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Thomas L Morgan

Military

Originally assigned to the 303BG/359BS as a Bombardier at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho on 15-Apr-1942. However, he was reassigned to 97BG prior to the 303BG's deployment to Molesworth in September 1942. Date of reassignment not determined.

Shot down 21 October 1942 in B-17 41-24344 while serving as Bombardier. Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron
  • 414th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24344

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 326BS/92BG Bovingdon 20-Aug-42; 414BS/97BG Polebrook 28-Aug-42; Missing in Action on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. This was 97th's first mission 21-Oct-42, shot down and crashed Plouescat, near Morlaix, France. 8KIA 2POW...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 15

    21 October 1942
    German U-Boat pens are Lorient, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission along with the German airfield at Cherbourg, France. 93BG despatches 24-B-24s to Lorient, but cloud cover prevents them from bombing. The main attack force to Lorient...

Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Born McKenzie, North Dakota, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Plouescat, France 21 October 1942
Buried Saint-James, France 21 October 1944

Brittany American Cemetery, Plot I, Row 9, Grave 12.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2014 13:21:39 Lucy May Changes to highest rank and unit associations
Sources

Changed rank from 'Lieutenant' to 'Second Lieutenant' based on the following source:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://303rdbg.com/rost-m.html#M

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2014 22:25:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and unit associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Nov-2014. Association with 303BG is COMBINATION of data ingested from the personnel records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia which resulted in a DUPLICATE entry. Association and disposition with 303BG made in the Summary Biography was confirmed by Mr. Gary Moncur, website historian of 303BG, http://www.303rdbg.com/ via an e-mail inquiry of Mr. Moncur by Mr. Cunningham

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2014 18:28:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Oct-2041. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 15352; American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15352 / MACR 15352, Losses of the 8th and 9th AF Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 38 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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