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John Crowe Collection

Identifier: CSWS-0179

  • Staff Only

This collection features John Crowe's personal narrative, "Days in the Wild Blue Yonder." This narrative is an account of Crowe's time in service from 1943-1945 during World War II. The collection also contains papers and documents collected by Crowe about the 491st Bombardment Group and the crew of the B-24 bomber, "Renegade". Crowe completed his narrative in 1984.


  • 1943-1988


The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.


0.1 Linear Feet (3 folders)


This collection features John Crowe's personal narrative, "Days in the Wild Blue Yonder," written about his service in the European Theater during World War II.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Crowe served in the 8th Air Force, 491st bomber group, and was the copilot of the Phantom Renegade, a B-24 bomber from May through August of 1944. He was born in Johnson City, Tennessee, in 1923. Crowe was also a graduate of the University of Tennessee.


This collection consists of three folders.

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as part of MS.1427 and MS.2112.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated through the University of Tennessee’s Center for the Study of War and Society.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA