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Thomas P Styslinger

Military

Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29365, Prisoner of War (POW).

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  • Daniel Harris

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29365, Prisoner of War (POW). Retired from a 31 year career in the USAF with the rank of Colonel.

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-29365

    B-24 Liberator
    Mission 291 350 B-24s are dispatched to aviation industry targets in Brunswick 1944-04-08 - MACR #: 3840 Notes:29365 (466th BG, 787th BS) lost Apr 8, 1944. MACR 3840

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA 6 November 1923
Lived in Pittsburgh, PA, USA 1942

7022 Idlewild Street

Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 8 April 1944 – 1945
Died Pittsburgh, PA, USA 15 August 2005

When Tom Styslinger touched down on German soil in 1944, it was the beginning of a 13-month stint in a prisoner-of-war camp.
"Dad was a navigator aboard a B-24 bomber that was shot down in Germany," said his son, Tim Styslinger. "He managed to parachute to safety, but the Germans were waiting for him."

Thomas P. Styslinger, of Fox Chapel, a former software executive with U.S. Steel Corp., died Monday, Aug. 15, 2005, at Mercy Hospital, Uptown. He was 82.

"Dad was 150 pounds when he was captured and 96 pounds when he was liberated in 1945," his son said. "But that didn't deter Dad from returning to active duty during the Vietnam War, navigating planes that were resupplying the troops on the front lines.

"During one mission, Dad's plane was so riddled with bullets that they figured that they might have to abandon their plane."

Mr. Styslinger was a major in the Air National Guard when he was called back to active duty from 1968-71 and rose to the rank of colonel, said another son, Tom Styslinger. "He said: 'When you're called up to defend your country, it's your duty to support our troops.'

"Mom agreed. She supported Dad during the years he was away from home serving in Vietnam."

Tom Styslinger said five members of his father's family -- including Mr. Styslinger's father -- served during World War II.

"Dad's brother, Bob, who was awarded a Bronze Star, died in action during the Korean War," he said.

Upon returning to Pittsburgh at the end of World War II, Mr. Styslinger, with the help of the GI Bill, enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh and received a degree in mechanical engineering.

"My father had a part-time job painting railroad cars while attending Pitt," said Tom Styslinger.

In 1947, Mr. Styslinger began a 30-year career with U.S. Steel.

In 1948, he married Ann Kane, of Wilkinsburg, who he met at a skating rink.

"Tom was a happy-go-lucky guy, but I could also see that he was a man of integrity," said Mrs. Styslinger.

In 1977, Mrs. Styslinger enrolled at Community College of Allegheny County as an accounting major, when her husband, after retiring from U.S. Steel, organized the first of his two software firms. Upon graduation, she became his accounting manager.

Raised in both Homewood and Wilkinsburg, Mr. Styslinger was one of 12 children of William and Grace McGuire Styslinger. To help his parents during the Depression, Mr. Styslinger, while attending Central Catholic High School in Oakland, sold newspapers and did a number of odd jobs.

In 1941, Mr. Styslinger graduated from high school and enlisted in the Army Air Corps, attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant.

"Dad recalled how they had to fly many daylight bombing missions," said Tom Styslinger. "They lost a lot of planes and a lot of men, but they understood what had to be done."

Mr. Styslinger is survived by his wife, Ann Kane Styslinger; five children, Ann Urish and her husband, Kenneth, of McCandless; Robert C. Styslinger, of Fox Chapel; Jean Nasca and her husband, Dr. Thomas, of Malvern, Chester County; Thomas P. Styslinger and his wife, Lynn, of Cary, N.C., and Timothy F. Styslinger and his wife, Ruby, of Kensington, Md.; 13 grandchildren; two sisters, Grace Buckmaster and Marian Bomber; and a brother, George Styslinger.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at McCabe Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside. A prayer service will be held there at 10 a.m. Friday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Scholastica Church, Aspinwall, where he was a member

Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2020 21:16:54 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2020 13:08:26 Brad Sullivan Changes to service number
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https://aad.archives.gov/aad/display-partial-records.jsp?dt=466&sc=11675...

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2016 00:27:08 466thHistorian Changes to events
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466th BG Historian
"Officers of Attlebridge" booklet - 1945

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2016 00:24:48 466thHistorian Changes to events and media associations
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466th BG Historian
findagrave.com

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2016 19:02:12 tim.styslinger@verizon.net Changes to surname and events
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Son. Updated the spelling of the last name. Styslinger not Styalinger. Added DOB.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3840 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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