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George Jacob Thom

Military

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44 in B-24 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'; Shot down by fighters, remained with A/C as crew baled out, following them at extreme low level. Seemingly he didn't get his chute attached, let alone opened, before he plunged into the canopy of a tree, breaking many bones, including his back !! Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3849

Awards: AM, LOM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Anthony Abad

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44 in B-24 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'; Shot down by fighters, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3849 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Russell Alcott

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44 in B-24 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'; Shot down by fighters, baled out at low level. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3849 Awards: AM(OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gerald Gille

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44 in B-24 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'; Volunteered to crew on 67BS A/C. Shot down by fighters, baled out at low level. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3849 ...

  • Manuel Hantober

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Left his plane for paperwork and was killed by spinning propellor. His plane was B-24 41-29231 'The Impatient Virgin' piloted by George Thom. Died non Battle (DNB). Awards: PH.

  • Alvin Johnson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44 in B-24 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'; Shot down by fighters, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3849 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Loyes Knotts

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44 in B-24 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'; Shot down by fighters, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3849 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Andrew Kowalski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Hit by flak on mission to V-1 sites at Agathe d' Aliermont, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-24J 42-99970 'Liberty Belle'. A/C returned to England but crashed upon landing at Wingham, Kent. MACR 8714 ...

  • Harvey Meinke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44 in B-24 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'; Shot down by fighters, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3849 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Earl Proulx

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44 in B-24 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'; Shot down by fighters, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3849 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Bronko Smilanich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44 in B-24 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'; Shot down by fighters, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3849 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44; Shot down by fighters, crew baled out at low level. 10 x POW. MACR 3849 ...

  • 41-29231 The Impatient Virgin

    B-24 Liberator
    Transferred to 389th Bomb Group, then to 448th Bomb Group, 714th Bomb Squadron. On 25 Feb 1944, B-24H #41-29231 'Impatient Virgin' crash landed at RAF Lympne, Kent on return from target Furth, GR.

Missions

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Paris, WI 5 May 1921

Son of Jacob Anthony and Lillian [Ludwig], born Maier Thom.

Lived in Burlington, WI 1942
Enlisted Milwaukee, WI 30 March 1942
Based Shipdham 1944 – 8 April 1944

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled Out POW Hanover, Germany 8 April 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44 in B-24 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'; Shot down by fighters, remained with A/C as crew baled out, following them at low level. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3849

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 8 April 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Discharged USAAF 31 August 1972

Honourable discharge.

Died Sumter, SC 12 July 2001
Buried Arlington National Cemetery August 2001

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington,
Arlington County, VA
Section: 8-M Row 17, Site: 2

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2019 19:35:08 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29627742
https://www.fold3.com/record/47381083-george-j-thom
https://www.fold3.com/record/84386350-george-j-thom
https://www.fold3.com/record/620359903-george-thom-1921
http://users.psln.com/~pete/pow_george_thom.htm
http://greenharbor.com/ROHPDF/ROHA44.pdf
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49324312/george-j_-thom

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2019 17:49:58 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29627742
https://www.fold3.com/record/84386350-george-j-thom
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49324312/george-j_-thom

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2019 13:51:56 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29627742
https://www.fold3.com/record/84386350-george-j-thom
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49324312/george-j_-thom

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3849 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / self, MACR 3849

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