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John W Crump


Killed in Action (KIA). Joined Sqd 3-Aug-42. ETO/Flight Echelon 2-Oct-42. On 15-Feb-43 in B-24D 41-23800 'The Captain and the Kids' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner his aircraft was hit by flak at the start of a bomb run putting an engine out of action. FW 109s put out another engine then over the sea a 3rd engine burst into flames. Cpt Cramer made a wheels up landing at Sandwich Flats on Kent coast. 3 were Killed in Action (KIA) but 7 were returned successfully.

Fw 190 probable 27-Jan-43.


Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23800 The Captain and the Kids

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 41-23800, 44th Bomb Group, 68th Bomb Squadron was despatched in 15-Feb-43 to bomb the port area of Dunkirk, France. The aircraft lost one engine to flak, and another to enemy fighter attacks on the return. When nearing the Kent coast another...


  • VIII Bomber Command 35

    15 February 1943
    The port area of Dunkirk, France and any merchant vessels there are designated as the primary target of this mission. A total of 23 B-24s are despatched: 44BG (17) and 93BG (6). 21 are effective on the target, but 2 from 44BG are listed MIA and another...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...


Event Location Date
Killed in Action Dunkirk, France 15 February 1943

Killed when aircraft was damaged by flak over the target at Dunkirk, France and then attacked by enemy aircraft and he baled out over the sea. His remains have never been recovered.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Combridge American Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
17 February 2015 19:52:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 17-Feb-2017. Added Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; Made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Added KIA event and Biography edits per "losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:45 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Webb Todd, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey, p.77, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Lundy pp. 48-49