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Eugene Martin Crossin


Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Mission to Brux, Czech 12-May-44 in B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva', attacked by Me410 'Black 13' of of II./ZG26 piloted by Lt Paul Kaschuba. T/Sgt Crossin got hits on the target from his top turret as 'Black 13' banked away. 'Black 13' and Lt Kaschuba did not return to base after the mission.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.



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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. ...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97184 'Lady Godiva'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/44; Gr Island 19/2/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG [K] Knettishall 11/3/44; with Bob Scales, Co-pilot: Frank Spangenberg, Navigator: Delmar E Linder, Bombardier: Howard Rohman, Waist gunner: George W Whetstone (5RTD,...


  • 353

    12 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Born Luzerne, Pennsylvania 24 August 1915

Son of William R and Catherine [Rowlands] Crossin.

Enlisted Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA 8 December 1942
Based Knettishall 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF USA 5 May 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA 25 May 2004
Buried 1594 S Main St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18706, USA June 2004

Saint Marys Cemetery
Luzerne County, PA


Date Contributor Update
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Date Contributor Update
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /