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PFC Thomas W McLean, Jr

PFC Thomas W McLean, Jr

Birth
Georgia, USA
Death 22 Oct 1944
Myanmar
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID 56776754 · View Source
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His parents were Thomas and Annie N McLean.

McLean was originally assigned to the infantry but he transferred to the paratroops. A leg injury disqualified him from jumping and he was grounded. He had made 19 leaps while flying and was desperate to get back into the air so he transferred to the Army Air Force for flexible gunnery training.

McLean was a gunner on B-24J #44-40588, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron. They were part of a five plane formation that departed Pandaveswar India to bomb targets at Moulmein Burma. Five minutes after dropping their bombs the formation was jumped by eight to twelve Japanese fighters. On about the third or fourth pass the bomber's #2 engine caught fire. The pilot shut down the engine, the fire went out and they made a diving left turn into clouds. They were not seen again.

Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

McLean received the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Georgia.

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  • Maintained by: dfr
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56776754
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Thomas W McLean, Jr (unknown–22 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56776754, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by dfr (contributor 47109209) .