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Thomas A Nicholas


Tom spent the war as a celestial navigator, flying with the 329th Squadron in the 93rd Bombardment group, part of Ted’s “Travelling Circus” in the U.S. Eighth Air Force. He remained in contact throughout with his girlfriend Betty Anne Craggs, who he had met when he picked her picture out of the Idaho Falls High School yearbook as the girl he would most like to take on a date.

Tom & Betty married after the war, they settled in Buffalo, Wyoming, where Tom served for 25 years as a family doctor and where they raised their family before eventually moving back to Colorado and Lubbock, Texas to pursue opportunities in academic medicine, including a position at Texas Tech University.

The couple moved to Lakewood, Missouri, so that Tom could serve as director of the division of education at the American Academy of Family Physicians. He later accepted an appointment at UMKC School of Medicine



  • William Row

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....


Event Location Date
Born Iowa City, IA, USA 19 October 1923
Married Idaho Falls, ID, USA 31 August 1947

Married Betty Anne Craggs his high school sweetheart

Died Lee’s Summit, Missouri 30 July 2018
College Caroll College, Helena, Montana
University University of Wyoming


Date Contributor Update
06 August 2018 12:56:49 Emily Changes to nickname, biography and events


Date Contributor Update
27 May 2016 00:18:28 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, role and place associations

EP-7-21 Provisional Group Crew List
Lewis Rice Papers
466th BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:47 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / roster