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World War II 1
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Army 1
Birth:
14 Sep 1918 2
Dallas, TX 2
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Person:
Walter P Crump 1
Level of Education: 3 years of college 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
14 Sep 1918 2
Dallas, TX 2
Male 2
Birth:
1918 1
Texas 1
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Place: Dallas County, Texas 1
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Mother: Octavia S Crump 2
Father: Harry C Crump 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
10 Feb 1941 1
Army Branch:
Air Corps 1
Army Component:
Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
18033615 1
Enlistment Place:
Dallas Texas 1
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Civil Life 1
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Film Reel Number: 2.126 1

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Capt Walter P Crump, KIA 8 Feb'43, 310thBG,381stBS

Africa

Capt Walter Pershing Crump, KIA, was born in Texas in 1918, he joined the Service 10 Feb. 1941, he entered at Dallas, TX and went into the AAC.  Walter had completed 3 years of College, and was still single.  Walter was a Captain in the 310thBG, the 381st Bomb Squad, the B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber out of Africa/Italy /MTO.

Three brothers from Irving's Crump family served in the military during WWII.  Walter and Harry, Jr., joined the U.S. Army Air Corps.  Walter was reported missing in action in early 1943 after a bombing mission in Tunisia.   Harry was lost in August 1943 when his plane went down during a raid on the Ploesti oil refineries (above).  Both were awarded the Air Medal posthumously.   The youngest brother, George, served in the U.S. Army.  To prevent further loss to the family, he was not sent overseas. http://irvingveteransmemorial.blogspot.com/

National WWII Memorial for Walter P Crump;

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Walter P. Crump

    ID: O-427308
Entered the Service From: Texas
Rank: Captain

Service: U.S. Army Air Forces, 381st Bomber Squadron, 310th Bomber Group, Medium

Died: Monday, February 08, 1943
Memorialized at: North Africa American Cemetery
Location: Carthage, Tunisia

Awards: Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters

***** This family also lost their oldest son, Lt Harry C Crump, Jr. Combat Organization: 345th Bomber Squadron 98th Bomber Group, on 2 August 1943.  Harry rests at the Sicily/Rome, Itlay Cemetery
U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal; Air Medal; Distinguished Flying Cross; Additional Army Awards

Name:  Walter P Crump
Inducted From: Texas
Rank: Captain
Combat Organization: 381st Bomber Squadron 310th Bomber
Death Date: 8 Feb 1943
Monument: North Africa
Last Known Status: Missing
U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal; Air Medal; Additional Army Awards
Walter P. Crump Captain, U.S. Army Air Forces Service # O-427308 381st Bomber Squadron, 310th Bomber Group, Medium Entered the Service from: Texas
Died: 8-Feb-43
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery
Carthage, Tunisia
Awards: Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters

08 Feb 1943
381st BS: Extracts from Missing Air Crew Report # ?: (MACR not available)
A/C No. 41-13084 “Dis'n Did't” (MACR-? - shot down) (K)
P Crump, Walter P. “Bitsy”, 1Lt - MIA
CP Froelicher, Peter R., 2Lt - MIA
N Gollnitz, Frederick C., 1Lt - MIA
B Wilson, Francis E., 2Lt - MIA, POW, RMC
E None
R Larck, Buster A., T/Sgt - MIA
G Massengale, Jack T., S/Sgt - MIA
F None

 

Your records are incorrect. Captain Crump was married to my mother, Annie Lee Hatfield Crump. She received his Purple Heart in a military ceremony after his death. His portrait hung in my grandparents homer until the death of my grandparents. I am in possession of some of his metals and would return all to a member of his family.

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