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Dale O Croft

Military

Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31265, Killed in Action (KIA).

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People

  • Winston Adkins

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31265. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jack Bailey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Flew 6 missions. Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31265. Prisoner of War (POW) to May 1945. POW/ AM

  • Donald Carr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31265. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jerome Hellman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31265. Prisoner of War (POW). Flew with the Dale O. Croft crew. POW

  • Desmond Laird

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31265. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John McKeever

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31265. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Marion McMullen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31265. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Marvin Rusten

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hanover on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31265. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-31265

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/10/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Wilmington 3/12/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-X] Thorpe Abbotts 14/12/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Dale Croft (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Don Carr, Navigator: Des Laird, Bombardier:...

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Nebraska, USA 1921
Enlisted Des Moines, IA, USA 31 March 1942
Killed In Action Eldagsen, 31832 Springe, Germany 10 February 1944
Buried Fort Dodge, IA 50501, USA 1948

Fort Dodge Memorial Park
Fort Dodge
Webster County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Grave 2 Lot #76 Acacia Leaf

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2020 18:51:19 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
13 June 2016 23:16:13 466thHistorian Changes to person associations
Sources

https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&Itemid=3...

Date Contributor Update
13 June 2016 23:12:10 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, events and place associations
Sources

https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&id=1078&...
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=1364432

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2016 15:31:02 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 2382;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2382, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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