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Thomas F Purcell Sr


Shot down in B-24 41-28779 at Alt Kabelich 20-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW).

Awards: POW, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Hilaire Vadenais

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Thomas Purcell crew. Shot down in B-24 #41-28779 at Alt Kabelich 20-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 6533 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-28779

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. This was a "pathfinder" aircraft equipped with Aps-15 radar. ...

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born 22 November 1917
Lived in Albany, New York, USA 1941
Enlisted Albany, NY, USA 12 March 1942
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 20 June 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Baled out Alt Käbelich, 17349 Lindetal, Germany 20 June 1944

Shot down in B-24 41-28779 at Alt Kabelich 20-Jun-44. POW.

Died Massachusetts, USA 7 November 2007
Buried Connery Ave, Bourne, MA 02532, USA December 2007

Massachusetts National Cemetery
Barnstable County
Massachusetts, USA.


Date Contributor Update
26 June 2018 15:58:45 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

Correction of B-24 nickname - Arthur Suppona Via Nate Bosley

Date Contributor Update
25 August 2016 10:16:13 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:55 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6533 / MACR 6533 & Page 380 in the book 2ND AIR DIVISIONby Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition (D790.A2S45) / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database