SSGT Thomas D McNamara

Missouri, USA
Death 1 Dec 1943 (aged 27)
Papua New Guinea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Wall's Of The Missing ~ with a "Rosette"
Memorial ID 187684074 · View Source
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Thomas' remains were recovered in 1971 and he was interred in the Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum, Saint Louis, Missouri.

" Click Here " for that record.

A "Rosette" was placed in front of his name here at Manila to signify that his remains were recovered.

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Thomas served as a Staff Sergeant & Gunner on B-24D "Ten Knights in a Bar Room" #42-72806, 321st Bomber Squadron, 90th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Missouri prior to the war.

B-24D #42-72806 took off, with a crew of 10, from the Ward Drome (APO #929), National Capital District, Papua New Guinea on a bombing mission over Wewak, Wewak District, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea.

After a successful bombing run they were attacked by a Japanese fighter plane which damaged their #2 engine and eventually the B-24 caught fire. They crashed near Wewak with the entire crew lost.

Thomas was first declared "Missing In Action" in this crash and once his remains were recovered after the war his status was changed to "Killed In Action".

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 37075129

Note: There were three B-24's, including this one, that were lost on this mission. The others were:

B-24D "Lobo" 42-40830
B-24D "Pistol Packin' Mama" 42-41209

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #42-72806:

Adair, Uhland S ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, AL
Bobbora, Rocco W ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IL
Gebbie, James A ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, IL
Haggerty, John J ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, MA
McNamara, Thomas D ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, MO
Phillips, Raymond M ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, PA
Rawson, Wendell P ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, MN
Rothwell, Robert J ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, IL
Sheehan, Oliver ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, CA
Wall, Richard D ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, CA

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For Airmen who perished on
B-24D #42-40830 see:

Smith, Lawrence N ~ Capt, Pilot, IA

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For Airmen who perished on
B-24D #42-41209 see:

Ball, William D ~ T/Sgt, Gunner, NY

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Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
Janice Hollandsworth for noticing that his remains were recovered!


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 28 Feb 2018
  • Find A Grave Memorial 187684074
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Thomas D McNamara (19 Sep 1916–1 Dec 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 187684074, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .