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2LT Jimmie Q. Crocker

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2LT Jimmie Q. Crocker Veteran

Birth
Death
22 Sep 1942 (aged 22)
Fort Fairfield, Aroostook County, Maine, USA
Burial
San Marcos, Hays County, Texas, USA Add to Map
Plot
Section Old Original C (Plot 17 - 2)
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On September 22, 1942, A flight of eight B-25 bomber aircraft were enroute to Gander, Newfoundland, when they stopped at Presque Isle Airfield to refuel. After refueling, the aircraft assembled for take off to resume the flight. While refueling, the weather had deteriorated and the aircraft would now be flying on IFR rules.

One of the B-25s, (Ser. No. 41-13098), piloted by 1st Lt. Ralph L. Drogula, was the second of the eight aircraft to take off. Seven miles northeast of the airfield the left wing suddenly collapsed and the plane went down in the neighboring town of Fort Fairfield, off Fort Fairfield, Road. All seven crewmen aboard were killed. Civilian witnesses stated they saw the aircraft burst into flames while still in the air. The dead included:

(C0-pilot) 2nd Lt. James Q. Crocker, 22. He's buried in San Marcos Cemetery, San Marcos, Texas.
Source: https://newenglandaviationhistory.com/tag/2nd-lt-jimmie-q-crocker/

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Kyle, TX (September 30, 1942) —On Sunday night at 5 o'clock a large number of sorrowing and sympathizing friends gathered with Brother Crocker and family at the Missouri Pacific depot to meet the train bearing the body of his son, Lt. James Crocker, aged 22. who lost his life on Tuesday morning of last week. Sept. 22, in the explosion of a plane in which all the other occupants lost their lives— two officers and five enlisted men. The accident occurred -near Presque Isle, Maine.

The body was accompanied to Kyle by Capt. John Ballerino of New Jersey, who is stationed at Presque Isle air base, and who remained to attend the funeral Monday afternoon.

At 2:30 Monday afternoon a number of friends assembled at the minister's home and followed the funeral car of the Rogers Undertaking Co. which bore the remains to the San Marcos Baptist Church where the funeral service was held with Dr. W. R. White, president of Hardin-Simmons University (Baptist) of Abilene, where Lt. Crocker received his college education.

Dr. White told us how' intimate tins fine boy had been in his home, how genial and companionable he was, and what a fine Christian character, and that while his body had met destruction, his Christian influence would live on and on....

Following the service at the church, the remains were taken to the San Marcos cemetery for internment. Pall bearers were: Elmer Dahlberg, Bryan Nickols arid Gordon Smith of Prairie Lea. ail pupils, of Lt. Crocker during the short time he taught in the school just before he entered the Army; James Curtis Childs, Bill Camp, and Tom Branyon, Jr. of Kyle....

Our hearts go out in,deepest sympathy to the devoted and heart-broken parents and the other
members of the family—the sister. Mrs. Clifford Simer, and two brothers, Larry of Kyle, and Glen,
teacher in the Prairie Lea school....

James Quinton Crocker was bom in September 1920, at Milan, Tennessee and moved with the-family to Texas and to Kyle a year and a half ago.... He enlisted in the air service about a year ago.

Attending the funeral from distance were: Mrs. Gertie Crocker of Jackson, Tenn., and Dwain Wilford of Milan, Tenn., sister and ; nephew of Rev. Crocker, besides friends from San Marcos. Lockhart. Prairie Lea, Buda, San Anonio. Natalia, Abilene, and perhaps other places. (San Marcos Record, October 2, 1942)
On September 22, 1942, A flight of eight B-25 bomber aircraft were enroute to Gander, Newfoundland, when they stopped at Presque Isle Airfield to refuel. After refueling, the aircraft assembled for take off to resume the flight. While refueling, the weather had deteriorated and the aircraft would now be flying on IFR rules.

One of the B-25s, (Ser. No. 41-13098), piloted by 1st Lt. Ralph L. Drogula, was the second of the eight aircraft to take off. Seven miles northeast of the airfield the left wing suddenly collapsed and the plane went down in the neighboring town of Fort Fairfield, off Fort Fairfield, Road. All seven crewmen aboard were killed. Civilian witnesses stated they saw the aircraft burst into flames while still in the air. The dead included:

(C0-pilot) 2nd Lt. James Q. Crocker, 22. He's buried in San Marcos Cemetery, San Marcos, Texas.
Source: https://newenglandaviationhistory.com/tag/2nd-lt-jimmie-q-crocker/

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Kyle, TX (September 30, 1942) —On Sunday night at 5 o'clock a large number of sorrowing and sympathizing friends gathered with Brother Crocker and family at the Missouri Pacific depot to meet the train bearing the body of his son, Lt. James Crocker, aged 22. who lost his life on Tuesday morning of last week. Sept. 22, in the explosion of a plane in which all the other occupants lost their lives— two officers and five enlisted men. The accident occurred -near Presque Isle, Maine.

The body was accompanied to Kyle by Capt. John Ballerino of New Jersey, who is stationed at Presque Isle air base, and who remained to attend the funeral Monday afternoon.

At 2:30 Monday afternoon a number of friends assembled at the minister's home and followed the funeral car of the Rogers Undertaking Co. which bore the remains to the San Marcos Baptist Church where the funeral service was held with Dr. W. R. White, president of Hardin-Simmons University (Baptist) of Abilene, where Lt. Crocker received his college education.

Dr. White told us how' intimate tins fine boy had been in his home, how genial and companionable he was, and what a fine Christian character, and that while his body had met destruction, his Christian influence would live on and on....

Following the service at the church, the remains were taken to the San Marcos cemetery for internment. Pall bearers were: Elmer Dahlberg, Bryan Nickols arid Gordon Smith of Prairie Lea. ail pupils, of Lt. Crocker during the short time he taught in the school just before he entered the Army; James Curtis Childs, Bill Camp, and Tom Branyon, Jr. of Kyle....

Our hearts go out in,deepest sympathy to the devoted and heart-broken parents and the other
members of the family—the sister. Mrs. Clifford Simer, and two brothers, Larry of Kyle, and Glen,
teacher in the Prairie Lea school....

James Quinton Crocker was bom in September 1920, at Milan, Tennessee and moved with the-family to Texas and to Kyle a year and a half ago.... He enlisted in the air service about a year ago.

Attending the funeral from distance were: Mrs. Gertie Crocker of Jackson, Tenn., and Dwain Wilford of Milan, Tenn., sister and ; nephew of Rev. Crocker, besides friends from San Marcos. Lockhart. Prairie Lea, Buda, San Anonio. Natalia, Abilene, and perhaps other places. (San Marcos Record, October 2, 1942)

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