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Robert Doyle Crumpton


Killed in Action (KIA) Mid-Air Collision with B-17 43-37822, LEAD BANANNA. Crashed near Erxleben in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' #42-31222, Missing Air Crew Report #9366.



  • James Brodie

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Magdeburg in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' 42-31222 28-Sep-44. Crashed near Erxleben Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 9366. ...

  • Gordon Hetu

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Erxleben, Germany in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' 42-31222 as a result of a mid-air collision with B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana'. Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Lloyd Vevle

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Erxleben, Germany in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' 42-31222. Missing Air Crew Report 9366.

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31222 Lazy Daisy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Memphis 24/10/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-D] Grafton Underwood 546 [BK-D] 23/11/43; Missing in Action Magdeburg (Berlin) 28/9/44 with Jim Brodie, Co-pilot: Lloyd Vevle, ng-Byron Atkins, Flight engineer/top...


  • 652

    28 September 1944

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born Texas, USA 1920
Enlisted San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA, USA 2 May 1941

Residence: Ellis County, Texas
Private, Air Corps

Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 28 September 1944

Final Resting Place or Memorial: Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands: Plot E Row 19 Grave 22


Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group, 545th Bombardment Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #148 dated 26 July 1944, James Joseph Brodie Crew. 19 combat missions.


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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9366 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database