Manford Oscar Croy


Object Number - UPL 20502 - Official USAAF photo 56362 AC - Original caption : “1st Lt. Manford O. Croy Jr., of Seattle, Washington, tells Major Harry L. Downing of Lincoln,...

Manford Croy attended the Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Nebraska and later the University of Washington, graduating in 1941. He enlisted in February 1943 and trained as a Pilot. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 78th Fighter Group / 82nd Fighter Squadron in England. He participated in many combat missions as a fighter pilot and he was Killed In Action 16 April 1945 in P-51 Mustang # 44-72165 on a bomber escort mission to Germany.


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Units served with


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 84th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13028310 / O-406113 / 4742A
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot, Pilot


  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 78th Fighter Group 82nd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 78th Fighter Group 82nd Fighter Squadron


  • Date: 22 February 1945
  • Official Description: Mission 841: 1,428 bombers and 862 fighters commence Operation CLARION, a joint RAF, Eighth, Ninth and Fifteenth AF operation with the objective of paralyzing the already decimated German rail and road system; most attacks were made visually; bombing...


Line up of P-47 Thunderbolts of the 82nd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, at Duxford air base. September 1944. Printed caption on reverse of print: '55432 AC - War Birds Home To Rest - Republic P-47 Thunderbolts lined up on an 8th Air Force field in England after a daylight sweep over Germany. Crews have finished inspections and refueling.'
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: "Duckpond"


Event Location Date Description


Kansas, United States 1922-11-04 the son of WWI veteran Manford Oscar (Sr) and Katherine Francis (Atkins) Croy
Kirkland, King County, Washington, United States


Buckley Field, Denver, Colorado, United States 1943-02-18


Killed In Action (KIA)

Germany 1945-04-16 on a bomber escort mission, flying P-51 Mustang # 44-72165


Manford Croy Jr rests at Plot C, Row 10, Grave 70


Date18 Feb 2016 15:06:17

NARA WWII Enlistment records
ABMC website
Personal research on Manford Croy

Date27 Sep 2014 18:19:33

ABMC, Roll of Honor / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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