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
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 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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  1952-1953, AAF MOS 1034, 307th Bombardment Wing, Medium

Lieutenant Colonel
From Month/Year
July / 1952
To Month/Year
February / 1953
307th Bombardment Wing, Medium Unit Page
Lieutenant Colonel
AAF MOS 1034-Navigator
Kadena AB, Okinawa
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 307th Bombardment Wing, Medium Details

307th Bombardment Wing, Medium
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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2019
Memories For This Unit

Other Memories
He served as a B-29 navigator, and as the Wing Flying Training and Ground Training Officer with Headquarters 307th Bomb Wing at Kadena AB, Okinawa, from July 1952 to February 1953, and during this time he flew combat missions during the Korean War.

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8 Members Also There at Same Time
307th Bombardment Wing, Medium

STEPHENS, WILLIAM, MSgt, (1945-1975) A01 AAF MOS 747 Staff Sergeant
Ruel, Theodore, TSgt, (1948-1968) 1A 1A7X1 Airman 1st Class
Ehmann, Harry, Capt, (1950-1968) A07 AAF MOS 611 Airman Basic
Hobday, Jimmie Rowland, A1C, (1951-1952) 111 Airman 1st Class
Garza, Osbaldo, Capt, (1942-1952) Captain
Thomas, Keith Douglas, TSgt, (1950-1952) Technical Sergeant
Scites, Clifton Eugene, A2C, (1950-1952) Airman 2nd Class
Yduate, Manuel John, A2C, (1950-1952) Airman 2nd Class

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