Captain Robert Mitchell Krumm was killed in action Tuesday, Oct. 23, 1951 over the south China Sea. He was 33 years old. Captain Krumm was a member of the 307th Bomber Squadron based in Kadena, Okinawa.
He was born in Van Horne on March 30, 1918 to Jacob and Grace Mitchell Krumm. He was survived by his wife Sally, his parents, brothers Edmond (Roberta) and Keith (Corrine), sisters Ilene (Frank) Novak, and Dorothy (Robert) Gaines. He was preceded in death by his brother Donald.
Bob was a fun-loving adventurer. He enjoyed motorcycles, sports, and was a member of the Van Horne baseball and basketball teams in high school. He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
His true love was flying, and prior to WW2, he operated a crop dusting service where he honed his flying skills. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Feb. 10, 1941. After graduating from flight school, he was stationed in England with the 8th Bomber Group. He completed 25 missions over Germany, including the
D-Day invasion at Normandy. His plane, the Flak Dodger, was shot down and he crash-landed in Sweden, where he and his crew were interned as guests of the Swedish government. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, and 7 Oak Leaf Clusters.
After the war, he returned home and resumed his crop dusting business. He remained on active reserve in the newly formed United States Air Force and was
recalled to active duty when the Korean War began. Captain Krumm was flying a bombing mission which would later be known as "Black Tuesday Over Namsi." It was the first time Russian Migs were used to attack the American bombers. The faster migs decimated the squadron. Of the nine B-29s that took off that day, only three returned. Bob's plane crash-landed on the beach. Six of the crew members' bodies were recovered, but five (including Capt. Krumm's) were
None of us ever got the chance to meet Uncle Bob. We've heard many wonderful stories about this amazing man from our parents, families and friends. His
parents were still feeling the pain of losing their other son Donald (killed in a flight training mission in March of 1943) when Bob was declared deceased. They declined the full military service for Robert, being too painful to relive. Although it's 60 years late, we feel he still deserves this honor. Our family invites all to honor this man who so gallantly laid his life on the altar of freedom.
Full military rights will be held at Cedar Memorial on August 6th, 2016 at 10 a.m.