CROOK, WILLARD EDWARD, First Lieutenant, # 0-709299, USAAF

 

Willard E. Crook was born in 1919 in Massachusetts to Henry B. Crook (1883-1960) (MA) and Alice Blanche (Wilde)Crook (1882-1941) (England). Sibling Henry Wallace Crook (1911-    ). Living with them in 1910 was Alice’s brother, William Wilde (1891-    ).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent through India to China. On 9 May 1945 a B-25, # 43-3933, assigned 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 22nd Bomb Squadron, was in a formation over China, was hit by enemy fire, and veered out of formation in a dive from 6,500’ and crashed. After recovery from China, crew remains (Causey, Crook, Elkins, Howard, Ketchum & Kokonis) were indistinguishable and were buried in a group ceremony and burial in the Jefferson barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 2 February 1950 (Sec. 78, Graves 1034-1034A). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

CAUSEY, GORDEN RUDD, Technical Sergeant, # 33524647, USAAF

 

Gorden R. Causey was born on 18 August 1923 in Richmond, Henrico Co., Virginia, to Baxter Horney Causey II (1879-1947) (NC) and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Della (Rudd) Causey (1889-1974) (VA) (married 20 December 1911, Powhatan, VA). Siblings were Clyde Horney Causey (1912-1996), Charles Baker Causey (1915-1990), Raymond Baxter Causey (1920-1991), Edna Willis (Causey) Dowdy (1921-2009).    Living with them in 1920 were his maternal grandmother, Alice Rudd and maternal aunt, Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Rudd) Talley (1897-1987). Living with them in 1930 was his maternal grandmother, Alice M. Rudd (1856-    ).

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1942, employed by Virginia Electric & Power, resided at 506 W. 13th St., Richmond, VA, and described himself as 5’10 ½”, 129 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 4 February 1943. He was sent through India to China. On 9 May 1945 a B-25, # 43-3933, assigned 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 22nd Bomb Squadron, was in a formation over China, was hit by enemy fire, and veered out of formation in a dive from 6,500’ and crashed. After recovery from China, crew remains (Causey, Crook, Elkins, Howard, Ketchum & Kokonis) were indistinguishable and were buried in a group ceremony and burial in the Jefferson barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 2 February 1950 (Sec. 78, Graves 1034-1034A). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Clyde H. Causey, born 24 Sep 1912, served in the U.S. Army, Technical Sergeant, from 1942. He died 28 April 1996 and is buried in the Maury Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.

 

His brother, Raymond B. Causey, born 18 November 1920, served in the USAAF, Corporal, from 17 July 1942 to 7 October 1945. He died 14 October 1991 and is buried in the Maury Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.