Crum, Charles Donald, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 707-Radio Operator
Last AFSC Group
Signal (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 707, 13th Air Force
Service Years
1943 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Nov 16, 1944
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Pacific Ocean
World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing Manilla

 Official Badges 

Communications Specialist

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)23rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy5th Bombardment Group, Heavy13th Air Force
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 707, XIII Bomber Command
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 707, 23rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 707, 5th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 707, 13th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1944-1944, B-24 Liberator
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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SSgt. Crum enlisted in the AAF from Greensburg, Pennsylvania on 16 April 1943. He was trained at Scott Field, Illinois; Harlington, Texas; and Muroc, California prior to deployment.

He entered the PTO in July 1944 and served as a radioman and aerial gunner with the 23rd Bomber Squadron, 5th Bomber Group, Heavy, 13th AIr Force, U.S. Army Air Forces in the South Pacific.

His aircraft, B-24J (#44-40962), flew a bombing mission from Morotai Island to bomb the Japanese fleet at Brunei Bay, North Borneo.

Though successful, the aircraft was hit by AAA, while returning, and went down southwest of Siau (Siaoe) Island, Sangihe Group, Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) in the Celebese Sea. Though 4 men were rescued in the water by a Catalina aircraft on the following day off Talaud Island, the rest were never found. Two other bombers were also lost on this mission.

Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 10844.

1st Lt. Wyatt A. Norris, pilot (MIA/KIA)
2nd Lt. Grant N. Hansen, co pilot (MIA/KIA)
2nd Lt. Frederick Zimmerli, bombardier (MIA/KIA)
SSgt. Charles D. Crum, radio operator (MIA/KIA)
Sgt. Albert T. Chapman, Jr., gunner (MIA/KIA)
Sgt. Melton D. Patrick, assistant radio operator/gunner (MIA/KIA)

2nd Lt. Carlos C. Page, navigator (Rescued)
SSgt. Thomas J. Honsowitz , engineer, (Rescued)
Sgt. Paul P. Makuchan, gunner/assistant engineer, (Rescued)
Sgt. Edwin I. Mills, gunner, (Rescued)
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