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Thomas William Colby


P-51K s/n 44-11654 PZ+T "Lil Evey"


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. ...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 486th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

  • Asch

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Seattle, WA, USA 27 August 1922
Based Bodney November 1942 – 22 October 1944

Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Bodney, Thetford IP26 5BX, UK 7 June 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Promotion Bodney, Thetford IP26 5BX, UK 4 August 1944

Promoted to Captain.

End Tour Duty (ETD) Bodney, Thetford IP26 5BX, UK 9 August 1944

End Tour Duty (ETD) [1]

End Tour Duty (ETD) Bodney, Thetford IP26 5BX, UK 22 October 1944

End Tour Duty (ETD) [2]

Died Chula Vista, CA, USA 19 October 1997
Buried 1215 145th Pl SE, Bellevue, WA 98007, USA November 1997

Sunset Hills Memorial Park Bellevue
King County, WA


Date Contributor Update
19 February 2018 17:12:30 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2017 03:22:57 fugari Changes to nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, place associations and media associations


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:10 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list