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Arthur Lee Crandall

Military

Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 16-Apr-43 in B-24 41-23983. Some crew members had baled out when the plane exploded blowing some crew clear. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag XVIIb.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Franklin Lown

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 April 1943 in B-24 41-23983. Some crew members had baled out when the plane exploded blowing some crew clear. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft 3 moved to Nuremburg area work camp 49-11. POW

  • Joseph Tate

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot / Command pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Shot down 22-Dec-43 in B-24 42-41002. Killed in Action (KIA). Tate was acting command pilot. MACR 2183 Awards: SS, DFC (OLC), AM (4OLC), Croix de Guerre ( with palm leaf), PH.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23874 "Ball of Fire Junior"

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 41-23983

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-23667 'Ball of Fire' 'Barber Bob'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Waist gunner S/Sgt Arthur L Crandall made the 8AF first kill when he downed a Fw190 on 9-Oct-42. War-Weary became group's assembly ship decorated with multicoloured stripes hence the Barber's influenced renaming. ...

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Marengo, IN 17 May 1920

Son of Chester Joseph and Anna May [Trinkle] Crandall.

Enlisted Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana 9 December 1941

Fort Benjamin, Harrison, Indiana

Based Hardwick 1943 – 16 April 1943

Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 16 April 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag XVIIb.

Baled out POW 16 April 1943

Shot down 16-Apr-43 in B-24 41-23983; baled out POW

Discharged USAAF 22 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Orleans, IN 6 September 1986
Buried Mitchell City Cemetery Mitchell, Lawrence County, IN 10 September 1986

Mitchell City Cemetery
Mitchell, Lawrence County, Indiana

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2021 21:37:06 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/47349975
https://www.fold3.com/image/652653876
https://www.fold3.com/record/36804705/arthur-crandall-social-security-de...
https://www.fold3.com/record/84176240/arthur-l-crandall-wwii-army-enlist...
https://www.fold3.com/record/624487098/arthur-crandall-1920-veterans-aff...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/38262927/arthur-lee-crandall

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2017 15:54:56 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Change to aircraft association according to ‘Losses of the US 8th & 9th Air Forces’, Bishop and Hey

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:08 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, MACR 15730, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 104, NARA

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