William K Thomas

Military

Object Number - UPL 51414 - Bill Thomas crew, 334BS, 95BG. Rear L-R: William Prochaska (B), William K Thomas (P), James B Stapleton (CP), Collis Haynes (N). Front L-R:...

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions.

7-Apr-43, B-17 42-3090 'Taint-a-bird' force landed near Clonakilty, County Cork Ireland. Crew was safe. RTD

B-17 42-3267 ditched in Bay of Biscay out of fuel 28 June 1943. All on board returned. RTD

2-Jul-43, B17 42-30219 hit by fighters. 3 crew members bailed out. A/C crash landed at Framlingham with no crew injuries. RTD

Awards: DFC, AM(OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 6575918
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 455th Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron 741st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13007515
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13036442
  • Highest Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight engineer, Top turret gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34262740
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Winsome Winn II
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron 547th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Wilder Nell II
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 95th Bomb Group 326th Bomb Squadron 334th Bomb Squadron 525th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Hell N Back
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Taint A Bird II
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group Base Air Depot 1 334th Bomb Squadron

Missions

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Based

Horham Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date27 Sep 2014 18:28:25
ContributorAAM
Sources

Combat Chronology Supplement, MACR, MACR 0215, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp. 101, 168, 204 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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