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Thomas S Sharp

Military

Lt Thomas S Sharp, McArthur, Ohio graduated in class 43J, US Army Air Corps. He was a P-51B pilot assigned to the 334th FS, 4th FG, Debden AB, UK and was part of ‘Shuttle to Russia’ mission. On a sortie out of Foggia, Italy on 2 July 1944, Tom had difficulty releasing the wing tanks and was killed over Budapest, Hungary.

Killed in Action (KIA), crashed at Budapest in P-51 #42106650, hit by fighters

In Memoriam

Remembered by Louis M Sharp, Kettering, OH.

Service

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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. ...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

Aircraft

  • 42-106650

    P-51 Mustang
    One-time aircraft of Lt. Col. James Averell Clark. A/C last seen while the group was climbing to meet 50-75 inbound German fighters over Budapest. Pilot Lt Thomas Sharp could not get tanks to drop, he was ordered to return to base. He was not heard...

  • 43-6433

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. While on local training flight aircraft caught fire and exploded in midair, crashing near Little Glemham northwest of Blaxhall, Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt James T Byrd KIA, 8-Jun-44.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Born McArthur, Ohio 7 June 1920
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1 May 1944 – 2 July 1944

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promoted Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 26 June 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Died Budapest, Hungary 2 July 1944

Last seen while the group was climbing to meet 50-75 inbound German fighters over Budapest. Could not get tanks to drop, was ordered to return to base. He was not heard from again. KIA. MACR 6798.

Buried McArthur, OH 45651, USA 1945

Elk Cemetery
McArthur, Vinton County
Ohio, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2016 18:59:31 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_sh...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Sharp&GSfn=Thomas&...

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2014 16:04:09 Emily Changes to memoriam
Sources

Louis M Sharp, via American Air Museum memory book correspondence.

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2014 10:55:00 Emily Changes to biography and events
Sources

Via AAM Memory Bank

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6798 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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