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William T Thistlethwaite


Crashed into North Sea on 12 May 44 in P-51 42-76352 He had been seconded to the 365th FG/9th AF for a 7 day dive bombing mission according to Capt. Cornell who was the last to see him. He bailed out of his failing plane and got in his dinghy. It took over 2 hrs for the boats to reach area and by that time they could not find him. Capt Cornell refueled and went back but couldn't find him. His body was washed ashore at Coxyde, Belgium and he had a fractured leg. He was buried in the British cemetary in Belgium and was later moved to Holland. Killed in Action (KIA)


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Born Richmond, Virginia
Killed in Action (KIA) 12 May 1944


Date Contributor Update
21 August 2019 15:01:55 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations

MACR 4991

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27 September 2014 18:28:49 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4991, Jonah's Feet Are Dry Pg 631 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list