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SSGT Thomas Y Wong

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SSGT Thomas Y Wong

Birth
China
Death 10 Dec 1944 (aged 28–29)
Indonesia
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot SECTION E SITE 253
Memorial ID 42579847 View Source
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His next of kin was his cousin Ben S. Wong who resided in Brooklyn, New York.

Thomas served as a Staff Sergeant and Gunner on B-24J (#44-40929), 372nd Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Brooklyn, New York County, New York prior to the war.

He was promoted to Staff Sergeant on August 1, 1944.

B-24J #44-40929 took off from Morotai Island on a bombing mission to Miri. During this mission it was believed that this B-24 was hit by enemy flak causing them to crash in Indonesia during the war.

Thomas was "Killed In Action" in this crash.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in Manila, Philippine Islands and was later repatriated here on January 16, 1950.

Service # 32086732

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldier's were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

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Crew who perished on B-24J (#44-40929):

Bennett, Leonard C, S/Sgt, Gunner, IL
Harrison, Fred K, 1st Lt, Navigator, LA
Hanan, Roy E, T/Sgt, Engineer, OK
Hinton, J. W., LTC, Co-Pilot, TX
Hritz, Henry J, T/Sgt, Radio Operator, NJ
Jones, Robert M, 1st Lt, Bombardier, VT
Patrick, Herbert N. F., 1st Lt, Pilot, CA
Podewils, Robert H, S/Sgt, Asst. Radio-Op, NY
Shea, Francis E, S/Sgt, Gunner, KS
Westlund, George H, S/Sgt, Asst Engineer, MN
Wong, Thomas Y., Sgt, Gunner, NY

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

Special thanks to:
ShaneO for submitting this record for bio updates!

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 1 Oct 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 42579847
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/42579847/thomas-y-wong : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Thomas Y Wong (1915–10 Dec 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 42579847, citing Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .