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Joel Lee Crouch

Military

Pre-war a pilot for United Airlines, flying passengers between Los Angeles and Seattle. Assigned to IX Troop Carrier Command, 9AF USAAF. Flew lead aircraft in the invasion of Sicily Jul-43 and at Salerno, Italy, in Sep-43. As Lt Col piloted lead aircraft of lead serial to drop pathfinder paratroops at zone A, St-Germain-de-Varrevill, France on D-day 6-Jun-44.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (4 x Battle Star).

Service

People

  • Edward Cannon

    Military | Major | Surgeon
    Assigned to IX Troop Carrier Command as surgeon. Flew on lead C-47 to drop pathfinders on drop zone A, St-Germain-de-Varreville. 6-Jun-44. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harold Coonrod

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to IX Troop Carrier Command, 9AF USAAF. Radio Operator for lead aircraft [C-47 42-93098] of lead serial to drop pathfinder paratroops at zone A, St-Germain-de-Varrevill, France on D-day 6-Jun-44. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Culp

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    Assigned to IX Troop Carrier Command, 9AF USAAF. Navigator for lead aircraft [C-47 42-93098] of lead serial to drop pathfinder paratroops at zone A, St-Germain-de-Varrevill, France on D-day 6-Jun-44. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Vito Pedone

    Military | Colonel | Co-pilot
    Initially assigned to 8AF as A-20 bomber pilot, completed 25 x missions on type. Transferred to IX Troop Carrier Command, 9AF USAAF as Operations officer. Co-piloted lead aircraft [C-47 42-93098] of lead serial to drop pathfinder paratroops at zone A,...

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Aircraft

  • 42-93098

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 94TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF. Serial #1 Chalk #1 D-Day - Lead A/C carrying initial stick of pathfinders of 377th PFA, 502nd PIR to drop zone A, St-Germain-de-Varreville [Crew: Pilot Lt Col Joel L Crouch, Co-pilot Capt Vito S Pedone, Nav's Capt...

Associated Place

  • North Witham

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber station, North Witham was built during 1942-43 and allocated to USAAF Troop Carrier Command (TCC) in August 1943, before construction was complete. ...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Clay County, MN, USA 22 November 1910

Son of Roy C and Edythe Crouch.

Lived in Riverside, California, USA 1941
Flew lead aircraft Op Husky Sicily, Italy July 1943

Flew lead aircraft in the invasion of Sicily, Jul-43. Operation Husky.

Flew lead aircraft Op Avalanche Salerno, Province of Salerno, Italy September 1943

Flew lead aircraft in the invasion of Salerno, Italy, in Sep-43. Operation Avalanche.

Pilot Chalk #1 Serial #1 D-day 50480 Saint-Germain-de-Varreville, France 6 June 1944

Piloted lead aircraft of lead serial to drop zone A St-Germain-de-Varrevill, France on D-day 6-Jun-44.

Died Honolulu, HI, USA 16 August 1997
Buried National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Honolulu Honolulu County HIi 19 August 1997

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Honolulu
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2021 17:40:33 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/539573/joel-lee-crouch

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 11:54:06 jmchristel Changes to awards
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https://catalog.archives.gov/id/138769275

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/133360660

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2017 22:20:33 Al_Skiff Changes to events
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https://www.fold3.com/page/72047631_joel_l%20crouch/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/171325052/?terms=Joel%20L%20Crouch
https://www.fold3.com/image/286816615/?terms=Joel%20L%20Crouch
http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/pilot-who-led-d-day-invasion-180...
Airborne Operations In World War II, European Theater [Illustrated Edition] By Dr. John C. Warren
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=539573

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2017 22:18:19 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
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https://www.fold3.com/page/72047631_joel_l%20crouch/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/171325052/?terms=Joel%20L%20Crouch
https://www.fold3.com/image/286816615/?terms=Joel%20L%20Crouch
http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/pilot-who-led-d-day-invasion-180...
Airborne Operations In World War II, European Theater [Illustrated Edition] By Dr. John C. Warren
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=539573

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