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FO Tom Fleetwood Atkinson
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Birth: May 29, 1923
Latta
Dillon County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 7, 1944
Sainte-Mere-Eglise
Departement de la Manche
Basse-Normandie, France

Tom Atkinson joined the Army Air Forces in 1942 at the age of 19 and became a glider pilot. Gliders carried troops and equipment and would crash land in predetermined landing zones.


***D-Day Invasion - Combat Mission "Neptune Bigot"***
(one mile northeast of Ste Mere Eglise, France)
While coming in for a landing at 2250 hours on 6 June 1944, Flight Officer Atkinson, flying first pilot, was struck by anti-aircraft fire. He died 7 June 1944 from the injuries received.

82nd Troop Carrier Squadron, 436th Troop Carrier Group
Horsa Glider serial number HG-981

 
 
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 Parents:
  Dick Cleveland Atkinson (1884 - 1976)
  Sarah Fleetwood Carmichael Atkinson (1892 - 1985)
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Margaret Atkinson Wright (1912 - 2001)*
  Sarah Vernon Atkinson Turner (1913 - 1994)*
  Richard Samuel Atkinson (1916 - 1985)*
  Bennie Earl Atkinson (1918 - 2008)*
  Annie Myrtle Atkinson Weeks (1920 - 1978)*
  James Arthur Atkinson (1921 - 2014)*
  Daniel Cleveland Atkinson (1922 - 2012)*
  Tom Fleetwood Atkinson (1923 - 1944)
  Harry Bryant Atkinson (1928 - 2001)*
  Edward Corbin Atkinson (1931 - 1931)*
  John Willie Atkinson (1932 - 1932)*
  Jerry Floyd Atkinson (1934 - 2014)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
South Carolina
Flt O
82 AAF Trp Carr Sq
World War II
 
Note: Tom was buried in the temporary military cemetery in Blosville, France, and then reinterred at the Florence National Cemetery with full military honors on November 19, 1948.
 
Burial:
Florence National Cemetery
Florence
Florence County
South Carolina, USA
Plot: Section C, Site 689.
GPS (lat/lon): 34.18444, -79.755
 
Maintained by: Andy
Originally Created by: Just Plain Nosy
Record added: Oct 12, 2009
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FO Tom Fleetwood Atkinson
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