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Thomas J Hatem




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  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron

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  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


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Born New Straitsville, OH 43766, USA 18 May 1921
Lived in New Straitsville, OH 43766, USA 1942
Enlisted 24 June 1942
Died Creola, OH 45622, USA 16 November 2010

Tom was a loving husband and devoted father and grandfather. He gave his time and service to many organizations including the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus. He was a 40 year member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 189. Tom enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in WWII. He served as a B-24 navigator with the 466th Bombardment Group in the 96th Combat Wing. Tom flew numerous missions over Europe as a First Lieutenant, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, and a Certificate of Valor. Tom enjoyed playing cards, gambling in Las Vegas, gardening, nature, travel, and building things including both of his homes. - See more at:

Buried Columbus, OH, USA 22 November 2010

St. Joseph Cemetery, Miraculous Medal


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16 May 2015 00:23:21 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank

466th BG Historian

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16 May 2015 00:15:42 466thHistorian Changes to surname, middlename, events and unit associations

466th BG Historian

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04 December 2014 18:23:50 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, person associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom & Brassfield, page 346