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1Lt. Arthur L Thomas

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1Lt. Arthur L Thomas

Birth
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Death
25 Aug 1944 (aged 22)
At Sea
Burial
Saint-James, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France
Plot
Plot P - Row 2 - Grave 16
Memorial ID
56349442 View Source

First Lieutenant Arthur Lloyd Thomas, born in Washington DC in 1922, was the son of Arthur Lloyd Thomas and Mildred Scott (Thompson) Thomas, of Hope, Arkansas.
In 1922 Arthur's parents lived in Washington DC. His father was an Inspector for the US Shipping Board.
Arthur's father died in 1926 and is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Hope, Arkansas.
Arthur's mother remarried Barney B Brown in Hope on 8 Apr 1928 when Arthur was 5 years old.
In the 1930 census 7-year-old Arthur is living with his mother and stepfather at 1106 South Elm Street in Hope, Arkansas. His stepfather is a highway engineer.
In the 1940 census 17-year-old Arthur is living with his mother and stepfather at 5104 F Street in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas. His stepfather is a civil engineer for a construction department of the WPA.
Arthur graduated from Little Rock High School in 1940.
Arthur entered service with the 206th Coast Artillery, Arkansas National Guard and was with this unit when it went to Dutch Harbor, Alaska. He served there 13 months and returned to the States in November 1943 to begin Army Air Forces training.
Arthur received his pilot's wings and second lieutenant's commission at Blackland Army Airfield, Waco TX on October 1st, 1943, and he left for England to report to the Ninth Air Force in January 1944. He was assigned to the 573rd Bomb Squadron of the 391st Bomb Group (Medium) flying B-26 Marauders out of RAF Matching Green, England. Matching Green is 28 miles NE of London.
On August 25th, 1944, Arthur was co-pilot of B-26 Marauder 42-95802 "Skeeter" piloted by Captain David Thorn. Arthur was on his 60th mission.
The NARA WWII casualty listings by state and county for Arkansas show Thomas, Arthur L, 1Lt from Pulaski County as killed in action 25 Aug 1944. Arthur's plane collided in midair with B-26 42-95797 and crashed in the English Channel between Sark Rock and the coast of France. Approximately 15 minutes after bombing Capt Thorne flying deputy lead, informed his flight that due to gas shortage he was going to leave the formation and set course for Cherbourg with the intent of landing at a forward Allied base to refuel. Capt Thorne then dropped behind the formation and Lt Rice pulled his plane up to regain position the lead element. Suddenly, Thorn's plane, which had broken formation appeared under the left wing of Rice's B26. Lt Rice pulled his plane up instantly, but before he could gain much altitude, there was a sickening crash as the tail of the lead ship sliced along his wing and into the left propeller blade of his left engine. The tail empennage of the lead ship was torn off completely, and the B26 was last seen spinning down into the undercast with only one parachute opening. Lt Russell Calvert, the navigator, was the only survivor.

First Lieutenant Arthur Lloyd Thomas, born in Washington DC in 1922, was the son of Arthur Lloyd Thomas and Mildred Scott (Thompson) Thomas, of Hope, Arkansas.
In 1922 Arthur's parents lived in Washington DC. His father was an Inspector for the US Shipping Board.
Arthur's father died in 1926 and is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Hope, Arkansas.
Arthur's mother remarried Barney B Brown in Hope on 8 Apr 1928 when Arthur was 5 years old.
In the 1930 census 7-year-old Arthur is living with his mother and stepfather at 1106 South Elm Street in Hope, Arkansas. His stepfather is a highway engineer.
In the 1940 census 17-year-old Arthur is living with his mother and stepfather at 5104 F Street in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas. His stepfather is a civil engineer for a construction department of the WPA.
Arthur graduated from Little Rock High School in 1940.
Arthur entered service with the 206th Coast Artillery, Arkansas National Guard and was with this unit when it went to Dutch Harbor, Alaska. He served there 13 months and returned to the States in November 1943 to begin Army Air Forces training.
Arthur received his pilot's wings and second lieutenant's commission at Blackland Army Airfield, Waco TX on October 1st, 1943, and he left for England to report to the Ninth Air Force in January 1944. He was assigned to the 573rd Bomb Squadron of the 391st Bomb Group (Medium) flying B-26 Marauders out of RAF Matching Green, England. Matching Green is 28 miles NE of London.
On August 25th, 1944, Arthur was co-pilot of B-26 Marauder 42-95802 "Skeeter" piloted by Captain David Thorn. Arthur was on his 60th mission.
The NARA WWII casualty listings by state and county for Arkansas show Thomas, Arthur L, 1Lt from Pulaski County as killed in action 25 Aug 1944. Arthur's plane collided in midair with B-26 42-95797 and crashed in the English Channel between Sark Rock and the coast of France. Approximately 15 minutes after bombing Capt Thorne flying deputy lead, informed his flight that due to gas shortage he was going to leave the formation and set course for Cherbourg with the intent of landing at a forward Allied base to refuel. Capt Thorne then dropped behind the formation and Lt Rice pulled his plane up to regain position the lead element. Suddenly, Thorn's plane, which had broken formation appeared under the left wing of Rice's B26. Lt Rice pulled his plane up instantly, but before he could gain much altitude, there was a sickening crash as the tail of the lead ship sliced along his wing and into the left propeller blade of his left engine. The tail empennage of the lead ship was torn off completely, and the B26 was last seen spinning down into the undercast with only one parachute opening. Lt Russell Calvert, the navigator, was the only survivor.


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1LT 573 BOMB SQ 391 BOMB GP (M) ARKANSAS

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  • Maintained by: Ben
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 56349442
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56349442/arthur-l-thomas: accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt. Arthur L Thomas (3 Aug 1922–25 Aug 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56349442, citing Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-James, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France; Maintained by Ben (contributor 48313516) .