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Thomas Boyd


Flew as a tail gunner with the 741st Bomb Squadron of the 445th Bomb Group.

His second mission took place on his 19th birthday, 20 December 1944 and it was not one that his crew would be able to complete. When their B-24 was hit by anti-aircraft fire the crew had to bail out. Boyd was wounded in the leg but was able to jump.

When he jumped the ripcord came away in his hands and he had to reach to find the cord to pull.

He was able to land safely and with other crew members evaded capture by German forces in Yugoslavia until they were able to join Allied troops. After returning to base, he went on to fly another 24 missions.


Units served with

  • 455th Bomb Group

    455th Bomb Group

    The group was activated July 1943 with four essentially stand-alone bomb squadrons: 740th, 741st, 742nd, and 743rd. After a somewhat nomadic training regimen with dilapidated equipment, the pieces of the group came together at Langley, VA in October...


Event Location Date
Born 20 December 1925
Lives in Sunnyvale, CA, USA 2014


Date Contributor Update
07 January 2015 14:36:27 Lucy May Changes to biography and events

Created entry based on the information published in the Contra Costa Times on 22 December 2014: