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Thomas Ray Higdon

Military

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 31-Jul-44 in B-17 42-107092 'Umbriago'. Interned (INT)

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Jay Ossiander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 31-Jul-44 in B-17 42-107092 'Umbriago'. Interned (INT) Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Angelo Virgona

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Completed 35 missions. Angelo passed away on 28-Nov-19 at the age of 98. He was very proud of his service and went to the Mighty Eighth Museum in GA several times. It wasn't until after he passed and going through his effects that we learned that he...

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107092 'Freckles', 'Umbriago'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 17/2/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Grenier 6/3/44; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 13/3/44; transferred 615BS/401BG [IY-E] Deenethorpe 23/3/44 FRECKLES!; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Jay Ossiander, Co-pilot: Roy Cooper, Navigator:...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born The Rock, GA 6 May 1924

Son of C F Higdon.

Based Deenethorpe 1944 – 31 July 1944

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Interned (INT) Germany 31 July 1944 – May 1945

Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 31-Jul-44 in B-17 42-107092 'Umbriago'. Interned (INT)

Died 12 January 1985
Buried Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery Mesa, Maricopa County, AZ 15 January 1985

Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery
Mesa,
Maricopa County, Arizona

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2022 10:33:04 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/607310285
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/135945351/thomas-ray-higdon

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2019 00:26:39 Bill Buskey Changes to media associations
Sources

Jay Ossiander's Crew Photograph

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:08 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7825 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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