Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
Tom spent the war as a celestial navigator, flying with the 329th Squadron in the 93rd Bombardment group, part of Ted’s “Travelling Circus” in the U.S. Eighth Air Force. He remained in contact throughout with his girlfriend Betty Anne Craggs, who he had met when he picked her picture out of the Idaho Falls High School yearbook as the girl he would most like to take on a date.
Tom & Betty married after the war, they settled in Buffalo, Wyoming, where Tom served for 25 years as a family doctor and where they raised their family before eventually moving back to Colorado and Lubbock, Texas to pursue opportunities in academic medicine, including a position at Texas Tech University.
The couple moved to Lakewood, Missouri, so that Tom could serve as director of the division of education at the American Academy of Family Physicians. He later accepted an appointment at UMKC School of Medicine
93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...
Military site : airfield
Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....
|Born||Iowa City, IA, USA||19 October 1923|
|Married||Idaho Falls, ID, USA||31 August 1947|
Married Betty Anne Craggs his high school sweetheart
|Died||Lee’s Summit, Missouri||30 July 2018|
|College||Caroll College, Helena, Montana|
|University||University of Wyoming|
|06 August 2018 12:56:49||Emily||Changes to nickname, biography and events|
|27 May 2016 00:18:28||466thHistorian||Changes to service number, highest rank, role and place associations|
EP-7-21 Provisional Group Crew List
|27 September 2014 18:25:47||AAM||AAM ingest|
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / roster