Fred Crane was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1939, where he was active for 28 years. He completed basic training at Forts Slocum and McDowell and Air Force Mechanic training at Hickam Field in Hawaii, where he was stationed at the time of the aerial attack on Pearl Harbor. Mr. Crane served as an Assistant Crew Chief, performing aircraft maintenence and repair during the Battle of Midway, after which he was promoted to Staff Sergeant. He attained the rank of Tech Sergeant before his discharge in 1945.

   After his 1946 reenlistment, Mr. Crane spent time as a crew chief on a C-47 and stationed on an airlift in Freiburg, Germany. He made master in 1950, and was Squadron Inspector for the 28 Bomb Squadron during the Korean War. He also volunteered to serve in Vietnam, maintaining bombers and fighters in Southeast Asia.    
 
Transcript Number 209
Title: Fred Crane: Remembering World War II
Interviewee: Fred Crane
Interviewer: Paul Zarbock
Date of Interview: September 9, 2002
Location of Interview:
Description: 1 VHS Cassette Tape, sd., col.
Documentation: 1 Typed Transcript
Series: World War II Veterans Oral History Preservation Project
Series: Voices of Experience