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Melvin Curtis Thomason

Military

Assigned to 778BS, 464BG, 15AF USAAF. Gilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Lugo, Italy in B-24 44-49710; A/C suffered direct flak hit on a 'milk run'. Starboard wing collapsing between engines; crashed Lugo, Italy 10-Apr-45, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13711.

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • James Gilson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 464th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 778BS, 464BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Lugo, Italy in B-24 44-49710; A/C suffered direct flak hit on a 'milk run'. Starboard wing collapsing between engines; crashed Lugo, Italy 10-Apr-45, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13711. ...

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Units served with

  • 464th Bomb Group

    464th Bomb Group

    Group
    A Consolidated History of the 464th Bomb Group ...

  • 778th Bomb Squadron

    778th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber squadron in mid-1943, trained under Second Air Force. Deployed to Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO), October 1943, becoming a Fifteenth Air Force heavy bomb squadron, attacking enemy targets both in...

Aircraft

  • 44-49710 "Stevonovitch II"

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 778BS, 464BG, 15AF USAAF. Suffered direct flak hit on a 'milk run'. Starboard wing collapsing between engines, pilot Col James Gilson, C/O of the 779th BS and nine other crew members were KIA [killed in action], one waist gunner was thrown...

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Events

Event Location Date
Born Vinson, OK 2 December 1925

Son of Roy Jennings and Ava Leah [Jenkins] Thomason.

Enlisted Lubbock, TX 23 December 1943

Lubbock, Texas

Based Pantanella 1944 – 10 April 1945

Assigned to 778BS, 464BG, 15AF USAAF.

Died Lugo, Italy 10 April 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Lugo, Italy in B-24 44-49710; A/C suffered direct flak hit on a 'milk run'. Starboard wing collapsing between engines; crashed Lugo, Italy 10-Apr-45, KIA MACR 13711.

Buried OM Cemetery Hollis, Harmon County, OK 1948

Re-Interred
OM Cemetery
Hollis,
Harmon County, Oklahoma

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2022 14:20:56 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/39068039/melvin-curtis-thomason

Date Contributor Update
30 May 2020 12:02:08 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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