Fitton, Crosley James, Jr., Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1968-Present, 1, 7th Air Force
Service Years
1953 - 1968
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SMSgt R. Hensel (Bob / Ole Buck) to remember Fitton, Crosley James, Jr., Lt Col.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Feb 29, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fairview Cemetery - West Hartford, Connecticut
Wall/Plot Coordinates
42E 005

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Aviator (Senior)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Training UnitsTechnical Training Center - Keesler83rd Fighter-Interceptor Squadron666th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
552nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing319th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron44th Tactical Fighter Squadron7th Air Force
  1953-1953, 99000, 3275th Basic Military Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1953-1954, 67130, Technical Training Center - Keesler
  1956-1959, 83rd Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1959-1961, 1744A, 666th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
  1961-1962, 1744A, 552nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing
  1962-1963, 1125E, 83rd Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1963-1967, 1435Z, 319th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1967-1968, 1115E, 44th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1967-1968, 1115E, 7th Air Force
  1968-Present, 1, 7th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 My Aircraft/Missiles
T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  F-102 Delta Dagger  F-106 Delta Dart  F-104 Starfighter  
F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1956-1966, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1957-1960, F-102 Delta Dagger
  1960-1966, F-106 Delta Dart
  1964-1964, F-104 Starfighter
  1967-1968, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  1948 International Plymouth Dealers meet.
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

"A Fifth Commando Nail Aircraft is Lost

On February 29, 1968, the 44th TFS lost its fifth Commando Nail aircraft, this one to a SAM. The plane crashed in RP 6B, North Vietnam. The crew, 'Ozark 03', was providing Wild Weasel support to a strike against a Hanoi vehicle facility. Maj. Crosley James Fitton, Jr. and his EWO Capt. Cleveland Scott Harris both died. Their aircraft, F-105F 63-8312, was one of the squadron's six dual-capable planes and one of the original four Ryan's Raider aircraft that had arrived at Korat from Yokota on April 24, 1967."


Crosley was the first kid I met when I moved to West Hartford at the age of 7. He was 8. He lived 5 houses up the street and we became close friends. As a teen he was interested in cars, like we all were and he was the first to get one. It was a '39 Ford which he proceeded to "chop down" and make a into a real sweet street rod. After high school, we both joined the Air Force. He had always wanted to be a fighter pilot and he got his wish. We both became fighter pilots, except he was one year ahead of me. We parted ways, and after that the next time I was near him was at his funeral service in West Hartford, CT.. I'll always remember and be grateful for how he befriended me as the new kid in the neighborhood and made my transition to a new home so much easier. Posted by: Carl A. Anderson

Relationship: Friend
Wednesday, December 30, 1998


                                                           Distinguished Flying Cross 

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Crosley J. Fitton, Jr., United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as pilot from 7 September 1964 to 17 October 1964. During this period, Captain Fitton flew nine flights in an F-104A under extremely hazardous conditions. This mission required that flight be made outside of the flight envelope of the aircraft in order to obtain urgently needed data for the safety of other aircrews Captain Fitton accepted the hazards presented and successfully accomplished his mission. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Fitton reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Citation Courtesy of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society -

Action Date: September 7 - October 17, 1964

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain

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