William C Crowley

Military

Co-pilot, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Flak damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180 degrees back to Germany, crashed near Sudmoor, Emden, Germany. Prisoner of War, captured by officials at the Abiletmoor civilian prison camp then to Stalag Luft III and Stalag VIIA.
Boston, MA

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Units served with

The insignia of the 381st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Air base

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 532nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-401542
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 532nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32254612
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 532nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32426785
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 532nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13027644
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 532nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-729751
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Worry Wart
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron 532nd Bomb Squadron 96th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Germany
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag 7a, Moosburg

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

1919-12-16

Enlisted

Prisoner of War

Boston, MA 1942-03-19 - 1943-07-25

Based

Ridgewell 1943-07-25

Other

Prisoner of War

1943-07-26 - 1943-08-05 Dulag Luft

Other

Prisoner of War

Zagan, Poland 1943-08-05 - 1945-01-27 Stalag Luft III

Other

Prisoner of War

Moosburg, Germany 1945-02-03 - 1945-04-29 Stalag VIIA

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Date27 Sep 2014 18:27:45
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Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 131 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 131 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database