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Wilfred J Thom
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Birth: unknown
Death: Jul. 7, 1944

1st/Lt. Wilfred J. Thom KIA
Home: Illinois Buried: Michigan
Squadron: 564th BS 389th Bomb Group
Service: O-755158
Pilot Capt William P. Bates, MN.

Target:Halle, Germany
Missing Air Crew Report Details
Date Lost: 7-Jul-44
Serial Number: 42-51144
Aircraft Model B-24HSH-25-DT
Aircraft Letter: A
Aircraft Name:
Location: 20 miles N. of Halle
Cause: AA damage led to mid-air collision with 492nd BG B-24. 10 KIA, 3 POW

Notes: This aircraft with Command Pilot Captain Walter Beckett aboard was leading the 453rd Bomb Group & 2nd Combat Wing when at 0927 it collided head-on with an unidentified B-24 of another group. Both aircraft went down. Three chutes observed. Capt. Beckett, Lt. Koske were two survivors from 42-51144.
Five 389th BG aircraft are lost on a mission to Halle, Germany

Lt. Thom appears in USAAF Personnel as KIA on this date. There is no know memorial or monument. Most like Lt. Thom was repatriated to as yet an unknown grave location.

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Non-Cemetery Burial
Specifically: Unknown
Maintained by: ShaneO
Originally Created by: John Dowdy
Record added: Feb 11, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105017815

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 Added: Jun. 22, 2014

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