Help us find the Miss Deal, and bring the remains of Charles Earl Crawford and John R. Way home
The Miss Deal was a B-17 that was shot down on 25 June, 1943 in the Hamburg Raid. It crashed in shallow water near Pogum, Germany, and while most of the crew were able to get out of the plane alive, two airmen remained trapped in the wreckage; Charles E. Crawford, and John R. Way. We have been contacted by the nephew of airman Crawford, asking for assistance in locating the wreckage and the remains of his uncle. Here is the plea from Crawford's nephew:
“I was born in 1943 the same year that my uncle Charlie was reported Missing in Action. I was raised on a farm in Morgan County, Alabama about a mile from where my grandmother lived. She kept Uncle Charlie’s room as he had left it. Although it was generally off limits, I visited it when I was about five and fell asleep on his bed. I awoke hearing my Grandmother lifting up a prayer. She was praying to Jesus to please bring Charlie home. This always haunted me and left a memory that remains with me today. My only concern is recovering my Uncle’s remains with final interment adjacent to his Mother and Father. ”
We believe we can locate the Miss Deal and while it will be a difficult task, we would like very much to bring the remains of Charles Crawford and John Way home to their families. Won't you help? Please offer a generous donation to Shipwreck Exploration Society.
Charles E. Crawford