Crouch, Horace Ellis, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
20050-Intelligence Specialist
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1961-1962, 4444th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron
Service Years
1937 - 1962
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Columbia, South Carolina
Last Address
Columbia, South Carolina

Date of Passing
Dec 21, 2005
Location of Interment
Greenlawn Memorial Park - Columbia, South Carolina
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Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal US Air Force Honorable Discharge (Old Style) Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Gold Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the navigator-bombardier in crew #10 pn the Doolittle Raid. After the raid he flew additional missions in the CBI Theater. He served as an officer 1940-57 and as an enlisted man 1937-39 and from 1958 until he retired from the USAF May 1, 1962.  

His DFC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
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 First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Horace Ellis Crouch (ASN: 0-395839), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Navigator of a B-25 Bomber of the 1st Special Aviation Project (Doolittle Raider Force), while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland on 18 April 1942. Lieutenant Crouch with 79 other officers and enlisted men volunteered for this mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote, and executed his part in it with great skill and daring. This achievement reflects high credit on himself and the military service.
Action Date: April 18, 1942

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force
Crew #10: (Plane 40-2250, target Tokyo.) 89th Recon Sq. L-R: Lt. Horace E. Crouch (navigator/bombardier), Lt. Richard O. Joyce (pilot), unidentified gunner, who was replaced at the last minute & did not go on mission, Lt J. Royden Stork (co-pilot), Sgt. George F. Larkin, Jr. (flight engineer). The fifth member, S/Sgt. Edwin W. Horton, Jr. (gunner) is not pictured. (USAF photo)
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  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1036, 341st Bombardment Group, Medium

First Lieutenant
From Month/Year
May / 1942
To Month/Year
June / 1943
341st Bombardment Group, Medium Unit Page
First Lieutenant
AAF MOS 1036-Navigator-Bombardier
India; Kunming and other bases in China
 341st Bombardment Group, Medium Details

341st Bombardment Group, Medium

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China-Burma-India, Sep 1942 - Nov 1945

"Flying Falcons" ('42-43)
"China Glippers" ('44-45)

B-25C, -3122 "Flagship of the 490th"

The 341st Bombardment Group was activated on 15 September 1942 as a medium bombardment group equipped with the B-25 Mitchell. It entered the front line early in 1943, operating against Japanese ground targets in central Burma.

In January 1944 the group was transferred to the Fourteenth Air Force, based in China. There it concentrated on anti-shipping strikes (without the 490th squadron), at sea and on China's inland waterways. It also attacked ground targets in Canton and in French Indochina. The group received a DUC for developing a bombing technique for use against bridges.

Main Bases

Karachi: 15 September 1942
Chakulia, India: 30 December 1942
Kurmitola, India: June 1943
Kunming, China: 7 January 1944
Yangkai, China: 13 December 1944-October 1945

Component Units

11th Bombardment Squadron: 1942-1945
22nd Bombardment Squadron: 1942-1945
490th Bombardment Squadron: 1942-1945
491st Bombardment Squadron: 1942-1945

Assigned To

Tenth Air Force: September 1942-January 1944
69th Composite Wing, Fourteenth Air Force: January 1944-October 1945


B-25 Mitchell bomber 'Tokyo Jo' with crew of 11th Bomb Squadron, US 341st Bomb Group, China, 2 Feb 1943







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17 Members Also There at Same Time
341st Bombardment Group, Medium

White, William H. C., 1st Lt, (1942-1943) A08 AAF MOS 1036 Second Lieutenant
Campbell, Clayton John, Lt Col, (1940-1963) A08 AAF MOS 1034 Captain
McGurl, Eugene Francis, 1st Lt, (1941-1942) A08 AAF MOS 1034 First Lieutenant
Holstrom, Everett Wayne, Brig Gen, (1934-1969) A23 AAF MOS 1081 Major
Blanton, Thadd Harrison, Lt Col, (1940-1960) A23 AAF MOS 1081 Captain
Gray, Robert Manning, Capt, (1940-1942) A23 AAF MOS 1081 Captain
Joyce, Richard Outcalt, Lt Col, (1937-1955) A23 AAF MOS 1081 Captain
McElroy, Edgar Earl, Lt Col, (1940-1962) A23 AAF MOS 1081 Captain
Fitzhugh, William Neal, Maj, (1940-1955) A23 AAF MOS 1081 First Lieutenant
Youngblood, Lucian Nevelson, Maj, (1936-1949) A23 AAF MOS 1081 First Lieutenant
Radney, Douglas Vernon, Maj, (1936-1959) A07 AAF MOS 737 Technical Sergeant
Sandini, Alfred R., TSgt, (1941-1944) A25 AAF MOS 707 Technical Sergeant
Duquette, Omer Adelard, SSgt, (1938-1942) A07 AAF MOS 611 Staff Sergeant
Gardner, Melvin J., SSgt, (1939-1942) A07 AAF MOS 737 Staff Sergeant
Larkin, George Elmer, SSgt, (1939-1942) A07 AAF MOS 737 Staff Sergeant
Stephens, Robert James, FltOff, (1939-1944) A07 AAF MOS 509 Staff Sergeant
Williams, Adam Ray, MSgt, (1938-1945) A07 AAF MOS 737 Staff Sergeant

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