Conaway, Therman F., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 611, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1944 - 1945
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
427th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Jan 13, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Coop Prairie Cemetery - Mansfield, Arkansas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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World War II Fallen
  1945, World War II Fallen

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Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 611, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 611, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Therman Felix Conaway was born, supposedly, in Mansfield, Arkansas, on January 8, 1926. His parents were Paul F. and Lizzie Ann Conaway. The US Census 1930 shows the family residing in Lewis, Arkansas, although Therman is referred to as "Thurman."

Conaway was inducted into the military on February 18, 1944. He evidently received training as an aerial gunner, as he was sent to England in late 1944 and assigned to the combat crew of Lt. McCullough.

Conaway flew 2 missions with this crew, the first on January 10, 1945. On January 13, 1945, the target area was the railroad bridge at Mannheim, Germany. On the bomb run, the aircraft was hit by flak in the tail section. The horizontal stabilizer was blown off, and the tail assembly shredded. The aircraft began a steep dive, then disintegrated in the air. No parachutes were seen.

German records state their troops recovered 7 bodies from the crash site. One did not belong to the McCullough crew; however, later records have 3 names written in above the listing.

The bodies were recovered after the war. Some were returned to the U.S., like that of Sgt Conaway who was returned for private burial. Today, he lies in the Coop Prairie Cemetery in Mansfield, Arkansas. crews
US Census 1930



Sgt THerman Conaway was the assigned tail gunner on B-17G # 43-38689, unnamed, assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report was issued and details this incident. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

2 Lt Oliver T. Eisenhart  p
2 Lt Henry W. McCullough  c-p
2 Lt Maurice R. Herrick  nav
F/O Herring Joyce, Jr.  bomb
Sgt  Samuel M. Hindman  eng/tt gun
SSgt Bernard S. Kaufman  r/o
Sgt  William V. Kimber  btg
Sgt  Jack Thompson, Jr  wg
Sgt  Therman F. Conaway  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Mission narrative refers to Joyce as "Lt." All other sources state "F/O."

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