1/Lt. Kenneth I. Crawford


(55th FGA)

1/Lt. Kenneth I. Crawford

38th FS - 16 May 1944 - 11 September 1944 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D CG-Z 44-13804 "Arabel"

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List

55th FG Mission #

Date Mission
96 20th May 1944 Type 16 (Blue 2)
99 23 May 1944 Misc. Targets in France (Red 2)
100 24 May 1944 Berlin (Yellow 2)
104 29 May 1944 Posen-Sorau-Cottbus (Red 2)
(Claimed 1 'Power Wrecker' damaged)
109 03 June 1944 Area Support-Coastal Targets (Red 2)
117 06 June 1944 D-Day Area Support (Yellow 2)
120 07 June 1944 D-Day Plus 1 A.S. (White 2)
126 07 June 1944 D-Day Plus 1 A.S. (Yellow 4)
132 08 June 1944 D-Day Plus 2 A.S. (Red 2)
135 08 June 1944 D-Day Plus 2 A.S. (Red 2)
137 10 June 1944 D-Day Plus 4 A.S. (White 2)
143 10 June 1944 D-Day Plus 4 A.S. (White 4)
146 11 June 1944 Targets in France (Yellow 2)
148 12 June 1944 Rennes (Red 4)
149 12 June 1944 Bridge in France (Yellow 4)
153 16 June 1944 Trains at Arras & St. Poi (Red 4)
154 17 June 1944 Bridge in France (Red 2)
155 18 June 1944 Hamburg (Spare)
156 18 June 1944 Brest Peninsula (Red 4)
157 19 June 1944 Bourdeaux (Blue 4)
159 20 June 1944 Hamburg (Blue 4)
161 22 June 1944 Peronne (Blue 4)
163 24 June 1944 Chartres (Red 2)
165 25 June 1944 Toulouse (Red 4)
Air Scores
Destroyed
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed
Damaged  
Score Detail 24 August 1944  Ju-88 destroyed (ground) Burg A/F
11 September 1944  Me-109 destroyed (air) S/Erfurt
Notes Entered service from Fresno, California.
ASN - O-760257
16 May 1944 - Joined the 38th Fighter Squadron
23 August 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
September 1944 - Awarded an Oak leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
11 September 1944 - Killed in Action
Downed in P-51D no. 44-13723 "One Mustang"
MACR No. 08681

1/Lt. Earl R. Fryer reported: "I broke into 2 Me-109s attacking our squadron, Lt. Crawford, my wingman, following me.  I shot down one and Lt. Crawford shot down the other one.  We then set out after 2 more that were slightly below us.  I followed one Me-109 to the left and Lt. Crawford followed one to the right.  That was the last time I saw Lt. Crawford."

German J 2081 reported: "Failed parachute jump and severe injuries (among these, fracture of the skull).  Because of these injuries, died 12 September 1944, time 0830.  Burial at Oberhaf, (Germany)."

Lt. Crawford is now buried at Liberty Cemetery, Fresno, California.
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

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