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Thomas Paxton Sherwood

Military

Co-pilot, Mullane crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 42-31357 "Our Desire". Mission to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, GE. MACR 3865. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I.
Midway, PA.

Graduate of the Randolph Field Flying Cadet Class of 42-B. Left for Europe on September 1st, 1942 as a member of the 305th Bomb Group, 422nd Bomb Squadron, as an Operations Officer working directly under Lt Col Curtis Lemay. One of only two American pilots who gave Beam Approach Training for blind landings in the early part of WWII. After the BAT program was disbanded, he opted to go to the 381st BG, 535th BS as the Chief Instrument Flight Instructor. Transferred to combat flying and completed 28 missions.

Sherwood was founder of the 381st Bomb Group Association, and played a key role in getting a memorial to the 381st Bomb Group placed at Ridgewell in the 1980s.

Service

People

  • Robert Kettlety

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231357 'Our Desire. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Kirby

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231357 'Our Desire. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Curtis LeMay

    Military | General | Commanding General | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    306th Temporary Deputy Commander at Wendover, then transferred as Group Commander of 305th BG 4-Jun-42 to 15-May-43. ...

  • James Mullane

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 42-31357 'Our Desire. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I. ...

  • Patrick O'Phelan

    Military | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Mullane, J. Crew

  • Lewis Sparrow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231357 'Our Desire. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Stahlke

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231357 'Our Desire. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thaddeus Tarczynski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31357 'Our Desire', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Troxler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31357 'Our Desire', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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. ...

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 422nd Bomb Squadron
  • 535th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31357 Our Desire, Man o' War II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/10/43; Gr Island 3/11/43; Romulus 12/11/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-N] Ridgewell 11/12/43. ...

Missions

  • 301

    13 April 1944

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Johnstown, Pennsylvania 27 August 1914
Enlisted Harrisburg, PA, USA 11 July 1941
Based 13 April 1944

381st BG
535th BS
Chief Instrument Flight Instructor

Prisoner of War 13 April 1944 – 13 May 1945

Stalag Luft I

Died 30 September 2006
Based Grafton Underwood

305th BG
422nd BS
Operations Officer

Buried

Pleasantville Cemetery
Alum Bank, PA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2021 15:08:11 Emily Changes to nickname, service number, role and biography
Sources

Brought together information from duplicate records including information drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx / 305th Bomb Group Roster

Further information provided by Thomas Paxton Sherwood's son John, and the digital archive created for his father at http://tpsarchives.com/

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2018 10:46:55 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 3865;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2018 04:07:35 ARowe95 Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 3865 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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