Thomas, Norbourn, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1951, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1942 - 1950
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Aug 03, 1950
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Korean War Fallen
  2016, Korean War Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aviator (Basic)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, USAAF Officers Candidate School (OCS) (Miami Beach, Florida)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)US Air Force15th Tactical Reconnaissance SquadronPrisoner Of War (POW)
5th Air Force522nd Fighter Escort Squadron27th Fighter WingUS Air Force
  1942-1942, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1943-1943, 2577th Air Base Group
  1944-1945, 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1945-1945, Prisoner Of War (POW)
  1950-1950, 5th Air Force
  1950-1950, 522nd Fighter Escort Squadron
  1950-1950, 27th Fighter Wing
  1950-1951, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1950-1950 Korean War1
 My Aircraft/Missiles
North American O-47  P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-82 Twin Mustang  
  1943-1943, North American O-47
  1945-1950, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1950-1950, F-82 Twin Mustang
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"Captain Thomas was a member of the US Air Force in Korea. He was listed as Missing in Action while participating in aerial support over Korea on August 3, 1950. He was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. Captain Thomas was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal." Source: WWI, WWI, and Korean War Casuality Listings,

"Boxer Boys. These pilots from the 27th Fighter Wing based at Bergstrom AFB, Texas departed Austin, Texas were enroute to San Francisco, California, where they boarded the USS Boxer for a fast trip across the Pacific to Korea. The F-51's were off loaded in Yokohama, Japan, prepared for combat and flown to Taegu, Korea. L-R Jack A Lighter, Ramon R. 'Stoop' Davis, John A Denman, Don E. Eberhardt, Norbourn A. Thomas, Robert D. Rohhlfs, William H. Alexander, Telbert B. Wormack, Neil R. Bartimus, Archibald Young, Edward F. Gossen, Raymond J Frese, Kendal E. Carson, Robert B Kelsey, Jan W. Barmore, James C. Peek, James S. Alford, Lee Gomes, Joseph V. LeRoy, John D. Duncan and Bernard L. Pearson." Source;

"Name: Norbourn A Thomas
Service Info: 1st Lt AF USA
Birth Date: 29 Dec 1923
Death Date: 3 Aug 1950
Interment Date: 5 Nov 1951
Cemetery: Arlington National Cemetery
Buried at Section 3 Site 1317-8
Source: U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006,

Note: There are inconsistent death dates and rank in the records found to date. This is likely due to final determinations of death with dates subsequent to the incident and perhaps Norbourn Anton Thomas was promoted to Captain posthumously. His gravestone at Arlington National Cemetery lists him as 1st Lt.

"Name: Norbourn A. Thomas
Birth Year: 1923
State of Residence: Maryland
County or City: Baltimore
Enlistment Date: 10 Apr 1942
Enlistment State: District of Columbia
Enlistment City: Washington
Branch Code: Air Corps
Grade Code: Private
Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Actors and actresses
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 69
Weight: 152"
Source: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,

On 25 April 1945 1st Lt Thomas was flying a visual reconnaissance mission with 2nd Lt. Charles G. Walsh. They were flying at a altitude of about 4000 ft in the vicinity of 10 miles Northeast of Linz, Austria. Lt. Thomas asked Lt Walsh to close on his wing and both observed intense and accurate light flak coming from an airfield beneath them and the town of Linz on the right. 2nd Lt Walsh noted in his report "On observation of flak trap, we did a slow 180 degree turn around the airfield to the left and started home. After flying approximately fifteen (15) minutes toward home base, R-28, with no previous warning to me on any damage to his aircraft, Lt. Thomas called MAYDAY-MAYDAY. I inquired of his trouble, and he answered 'I have no engine.' With no mention of being hit by flak, then or before, Lt. Thomas told me to get a fix. I acknowledged, and that was the last conversation I had with Lt. Thomas. He started losing altitude and bellied into an open field about fifty (50) miles Northwest of Linz, Austria. Upon hitting the ground, black smoke came from his airplane, but the plane did not burn. It was a normal belly landing. I did not see him get out of the plane after he landed, and the canopy was not jettisoned. It is my opinion that he may have been injured, but not seriously. I circled the area for several minutes by was unable to get a fix. I then returned to my home base." Source: Accident Report of 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, AAF, at

"Name: Norbourn A Thomas
Report Date: 25 Apr 1945
Grade: First Lieutenant or Chief nurse or Head dietitian or Head physical therapy aides
Service Branch: Army
Arm or Service: Air Corps
Organziation Type: 383
Parent Unit Type: Harbor Defense/Group Headquarters
Area Served: European Theatre: Austria
Detaining Country: Germany
Status: Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated
Report Source: Individual has been reported through sources considered official."
Source: World War II Prisoners of War, 1941-1946,

"Name: Morbourn Anton Thomas (Note: First name is incorrect in Korean War records)
Birth Date: 29 Dec 1923
Home City: Baltimore
Home State: Maryland
Citizen Status: US Citizen
Death Date: 23 Jul 1951
Processed Date: Nov 1976
Casualty Country: Korea
Casualty Type: Hostile-Died while missing
Casualty Cause: Aircraft Loss/Crash Not at Sea
Casualty Air: Fixed Wing air Casualty - Pilot
Service Branch: US Air Force
Component: Reserve
Rank: Captain
Pay Grade: Captain (U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps)
Source: Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957,

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