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Robert E Thomas




  • Clarence Clandellya

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group

  • Melvin Kirkpatrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 486th Bomb Group

  • Morton Love

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group

  • Marvin Lutes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer and Right Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    "Sgt. Lutes Gets Oak Leaf Cluster" ...

  • John Mason

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 486th Bomb Group

  • George Sherlock

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 486th Bomb Group

  • George Smith

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group

  • C Weroch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 486th Bomb Group

  • Robert Whitney

    Military | Captain | Flight Commander | 486th Bomb Group

  • William Zeli

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 486th Bomb Group

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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. ...

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 835th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-28745 The Bold Sea Rover

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 486BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 733BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Brunswick. Shot down flak went down 2km west of Salzdahlum, four chutes seen, one on fire 8-May-44. 3 x POW, 7 x KIA. MACR 4590.

  • 43-37983 Umbriago

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/6/44; Kearney 25/6/44; Dow Fd 9/7/44; Assigned 835BS/486BG [H8-M] Sudbury 11/7/44; 833BS [2N-N]; `83m` Returned to the USA Bradley 7/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 10/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-52749 'Scrappy'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 492BG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-52752

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-29505 Gunga Din

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 833rd bomb squadron, 486th bomb group, 8thAAF, England

  • 42-52688 Paper Doll (?)

    B-24 Liberator
    The crew of "Pandora's Box" was flying this loaner aircraft on July 4th, 1944. The aircraft was badly damaged, and the pilot (LT Pearson) and co-pilot (LT Orlasky) were badly injured by flak over their target (an airfield in France). The navigator and...

  • 42-52753 Hard t'Get

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-52716

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-52573

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-52630

    B-24 Liberator

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Associated Place

  • Sudbury

    Military site : airfield
    Situated between the villages of Great Waldingfield and Acton, the airfield was used by the 486th Bomb Group from March 1944 to August 1945. Facilities for administrative offices for the Combat Wing were also made available here and along with barrack...


Event Location Date


Date Contributor Update
17 October 2021 17:35:38 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

This information from the official web page of the 486th Bomb. Group, and specifically, the crew and mission page of Lt. G. Smith of the 835th Bomb. Sq. at:

Date Contributor Update
09 July 2021 12:13:56 Emily Changes to middlename, suffix and role

Removed crew name from suffix, and aircraft type from job

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2021 17:58:17 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to media associations

Information on Robert E. Thomas is from the official web page of the 835th Bombardment Squadron, specifically found at the Assigned Air Crews section, under 'G.Smith Crew':

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2021 21:37:03 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to suffix

See the official web page of the 835th Bombardment Squadron, and specifically, the 'Assigned Aircrews' list, then look for 'G. Smith's Crew,' at this link:

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2021 21:16:18 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to middlename, firstname, highest rank and role

The proper first name for R. E. Thomas came from the "Loading List for Mission 057, 8th Aug. 1944," at the official webpage for the 486th Bombardment Group, at:

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2021 17:41:09 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to highest rank, role, person associations and unit associations

Roland E Thomas' information is from the official web site of the '486th Bomb Group Association' (, on the 'Assigned Aircrews' page, and specifically under 'G. Smith's Crew.'

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:25 AAM AAM ingest

486th BG / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia