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Thurman Matson Geren

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On a mission over Germany on 5, April 1945, the Bandwagon II was attacked by several enemy jet-propelled fighters, damage included all 4 engines, all trim tab cables were severed plus more. Sgt. David M Lesher was fatally wounded. The plane was forced to leave formation and Lt. Geren maintained full left aileron for over 2 hours until friendly territory was reached. The crew lowered Lesher and bailed seconds before the Bandwagon went into a nose dive and crashed. He was awarded the DFC for saving the crew. He flew 18 missions and completed 16.
Thurman also flew over 100 missions on the Berlin Airlift and was part of the "Big Push". He stayed in the reserves and retired a Major 25 Nov 1975. In civilian life he was an accountant at Marathon Oil for 25 years, a farmer of 3 farms, a carpenter, an avid gardener and had a 300+ tree apple orchard.

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People

  • David Lesher

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer/Top turret gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    He was killed in action on 5 April 1945 on his 11th mission.

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Leipsic, OH 45856, USA 25 November 1915
Enlisted Toledo, OH, USA 5 March 1941
Retired Findlay, OH 45840, USA 25 November 1975
Died Toledo, OH, USA 9 April 2005

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His daughter.

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / daughter, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=119

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