FO Tom Fleetwood Atkinson

FO Tom Fleetwood Atkinson

Birth
Latta, Dillon County, South Carolina, USA
Death 7 Jun 1944 (aged 21)
Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France
Burial Florence, Florence County, South Carolina, USA
Plot Section C, Site 689.
Memorial ID 43020266 View Source
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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


Inscription

South Carolina
Flt O
82 AAF Trp Carr Sq
World War II

Gravesite Details

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.