Crutchfield, James Frank, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1952-1954, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1942 - 1952
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Graceville, FL
Last Address
Suwon Air Base, South Korea

Casualty Date
Jul 23, 1952
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Cemetery Unknown

 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  2014, Korean War Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Senior Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army (USA)35th Fighter-Bomber Squadron8th Fighter-Bomber GroupUS Air Force
  1942-1942, US Army (USA)
  1950-1952, 35th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
  1950-1952, 8th Fighter-Bomber Group
  1952-1954, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1950-1952 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  
  1951-1952, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"Lieutenant Colonel Crutchfield was a decorated veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was the pilot of a F-80C Shooting Star fighter interceptor with the 35th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 8th Fighter Bomber Group. On July 23, 1952, he led a group of 20 fighters on an attack on enemy positions in Korea and was shot down. He parachuted safely to the ground and was declared Missing in Action. He was presumed dead on March 31, 1954. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing in the Honolulu Memorial..." Source: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Korean Honor Roll,

"Crutchfield, james F Maj USAF KIA - Tail Number 49-360, Aircraft Type: F-80C - Circumstances of the Loss: Hit by gnd fire, bailed out, seen alive on the ground, helicopter and surface boat SAR effort unsuccessful." Source: Korwald Loss Incident Summary,

"Circumst of Loss: Hit by gnd fire, bailed out, seen alive on the ground, helicopter and surface boat SAR effort unsuccessful - Evidence _Alive: held after the war and possibly convicted of war crime (71 list) Capt Zach Dean believed Crutchfield was at Camp #2; Lt James Stanley at Camp 2 Sept 52 was shown a pilot & driv lic of Crutchfield, but wrong state of issue. Not on Camp 2 lists." Source:
James Frank Crutchfield was born in Graceville, Jackson County, Florida, a small town in the Panhandle. His parents were Isaac Crutchfield and Dixie Parker. Source: James Frank Crutchfield, http://trees/ The family was residing in Graceville in 1930. Source: 1930 U.S. Federal Census, He attended High School in Jackson County and enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 14, 1942 at Napier Field in Dothan, Alabama. Source: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, He married in May of 1942.
Major Crutchfield was promoted to Lt. Colonel posthumously. Source:

"Name: James Frank Crutchfield
Birth Date: 18 Feb 1923
Gender: Male
Home City: Graceville
Home State: Florida
Citizen Status: US Citizen
Death Date: 31 March 1954 (Note: Presumed death date)
Casualty Country: Korea
Casualty Type: Hostile-Died While Missing
Casualty Cause: Aircraft Loss/Crash Not at Sea
Casualty Air: Fixed Wing Air Casualty - Pilot
Service Branch: US Air Force
Component: Reserve
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Pay Grade: Lieutenant Colonel"
Source: Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957,

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