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William K Thomas

Military

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions.

7-Apr-43, B-17 42-3090 'Taint-a-bird' force landed near Clonakilty, County Cork Ireland. Crew was safe. RTD

B-17 42-3267 ditched in Bay of Biscay out of fuel 28 June 1943. All on board returned. RTD

2-Jul-43, B17 42-30219 hit by fighters. 3 crew members bailed out. A/C crash landed at Framlingham with no crew injuries. RTD

Awards: DFC, AM(OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Arlie Arneson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Bill Thomas crew. 24 x combat missions. POW ...

  • John Burkot

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed tour. 2nd tour with 741BS, 455BG, 15AF USAAF. Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Carl Cameron

    Military | Master Sergeant | Flight engineer, Top turret gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. On 7-Apr-43, B-17 42-3090 'Taint-a-bird' force landed near Clonakilty, County Cork Ireland. Crew was safe. RTD ...

  • Levi Carter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Flew with John Johnson and Robert Carson crews. Flew 1 missions with Bill Thomas crew. ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Clements

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-30284 ditched in Bay of Biscay on 28 June 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30300 'Hell-n-Back', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Wayne Fitzgerald

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 19 x combat missions. 5 x missions with Harry Conley crew, 4 x James Hearn crew, 3 x missions with Bill Thomas crew. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Collis Haynes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 25 missions. After his tour of duty, recommended to return to the US to become an instructor in Flying Training Command. ...

  • Harold Koukol

    Military | Master Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Waist gunner B-17 42-30284 ditched in Bay of Biscay on 28-Jun-43. Returned to base. RTD ...

  • Harold Lansberry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. William McPherson crew. 24 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Rex Neely

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner; Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 7-Apr-43, B-17 42-3090 'Taint-a-bird' force landed near Clonakilty, County Cork Ireland. Crew was safe. ...

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29768 'Winsome Winn II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Salina 5/3/43; Gulfport 31/3/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-G] Alconbury 9/4/43 WINSOME WINN; Framlingham 12/5/43; 4m, battle damaged Lorient 17/5/43 with W. Thomas; crash landed Southern UK, (10 Returned to...

  • 42-29787 'Wilder Nell II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Salina 5/3/43; Gulfport 31/3/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-F] Alconbury 15/4/43; Framlingham 12/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; 3m, transferred 326BS/92BG [JW- ] Alconbury 6/8/43, the transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-E] Kimbolton 4/9/43;...

  • 42-30219

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 12/5/43; Bangor 6/6/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-J] Horham 15/6/43; 6m, battle damaged Oschersleben 28/7/43 with Bill Thomas, rest unknown (7 Returned to Duty); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carl Cameron,...

  • 42-30300 'Hell N Back'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/5/43; Gore 24/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/5/43; Kearney 27/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 16/6/43; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-C] Horham 17/6/43; with E.L. Lemke force landed RAF St Eval 28/6/43; 15m, Missing in Action...

  • 42-30342 "T'aint A Bird II"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/5/43; Gore 20/5/43; Smoky Hill 30/5/43; Wright 30/6/43; Smoky Hill 20/7/43; Kearney 22/7/43; Dow Fd 25/7/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-B] Horham 28/7/43; 54m, transferred APH with Azon for Aphrodite missions, Knettishall; Aphrodite...

  • 42-3090 'T'aint A Bird'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/43; en route to UK aircraft force landed Clonakilty, N. Ireland 7/4/43 with Bill Thomas, Co-pilot: Jim Stapleton, Navigator: Bill Prochaska, Bombardier: Collis Hayes, Ball turret gunner: Floyd Thompson frost-bitten feet, Radio...

  • 42-3267 'Harley Charley'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/4/43; Dow Fd 28/5/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-A] Framlingham 28/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; (2m) Missing in Action St Nazaire 28/6/43 with Bill Thomas, Co-pilot: Jim Stapleton, Navigator: Collis Haynes, Bombardier: Bill Prochaska, Flight...

  • 42-5445 T'aint A Bird/Lee L

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/12/42; Sioux City 8/1/43; Rapid City 2/2/43; Minneapolis 19/3/43; Ephrata 12/4/43; Spokane 3/5/43; 390BG crash landed Moses Lake 26/7/43 with Lionel Coon; Written off 20/8/43.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Based Horham 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2021 14:02:16 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29418672
https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/451

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology Supplement, MACR, MACR 0215, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp. 101, 168, 204 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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