Skip to main content
Edit entry 

Thomas Wood McGrain

Military

Lt. McGrain, of the 515th Bomb Squadron, flew on the Operation Tidal Wave mission with Lt. Edwin L. Gluck on, 030, B-24D, 41-24030. It was his eighth combat mission. He referred to this aircraft as, Good Time Charley. He also flew on the B-24J, 42-73084, Ropes McGonigle, and the B-24D, 42-40760, Solid John. His last combat mission was 3 Dec 1943. After completing his combat tour, he flew as Navigator during the war bond tour on B-24D, 41-11613, The Blue Streak, of 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. The crew, each member of which had completed 50 missions, flew back in, The Blue Streak, to Fort Worth, Texas, for a war bond tour.

Service

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 514th Bomb Squadron
  • 515th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-11613 Florine JuJu - Liberandos - Teggie Ann - The Blue Streak

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-11613, named, Florine JuJu, The Blue Streak, Liberandos, and Teggie Ann, in the 376th Bomb Group, should not be mistaken for the B-24D Liberator bomber, 42-40664, also named, Teggie Ann, and flown as the Lead Aircraft, piloted by Col. K.K...

  • 41-24030

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator #41-24030 515th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Lt Edwin L Gluck, returned safely to Libya.

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Detroit, MI, USA 13 August 1921

Son of Thomas and Mabel [Collingbourne] McGrain.

Lived in East Lansing, MI, USA 1942

East Lansing, Michigan, USA.

Enlisted Saginaw, MI 28 January 1942

Saginaw, Michigan

Assigned Libya 1943 – 1944

514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, Libya.

Died Wuesthoff Hospital Emergency, Rockledge, FL 32955, USA 2 April 2009

Died in the company of his family at Wuesthoff Hospital, Rockledge, Florida, on Thursday, April 2, 2009.

Buried Arlington National Cemetery June 2009

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2021 06:38:56 Kickapoo Changes to role and biography
Sources

Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
09 July 2020 01:02:16 decwriter Changes to biography
Sources

Lt McGrain's Individual Flight Records during the war verify the dates and missions he flew. Newspaper articles from early 1944 verify his journey with "The Blue Streak" as part of the war bonds tour after he completed his combat tour on 3 Dec 1943.

Date Contributor Update
09 July 2020 00:18:48 decwriter Changes to service number
Sources

Third service number from Individual Flight Records after creation of the US Air Force and used through June 1949. In the Army and Air Force Register, 1948 it lists his service number as 048405.

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2020 03:51:40 decwriter Changes to unit associations
Sources

Lt McGrain was assigned to the 515th Bomb Squadron and flew the Operation Tidal Wave mission with Lt Edwin L. Gluck. Lt McGrain was also assigned to the Daniel B. Orr crew of the 515th Bomb Squadron. Upon his completion of combat in 1943, he was selected to fly the war bonds tour with B-24D HALPRO #10 41-11613, which was renamed from "Florene Ju Ju" to "Teggie Ann," then to the "Blue Streak. The other aircraft he flew in combat in 1943 were B-24J 42-73084 "Ropes McGonigle" and B-24D 42-40760 "Solid John."

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2020 22:33:55 decwriter Changes to service number and mission associations
Sources

Service number from NPRC file.

Date Contributor Update
15 June 2020 10:51:53 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/312802941
https://www.fold3.com/record/84383003-thomas-w-mcgrain
https://www.fold3.com/record/93318181-thomas-wood-mcgrain
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/93802048/thomas-w-mcgrain

Date Contributor Update
15 June 2020 01:51:36 decwriter Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

B-24 41-24030 is aircraft he flew the 1 Aug 1943 Ploesti raid on.

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2020 02:36:31 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2019 16:30:35 jmoore43 Changes to events
Sources

Adde burial info per Find-a-grave MEMORIAL # 93802048.

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2018 00:36:00 decwriter Changes to awards
Sources

From personnel file.

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2018 00:34:01 decwriter Changes to service number
Sources

From flight record.

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2018 01:31:43 decwriter Changes to surname
Sources

Corrected last name spelling.

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2018 01:27:23 decwriter Changes to highest rank
Sources

Retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the USAF.

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2018 01:24:34 decwriter Changes to awards
Sources

Retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2015 17:06:34 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2015 16:55:07 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

http://texashistory.unt.edu

Share