2Lt Benjamin Crump, III

2Lt Benjamin Crump, III

Birth
Louisiana, USA
Death 13 Oct 1944 (aged 23–24)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets of the Missing - Army
Memorial ID 56759724 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until March 7, 1946.

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Son of Benjamin Crump, Jr. who resided in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Benjamin served as a Second Lieutenant & Navigator on a PBY-5A, OA-10A #44-33889, 3rd Squadron, 5276th Rescue Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Orleans Parish, Louisiana prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on April 24, 1942 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Salesperson and also as Single, without dependents.

OA-10A #44-33889 took off from Sorido Strip (APO #920) Biak Island, Papua New Guinea on a search & rescue mission over the Helen Island Area, Papua New Guinea. After takeoff OA-10A #44-33889 was never seen or heard from again. They are believed to have crashed at sea for an unknown reason during the war.

Benjamin was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # O-674161

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Those who perished on OA-10A #44-33889:

Ashburn, Byrd ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, OH
Carnegie, Lew J ~ Capt, Pilot, MO
Crump, Benjamin, III ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, LA
Grimm, Chester E ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, WI
Lauricella, Donald D J ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator
Maxwell, Harry M, Jr ~ Sgt, Asst. Radio Op, PA
Proctor, Carey A ~ S/Sgt, Surg. Tech, NY
Raznoff, Michael ~ S/Sgt, Radar Operator, FL
White, Thomas F ~ Ensign, Navy, RI

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56759724
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Benjamin Crump, III (1920–13 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56759724, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .