Thomas, George L

George L. Thomas was born on August 31, 1922 to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Thomas of Cochranville, Pennsylvania.

George entered the Army Air Corps on January 9th, 1943. He received basic training at New Cumberland, and at Miami Beach, Florida.  George then was sent to Keesler Field, Mississippi, in February for a course in aircraft mechanics, graduating in July with a promotion to the rank of Private First Class. In August he was sent to study at the Ford bomber plant at Willow Run, in Ypsilanti, Michigan. After completion of his course, George was promoted to Corporal.
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George was sent to Lardo, Texas for gunnery training as a B-25 Bomber gunner, and received a Sergeants rating upon completion of training.   George was granted 20 day furlough, and returned home to visit his parents. But it was the last time they saw him alive.

When George returned, he was sent for duty to Salt Lake City, Utah, in early January, and assigned as a crew member of a B-24E heavy bomber, stationed at Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Sergeant George L. Thomas died non-battle on March 25, 1944, in an aircraft crash during a routine navigational training flight, near Floyadada Texas. He was buried in a military cemetery in San Antonio, Texas with military honors on April 3rd.


Research by Don Wambold, WCMSC