CRAWFORD, FRED ALLEN, Second Lieutenant, # 0-737010, USAAF

 

Fred A. Crawford was born on 30 December 1921 in Crotherville, Jackson County, Indiana, to Earl M. Crawford (1896-1991) (IL) and Julia E. (Poulash) Crawford (1891-1984). Siblings included Emily Lucille (Crawford) Baurley (1919-2007) and Mary Helen (Crawford) Keen (1924-1997). He graduated from the St. Ambrose Shool and Shields High School in 1939. He attended Butler University.

 

He enlisted 20 October 1941. His flight training for the C-47 began in Santa Ana, California, 17 May 1942. He received advanced training and earned his multi-engine rating. He earned his commission and pilot wings at Luke Field, Phoenix, AZ, in Class 43-B on 6 February 1943. He was sent overseas to India and flew between India and China, as well, assigned to transport for the 1305th USAAF Base Unit. On 11 June 1944, C-47A, # 43-15403, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force airfield at Dinjan, India, on an air supply mission to the map coordinates 22R SC2562, Burma. The aircraft crashed near Kum Gahtawng, Burma. There was one survivor. His remains were recovered and, in time, buried in the Saint Ambrose Catholic Cemetery, Seymour, Indiana, in 1949.

COLVILLE, LEONARD RICHARD, JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-799537, USAAF

 

Leonard R. Colville was born 8 April 1920 in Tennessee to Leonard Richard Colville (1893-1920) and Cora Maria (Haley) Colville (1895-After 1940). In 1930, his mother was a widow. In 1940, his mother and him lived with her sister, Mary, in Red Bank-Wjite Oak, Hamilton Co., Tennessee.

 

He enlisted at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, on 14 October 1941. He completed flight training and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 11 June 1944, C-47A, # 43-15403, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force airfield at Dinjan, India, on an air supply mission to the map coordinates 22R SC2562, Burma. The aircraft crashed near Kum Gahtawng, Burma. Five of the crew were killed. His remains were recovered and, in time, buried in the Chattanooga Memroial Park.