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Weymouth Crowell, Jr
At Enlistment: 19077133, as an Officer: O-740756
448th Bombardment Squadron, 321st Bombardment Group,
57th Bombardment Wing, 12th Air Force, USAAF
Purple Heart, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Silver Star
Date of Birth:
November 6, 1918
Place of Birth:
Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California
Date of Enlistment:
March 12, 1942
Place of Enlistment:
Address at Enlistment:
Grande Ronde, Yamhill County, Oregon
Age at Enlistment:
5 feet, 10 inches
Animal and livestock farmer
Next of Kin:
Carmen Crowell, wife
Date of Death:
April 17, 1944
Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, San Mateo Co., California
Section F, Site 51
Weymouth Crowell, Jr was the son of Weymouth Crowell, Sr (1864-1952) and Ethel May (Ryder) Crowell
(1874-1952). Both parents were born in Argyle in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia.
Weymouth Sr moved to Los Angeles in 1884 where he chopped wood for stoves, and moved to Seattle in
1889 where he built the Minor School and many private residences. He married Ethel in Argyle on March 2,
Upon his return to Los Angeles from Seattle, he built the Angelus hotel, noted as the first seven-story
structure in the city. In 1908, Crowell, a relatively wealthy industrialist at that point, built the Long Beach
Public Library and in the early 1920's he purchased 25,000 acres of land in the Pacific Northwest where he
ran cattle and built two ranches, including the Crowell Ranch in Grande Ronde, Yamhill County, Oregon.
Weymouth Jr’s siblings were Harold Ryder Crowell (1893–1978), Ethel Mae Crowell Edel (1894–1951),
Willard W. Crowell (1896–1963), Florence A. Crowell Lacy (1898–1985), Andrew Edward Crowell
(1900–1972), Rachel E. Crowell Meyer (1905–1978), and Katherine M. Crowell Hinman (1909–1998).
His brother Harold served with American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in Italy during the First World War from
September 1917 until February 1919. Willard also served as a Private in the AEF with E Company of the
By 1935, Weymouth was living and working as a rancher on the family Crowell Ranch in Grand Ronde,
Oregon. He married Carmen Grace Hodson on January 21, 1940, in Willemina, Yamhill County. Carmen was
born in Newburg, Oregon and living in Willemina. Weymouth registered for the US Draft October 16, 1940,
in McMinnville, Oregon.
He enlisted in the Air Corps in March of 1942 and served with the 448th Bombardment Squadron of the
321st Bombardment Group, 57th Bombardment Wing in the 12th Air Force of the United States Army Air
Force. The 448th operated from bases in the Mediterranean Sea. In April 1944, they were flying from Gaudo
Airfield in Southern Italy.
On April 17, 1944, his aircraft #42-64655, a B-25C, was assigned to take part in a bombing raid on the
Attigliano railway bridge in Italy. Crowell held the position of Flight Leader (pilot of the lead aircraft for the
27 plane mission). Around the target, flak was intense and persistent. Captain Weymouth Crowell was killed
in action, along with 5 others of the seven man crew, when #42-64655 was shot down.
After completing the bomb run, the aircraft was struck in the tail by a flak burst. The tail assembly
separated from the aircraft, the aircraft attempted to climb, and then fell off into an inverted spin. Captain
Crowell managed to bring it right side up again and hold it steady for two of his crew members to parachute
out. Another flak burst hit the navigator's compartment, and the aircraft crashed several miles north of the
There were only two survivors from their bomber. The navigator, Lieutenant William S. Hough, and the co-
pilot, Second Lieutenant Floyd A. Elliott, who recounted what happened (he became a POW at Stalag Luft 3
for the remainder of the war).
The second survivor, Lt. William Hough evaded capture by the enemy with the help of local partisans and
returned to his unit in June or July 1944.
Of the seven-man crew, the four who were lost were:
Second Lieutenant Alfred W. Kruetz
Staff Sergeant Joseph M. Johnson
Staff Sergeant Charles W. Duss, Jr
Staff Sergeant Herbert J. Graham
Weymouth Crowell was initially interred in Italy and his body was
returned to the United States at the request of his family where he
was interred in common grave with Alfred W. Kreutz at the Golden
Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, San Mateo Co., California.
Weymouth Crowell, Jr.
The Long Trail Home, Allied Prisoners in Umbria 1943-44, by Janet Kinrade Dethick, 2012, page 58