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
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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Navigator Observer (Senior)
Navigator Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Army National Guard (ARNG)89th Reconnaissance Squadron17th Bombardment Group, MediumDoolittle Raiders (composite group)
11th Bombardment Squadron, Medium341st Bombardment Group, MediumAir Force Reserve Command 301st Bombardment Wing
307th Bombardment Wing, Medium4th Air Division68th Bombardment Wing, MediumAir Training Command
656th Bombardment Squadron, MediumAir Training CommandUS Air ForceSupport Units
Reconnaissance Units
  1937-1939, Army National Guard (ARNG)
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1036, 89th Reconnaissance Squadron
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1036, 17th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1036, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1036, 11th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1036, 341st Bombardment Group, Medium
  1947-1948, Air Force Reserve Command
  1950-1952, AAF MOS 1034, 301st Bombardment Wing
  1952-1953, AAF MOS 1034, 307th Bombardment Wing, Medium
  1953-1953, 4th Air Division
  1953-1954, 8011, 301st Bombardment Wing
  1954-1956, 8011, 68th Bombardment Wing, Medium
  1956-1956, Air Training Command
  1956-1957, 656th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1958-1958, 20630, Air Training Command
  1958-1960, 20650, Wiesbaden Air Base
  1960-1961, 7260th Support Group
  1961-1962, 4444th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1942-1943 World War II/China-India-Burma Theater/India-Burma Campaign (1942-45)
  1942-1943 World War II/China-India-Burma Theater/China Defensive Campaign (1942-45)
  1952-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
  1936-1940, Citadel
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-25 Mitchell  B-29 Superfortress  B-47 Stratojet  
  1941-1943, B-25 Mitchell
  1950-1953, B-29 Superfortress
  1953-1957, B-47 Stratojet
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