Markward, Thomas H. Jr

Thomas Henry Markward Jr. was born September 2, 1922 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania to Thomas Howard and Kathryn C. (Lyons) Markward. He was eldest of three children. Thomas was born just a year after his father’s discharge from serving in the US Army for one year in France during WWI. Tom’s father died of pneumonia when he was 16.

After graduating from Scott high school Thomas attended St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia for a few years and then worked for Luken Steel for a short time before being inducted into the service.

Thomas entered service in the Army Air Corps in September, 1942. He received training at Santa Ana, California and Tuscan, Arizona in early 1944.  Thomas was then stationed at Marafa, Texas before being sent sent overseas to serve in the European Theater of Operations on August 1, 1944.  Thomas flew from Framlingham Airdrome in Surrey, England with the Eighth Air Force. 

Second Lieutenant Thomas Henry Markward was killed in action on September 10, 1944 over Nuremberg, Germany during his fifth combat mission in less than a week. On September 22nd, the family received a telegram from the War Department stating that their son was missing in action. This telegram was followed by another a few days later: 

"It has now been officially established for reports received in the war Department that your son, second Lieutenant Thomas H. Markward Jr., was Killed In Action September 10 over Germany. The Secretary of War extends his deepest sympathy." 

Thomas was the copilot of a B-17 name the "Miss Fall River" - the same plane flown by another hometown pilot, Captain Lacey G. Lackey.    

A full military service was conducted by the Coatesville Veterans Council on June 11, 1949. Thomas is buried at Saint Cecelia Cemetery in Coatesville.


Research by Lisa Arnold
Tom Markward B-17 (1)