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Maj. General Crumm killed in B52 crash (Continued from Page 1) bombs without loss to accidents or hostile forces. Crumm was scheduled to report to the Pentagon in August as director of aerospace programs. He v/as leading one of the record nine B52 strikes within 24 hours aimed principally at enemy forces concentrated in the A Shau sector about 30 miles south of the demilitarized zone when the planes collided. Crumm assumed command of the 3rd Air Division July 16, 1965. His 26-year career spanned combat flying in both European and Pacific theaters during World War H, .and key assignments at SAC headquarters and the Pentagon. .His Vietnam replacement, Maj. Gen. Selmon W. Wells, was en route to Guam at the time of the accident. During World War 11 Crumm flew B17 and B29 bombers, and remained in B29 operations until 1953, when he reported to SAC headquarters at Omaha. From 1953 to 1954, he was chief of the operations plans division at Headquarters Strate gic Air Command. After transferring to March AFB, Calif., he became deputy commander of the 22nd Bomb Wing, then director of operations for Fifteenth Air Force, and later commander of the 320th Bomb Wing. In 1959 he was assigned to Washington where he was chief of the Atomic Operations Division, J-3, Joint Chiefs of Staff, until his transfer to headquarters S.A.C in May 1960 Crumm is married to the former Ella Jane Tenney of Flagstaff, Ariz. They have six children. Rated a command pilot, Crumm had been awarded the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Force and Army commendation medals.