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Thomas M Matthews IV


Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Alva Freeman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Wolfsburg on 22 Feb 45 in B-17 "Beatty's 8-Balls"#43-39128. Mention in Hell from Heaven: Memoirs of a WW II B-17 Bombardier by Leonard Streitfeld pg. 121

  • John Hardy

    Military | Sergeant | 398th Bomb Group
    air medal

  • Adrian Higginbotham

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    air medal

  • Thomas Matthews

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    B17 # 42-31242. Crash-landed at Walton after mid-air collision during form-up on 19 May 1944 on mision to Berlin. No one was injured. RTD

  • Jack Parsons

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 398th Bomb Group
    Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Roland Wieda

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 398th Bomb Group
    air medal

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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. ...

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 600th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102592 Wonder Bird

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 600BS/398BG [N8-G] Nuthampstead 28/4/44; returning from aborted mission with severe oil leak and crash landed base with Lee Hicks 28/1/45; to 2 SAD Abbotts Ripton 29/1/45; Salvaged 8...


Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


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Date Contributor Update
13 January 2019 21:00:25 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:05 AAM AAM ingest

398th History, Vol II / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia