Crane, Alvin E., Jr., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Primary Unit
1951-1954, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1946 - 1953
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Santa Rosa, California
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jan 31, 1953
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korean War
Location of Interment
Santa Rosa Memorial Park - Santa Rosa, California
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United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)	6147th Tactical Air Control Group	6148th Tactical Air Control Squadron
US Air Force
  1946-1946, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1946-1947, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1951-1951, 6147th Tactical Air Control Group
  1951-1951, 6148th Tactical Air Control Squadron
  1951-1954, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War1
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AT-6 Texan  
  1950-1951, AT-6 Texan
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Last Known Activity
"First Lieutenant Crane was the pilot of a AT-6D Mosquito observation aircraft with the 6148th Tactical Air Control Squadron, 6147 Tactical Air Control Group. On September 13, 1951, while flying an air-ground control mission, his aircraft was hit by ground fire and crashed. He was presumed dead on January 31, 1954 (Note: Other sources indicate January 31, 1953). His remains were recovered on May 29, 1990 and was identified on October 10, 2005. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. First Lieutenant Crane was awarded the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal." Source: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Korean War Honor Roll,

"The remains of 1st Lt. Alvin Crane Jr. were laid to rest at Santa Rosa Memorial Park Saturday nearly 55 years after being shot down during a reconnaissance mission outside Uijonbu, Korea. Lieutenant Crane's remains were repatriated from Korea more than 15 years ago. His remains stayed at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii before being positively identified by DNA testing. Although his remains have been identified, the circumstances of his death remain a mystery. Other members of his squadron saw Lieutenant Crane parachute safely to the ground and run into the woods. His remains showed no signs of foul play." Source:

NOTE: Lt. Crane and his observer, Army Sgt. Gordon J. Zorn, were flying with four Mustang fighters when they were shot down. Sgt. Zorn's body was recovered a month after the crash when the US front lines passed the crash site. In 1990 Lt. Crane's remains were returned to US, but it was 2005 before the remains were positively identified.

Buried with full military honors May 13, 2006 and next to his mother at Santa Rosa Memorial Park, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California.

"Name: Crane Alvin E Jr
Residence State: California
Residence County: Yolo
Place of Enlistment: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Date of Enlistment Day: 02
Date of Enlistment Month: 11
Date of Enlistment Year: 46
Grade: Pvt
Branch: Air Corps
Branch Code: Air Corps
Term of Enlistment 3 - Enlistment for Hawaiian Department
Source of Army Personnel: Enlisted Man, Regular Army, after 3 months of Discharge
Nativity: Oklahoma
Year of Birth: 28
Education: 4 years of high school
Civilian Occupation: Tinsmiths, coppersmiths, and sheet metal workers
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Component of the Army: Regular Army:
Source: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca, 1938-1946 (Enlistment Records), World War II Army Enlistment Records,

"Name: Alvin E Crane, Jr
Birth Date: 24 Nov 1928
Gender: Male
Home City: Santa Rosa
Home State: California
Death Date: 31 Dec 1953 (Note: Presumptive Death Date)
Processed Date: Nov 1976
Casualty Country: Korea
Casualty Type: Hostile-Died While Missing
Casualty Cause: Aircraft Loss/Crash Not at Sea
Casualty Air: Fixed Wing Air Casualty-Other Aircrew
Service Branch: US Air Force
Component: Reserve
Rank: First Lieutenant
Pay Grade: First Lieutenant"
Source: Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957,

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