Thomas, Jerry E., Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-17
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 1091, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
St. Donat, Algeria

Casualty Date
Apr 13, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Unknown, Not Reported
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 770, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1091, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1091, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1091, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
According to his NARA enlistment records, Jerry E. Thomas was born in Missouri in 1919. The US Census 1940 shows him residing in Los Angeles, California with his parents, Arvil F. and Annie Thomas.

Thomas enlisted as an aviation cadet at March Field, Riverside, California on April 25, 1941. His enlistment documents state he had completed 2 years of college (unnamed), and was employed as a general office clerk. After graduation from this course, he was commissioned, awarded wings, and assigned to transitional training in multi-engined aircraft.

He deployed to England with the 301st Bomb Group in May, 1942. In November, 1942, Thomas and his crew were transferred to an air base in Algeria, and flew missions over North Africa. Moved again to St. Donat, Algeria in March, 1943, the aircraft failed to return from a mission on April 13, 1943 that raided the Castel-Vetrano Air Drome in Italy. No details of the loss were ever reported; the Missing Air Crew Report merely states the aircraft failed to return."

Lt. Thomas is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Italy.
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records


Lt Jerry E. Thomas was the pilot of B-17F # 41-24394, named "Hockamolock Jock IV BB", assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron. There is no explanation of the name or what it means, just listed as one of the 353rd Bomb Squadron aircraft.

Missing Air Crew Report 16302 was issued, but contains no details of the loss - just a notation that the aircraft failed to return. Mission loading lists show the crew was:

1 Lt Jerry E, Thomas  p
1 Lt Duke D. Cummings  c-p
1 Lt Harry A. Wann, Jr.  nav
1 Lt William E. Loewecke  bomb
TSgt Julius J. Jacobs  eng/tt gun
TSgt Joel B. Busby  r/o
SSgt Ray O. Weeks  btg
SSgt James R. Agee  wg
SSgt Robert F. Nance  photo
SSgt Richard J. Carignan  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date. Lt Thomas was promoted to Captain on May 18, 1943.

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