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Walter M. Crawford


He flew on John Barnett crew. He was considered one of the original crew members of the group.
Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24509 'Miss Swoose' while serving as Tail Gunner. Aircraft crashed into the sea near the target, St. Nazaire, France. POW



Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24509 Miss Swoose

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 423BS/306BG Westover 15-August-1942, B-17F 41-24509, 'Miss Swoose' was damaged by AA fire between the Initial Point (IP) and the target which resulted in a fire on #3 engine during mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France on 9...


  • VIII Bomber Command 18

    9 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the target of this mission conducted by a combined force of 33 B-17s from 91BG and 306BG together with a combined force of 14 B-24s from 44BG and 93BG. The B-24 formation bombs from altitudes between 17,500 ft...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...


Event Location Date
Born Seattle, Washington
Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 9 November 1942 – 12 July 1945

Held at Stalag 17B, Braunau-Genikendorf, near Krems, Austria. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 12-Jul-45.


Date Contributor Update
26 November 2014 21:15:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards and events

Lee Cunningham 26-Nov-2014. Edited description per MACR 16010 Added POW dates per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 22:03:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to middlename, biography, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 31-Oct-2014. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 16010; National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:44 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 16010 / MACR 16010, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 45, First Over Germany pg. 42, NARA, / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database /