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Hosea Faine Crawford


Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423436. Prisoner of War (POW).


Radio operator: S/Sgt. Hosea Faine Crawford - Born in 1922 in Shelburn-Indiana he enlisted in Evansville on October 21st 1942.
Hosea Faine Crawford was raised by his parents Hosea Harrison and Goldie Crawford in Shelburn, Sullivan County in southern Indiana. Hosea had very little formalized education and joined the air force during WWII. After his service and POW-time he returned to the U.S. and married Constance Anne (Connie) Virga from New York. Hosea met Connie after the war in New York as she wrote to him when he was imprisoned in Stalag 17 as part of the Red Cross effort to keep up the spirits of American GI’s.

After they were married Hosea left the air force to work in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an air traffic controller. He lived in many places including Washington, Massachusetts, Alaska and Indiana. They had seven children and divorced in 1960. Hosea died in 1990 and is buried in Sahuarita/Pima County, Arizona.

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Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-3436

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/6/43; Redmond 15/8/43; Assigned 96BG 16/8/43; transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-R] Chelveston 18/9/43; ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 109 with RAF

    4 October 1943
    3 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched to join a night mission with the Royal Air Force (RAF) on Frankfurt-am-Main/Wiesbaden, Germany. One aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 5KIA 5POW.

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...


Event Location Date
Born Shelburn, Indiana, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Oostenrijk 14 October 1943


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Dean Crawford - Wim Slangen

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Photo 1955 - from his son Dean Crawford.

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1034 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database