Thomas Luverne McConnell

Thomas Luverne McConnell

Birth
Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA
Death 10 Jul 1943 (aged 20)
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot B, 1195
Memorial ID 3784724 · View Source
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Credit to Dr. Edward N. Tihen (1924-1991)
http://specialcollections.wichita.edu/collections/local_history/tihen/pdf/People&Places/mcconnell_air_force_base.pdf

Subject(s): McConnell Air Force Base, McConnell Brothers
Wichita Eagle
Sunday, July 4, 1943
page 5. Article about Wichita's McConnell brothers, Fred J., Edwin M., and Thomas L., who have all been serving in the Army's 13th Air Force in the South Pacific. They are all copilots on bombers in the same squadron. Fred J., the oldest, is 25, and is married to the former Miss Mary Louise Klein, 841 Carter, whom he married in California July 12,1942. Edwin M. is 22 and Thomas L. is 20. ¶ Their father, Fred N. McConnell, died last January three weeks after the boys received their aviation cadet wings in Phoenix,Arizona. The mother resides in Wichita on North Martinson.
Further biography. Photos.
Monday, February 21, 1944
page 5. Report of death yesterday of Mrs. Anna Mary McConnell, 58, of 246 North Martinson,mother of the three McConnell brothers who enlisted in the army air corps at the same time. The sons are Lieutenant Fred J. McConnell, Lieutenant Edwin M. McConnell and Lieutenant Thomas McConnell, who was killed in action last July. ¶ Born in Jonesbury,Tennessee December 16, 1885. Two other sons survive, Wyman L. and Dwight, both of Los Angeles, as well as four daughters (named).

Photo. Monday, October 22, 1945
page 1. Report of death yesterday afternoon of noted Wichita pilot, Captain Fred McConnell, 26,when his low flying plane struck a high-tension power line one-half mile west of Garden Plain and crashed in a field. He was the second of the three flying McConnell brothers to die, and had survived 61 missions as a B-24 pilot in the South Pacific.
Details.
Photo.Saturday, April 10, 1954
page 1. The Wichita Air Force Base will be renamed in honor of three Wichita brothers, two of whom died in Air Force service, it was announced by the Air Force yesterday. The three McConnell brothers, Thomas, Fred, and Edwin entered the service the same day and went into combat in the South Pacific on the same day. Thomas, 20, died on their third mission on a B-24 bomber flying from Guadalcanal on July 10, 1943. Fred, 28, died in a plane crash at Garden Plain, Kansas October 25, 1945. The survivor of the three, Edwin,
resigned from the Air Force in August 1945 and is now a sophomore at the University of Colorado. There are two other brothers and four sisters, one of whom, Mrs. Pauline
Peckover, 236 South Florence, lives in Wichita. Further biography and details. Photos.

Dr. Edward N. Tihen (1924-1991) was an avid reader and researcher of Wichita newspapers. His notes from Wichita
newspapers -- the "Tihen Notes," as we call them -- provide an excellent starting point for further research. They present brief synopses of newspaper articles, identify the newspaper -- Eagle, Beacon or Eagle-Beacon -- in which the stories first appeared, and give exact references to the pages on which the articles are found. Microfilmed copies of these newspapers are available at the Wichita State University Libraries, the Wichita Public Library, or by interlibrary loan from the Kansas State Historical Society.

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES' DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Tihen Notes Subject Search, p . 2
mission on a B-24 bomber flying from Guadalcanal on July 10, 1943. Fred, 28, died in a plane crash at Garden Plain, Kansas October 25, 1945. The survivor of the three, Edwin,
resigned from the Air Force in August 1945 and is now a sophomore at the University of Colorado. There are two other brothers and four sisters, one of whom, Mrs. Pauline
Peckover, 236 South Florence, lives in Wichita. Further biography and details. Photos.
Wednesday, May 12, 1954
page
1. McConnell Air Force Base is to be dedicated Saturday on Armed Forces Day. Details.
Sunday, May 16, 1954
page
Magazine
1. Report of dedication of McConnell Air Force Base yesterday. Details.


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  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3784724
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Luverne McConnell (9 Apr 1923–10 Jul 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3784724, citing National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Gunny1957 (contributor 47310871) .