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TSgt Paul D Thornburg

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TSgt Paul D Thornburg

Birth
Illinois, USA
Death 13 Jun 1943 (aged 21–22)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Memorial ID 56250822 View Source
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Paul served as a Technical Sergeant & Engineer on B-24D #41-11806, 345th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Mercer County, Illinois prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on February 10, 1941, prior to the war, at Chanute Field, Illinois. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Driver and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24D #41-11806 took off from Benina Base in Libya on a bombing mission to Calabria Airdrome, Italy. After successfully dropping their bombs they collided, for an unknown reason, with B-24D 41-23785 while returning from the mission. Both planes crashed into the Mediterranean sea.

Paul was declared "Missing In Action" in this collision during the war.

He was awarded the "Distinguished Flying Cross", Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Service # 16029001

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #41-11806:

Berry, Rex ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, AR
Brice, Winston R ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, CA
Cox, Don F ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, NC
Donaghy, Henry J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NH
Ivie, William A ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, CO
Loe, Martin W ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, OR
Stone, William C ~ Capt, Pilot, MI
Thornburg, Paul D ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, IL
Verhagen, Donald R ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, IN

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For airmen who perished on B-24D #41-23785 see:

Phillips, Keith K ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, MI

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

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  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56250822
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/56250822/paul-d-thornburg : accessed ), memorial page for TSgt Paul D Thornburg (1921–13 Jun 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56250822, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .