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Thomas Wade Landry

Military

Born 11 Sept 1924 at Mission, Hidalgo County, Texas. Enlisted in Army Air Force 24 Feb 1943 at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. Had three years of college at time of enlistment. Did most of his training in Texas. Served in 8th US Air Force, 493rd Bomb Group, 860th Bomb Squadron in the UK. Training as Co-Pilot. Flew 30 missions. Post-war coach of Dallas Cowboys from 1960 to 1988. Died 12 Feb 2000 in Dallas, Texas.

Quote from New York Times article published the day after his death: "Wearing his trademark fedora and conservative suit, Landry was the cool, stoic man on the sideline for the franchise that under his leadership became known as America's Team."

Service

People

  • Robert Landry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Plane exploded over N. Atlantic after takeoff from Gander en route to Prestwick, Scotland.

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Units served with

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 860th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...

  • Little Walden

    Military site : airfield
    Little Walden was built as a Class A airfield suitable for American heavy bombers. The 409th Bomb Group, as part of the Ninth Air Force, was stationed at the base between March and September 1944, flying A-20 Havocs. ...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Mission, Texas 11 September 1924
Buried Dallas, TX, USA 2000

Buried: Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas
He also has memorial marker at Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas

Died Dallas, TX, USA 12 February 2000

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2021 08:13:43 Darren Jelley Changes to service number and place associations
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493rd BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2020 12:40:35 general ira snapsorter Changes to nickname and unit associations
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
http://493bgdebach.co.uk/roster_list.php

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2020 04:40:23 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
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Added the words "Possible DUPLICATE" in the nickname field so an admin can check out this person.

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19 June 2018 16:53:22 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added burial location.

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19 June 2018 16:50:03 jmoore43 Changes to service number
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Removed service # previously added by my me.

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19 June 2018 16:43:35 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Corrected spelling of the word "Squadron" in the description.

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2018 16:39:52 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events
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Corrected spelling of birth county in description.

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19 June 2018 16:28:06 jmoore43 Changes to service number
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Added Service # from the Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 at Ancestry.com

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17 June 2017 01:55:54 cal_105 Changes to middlename, nickname, biography and events
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C B mays

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2014 15:50:33 Lucy May Changes to biography and events
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http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/11/26/professional-athletes-and-coac...

http://www.nytimes.com/2000/02/13/sports/tom-landry-is-dead-at-75-innova...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:45 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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