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William David Crawford papers

 Collection — Box: Single Folder Collections - 2007 Box, Folder: 07.0016 - Folder 1
Identifier: 02-07.0016

Scope and Contents

William David Crawford served as a U.S. Navy pilot who flew PB4Y-1's in the Pacific Theater during the Second World War. This collection consists of his memoir.

This memoir was written by Crawford for his children. It describes his enlistment into the Navy, his training as a naval aviator, and his missions in the Pacific.


  • 1942-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 02/08/2007


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Biographical or Historical Information

William David Crawford served with naval bombing squadron VB-108 during the Second World War. He enlisted on January 7, 1942, though he was not called to duty until June 1, 1942. He served throughout the Pacific on bombing missions, until returning to the United States in October 1945.

He trained at Fairfax Naval Air Station in Kansas City, Kansas; the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida; the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida; and the North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego, California. In California, Crawford was assigned to bombing squadron, VB-108. Crawford trained on many types of aircraft, including the Spartan NP1 and the SNJ-4. When he transferred to Nukufetau in the Pacific, though, he flew the PB4Y-1, the Navy's version of the B-24 Liberator. From Nukufetau, Crawford flew missions to Tarawa, Truk, the Marshall Islands, Mariana Islands, the Philippine Sea, and the South China Sea, among others. He accumulated 2123.3 hours of flying time.


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Custodial History

This collection was donated by Ed Crawford. The collection was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience on February 8, 2007.

William David Crawford papers
Allyson Gates
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