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Thomas W Dunmire


Had a long career in the USAF retiring in 1968 as a Lt. Colonel. During his career he crewed on B-17's, B-24's, B-29's, B-36's and B-52's.



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    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

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  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb 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...

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  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Born Avonmore, PA 15618, USA 31 January 1923
Lived in Bolivar, PA, USA 1943

51 McKinley Street

Enlisted Greensburg, PA 15601, USA 19 February 1943
466th BG Combat Tour Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 3 February 1945 – 18 April 1945

25 missions

Died Casselberry, FL, USA 13 June 2015

Lt. Colonel Thomas W. Dunmire, 92, formerly of Rapid City, SD, died Saturday, June 13, 2015, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Jan. 31, 1923, at Skunk Hollow in Avonmore, PA, to Thomas Washington Dunmire and Viola Susan (Shaffer) Dunmire.

A graduate of Avonmore High School, he also attended Creighton University, Omaha, NE. He served in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a navigator for over 20 years. He was stationed at Ellsworth AFB during the mid-1950's to the early 1960's. He was a crew member of B-24 Liberator, B-17 Fortress, B-36 Peacemaker, B-29 Super Fortress, and B-52 Stratofortress. During World War II he was on 24 bombing missions over Europe. He was also honored in recognition as a B-52 navigator-bombardier in SAC which kept the nation's intercontinental missiles and jet bombers on constant alert. He retired from the US Air Force in 1968.

He was married to Mildred Genevieve (Palmer) Dunmire until her untimely passing in 1988. In their union, nine children were born.

He will always be known to his children as a loving, caring, devoted father and husband, with a generous heart.

He is survived by his children, Wayne "Pat" (Kaye) Dunmire, Monett, MO, Gloria (Douglas) Williams, Rapid City, SD, Robert (Gloria) Dunmire, Oviedo, FL, Timothy (Marsha) Dunmire, Casselberry, FL, Mary (Bill) Hughes, Clarington, PA, and Thomas Dunmire Jr., Casselberry; son-in-law, John Zanka, Rapid City; as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchiidren.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mildred; son, Ray Thomas Dunmire; daughters, Kathleen Dunn and Cynthia "Cindy" Zanka; son-in-law, James "Jimmy" Dunn; and several-half brothers and half-sisters.

Burial was at Westview Cemetery in Avonmore, where military honors were presented by the American Legion Honor Guard.

Buried Avonmore, PA 15618, USA 23 June 2015

West View Cemetery
Westmoreland County
Pennsylvania, USA


Date Contributor Update
03 October 2015 01:41:39 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom & Brassfield, page 345