CROWDER, ROBERT L., Private, # 14120205, USAAF


Robert L. Crowder was born on 28 September 1920 in Spalding Co., Georgia to Otis L. Crowder (1890-1935) and Opal C. (Moore) Crowder (1892-1924) (married 22 February 1919, Spalding Co., GA) (step-mother – Rosa Lee (Justice) Crowder (1905-2003) married 26 May 1934, Pike Co., GA). His maternal uncle, listed as next-of-kin, was Nova Paten Moore (1880-1956). He was living with Uncle Nova P. Moore and his family in Langdale, Chambers Co., Alabama, in 1940.


He registered for the WW II draft on 14 February 1942, resided in Fairfax, Chambers Co., Alabama, employed by the Fairfax Mill, and described himself as 5’11”, 139 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 18 June 1942, at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He was sent overseas to India. On 6 January 1945, a C-46A, # 42-61072, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1337th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, on a cargo mission to Chanyi, China. Its last known contact point was check point 47 at 2004 IST. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.

Curtiss C-46 Commando flying the Hump