JOHN T. CROSBY
Lieutenant, USNR (Ret)
WWII :: Confirmed Kills- 5 ¼
John Theodore (Ted) Crosby, born on July 30, 1920, in Eureka, California, grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and entered Navy flight training on June 10, 1942. Following graduation and commissioning in May 1943, he was assigned to VF-18 flying F6F-3 Hellcats aboard the USS Bunker Hill in the Western Pacific.
Ensign Crosby was credited with one-fourth of an aerial victory on November 26, sharing in the destruction of a Betty bomber with the other members of his division. On April 16, 1945, flying a protective cover of a picket destroyer north of Okinawa, Crosby’s flight was vectored toward an enemy formation approaching from the north. At 20,000 feet a group of 12 enemy aircraft were sighted, still higher. Upon reaching the altitude of 25,000 feet, it appeared to be a formation of kamikazes being led by new Jack fighters. After a series of attacks, Crosby accounted for three Jacks, one Zeke and one Val, becoming an “ace-in-a-day”.
Crosby remained in the Navy following World War II and was promoted to commander on December 1, 1957. He retired from the Navy in July 1969.
Decorations: Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Gold Stars, Air Medal with 8 Gold Stars and the Presidential Unit Citation with one blue star
Source: American Fighter Aces Album ©1996