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Walter Baldwin Crickmer Jr


Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.



  • John Sanda

    Military | Captain | Pilot; S-3 Officer | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29718 'THE WIDOW MAKER'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/43; 94BG Pueblo 18/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Gulfport 18/3/43; Brookley 28/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 333BS/94BG Bassingbourn 7/4/43; then 410BS; transferred 327BS/92BG [UX-H] Alconbury 23/7/43; 524BS/379BG [WA-C] Kimbolton 4...

  • 42-29772 MOJO

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/2/43; Sioux City 14/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-R] Kimbolton 2/5/43; AFSC 7/4/44; Returned to the USA Rome 1/9/44; Williams 20/3/45; La Junta 29/3/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-29829 Sons of Satan

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 23/2/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-F/P] Kimbolton 18/5/43; Missing in Action Bernburg 22/2/44 with Bob Haston, Radio Operator: Gordon Fisher, Waist gunner: Bill Nixon, Waist gunner:...

  • 42-29897 'CENSORED (FOREQUETOO)'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/43; Gore 28/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Dow Fd 30/4/43; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-B] Alconbury 26/5/43; transferred 524BS/379BG [WA-A] Kimbolton 4/9/43; Returned to the USA 30/4/44; Hendricks 29/7/44; Maxwell 9/10/44; Hendricks 31...

  • 42-3048 Winnsome Winn

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-3078 "Winsome Winn" was delivered delivered at Cheyenne 30-Jan-43; Assigned to 334BS/95BG Dow Field 24-Apr-43 then to England at Alconbury; transferred to 100BG at Thorpe Abbotts 9-Jun-43, transferred 534BS/381BG [GD-M] 15-Jun-43 at Ridgewell...

  • 42-31085 Anita Marie / Mehitabel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/9/43; Gr Island 1/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-D] Kimbolton 6/10/43; transferred 525BS [FR-D]; Missing in Action Leipzig 7/7/44 with John Riedman, Navigator: Dave Sarfaty, Radio Operator: Edmund Moreno, Ball turret gunner: Pete...

  • 42-31394 Aphrodite

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/10/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-D] Kimbolton 20/1/44; transferred AFSC with Azon/Aphrodite (388BG) Knettishall 7/6/44; Missing in Action v-sites Watten, Fr; 6/8/44 with Lt J. Sollars & T/Sgt H. Graves (2 Returned to Duty); lost...

  • 42-32024 Swamp Fire

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Swamp Fire was the first Heavy Bomber to reach 100 Missions - "Without an Abort" for the 379th BG. She was chosen to participate in the 28 May 1944 top secret "Grapefruit" mission to drop Americans first Glide bomb 20+ miles from the primary target of...

  • 42-38111

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/12/43; Kearney 27/12/43; Presque Is 9/1/44; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N. I. 21/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-H] Kimbolton 12/2/44; aborted mission to Leipzig, 7/7/44 when u/c collapsed at end of runway, with Gene Jordan, Co-pilot:...

  • 42-39828

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 12/9/43; Gr Island 1/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-B] Kimbolton 19/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Theo Kunda, Co-pilot: Bob Burton, Navigator: Marvin Swift, Bombardier: Howard Evans, Flight engineer/top turret...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


Event Location Date
Born Mcaplin, WV 20 June 1924

Son of Walter Baldwin Snr and Ethel S [Gilchrist] Crickmer.

Enlisted Huntington, WV 5 February 1943

Huntington West Virginia

Based Kimbolton December 1943 – April 1944

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 24 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died June 1967