Thoma, Edward P

Individual Personnel Data
Name Thoma, Edward P   
Rank Second Lieutenant / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-693486   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per 546th Bomb Squadron morning report dated 21 March 1944, effective 18 March 1944.
Duty Co-pilot / Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 20 June 1944
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Myer, Virginia: Section 12, Grave 1256
Additional Information
  • Promoted to 1st Lt on 13 June 1944 (microfilm 0641-00085).
  • Placed on seven days Temporary Duty on 10 June 1944 to American Red Cross Club (a Flak House) per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #108 dated 9 June 1944.
  • Thoma was killed instantly by a flak burst, while leading the Group on the bomb run, having taken over for the original Group Lead, Major Stallings. His co-pilot, Lt Strand, completed the bomb run successfully and led the formation back to Grafton Underwood.
Related Documents Accident Report # 44-05-01-505 (1.558 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Gekakis, AnthonyPilotCT
2nd Lt. Thoma, Edward PCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Simmons, WilburNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Dolson, Henry James, "HANK"NavigatorFCMEW
S/SGT. Zinninger, William MaynardRadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Wilson, John FranklinEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Ticknor, Edward CharlesEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Connolly, William Edward, Jr, "Bill"Ball Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Tucker, Clifton RTail GunnerCT
SGT. McDonald, Edward WilliamFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 22 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
83 27 March 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Tours & Chartres, France
Co-pilot 42‑37776 Combat Mission Credit
41 Squadron.
Sortie Report
84 28 March 1944 Target: Dijon-Longvic Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dijon, France
Co-pilot 42‑37776 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
85 29 March 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97251 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back at 1215 hrs because he could not locate the Group due to bad weather.
Sortie Report
86 9 April 1944 Target: FW-190 Fighter Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Marienburg, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97251 Aircraft did not take off.
This aircraft did not take off. Crew did not transfer to a Spare Aircraft.
Sortie Report
88 11 April 1944 Target: FW Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Sorau, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑37776 Combat Mission Credit
Flying Spare Aircraft; joined formation.
Sortie Report
89 13 April 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑31222 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back at 1157 hrs because #1 engine was running rough and smoking.
Sortie Report
90 18 April 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑107083 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Attlebridge Airfield, AAF Station 120, on return due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
92 20 April 1944 Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Co-pilot 42‑107074 Combat Mission Credit
A Wing, High Group.
Sortie Report
93 22 April 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑107083 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron deputy, high group.
Sortie Report
96 27 April 1944 Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Co-pilot 42‑97510 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
98 29 April 1944 Target: Industrial District
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97510 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
-- 1 May 1944 Location: Co-pilot 42‑107074 Aircraft landed a short distance before the runway pavement. Due to uneven surface ahead of the runway, the right main landing gear was damaged upon striking the runway edge. Shortly after, the right main gear collapsed, causing a ground loop, and some damage to aircraft. No crew were injured.
Sortie Report
101 7 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97139 Aborted mission after taking off.
High squadron lead, low group. Turned back due to crew illness;
Sortie Report
105 11 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken and Ehrang, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97273 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group, Low Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
115 25 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Sarreguemines and Blainville-sur-l'Eau, France
Pilot 42‑102500 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group.
Sortie Report
116 27 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Pilot 42‑102500 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group.
Sortie Report
119 29 May 1944 Target: Focke-Wulf Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Krzesiny District, Poznań, Poland
Pilot 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
120 30 May 1944 Target: Airfield: Hangars and Repair Sheds
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Pilot 42‑97139 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
122 2 June 1944 Target: Gun Battery, Tactical Support
Type: Military
Location: Hardelot (5 miles S of Boulogne), France
Pilot 42‑97072 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead.
Sortie Report
124 3 June 1944 Target: Coastal Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: Le Touquet, France
Pilot 42‑97142 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead.
Sortie Report
126 5 June 1944 Target: Field Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: La Fosse, France
Pilot 42‑102601 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead, high group.
Sortie Report
128 6 June 1944 Target: Two Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Caen, France
Pilot 42‑97139 Combat Mission Credit
J squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
130 7 June 1944 Target: Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: Caen, France
Pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
131 8 June 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (41C) & Loire River Railroad Bridge (41D)
Type: Transportation
Location: Orleans, France
Pilot 42‑31222 Combat Mission Credit
41D Group, Group Deputy. Ground Spare aircraft, replaced 42‑97139.
Sortie Report
139 19 June 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury & Crépy, France
Pilot 42‑97273 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group, High Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
140 19 June 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury & Crépy, France
Pilot 42‑38014 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group Deputy.
Sortie Report
141 20 June 1944 Target: Oil Refineries
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Harburg (Hamburg area), Germany
Pilot 42‑102933 Combat Mission Credit
Low group deputy. Assumed lead after Stallings aborted; Thoma (pilot) killed by flak over target, co-pilot and navigator seriously wounded. Although wounded, the co-pilot (Strand) completed the attack, re-formed the group and led them out of enemy territory. He relinquished the lead at the enemy coast. 2Lt. Robert Strand, co-pilot, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his valorous action (Owens, page 196).
Sortie Report

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