EARLE F. CRAIG, LCDR, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: October 12, 1944
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

1939 Craig LB.jpg

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:

EARLE FREDERICK CRAIG

TRENTON, NEW JERSEY

Buzz, Buster

A regular fellow from the wilds of New Jersey, Buster is ready for anything and everything, from dragging blind to lending a poor unfortunate a little cash. Can be found almost any afternoon in the gym, engaged in a fast game of handball or basketball. His favorite pastime is, however, singing popular songs in the shower, very much off key and in words of his own composition. For four years Buzz has been dragging blind, hoping to find his dream girl, but so far, his efforts have been only partly successful. An aviation enthusiast, he has had his eye on Pensacola since June of Plebe Summer and with his cheerful disposition he should go far in this or whatever he decides to do. Here's luck to you, Buster.

Soccer 4; Battalion Soccer 1; 1 Stripe.

Loss

Earle was lost on October 12, 1944 during the Formosa Air Battle while piloting a TBM-1C Avenger torpedo bomber from USS Langley (CVL 27). (This listing mistakenly has "LCDR H. F. Craig".) He was Commanding Officer of Torpedo Squadron (VT) 44.

His parents were listed as next of kin.

Wartime Service

On October 4, 1943, Earle participated with Task Force 121 in OPERATION LEADER, a raid of shipping and coastal installations in Norway. During this attack he was credited with shooting down a Heinkel HE 115.

October 4 1943 at 1255: Ranger radar spotted four snoopers by one report and four by another. CAP F4Fs attacked. Lt(jg) Boyd N. Mayhew and Lt(jg) Dean S. Laird shot down a Junkers JU-88. Then Mayhew and Laird assisted Lt Earle F. Craig and Ens Laurence A. Hensley in shooting down a Heinkel HE-115.

On May 16, 1944, he was involved in a landing accident at Sanford NAAF; he apparently mistakenly retracted his landing gear. There were no injuries suffered by the crew. He was flying with Torpedo Squadron (VT) 44.


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