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Virgil E Thomson


Killed in Action (KIA), hit by flak, trying to get back to base their B-24 'Alfred' #42-7485, lost 3 engines but got them restarted, lost fuel and realized they might have to ditch in North Sea. Did make it back to land and crashed near Sheringham.


Units served with

  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group allocated B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 series fitted with a nose turret on the production line. The adaptation increased...

  • 578th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-7485 Alfred

    B-24 Liberator
    “Was named by the Layton crew after the cartoons in Collier’s magazine depicting a none too smart swabbie named “Alfred”. T/Sgt Marion H. Derey was the crew chief. “ ( The aircraft was badly damaged during a combat mission to Kiel. The pilot...

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Alabama
Died Pretty Corner, Upper Sheringham, Norfolk UK 4 January 1944

Plot D Row 4 Grave 19


Date Contributor Update
03 May 2015 13:38:29 usxpat Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Find A Grave Memorial# 56294948
American Battle Monuments Commission

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:33 AAM AAM ingest

ABMC, Roll of Honor, 8th AF Losses, MACR 16033 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia