Thomas W Dunmire


Object Number - UPL 17848 - Captain Thomas W. Dunmire As a 2LT flew 25 missions as the navigator on Crew #783 - David Baron Crew. 466th BG - 787th BS

Had a long career in the USAF retiring in 1968 as a Lt. Colonel. During his career he crewed on B-17's, B-24's, B-29's, B-36's and B-52's.


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Three little girls hold up a balloon celebrating the 100th mission of the 466th Bomb Group in front of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95592) nicknamed "Black Cat". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On our 100 Mission party Day- 18 Aug 1944, Attlebridge, 466th- wouldn't it be something if we could identify these girls? How could I do it?'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-709739
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Gran Slam
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 786th Bomb Squadron


Aerial photograph of Attlebridge airfield, looking north, the fuel store and a T2 hangar are in the upper centre, 31 January 1946. Photograph taken by No. 90 Squadron, sortie number RAF/3G/TUD/UK/51. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Attlebridge Arsenal, Station 120


Event Location Date Description


Avonmore, PA 15618, USA 31 January 1923


Greensburg, PA 15601, USA 19 February 1943


466th BG Combat Tour

Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 3 February 1945 - 18 April 1945 25 missions


Casselberry, FL, USA 13 June 2015 Lt. Colonel Thomas W. Dunmire, 92, formerly of Rapid City, SD, died Saturday, June 13, 2015, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Jan. 31, 1923, at Skunk Hollow in Avonmore, PA, to Thomas Washington Dunmire and Viola Susan (Shaffer) Dunmire. A graduate of Avonmore High School, he also attended Creighton University, Omaha, NE. He served in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a navigator for over 20 years. He was stationed at Ellsworth AFB during the mid-1950's to the early 1960's. He was a crew member of B-24 Liberator, B-17 Fortress, B-36 Peacemaker, B-29 Super Fortress, and B-52 Stratofortress. During World War II he was on 24 bombing missions over Europe. He was also honored in recognition as a B-52 navigator-bombardier in SAC which kept the nation's intercontinental missiles and jet bombers on constant alert. He retired from the US Air Force in 1968. He was married to Mildred Genevieve (Palmer) Dunmire until her untimely passing in 1988. In their union, nine children were born. He will always be known to his children as a loving, caring, devoted father and husband, with a generous heart. He is survived by his children, Wayne "Pat" (Kaye) Dunmire, Monett, MO, Gloria (Douglas) Williams, Rapid City, SD, Robert (Gloria) Dunmire, Oviedo, FL, Timothy (Marsha) Dunmire, Casselberry, FL, Mary (Bill) Hughes, Clarington, PA, and Thomas Dunmire Jr., Casselberry; son-in-law, John Zanka, Rapid City; as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchiidren. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mildred; son, Ray Thomas Dunmire; daughters, Kathleen Dunn and Cynthia "Cindy" Zanka; son-in-law, James "Jimmy" Dunn; and several-half brothers and half-sisters. Burial was at Westview Cemetery in Avonmore, where military honors were presented by the American Legion Honor Guard.


Avonmore, PA 15618, USA 23 June 2015 West View Cemetery Avonmore Westmoreland County Pennsylvania, USA
Bolivar, PA, USA 51 McKinley Street


Date31 Jan 2022 20:34:44

Updated the highest rank per info in the "Summary biography".

Date31 Jan 2022 20:32:57

Added a "O-" to the S/N to aid clarity & consistency.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:26:10

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom & Brassfield, page 345

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