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SSgt James W. Craig

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SSgt James W. Craig

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death 22 Dec 1943 (aged 23)
Burial Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands
Plot Plot J Row 17 Grave 20
Memorial ID 56297869 View Source
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Tail gunner S/Sgt. James W. Craig DFC KIA
Hometown: Ft. Washington, Pa.
Squadron: 328th BS 93rd Bomb Group
Service # 13004719
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Pilot Capt. Herrell E. Ford DFC KIA

Target: Onasbruck communication centre
Missing Air Crew Report Details
Date Lost: 22-Dec-43
Serial Number: 42-41015
Aircraft Model B-24
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name: WISE GUY
Location:
Cause: 9 KIA

Sgt. Craig with Pilot Ford and crew, flew B24 42-40604 SATANS ANGEL in "Operation Tidal Wave" the low level mission to destroy Romanian oil wells. The Ploesti raid was one of the most daring raids of WW2. Coming in at tree top level the 93rd destroy Romanian oil refineries. The 93 BG earns a Presidential Unit Citation, all of the crews receive the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Sgt. Craig is the only known crew member of 42-41015 who's body was recovered.

The other crew members names appear on Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery Cambridge, England, his body was never recovered. From this crew Col. Hayden, Capt. Ford, Capt. Norman, 2nd/Lt. Cantrell, 2nd/Lt. Myres and Sgt. Eckert, Randals, Kobler, are still listed as MIA/KIA

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Entered the service from Pennsylvania.


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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56297869
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56297869/james-w-craig : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt James W. Craig (21 Jan 1920–22 Dec 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56297869, citing Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .