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Thomas Butler Forbes Jr

Military

On a Bomber support mission 9 April 1944, Thomas Forbes’ P-47 #42-76215 was hit by Flak and/or damaged by the explosion of a locomotive his Flight was strafing in Argentan, Calvados, France. Oil pressure dropped to zero, he bailed out at 2000ft, last seen to the South of Caen. Forbes was made a Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 4105.

Service

Units served with

  • 366th Fighter Group

    366th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved in England over the New Year of 1944, setting up home first at Membury and then at Thruxton. The pilots' first mission was a fighter sweep of the French coast in March 1944 and from then until D-Day that June the ground supported Allied...

  • 389th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-76215

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    On a Bomber support mission 9 April 1944, Thomas Forbes’ P-47 #42-76215 was hit by Flak and/or damaged by the explosion of a locomotive his Flight was strafing in Argentan, Calvados, France. Oil pressure dropped to zero, he bailed out at 2000ft, last...

Missions

Associated Place

  • Thruxton

    Military site : airfield
    Thruxton was developed for use by Army Co-Operation aircraft, before being upgraded to a bomber airfield. The 366th Fighter Group moved in in early 1944, flying missions in support of the build up to D-Day, before moving to the continent with other...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 28 January 1915

Mississippi

Lived in 1940

Warren County, Mississippi

Enlisted 25 November 1940

Vicksburg, Mississippi

Bailed out 9 April 1944

of his P-47 #42-76215 in the area of Caen, Calvados Department, France

Prisoner of War (POW) 9 April 1944

Interned Stalag Luft 3 Sagan, Poland. NARA WWII POW Records : “Returned to Military Control 13 July 1945.”

Buried 2000

Thomas Forbes Jr rests at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Columbia, Marion County, Mississippi

Died 18 January 2000

Mississippi

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2020 14:55:46 ED-BB Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment Records
NARA WWII POW Records
MACR 4105
NARA - Captured German records - J-918 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/131496028 and KUJ-910 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/131496286

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