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
82 AAF Trp Carr Sq
World War II
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.
Mary Margaret Atkinson Wright
Sarah Vernon Atkinson Turner
Richard Samuel Atkinson
Bennie Earl Atkinson
Annie Myrtle Atkinson Weeks
James Arthur Atkinson
Daniel Cleveland Atkinson
Catherine Josephine Atkinson Grainger
Harry Bryant Atkinson
Edward Corbin Atkinson
John Willie Atkinson
Jerry Floyd Atkinson