Crandall, William R., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1035-Bombardier
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 1035, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1940 - 1943
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
32nd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Jan 07, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Mount Calvary Cemetery - Leavenworth, Kansas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Bombardier Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1940-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1035, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1035, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1035, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
William R. Crandall was born in Leavenworth, Kansas on February 15, 1920 to Weller and Gertrude Crandall. The US Census 1930 shows them there, while the US Census 1940 shows him as a soldier, stationed at Fort McPherson, Georgia. There is a later newspaper article, outlining his death, and mentioning his wife, Barbara E. Crandall.

His exact enlistment date has not been located, but he was trained as a bombardier and assigned to the combat crew of Lt Wesley Sloulin in England in 1942. When the 32nd Bomb Squadron sent part of their aircraft to North Africa in October, 1942, this crew was among those re-assigned.

On January 7, 1943, the aircraft took off from Biskra airfield, but crashed shortly thereafter. The MACR does nor address details of the loss or recovery of any remains, but Lt Crandall now lies in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas.
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
Hutchinson (KS) News newspaper, issue of February 28, 1943.


Lt William R. Crandall was the assigned bombardier on B-17F # 41-24350, named "Dumbo," assigned to the 32nd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16242 was issued. Mission loading lists give the personnel on board as:

1 Lt Wesley C. Sloulin  p
2 Lt Robert D. Olson  c-p
1 Lt Vincent C. Fratalli  nav
2 Lt William R. Crandall  bomb
SSgt Frederick J. Hull  eng/tt gun
SSgt William M. Most, Jr.  r/o
Sgt  Frank Kahl  wg
Sgt  Leslie Clark  gunner
Sgt  Eldon L. Kimmel  tail gun
MSgt William White  pass
MSgt Linus C. Leonhard  pass
MSgt Ted A. Greenway  pass

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

All passengers (White, Leonhard, and Greenway) were aircraft mechanics - crew chiefs. Their presence on the aircraft is not explained.

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