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Gerrald Edward Crotty

Military

Gerrald Crotty was Nose Gunner on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire shortly after dropping the supplies in the Wesel area, Germany. After being hit, the B-24 nosed straight down into the ground and exploded. Gerrald Crotty and the eight other crew members on board were killed instantly. Awarded the Air Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters.

Service

People

  • Theodore Bartle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Theodore Bartle was Navigator on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire...

  • Trenton Gard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Trenton Gard was Co-Pilot on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire shortly...

  • John Jollimore

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    John Jollimore was Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was...

  • Martin Kaufmann

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Martin Kaufmann was Tail Gunner on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire...

  • Harvey Mosher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Harvey Mosher was Pilot of B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire shortly...

  • Richard Sheraski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner (Nose Gunner on his last mission) | 389th Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant Richard Sheraski was born September 16, 1924. His next of kin were his father, John C. Sheraski and his mother Blanche Sheraski, née Konieczka. He had 3 brothers, Frank, Edward and Carl, and 3 sisters, Susan, Sophie and Theresa (Sheraski...

  • Jack Snider

    Military | Private | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Pvt Jack Snider was Left Waist Gunner on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground...

  • Taffy Williams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Technical Sergeant Taffy J. Williams was Radio Operator on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945. The plane was hit by groundfire shortly after dropping the supplies in the Wesel area,...

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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-95240 The Old Veteran

    B-24 Liberator
    On supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane, flying at 300 ft, was hit by ground fire shortly after dropping the supplies. After being hit the B-24 nosed straight...

Missions

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 10 November 1922

Santa Paula, California

Lived in 1942

Santa Paula, Ventura County, California

Enlisted 14 November 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps, in Los Angeles, California

Died 24 March 1945

in the crash of B-24 #42-95240, near Wesel, Germany

Buried

Gerrald Crotty rests at Plot F, Row 17, Grave 18

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2019 14:41:53 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 13543
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft Cards for California
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2017 11:59:39 Lucy May Changes to firstname and events
Sources

https://abmc.gov/node/531374#.WXXhBxuWzcs

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology/Taffy Williams Website / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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