Sgt William Edward Crowley

Sgt William Edward Crowley

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 15 Jul 1944 (aged 22)
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56769956 · View Source
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During a 15 July 1944 bombing raid over Yap Island, B-24J 44-40555 (Diederich plane) and B-24J 42-73119 (Sylor plane) collided in mid-air while being chased by Japanese planes. While the accounts of the details of the collision vary significantly, there is no evidence of survival of any of the 22 men.

Efforts to locate that wreckage and others have been made by Pat Ranfranz, who lost his uncle over Yap Island on 25 June 1944. He has tirelessly searched for the planes and 129 men still missing. Read more about his project at

(Information provided by Sharon Crowley Connor (FaG #47762508), daughter of SGT William E Crowley, armorer- gunner, FaG Mem# 56769956.)

He served as a Sergeant with the 13th AF, 372nd Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

William was awarded the Air Medal, Purple Heart, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, Honorable Service Lapel Button, Gold Star Label Button.

William also has another Cenotaph in the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California.

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  • Maintained by: Sharon Crowley Connor
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56769956
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt William Edward Crowley (18 Aug 1921–15 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56769956, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Sharon Crowley Connor (contributor 47762508) .