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Thomas B Bone

Military

Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure in B-17 42-3213 16-Aug-43. Returned to base. Shot down 16-Sep-43 in B-17 42-3079. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 550

Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Eldon Smith

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17 #423213 ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 16 August 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #423079. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3079

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/2/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-O] Horham 15/4/43, later 412BS; slight damage in taxi accident at Alconbury with Rich Robinson 27/4/43; transferred 323BS/91BG [OR-X] Bassingbourn 16/6/43; Missing in Action Nantes 16/9/43 with Elden...

  • 42-3213 'All American'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/43; La Guardia 10/4/43; Assigned 92BG Alconbury 24/4/43; transferred 335BS/95BG [OE-W] Framlingham 19/5/43; transferred 3m 323BS/91BG [OR-M] Bassingbourn 16/6/43; Missing in Action 7+m Le Bourget 16/8/43 with Eldon Smith, Co...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Tennessee, USA 1919
Lived in Dickson, TN, USA 1940
Enlisted Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA, USA 16 January 1941

Fort McPherson Atlanta Georgia, USA.

Based Bassingbourn 1943 – 16 September 1943

Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Ditched North Sea 16 August 1943

Ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 16 August 1943. RTD.

Died Saint-Nazaire, France 16 September 1943

Shot down 16 Sept 43 in B-17 42-3079. Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial 1945

Rhone American Cemetery, Draguignan, France.
Plot A Row 4 Grave 13

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2020 16:31:35 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, events and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/38295743
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763280
https://www.fold3.com/record/83971579-thomas-b-bone
https://www.fold3.com/record/529925612-thomas-b-bone
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56510474/thomas-b-bone

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2020 21:10:51 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to 2 A/C serial numbers in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2015 11:28:14 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://usaafdata.com/?q=search
https://www.fold3.com/page/83971579_thomas_b%20bone/details/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 550 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Roll of Honor; MACR 550

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