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David L Thomas

Military

KIA near Schieben in B-17 #448704. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run on a secondary and caught

DFC, Air Medal w 3/olc and Purple Heart

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  • Howard Brown

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Oct 1944. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run on a secondary and caught more. We also we

  • Steele Roberts

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed near Schieben on 19 Mar 45 in B-17 #44-8704. Came down SW of Calau. On the following day Sgt. Roberts was escorted by Germans to the churchyard of a small town where his comrades were lain out in a wagon prior to burial. ...

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 44-8704

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/11/44; Hunter 17/12/44; Dow Fd 5/12/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG Snetterton 22/1/45; Missing in Action Jena Opt Wks 19/3/45 with Capt Francis Jones, Co-pilot: Dave Thomas, Bombardier: George Vandruff, Radio Operator: Herb Rotfeld,...

Events

Event Location Date
Born West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 19 March 1945
Died 19 March 1945
Buried Belgium

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2018 22:03:13 kneelhurst Changes to awards
Sources

Based off his surviving Ike Jacket and his citation which read:

For extraordinary achievement while serving as the formation controller of group plane formation on bombing missions against the enemy, Leut. Thomas demonstrated outstanding airmanship while serving at the formation controller on successful attacks against Augsburg, Berlin and Frankfurt, Germany on January 14th, February 3d, and February 7th, 1945, despite adverse weather and heavy and accurate flak. The ingenuity, skill and devotion to duty displayed by Lieut. Thomas contributed a large degree to the success of these missions.

His actions always reflected the highest credit to himself and the Army Air Force.”

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13571 / MACR 13571; Snetterton Falcons, pg 187, 238, 245 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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