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Thomas C Mandrell

Military

Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102395. Prisoner of War (POW).

POW

Service

Units served with

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 711th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102395

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Gr Island 15/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 8/4/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Tom Mandrell, Co-pilot: Bill Popovich, Navigator: Don McDougall, Bombardier: Okley Wheeler{Wounded in Action},...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Grimes, Oklahoma, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Obermaßfeld, 98617 Obermaßfeld-Grimmenthal, Germany 1944 – 12 May 1944

I spoke with Mr. Mandrell briefly on the phone on February 17, 1997, about his wartime experiences as a POW in the hospital ward at Obermassfeld, Germany. He and my father-in-law, John Kendrick were in the same ward. Mandrell recalled the grim sense of humor they all had in the ward. He told me that his B-17 was hit by an exploding shell from an ME-109 and he was burned badly. He bailed out and landed in a pine forest near a village where a fighter strafe had just occurred. The locals were very upset. He was unconscious when he hit the ground. The German villagers were whacking him around when Nazi troops arrived and "rescued" him. He was moved further inland by train for interrogation and treatment as a POW. Mandrell remembered that the doctors & orderlies at Obermassfeld were captured at Dunkirk. He was later moved to a POW camp at Mooseburg and was liberated by General Patton on April 12, 1945.

Died 16 July 2002

THOMAS C. ("MANDY") MANDRELL, 83, of Houston, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002.
A wonderful friend, a loving father, brother and grandfather, and an avid fisherman, Mr. Mandrell was born on February 26, 1919 in Mayfield, Oklahoma to Clifford Cline Mandrell
and Frances Laura Nelson. He served his country faithfully during World War II in the United States Army Air Corps reaching the rank of First Lieutenant. Mr. Mandrell graduated
from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He retired from Dow Chemical after 30+ years of service. He was a member of the Lake
Jackson Masonic Lodge and First Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. Mr. Mandrell was preceded in death by his loving wife, best friend and fishing partner, Olive Moseley
Mandrell of Greenville, Texas on January 2, 1994. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Marcia and Gregg Raymond; a son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Ginny Mandrell;
three sisters, Penny Mandrell, Juinece Sanders and Mable Johnson; and his four grandchildren, David Mandrell, Mike Mandrell, Cliff Raymond and Carleen Raymond. A Memorial Service
will be held at 2:00 P. M. Friday, July19, 2002, at Pines Presbyterian Church, 12751 Kimberley Lane, with Rev. Wayne Eberly officiating. Graveside Services will be held at 11 A. M.
Saturday, July 20, 2002, at Forest Park Cemetery in Greenville, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Mandy, and his love for young fishermen, to KIDFISH
Foundation, Inc.; P.O. Box 2538; Athens, Texas 75751. Keeping "tight lines" until we see you again, farewell Mandy. We love you.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2018 16:39:30 rcmobley Changes to events
Sources

Online obituary: www.legacy.com/obituaries/houstonchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-c-mand...

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2018 16:37:04 rcmobley Changes to events
Sources

Rob Mobley, phone conversation, February 17, 1997

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2018 15:14:26 rcmobley Changes to nickname
Sources

I spoke with Mr. Mandrell briefly on the phone on February 17, 1997, about his wartime experiences as a POW in the hospital ward at Obermassfeld, Germany. He and my father-in-law, John Kendrick were in the same ward. Mandrell recalled the grim sense of humor they all had in the ward. He told me that his B-17 was hit by an exploding shell from an ME-109 and he was burned badly. He bailed out and landed in a pine forest near a village where a fighter strafe had just occurred. The locals were very upset. He was unconscious when he hit the ground. The German villagers were whacking him around when Nazi troops arrived and "rescued" him. He was moved further inland by train for interrogation and treatment as a POW. Mandrell remembered that the doctors & orderlies at Obermassfeld were captured at Dunkirk. He was later moved to a POW camp at Mooseburg and was liberated by General Patton on April 12, 1945.

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2017 02:08:38 JoCarter Changes to service number and highest rank
Sources

fold3 records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4771 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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