1Lt Theodore P Deffner

1Lt Theodore P Deffner

Birth
Death 30 Apr 1943
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Memorial ID 56246548 · View Source
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Entered the service from Missouri.

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Theodore Paul Deffner enlisted in the Air Corps in 1939. He received his flying training at Corsican, Texas. After the successful completion of his training as Aerial Bombardier, he was commissioned Second Lieutenant, May 21, 1942. Six weeks later he flew to the Middle East as a member of the Halverson Detachment, the first All-American group to bomb on European soil. He was stationed in the Lyberian Desert near Bengasi. On April 30,1943, he was sent on his final mission in the leading B-17 airplane. He dropped his bombs and was triumphantly homeward bound. His required 300 hours of combat flying had been completed and he was eager to return home. But God in His unfathomable wisdom took him instead to his heavenly home and to a peace everlasting. In recognition of his gallant and unselfish service, he was awarded the Airman's Medal, the Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart. General H. H. Arnold pays him the following tribute, "During his Service as an enlisted man, Lieutenant Deffner earned the reputation of being a fine soldier of sterling character. A courageous officer and bombardier, devoted to duty, he maintained the high standards he had established before he was commissioned." (Excerpts from his Memorial Service Program - April 30, 1944).


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56246548
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Theodore P Deffner (unknown–30 Apr 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56246548, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .