Crone, William Delbert, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1951-1951, 4th Fighter Wing
Service Years
1941 - 1951
Officer Collar Insignia

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Stanford, California

Casualty Date
Jun 18, 1951
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Korean War Fallen
  1951, Korean War Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
334th Fighter Squadron  - Fighting Eagles4th Fighter Wing
  1951-1951, 334th Fighter Squadron - Fighting Eagles
  1951-1951, 4th Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1951 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
BT-13 Valiant  F-86 Sabre  
  1944-1944, BT-13 Valiant
  1950-1951, F-86 Sabre
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Captain William Crone had enlisted as a private in the Air Corps on 23 December 1941 in Portland,Ooregon (with home state Boise, Idaho). Details of early career not known at this time.

In Korea, he served with the 334th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 4th Fighter Interceptor Group, 5th Air Force.

On 18 June 1951, his F-86A (# 49-1307) was rammed by a Soviet MiG-15 over northwest North Korea (approximately 30 kilometers southeast of Sinuiju).  His flight of four F-86 was attacked by 8 MiG-15 aircraft. Captain Crone was last seen in a 360 degree tight right turn. The circumstances of his loss could not be ascertained and an aerial search revealed no clues as to his fate. (The Soviet pilot parachuted safely).

A memorial in his memory can be found in the Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA Plot: MHILL P 157 6 .

Soldier's Medal

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Soldier's Medal to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) William D. Crone, United States Army Air Forces, for heroism at Harris Auxiliary Field, Fort Valley, Georgia on 24 April 1944, when two airplanes crashed and caught fire after colliding in midair. The pilot of one of the airplanes, Aviation Cadet Robert D. Heis, Jr., though conscious, was so severely and painfully injured that he was unable to extricate himself from the wreckage. Lieutenant Crone, who was standing nearby when the two airplanes collided on their approach for a landing, proceeded immediately to one of the flaming airplanes and succeeded in removing the injured aviation cadet from the cockpit.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 88 (November 23, 1944)
Action Date: April 24, 1944
Service: Army Air Forces
Rank: First Lieutenant
Notes/Links: (Soldier's Medal citation)  (listed as possible POW) (memorial gravestone)

Note: Cochran Field, Macon, Georgia, 321st BFTS, BT-13A  (#41-1466). Pilot Edward W. Walker.
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