Crabtree, Billie R., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 35th Fighter-Interceptor Group
Service Years
1949 - 1950
Officer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Pohang Air Base(K-3), South Korea

Casualty Date
Jul 26, 1950
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korean War
Location of Interment
Garland Brook Cemetery - Columbus, Indiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1950, Korean War Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
40th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron35th Fighter-Interceptor Group
  1950-1950, 40th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1950-1950, 35th Fighter-Interceptor Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1950-1950, P-51/F-51 Mustang
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Date: 26-JUL-1950
Type: Silhouette image of generic P51 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American F-51D Mustang
Owner/operator: USAF
C/n / msn:  
Fatalities: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: -
Nature: Military
Departure airport:  
Destination airport:  
Attached to 18th Ftr-Bmbr Gp. Combat Loss.



2nd Lt. Crabtree was the pilot of a F-51D Mustang night fighter with the 40th Fighter-Interceptor
Squadron, 35th Fighter-Interceptor Group.

On July 26, 1950, while on a combat mission of attacking ground forces, following the release of a bomb, his aircraft hit the crest of a hill near Kwangju, near the west coast of South Korea.

He was awarded 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.


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