Estes, Thomas Jefferson

Individual Personnel Data
Name Estes, Thomas Jefferson
Rank Second Lieutenant / Captain
Serial Number O-792589
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Special Orders #32 Extract dated 1 February 1943
Duty Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 8 February 1944
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
DecorationsAwarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received on 25 July 1943.
Additional Information
  • Appointed First Lieutenant effective 26 April 1943 per 544th Bomb Squadron Morning Report dated 2 May 1943.
  • Transferred overseas (via Army Air Base Presque Isle, Maine) on Army Air Base HQ Kearney, Nebraska Special Orders #96 dated 17 May 1943.
  • Paragraph 1, EXTRACT, AAF Station 106 Special Orders #62 detailing selected officers for one day Temporary Duty (TD) to London for Public Relation Activities on or about 2 August 1943 was amended by paragraph 7, AAF Station 106 Special Orders #111 changing one day TD to two days TD.
  • Placed on Temporary Duty (R&R) on or about 25 September 1943 for five days to The Air Force Officers Rest Home, Stanbridge Earls, Hampshire per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #102 dated 23 September 1943.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Original 384th Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Estes, Thomas JeffersonPilotCT
Flt. Ofcr. Merritt, James MelvinCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. DuBois, John JayNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Davis, David HaroldBombardierCT
S/SGT. Wagner, Fred SRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Cochran, David LeonEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Ursta, GeorgeBall Turret GunnerCT
S/SGT. McDuffie, Burton CTail GunnerCT
PVT. O'Donnell, William JFlexible GunnerTR
S/SGT. Self, James MelvinFlexible GunnerCT


Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 25 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
2 25 June 1943 Target: Industrial Area & Submarine Pens
Type: Military
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑3188 Combat Mission Credit
Bombed an unknown city.
Sortie Report
3 26 June 1943 Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Pilot 42‑30073 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back when #3 engine failed off the coast of France.
Sortie Report
4 28 June 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger, France
Pilot 42‑30030 Combat Mission Credit
Wing Deputy and High Squadron Lead. Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑30073.
Sortie Report
5 29 June 1943 Target: duNord Aircraft Works, Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Co-pilot 42‑30073 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron, Group Lead.
Sortie Report
6 4 July 1943 Target: Gnome et Rhone Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Le Mans, France
Pilot 42‑3330 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron Lead. Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑30073.
Sortie Report
8 14 July 1943 Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Pilot 42‑5883 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead, group deputy.
Sortie Report
10 25 July 1943 Target: Blohm & Voss Aircraft Works and Shipyard
Type: Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Pilot 42‑5883 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron Lead. Damaged by flak and fighters, ditched in the North Sea. Rescued by a Danish fishing boat; returned to duty.
Sortie Report
16 16 August 1943 Target: Le Bourget Airport & Air Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Pilot 42‑5444 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
18 27 August 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Watten, France
Pilot 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
19 31 August 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Pilot 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Wing Deputy.
Sortie Report
20 3 September 1943 Target: Air Park and Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Pilot 42‑3429 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
21 6 September 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Pilot 42‑3429 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away near Dungeness, Kent, due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
22 7 September 1943 Target: Bruxelles-Evere Airfield/Repair Depot
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brussels / Bruxelles, Belgium
Pilot 42‑3216 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy lead.
Sortie Report
23 9 September 1943 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Lille-Vendeville, France
Pilot 42‑30043 Combat Mission Credit
Group Lead.
Sortie Report
24 16 September 1943 Target: Blockade Runner Ship (in Loire River)
Type: Transportation
Location: Nantes, France
Pilot 42‑3429 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back; unable to locate formation after passing through cloud layer.
Sortie Report
25 23 September 1943 Target: Submarine Repair Ship
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Nantes, France
Pilot 42‑3429 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
28 4 October 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Pilot 42‑3429 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
29 8 October 1943 Target: Workshops
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Bremen, Germany
Pilot 42‑3429 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
33 20 October 1943 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Düren, Germany
Pilot 42‑5838 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
36 16 November 1943 Target: Knaben II Molybdenum Mine
Type: Industry
Location: Knaben, Norway
Pilot 42‑3429 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
42 13 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑37848 Combat Mission Credit
Low group deputy.
Sortie Report
45 22 December 1943 Target: Steel Shops/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Pilot 41‑9022 Weather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
Sortie Report
46 24 December 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Croisette, France
Pilot 42‑37801 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
49 4 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Pilot 42‑37848 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
53 14 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Le Meillard, France
Pilot 42‑3440 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Co-pilot 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group Lead.
Sortie Report
56 30 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Pilot 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Pilot 42‑31364 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead, 41st B Combat Wing.
Sortie Report

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