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Crim, Harry C.



  • Existence: 1919-1994

Harry C. Crim, Jr. was born on February 15, 1919 in Simme Township, Illinois. He joined the United States Army Forces in 1941 and graduated from flight school the following year. Crim’s first tour of duty was with the 37th Fighter Squadron in the Mediterranean Theater, participating in the North African Campaign and the Allied invasions of Sicily and Italy. In 1943, he returned to the states and joined the 21st Fighter Group for a second combat tour in the Pacific Theater. He flew with the 72nd Fighter Squadron and 531st Fighter Squadron in the Northern Mariana Islands and Iwo Jima. Remaining in the military after the war, Crim’s subsequent assignments included serving with the 20th Fighter-Bomber Wing and the 47th Bomb Wing; working at NATO headquarters and at the Pentagon; and serving as chief engineer of the General Dynamics F-111 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio). He retired as a colonel in 1967 and passed away in 1994.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

American Fighter Aces Association Oral Interviews

Identifier: 2002-02-13-OralHist
Abstract Collection of approximately one hundred twenty (120) oral histories of Fighter Aces and several non-aces, including relatives of aces, other military pilots, and military historians.

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