Maurice H. “Maury” Kraines

Recent Address: Rancho Mirage, CA
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Family Info: Parents: Isaac and Rebecca; Wife: Yasuko; Children: Larry, Steve, Dan and Ted
Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Date Entered Service: April 4, 1942
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Bomb Group: 468th
Squadron: 794th
Location of Unit: Tinian
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Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-24734 - Miss Lead
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Kraines was a successful businessman who opened the doors to Kraco Enterprises in 1954 at the age of 34 and never looked back.
Kraines and Mario Andretti formed quite a dynamic duo from 1984 to 1988 scoring victories and podium finishes, alas the championship was one item missing. Andretti earned the Indy 500 rookie title in 1985, his second full-time season in CART (now Champ Car).
Taking over the Kraco seat in 1989 was the man who bested Andretti for the championship in 1986 and '87. Bobby Rahal stayed with Kraco until he ventured out as his own, forming his own team in 1992.
Rahal's teammate for the 1990 two-car Galles-Kraco team gave Kraines his one and only CART championship as a team owner. Al Unser, Jr. had a year filled with with tight fights between himself, Andretti, Rick Mears and Rahal to score the title at the season end.
In the same year, the fastest 500 on record, at that time, was won by Unser Jr ahead of Rahal at the Michigan 500. The The Galles-Kraco team posted a one-two finish at an all-time record average speed of 189.727 mph at Michigan International Speedway.
In 1992, Unser Jr gave Kraines the opportunity to drink the milk in victory circle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, clinching the Indy 500 was on the top of Kraines' hopes.
Thoughts About the 58th: A/C 42-24734 “Miss Lead” crash-landed at North Field on Tinian after the Saga mission (#31) on the 6th of August. The Crew, piloted by Lt. Maurice Kraines, came through the incident without injury. Their aircraft was low on gas over the runway and before the landing gears were down the plane lost all power and had to belly land. The aircraft has been transferred to the 313th Bomb Wing as salvage. The aircraft had 12 missions during the month in the CBI and had 20 missions on Tinian making a total of 718:00 flying hours.
Comments: Mr. Kraines passed away on November 29, 2005.

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