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Halcott Bratton Thomas Jr

Military

Service

People

  • John Budmats

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Max Bunin

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Noel Cumbaa

    Military | Colonel | Operations Officer | 95th Bomb Group
    DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Billy Decherniss

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Radar Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel

  • Billy Ferguson

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Donald Flygstad

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Gene Grime

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Benjamin Hathaway

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group

  • Daniel Jaworski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Woodrow Magness

    Military | Major | command Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-106993

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Kearney 22/1/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-P/W] Horham 13/3/44; with J. M. Bastion; Co-pilot Frank Puckett Barbour; force landed France 22/6/44; with J.E. Hamilton force landed RAF Bentwaters, Sfk 6/10/44;121m...

  • 42-31989 'Spam Can' 'Black Magic' 'Shady Lady'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 27/2/44; 336BS [ET-B]; on return from mission landing gear would not lower and crash landed RAF Honington, Suffolk, with Harry Rivenbark, Co-pilot: cp-Boll...

  • 42-97844

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-R] Horham 20/4/44; with Glovik 7/10/44, Waist gunner: Chas Buda KIA; 97m, Missing in Action Frankfurt 9/3/45 with Bill Durant (Ouratt?), Co-pilot: Dwight King, Navigator...

  • 43-38199

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/7/44; Hunter 22/7/44; Dow Fd 2/8/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-Z] Horham 3/8/44; (39m) battle damaged Cottbus 15/2/45 with Fred Volz, Co-pilot: Ed Pachnik, Navigator: Jim Drexler, Bombardier: Chas Moody, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 43-38469

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/8/44; Lincoln 17/8/44; Grenier 3/9/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-U] Horham 5/9/44; with T.C. Gibson force landed A-81 airfield on continent 20/5/45; 82m, Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 26/6...

  • 43-38584

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/8/44; Lincoln 1/9/44; Grenier 18/9/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-H] Horham 25/9/44; with T.J. Tower force landed A-74 Cambrai/Niergneis, France 5/1/45; with C. Earley both with gs Ellingworth & Theo Hempen (wia) 25/2/45; landing...

  • 43-38617 New York Express

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/8/44; Hunter 7/9/44; Dow Fd 18/9/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-Q] Horham 19/9/44; with W.N. Dunwoody force landed Raydon afb, Suffolk 10/1/45; 80m, Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/6/45;...

  • 44-6583 Cadet Nurse

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44; Dow Fd 2/10/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-Y] Horham 13/10/44; battle damaged Nurnberg 20/2/45 with R. Lee Young, #2 feathered, crash landed near A-78 AF Florennes, Bel; 9RTD; 39m, sal 28/2/45. CADET NURSE.

  • 44-8210 Sweetheart of Seattle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 11/7/44; Langley 8/8/44; Dow Fd 12/9/44; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-Z] Rougham 14/9/44; transferred 335BS/95BG [OE-J] Horham 11/44; with L.W. Jensen, Radio Operator: Paul Rupard, Waist gunner: - Olson [2wia] 24/2/45; 53m, RetUS,...

  • 44-8230

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 17//7/44; Langley 18/4/44; Hunter 10/9/44; Grenier Fd 18/9/44; Assigned PFF 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 20/9/44; 41m, transferred 349BS/100BG [XR-A] Thorpe Abbotts, then 418BS [LD-Q]; sal 6/5/45; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...

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Missions

  • 614

    9 September 1944
    A burst of flak put a big hole in the nose throwing glass in Antonacci's eyes. Other hits were in the wing and tail. One went through the waist and exploded an oxygen bottle.

  • 628

    13 September 1944

  • 640 Operation Frantic VII

    18 September 1944

  • 685

    22 October 1944

  • 688

    25 October 1944

  • 693

    30 October 1944

  • 698

    2 November 1944

  • 700

    4 November 1944

  • 720

    21 November 1944

  • 746

    11 December 1944

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Los Angeles, CA 9 June 1921
Lived in Los Angeles, Ca 1942

709 N. McCadden Place

95th BG Combat Tour Horham Airfield, UK 9 September 1944 – 11 April 1945

35 Combat Missions

Lived in La Canada, CA 1993
Died La Canada, CA 17 September 2014

Beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away on September 17, 2014. Raised in Hollywood, CA, graduate of USC, Hal was a decorated WWII B-17 pilot, member of the 95th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. He was a 51-year resident of La Canada. His loving, generous spirit will be missed. He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia Millikan Thomas and daughter, Christianne Thomas. Survived by his children: Bruce (Julie) Thomas, Rick (Heather) Thomas, Erin Thomas, grandchildren: Marian, Phillip, and David Thomas; brother, Bill (Nancy) Thomas of Charlotte, NC; and many nieces and nephews.

Buried Riverside, CA 18 October 2014

Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA Add to Map
Plot
SECTION 59C SITE 521

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2020 01:37:02 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, suffix, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=5247&h=913229&t...
https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/6661
https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2238/images/43995_11_00...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/196680774/halcott-bratton-thomas

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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