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Joseph Lee Craighead


Tech Sgt. Joseph Craighead was assigned as a B-24 gunner to the 330th Bomb Squadron, in the 93rd Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force, USAAF.

Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • James Gott

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Captain James Gott was assigned as the navigator to the 330th Bomb Squadron, the , 93rd Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force. After completing their required combat missions, the crew of, Hot Stuff, the B-24D, 41-23728, were tasked with flying General...

  • Robert Shannon

    Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Capt. Robert Shannon and the the crew of the B-24D, 41-23728, Hot Stuff, was tasked with flying General Frank Andrews, commanding general of the USAAF in the ETO to the US. The plane crashed in Iceland, killing all but the tail gunner. Capt. Shannon...

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Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23728 - Hot Stuff

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, Hot Stuff, was the 1st heavy bomber in the 8th Air Force (93rd Bomb Group, and 330th Bomb Squadron) to complete 25 missions, even though the B-17, Memphis Belle, wears the label of the first 50th mission B-24. Hot Stuff, crashed...

Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in briefly in March 1943, then returned in June 1943 remaining until the end of the war and...


Event Location Date
Born Bedford, VA 24 December 1917

Son of Otty Thomas Craighead.

Enlisted Montgomery, AL 25 August 1941

Montgomery, Alabama

Based Hardwick 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 27 June 1945

Honorable discharge.

Discharged USAAF 27 June 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Bedford, VA 11 October 1996


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93rd Bomb Group - Roster

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia