PVT Thomas P. Pyne

Massachusetts, USA
Death 26 Nov 1943 (aged 23)
At Sea
Burial Mattapan, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 202512917 · View Source
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Thomas served as a Private, 322nd Fighter Control Squadron, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Middlesex County, Massachusetts prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on July 1, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in storekeeping and also as Single, without dependents.

Thomas was a passenger on the HMT Rohna.

The Rohna and four other troop ships left Oran in French Algeria with cargo and troops. Off Béjaïa, Algeria the convoy was attacked by an estimated 60 German Luftwaffe Heinkel 177's. One of the 177's, piloted by Hans Dochtermann, released a glide bomb that hit Rohna on her port side and she eventually sank.

1,138 men were killed, including 1,015 U.S. personnel. The attack is the largest loss of US troops at sea due to enemy action in a single incident. 35 U.S. troops of the 2,000 originally embarked later died of wounds.

Thomas was "Killed In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 31137467

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 28 Aug 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 202512917
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PVT Thomas P. Pyne (16 Mar 1920–26 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 202512917, citing New Calvary Cemetery, Mattapan, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .