Petty Officer Airman Royal Navy was the son of James R Crow and Annie Crow of 31 Dupplin Road, Perth. Before joining the Fleet Air Arm, James Crow was on the staff of John Dewar & Sons Limited, Whisky Distiller. He was also a member of the Perth Air Training Cadets.
Crow was stationed with FAA 772 Squadron at HMS Landrail at RNAS Machrihanish, near Campbeltown on the Kintyre peninsula. On 17 January 1944, he was flying Miles Martinet M25, MS757, two-seat, target tug aircraft. The Martinet was towing a drogue when the aircraft crashed into the sea near the Iron Rock Ledges buoy just off the coast of Corriecravie on the Isle of Arran. Both on board were killed:
Petty Officer Airman James William Crow, Royal Navy (FAA/FX.95515), age 19.
Leading Airman John Millan Martin, Royal Navy (FAA/JX.401581), age 20.
Today, just to the north of Corriecravie, on the Isle of Arran, at the top of a small rise stands a memorial to the two airmen. Both are also remembered on the Royal Navy memorial at Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire.
Machrihanish at one time claimed to have the longest military runway in Europe at 3,059 metres.
ROYAL AIR FORCE FIGHTER COMMAND, 1939-1945. (CH 11880) WAAF flight mechanics pull the chocks away from a Miles Martinet TT Mark I target tug of No. 289 Squadron RAF, on a hard standing at Turnhouse, Midlothian. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205210474
ROYAL AIR FORCE FLYING TRAINING COMMAND, 1940-1945. (CH 14880) Aircraft of the Empire Air Armament School, lined up across a dispersal track at Manby, Lincolnshire. Front row (left to right); Miles Master Mark III, Miles Martinet TT Mark I, De Havilland DH.94 Moth Minor, Percival Proctor Mark II, Miles Magister, Hawker Hurricane Mark IV and Supermarine Spitfire F Mark XII: back row (left to right); Avro Anson Mark I, Avro Lancaster B Mark III and Vickers Well… Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205210675