jun-44.

Died

Honolulu, HI, USA 16 August 1997

Buried/ Commemorated

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Honolulu Honolulu County HIi 19 August 1997 National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Honolulu Honolulu County Hawaii, USA
Riverside, California, USA

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Flew lead aircraft Op Husky

Sicily, Italy Flew lead aircraft in the invasion of Sicily, Jul-43. Operation Husky.

Other

Flew lead aircraft Op Avalanche

Salerno, Province of Salerno, Italy Flew lead aircraft in the invasion of Salerno, Italy, in Sep-43. Operation Avalanche.

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