Norius Crisan


Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-24D 41-23819 'Rugged Bunny' while servings as Bombardier/Togglier. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 17B.

DFC/ 2 PH/ 10 AM/ RAF Wings/ POW


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Units served with

B-24 Liberators of the 44th Bomb Group line up for takeoff at Shipdham in 1943. The 'Flying Eight-Ball' emblem of the 68th Bomb Squadron is visible on the nose of the leading aircraft. Image stamped with field press censor, 1943. Press Agency photograph- original printed caption has been removed.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Rugged Buggy
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron


Event Location Date Description


Prisoner of War (POW)

Germany 14 May 1943 - 26 May 1945 Held at Stalag 17B, Braunau-Gneikendorf (near Krems), Austria. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 25-May-45.


Denver, Colorado, USA


Date18 Feb 2015 22:32:09

Lee Cunningham 18-Feb-2015. Added SN and POw event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database, made connections to Place and Aircraft within existing website data; Edited Biography per "Losses of the 8ht & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:20:37

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15509 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / self, MACR 15509, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol 1 by Bishop & Hey p. 119, picture of plane p. 118, NARA POW records, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Lundy pp.70-72