Crawford, William Thomas, A1C

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Last Rank
Airman 1st Class
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
43151A-Aircraft Maintenance Specialist
Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 34th Air Base Squadron
Service Years
1953 - 1965
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Airman 1st Class

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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1932
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Windsor
Last Address
Bien Hoa AB

Casualty Date
May 16, 1965
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Bien Hoa (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Laurel Oak Cemetery - Windsor, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 117

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
34th Tactical Group13th Air Force34th Air Base Squadron
  1964-1965, 34th Tactical Group
  1964-1965, 13th Air Force
  1965-1965, 34th Air Base Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
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B-26 Marauder  T-28 Trojan  U-10 Super Courier  C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  
A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)  
  2003-2003, B-26 Marauder
  2003-2003, T-28 Trojan
  2003-2003, U-10 Super Courier
  2003-2003, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  2003-2003, A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)
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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

A1C William Thomas Crawford was assigned to the 34th ABG, 34th TAC Group, 13th AF.
On Sunday, 16 May 1965, a group of B-57B bombers were loaded for a strike mission. At 0815 as the aircrews manned and started their aircraft a 750 pound bomb loaded aboard the lead aircraft detonated. Shrapnel and bits of aircraft hit the other B-57s, causing a chain of explosions along the flight line. By the time ground crews got the conflagration under control, 26 men were dead and numerous aircraft destroyed - 10 B-57Bs, a Navy F-8E, a USAF A-1E, and two VNAF A-1Hs. In addition, 31 other aircraft received greater or lesser degrees of damage.

Airman 1st Class William T. Crawford was one of the 26 dead.

   
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