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TSGT John William Crump

TSGT John William Crump

Birth
Bartholomew County, Indiana, USA
Death 15 Feb 1943 (aged 27)
At Sea
Burial Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 100016001 · View Source
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Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
68th Bomber Squadron, 44th Heavy Bomber Group

Awarded Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
John and other crew members bailed out of their airplane over Straits of Dover, but at too low an altitude to survive. Their bodies were never recovered.

There is a duplicate Findagrave entry for John Crump (#56288919), associated with a memorial marker in England. Since he has two fixed memorials (and is not actually buried at either one), it seems prudent and practical to leave both FG pages standing. Both pages are linked to his parents.

The Evening Republican
Columbus, Indiana
Fri., Nov. 18, 1938
John William Crump, former Columbus high school student, enlisted enlisted in the U.S. navy yesterday afternoon. He took the enlistment oath at the main recruiting station at Indianapolis, and was then sent with eight other Indiana boys to the naval training station at Great Lakes, Illinois. After a 3-month period of recruit training he will be given a 10-day furlough to come home, and then he will be sent to a ship of the fleet.
Most of the Columbus boys who have enlisted at the local recruiting recruiting station are already assigned to ships and will leave California waters in January on a trip that will take them to Panama, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, the West Indies, and finally they will arrive arrive at New York in time to see the opening of the World Fair.
Crump is the son of Mrs. Grace Crump. The past several weeks he has been employed as a pin boy at the Recreation Alleys.

Mon., Feb. 22, 1943
Tech. Sgt. John Crump, 28, formerly of this city, was reported today missing in action. Mrs. Grace Crump, of Nashville [Indiana], former resident here, was notifed by the Secretary of War in a telegram this morning that her son was missing in action over Western Europe. He was a member of a bomber crew.
John, well remembered here as a pin boy at Recreation alleys before enlisting in the Navy five years ago, joined the Army Air force at the end of his enlistment. This was a year ago this month.
He was trained in all phases of aviation and recently was reported to have flown a plane back to England after a bombing raid when his pilot was wounded. He was recently given a citation for gallantry in action.

Wed., July 28, 1943
Technical Sgt. John W. Crump, formerly of this city is still listed as missing in action, according to latest word reported, received by his mother, Mrs. Grace Crump of Nashville. A second decoration has been awarded Sergeant Crump, former pin boy at the Recreation bowling alleys, "for exceptionally meritorious service."
In a letter from Maj. Gen. J.A Ulio, Mrs. Crump was told: "I have the honor to inform you that by direction of the President, the Air Medal Oak-leaf cluster has been awarded to your son for exceptionally meritorious achievement.
"The records show that you were previously advised of the award of the Air Medal to your son. The Oak-leaf Cluster represents a second second award of this decoration.
"Since Sergeant Crump has been reported missing in action since February 15, 1943, the decoration will be presented to you in his absence."


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  • Created by: Donna Kuhlman
  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100016001
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for TSGT John William Crump (15 Oct 1915–15 Feb 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100016001, citing Garland Brook Cemetery, Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Donna Kuhlman (contributor 46950937) .