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Richard S. Crowell


Richard S. Crowell enlisted on 1 November 1941 as an Aviation Cadet and completed formal flying schools 20 May 1942. He was commissioned on 21 May 1942 and served with the 301st Bomb Group as Co-pilot and Pilot. He started flying combat missions on 5 Sep 1942 and his first mission was to Rouen, France. His fifth mission was flown to Bizerte, Tunisia and it was on this flight that he earned a single event Distinguished Flying Cross. He continued to fly combat missions over enemy territory in 1943 and returned to the United States later on. He separated on 17 Jan 1946 and entered Reserve forces on 18 Jan 1946, serving until 1 Dec 1967. He retired as a lieutenant colonel.

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Eastern-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze service stars, World War II Victory Medal and Presidential Unit Citation (Distinguished Unit Citation for Tunisia, 6 Apr 1943, 301st BG) for his service in World War II. He was issued the Honorable Service Lapel Button upon his discharge in 1946.


Units served with

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 353rd Bomb Squadron
  • 419th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24346

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Seventh Boeing a/c, and Assigned 419BS/301BG Westover 7/7/42; first mission 26/9/42; transferred 12AF 11/42 {54m}; 348BS/99BG Tortorella, 12/43; Returned to the USA Tinker 3/6/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Arledge...

  • 41-24395

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 353BS/301BG Westover 8/7/42; Chelveston 9/8/42; transferred Tafaraoui, Alg 26/11/42; Maison Blanche, Alg 5/12/42; Biskra, Alg 16/12/42; Ain M'Lila, Alg 17/1/43; St Donat, Alg 6/3/43; (traded for 42-30125 15/7/43); Oudna,Tun 6/8/43 54m;...


Event Location Date
Born 29 September 1916

Born Westchester, PA.

Enlisted 1 November 1943

Enlisted at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Buried 2003

Buried at Arlington National Cemetery Sec: 5-MM ROW 2, Site: 2

Died 20 October 2003

Died in Monroeville, PA.


Date Contributor Update
06 September 2020 23:08:45 decwriter Changes to unit associations and aircraft associations

301st Bomb Group records for his first five combat missions show he was CP on these aircraft.

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2020 23:04:33 decwriter Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, service number, highest rank, role, biography and events

NARA files verified ASN upon entry, Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with 9 oak leaf clusters and all other awards. Of note, he should have been authorized to wear the National Defense Service Medal with 1 bronze star, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver oak leaf clusters for his service in the Reserve from 18 Jan 1946 to 1 Dec 1967.